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Inquisitor joins Yahoo!

Today, I am very pleased to announce that Yahoo! has acquired the rights to Inquisitor, my instant search extension for Safari.

For those unfamiliar, Inquisitor is a pioneering software extension that provides as-you-type instant search directly within the Safari web browser. Inquisitor makes navigating the web fast and effortless by providing instant search results within an unobtrusive pop-down window. It also performs live autocompletion, prioritizes results based on the user’s search history, and gives the user extensive control over their search experience.

I look forward to assisting Yahoo! in refining and extending the Inquisitor user experience beyond where it is today. I truly believe that Inquisitor and its users can only benefit, both from Yahoo’s resources and attention, and from the product integration possibilities that would have been impossible to pursue on my own.

It’s important to note that while I will continue to be the lead developer behind Inquisitor for Safari, I will not be joining Yahoo! as an employee. I have every desire and intention to remain an independent developer for the Mac, meaning that Inquisitor, Xtorrent, and NewsFire will all continue to be equal priorities in my life.

  • May 9th, 2008 10:43 am

53 comments...

iSAUD...

Congratulations for u . my friend ^^
keep going bro !


Wade...

Congratulations! I hope everything works out for you.


Matt...

Congratulations, David!


Aaron...

I guess it’s silly to ask, but does this mean I can’t use it on Google anymore?


Brian...

Congrats. I just hope they don’t make you put that silly Y! logo all over the place mucking up the clean look of my browser chrome.


Matt...

Great, so now one of my favorite Safari mods is going to be worthless because it’s going to use yahoo for searches instead of Google. Thanks a bunch. Anyone know of a similar mod that will allow those of us that detest yahoo search to continue using google?


Betty...

Congratulations!!


se7en...

Congratulations! Inquisitor is my favorite of all your apps, one which I use EVERY DAY. It is the very first thing I show people when they first get a Mac.

Keep up the good work, but it already seems perfect to me! Does that mean Yahoo will implement this in their yahoo search engine? As long as I can continue to use it as it works right now, in the top-right bar of Safari, Yahoo can do whatever they want.


look...

I hope they will take good care of it…


JT...

Congrats David! You’ve easily earned this deal. Happy for you.


Adam...

Congratulations! I love Inquisitor. It’s one of my favorite add-ons for Safari right there with 1Password


Matt...

Congrats! I love Inquisitor – it has once again raised up my personal browser battle that was once dominated by Firefox. Best of luck!


david...

Good that you visited Yahoo at least once before closing the deal.

While I think hardcore inquisitor aficionados might shudder at the possibility of the tool beginning to skew toward yahoo’s “product integration possibilities” in any way,…in the end it’s comforting to know that if it begins to suck then something else open source or non-commercial will eventually replace it.

Congrats on the sale and on securing funding for development of your other apps. But please add .Mac syncing to Newsfire before shopping it around.


Andrew...

Congratulations David…


SpinPapi...

Thanks so much, Dave, for such a great tool that so many of us have loved using for so long. I hope this gets more people on it!

Do you know why Yahoo! wanted it or what their plans are for it? I’m sure there’s an NDA, but what can you tell us about that?


My previous post on the Inquisitor 3.1 release states that while Yahoo! is now the default, the ability to use Google is unchanged. I’m speaking for myself here, but I don’t think feature regression is in anyone’s interests.

That said, please be aware going forward that while I will have significant input on the direction this project takes, not all decisions are mine to make. Regardless, I will do what I can to keep the original spirit and intentions of this project intact and true.

As for specifics on where this is going, naturally there are confidentiality agreements in place that preclude any comment. Stay tuned, though!


Jamie...

Congrats David


Brad...

Great news, congrats!


Jeff...

Congratulations, I hope this doesn’t mean that we’ll be stuck with Yahoo! as the only search source.


Jeff...

Disregard what I wrote above. I should have refreshed before posting.


Mario...

Congratulations Dave!


Tom...

Congrats on the “acquisition,” Dave! ;)

Nice to see the indie developers getting some well-deserved recognition from the fat cats.


Om...

Awesome news David. I hope this means more goodies coming from you. I remain a fan of all three of your most excellent products.


Xande...

That is bad ass! Congratulations man! And also word for keeping Indy.


mingistech...

Hmm. I use Inquisitor for Google results… not Yahoo!

If the google option isn’t left in the app, i’ll probably uninstall it.


napatten...

hey,
amazing job on all of those man. Nothing but respect. talent.


Galley...

WooHoo! (or should I say, Yahoo!)


anonymous...

Well I hope Yahoo deals with this the way they dealt with Flickr (let it be and allow it to become more awesome), rather than the way they dealt with Konfabulator (sticking Yahoo! branding everywhere and taking control, messing things up). Good luck, and congratulations.


Spuds...

Why did they buy this?


Mike...

Congrats! That’s great :)


Thomas...

awesome!

I knew you’d get noticed by the big guys eventually. Also, huge congrats for staying independent.

Any chance of getting it to work with quicksilver? ;)


Music...

YAHOOOOooooooooo!!!!!!!!


tonza...

This is a gut feeling of mine, but I think this is a rather bold move. Look at what isn’t happening to Konfabulator. It appears to now been neglected—no new widgets have been developed for the product except where it serves Yahoo’s direct interests and existing services (notably Flickr)… as if nothing that the original authors of Konfabulator would have developed if they were left to their own devices.

I expect that your product is going to get the same neglect… particularly if you are no longer in charge of the project. I guess I’ll wait and see what happens next!


rezzo...

Great news, congratulations David!


jw...

All you guys worried about Yahoo removing options are nuts. Don’t you have any idea how the search engine business works? (Obviously not). If anyone should be upset about Inquisitor, it is Apple since Apple makes a small profit every time you use the (non-Inquisitor) Safari search window. Google pays Apple for the referrals. If you use Firefox, using the search window there pays some revenue to the Firefox team. By using Inquisitor to search Google, Yahoo will still make money. In fact, they’ll make money when you use Google!

Would they prefer that you search via Yahoo? Undoubtedly. But will they complain because you’re allowing them to tap into Google money? No.

All whining must cease now. Stop. Now.

Oh, and congrats David. I hope that this gives you some of the nice financial breathing room that most indie developers need.


Smaran...

Congrats on the sale. I hope this means you’ll mean you have more time to work on other new apps. :)


Daniel...

Congrats on the sale – I hope you got a nice deal from the guys and that they keep it as ‘clean’ as it currently is.


mohnk...

congrats. i hope yahoo paid you well. you absolutely deserve it (and i hope you don’t infer any sarcasm in that comment). you have been extremely generous with the mac community and it is very much appreciated.


Roman...

Welcome on board! :-)


eon...

I think you are an incredible programmer and hopefully will become more greatly recognized through this deal. The platform is greatly benefitted by your innovation. Keep up the amazing work!


TeamZissou...

Congrats!

This feature is the ONLY thing keeping me on safari! I can’t browse without it.


Fr....

Congrats, but if Yahoo! tinkers with my results, I will opt out instantly. I am sure this opinion is shared by many readers.

I hope this version of my comment suits you better.


Juha-Mikko...

Could you add support for the “potentially harmful” indication that Yahoo! search supports. It would help alot if I was able to identify such sites without opening the Yahoo! search results.


Die...

As I discovered a bug (which is more than probably a feature, actually, but which stills bothers me to some point), how do we do so? Without opening any Yahoo! account, I mean.

Thanks for your work


MacSmiley...

No Google = No Inquisitor

Inquisitor with Yahoo’s search is like a brain-dead supermodel… all beauty and no substance.

How do you uninstall very pretty but now useless app?

Considering the garbage that has gone on with Microsoft, I certainly wanted to support Yahoo’s search, but 9 times out of 10, I find myself using it just to Yahoo search for Google dot com.


@macsmiley please read my previous comment.


Hao...

Hi, i love inquisitor. I just hope you will add http://www.baidu.com into inquisitor in the near future. it is the most popular search engine among chinese mac users.


Arsv.org...

Great news, congrats!


JC...

I used to be a fan of your inquisitor tool. But this is disappointing. I do not want to use yahoo. Please provide instructions on your site how to uninstall it. This is frustrating….!


malc...

Fantastic bit of software.

Hi, how do I add another search engine – Google is getting too much like big brother and Yahoo is as useful as asking my Grandad (and he’s dead).

If it’s not possible to add a search engine such as cuil – how do I un-install ?

Thanks


Håkan...

Hi, I have noticed that when I try to choose Google (that I prefer) in the preferences that Inquisitor ignores this and uses Yahoo (US) anyway… I have re-installed the program several times but it doesn’t help.

Thanks


Vectorpedia...

This is great news that Inquisitor joined Yahoo……congratulations


TeamZissou...

Is there any way to disable mobile sites?

Sometimes I’ll search something like ‘new york times’ and instead of the regular site it links to the mobile site.