iMetaSearch

iMetaSearch


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

Version:
5.0
File Size:
2.32MB
Date Added:
September 13, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
10,616
Downloads Last Week:
4
Product ranking:
#44 in Search Tools
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.7

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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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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