(A larger and clearer 2.4Mb mpeg4 version is available here)
(A separate 3.6Mb mpeg4 video of the tree view search option is here)
Out of curiosity I tried Microsoft’s new Tafiti search which requires Silverlight , their rich Internet application technology which is available for Windows and Mac OS X. If you don’t have Silverlight installed already then the Tafiti homepage will prompt you to download before use. Once you commit to a search an animated carousel of icons appears on the left which lets you toggle between the web search, available books, related RSS feeds and Images. Any of these results can be drag and dropped into a clip retainer down the right hand side. Subsequent searches are stacked on the notepad top left and can be returned to or deleted.I felt that a lot of the search screen was taken up with graphics whilst reducing the size of the search results screen. maybe overlayed graphics with an auto hide feature would probably have allowed more of the browser area to be given over to the actual search results. It was a pleasant enough interface if you like eye candy and worth experimenting with. I’ll be interested as to how it evolves.