The Bottom Line
iSeek places a search field in the Apple menu bar that you can use to search the Internet at any time, from any application. The basic idea behind iSeek is very compelling, and its implementation is a good one, with an easy-to-use interface.
iSeek comes pre-populated with a wide selection of web sites you can use for a search. In addition to the obvious, namely Google, there are also movie databases, stock quotes, and more. You can also add your own favorite search services.
If the idea of being able to search the Internet, at any time, from any application, sounds appealing, then iSeek is for you.
- Internet search menu bar available in any application.
- Long list of available search sites.
- Easy to add your own favorite search sites.
- Easy to customize.
- Always opens search results in default browser.
- Web site icons always display in grayscale.
- No capability to search multiple sites.
- Adding sites to the search list not an automatic process.
- Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
- Highly customizable
- Add your own search sites
- Creates both a Dashboard widget and an Apple menu bar search field
- $15; a free limited-time demo is available.
Guide Review - iSeek 1.1.3
iSeek 1.1.3 is an Internet search service that installs a search field in the Apple menu bar; it also installs an iSeek Dashboard widget. The search field and widget function in much the same way, so we will focus on the menu-based implementation of iSeek.
ISeek’s main feature is its ability to search the Internet, no matter which application you are currently using. This simple function is surprisingly useful, letting you quickly check on terminology, look up facts, or get information, all without having to launch or switch to your browser.
iSeek comes preconfigured with many web site search services. You will find the usual search suspects here, including Google, Yahoo, and others, but also the IMDB movie database, shopping services, FedEx shipment tracking, Wikipedia, and more. If the predefined search list doesn’t include your favorite sites, you can add them yourself. This is both one of my favorite features of iSeek and one of its flaws. Specifically, while you can add any site that has a search function, you must know both the base search URL and how the site creates its search. You can find this information by looking at the URL of a search you perform in your browser, but there’s no reason why iSeek couldn’t do this for you.
My other gripe with iSeek is that it always displays the search results in your default browser. It would be nice if iSeek let you select the browser you wanted it to use.
That’s the extent of the cons, which are actually pretty minor. I like iSeek and the ease it provides in performing searches no matter what I’m doing at the moment on my Mac.
By the way, if you would like to add About: Macs to iSeek’s list of searchable sites, just click this link.