Webinator Download Information - Version 20.0.0

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Technical Support

Webinator technical support is handled by a web message board.

Anyone may browse and search the message board. You must sign up to post messages however: click on "Login to post", and from there you will be able to sign up. Once you are signed up you may post questions and comments. You may also subscribe to periodic email notifications of new postings.

Visit the Thunderstone Tech Support Message Board for technical support.

Things you need to know:

  • The Webinator binaries are available for the following platforms (hover over choices for more info):
    Other platforms may become available based on demand. Send us a request if you do not see yours, maybe we'll have it soon.

  • The free Webinator must have direct Internet access to ls.thunderstone.com on port 80 to run. (That may seem obvious, but some organizations have internal webs behind firewalls and proxies that block outbound port 80.) The Webinator checks with Thunderstone to validate its license.

  • We strongly urge you to be polite when indexing other people's Web servers. Like any web crawler, the Webinator can be abusive if mis-handled.

  • You must submit a registration form for each machine that will run the software.

  • If you have purchased and installed a full Texis distribution, do not install this package onto the same machine. You may install it on a different machine. To use Webinator on an existing Texis installation, use the Webinator scripts that came with it (or contact tech support for updates) — they contain more functionality than the Free Webinator scripts.

  • This version of Webinator creates indexes that should not be accessed or modified by version 5 or earlier, if the data contains Unicode/international/hi-bit characters.


"I've used the software before while working at NASA a couple years ago, but I was also quite impressed by a couple new features such as the admin interface for indexing the site. Anyway, Webinator remains an amazing product -- very relevant search results without much effort and customizable scripts to still somehow improve on precision. People were really impressed with the generic script I downloaded to create a site index."

Michael Hohner Cybrarian U. of Winnipeg
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