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3.2v62
31 August 2009

Search-as-you-type tool.

Doug-S-
24 February 2009

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As of this moment Inquisitor is not compatible with the latest version of Safari 4 (the public beta).
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Version 3.2v58

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Suf
26 October 2009
Just a note, this product does not and doesn't seem likely to be supported on Snow Leopard. May I suggest Glims as a direct replacement with broader features and no affiliate links. :)
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Version 3.2v62
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David-Watanabe
David-Watanabe
26 December 2009
No disrespect, but Inquisitor hasn't had affiliate links for nearly two years.
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Version 3.2v62
Steve K
Steve K
06 July 2011
Glims has affiliate links.
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Iamse7en
08 October 2009
THE HYPOCRISY OF DAVE WATANABE [this developer]: Watanabe likes to say this when asked about updating Inquisitor: "Any decisions about the product are Yahoo!'s to make. It stopped being my product the day it was sold." The day it was sold? Let's see, this is what you wrote on your blog, the day it was sold: "I look forward to assisting Yahoo! in refining and extending the Inquisitor user experience beyond where it is today. I truly believe that Inquisitor and its users can only benefit, both from Yahoo's resources and attention, and from the product integration possibilities that would have been impossible to pursue on my own. It's important to note that while I will continue to be the lead developer behind Inquisitor for Safari, I will not be joining Yahoo! as an employee. I have every desire and intention to remain an independent developer for the Mac, meaning that Inquisitor,Xtorrent, Acquisition, and NewsFire will all continue to be equal priorities in my life." What?! Assist Yahoo! in refining and extending the Inquisitor user experience? Users will benefit? You're the still lead developer? Inquisitor still be an equal priority along with your other products? HYPOCRITE.
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Version 3.2v62
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David-Watanabe
David-Watanabe
26 December 2009
Right, except that you are juxtaposing comments made a year and a half apart. I certainly did assist Yahoo! in refining and extending the product, but those days have long passed. At the present time I have no contractual relationship with Yahoo! and have no input whatsoever into what it does with the technology.
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Version 3.2v62
Cuneyt
31 August 2009
This really is pain in the youknowwhat.. Been waiting so long for an update, I was really happy when I saw it downloaded it, and STILL DONT WORK.. what the hell.. Am I the only one or what.. Am I using Mac OS from another planet.. I know its free software but dude your letting us down.. BTW I am using Tiger 10.4.11 (which is supported) with Safari 4.03
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Version 3.2v62
Twisted
27 August 2009
Inquisitor improved my way of searching on the Internet! I really love it and it ease of use and config. Too bad that is not working well with Safari 4.0.3. Just hope the developer will do something soon!
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Version 3.2v61
Libcrypt
19 August 2009
The latest version of Safari (4.0.3 here) pops up its own search suggestions on top of Inquisitor's. Anyone know how to turn off Safari's suggestions?
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Version 3.2v61
Pedro-Fardilha
08 July 2009
Hi All. Inquisitor was sold to Yahoo, probably that's why the original dev no longer supports or even answer emails. If you go to Inquisitor web site and click to read the terms of service (EULA) this is the link yo get: http://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/inquisitor/inquisitor-3961.html
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Version 3.2v61
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Twisted
Twisted
30 August 2009
i wrote the developer for some news, he answered quite drily that "it's common knowledge that it was sold to Yahoo!". At the end of the story I'm starting to curse Yahoo and theirs absurde acquisitions... I find Inquisitor really useful, too bad it is not open source.
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Version 3.2v61
Cuneyt
22 May 2009
When is this thang going to be updated dude.. What happened, did this guy past away or what? Its been months Safari 4 is out..
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Version 3.2v61
Patriziaf
18 May 2009
The search function (Safari 3.2.3) works only with Yahoo... not with Google. With Google you receive only the suggestions (lens).
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Version 3.2v61
Thus-spake-z
16 April 2009
While Inquisitor appears to have been installed in my Safari 4, its icon does appear in Safari's toolbar and Inquisitor's configuration panel is launched when clicking on the icon, its search function doesn't seem to work. I've also got Glims installed but don't know if there's a conflict between it and Inquisitor. unfortunately, emailed queries to the developer go unanswered. Support seems unavailable. For that reason, the developer will not be getting any financial support from me if any kind of financial support is requested.
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Version 3.2v61
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Yichen-Z
Yichen-Z
08 May 2009
the developer doesn't need any financial need from you and you should stop treating free software developer as your free technical support.
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Version 3.2v61
Thus-spake-z
Thus-spake-z
08 May 2009
Listen,lichen Z, are you really stupid or just pretending to be?. if the developer doesn't want to provide technical support or even answer emailed queries about his software, whether free or not, why doesn't he just keep his software to himself. A software developer who doesn't want to provide support is IRRESPONSIBLE and not worthy of respect. So, to Hell with him, then. OK? If you cannot understand that, then perhaps you need a brain transplant.
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Version 3.2v61
Yichen-Z
Yichen-Z
09 May 2009
You are surely one of those people get used to downloading free pirated software online and complaining like a sob without paying a dime.
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Version 3.2v61
Thus-spake-z
Thus-spake-z
09 May 2009
Pirated software, huh? Now you're prattling like an imbecile. You obviously have a fart in your brain. I commiserate.
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Version 3.2v61
F451
09 April 2009
Works well for me on Safari 4 beta, Leopard, Intel.
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Version 3.2v61
alas!
08 April 2009
This latest version, Inquisitor 3.2v61 Now works in safari 4! And quite well, too.
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Version 3.2v61
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Cuneyt
Cuneyt
08 April 2009
maybe with Leopard, definitely NOT WORKING with TIGER 10.4.11 yet..
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Version 3.2v61
alas!
alas!
08 April 2009
I was wrong; Inquisitor is not working in Safari 4. Let me go wash the egg off my face. I blame my perceptual error on inebriants.
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Version 3.2v61
Cuneyt
08 April 2009
Come on developer hurry up please with Inquisitor for Safari 4 Tiger PPC.. Its almost Safari 5..zzzzzzz
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Version 3.2v61
Dwimmerlaik
08 April 2009
Still not working with Safari 4 Public Beta.
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Version 3.2v61
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SawtoothRising
SawtoothRising
08 April 2009
omg that is outrageous WTF are they playing at?
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Version 3.2v61
Clarusad
08 April 2009
still not working on my 10.4.11 PPC with Safari 4 Public Beta (4528.16)
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Version 3.2v61
Pablito
17 March 2009
I have read that Yahoo is "latering" the new version to some place in the future .. I don't know why. How could we ask to Yahoo to hurry up with this app that we used to love!?!
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Version 3.2v58
Bertobox
04 March 2009
No new Inquisitor yet, boo… :( Safari 4 Beta is nice, but I miss Inquisitor! Developers, it'll sure make my day when the new version comes out. :) Sincerely, a true fan!
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Version 3.2v58
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Pablito
Pablito
05 March 2009
I am a fan too. I think he/they are doing some development to the iphone version, so then will be back to the Safari 4. I hope to see the update soon. I am missing it too. And want to disable the Safari "inquisitor" soon!
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Version 3.2v58
Pablito
01 March 2009
Did??! where is it (the new version)? Did you see it? http://tiny.cc/1yOeF I am lost. Do you agree and believe Inquisitor? I don't know anymore .. actually I am feeling afraid. Of course, now it's from Yahoo .. a really company, but, we never know. Somebody contact the Yahoo yet, to know the relationship between then and the software? There is an agreement to install it? Thks for any response. I really appreciate.
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Version 3.2v58
Cuneyt
26 February 2009
Developer make an update for compatibility with Safari 4.
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Version 3.2v58
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Pablito
Pablito
01 March 2009
Did??! where is it (the new version)? Did you see it? http://tiny.cc/1yOeF I am lost. Do you agree and believe Inquisitor? I don't know anymore .. actually I am feeling afraid. Of course, now it's from Yahoo .. a really company, but, we never know. Somebody contact the Yahoo yet, to know the relationship between then and the software? There is an agreement to install it? Thks for any response. I really appreciate.
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Version 3.2v58
Doug-S-
24 February 2009
As of this moment Inquisitor is not compatible with the latest version of Safari 4 (the public beta).
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Version 3.2v58
Matteth
13 November 2008
Well. It seems like the Yahoo at last have put it's mark on one of my favourite applications. I can no longer get instant search results when another search engine (than Yahoo) is selected. It's Yahoo or nothing. A bummer. I understand the commercial motives, but it makes Inquisitor less useful.
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Version 3.2v58
Kaz219
12 November 2008
Whenever an URL has a high ascii character in it (like "é"), the icon for the website is replaced with a default icon, and pressing enter while this URL is selected has no effect.
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Version 3.2v58
iGaucho
27 October 2008
Yahoo just released a beta for Firefox (PC/Mac) and Internet Explorer. I'm liking the Firefox version so far! You can get them from the developer's site: http://www.inquisitorx.com/firefox/index_en.php
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Version 3.2v58
deuxdoom
17 October 2008
Great Stuff of Safari Add_on !
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Version 3.2v58
ultgames
16 October 2008
Just downloaded v58 and Google search now working again. Am happy again.......
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Version 3.2v58
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Apta
Apta
13 March 2009
I'm curious if Inquisitor 3.2v58 is still providing results for you when Google is the selected search engine. Many including myself have discovered that it no longer works as it once did. Thanks!
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Version 3.2v58
Clarusad
15 October 2008
Two lasts versions (3.1 v55 and 3.2v57) don't work with Google search engine. Or maybe there's a conflict with another Input Manager plug-in...
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Version 3.2v57
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Clarusad
Clarusad
18 October 2008
Yes, last version (3.2v58) works again with Google. Thanx
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Version 3.2v58
Handycam
13 August 2008
Nice. Developer: how about OmniWeb?
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Version 3.2v56
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tim-dehring
tim-dehring
14 August 2008
Good luck with that request. There was a version for Camino users but the author dropped support, blaming "low" usage from Camino users to warrant a separate release.
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Version 3.2v56
Pat320
Pat320
16 October 2008
Omniweb doesn't need this kind of plugin!
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Version 3.2v58
zx
13 August 2008
Not what it used to be! Using Yahoo as your springboard is like jumping into an empty pool.
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Version 3.2v56
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Afkbrbgtg
Afkbrbgtg
13 August 2008
If you haven't realized, you can change which search engine to use. Personally, I use google.ca
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Version 3.2v56
Btgxcell
13 August 2008
I have to agree with the comment below. The new look is far too spaced out. It goes down over half of my screen (Macbook) when using 6 search results and 3 suggestions. Plus the new gradients over the results and suggestions sections aren't as visually pleasing as before. Also, the blue mouseover is now just a bar across the entire result of suggestion that you're highlighted over; the older version (3.1(v55)) had better looking bubbles around the result or suggestion you were highlighted over. Plus the new Yahoo BOSS search engine does not seem to result in any performance gain in your searches and it automatically sends usage statistics to Yahoo, and you cannot uncheck the option in preferences. Overall, I do not like the direction the developer is taking Inquisitor to, but that decision may not be up to him since he sold the application to Yahoo. I have since downgraded back to 3.1(v55) and am very pleased with it as-is.
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Version 3.2v56
Clarusad
13 August 2008
i've done a... downgrade ! :-D turned back to previous version (3.2v55) which where nicer and has same functions. That new one doesn't bring something new. But it still a great add-on for Safari !
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Version 3.2v56
iTruth
05 June 2008
This plugin really is excellent in Safari. I find it better and more helpful than the built in search suggestion in both Firefox and Opera. There is no way I would want to be without this in Safari.
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Version 3.1v55
Gaoshan
05 June 2008
Using this application results in its developer earning ad revenue from sponsored search results. Normally I'm all for something like this (though I'd like it made clear to me that that is what is going on... in this case it is a quit, behind the scenes thing) but THIS particular developer, David Watanabe, is a jerk and should not be supported.
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Version 3.1v55
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iTruth
iTruth
05 June 2008
I'm not sure if you just read what was new with this version but affiliate links have now been REMOVED. Inquisitor is now owned by Yahoo! So if you don't like David (I can't understand why) don't worry this is a Yahoo! project now.
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Version 3.1v55
Steve K
Steve K
05 June 2008
Really. One star, across the board? Has Inquisitor ever been unstable? Is it hard to use? It's free, how can you give one star for free??? I can see you wanting to warn people about an application you think is a waste of money, but this application doesn't cost a dime, for chrissakes. Don't like the whole affiliate thing? I find that naive, at best. You better stop using Google and every other search engine on the web, because they do the same thing. I've been using this developer's products for YEARS and I've never had a problem with them. My whopping TWO support requests were answered promptly, problems solved quickly. I just don't get why some folks have such a problem with DW. He makes the most gorgeous apps I've ever seen.
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Version 3.1v55
Babyfett
09 May 2008
After checking for update thought Inquisitor's preference pane it says I'm up-to-date with version 3.0. Any thoughts out there?
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Version 3.1v54
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MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
09 May 2008
I'm guessing the update mechanism is in error. The download link itself states this is version 3.1v54, definitely a new version.
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Version 3.1v54
Babyfett
Babyfett
09 May 2008
I'm relatively new to Mac, do I simply download the new version over the old or do I need to first remove the last version of Inquisitor? Thanks!
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Version 3.1v54
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
09 May 2008
The download is a .zip file, which when unzipped yields an installer. Just run the installer, it will replace the old version.
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Version 3.1v54
Babyfett
Babyfett
09 May 2008
Once again, MacUpdate saves the day. Thanks!
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Version 3.1v54
Alexiusca
09 May 2008
yahoo bought him out? see license agreement: Yahoo! can update and change this License by posting a new version at http://www.inquisitorx.com/eula.rtf, without notice to you. You understand and acknowledge that your continued use of the Software constitutes your agreement to and acceptance of all such changes and updates and that absent such effective consent, use of the Software is not authorized.
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Version 3.1v54
SawtoothRising
09 April 2008
quite why the developer insists on distributing this in a zip file rather than a dmg I don't know but all I know is betterzip just doesn't want to play and keeps asking for a password. 7zX plays ok with it but produces a strange folder alongside the install file
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Version 3.0v53
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iGaucho
iGaucho
09 April 2008
Why not just use the Archive Utility built into OS X? Save yourself some trouble.
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Version 3.0v53
truthhurts
truthhurts
09 May 2008
Using a zip file doesn't leave a DMG behind, and also confuses novices less, who don't understand the concept of a disk image (yes, there are MANY).
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Version 3.1v54
Wakest
20 January 2008
this newest version (3.0v52) totally killed safari. if I opened a page or even the history safari would give me the spinning beach ball of death, and just stay like that until I force quit out of it. I hope this problem is fixed soon. This is occurring on a Powerbook G4 1.33ghz if that makes any difference to anyone.
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Version 3.0v52
Hendo
17 January 2008
please make one for firefox!!! :D
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Version 3.0v52
Doug-S-
16 January 2008
This is a great piece of software and is a must for anyone who spends a lot of time in Safari, especially if you find yourself doing searches where you know the first result or two is going to cover your needs. -Features- It has all the features you'd want in a plugin like this, allowing you to search from an amazing number of localised search engines, and allows you to choose how many results, how many keywords, auto-complete options... It's great. The only thing I could see it doing more with is giving you a small thumbnail of the image but, personally, I think that'd be far too much. -Ease of Use- There is almost no learning curve with this. The arrow key commands are a bit confusing at times but by no means does it reflect negatively on the program. It just takes getting used to. -Value- It's free. Even if you want to complain that your results are mixed in with affiliates it doesn't matter because the option can be turned off and suddenly you see them no more. It's completely understandable on a free piece of software, and while having to deal with them would have greatly annoyed me, I could have survived and think the developer did a great thing by allowing people to say no to them. -Stability- Completely stable. Never caused a problem for me, ever. I wish all apps were this good. Conclusion? Get it. You have no reason not to. There's nothing better out there and even if there was you'd certainly have to pay.
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Version 3.0v52
Coldfusion1970
16 January 2008
Great piece of software. I have no problem with the author making a couple of bucks on affiliates links as this wonderful bit of software is free.
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Version 3.0v52
iGaucho
16 January 2008
Well, it looks like people have gotten their wish. Inquisitor now shows which links are affiliate links with the option to turn them off.
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Version 3.0v52
Darylf2
16 January 2008
Even with the affiliate mini-debacle, Inquisitor remains one of my favorite and most-used Safari plug-ins. I think the subtle affiliate approach as taken by Inquisitor is perfectly acceptable, but I do wish the author had made it clear that this was taking place.
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Version 3.0v52
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iGaucho
iGaucho
16 January 2008
I completely agree with all of your comments. I actually sent the developer a compliment to offset some of the negativity and a small donation. He makes some great stuff but sometimes doesn't go about it in the best way. The Inquisitor page says that it uses affiliate links in really small letters that almost blend in with the background.
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Version 3.0v52
indraguru
16 January 2008
A very helpful plugin. You always have the option to check more results at the Google of your choice (Swedish Google for me). There are a lot of sites that are of no commercial benefit for the developer, and you get them listed at top results in Inquisitor. Also, 1Password is NOT interfered by Inquisitor. I haven't had ANY problems with this plug. All it does is speed up my work. Thanks alot David Watanabe!
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Version 3.0v52
TSMelo
09 January 2008
Be aware that the order in which search results are shown is NOT the same as in a Google search. Dave Watanabe modifies the order to benefit from it. The problem is that all this is done without any form of disclosure... Maybe this is not illegal per se, but it certainly is not the right way for such an app to behave...
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Version 3.0v50
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Tuishimi
Tuishimi
14 January 2008
Yes, that has become common knowledge. Does that warrant a single star? While the author was not forthcoming in reordering results (in SOME cases) the application itself is nicely done. You can comment on what he did all you want, but you should not rate the application based on anything but features, value, ease of use, etc.
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Version 3.0v50
Crunch-Hardtack
18 December 2007
Warning - If you have 1Password installed, installing this plugin will disable 1Password in Safari. I had to manually delete all the Inquisitor files to get 1Password working again.
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Version 3.0v50
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Steve K
Steve K
19 December 2007
Hmm, that didn't happen to me. Maybe it's a problem with SIMBL?
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Version 3.0v50
moofmak
moofmak
25 December 2007
not happened for me too. al is working fine
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Version 3.0v50
iGaucho
iGaucho
08 January 2008
I've been using both together for probably about a year and have never come across any conflict
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Version 3.0v50
Darylf2
Darylf2
16 January 2008
I have used Inquisitor and 1Passwd/1Password together for many months with zero problems. These are two of my most-used and nearly indispensable Safari plug-ins, and I'm sure I'd notice any non-trivial compatibility issues.
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Version 3.0v52
Jadder
10 December 2007
Doesn't seem to let me connect to websites unless I allow the program to "phone home." I wonder if it tracks searches and websites people surf to along with users' IP addresses.
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Version 3.0v50
moofmak
29 November 2007
Inquisitor 3.0v50 is working like a charm on my macs with 10.5.1 (macbook pro and imac ppc)
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Version 3.0v50
Ggore
26 November 2007
The previous comment is correct, Inquisitor does NOT work on Leopard 10.5.1 and on my Mac it has rendered Safari inoperable despite my removing the plugin manually. The Inquisitor installer does not allow removal as it has in the past. Do NOT install this on Leopard!
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Version 3.0v50
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Alexiusca
Alexiusca
26 November 2007
Works for me, and it has since i unpacked leopard!
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Version 3.0v50
Steve K
Steve K
26 November 2007
Worked for me too, no problems.
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Version 3.0v50
Coldfusion1970
Coldfusion1970
26 November 2007
Well v49 works fine on my 10.5.1 system. But i will still upgrade to v50 anyway.
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Version 3.0v50
Ggore
Ggore
26 November 2007
Fine, it worked for you, but this can't be a fluke. I installed this new version today on two machines, one G4 Powerbook at work and on my Intel iMac at home, both running Leopard 10.5.1. On both machines Safari crashes to a spinning beach ball 5 seconds after bringing up bookmarks, clicking a link in the bookmarks toolbar, clickint to enter text in the address bar, anything. Removing the Inquisitor plugin does not restore functionality. Safari is now dead on both these machines. I even tried installing the 10.5.1 combo update to fix the problem, no dice.
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Version 3.0v50
Coldfusion1970
Coldfusion1970
26 November 2007
Well its not a problem with Inquisitor, so you must have some other third party plugins (or hacks) installed in Safari.
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Version 3.0v50
Ggore
Ggore
26 November 2007
I have no other hacks or plugins installed into Safari.
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Version 3.0v50
iGaucho
iGaucho
26 November 2007
I use it all the time on Leopard, what are you talking about?
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Version 3.0v50
Steve K
Steve K
26 November 2007
Make sure you have the latest version of SIMBL installed. Then check your InputManagers folders (both of them) to make sure you have nothing weird in there.
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Version 3.0v50
Ggore
Ggore
27 November 2007
The latest version of SIMBL was installed. I got Safari working by deleting the entire contents of the Input Managers folder on both machines. Then I deleted the related folders in /Library/Application Support, which was nothing but SIMBL and Inquisitor. Safari wouldn't work until those files were deleted as well. I then reinstalled the latest version of SIMBL and Inquisitor, which again caused Safari to crash. So I've deleted the contents of the Input Manager folders again and now have a working Safari. I'll just have to do without Inquisitor. From reading other posts here this seems to be a common problem with Inquisitor, it works on some machines and does not on others. Thanks for the help and ideas guys.
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Version 3.0v50
Jmahon24
26 November 2007
Does not work with Mac OS 10.5.1 If someone has an answer, please reply.
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Version 3.0v50
ttlcntrlprint
17 November 2007
Hi, Inquisitor is an absolute dream for me on Tiger. The time it saves is unbelievable. Having previous had AcidSearch installed, this little Mac gem is ten times better and free to boot!! Christian Macey
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Version 3.0v49
Itkito
06 November 2007
I cannot work with Leopard (3.0v49). I so addictive, How can i do? if others can use with this version.
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Version 3.0v49
Tpg
31 October 2007
Works great with Leopard (3.0v49). It's so addictive, I can't imagine Safari without it. It's one of those little gems.
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Version 3.0v49