Wrapping up search engine toolbar week, here's are brief looks at toolbars offered by smaller firms not associated with the larger search engines (with the exception of the Ask Jeeves toolbar).
All of the toolbars listed below are Windows-only products. Most require Windows 98 or higher, and Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher. One exception -- the Macintosh SearchGoogle.service tool, which is a Mac-only toolbar.
This roundup covers toolbars that are new to Search Engine Watch. For reviews of other toolbars, including offerings from Alexa, Google, Googlebar, Groowe, Teoma, Ultrabar and Yahoo, please see the Search Toolbars & Utilities page.
Ask Jeeves Toolbar
In addition to searching ask.com, the Jeeves toolbar lets you limit your search to news, dictionary, stock market, weather, events, maps, and the Ask Jeeves Kids web sites.
This customizable toolbar is made exclusively for searching on CNET sites including download.com, news.com, search.com and shopper.com for technology news, and as a shopping search tool for products from anywhere on the Web.
GGSearch is designed to provide toolbar access to the many specialized searches offered by Google, including Google groups posts, images, links, Uncle Sam, linux, news, BSD, Microsoft, Google answers, stocks, froogle, some Google labs tools, and others.
This simple utility allows you to highlight any word or words on a web page, then click to do a Google search, or to get dictionary or thesaurus definitions. Fast 100K download.
A simple background service to allow you to select text in (nearly) any application and press "Shift-Apple->" to launch a Google search for that text.
Trellian SEO Toolbar
The Trellian toolbar allows you to search multiple engines, returning up to nine result pages for each engine. It also offers some web site development and search engine optimization tools, such as a PPC search tab that provides easy search of the major pay per click engines.
Here are two search tools that we plan to review at length in an upcoming issue of SearchDay that merit a brief mention:
Copernic Agent Basic searches more than 90 search engines grouped into categories, combining results and removing duplicates. The basic version is free; Copernic offers two other more powerful versions for purchase.
Looking for news? Rocketinfo Desktop gives you fast access to categorized online news sources, RSS feed, breaking news by category, updated every five minutes, and more. Downside? After the 14 day trial, you have to pay $69 or give up the tool. It's also a large 11MB download.
NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.
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