Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Telescope is a metasearch engine for Windows, which will automate web searching by combining results from several search engines.
Telescope it's an interesting app for searching the internet, it can use a lot of search engines at the same time like for example Google, Yahoo, Live, Ask.com and more. Before doing a search you can specify what type of query Telescope will do, if it's for the Web, images, news, research, freeware,Etc. Also you can use Bolean statements like AND, OR, NOT, (), - and + which can really help you in a search if you use them right. Telescope keeps a history of the results of your queries so you can always open them up again which is handy if you want to export them into a HTML document or CSV file. Finally Telescope allows you to fully edit the search engines that it uses by editing the search.ini file located in Telescope's directory, however i didn't try it since it seemed so complicated (a guide for that it's located in the help menu). Telescope's results were kinda of a mixed bag, on one hand it provided decent results while searching the web on the other looking for images was useless since it showed only a tiny fraction of what a normal Google images search would display. Maybe this can be improved by editing the search engines but not many people have the motivation for that.
In conclusion Telescope is an interesting program that should probably be useful to some people out there, try it if you want to. Available for all Windows versions.
Get it at http://www.alkalisoftware.ca/Telesc.html (if it's down use the mirror below)