Must Have Application - Quintura Search
|Published:||Jun 8, 2006|
|Software that can help||Good for||Cow Rating|
|Using Quintura Search, you can create a search scope using a search cloud of tags related...|
by Stacy Reed
Quintura Search is not your typical search bot. Rather, it's an easy and intuitive way to search the Internet because it provides words in a tag cloud that are contextually related to your query. This "visual map" is interactive; when you click on one of words in the cloud, you make your search more specific and the results update temporarily until you choose another word from the tag cloud. While this is happening in the left panel of the program, the query's corresponding links appear on the right. There's no need to perform boolean operations, and you won't have to enter additional keywords either because Quintura Search offers them to you automatically. What's more, you can choose to exclude words from the query to make it more specific.
In this manner of searching, you're likely to learn more than you expected about any given topic; you not only find exactly what you're looking for, but the program shows you additional directions for further searching as well. Quintura Search allows you to choose from a number of search engines and of course Google, Yahoo!, MSN Search, Amazon, and Technorati are among them. You can save your queries as projects so you can go back to your search at any time, even after you've closed the application. You can also save groups of similar queries which would be very useful when you need exhaustive information on a given subject.
Besides being full featured and simple to use, it's also easy to install, the program completely uninstalls from your machine when you're ready, and the developer provides good documentation and technical support. Did I mention that it's free? This is a great tool for anyone but I could see it being very useful to those who do a lot of research online. It's innovative, it's refreshing, it's going to change the way the world searches for information. For all these reasons, Quintura Search receives the Editor's Choice Award!
Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.