Pinot is a metasearch tool for the Free Desktop built mostly around the GTKmm toolkit, the Xapian IR library and the language guessing functionality of libtextcat. It enables one to query sources, display as well as analyze and locally index the returned results.
Supported sources are Sherlock-type search plugins (as used by Mozilla FireFox), the Google and ObjectsSearch SOAP APIs, and Xapian indexes (local or remotely served by xapian-tcpsrv).
The type of documents is currently limited to plain text, HTML, PDF and MS Word but it is expected that more formats will be supported through plugins as the project matures.
The main goal is to make all these search engines easily available to the end-user. The second goal is to harness Xapian (and maybe other IR toolkits like CLucence in the future) to index the user's personal documents. In other words, Pinot is moving towards what Beagle and Kat do, while still retaining a focus on metasearch.
Pinot is free software and is covered by the GPL.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Filters for EXIF/IPTC and CHM files were added. Libexttextcat 3.1, LibreOffice's fork of libtextcat, is now supported.
· Plugins for the Yahoo! REST API, Yahoo! BOSS, Google Code Search, and RollYO were dropped.
· The Dutch, German, Russian, and Spanish translations were updated.