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Though I primarily use Firefox for my browsing needs, I do run Safari occasionally -- primarily for Flash sites, as I have Flash blocked in Firefox. But sometimes I also just start using Safari for the day and keep using it (I'm not particularly vehement about my browser preferences). When I do, though, I find myself missing a feature found in Firefox -- the ability to have more than just Google in the search box located in the URL bar. That's where AcidSearch comes into play. AcidSearch is a Safari plug-in that adds a number of pre-defined search engines (including macosxhints), as well as the ability for you to easily add more definitions.

Once installed, Safari works just as before -- except you now have a handy drop-down menu, as seen at left (larger version). Select your search engine, then enter your search phrase and hit Enter, and off you go. If that's not enough for you, you can use the Edit Search Channels option to create your own definitions, change the default engine, and place the channels in any order you wish, complete with separators.

According to the documentation, the last-chosen search engine should remain active until you change it again. However, in my testing, it always reverted to the default engine after one search. I'm not sure if this is particular to my machine or not, but it's a small annoyance -- having multiple engines available is a huge timesaver.
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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: gvitale on Sep 01, '04 11:37:42AM

Works fine here (PBG4, 10.3.5, Safari 1.2.3 (v.125.9)): last search engine is retained. My score is 10/10!



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Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: gourls on Sep 02, '04 07:26:12PM
That sounds really awesome, Rob! I don't understand it fully, but I get the main idea of it. By the way, the person who said it crashes Safari 2.0 in Tiger-how did you get Tiger? I thought it wasn't close to being out! That's so cool!

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Channel returns to default
Authored by: kaidoh on Sep 01, '04 12:04:21PM
The reversion of the search engine after a search seems to be an option which can be toggled in the preferences. The developer writes about it on the product page:
Using a Default Channel: If the Default Channel is set (check the "Default Channel" checkbox to enable this feature), the search channel will revert back to the Default Channel every time a search is completed

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Channel returns to default
Authored by: robg on Sep 01, '04 01:05:01PM

Ah, that would be it -- I did change the default. Hmm, I think those two features should be split apart. I'd like to set a different default search page, but not have it revert to that every time.

For instance, if I'm on a search for a particular subject, I might want to do 10 searches in a row on one engine, but different from my default. As it stands now, that's a bit of a pain to do ...

-rob.



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Do I need to restart ?
Authored by: Pedro Estarque on Sep 01, '04 12:54:50PM

Nothing happend here. just ordinary recent searches



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Sogudi is nice too!
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Sep 01, '04 01:00:32PM
Sogudi (available at http://www.atamadison.com/w/kitzkikz.php?page=Sogudi) is another great little app. It hasn't been updated in some time--it's been at 0.4.3b since I started using it in November 2003--which I guess means it hasn't had any problems. Anyway, Sogudi does its magic by modifying Safari's Address bar to accept parameters. The first string you type into the Address bar determines how the rest of the string will be treated.
 
Here're some examples:

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Another option
Authored by: grondin on Sep 01, '04 01:37:42PM

I'm a big fan of SafariKeywords
http://safarikeywords.sourceforge.net/ (sorry no html skill)

You just type the keyword first and your search is directed to that engine.
ie. imdb Office Space finds that movie at IMDB

You can add or edit the searches as you see fit through a Prefpane



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Sogudi vs. SafariKeywords
Authored by: sjk on Sep 01, '04 06:44:15PM

The Sogudi shortcuts window is launched directly from Safari; SafariKeywords uses System Preferences. SafariKeywords uses the search field so searches are saved; Sogudi uses the address field. I prefer Sogudi because I like having a long address field without the search field so long URLs fully visible more often.

Anyone know of other significant differences?



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Sogudi vs. SafariKeywords
Authored by: sapporo on Sep 02, '04 09:00:46AM
I actually have a new version of SafariKeywords that uses Safari's prefs panel instead of SystemPreferences. I should have released that a while ago, but was too busy..

I hereby promise to release it on Sourceforge next weekend.

BTW, the first incarnation of SafariKeywords was a hint here on macosxhints.com.

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Sogudi vs. SafariKeywords
Authored by: sjk on Sep 03, '04 03:31:50PM

I'll probably stick with Sogudi as long as SafariKeywords uses the Google Search field that I prefer to hide.



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Yet another option
Authored by: TallDwarf on Sep 01, '04 03:22:44PM

I use Launchbar to search many websites from any app.

Command + Space to launch Launchbar

For me "IM" equals IMDB, "V" equals "versiontracker", "G" equals google

ex. Command +Space --> IM + space (to select it) --> "Lord of the Rings"

Real slick. I think you might be able to do similar things with Quicksilver, but I am a longtime Launchbar user.



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: allanmarcus on Sep 01, '04 02:00:49PM

Ok, so why would anyone want to use another search engine? What advantages do these other engines offer over google?



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: scaryfish on Sep 02, '04 01:37:12AM
Well, I'm using it so I can search PubMed. Which is a database of scientific papers.

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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: deviladv on Sep 03, '04 02:22:50PM

Google searches the web. Other search engines search databases and other such things. Also other engines are more specific.

On the PC side there is Google toolbar which has a great example of other search engines. You can search google, or with an additional click you can switch to a 411 directory, Froogle, GoogleNews, dictionary.com, or stock quotes.

The idea is not to put on sites like AltaVista or Yahoo or MSN (unless you want to), but to put on more specific search engines that change the context of your search.

I use froogle quite a bit but on my Mac I have to go to froogle.com, whereas with this I can search froogle direct from my search box.

Try it, I'm confident you'll find it useful if you give it a try and think about the possibilities.



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Just what I need
Authored by: KWillets on Sep 01, '04 02:38:41PM

I've been looking for this for a while, but hadn't found the right keywords to bring it up in searches.

The only issue I had was that it wouldn't do anything initially, right after I entered some new search channels. Hitting return produced no action that I could see. I un-and-reinstalled and it's fine now.

Suggestion: Allow a custom input language for each international search channel. Right now a search in, say, Korean means picking the Korean Channel, and then changing to Hangul input method in the International menu before typing a query in the target language.

This type of thing seems to be a general problem with I18n on web forms, search engines, etc., and I'm not sure how to solve it.



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: tonyinsf on Sep 01, '04 03:57:57PM

I use Butler, where this is only one of many features it gives. It also has a fancy search, by hitting control-spacebar you can find almost anything on your Mac, from URL's to files and applications. It is also donationware.

http://www.petermaurer.de/

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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: Vizspring on Sep 01, '04 08:36:34PM

AcidSearch is not compatable with Safari 1.3 Beta.



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: robg on Sep 01, '04 10:26:14PM

Not surprising, given that Safari 1.3B is associated with 10.4 :)

-rob.



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iCab does it even better
Authored by: Juneappal on Sep 02, '04 02:50:31AM

Yes. I know that iCab doesn't handle CSS2 - please don't remind me.

It does do some things very well, though, and this is one of them. I am posting this in hopes that some other developers will rip off their good ideas and put them in a browser that can display css.

In iCab, all search boxes have a contextual menu item that allows you to add them to the search pull down - one click and they are added. That's cool - like an even better version of AcidSearch. The other, fabulous feature is really cool. Any search field that you add to the box can have a letter associated with it. (mine include G for google, V for versiontracker, X for macosxhints, F for froogle, W for uswx, E for Ebay etc...) With all of those entered, I can type searches directly into the address box. If I type "G zebras" I get google results for zebras. "V zebras" gets versiontracker results for the same.

This is a super feature - especially for people who don't like to use the mouse - I can search 15 different search engines by remembering a single letter for each of them (which I assigned myself)

Developers - please steal this feature.

(Unless you are iCab developers. In that case .....FIX CSS! iCab has the best feature set and the worst rendering of all browsers)



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iCab does it even better
Authored by: pozytron on Sep 02, '04 09:14:30PM

Actually, you can set "shortcuts" in AcidSearch, which accomplishes the second task. If you create a new channel, it tries to create a channel based on the current page.

I might be a bit biased though.



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: gadg on Sep 02, '04 08:43:47AM

Cute toy. But I've been using <a href="http://www.petermaurer.de/nasi.php?thema=butler&sprache=english&sfgdata=4">Butler</a> for this and will most likely switch to using <a href="http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/">Launchbar</a> in the near future. (<a href="http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/">Quicksilver</a> is also an option)

[by the way, is it me or is there a sudden flood of these search apps? i love them!]

But, back to topic, what I really miss is the ctrl-click menu! In Safari I can select text and go 'Search Google'. I want to define other search engines there too!

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Oops...
Authored by: gadg on Sep 02, '04 08:46:07AM

Sorry about the post mode. Should have been HTML!

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Oops...
Authored by: sjk on Sep 03, '04 03:42:24PM

Forgot to look at the mandatory preview of your post before submitting it? :-)



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: thoughton on Sep 04, '04 04:48:49AM

So you are switching from Butler to LaunchBar or Quicksilver are you? Wow!!!!! Why don't you post that news onto the internet so the whole world will know? And you can do it without a word of explanation as to why you are switching from one to the other. Oh wait ... you already did that.

Unless you're going to make some kind of constructive criticism, what makes you think anyone cares what Launcher _you_ are using?



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: clamstrip on Sep 02, '04 07:20:15PM

crashes Tiger's Safari version 2.0 (146) at launch.
fortunately running acidsearch installer again and selecting uninstall restores function.



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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: JohnnyMnemonic on Sep 03, '04 12:23:09PM

To new channels and a hint:

you can search on "Get lucky" hints by appending your google search with an exclamation point eg to get lucky search "apple!".

I also created a custom search item that does the same:
http://www.google.com/search?&btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&q=

Here's one for Apple's kBase too:
http://search.info.apple.com/?search=Go&lr=lang_en&kword=&q=bougs



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Saft
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 04, '04 12:14:42PM
The Safari plug-in Saft also offers this functionality, to some extent, and offers a lot more besides. It is, without a doubt, the best application I've ever paid $10 for.

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AcidSearch - Enhanced Google search bar in Safari
Authored by: junk666 on Jul 19, '08 06:30:50AM

A fitting solution for the search-aholic. Now, how about a solution for the search-aphobic. I want to get rid of the Google search space entirely. I know how to minimize it but I want to minimize it to ZERO! I can do it easily in Firefox by opening the "custom" window and drag Google out. Any suggestions for a Google-extomy on Safari?



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