Multi-Search3

Multi-Search3 - The Mighty Little 3-in-1 Web Search Center


Looking for something on the Internet? You are at the right place. Start from here! Multi-search3! The "type keyword once, search the web with several search engines without retyping" web search center that can also be your wallpaper and music player!


1.NEED TO SEARCH? [WEB SEARCH CENTER]
1.Type the keyword ONCE and press [ENTER] or press the [Go] button to search with a random search engine, or
2.Type the keyword ONCE and press any of 16 search engines WITHOUT RETYPING to search with that search engine.
Press [HOME] or [CTRL-R] or press [ENTER] on address bar when you get stuck[nonstop horse etc] and press the [BackArrow] button to get the last-used keyword back to continue search.

2.DONE WITH YOUR SEARCH? [WALLPAPER]
1.Press the [Home] button or a [Bg] button,
2.Click on the [top left magnifier image] and
3.Press [F11] to see a magnificent desktop wallpaper!

3.NEED MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND? [MUSIC PLAYER-Some newer browsers only]
The html5 music player at the bottom of the left box plays ONE mp3 or ogg file. Play the sample track or swap it with your own. Firefox plays ogg but not mp3.

NEW FEATURES

1.SEARCH RANDOM: [Go] button
Search the web with a random search engine from among the 16 on the top of the left box. You can type the keyword first thing as the page loads and press [ENTER] rapidly to search with a random search engine but you could also click on the [Go] button with your mouse. Remember you'd usually click on a search engine of your choice from the top 16 if you don't like to search randomly.
2.LAST-USED KEYWORD/SEARCH PHRASE: [BackArrow] button
Multi-search3 autosaves your last-used keyword and displays it across tabs, browser sessions and even reboots! But it works on the same browser only. If you search for "the best blog in the world" [hoping you won't find the one you hate most first on the search results :)] with Chrome, then it is auto-saved in Chrome only, you can't see it on Firefox or Opera. Press the [BackArrow] button to get it back.
3.HELP: [?] button
View helpful information.
4.FILE BROWSER: [Local] button
View local folders and files from the browser itself! Extremely useful to view html, text, image and pdf files in the browser itself! Be your age and avoid clicking on huge files, exe files or unknown file types though:) This is important.
5.YEAR CALENDAR WITH LIVE CLOCK: [Cal] button
View year calendar-2014 with a live clock. You know what, you can actually use it next year, the year after that, and on and on.
6.THEMES: [ThemeLt & ThemeDk buttons]
Press one of these buttons repeatedly till you get to a color of your choice for the theme of the search box on the left hand side. Also, if you change a background image and find that the default theme for that bg slot doesn't match the colors of the image, change it at the end of the INPUT tag. For example, to change the default theme of [Bg1], change the [setTheme] statement at the end below with a named[Eg. pink] or hexadecimal[Eg. #00ff00] color to match those of the image.
Tip!
After clicking on a [Theme] button, mouseover on it to find the active color.
Follow the same procedure to change the theme color for the other 5 images if needed.
7.HTML5 MUSIC PLAYER[Some newer browsers only]
Use the HTML5 music player to play one track, over and over again! Either listen to the sample here or swap it with your own favorite mp3 or ogg music files. Remember Firefox can play .ogg files but not mp3, Chrome can play both. Look for and change the code below in the Multisearch3.htm file to change the music file.


BUTTONS & USAGE
1.[Keyword Input Box] input button
Type keyword/search phrase in the input box and press [ENTER] or click on a search engine button to start. If you press the [ENTER] key or click on [Go] after typing keyword, results from a random search engine are returned by default. To accept a random keyword suggestion such as "top website" or "top blog", just start Multi-search3 and press [ENTER] or click on [Go]!
2.[Top left Multi-search3 magnifier logo]
Click on this to hide the search box on the left and the viewer on the right. Click on this again to show the search box again. Doubleclick not neccesary!
Press the [HOME] button, a [bg] button, then click on the magnifier image and then press [F11] to change to wallpaper mode for lunch-break etc. Click on the "Click Here To Continue" box to get back and [F11] again to exit [Fullscreen].
3.[Bg1-6] buttons
Display one of six background images.
4.[Home] button
Get back home.
5.[Readme] button
View readme.
6.[SearchEngineButtons]
"TYPE KEYWORDS ABOVE ONCE AND SEARCH WITHOUT RETYPING FROM HERE!" group
Use these to type keywords just once in the box at the top of the page and search with any of the many engines on the yop of the box without retyping.
"TYPE KEYWORDS AT EVERY SITE!" group
Use these to go to the search engine page and search there. You'll have to type the keyword at every one of the search engine sites. On Firefox, if you are offline and press a search engine button by mistake, the horse runs forever! On Chrome, it doesn't. If you're using the local button, both act normally.

REQUIREMENTS

Multi-search3 runs successfully on these platforms and browsers, feel free to try it on yours! Firefox is the most recommended browser for Multi-search3!
Zorin7[Ubuntu] Linux
Chrome 28[Full]
Firefox18[Full]
Opera12.16[*zo]


Windows7
Chrome32[Full]
Firefox28
[Full]
IE11
[Full]

Puppy Lucid5.1 Linux
Chromium12.0[*pc]
Firefox13[Full]
Opera11.60[*po]


*zo: Everything works on Zorin7/Opera12.16 except that you have to press [ENTER] on the address bar everytime after you use the [LOCAL] button.
*po: Except two bugs, everything else works on PuppyLucid510/Opera11.60
-You have to press [ENTER] on the address bar everytime after you use the [LOCAL] button.
-Music player is visible but won't play.
*pc: Music player is not visible on PuppyLucid510/Chrome.
Remember the music player appears or plays in newer browsers only.

POPUPS
Enable popups in your browser

JAVASCRIPT

Enable javascript in your browser.
[Tip] You can use this site for instructions.
http://www.enable-javascript.com/

DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL

STEP1
Download Multisearch3.tar.gz for [Linux-Zorin/Ubuntu] or similar platforms, Multisearch3.zip for [Windows7].
STEP2
Uncompress the file somewhere such as "/home/jc" [Ubuntu etc] or "C:\Jc\" [Windows7] to install Multi-search3 at "/home/jc/Multisearch3" or "C:\Jc\Multisearch3".
STEP3 
Now you can open Multisearch3.htm with your browser and search the Internet like before!

UNINSTALL
Too tired with all the web search? Just do two things to uninstall Multi-search3 from your pc/laptop completely. If you installed Multi-search3 at "/home/jc/Multisearch3" or "C:\Jc\Multisearch3"
STEP1
Open the file [Multisearch3RemoveLSAutosaveKeyword.htm] with your browser and press [OK].
STEP2
Delete the "/home/jc/Multisearch3" or "C:\Jc\Multisearch3" directory.
You're all done!

TIP! USE YOUR PICTURE AS BACKDROP/WALLPAPER!

Want to see your own pretty face as the background image? Or, maybe your favorite celebrity's face or a Bible verse, or a religious/inspirational image? Easy! Do it in just 5 steps! Just make sure the image has a minimum resolution of 1280x800 or else it may look ugly.
STEP1
Copy your image to the Multi-search3 folder.[eg. /home/jc/Multisearch3 or C:\Jc\Multisearch3]
STEP2
Open Multisearch3.htm with a text or html editor.
File Name: [/home/jc/Multisearch3/Multisearch3.htm or C:\Jc\Multisearch3\Multisearch3.htm]
STEP3
Change the image below. Put your image there instead.

STEP4
Change the image below. Put your image there instead.

STEP5
From now on, you should see your image when you start up Multi-search3 or press the [HOME] button! Open Multisearch3.htm [eg. /home/jc/Multisearch3/Multisearch3.htm or C:\Jc\Multisearch3\Multisearch3.htm] with your browser to confirm success. Do you see your image? Great! Simple! Multi-search3!

NOTE

1.Magnifier image: Clicking on the magnifier image hides everything and shows a small box. Click on it to display the search box again. A Doubleclick is not necessary.
2.Fullscreen: Press [F11] for fullscreen and press it again to exit.
3.[HOME],[Magnifier image],[Bg buttons]: You lose the results page when you press these.
4.Can't stop horse? Stuck? Press [HOME] generally or press [ENTER] on the address bar[Firefox] and continue if you find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
5.Dash: The name of this search tool is "Multi-search3", but the name of the file(and directory) is "Multisearch3".
6.Fullscreen: Can't see everything? Try using Multi-search3 on [F11] Fullscreen or use the browser's zoom controls!
7.Opera:After using [Local], refresh page by pressing [ENTER] on the address bar and continue using Multi-search3.
8.Problem: Stubborn "Search Phrase Empty. Type Valid Keyword Text Next Time. Searching With Default For Now" alert.
Solution: Remove single empty space at the beginning of your keyword/search phrase

CREDITS

While it's impossible to divine a software tool out of nothingness, things have gotten so interdependent on one another, very few useful apps can be built on just one technology which means software development requires a lot of web look up for paid and free software, open source tools, syntax check ups, tutorials, code samples, technical install and reference guides, forum suggestions etc. My sincere thanks are due first to God and His mighty ones above and also to online providers of the above and the goodheartedness of so many people everywhere, specially the ones below.
Background Images-wallpaper.imcphoto.net
W3c-Valid badge-hestia.venturas.org
Page-loading horse gif, Html5 music player, Sample mp3,ogg files, Some calendar parts-Some great sites on the web with these free tools!


FREE LICENCE

As with most sqlhtm free tools, Multi-search3 is free for your personal use. Please credit the author otherwise.

BUGS? ERRORS? FEEDBACK?

You can never predict how some search engines will change their query strings even if you were a prophet! Fortunately, everything here's good as of February 2014. In any case, let me know at Jerome_christopher@yahoo.com

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