Google's search-ad business is a money machine, but every now and again the company manages to squeeze out a little revenue from other parts of its business. And on Wednesday, Google announced one such deal with another Silicon Valley power, Adobe Systems. Google Site Search lets customers endow their Web sites with a customized search engine derived from Google's broader index, and Adobe is using it in two ways, said Nitin Mangtani, Google's lead product manager for enterprise search.
First is Adobe's new Community Help search site, which presents search results from thousands of Adobe-selected sites. There are plenty of sites with Lightroom development presets, Photoshop editing recipes, Flash programming tips, and other such information, so if successful, the Adobe site--in beta for now--could be a more effective way to dig up what's online.
Second, that community search ability is built into Adobe's new CS4 suite of applications for image editing, illustration, video production, and Web site design. Adobe already had moved to an HTML-based help system, so extending to the Community Help site was probably not too complicated.
Google has thousands of customers for Site Search. It's available as a free, ad-supported service, but customers also can pay for ad-free, Google-logo-optional versions costing $100 per year for indexing up to 5,000 Web pages or $500 per year for up to 50,000 pages.
Adobe fits into a higher-end category to accommodate the higher volume of search traffic and the millions of indexed pages, Mangtani said, but declined to share terms of the deal.