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MacRumors
Mar 9, 2009, 01:30 PM
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Inquisitor, the popular Safari search plug-in (http://www.inquisitorx.com/safari/index_en.php), is now available as a standalone application for the iPhone [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=303862238&mt=8), Free]. According to developer David Watanabe, Inquisitor's background as a sleek and simple application providing easy access to uncluttered search results translates well to the iPhone (http://www.newsfirex.com/blog/?p=386).

Inquisitor has always been about speed and simple design. Instant search suggestions attempt to complete your thoughts and save you from the keyboard. Results are designed to be easily read on the iPhone screen, so there’s no need to hunt and peck. A built-in web browser means you can flip between search results and web pages with a single tap. There’s even an extended abstract preview that hovers over webpages while they’re loading, so you’re never left staring at a blank screen. On top of it all, Inquisitor remembers your history and personalizes the experience to you.

Yahoo! acquired the rights (http://www.newsfirex.com/blog/?p=203) to Inquisitor in May 2008, although Watanabe remains the lead developer on the project and not an employee of the company. The partnership has led to the launch of Inquisitor plug-ins for Firefox and Internet Explorer ("http://www.newsfirex.com/blog/?p=236), and now a standalone iPhone application.

Article Link: Inquisitor for iPhone Now Available (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/03/09/inquisitor-for-iphone-now-available/)



Doju
Mar 9, 2009, 01:48 PM
That's pretty cool, but I doubt I'll download.

ntrigue
Mar 9, 2009, 01:52 PM
Must have application. It just renders the searched pages better than Mobile Safari....

okrelayer
Mar 9, 2009, 01:53 PM
hopefully they update their flagship inquisitor (for safari) to work within safari 4

wfuggle
Mar 9, 2009, 02:36 PM
Not available on UK itunes store. (On searching and when click link in article)

Saladinos
Mar 9, 2009, 02:51 PM
I think Inq. would have been a great buy for Apple. They could have redesigned it to look like the spotlight dropdown and shipped it inside Safari and included it on the iPhone.

Of course, there's probably little stopping them just copying it now.

neiltc13
Mar 9, 2009, 02:55 PM
I bet whoever organised that deal at Yahoo! is kicking themselves now that Safari comes with the functionality built in.

jeffh
Mar 9, 2009, 04:17 PM
I bet whoever organised that deal at Yahoo! is kicking themselves now that Safari comes with the functionality built in.

It's not even close to Inquisitor...at least, not yet anyway...

IgnatiusTheKing
Mar 9, 2009, 04:34 PM
I downloaded this app the other day and think it's great. If they could just cheat like Google did and add voice search, I would delete the Google app.

creator2456
Mar 10, 2009, 03:43 AM
hopefully they update their flagship inquisitor (for safari) to work within safari 4

I have been checking the site every couple days to see if this has been done. Been disappointed every time, but not enough to revert back to Safari 3. I may have to give Glims a try.

toxikos
Mar 10, 2009, 06:29 AM
Not available to UK Itunes AppStore

Thoros
Mar 10, 2009, 10:44 AM
Same for the Belgian store: not available. I don't quite get why apps aren't approved at the same time for every market. This just seems like a lot of extra paperwork. And it's quite inconvenient too!

wolfshades
Mar 10, 2009, 11:00 AM
Same for the Canadian store. I don't get it. It's a free app, so you would think there would be no copyright or marketing issues.

IgnatiusTheKing
Mar 10, 2009, 11:02 AM
Perhaps the current version is only set up to search Yahoo's US site, so they aren't releasing it in other countries until it can search the international sites.

optophobia
Mar 10, 2009, 12:45 PM
Same for the Canadian store. I don't get it. It's a free app, so you would think there would be no copyright or marketing issues.

Well move to the USA then.

diemos
Mar 10, 2009, 01:55 PM
I think new Safari revision should be out, since inquisitor actually loads pages faster.

wolfshades
Mar 10, 2009, 04:46 PM
Well move to the USA then.

Such an intelligent idea. Wish I'd thought of it.

longdogs
Mar 10, 2009, 06:30 PM
Perhaps the current version is only set up to search Yahoo's US site, so they aren't releasing it in other countries until it can search the international sites.

Nope, you can already select other countries in Settings.

IgnatiusTheKing
Mar 10, 2009, 06:43 PM
Nope, you can already select other countries in Settings.

Well then I have no idea.

inkhead
Mar 11, 2009, 03:19 PM
The guy who makes inquisitor is a grade A scam artist. He recently went to Yahoo who purchased his software.

For the record he ran a "lifetime" acquisition special, which I and thousands purchased, then went back on his word trying to charge us all for the update.

He takes open-source software and sells it violating the GPL.

He's cocky and rude to everyone, and Yahoo regrets buying him.

chimerical
Mar 12, 2009, 12:49 AM
I have been checking the site every couple days to see if this has been done. Been disappointed every time, but not enough to revert back to Safari 3. I may have to give Glims a try.

Well, Safari 4 is still in beta. That'd be a beta plugin over a beta, which I guess maybe not everyone would want to release publicly right away.

SnowLeopard2008
Mar 12, 2009, 01:05 AM
Doesn't Safari 4 have something like Inquisitor? Like it drops down a menu when you search for stuff?

IgnatiusTheKing
Mar 12, 2009, 08:12 AM
Doesn't Safari 4 have something like Inquisitor? Like it drops down a menu when you search for stuff?

It does, and I actually like it better because it works (well) with Google. I installed Inquisitor on my work computer and was dissatisfied with the way it handled Google being the main search engine.

The iPhone app is great, though, despite the fact that it uses Yahoo. I expect to see similar functionality from Google in the near future.

tweaks
Mar 14, 2009, 06:07 PM
Would love to see a option other than yahoo.