The SSSpider™ Search Engine Sets

SSSpider Search Engine Sets consist of entries mentioned in the pane Search Engine Registry. Each time you execute a query via a particular Search Engine Set, SSSpider starts sending requests to all engines within that set. SSSpider is shipped with some pre-defined Search Sets which have been tuned to optimize the level and type of searches you would like to perform initially. These sets include such ones as "Entire Web", "Search Usenet", and some others. SSSpider allows you to easily create search sets of your own and to include in these sets any SSSpider-compatible Search Engines. For example, you may create such sets as "Science", "Travel", "Software", "Sports", "Cooking recipes", and many others: the number of search sets that you are allowed to create, is not limited (in SSSpider Registered version). Visit the Kryloff Technologies Web Site to see a list of Search Engines, which you can include in your own Search Sets. Apart from engines mentioned in this document, you may add virtually any other engines including your local ones, to make SSSpider contact more engines and deliver the best possible search results.

Once you have created a new Search Set (by pressing Ctrl+N or via a pop-up menu item New Search Set), it does not include any Search Engines and is initially empty. To make this set operative, you should include in it one or several Search Engines from the SSSpider Search Engine Registry pane. Simply drag and drop a selection of desired Search Engines onto a Search Set as it is shown on the following picture:

Drag and drop a selection of search engines on a Search Engine Set

You may also move or copy Search Engines within Search Sets: select a Search Engine icon right in the pane "Search Engine Sets" using the left mouse button, then drag and drop it on another Search Set to update it. During the dragging operation, hold the key <Ctrl> on the keyboard to copy the engine; otherwise, the engine being dragged, will move from one Search Set to another.

When you click a particular Search Engine or a Search Set in this pane using the right mouse button, a corresponding pop-up menu will appear. To obtain more detailed information about each item in the pop-up menu, click it on the following picture:

SSSpider Search Engine Sets - click a menu item to get additional help

New Search Set
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Click this item to create a new set of Search Engines. Initially, a newly created Search Set will be empty: to include in it one or several Search Engines, drag them either from the pane "Search Engine Registry" or from another Search Set within the same pane. To rename the newly created Search Set, click its title using the left mouse button or select the pop-up menu item Rename.

Rename Search Engine Set
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Click this item to rename a Search Engine Set.

Note: this item does not allow to rename Search Engines a given Search Set consists of. If you want to give another name to an engine, find and click this engine in the pane Search Engine Registry using the right mouse button. Once you rename a search engine, its new title will automatically appear in all Search Sets which include this engine.

Search Set Icon
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Click this item to assign a new icon to a Search Set. This item does not affect the rest of the SSSpider functionality and has been implemented for your convenience only. For example, if you have created a new search set and called it, "Cooking recipes", you might also want to see an icon, which reflects the meaning of this set, for example, this one: . This allows you to quickly identify this set amongst the rest when dragging and dropping your queries.

Delete Search Set
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Click this item to delete a particular set of Search Engines. Note, that upon deletion, the Search Engines that have been included in the set, are not deleted from the SSSpider Search Engine Registry. To delete a Search Engine, click the pane Search Engine Registry.

Check Search Engine
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As the Web is a rapidly changing "creature", new search engines may appear and existing ones die nearly every day! Also, developers of each search engine may change the layout of its report so that SSSpider might become unable to correctly identify links it needs to follow to process your queries. To keep all engines in the up-to-date status, they need checking on the regular basis. SSSpider internally keeps the date each particular engine has been checked on; when this time is elapsed, the application warns you of the necessity to check if the engine still exists and if its reports can be still correctly processed by SSSpider. SSSpider grays out icons of engines that need checking; also, the application pops-up with a warning message when you drop a query on a set that includes at least one of such engines.

Click this icon to check a Search Engine: the corresponding procedure does not take much time at all, but it allows SSSpider to make sure that the engine is still "alive" and that the application should keep on sending requests to this engine when processing your queries. See also: How SSSpider works.

Find a Search Engine or Set
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Click this item to find a search engine or a set of engines, by title.

Refresh the pane "Search Engine Sets"
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Click this item to sort items within this pane in alphabetical order.

Adjust Font
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Click this item to change font name, pitch or color with which items in this pane are to be displayed.

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When you click this item, the Properties dialog will appear; this dialog displays additional information about a Search Engine or a Search Engine Set. By default, this dialog remains on top of the rest of SSSpider windows until you close it. Click the dialog with the right mouse button and uncheck the pop-up menu item "Always stay on top" to change this behavior.