2000 Plus v4.0
Technologies Inc., go
to the web site
486-33 MHz, 8 MB of RAM, 5 MB of disk space, Windows 95/98
or later, Windows NT 4.0 or later; Mac version is also available
few months ago, a CompuNotes reader wrote and asked me if
I had ever used Copernic and how it compared to WebFerretPro.
Being an avid WebFerret user and a major web searcher, I was
interested in learning what Copernic had to offer.
2000 Plus is a software program that allows you to search
through several search engines at the same time. Why bother
with a software program, when you have access to numerous
meta- search engines on the Web? The program offers so many
features that aren't available through a meta-search engine,
such as the ability to validate your results. Plus, having
a program that resides on your hard drive is so much easier
and faster to use.
talk about Copernic's myriad features before comparing the
Copernic 2000 Plus, you can search the Web, or you can choose
a category, such as Newsgroups, E-Mail Addresses, Buy Books,
or Software Download.
you simply choose "New," then pick your category.
If you want to search the Web, you choose "Web."
From there, you put in your search terms, utilizing different
parameters depending on your search. The program will search
and produce the top 10 results, or you can increase the number
of results per engine. You can choose which engines to use,
or let the program utilize the default engines.
program searches for you, you can watch its progress on a
search screen. It will automatically delete duplications.
is simple to use, and it gives you so many different ways
to fine tune your searches. You can refine a search using
Boolean parameters, such as "AND." After you've
been presented with the results, you can validate those results,
which gets rid of unreachable sites.
choose for the program to highlight your search term in the
results, and you can choose to see summaries of the site in
the results. By right clicking on any result, then choosing
Properties, you'll see more information about that site, such
as the relevancy score, which engines produced the site in
their results, etc.
about it-this is a top-notch program that's worth every penny
it costs, plus more. I was quite impressed with its capabilities
and its ease of operation.
does it compare with WebFerretPro?
WebFerretPro 2.51, and I don't know what updates have been
made to the program since I reviewed it. But, I do know that
WebFerretPro 3.00 has 33 engines. Copernic has more than 250
search engines grouped in 32 categories.
WebFerretPro 2.51, you can't choose to search in a particular
category. You can search the Web, and that's it. WebFerret
offers numerous ways to fine tune your search, such as searching
only through page titles or through the entire page. Like
Copernic, you can save your results, then view them again
at a later date. WebFerret will also remove duplicate URLs.
your mouse over the search results in WebFerret, you can read
a description of the site. The results will show you one of
the engines that produced the URL, but not all of them like
Copernic does. Once you've been given the results from WebFerret,
you can't refine or validate those results.
programs are offered in a free version with less features
than the "pro" or "plus" versions. Copernic
is also offered in French.
nutshell, both programs are excellent, but WebFerretPro 2.51
doesn't offer nearly the features that Copernic 2000 Plus
4.0 does. With Copernic, you can search newsgroups or hunt
for e-mail addresses, which isn't a feature of WebFerret,
at least not in the version that I have.
2000 Plus is a superb program and I highly recommend it to
anyone who does a lot of searching on the Internet.
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