Blinkx released over the weekend an improved version of its search software. It now creates specific topic folders in users' PCs and automatically populates them with documents grabbed from users' hard drives and the Internet.
The feature, called Smart Folders, is the highlight of Blinkx 2.0, the newest version of this Internet and desktop search tool, which is available as a free download.
Blinkx 2.0 also contains a feature called SIS, an acronym for the phrase Stuff I've Seen, which maintains a record of viewed files. Version 2.0 also adds support for querying peer-to-peer networks.
The first version of Blinkx was launched in July and generated significant interest among users and industry watchers because of its unique approach to search. Instead of relying only on keyword-based queries, Blinkx reads users' screens and, based on that contextual information, flags documents from their PCs and from the Internet. Blinkx works unobtrusively in the background and displays search results when prompted by the user.
Blinkx also gained attention for its ability to index files on a user's hard drive, the so-called desktop search capability that big vendors such as Google, Microsoft, America Online, and Yahoo are also pursuing.
Blinkx 2.0's Smart Folders are automatically populated with PC and Internet documents that are contextually related. Users can configure Smart Folders in various ways to narrow the types of documents and files that can be included. Smart Folders can contain pictures, music and video clips, text, and Web pages. Blinkx 2.0 also can alert users when it has updated the content of a Smart Folder.
Hard drive files Blinkx 2.0 can index and retrieve include Microsoft Office documents, such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel worksheets; Adobe Acrobat documents; text documents; images; HTML pages; MP3 files; and e-mail messages and attachments from Microsoft Outlook and Qualcomm's Eudora e-mail applications, according to information on the company's Web site. On the Internet, Blinkx 2.0 can index and retrieve things such as Web pages, blogs, and video clips.
Blinkx 2.0 is available only for Windows 2000 and Windows XP.