Scadarlia

Scadarlia 2.0

Search agent to enhance your Web browsing in Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo
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When retrieving meaningful and relevant results to your Web searches is your priority when browsing the Web, you might consider closing your default browser and using Scadarlia instead. With support for three of the most reputed search engines – Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo – this search agent color-codes your results according to its own relevance criteria and lets you preview where the keywords are before visiting any page.

What Scadarlia does is to add extra value to the standard Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo searches by adding a different categorization layer to their results. Based on the number of times your keywords appear on the pre-selected pages and the distance between those keywords within the page, each link will be presented in a different color. Each (customizable) color represents a different level of relevance – red for links where all keywords appear in the same sentence, brown for links with all the keywords in the same paragraph, green when the keywords are scattered on the same page, and magenta when at least one keyword is missing. Thus, according to Scadarlia, the more times your keywords appear in the text and the closer they are to each other, the more relevant they are to your search. Finally, grey links represent sites blacklisted by you, black links refer to pages containing stopwords you define, and cyan links are for sites of zero relevance to what you’re looking for.

Scadarlia will allow you to move through dozens or hundreds of results much more quickly. It won’t filter them – all the links that Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo would list on your favorite browser appear also in Scadarlia, though neatly categorized by relevance. Now you can ignore all those less or zero relevant links and focus on the brown and red ones only, for instance. You don’t even have to visit these pages unless you decide to, as you can preview how often and how close your keywords appear in them just by hovering your mouse over a given link. If you think you have found what you were looking for you can bookmark the link and move to the next result, or click on it to visit the page.

Seeing how it works, it is easy to categorize Scadarlia as yet another browser. Technically, you can navigate the Web using this tool, but Internet browsers usually offer a much more extensive functionality. This tool could never compete with the plethora of excellent and 100% free Web browsers available out there, at least in terms of Web navigation. On the other hand, you won’t find the useful functionality that this tool provides in any of the top-10 browsers, which reaffirms me in my conviction that it would make a great add-on to any of these Web navigation tools. I don’t think it has the vocation to become a full-fledged browser any time soon, but the fact that it “looks” like a browser without the features of a standard browser, its shareware license scheme, and a functionality that – even though innovative – still offers room for improvement, somehow leave Scadarlia in a no-man’s-land between the worlds of Web browsing and Internet search retrieval.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • New DuckDuckGo search engine.
  • Color-codes results by relevance.
  • Page preview to check its relevance.
  • Allows for site blacklisting.
  • Free Bing-only version

Cons

  • No private browsing.
  • Limited functionality as compared to standard browsers.
  • Links cannot be ordered by relevance.
  • Shareware license
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