Welcome to Able Grape Beta 2!

Welcome to Able Grape beta 2. It’s been six months since we launched our first beta release, and though we’ve been improving Able Grape almost weekly since then, beta 2 represents a huge step forward in terms of functionality. Here’s a quick overview of what’s new:

  • New UI. We’ve redesigned the page to be easier to read, and so that we can help you get the best results, we’ve created a space in which Able Grape can have a dialogue with you.
  • Query Tips. We dug into thousands of user queries to understand what kinds of mistakes people make — and what kinds of mistakes we make. Beta 2 bears the first fruits of that work. Able Grape now freqently suggests alternative queries to help you get the best results. This is just a start — now that we’ve laid the groundwork for query suggestions in both the UI and our software architecture, we plan to aggressively develop additional “query tips” in the coming months (suggestions welcome, as always).
  • Improved home page. We’ve tightened up the home page a bit, and now give you suggestions for a few things to make your Able Grape experience better (if you want to make the suggestions go away, just join the Able Grape community).
  • Larger database and improved relevance. We’re constantly growing the database and improving the quality of our results, and beta 2 is no exception: we’ve reached well over 13 million pages across 38,313 sites, and the quality of search results has never been better.
  • Improved architecture. Yeah, we software types always like to talk about improving things under the hood, but there are concrete benefits for you, the user. Beta 2 has new, more powerful concept database that is allowing us to rapidly build out features based on article dates — soon to come, by popular request — and eventually will let us do fun things with concepts like yields, vineyard areas, percentages, production volumes, and even wine scores.

Here are a handful of query examples to try:

AG beta 2 should work on all the previously supported browsers (and, if you haven’t tried it yet, I highty recommend trying Firefox 3, it’s great). As always, if you have suggestions, questions, comments, observations, bugs, stunningly good results, rants, feedback, quibbles, or (especially) brilliant ideas, please don’t hesitate to write us at the address mentioned at the bottom of the FAQs. I’d like to make Able Grape the best it can be.


4 Responses to “Welcome to Able Grape Beta 2!”

  1. 1 Mike Veseth July 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Great job on the big update (or is “grape job” more appropriate). The query tips are very useful.

  2. 2 Daniella Mossiman July 28, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Congratulations on the improvements. Really like the new UI changes.

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