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In case you were wondering, Qinq stands for Quick Inquiry. We chose this abbreviation because with Qinq we have created a small but smart tool to speed up online search..

Table of contents




Disclaimer and Software License Agreement




Target page administration


Setting a target page




The Qinq-Click


Clipboard Backup


Qinq in operation


Graphical settings


Menu blades








Applying the settings


Start automatically in Windows


Automatically search for updates







1)             Acknowledgements

We would like to thank SCHINDLER BOLTZE Rechtsanwälte, Karlsruhe, for the competent and professional consulting during the development of the software Qinq.

SCHINDLER BOLTZE Rechtsanwälte advises companies in regards to, among other things, brand, competition, author, and software rights. Further information may be found at www.schindlerboltze.de

2)             Disclaimer and Software License Agreement


With the acceptance of these license agreements, you (as a natural or legal entity) agree to engage in a legally binding contract with graphIT-Wening GmbH over the use of this software product (hereafter referred to as software) including all software components, media, as well as all corresponding online documentation and accompanying documentation. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this license agreement, you must stop the use of the software immediately and destroy all copies of the software and their components that are in your possession.


The holder of rights of the software is graphIT-Wening GmbH. The software is copyrighted as well as protected by international agreements to protect intellectual property. GraphIT-Wening GmbH directly grants you and every licensee the rights from this license.


The software is free (Freeware). You may use the software at no cost for private use as well as commercial purposes (simply non-exclusive). You may copy the software in an unchanged form (installable version), distribute, and make it publicly accessible. GraphIT-Wening GmbH directly grants you and every licensee the rights from this license. A sublicense or a transfer of license rights is not permitted.


Except for expenses towards distribution costs, you may not charge a cost for the duplication and distribution of the software.


You may make changes, create enhancements, and other modifications of the software to the extent that the law permits in i.S.d. §§ 69 c Nr. 2, 69d Paragraph 1 UrhG.

The software enables, with the insertion of your own URLs/links, editing of a part of the software (concerning the file qinq.ini). The holder of rights permits modification of this part of the software; except inserting URLs through URL templates that you or a third party generates money (e.g. for an Affiliate program), or when you or a third party are involved in a banner exchange program . Insertion of such URLs is not allowed. Legitimate adaptations of the file qinq.ini may be reproduced and distributed by you.


You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the software or its parts. The information necessary to achieve interoperability of an independently created computer program with Qinq may be obtained through a reasonable fee to the holder of rights.


The copyright notices, brand names, legal reservations, serial numbers as well as any other program identifications in the software may not be changed or made unrecognizable.


The software is presented to you free of charge by the holder of rights. The liability of the holder of rights follows from §§ 521 until 524 in the Civil Code


If any provision of this Agreement be deemed invalid or unenforceable, it does not affect the validity of this disclaimer. That particular provision will be deemed modified to the maximum extent necessary to make the provision relevant and valid. It is protected by the Federal Republic of Germany copyright laws.


3)             Introduction

Qinq is a tool that can increase the quality of your work and free time at the computer. With Qinq you can quickly find answers. Be it the definition of a term, or its synonyms, its translations into German, French, Spanish ... or an item in an online auction, you will save thousands of clicks with Qinq!

You can adjust Qinq in such a way that it works optimally for you. Ultimately, Qinq should bring you the best possible results! In this documentation, you can find a short introduction to the features and configurations of Qinq.

4)             Target page administration

At the center of Qinq's functionality are the target pages. A target page could be, for example, www.wikipedia.de, but in principle it deals with web pages that offer a certain service. If you know of an Internet site whose search service you would like to use with Qinq, you only need to add this site in Qinq as a target page. From then on, the corresponding search service – via Qinq - will be readily available to you.




 4.1     Setting a target page

In Qinq, there is a maximum of eight menu blades. The defaults of Qinq already include eight target pages, so the initial menu appearing after installation is usually filled. In order to define a custom target page, only an appropriate URL is needed.

Every service on the Internet, whose inquiries can be formulated in the form of URLs, is a candidate for a Qinq target page. The Picsearch search service can be addressed, for example, in the form


In such URLs the essential parameter is "q=SEARCHTERM". However, other additional parameters are possible. Try it out! Search with, for example, www.amazon.de for a certain term and observe the URL of the search result. That will quickly determine where the search term appears within the URL.

Similarly, by using this technique, you can proceed with most pages that offer services. If you have identified the appropriate URL syntax, you can set it as the link of a target page in Qinq and the tool will then offer you a menu blade with the corresponding search service. Qinq automatically loads the website icon as desired. In order to set a target page, proceed as follows:

a) If all 8 menu blades are already occupied...

In the table with target pages, select the entry that you would want to replace your new target page with. Click on the corresponding lines.


Click on the "Remove" button screen3, in order to delete the selected target page.

Now, a menu blade should become free and you can add a new target page as described by b) below.

b) If at least one menu blade is free...


Click on a free line in the target page table and enter the search URL of the new target page in the text field "Link". You must use a substitute symbol in the place where the search word occurs in the URL. This can be either "%1", "%2", or "%3". The difference between the three versions is described in the section Qinq in operation“

5)             Features

 5.1  The Qinq-click

Qinq can only be used with the mouse. When the mouse cursor is over selectable text, Qinq uses the selection and the menu blades will appear around the mouse cursor. There are two ways to use the mouse with Qinq and one method will have to be chosen in the User Preferences window.


If you select the middle mouse button option, pressing this button will always call up Qinq. Often, the middle mouse button is a mouse wheel, which works as well. The option "Keep original action" means that the usual functionality of the middle mouse button that existed prior to Qinq will take effect even if the button is pressed when Qinq is being used.

The combination of both the left and right mouse button is a variant of the Qinq-Click, which can be used if no middle mouse button is available or if you prefer to not use the middle mouse button. In order to correctly activate a Qinq-click, one must hold the left mouse button clicked while the right mouse button is subsequently clicked.. As soon as you can master it, you may find that you quite like it.

 5.2  Clipboard Backup

The option "Use clipboard backup" gives you the possibility of retaining the stored Windows-clipboard when the Qinq-click is executed.

The clipboard backup is a standard from Version 1.3 onwards and may not be deactivated any more through the graphical interface. However, it can be deactivated through an entry in the file qinq.ini.

 5.3  Qinq in operation

 5.3.1      Qinq selects automatically

You do not need to select individual terms within the text when you qinq it. Qinq does it automatically when you click on the appropriate word.

 5.3.2      User-defined selection

Do you want to qinq only a part of a word, or more than one word at the same time? If so, you can choose your own selection of text before you qinq it. The terms to be searched can be anything like a name of a person, or idioms, or even whole text paragraphs. Or quite possibly you want to use multiple search terms for a search query.

You must select only the appropriate text (with the mouse or keyboard) and then Qinq-click on the finished selection while pressing on the left shift key.

The way that the different words in the text will be used depends on the URL that your target page is using and we will discuss it here shortly.

First, notice how there are no blank spaces that appear in a correct search URL. The selected text that you would like to Qinq may possibly include several words and, therefore, spaces. Replacing them with special characters will make the URL valid, allowing it to be interpreted correctly by the search engines. The space is a valid value when it's substituted with "%20".

Quotation marks present another important aspect. If you search for the expression "I think, therefore I am", it would be recommended to enter the text with quotation marks into the search engine since the search service does not otherwise pay attention to the order of the words and thus the quality of search results would worsen. Qinq can also deal with automatic addition of quotation marks.

You can, by specifying the role of the substitute symbol of the search term in the URL, decide how a search query with more than one word is handled:

a) %1 as a placeholder signifies that the marked text is substituted 1:1


b) %2 as a placeholder signifies that all space characters in the selected text are replaced with %20

Quotation marks are not set around the text.



c) %3 as a placeholder signifies that all space characters are replaced and that quotation marks are set around the text.



 5.3.3      Handling of percentage signs within the search URL

The URL of a search service may occasionally contain percentage signs. If this is the case and the percentage sign occurs regularly in the URL, then another percentage sign must be set before this percentage sign.

Example: http://xyservice.com?action=search%20now&searchword=%3 must be changed to


 5.3.4      Handling of special characters

Similar to blank spaces, special characters like 'ä', 'ö', 'ü', 'Ä', 'Ö', 'Ü', and 'ß', as well as special variables, are expressed with special placeholders when they occur in a URL. Qinq chooses the correct substitution depending on the parameter with which you configure the target page.

 5.3.5      Display of search results

When showing the search results, Qinq uses the standard browser chosen by you under Windows.

You should use a browser that supports tabs (e.g. Mozilla Firefox™ or Opera™) so that search results are not necessarily displayed in a new window, but a new tab, depending on the settings of the browser.

 5.3.6      Switch Qinq off temporarily

Whenever you want to quickly disable Qinq functions, you can do this by pressing and holding the left STRG (or CTRL) key. Qinq can also be deactivated in another way. Right-clicking on the Qinq icon at the lower-right edge of the screen (on the taskbar) opens a menu in which the menu elements are presently active. A check mark in this menu option indicates that Qinq is active. This is the case by default. Removing the check mark deactivates Qinq. You can set the check mark or remove it by clicking on the active menu option.

 5.3.7      Compatibility with other software

Because of difficulties relating to automatic selection of text in Qinq, the selection can be easily lost using user-defined selections. The terms need to be selected in advance and the shift key kept pressed during the Qinq-click.

When the mouse cursor is over a hyperlink, Qinq is ineffective for this time period. It behaves in the same way as if the STRG (or CTRL) key was pressed. If you want to look for a term that's a hyperlink, then mark the term first with the mouse and then, while pressing on the left shift key, make a Qinq-click.

If you have any special wants that Qinq cannot yet provide, write to us and we will keep it in strict confidence as we will gladly help you find a solution! Simply write to Qinq at: support@qinq.de !

6)             Graphical settings

 6.1     Menu blades

A menu blade consists of several components and you can completely modify its appearance by positioning and combining its parts. In principle it provides a service to the target page, which is concealed behind it. Nevertheless, you have the freedom to configure it as you wish. Our suggestion for a blade is something like a drop of water in which the loaded favourite icon of the website is inserted. screen6

 6.1.1        Bitmap

The bitmap is a picture, which can be used instead of a combination of blades and an icon. You can set a bitmap for a menu blade by scanning your own file system for a suitable bitmap:


If a correct path to an undamaged bitmap file is present in the text field "Bitmap", this is then used as a menu blade.

 6.1.2        Icon

An icon can be made to appear inside a blade. When applying the preferences in the dialogue "Qinq Preferences", a download of website specific favourite icons will take place if desired and the icons will be embedded into the blades.

It is also possible here to define which icon will be shown in which blade. Similar to the bitmap, a correct path to an undamaged .ico file must be indicated in the "Icon" text field.


If you indicate an icon, the website specific icon is ignored.

If you do not indicate an icon, the downloaded icon is used if the download process is successful. Some websites do not make the so-called favourite icons available. In this case, the blade of the menu blade remains empty.

No matter which icon is selected to appear in the blade, Qinq fits it by rounding its corners off.

 6.1.3        Alias

An alias with 3 letters is possible for each menu blade. The alias appears in the same place as the icon and can be entered through the "Alias" text field:


If an alias exists, no icon is used.

Aliases are useful if you use the same search engine by utilizing different parameters and when the corresponding icons in the menu blades aren't visually differentiable.

 6.2     Transparency

Both the transparency of the blades as well as those of the icons/aliases can be manually configured by you.


No matter which value is set for the transparency, the icon will always be as transparent as the blade. With this in mind, the transparency of the blade will itself affect the icon so an opaque icon with a half-transparent blade is not possible.

 6.3     Position and size

You can specify the diameter of the menus and also the maximum size of the blades.


The maximum height and width of menu blades are only relevant when you use your own bitmaps. Bitmaps that exceed these dimensions will be made smaller. A blade has always the same size, just as the icon from the blade.

Icons that are larger than 16x16 will be shrunk.

 6.4     Animation

The Qinq-menu can be displayed with or without animation. The animation may be disabled:


this option should depend on the performance of your computer, but most importantly, it depends on your own taste as to which animation speed is the most suitable for you.


7)             Other

 7.1     Applying the settings

The settings that are shown on the User Preferences dialogue will take effect after the "Apply" button is pressed. If desired, a favourite downloads icon is also displayed.

In order to close the User Preferences dialogue without saving any changes, press on the "Close" button.

The "OK" button causes an "Apply" and then a "Close".

Depending on the quality of the animation and also on the number and size of possible bitmaps that you use, the time it takes to apply may last a couple of seconds.

 7.2     Start automatically in Windows

You can (and should) activate this option if you like using Qinq and use it often.

 7.3     Automatically search for updates

If you activate this option, Qinq checks our website for any updates and informs you if any are available.

Qinq does not transmit any information about your PC onto the Internet.

A detailed example of the procedure is as follows: if activated, Qinq loads the file qinq.ver from our server every 30 days. This file contains only the current version number of the newest Qinq version and the URL of the site where this new version can be downloaded. Qinq subsequently compares and determines if the installed version is older than the most up-to-date available version. Should that be the case, Qinq will then suggest that you visit the Qinq website and download and install the most current version. Automatic or undesired updates do not take place.

8)             Contributors

graphIT-Wening GmbH
Software Development and Integration
OOP - Java - .NET – GIS

Idea and Concept

Christian Wening

Project Management

Daniel Barbu und Christian Wening


Cristian Bejan und Daniel Barbu


Daniel Krich

Marketing and PR

Frank Schwellinger

9)             Partners

Qinq cooperates with the following partners: Amazon, Google and ZUM.de, woxikon.

You will, therefore, receive no more advertisements than any typical use of these services without Qinq. Should you still not want this, you are free to change the configuration of your Qinq installation accordingly and/or deactivate the target pages.

Copyright © 2007 graphIT-Wening GmbH.