Jym O, an About: Macs reader, suggested Ambrosia Software’s iSeek as a good choice for a budget software pick. After taking this sleek little application for a spin, I have to concur.
iSeek installs an Internet search field in the Apple menu bar, pre-configured for searching Google. Because it’s an Apple menu bar item, it’s available from any application at all times. When you enter a search term, iSeek will fire up your browser to execute a search. If that were all iSeek did, it would certainly be worth a look, but it wouldn’t quite be Tom’s Budget Software Pick material. iSeek earns this rating with two important features: its simple user interface and its highly customizable nature.
iSeek can not only search Google, it also comes with a large number of pre-configured web sites that can be used for searches. Sure, you can search Google, Yahoo!, and even Weather.com, but how about being able to search FedEx tracking, Amazon, the IMDB movie database, news services, stock quotes, dictionaries, a thesaurus, and much more, all from a single application. You can also add your own favorite sites.
The only flaw I found in iSeek is that it doesn’t include About: Macs in its predefined list. Luckily, that’s easy to correct with a simple click.
iSeek 1.1.3 is $15. A 30-day demo is available.