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We released the CyberSearch 2.0.5 Firefox extension this week which includes numerous bug fixes and support for Firefox 3.7 nightly builds, and the Snapback functionality is once again working the way I intended it to. Now when you click the Snapback button in the Address Bar it not only repopulates your search query, but also displays the drop down of the results immediately.

The main thing, however, I want to point out is our greatly enhanced “search this site” functionality. Judging by the feedback I received over the past few months I can now say that one of the most common uses for CyberSearch is to find information on the site your currently viewing. I talked with some friends, ran some ideas by them, and came up with what feels like the perfect solution.

Imagine you’re on a site like the New York Times. Previously if you wanted to search the site you’d have to put your “keyword” at the beginning of the URL, and then move to the end of the URL, type a space, and put in your search terms. Searching the New York Times for “Bill Gates” would mean your Address Bar looked something like this (note that “>” is the default keyword, but can be customized):

>http://www.nytimes.com/ bill gates

Don’t get me wrong, that will still work, but it can now be done in much fewer steps. With CyberSearch 2.0.5 all you have to do is jump up to your Address Bar, and type your keyword followed by your search terms. CyberSearch will automatically recognize that you’re wanting to search the current site, and will show results accordingly. The same New York Times example can now be accomplished by entering this into your Address Bar:

>bill gates

There is still some benefit to knowing the syntax in the first example though. If you’re on, for example, the Wall Street Journal’s site you can still search the New York Times by using any of the following:

>nytimes.com bill gates
>www.nytimes.com bill gates
>http://www.nytimes.com/ bill gates

Any of those will limit search results from the New York Times regardless of the site you’re currently viewing. CyberSearch 2.0.5 will basically assume that you want to search the current site if a URL is not provided.

Keep your feedback coming! And a big thanks to Peter and Edward who worked with me to resolve a Tab Mix Plus compatibility issue.

CyberSearch 2.0.5 Homepage

There Are 11 Comments

  1. Great,Now i can use sitesearch easies.thanks

  2. Does this update solve the slowness we’ve seen since Firefox got updated to version 3.6?

    • Interestingly only a handful of people have reported slowness. I use this regularly on Firefox 3.6 without any issues. It is possible that another extension could be conflicting with it.

  3. Nice! I used Firefox’s keyword search to perform those kind of searches but this is much easier.

  4. Hi Ryan, got a query.. If we want to search something from download.com or filehippo or from wolframalpha….(just giving examples) is it possible to configure CyberSearch to do so?
    As in “dw” for download.com – followed by “ccleaner” for instance?
    ie. dw ccleaner (typed in the location bar)
    Or a search with wolframalpha(wa) and a calculation like 34^100

    hope u get what i’m trying to say..
    If it’s possible, how do you do it?

    regards
    Mark

  5. Hi Ryan, thanks for the reply,
    could you show me how to do it?
    been trying to do it but failed….
    It’s not very user friendly for a someone who don’t really understand computers

    Thanks a lot.
    looking forward to your reply

  6. Hi Ryan,
    what i mean is – whether cybersearch can automatically go into the website instead of going to google which acts like a middleman then access the page…
    Could we jump into the page immediately?
    What option do we choose?

    Regards
    Mark

    • When you see the search results pop up in the address bar, just use the down arrow to select the one you want, and then press enter to go to it. You should be taken directly to the result and not to the search page.

  7. It works!!
    Fantastic.
    Ryan is there a tweak or an option, we where we could bypass the pressing down arrow and jump straight into the site on hitting enter.
    For example if the site which we want is the first one in the list shown by CyberSearch, could we program it such a way, that by pressing “enter” we could enter into that site?

    Another suggestion is if lets say we want the 2nd or 3rd website suggested by cybersearch hitting the right arrow key would immediately jump into that website. – Similar to the “instant on” feature in google.

  8. This needs to be fixed for sites with a co.uk domain. For instance, if I’m on guardian.co.uk and do a “Search This Site” it tries to search [guardian.co] , dropping the .uk , yielding no results.

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