iMetaSearch

iMetaSearch

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 3 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    10,710
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 13, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.32MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #43 in Search Tools

Editors' Review

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Search engine technology has improved a lot over the past several years, and for the most part, you can depend on services like Google to return pretty relevant search results. Sometimes, however, you need a way to get a little more specific. That's where iMetaSearch comes in.

Let's say, for example, that you Google the word "cougar." Do you mean the animal, the car, or the recently popularized term for an older woman who pursues younger men? Google can't tell the difference, but iMetaSearch can. The program groups search results by concept; click the groups that interest you and the search results will be revised accordingly. This is a quick and commonsense way to refine search results and ensure that you're getting the most relevant results, and it's a great tool to use when you're searching for something that's somewhat ambiguous in meaning.

Using iMetaSearch is easy once you get the hang of it. But at first glance, it's kind of confusing. There are three panes, for groups of results, extracted words, and search results, and each of these is filled with color-coded grids of words. It's a bit cluttered and overwhelming at first. Fortunately, the built-in Help file is well written and provides plenty of information about using iMetaSearch. Although the design could be a bit better, overall we found iMetaSearch to be a powerful and easy-to-use search tool.

iMetaSearch is free. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"I found this to be an excellent tool - easy to use"

February 09, 2012  |  By ITnovitiate

 |  Version: iMetaSearch 5.0

Pros

So far I have only scratched the surface but already I count it as the best search engine I have ever used. It pulls in the kind of information I want and none of what I don't want (the .com crap)

Cons

To get the most out of it, I think I will need to put some time into really using how to use it - i.e. it is not all that intuitive.

Summary

Despite the steep learning curve, it is well worth the effort.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
Version 5.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Puffinware
Publisher web site http://www.PuffinwareLLC.com
Release Date August 25, 2011
Date Added September 13, 2011
Version 5.0
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Search Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Me, Windows Vista, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.32MB
File Name iMetaSearch500.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 10,710
Downloads Last Week 4
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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