Webinator Download Information - Version 18.0.2

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Webinator technical support is handled by a web message board.

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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.


"We bought the entry-level Webinator product to begin with, and we currently have the Enterprise version. What I really like about it, still, is the fact that it's relatively easy to configure. It's much easier to configure that it was back when we bought the original product, when everything was run through command lines. I like the notion of relevance in terms of returned hits. It seems to make a lot more sense to me than, for example, Google page ranking -- which places a much higher priority on popularity than it does on the actual content of the pages where text matches. Another thing that has been nice is the fact there is support for synonym matching within the server. And I think Vortex as a scripting language is very powerful. Even though I haven't used it to its fullest ability, it's proven to be quite flexible when we've needed to make modifications."

Mark J. Weixel Director of Informatics The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) University of Pittsburgh
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