Traditional search is old and tired, Infodex Search is evolving. Most consumer search products, even the baked-in Operating System search tools, provide elementary search capabilities and graphical user interfaces. On the opposite end, the expensive, high-end Information Retrieval (IR) platforms deliver powerful, but complicated search features. Infodex merges both extremes into a powerful, yet easy to use and affordable search platform.
Why Infodex Search?
Infodex Search unlocks the answers that already exist inside your documents. Infodex Search stands apart from other search tools, applications and appliances because it is purpose-built to be easy to use, fully assistive, and effective at finding highly relevant documents based on your search. Under the hood there is a powerful and extendable Information Retrieval platform, using advanced document analysis, search algorithms and Information Retrieval techniques.
So what’s the difference between basic search and Infodex Search?
Most software applications provide some form of a basic search feature. Basic search often uses a simple, inherently slow, linear matching strategy to check if a word exists on a page. When matches are found, they are displayed, not by importance or relevancy, but as they appear in the document’s page order. This sequential ordering forces the user to review each match found to determine if it is truly relevant. The task of reviewing the unprioritized results, quickly becomes exhausting and ineffective, particularly when dealing with 100’s or 1,000’s of matches over a large document collection.
Alternatively, Infodex Search goes far beyond basic search by breaking down and analyzing a document and its pages. When a user enters a query, all matching pages are found and the results are ranked based on how relevant they are to the query. Ranked results significantly reduces the number of matches that have to be read to find the desired answers. The benefit of Infodex Search over basic is night and day, enhancing the user experience by providing a vastly superior search result, leading to massive savings of time and effort.
Infodex is an Information Retrieval Platform that can be used by anyone. It is also an advanced storage Container for your content. It offers something for everyone, from the professional or technical user wishing to take advantage of advanced data analysis and application integration opportunities, to its inviting search interface for the everyday user.
The Infodex stores, analyzes, and indexes document data. The Infodex can remain private for your use or can be distributed to others. The Infodex is content-agnostic and almost any document data can be used. The Infodex platform is extendable and currently, there are plug-ins for handling and displaying of PDF and HTML/XML content. Infodex isn’t simply another search application but is an approachable and extendable Information Retrieval Platform.
The Infodex Workbench is a robust, versatile, and open Information Retrieval Platform. The Infodex Workbench is comprised of two primary application features, the Infodex Builder and the Infodex Navigator. The Workbench is built around an industry-standard platform and plug-in architecture called Eclipse. All of Infodex’s components and features are created as powerful plug-ins and are flexible, extensible and fine-tuned for their specific purpose.
The Infodex Builder is where Infodex Projects are created and maintained. The project is organized with folders and filled with your document data. Once the project is ready, it is built, resulting in a navigable, searchable Infodex Assembly. Other Builder features allow you refine and fully manage your Infodex projects. When you are ready to deploy your Infodex, the Builder can create an Infodex Container, a single file Infodex for easy distribution to others. The Builder provides all the power to create, update, test, and work with your Infodexes.
The Infodex Navigator allows document browsing and searching through an interactive and graphical search interface. Here the Query Assistant interactively suggests additional relevant terms as you enter the query. The Query Graph shows the query, broken down into parts, representing the overall search and reduces the guesswork of why a search does or doesn’t return the desired results. The Infodex can be shared over a file network or deployed as a single file Container for easy downloading and distribution. It can be used for Electronic Publishing, such as a collection of valuable reference material or in the field documentation.
Infodex is built to be extended through content-plugins, enabling any content to be analyzed and displayed with contextual hit-highlighting. Today Infodex comes with direct support for HTML, XML, and PDF.
The focus for many of our clients is PDF, due to its industry de facto standard status as the world’s information delivery format for legal, business, government, archival and general exchange. PDF has rightly earned this recognition due to its presentation accuracy, portability, flexibility, as an open standard, and the vast number of PDF creation and editing tools.
The pressure is building to find the answers. The deadline is approaching, and you have mounds of documents, 100’s or 1,000’s, that you need to sift through, read and understand so you can provide the answers to the questions asked. What do you do?
After hours of scouring and reading, trying to understand the breadth and depth of the content, you ask, what else needs to be reviewed, what was missed or what didn’t I fully comprehend? Am I producing complete and accurate answers?
By its very nature, the Infodex Workbench enables ad-hoc research efforts, quickly and painlessly. Infodex makes it simple: create an Infodex project, add content, i.e, drag-and-drop files or folders, build, and search! You, the “knowledge worker” or “domain expert”, have all the tools necessary to help you find the answers. No additional IT staff or specialists required.
Product updating & New Features
One of the significant benefits of the Infodex plug-in architecture is that nearly all features can be updated independently of each another. This feature isolation or componentization means smaller and quicker updates and less chance of breaking other Builder and Navigator plug-ins. Besides maintaining existing features, new features are easily installed via product updates. Future Infodex Builder updates can include new natural language processing capabilities, data mining and new Document content processing options and beyond.
Every user and organization has different technical and usability requirements. The extendable nature of the Infodex Platform makes customization and adding new functionality possible. Some examples include: automatically synchronizing projects with external documents, maintaining large numbers of Infodex projects and automating Infodex builds and distribution. Just about any customization can be achieved through the plug-in architecture. Please contact us if you want to discuss consulting opportunities with NeoHarbor.
Compare for Yourself
We don’t provide any direct comparison between Infodex and the typical search tool or platform as they all differ widely in setup, Information Retrieval capabilities, out of the box features, and price. Along with our own experience and after years of talking with our users about their experiences, we know Infodex Search simply provides the best out of the box, cost-effective Information Retrieval solution on the market! If you haven’t used Infodex Search, we invite you to try a free trial and see for yourself.
Built On Eclipse
Building Infodex Software on a solid foundation is our only option. We are proud and thrilled having embraced Eclipse as our application framework. Eclipse has an extremely high customer satisfaction record, is battle-tested, and has a developer approved toolset and platform, giving Infodex a large jump start. As a result, Infodex is an extremely stable, robust, and flexible Knowledge Retrieval Platform.
We support the Eclipse Project.
Footnote (Linear Matching): Some search methods use a pre-built document index to increase search speed, but the matched ordering is still in document page order.