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Old 02-09-2005, 12:24 AM   #1
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Has anyone used DevonAgent for searching the web?

It's a web search agent with built-in browser. It gathers results from other search engines and then combines, ranks, and classifies them. I've just started trying out a demo version and initial results look very promising with a high level of relevant search results.

It's available at
http://devon-technologies.com/produc...t/overview.php

Windows and Unix users will have to read about it on the web site but wait till they buy a Mac before they can try it out. ;-)

   
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Old 02-09-2005, 04:39 AM   #2
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Has anyone used DevonAgent for searching the web?

It's a web search agent with built-in browser. It gathers results from other search engines and then combines, ranks, and classifies them. I've just started trying out a demo version and initial results look very promising with a high level of relevant search results.
Hmmm. I don’t see a demo version. I would try it if I did.

   
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Hmmm. I don’t see a demo version. I would try it if I did.
Here's the downloads page:

http://devon-technologies.com/download/commercial.php

Probably the full version is a partial/demo until you unlock it or times out after so many searches or days.

   
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Thanks. I’ll take a look.

Have you seen (used) this?

   
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Thanks. I’ll take a look.

Have you seen (used) this?
Not yet. It's frequently mentioned at the MacInTouch site, but I haven't paid any attention until now. I've got the downloads page open in another tab and will download in a little bit. I guess then I'll know whether the commercial version works as a demo or not.

   
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It's a time-limited demo. It runs for 30 hours and then starts to slow down until you pay up. $35 I think.

I've used it a couple of times over the past two days to great effect. The built-in browser is quite adequate for following up most references and it's easy to transfer your links to your favourite browser.

I think it's worth reading the manual (a separate download).

I spent last night playing with www.scholar.google.com. If you want to search for academic papers and avoid the adverts it's brilliant. One good features is that it tells you how many citations there are for each reference and you can ask it to list all the citing papers. It's a great way of finding more recent stuff from a particular starting point.

   
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