Even Apple’s Safari web browser gives you the option to change the default search engine from Google to Bing or Yahoo! (what’s the difference between the two?). Why not search all of them at the same time? That’s what this Mac app does.
Search The Same Engines
Anyway, the Smart Search app wants you to cough up a few bucks to use Smart Search, an app which lets you search all three major search engines at once.
On the surface, that sounds like a good idea, but if the results are more or less the same, then why bother with the extra app and extra effort?
Smart Search works, though, and delivers an attractive list of results, including filters which remove duplicates.
That’s all well and good but I have some issues with Smart Search. First, it’s Mac App Store only and not even featured on the developer’s own website. Second, at $4.99, it’s a couple of dollars higher than the throwaway price threshold for apps without a free or trial version.
While I like the idea of multiple search engine results in one listing, there are other options. For example, there’s the CustomSearch extension for Safari which comes with settings for nearly a dozen search locations, and it’s free.
If you like CustomSearch you might enjoy using Glims on Safari. It not only adds a few search options, it’s packed with other options to customize the Safari browsing experience. And it’s free, too.