There’s A New Search Engine In Town

Quintura - New Search Engine

An alternative search engine, Quintura provides visual search capabilities that display search queries in a graphical map that shows contextual relationships among words in the query.

When a visitor searches with Quintura, a cloud of related tags appear alongside the main keyword searched for on the top panel of the interface, while search results are displayed at the bottom.

Hovering on any of those keywords displays another set of results in real time, while clicking on it will add it to the original search query. What I like about this, is that it allows you to explore the results shown and slowly narrow your search until you find what you are looking for. This is especially useful if you are unsure what to look for in the first place.

While the size of keywords mean a stronger relationship to the main keyword, I actually found that hovering on the smaller ones also help in refining your search experience as another set of keywords are displayed on the map subsequently.

Quintura Interface

Quintura Interface Search Results

Quintura Interface Additional Search Results

Having been so used to the likes of mainstream searches like Google, it took a few minutes to get myself comfortable searching on a visual interface. One area that I particularly dislike was the absence of a Search box on the results page. Unlike other search engines that allow me to type additional phrases or keywords at any one time, I have to completely erase my current search and start a brand new one in Quintura.

Originally released as a downloadable search application, the online version of Quintura requires further development before it can really change the way how people search if it has any intentions of taking over Google.

Nevertheless, Quintura was a breath of fresh air where only the most innovative technologies survive. Whether it continues to stay that way remains to be seen.

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2 Responses to “There's A New Search Engine In Town”


  1. 1 Frank Dec 17th, 2006 at 8:18 pm Quote

    Stuff like this has been around for many years, my friend. http://www.grokker.com/ http://www.kartoo.com/ They get in your way too much to be useful.

  2. 2 Leonard Dec 17th, 2006 at 10:07 pm Quote

    You have a point Frank. But this is exactly what makes the tech industry interesting. New stuff pops up each day and only the best ones make it.

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