Global Search

Sure, you love your Google. But what if the object of your quest is to get a broad view of the subject? With traditional search engines, you might have to scroll through many pages of results. But now there's Grokker, a visually oriented search tool that delivers results in a colorful landscape of nested spheres. Each ball represents one aspect of your requested item, and you can enlarge the spheres to find subcategories, repeating the process until you get to the actual sites or files.

A preview release of Grokker, which searches databases from Northern Lights and Amazon--with many more to come--is downloadable for $100 (which includes an upgrade to the final version) at www.groxis.com.