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.
  • Index multiple sites into one common index.
  • Detailed verification and logging of document linkages.
  • Index/update documents while database is in use.
  • Multiple databases at a site.
  • 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.
  • Powerful and easy to use queries 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 6.1 includes these enhancements over 6.0:

  • Enhanced Microsoft Office Open XML support: The default formats for Office/Word 2007/2010+ (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx etc. files) are now supported more accurately.
  • Custom Suffix List: Customize search suffix processing even further -- add suffixes for other languages.
  • Multiple rewalk schedules: Trigger a profile's crawl at multiple times, tailored to your environment's needs.

Webinator 6.0 has many improvements, including:

  • XML output and SOAP API: Search results in XML are available, for complete customization via XSL stylesheets. A SOAP API makes automated searches easy.
  • Faster crawls: Support for HTTP/1.1 compression is standard, which can speed up crawling and decrease bandwidth.
  • Faster searches: New Categories Type setting improves category searches in many environments.
  • Unicode support: International searches are easier with the ability to ignore or respect accents, diacritical marks, etc.
  • Meta search: Version 6 supports meta-searching of multiple profiles, combining their results as if one.
  • Customizable Thesaurus: Search terms unique to an industry or site can be added to aid users' searches, via customizable thesauri.
  • Backup/restore settings: Version 6 can save and restore all or some profiles' settings, making disaster recovery or installation cloning easier.
See here for a complete list of changes in version 6.0 over previous releases.

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 30 day free / voice&email 1 year free / voice&email Free forever / voice&email Free forever / voice&email
Incidents N/A 3 10 12/yr 12/yr
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 Price from Version 5   $400 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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