I read the main page of the Copernic2000 site and found they had several versions available. I was only interested in the free version, just to try it out. Unlike other search engines, where you input your parameters right on the site in a text box, Copernic2000 is a program you download and run separately from your browser or Internet programs. The file size wasnít large (the installed files take up 3.8MB). An icon was put on my desktop, which I usually delete, but for some reason left it there. I double-clicked on it and was pretty surprised at what I saw - a nice interface with 55 categories to search. But the free version only allows you to search six categories: The web, newsgroups, e-mail addresses, buy books, buy hardware, buy software. I tried a search on each to see if it really worked. Once you select a category you can have the search Answer My Question; Search for all words; Search for any words; Search for exact phrase.
If you upgrade to Copernic Plus for $39.95, you get 55 categories (610 search engines), no ad banners, and a customizable category bar; upgrade to Copernic Pro for $79.95 and in addition to the extras you get with Plus, youíll get scheduled search updates (with auto-dialing), E-mail notification of new documents, automated validate, download and refine, and query spell-checker.
The other categories youíll get include:
Auctions, Business & Finance, Cars, Computer Security, Encyclopedias, File Search, Games, Health, Humor, Images, Kids, Life, Movies, MP3, Multimedia, Music, Newspapers, Newswire, Recipes, Science, Software, Sports News, Tech News, Tech Reviews, Top News, Travel, Yellow Pages.
Copernic searches up to and over 10 search engines/sites (depending on your search category) and has a pop-up windows that shows each search engine/site being searched and the progress on results. Results give the web site URL, any pertinent info and if you click on the URL, itíll open your web browser and take you to the site in a snap. Search results are kept as long as you want them. There is no expiration date and the banner ads arenít that bad. For a free program, this is pretty nifty and definitely worth it. But paying the extra $40 or so isnít going to attract a lot of people unless theyíre search nuts. Iíd suggest to Copernic to lower the price and I can bet sales would soar. I know Iíd seriously consider upgrading.
J.A. Hitchcock is a regular contributor to Compute Me. Visit her web site at jahitchcock.com.