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Thunderstone Releases Version 20

January 16, 2018
Thunderstone Releases Version 20

New features include

Rank Bias
Parametric profiles gain new capabilities to set a bias on a per document field using data from field rules.  This allow documents to be biased up or down in the search results, for example PDF results could be biased down, or documents with "Important" in a meta tag could be ranked higher.

Improvements

Content Repositories
Azure Blob Storage support was added for crawling content stored in Azure Blobs.
File Share Robustness
Network shares are remounted if needed at the start of a crawl.
Audit Logging
The ability to log all setting modifications was added to aid with auditing setting changes.
Other fixes
Miscellaneous other bug fixes and enhancements to the crawl and search interfaces.  See the announcement on the message board for full details.

Availability

Search Appliance Version 20 is available to all Search Appliance and Parametric Search Appliance customers who have a current maintenance plan by following the menu System / System Setup / Update Software.

Webinator Version 20 is available to all Webinator customers who have a current maintenance plan by contacting Thunderstone.

For 36 years Thunderstone Software has been dedicated to providing the best search solutions possible to government, corporate, and non-profit customers, with exceptional service and devotion to finding the right solution for the customer.

For further information call +1 216-820-2200, visit www.thunderstone.com.

 

Thunderstone Releases Version 19

August 7, 2017
Thunderstone Releases Version 19

New features include

Entity Recognition
Parametric profiles gain new capabilities to extract information from document text. Now even documents with no metadata can contribute terms to faceted navigation, via entity recognition. For example, a list of terms, e.g. cities or manufacturers, can be defined for extraction and then searched or grouped by. Or a regular expression can be crafted to match a specific pattern of data — e.g. a defined syntax for part or social security numbers. And the XML syntax for such entities is largely compatible with GSA syntax, making upgrading a snap.

Improvements

Dashboard Statisitics
Several new statistics have been added to help monitor activity, including the search rate, fetch rate, and document growth rate so you can identify problems that may arise in the future.
Unmount Shares
Network shares can now be unmounted without removing the settings.
XSS Protection fix
Browsers may have warned on the settings page about possible XSS problems.  There was no vulnerability in the appliance, and the settings were updated correctly, however now the XSS warnings no longer are triggered.
Other fixes
Miscellaneous other bug fixes and enhancements to the crawl and search interfaces including result counts and some REX expression handling.  See the announcement on the message board for full details.

Availability

Search Appliance Version 19 is available to all Search Appliance and Parametric Search Appliance customers who have a current maintenance plan by following the menu System / System Setup / Update Software.

Webinator Version 19 is available to all Webinator customers who have a current maintenance plan by contacting Thunderstone.

For 36 years Thunderstone Software has been dedicated to providing the best search solutions possible to government, corporate, and non-profit customers, with exceptional service and devotion to finding the right solution for the customer.

For further information call +1 216-820-2200, visit www.thunderstone.com.

 

Thunderstone Releases Version 18

February 23, 2017
Thunderstone Releases Version 18

New features include

Meta search profile biasing
In a meta (federated) search each profile can be given a weight for additional control over the output to favor certain backend profiles.
Canonical URL support
The crawler will now respect link rel="canonical" headers to index the canonical form of the URL.

Improvements

HTTPS/SSL Cipher support
More flexibility in specifying supported ciphers to let you balance security and older browser support.
Reject Rules always honored
Reject rules will now always be honored, so pages will be removed from the index on a refresh if they rules now exclude them, and robots.txt rules that block the base URL will still be kept.
Faceted search counts
Faceted search counts improved when estimated due to large number of results.
Other fixes
Miscellaneous other bug fixes and enhancements to the crawl and search interfaces.

Availability

Search Appliance Version 18 is available to all Search Appliance and Parametric Search Appliance customers who have a current maintenance plan by following the menu System / System Setup / Update Software.

Webinator Version 18 is available to all Webinator customers who have a current maintenance plan by contacting Thunderstone.

For 35 years Thunderstone Software has been dedicated to providing the best search solutions possible to government, corporate, and non-profit customers, with exceptional service and devotion to finding the right solution for the customer.

For further information call +1 216-820-2200, visit www.thunderstone.com.

 

A Solution to Google Site Search Being Discontinued

February 22, 2017
A Solution to Google Site Search Being Discontinued

Google recently announced that it is no longer going to be selling Google Site Search. This development leaves many users looking for an alternative. Fortunately, Thunderstone Search can help maintain search functionality.

Replacing Google Site Search with Thunderstone

Thunderstone has had a singular focus on helping organizations use search technology to improve their productivity and solve their unique business problems for over 36 years. To help you transition quickly we are offering a risk-free, cost-free transition to our hosted solution that you can then test and maintain for a modest monthly or annual fee.

When you choose Thunderstone, you get more than just a search solution. We offer ongoing support to provide your organization the value you need. Our proven support and product capabilities have already earned us the appreciation of our current clients:

"Our decision to buy and deploy three Thunderstone Search Appliances saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars in development costs." — Kevin J. Payne, Director of System Applications, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
"[A] huge Thunderstone fan... we had a 'search' for a while for a replacement for the unbelievably [high] priced Google Search Appliance, and found you guys, and haven't looked back since." — David Pagini, Voya Investment Management

At Thunderstone our focus is on providing a search solution tailored to your needs.  If you have felt limited by the capabilities and flexibility of GSS (Google Site Search), worried about your information being hosted in the cloud then reach out and discover an alternative.

Upgrade to a Thunderstone Hosted Search

If you're looking for a new search solution or need to find a replacement for your Google Site Search, contact us online or give us a call at 216-820-2200 for more information about upgrading to Thunderstone.

A Solution to DigitalGov Search Being Discontinued

December 9, 2016
A Solution to DigitalGov Search Being Discontinued

DigitalGov recently announced that it is no longer going to be serving state or local government agencies. This development leaves many agencies scrambling for an alternative. Fortunately, Thunderstone Search can help maintain search functionality.

Replacing DigitalGov Search with Thunderstone

Thunderstone has had a singular focus on helping organizations use search technology to improve their productivity and solve their unique business problems for over 36 years. To help you transition quickly we are offering a risk-free, cost-free transition to our hosted solution that you can then test and maintain for a modest monthly or annual fee.

When you choose Thunderstone, you get more than just a search solution. We offer ongoing support to provide your organization the value you need. Our proven support and product capabilities have already earned us the appreciation of our current clients:

"Our decision to buy and deploy three Thunderstone Search Appliances saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars in development costs." — Kevin J. Payne, Director of System Applications, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
"[A] huge Thunderstone fan... we had a 'search' for a while for a replacement for the unbelievably [high] priced Google Search Appliance, and found you guys, and haven't looked back since." — David Pagini, Voya Investment Management

Upgrade to a Thunderstone Hosted Search

If you're looking for a new search solution or need to find a replacement for your DigitalGov Search, contact us online or give us a call at 216-820-2200 for more information about upgrading to Thunderstone.

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