Aestus Quick Search Features

Search The Web

Quick Search is meant to be the fastest, and most convenient, way to search the web. Just launch the app, type your query and press "Go" to search.

Search Websites Directly

To make Quick Search even more useful, it can also search web sites directly. Just type the name of the site and your query then press "Go" to search. It can currently search:

  • Wikipedia
  • Youtube
  • IMDb
  • Vimeo
  • Amazon
  • The Wirecutter
  • Wolfram Alpha
  • 500px
  • Soundcloud
  • Ultimate Guitar
  • Kobo (Book Store)
  • Stack Overflow

A few examples of how this works:

  • "wikipedia cats" will search Wikipedia for 'cats.'
  • "IMDb Fight Club" will search IMDb for 'Fight Club.'
  • "kobo red rising" will search the Kobo book store for 'red rising.'

(Don't worry about capitalization and spacing, the app is pretty forgiving."

Special Case: Use A Specific Search Engine Even If It’s Not Your Default

If you want to search DuckDuckGo but your default search engine is Google, you can begin your query with “DuckDuckGo” to search it. (This works no matter what your default is or the engine you want to search.)

Special Case: Search Images

When searching for images you don’t need to type Google Images, Bing Images or DuckDuckGo Images, just type “images of” before what you want pictures of. For example, “Images of cats” will use the image search of whatever your default search engine is. (If you do want to use another search engine for images without changing your default, you can use preface your query with “Google Images”, “Bing Images” or “DuckDuckGo Images”.) Once again the app is pretty flexible so here are a few more examples of keywords you can use to launch image search:

  • img
  • pictures of
  • Image

If you're having an issue, you can find a full list of the keywords you can use here.

Search Apps Directly

Type your query and then tap one of the 3rd party app icons below the text field to send your search to the app. (It will launch you into the app your tap on or take you to it in the App Store if you don't have it installed.)


Change The Default Search Engine

You can change which search engine Quick Search uses by tapping on the gear beside the search bar and then tapping "Change Default Search Engine". Search engines currently supported:

  • Google
  • DuckDuckGo
  • Bing

Change The Default Web Browser

You can change the web browser Quick Search launches its queries in by tapping on the gear beside the search bar and then tapping "Change Default Web Browser". Web browsers currently supported:

  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Opera Mini
  • Coast

Change The App Search Shortcuts

You can change the apps you can search directly by tapping on the gear beside the search bar and then tapping “Change App Search Shortcuts”. Apps that are currently supported:

  • 1Password
  • App Store
  • Fantastical 2
  • Google Maps
  • IMDb
  • Maps
  • Spotify
  • Tweetbot
  • Twitter
  • Waze
  • Wolfram Alpha
  • Wunderlist

I would love to add more but unfortunately not many apps have a search URL Scheme. (Which means I can’t send search queries to them.)

Advanced Features

Save Prefixes

If you make a lot of searches that all begin with the same words you can surround the reusable part with “||”. For example, “|Name of game you’re playing| how to do something” would save the name of the game for your next search. Some specific examples:

  • “|Diablo 3| beating the Butcher” -> would save “Diablo 3” for your next search
  • “|Xcode Swift 2| sending information between view controllers” -> would save “Xcode Swift 2” for your next search