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Copernic Agent Personal will help you perform effective Internet searches. Instead of using just one engine, this application works as a web meta-crawler as it is capable of targeting results from multiple search engines. What is more, this program shows neat results by removing broken links and duplicates.
Its interface makes it easy to use. Perhaps, you will need to study it first, but I am sure you will soon know what each element is there for. In this regard, the main screen is divided into various panels, such as Search, Categories, Common Tasks and Results. In order to start a search, you will need to provide the search terms. In addition, you can ask the program to search for the exact phrase or to omit results with broken links. One of the most important steps is to select appropriate categories. These can be chosen from a tree-view panel that groups them into larger categories, such as Computers and the Internet, Encyclopedia & Reference, Entertainment and Media, Government & Law, News, Shopping, among others. In addition, you create custom categories or install new ones. Once the results are available, they will be automatically ranked according to their relevance. However, you can change the ordering criterion from a list including title, excerpt, address, date found, date visited or search engines. Further actions are possible at this point. For instance, you can perform a search within the results, save the pages for offline viewing, filter the results or use a link to an external program (Copernic Summarizer) to summarize the contents.
One of the advantages of this application is that it saves your searches so that you can get back to them at any moment and receive instant results. This works as a detailed search history to which you can even customize folders and sub-folders. These saved searches can be viewed, managed and updated when necessary.
There are various editions of Copernic Agent. The differences among them are the result of the number of available categories. The commercial versions, for example, offer around 125 categories and give you access to more than 1200 search engines. In turn, Copernic Agent Personal (free edition) is fully functional and offers several features, such as keyword spell-checking and results filtering.
To summarize, Copernic Agent is an excellent product, which will help you find whatever you are looking for in the Web. Even beginners will be able to use it without much trouble so it is a program I truly recommend. However, I would certainly have liked it to have a preview panel for the results instead of needing an external browser.
- It is free
- It has multiple functionalities
- It targets results from multiple search engines
- It eliminates duplicates and checks broken links
- It saves pages from offline viewing
- I would have liked it to have a preview panel