About APSE

What is Apse?

Apse is short for A Personal Search Engine. It runs on your computer, and records what you see on your screen.

It stores that as a searchable image archive of websites, documents, messages, or anything else you use your computer for.

How is Apse different from other search engines?

Other search engines crawl the web, capturing as much as they can. Apse indexes what you see.

There's 3 ways to add snapshots to APSE:

  1. Add them manually: PDFs, text-based files, images.
  2. Auto-snapshots. APSE periodically will take a screenshot, and add that to your index automatically as you work.
  3. Manual snapshots. Trigger one yourself from the app, system tray, or browser extension.

Ever run into keyword farm or spam websites? Apse doesn't record those. Well, unless you spend a lot of time on them for some reason.

What about privacy and security?

Apse only stores data on your computer. There's nothing in the cloud, so there is nothing to get stolen or sold. Apse can be configured to retain data for as long or short as you want.

Who makes APSE?

Apse is run by Ryan Fox.

Why did you build APSE?

Come on Google, I've looked up this exact thing before, where is it now?

I built a search engine because I forget things All. The. Time.

On top of that, the big search engines seem to be getting worse every year.

So I built Apse to do 3 things:

  1. Be a universal search interface,
  2. With relevant results, and
  3. Respect users' privacy

And it works super well! Feels like living in the future when you use it 😎

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APSE-themed swag is available. Contact Ryan if you'd like to get your hands on some.

Where can I find out more?

Are you using Apse for something different? Have any questions? I would love to hear from you. Send me an email here. I read them all myself, and will respond to you as soon as I can. If Apse sounds useful, you can get it now:

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