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2) "Rank" a Search Term
If you use the Boolean search option another term is available, "rank". Using rank at the end of a Boolean strategy gives another term a higher weighting in the result set. For example, florida and golf andnot "Arnold Palmer" rank LPGA. At this time you're only able to rank with a single term. Very similar to AltaVista's "Sorted By" feature.
3) Language Limiting Choices
Below the search box you'll now notice two "radio" buttons. ATW recognizes your IP and tries to determine where you're located. You're offered two language search options. The first "radio button" allows you to search all languages while the second button limits your search to the language or languages spoken in your country plus English. For example, a searcher from Germany would see "Search All Languages" or "Search German and English". Btw, language options can be changed by simply making choices from the customize preferences section.
4) Long Overdue: An ATW Examples Page
Learn about the entire array of ATW's advanced query syntax. Search syntax continues to be updated and made easier to use. For example, title: (terms in the title tag), link: (pages linking to a specific page), and url: (terms in the url) now work.
5) AlltheWeb Bookmark Buttons And More
(Listed under search tools)
Run an ATW search by highlighting a term(s) on any web page and clicking the "bookmarklet". This and other tools are available for IE, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera, and Apple's Sherlock tool.
So what's really new functionality?
- the preferred language option. Very nice tool to search for your native language plus your favourite second language.
- complex boolean expressions. For the search professional. It was ( and still is) possible to perform the same complex queries from the advanced search page per drop down boxes.
- ditto for the "rank" feature. Correct me if I'm wrong but that is the same option as in the drop down menu "should include"
- Keyword search with ATW for all browsers. Opera of course has ATW set as one of their search options anyway. Now available for IE, Mozilla, Netscape, Apple. Once installed you type atw followed by a space and then your query word(s) in the location bar.
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1. They paid some attention to more browsers than just IE. And they also implemented this in a way that works across OS platforms. For example: I changed the default search from the address form on Mozilla and I'm using Mac OS X. Very nice.
2. Does this represent a quiet sea change for ATW from showcase to search destination? I hope it does.
Tools I would like to see for the Mac:
Safari: I hope we will be able to change the default search in the new Safari browser for the Mac and that ATW will give us instructions on doing adding them.
Watson: I would love to see a ATW plugin for the Watson search client.
But all in all this is impressive.
Opera has a great setup. Love that built in searchform. And they do not try to lock you in to just one search engine.
I think an ATW IE toolbar would be a good option to have in addition to these.
But what is nice about this approach is if you already are loaded down with toolbars you can still add ATW by changing the default from MSN to ATW. I do not think you can go wrong. :)
I like the fact that I have several options with each browser.