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Blinkx fills Smart Folders with search results

Search app automatically trawls your docs

This weekend saw the release of a new version of the Blinkx search software, which now creates special folders in users' PCs about specific topics and automatically populates them with documents grabbed from users' hard drives and from the internet.

The feature, called Smart Folders, is the highlight of Blinkx 2.0, the newest version of this internet and desktop search tool, which is available as a free download from the start-up company's website at http://www.blinkx.com.

Blinkx 2.0 also has a feature called SIS, an acronym for the phrase Stuff I've Seen, which maintains a record of viewed files. Blinkx 2.0 also adds support for querying peer-to-peer networks.

The first version of Blinkx was launched in July and generated significant interest among users and industry watchers because of its unique approach to search. Instead of relying only on keyword-based queries, Blinkx reads users' entire screens or specific windows and, based on that contextual information, flags documents from their PCs and from the internet. Blinkx works unobtrusively in the background and displays search results when prompted by the user.

Blinkx also gained attention for its ability to index files on a user's hard drive, the so-called desktop search capability that big vendors such as Google, Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo are also pursuing.

Blinkx 2.0's new Smart Folders are automatically populated with PC and internet documents that are contextually related. Users can configure Smart Folders in various ways to narrow the types of documents and files that can be included. Smart Folders can contain pictures, music and video clips, text and web pages. Blinkx 2.0 also can alert users when it has updated the content of a Smart Folder.

Blinkx 2.0 is available only for Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

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