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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.

 

Thunderstone Releases Version 17

July 14, 2016
Thunderstone Releases Version 17

New search features include

Drop in search interface
It is now easier to add a search interface to a website by embedding some simple HTML code into a web page. Using Javascript and AJAX the search interface and result pages are created without needing to create several custom pages and actions on your website.
link: syntax
Search users can now use the link: syntax to find pages that link to a specific page.
Unprimer URLs
If the crawler needs to logout from a website or take another actions at the end of the crawl an unprimer URL can be specified that behaves similar to the primer URL for logging in at the start of a crawl.
Other fixes
Miscellaneous other bug fixes and enhancements to the crawl and search interfaces.

Availability

Search Appliance Version 17 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 17 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.

 

Thunderstone Releases Version 16

February 1, 2016
Thunderstone Releases Version 16

CLEVELAND, OH, February 1, 2016 — Improving the quality of search for intranet, public facing websites and aggregator sites -- Thunderstone Search Appliance and Webinator Version 16 is here.

New crawl features include

Additional authorization options
If you have websites that require user authentication, the latest version of the Search Appliance and Webinator include support for:
  • Central Authentication Service (CAS): These form-based logins may now be crawled simply with a user name and password, without needing to create custom authentication rules.
  • Negotiate Kerberos option authentication is now supported for crawls.
Simplified crawl configuration
In addition to CAS, version 16 also adds support for:
  • Sitemaps allowing easier crawling of sites where URLs are not easily determined from a crawl.
  • XML/XSL site support by applying stylesheets to sites that deliver content via XML and XSL instead of HTML; the searchable text is better identified.
  • Proxy Auto-config (PAC) file support which makes it easier to index and crawl enterprises composed of different networks with varying proxy rules: the same config files used by browsers may now be used at crawl time.
  • The Ajax crawlable URL scheme from Google is supported, allowing Ajax based dynamic sites that support it to be crawled and indexed more effectively.
Additional fixes and enhancements
In addition improvements have been made to the administrative interface as well as some file-format processing.

Availability

Search Appliance Version 16 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 16 is available to all Webinator customers who have a current maintenance plan by contacting Thunderstone.

For 34 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.

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