The Webinator™ Web Index & Retrieval System

The Webinator Web Index & Retrieval System is a highly customizable package that allows a Website administrator to easily create and deploy a high quality search interface to collections of web documents.

With support for multiple collections, a single installation can serve searches for many websites, or different areas within a website, and a customizable thesaurus or synonym file allows users to find documents even if the terminology they use is different from that on the site.

Webinator serves as an example of the type of applications that can be built around Thunderstone's Texis RDBMS and Web Script.

We believe the Webinator is the finest system of its kind in existence on the Web and we would like organizations to try it out and see if they feel the same way.

From the Administrator's perspective Webinator offers the following benefits:

  • Fully customizable search interface with XML and SOAP support
  • Flexible: indexes multiple sites into one common index, or separate indexes for separate searches
  • Detailed verification and logging of document linkages
  • Index/update documents while search is in use
  • SQL query interface to the database for maintenance and reports
  • Multiple index engines run concurrently against a common database
  • Adobe Acrobat / PDF file support, with highlighting of hits within AcrobatReader
  • Adobe Shockwave/Flash file support
  • 100+ word processor and file formats
From the User's perspective Webinator offers:
  • Simple navigation
  • Spelling suggestions and as-you-type query completions
  • Powerful and easy to use query syntax for:
    • Natural language
    • Set logic
    • Special pattern matchers (regular expressions, quantities, fuzzy patterns)
    • Relevance ranking
    • Proximity controls
  • Document similarity searches (Doc Surfing)
  • Link reference reports
  • In-context result listings

Webinator 13.4 includes these enhancements:

  • New look and feel: more modern menu system, with more status and monitoring information for the administrator
  • Query Autocomplete provides suggested queries as users type
  • A cache of the original crawled documents can be viewed, with query terms highlighted in HTML pages
  • File-type icons are now displayed in search results, allowing quick identification of common file types
  • More powerful data manipulation: Data from Field can access subpages, and modify more fields
  • A GUI tool for browsing crawled URLs by folder has been added, allowing easier perusal of URLs
  • A new Best Bets interface was created, allowing creation and management of Best Bets even when their URLs have not been crawled
  • SOAP API expanded to include access to the administration interface

There are four versions of the Webinator available.  If you need additional features or capabilities then the full Texis product is also available which includes the Webinator application. 

features Free
Page Limit (per index) 10,000 20,000 50,000 200,000 200,001+
Hit Limit (per day) 10,000 10,000 25,000 25,000 25,001+
Tech support message board message board
voice & email with maintenance
Intranet able1
Thunderstone logo
Visible Copyright & Title Insertion
File Format plug-in2
JavaScript plug-in
Price FREE (forever) $1,490 USD $2,990 USD $6,990 USD Contact us
    Upgrade pricing valid until May 15 2015
Upgrade from Version 6   $268 USD $538 USD $1,258 USD Contact us
Upgrade from Version 5   $500 USD $1,000 USD $2,500 USD Contact us

1The free version must be able to contact internet server

2The File Format plug-in is required to process Adobe Acrobat PDF/Shockwave/Flash, and Word Processor files.

All free and paid versions support SSL/HTTPS and spell-checking.


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