SSSiter allows you to customize its functionality for a wide range of requirements such as, the number of locations SSSiter should visit when processing your queries, the way application should get access to the Web, and many others. To edit corresponding settings, select Tools | Options from the application menu bar, after which the SSSiter Options dialog will be displayed. Options are grouped into five tabs: Connection, Queries, Confirmation, Appearance, and Miscellaneous. A detailed description of each of the tabs follows.
1. Accessing the Internet (Tab Connection)
1.1. WWW Settings
1.1.1. The Proxy Server settings
Specify whether you want to connect to the Internet through a proxy server on your local area network. A proxy server acts as a security barrier between your network and the Internet thus protecting confidential information kept within your local area network from being accessed by other people on the Internet.
1.1.2. Address and Port
Carefully fill in both fields with the appropriate proxy server address and port number. This information is typically supplied by your System Administrator or Internet Provider.
1.2. The proxy server requires authentication.
Check this box if SSSiter is unable to access the Web without specifying user name and password.
Some authentication schemes (such as, Integrated Windows Authentication supported by Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server, ISA) use your Windows account and password, and do not require any additional information to be entered here. Fill in the User and the Password fields only if you get the error message "The proxy server authentication failed" in the SSSiter reports. The required user name and password are to be typically given to you by your System Administrator or Internet Provider. To prevent unauthorized access to your user name and password, both options will be kept by SSSiter in an encrypted form. In addition, the actual value of the password is not displayed: shown is the star "*" sign in place of any character you type in for the password field.
1.3. Timeout on downloading each Web page (min.)
This value instructs SSSiter how long it should wait (in minutes) to receive the entire contents of a given Web page before proceeding with its search. Typically, Web servers respond quickly and as such, by default, SSSiter is given up to 8 minutes for transferring each document.
1.4. Number of pages SSSiter can download at a time
SSSiter gives you an option to specify how many locations (URLs) you would like the program to visit simultaneously. Specify an appropriate value (e.g. 1 to 20) in this field. Initially, this field is automatically filled in with the default value of 4 pages.
Important: SSSiter is capable of downloading, scanning, and quoting up to 20 documents at a time. However, some Web servers restrict the number of open connections with some low enough values; there are even servers which allow downloading no more than just one document from the same (your) machine at a time.
As a rule, these are small Web sites being hosted on relatively slow Web servers. But, if you instruct SSSiter to crawl such site by receiving 20 pages at a time, the product might not be able to do its job: the server will be responding with a message "Too many connections -- downloading aborted". So, if during the query execution, SSSiter starts reporting too many errors on the Message Log tab of its Query Execution screen, decrease the number of pages the product may download at a time, and re-start this query.
1.5. Max number of tries to receive a document
SSSiter makes several attempts (tries) to scan and retrieve each document. Specify an appropriate value in this field. By
default, SSSiter will make three attempts; if none of them is successful, SSSiter skips
this particular document and proceeds with the rest.
Note: All attempts are done within the same specified time frame (see Timeout on visiting each location).
2. Setting the defaults for executing queries (Tab Queries)
This tab contains options used by SSSiter while executing your queries and generating final reports.
2.1. Pages to visit
Specifies the total number of documents SSSiter should receive and investigate while processing queries. If this field is set to zero or just empty, SSSiter downloads as many documents (URL's) as it can within a given time period (see Timeout for processing queries).
See also: Pages to Visit in the Query Properties pane.
2.2. Timeout for processing queries (min.)
This field allows you to control how long (in minutes) you would like SSSiter to spend processing a particular query. Enter zero in this field (or leave empty) if you do not wish to restrict SSSiter. In this case SSSiter will keep on working until it either downloads the required number of documents, or you press the Report Now button on the execution screen.
See also: Pages to visit.
2.3. Quotations to generate
Fill in this field with the number of quotations to be extracted from all documents SSSiter retrieves during each search session. Contents of quotations that SSSiter includes in its reports, are based on the SSSiter ability to match information being contained in the documents it scans, to the search phrase you enter. The value of this option may slightly affect the performance of SSSiter. It must be in the range between 20 and 1000. The default value for this field is set to 100.
See also: Number of quotations in Query Folders.
2.4. Minimum % (percentage) of relevancy with which quotations are to be included into reports
The Min Relevancy field (Minimum percentage of relevancy) is only relevant to those queries where a Search Phrase is entered, and also to those, which use the Subject Search method (see: How SSSiter works, step 3). SSSiter generates reports with the most relevant quotes/extracts from documents it accesses during the search. Each quotation is ranked for relevancy with some value in the 0%-100% range. This option instructs SSSiter to skip those quotations which have not exceeded the value you specify in this field. The higher the value, the fewer quotes. As a general rule, the value of 20%-50% is a good one to specify in this field.
2.5. Size of quotations
This value tells SSSiter how many characters (approximately) are to be extracted from downloaded documents and placed into the final reports. The value of 500-1,500 characters is a reasonable one as it allows you to read the most relevant paragraphs extracted from different Web pages (URL's) by looking directly at the report. That way you can quickly determine whether a document does or does not contain information that is relevant to your search criteria(s).
2.6. Space between quotations
Specifies the number of characters SSSiter should skip when it places a quotation into the report before the program can continue quoting the same document. If this option is not specified, (or, is set to zero) SSSiter includes as many quotes from the same document as it finds out. If you wish to see only one quotation per each document, enter a large enough value (e.g. several thousand) in this field. This will prevent the appearance of "duplicates" (i.e. multiple quotations that have been extracted from the same document).
2.7. Setting the default Search Language
SSSiter supports searches in a large number of languages (see SSSuite Multi-Language Support for details). If you need to find information in a language other than English, select the language of your choice in the Default Language list. After this SSSiter will start executing all new queries in your language by default; you may still change the language of a particular query by selecting it in the pane Query Properties. The SSSiter smart language detecting algorithms may perform automatic translation of documents being processed into the selected language.
Note: You are able to perform searches even in those languages that are not listed in the above table; simply select "other" in the corresponding field.
2.8. Translation Service
Beginning from version 5.0, SSSiter is capable of translating document contents between a number of languages. The product is shipped with on-line translation components, which allow translating from Chinese into English, English into German, etc. The product translates pages on the fly allowing you to search in and investigate Web sites even if you do not speak the language in which the sites are written. Furthermore, the product checks if new translation components become available on the regular basis (i.e., once a month or when you press the button "Update") thus keeping your copy of the product automatically updated with the latest changes.
2.9. Selecting a Search Method to use
To find paragraphs which match your Search Phrase, SSSiter offers a number of different search methods, namely:
3. Confirmation and hint messages (Tab Confirmation)
Click an item to toggle its check mark. If the box is checked, SSSiter will be asking you to confirm the corresponding action. If the box is cleared, SSSiter will be proceeding without prompting (presuming that you always answer with "Yes").
Another way to suppress a confirmation prompt is to check the box "Do not ask about it in the future" when the prompt appears on screen. The same way you may prevent SSSiter from displaying warning messages and some hints: switching off hints is not recommended, though. Some hints or prompting for confirmation boxes do not have the check box "Do not ask about it in the future": this has been done on purpose to protect critical actions such as deleting the entire contents of query folders, etc.
4. Colors, fonts, and icons (Tab Appearance)
4.1. Icons to display queries
SSSiter provides you with the possibility to change icons using which the product displays new, completed, and running queries. Small icons are displayed in the Table View mode; large icons are displayed in the Icon mode. Select the application menu items View, then Table or Icons to switch between modes, in which SSSiter can show items in the Query Folder pane. The way SSSiter displays queries, does not affect the rest of the product functionality and has been implemented for your convenience only.
4.2. Colors and fonts
If you wish, you may change colors and layout of two major panes the SSSiter main window consists of. Click a desired element using the left mouse button (or, select the element from the corresponding drop-down list), then press the Change color button, choose a desired color and finally, click "OK". To restore the original color palette of the product, simply click the button Set defaults. This option does not affect the rest of the product functionality and has been implemented for your convenience only.
Contains options instructing SSSiter how to store documents and show final reports.
5.1. Document types
SSSiter is capable of downloading, scanning, selecting and extracting quotations from documents of many types, namely: HTM/HTML (all types and encodings supported by your version of Windows), plain and Unicode text files, Rich Text files, Adobe Acrobat®, MS Office® (MS Word® documents, Excel® spreadsheets, and Power Point® demonstrations), Common Gateway Interface (CGI) and Active Server Page (ASP) scripts. The field Document types lists extensions of documents SSSiter should process. You do not normally have to modify the value of this field unless SSSiter skips some pages it should process.
As an example, consider the following: some pages on the Microsoft Web site have the extension "MSP". Since SSSiter processes only HTM and HTML files, by default, those with the "MSP" extension will be skipped (along with images and other binary files, which are not supposed to contain textual data). To instruct the product process MSP files as well, add the "MSP" extension to the list. After accepting your changes, you'll have to re-run queries addressed to the Microsoft Web site. Press the three-dotted button to restore the original set of file extensions. You may list document extensions in any order: it does not affect the product functionality.
5.2. Actions SSSiter should do when it generates a report
Once SSSiter completes a search, it will automatically load the report into a browser if you check the option Show at once. SSSiter can also supply this action with a media (e.g. .wav file) sound if you enter the sound file name into the corresponding field.
5.3. Deleting reports along with queries.
When you are deleting or re-setting a query and this box is checked, SSSiter removes not only the query itself, but also corresponding reports from its Library and Site Maps folders.
5.4. Displaying balloon help messages.
The check box "Show balloon help messages" enables or disables the appearance of small pop-up (normally) yellow windows with some hints on them when you position the mouse pointer over a particular element of SSSiter dialogs and screen forms. Regardless of the value of this check box, the product always shows short hint messages at the bottom of its main window.
5.5. The use of the SSSiter built-in browser.
SSSiter can load reports into either an external (default) browser or a built-in one. When you check the box "Use internal browser", SSSiter will automatically start displaying corresponding reports when you select queries in the Query Folder (right) pane. This option also affects the way SSSiter displays reports when you double-click a completed query using the left mouse button: if the box is checked, corresponding reports are loaded into the internal browser window.
5.6. Load Links into the Report Window
Specifies the target window to load links into. By default, SSSiter builds its reports so, that the browser creates a new window to load each link. By checking this option you may specify that the links should be loaded directly into the SSSiter report window; in this case you can use the browser's Back button to return to the report window, again.
5.7. Apply changes to all new queries
This option takes effect when you click OK in the SSSiter Options dialog. When checked, it instructs SSSiter to replace all search settings in existing incomplete queries in all open folders with those you have specified in the SSSiter Options dialog. If this option is not checked, SSSiter does not perform any replacements when you click OK. In this case the changes you have made will start affecting newly created queries only.
5.8. Accepting changes
Click the OK button to accept all changes that you have made in the SSSiter Options dialog. By default, the changes will affect all newly created queries. If you check the box "Apply changes to all new queries", the existing incomplete queries (in open query folders) will be adjusted as well; otherwise, the existing queries will remain changed.
5.9. Rejecting changes
Click Cancel or just press the "Esc" button on the keyboard to discard any changes you might have made in the SSSiter Options dialog.
5.10. Getting Help
Click Help or just press the "F1" button on the keyboard to receive information on a particular SSSiter option.