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Inquisitor for Leopard

It’s been quite unclear for many months what the status of Inquisitor would be upon the arrival of Mac OS X Leopard. The official word was that extensions like Inquisitor would be banned from the system, and while workarounds began to quickly appear on the scene, a more solid footing was always hoped for. Now that Leopard has shipped, the picture is more clear.

The short story is this… Inquisitor works. The shipping Leopard did not completely remove extensions, it simply has imposed stronger security conditions on them. Because of the new conditions, Inquisitor installations carried over from Mac OS X Tiger will not work. Any Leopard users will need to download and run the newly packaged Inquisitor 3.0 (v49) installer that has been rebuilt to accommodate the new Leopard environment, and after that Inquisitor should work just fine.

So, for now we should be all set. That said, I don’t doubt that Apple will create more headaches for us the next time around.

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  • October 27th, 2007 11:18 pm

91 comments...

Nils...

That’s good news- but it seems not to work on my Mac. The installation just went fine: I see the Inquisitor folder on my Macintosh HD but when I start Safari there is neither the Inquisitor search bar nor the preferences pane. I’m not sure if that connected to my problem but I’m using the German version of OS X Leopard.


William...

You are a god! Thank you so much for this!


Peter...

I only discovered Inquisitor a few weeks ago and it’s changed the way I use a web browser.

Thank you for making it work with Leopard so quickly.


Alex...

Good to hear. Why wasn’t there an official announcement for Acquisition 2?


Erick...

Hey Dave,

Great work on getting out a new build of Inquisitor so quick. I missed it even for a day!

Sadly, I must be doing something wrong here because I have installed it 3 times and have had no luck getting it to work.

Any ideas what I am missing? I even went through and dumped the old version of it.

Keep up the continued great work, I own all your apps…just great…though Inquisitor and XTorrent are my 2 favorites.


Chritian...

Before I noticed that you had repackaged Inquisitor I installed PlugSuit and then it worked without problems. Then I noticed your new download and wanted that in stead (of course). I installed it and went to settings for Inquisitor. Safari quit and blamed it on InquisitorCore. Now I can’t install it at all (nothing happens after install) and I can’t find Inquistor (v48) anywhere (which should work with PLugSuit)… so now I am rather stuck.

Any idea as to what to do? (you or anyone else reading this)… kinda desperate now.


millenomi...

I have a few problems with the new Inquisitor — namely, it doesn’t work. Console reports no interesting messages, unfortunately, and I can’t quite get why.

Also, why are you moving ~/Library/InputManager to ~/Library/InputManager-Tiger? This breaks PlugSuit :( I’m going to pick it up in addition to ~/Library/InputManager, sigh.


Cy...

Hi there,

i´m running leopard and have installed v49, but it doesn´t work in safari 3. Then i´ve deleted all inquisitor files from the library and installed it again. Doesn´t work…

Any ideas?


Brandon...

Thank you!


Goulven...

Joie ! :)


Jakob...

That’s excellent news – using Inquisitor has become second nature and it would be a pity to have to do without it.

Thanks for updating so soon. Quick question: is the new build only for Leopard users?


seb...

this is by far my favorit app. i’m glad that I can still use it on leopard. keep up the good work.


Stephan...

Just updated my two Tigers towards Leopard flawlessly. Unfortunately the beloved Inquisitor which I newly installed (v49) does not seem to work. Are there any traps into which I could have been fallen?


griffmiester...

I installed Leopard on Friday, so I’m running Safari 3.0.4 (5523.10), but it doesn’t seem to work for me.

I ran the installer, and it claimed that it worked.

I restarted Safari, and nothing…
Still says Google in the Search field. No extra tab in the Preferences to change settings… Nothing.

I had Inquisitor 3.0 (v48) running in Tiger before I upgraded to Leopard. Do I need to run an installed first?

Help!!!


Hayes...

Why? Nothing happened after I installed the new Inquisitor on my mac. It doesn’t work. :(


bryans...

I have tried downloading and installing the new 3.0 version and can’t seem to get it working. I had previously removed the old inquisitor files in anticipation of it not working in leopard so perhaps the new version is looking for old stuff that should be there but isn’t?


Jeremy...

I still cannot get it to work. I ran your installer, and see that it has put it /Library/InputManagers, as opposed to /Users/jeremydavidbrown/Library/InputManagers

Perhaps when I do a clean install of leopard it will work (Safari has kept all my preferences from my Safari 3 beta on Tiger). I did an upgrade from Tiger, as opposed to a clean install or an archive and install.

Any suggestions?

Cheers.


Andreas...

Thank you so much…!


Galley...

WooHoo! Inquisitor is one of those things you quickly realize how essential it is to the Mac experience once you have to do without it.


Guðmundur...

Great news! I just tried installing, restarted Safari and nothing seemed to happen. Do I have to remove the older versions before installing the new?


MacGeek...

Sweet! I am very glad to hear this. I’ve been missing Inquisitor for the past two days! Dave, keep up the good work. We all appreciate it.

Someday, and I don’t know whether you agree or not, and I also mean no offense, but I hope Apple will give you a fat pile of cash and integrate Inquisitor into Safari, just like they bought CoverFlow and now look at that! I guess, to me, it’d be pretty flattering for a developer to have such a great add-on that Apple wanted to make it a feature.

Best wishes, and cheers!


Sébastien...

Hi, please apologize my poor english, this is not my native language.

I write this to tell you that it just worked once on my Macbook C2D. I’ve tried to use some freeware that is supposed to enable input managers just like in Tiger (Pimpkit and PlugSuit), but it never worked. I’ve just read your blog and seen that you did a special installer for Leopard, but it failed too. :-(

Have I to uninstall anything, or to do somethinf special ? I really use Inquisitor about 40 times a day, so it is really hard to do without it. :-/

Thank you for your great job on this software ! :-)


Brandon...

I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but Inquisitor was always buggy, and it’s not working under Leopard either.


Brandon...

I take it back. I’m stupid. Inquisitor works fine now. I’m sorry.


Skylor...

Yay! =)


Lisa...

I can’t even get it to load on Leopard for some reason. Is there instruction somewhere?


Eric...

I just tried installing it with no success. Do I need admin privileges? I usually run as a limited user and the install didn’t work for me.


Luke...

Hooray for Inquisitor! Three cheers for awesome developers!


Joel...

Apple’s chances of selling me a new operating system just went up about 85%.

I couldn’t imagine downgrading to Safari without Inquisitor at this point. Thanks for all your hard work, and staying on top of it through the confusion.


Is it Leopard only? No, the installer should work on Tiger, though there’s no reason for Tiger users to update.

Why the ~/Library/InputManagers-Tiger folder? That’s part of the new security requirements. Mac OS X will not load *any* InputManagers if the ~/Library/InputManagers folder exists. Don’t ask me why that is… it just is. Hence, it needs to be removed or renamed for any files in /Library/InputManagers to work.

Now, I’m not certain why some installations are not working. I suspect that there may be incompatibility with earlier hacks used to get InputManagers to work. The problem here is that the file system needs to be just so to have things work… and it’s all undocumented. I’ve heard that the following may work to kickstart it:

sudo chown -R root:admin /Library/InputManagers


Saurabh...

Inquisitor seems to only work with Google for me. I changed the search engine to Yahoo! in the search preferences, but it still shows me results from Google. Is this normal? Any help would be appreciated!


griffmiester...

Hi David,

I’ve made sure that there’s no ~/Library/InputManagers, and run the sudo chown -R root:admin /Library/InputManagers (it was already root:admin, so the chown didn’t change anything).

Still no Inquisitor.

What other info do you need to diagnose why it’s not working?

griffmiester


Andrew...

My installation worked – sort of. I can search with inquisitor, but I can’t visit google.com now. No method of accessing google works in safari now. I can access it in firefox, but no safari. I installed inquisitor on another mac of mine, and it works fine – google and all. I tried deleting the files in /Library/InputManagers and re-installing, but still no google. I changed the default search engine to yahoo, but I still can’t visit google….


bryans...

ok – got it to work finally.

I think the problem was that my /library/InputManagers folder already existed when I first tried installing the new version.

I just went in and deleted the whole ../InputManagers folder and re-installed the new version and it works perfect.

Hope that helps


bryans...

if you already have a HD/library/InputManagers folder, delete it before you install the new version. That fixed mine right up and its working fine now.


corn...

oh! just got it working.. yes David’s tips + a repair permissions works a treat!!! yes. thanks!


David...

I got it to work, but it wasn’t at all intuitive. I moved /Library/InputManagers to ~/Library/InputManagers-Tiger (you’ll need to authenticate as superuser for this, if you have any other Input Managers).

Then emptied the trash and re-ran the installer. It creates /Library/InputManagers/Inquisitor, fills the files, and all is well. I can’t speak for any other Input Managers, but Inquisitor is really the only one I *miss*.


Sébastien...

Yes ! It works, all the InputManagers must be trashed, and then, Inquisitor is correctly installed and works fine ! :-)


Barry...

bryans, that worked! Thank you so much!


MrRabbit...

Yeah :)
So great


c....

hey thanks everyone, I was beginning to panic! the fix works fine for me.


Michael...

Fantastic! It works perfectly in Leopard. I was an acidsearch user but Inquisitor is just as good if not better. Two little requests:

1. Acidsearch had a great capability where you could right click in a search bar and from the contextual menu click ‘add this channel to search’. That would be awesome because there are some searches that I can’t for the life of me figure out how to use.

2. A search repository would be nice so that we can share different search channels.

Oh, and one more, you should add other Amazon searches (not just US)

I’ve tried your other software, purchased newsfire and would certainly be willing to drop a few £ on Inquisitor if you implemented my first suggestion. For now here’s a little donation.

Great work, great product.


BC...

I have tried everything here and can’t make this work in Leopard on my MacBook Pro. Bummer.


Brian...

I’m just really glad Inquisitor is still working under Leopard. I can’t even begin to guess how much time I’ve saved with Inquisitor – I rarely even need to go to the Google results page. I just wonder…why hasn’t Apple tried to buy up Inquisitor? It should be a default part of Safari.


Michael...

Unfortunately, I downloaded Inquisitor 3.0 (v49) on Tiger 10.4.10. Almost everything still seems to work, but Install/Uninstall no longer works. The shown Version is still 3.0 (v47) in System Preferences.

How can I get Install/Uninstall back?


Roger...

After trying most of the above suggestions to get Inquisitor to work under Leopard I installed PlugSuit. This worked with no apparent issues and was very straightforward..

http://millenomi.altervista.org/PlugSuit/download/

I would also suggest updating SIMBL if you have a version earlier than 0.8.2 in /Library/InputManagers

It is not needed to get Inquisitor working but may sort some other issues.

http://www.culater.net/dl/files/SIMBL-0.8.2.tbz

Hope this helps as I was a bit frustrated, Inquisitor is a bit hard to live without.


Joe...

I VERY much appreciate all the work you do on Inquisitor!

I have run into a problem …
On my G5 2×1.8Ghz with 10.5 … Inquisitor installs, I launch Safari and NO Inquisitor!

BUT – on my MacBookPro (1st model) CoreDuo … Inquisitor installed and works GREAT!

Might it be a PPC thing? :-D

Keep up the GREAT work!

– Joe


Kalle...

Probably not a PPC thing, since it’s working fine on my G5 but not on my MacBook.


Adam...

Another Inquisitor addict here, that couldn’t get it to work.
I didn’t do a clean install, but tried all the methods listed above. Super Dave, rescue us! ;) -PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz


Kalle...

To add to the previous comment…

…copied the plugin manually to the original location, and now it works with PlugSuit just fine. :)


buddhistMonkey...

Installing Inquisitor v49 on my Leopard G5 completely hosed my Safari: it won’t open at all now, even after restarting.

How do I uninstall?


Bob...

Great job on Inquisitor. I would be lost without it as well.

I had the same issues after upgrading Tiger to Leopard, but on my MacBook it worked without any problems.

What fixed it for me was deleting the entire /Library/InputManagers folder and then running the installer. It created the same folder, but when I started Safari it was there YAY!!!!


Robert...

I wish Inquisitor still worked for Camino…

*ducks*


Alan...

YES! it works! It didn’t work initially, but then I tried what “bryans” said to do:

“I just went in and deleted the whole ../InputManagers folder and re-installed the new version and it works perfect.”

thanks for the tip.


Dachaz...

THANK YOU!

It initially didn’t work as I had installed iGlasses before Inquisitor and iGlasses had made the Input Managers folder.
I ran Leopard without Inquisitor for two days and was already freaking out as I totally got used to search engine shortcuts.
I can’t stress enough how happy I am at the moment :)

Cheers, mate!


Daniel...

How can I uninstall it on Leopard? I could not find a way?


Hulk...

I have the same problem as Nils on Leopard. Everything seemed to install but nothing works in Safari. I have installed twice rebooting each time. What am I doing wrong?


JMD...

How do you uninstall Inquisitor ? I have not seen any place where this is documented.
Not that I don’t like Inquisitor, but there may be some situations where uninstalling “add-ons” is necessary.


Nicky...

Thanks so much! It actually worked. I deleted the entire InputManagers folder from my library, emptied the trash, reinstalled ‘Inquisitor’ and, hey presto!

Much obliged!


bug...

Exactly what files are installed by v49? I want to experiment with other search plugins, and I noticed you just pulled the installer/uninstaller, opting for an .mpkg, leaving me guessing…


nodag...

Hi all.

I’m using the latest version of Inquisitor on Safari 3 and Leopard. The tool works fine, however, I now get a strange error during compiling and then running one of my Xcode projects:


Error loading /Library/InputManagers/Inquisitor/Inquisitor.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Inquisitor: dlopen(/Library/InputManagers/Inquisitor/Inquisitor.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Inquisitor, 265): no suitable image found. Did find:
/Library/InputManagers/Inquisitor/Inquisitor.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Inquisitor: GC capability mismatch

Do you have any idea why the heck Inquisitor interferes with my own, completely independent project? I know, this doesn’t make a sense at all, but hey, it’s clearly Inquisitor which is mentioned.


fellow...

Has anyone had Keychain username/passwords fail due to Inquisitor? Safari is a signed application in Leopard, and from this information, access to keychain will be denied:

http://switchersblog.com/2007/11/13/leopard-code-signing-and-keychain-problems.html

Is there any way to use Inquisitor in Leopard?


Eric...

Regarding the ~/Library/InputManagers-Tiger folder issue, I actually had no issues with having a ~/Library/InputManagers folder. (OS X 10.4.11, Safari 3.0.4 523.12 on a MacBook Pro).

The Inquisitor installer, however, removed InputManagers without a warning or a backup. I had other input managers in that folder, all of which were already updated, and the Inquisitor installer deleted them, forcing me to re-install them.

Other than that glitch – what a great tool, David. Well done!


René...

Hi

I just want to tell you, that inquisitor is really great. The only thing I would suggest you is to make it possible to change the source search engine and not only to allow google and yahoo. There are a lot of other search engines!

Thanks again for your great work!!!


Jason...

Hi all!

Further to Dave’s instructions for kick-starting the activation of Inquisitor, you may need to do the following:

sudo chmod -R 755 /Library/InputManagers/

Cheers,
Jason.


Nike...

It didnt work at all untill I did the aforementioned sudo chmod -R 755 /Library/InputManagers/

That seem to do the trick. I would recommend having that command in the installer… I hate doing things with the terminal :)

At least it works and I am Happy


Gabriel...

Man, i absolutely love you (metaphoricaly speaking!). i hope some day apple buys your idea into safari, like they did with cover flow, you deserve it!


Phil...

I love your program but I can’t get safari 3.0.4 to work. I’m trying to uninstall Inquisitor but I can’t. There is no simple way to uninstall. PLEASE provide detailed instructions on how I can remove every trace of inquisitor v49 from my mac. I don’t want to fix it and I don’t want a workaround. I just want to remove the program. I’m running Tiger on a powerpc. Why is there no Uninstall option anymore?


Carl...

Following advice (deleting Input Manager folder from Library and reinstall Inq) Inquisitor works again under leopard but i need to start Safari three times and only after resetting safari, it launches …
Any ideas ?


Adrian...

Installed and using on 10.5 .. wonderful! Thanks :)


bug...

Two things:

1. Try typing “godw”. The apostrophe of “godwin’s law” is represented as “\x27″, which is incompatible with search engines.

2. How come no uninstall?


Munich...

I´m using a german version as well. Its not working after the normal running installation. I don´t know if it a specific problem of the german distribution!?
I´ll wait for a solution on the part of the developer.


Keisuke...

Hi.

I installed Inquisitor in Safari.
Safari came to be over suddenly in approximately 5 seconds when I started Safari. A method of the uninstallation seems to have fitted a former installer, but a thing of now does not have it. Please teach a method to return.

Regards.


Chris...

You should port this to Firefox.


Lieven...

Yeah, it’d be cool if Inquisitor was bought by Apple, but it’d be even cooler if it was incorporated in Camino, just to be ready to move to a more open platform in stead of depending on deprecated features…


Jon...

Hi there,

I’ve just installed v50 and Safari is now hanging on start up. How do I uninstall this!? ANy help would be great!

Jon


Paavels...

is there any way to add some russian search engines to inqusitor?
10X!


xavier...

Can you add a blacklist of response server. Some site are very present in Google like “expert exchange dot com” or “comment ça marche dot net” and I want to systematic not display this site as search result

thanks for this software


badcrumble...

I’d love it if you added a Clear Search History option to the dropdown menu, but I can understand not cluttering up the interface. Great product.


Hilmar...

Greatest app ever. Thnx for the update!


bonaldi...

Why do Amazon links appear first on searches for things like “Nintendo”, “Sony” and “Nikon”? They’re not the first Google hits.


The...

Google US doesn’t work anymore for me… I’m using Google UK right now, which gives me British Results. -_-

I’m running this on Leopard and have the latest version according to Update in the Search panel of Safari preferences. Is this just me, or does Inquisitor need to be updated?


MarkyJ...

Dave,

Since comments are off on your ‘Idealism Lost’ post, I thought I would comment here.

I think it is a shame that people react as badly as they do to developers who just try to make a living. I think the approach you took on the *free* Inquisitor is a fair one that balances the need to make some money without compromising the usability of the tool for the users.

For some reason, people seem to think that all software should be both useful *and* free. These same people have usually never given anything of their own for free. Imagine a baker being expected to give away loaves for free? A car mechanic servicing cars for free? Why are our skills as software engineers expected to be given to the community for free as part of some altruistic cult?

Sure, if you are part of the Evil Empire you have probably gone too far in trying to extract money for nothing, but I certainly don’t expect you are driving around in a Ferrari off the meagre revenues of Inquisitor.

So please don’t be put off by the ranting of a few nuts. The vast (unfortunately silent) majority think you are doing a great job and want to keep using your great products.

I love my NewsFire.

Chonk on, dude.


Shawn...

Dave, thanks for the great products and especially inqusitor. You made it quite clear that the product was ad supported from the beginning and it is extremely useful to use. Don’t get discouraged, keep up the great work and keep it coming. Many of us use all of your products and appreciate your hard work.

Cheers
Shawn


Fredrik...

Don’t let hard words from ignorant people let you down! Inquisitor is great, as is the business model, since the product now reaches more systems without the restraint of cost. Just make it a bit more clear that it is supported by subtle ads.


Dan...

I love it when devs find a way to make a killer app free by using a clever way pay some bills. Kudos to you. The 5% crowd is always the loudest, and we all have to deal with them in every aspect of life. Inquisitor makes Safari. Period. Thank you. And thank you for finding a way to keep it free.


Suave...

I really love this feature on Safari, it has worked wonders for me…
I have to ask one question, since I like to use FireFox, Will there ever be a inquuisitor for FireFox ?


Benjamin...

I first tried out Inquisitor a long time ago and loved it.. A few days ago I stumbled upon it again, and wondered why I ever removed it from my machine.. I quickly installed again, but it only took me a few seconds to figure out what I disliked about it.. I can’t use my up-/down-arrow to go to beginning/end of my string, because they now work for selecting on the Inquisitor-menu.. As much as I love the software, I’m annoyed that I can’t quickly go from one end of a search string to another, and I’ll probably soon have to go without using this otherwise great plugin, as I feel the speed of my workflow is being reduced.. Is there any way you could add an option to only use the mouse or perhaps a modifier-key+arrow to select something on the list?

Thanks!


Joe...

I just wanted to add a note that may help someone else that had the same problem as myself. After going several months without Inquisitor I finally snapped. I tried countless different Firefox plugins and other tools but nothing could replace Inquisitor. Turns out I was a member of the wheel user group which disables all InputManagers. I found this on the TextMate blog but it didn’t click for some reason. Also, changing user groups in Leopard is not as simple as Tiger. Hope this helps.


bartek...

The Inquisitor itself would be a very handy tool. It’s just the yahoo search algorithm which is rather poor. Uninstalling.


jcandali...

I finally figured out why I couldn’t get Inquisitor to work on my computer under Leopard. I had to take my user out of the wheel group and then restart. After that everything worked fine.