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Sphider-plus version 2.8 released

Posted by Tec 
Tec
Sphider-plus version 2.8 released
April 04, 2012 06:51AM
As it might be of interest also for the users of original Sphider:
Meanwhile the latest development of Sphider-plus is available at http://www.sphider-plus.eu
In front of version 2.7 the following items have been added / modified:

New feature:
Same results for queries typed with pure vowels or with accents.
Will deliver the same results for queries like: cafe and café.
To be activated in Admin backend.

New feature for AND and OR search:
If the length of the text extract in result listing is too short to highlight all search words, additional text extracts are build up to highlight all search words of the query.

New feature:
Besides bulk Re-indexing of all sites, the periodical Re-indexer is now available also site specific.
To be activated individual in "Options" menu of each site.

New feature:
Bound the length of full text to be indexed at each page. Will limit the indexed keywords to be extracted only from the first part of the full text, if set to values like 500 or 1000. Configurable in Admin settings.

New option to be set in Admin backend:
Block all queries sent by Meta search engines like Google, MSN, Amazon, etc

New option to be set in Admin backend:
Block all queries sent by crawler known to be evil.

New option to be set in Admin backend:
Delete special characters inside of words. Underscores, hyphens and symbols like ‘ ・ “
etc. as part of words are deleted. So only the pure words will become indexed.

New feature:
The indexer could be interrupted periodically after indexing a predefined count of pages (links).
Configurable in Admin settings.

New option to be activated in Admin backend:
Convert all kind of double quotes like “ and ” into standard quotes "

New option to be activated/disabled in Admin backend:
Show time elapsed (to fetch the results) in result header.

New option to be activated/disabled in Admin backend:
In result listing show the actual result number of each result.

New option to be activated/disabled in Admin backend:
In result listing show the URL of each result in a separate row.

New option to be activated/disabled in Admin backend:
Index the 'Title' Meta tag in HTML header

New option to be selected in Admin backend :
Define the default chronological order for media result listing
- By title (alphabetic)
- By image size
- By 'Last queried'
- By 'Most popular'
- By file suffix

New option to be activated in Admin backend :
Limit the amount of media results presented together with text results.
Defined as maximum count of media results per page. The image results are counted separately
from audio + video streams.

New method of thumbnail storage:
The thumbnails are no longer stored in a subfolder of the Sphider-plus installation,
but now are stored in database table "media" in field "thumbnail".

Improved media search:
AND, OR and TOLERANT modes are now selectable for media search,
while the PHRASE mode will be interpreted as an AND search.

Improved media search:
Henceforward file name as well as the title will be queried to find media results.
Optionally also the EXIF / ID3 info will be scoured for the query input.

New options to be defined in Admin backend:
The following basic indexing options are globally definable for all sites:
- Spidering depth: Full Index or folder depth definition
- Spider can leave domain
- Use preferred charset for indexing
Afterwards individual settings could be performed site specific in the advanced option of each site URL. The global settings will also be used for suggested sites (addurl form).

New option in Admin 'Clear' menu:
Clear all entries in 'Addurl' table.

New option in Admin 'Clear' menu:
Clear all entries in 'Banned' table.

Improved option:
Ignoring parts of a page defined by <div id=’abc’>
now is working alternately also for <div class=’abc’>
Besides the string list in divs_not.txt file, the file now alternatively may contain regexp patterns.

Improved option:
Indexing only parts of a page defined by <div id=’abc’>
now is working alternately also for <div class=’abc’>
Besides the string list in divs_use.txt file, the file now alternatively may contain regexp patterns.

Presenting of multiple hits in result listing enabled now also for strict search.

Language files added for Norwegian (nynorsk and bokmål). Thanks to Geir Kleiveland.

White- and blacklist, as well as the other lists in …/include/common/ folder
now are tolerating (ignoring) blank rows.

Improved index procedure, now also accepting links containing "blank" characters.

Improved “Erase & Re-index all” function. Now deleting also the “pending” and “temp” tables.

Support for Greek language totally rewritten. Now accepting Latin characters for old and new Greek transcription.

Improved parser for RSS v.2.0 feeds.

Bug fixed in index procedure, which prevented correct indexing of text placed behind multiple tabs.

Bug fixed in search function for searching in multiple databases.

Bug fixed in result listing when presenting multiple hits per page.

Some more small bugs killed.
Re: Sphider-plus version 2.8 released
May 16, 2012 07:08PM
If I make a donation for this version, when a new (minor or major release) comes out, I'll have to pay for it again???
Thx. smiling smiley
Tec
Re: Sphider-plus version 2.8 released
May 16, 2012 07:59PM
Usually the updates of Sphider-plus are for free. But I do not promise this for the next 100 years. In other words, all 2.x releases will be included. I did not decide yet, whether this remains valid for all future 3.x releases.
Up to now, I asked my customers only one time to purchase a new licence. Had been when releasing version 2.3

Tec
Re: Sphider-plus version 2.8 released
May 17, 2012 03:58PM
Hi, I have a doubt:

Is it GPL but not free?
Tec
Re: Sphider-plus version 2.8 released
May 17, 2012 04:14PM
I will not re-enter into this discussion. About 4 years ago we already had the discussion here in the forum.

Tec
Re: Sphider-plus version 2.8 released
May 17, 2012 04:32PM
OK, I haven't read the forum in years, I'll look it up.

I am not asking you to enter in a discussion, I know how the GPL works, you can sell GPL software, I think red hat does.

For the curious, GPL is about freedom not price. Look it up.

Midday, gotta lunch, bye.
Re: Sphider-plus version 2.8 released
May 19, 2012 10:55PM
Tec Wrote:
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> Usually the updates of Sphider-plus are for free.
> But I do not promise this for the next 100 years.
> In other words, all 2.x releases will be included.
> I did not decide yet, whether this remains valid
> for all future 3.x releases.
> Up to now, I asked my customers only one time to
> purchase a new licence. Had been when releasing
> version 2.3
>
> Tec

Ok, thanks for the info. But, now I'd ask why you required to purchase a new licence for the 2.3. It was a major release or other? Just to understand. smiling smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/21/2012 05:09PM by Aqua.
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