Browsing and Searching

Navigating and Collecting Web Pages

Browse the Web. Collect Web Pages Links and Page Rankings.

Searching the Web

Execute powerful searches against multiple Search Engines with one key stroke.

Managing Searches

Butterflyzer stores all of your searches. Find out how to work with them.

Creating Complex Searches

Combine searches and organize results in powerful ways using simple tools.

Browsing Multiple Pages

Use Browser Lists and Slider Panes to view multiple pages at once.

Enhanced Browsing

See live tags within your web pages. Zero in on areas of interest. Use the reader to quickly scan pages.

Navigating and Collecting Web Pages

Butterflyzer's fully integrated browser uses the same web engine as the one you're using now (you can even pick the engine you want to use). So everything renders quickly and looks as you'd expect. (You can also import everything you find in Butterflyzer into your desktop browser bookmarks.)

Most of the Navigation works just as you'd expect.

To open a new web page:

  1. (Optional) simplify your views so that you have just the browser open.

  2. Enter a URL (Web Page location) into the Search Field (the white area in the toolbar). For example, type arstechnica.com.

  3. Press the ENTER or RETURN key.

  4. The web page loads into the browser.

See Back Button, Forward Button and Reload Button for common functions.

See Search Field for more information about how you can use the search field.

To collect the contents of a web page, including Semantics and statistics, do this:

  1. When you collect a web page, Butterflyzer uses any Search Engine Options you've set up to load the page. Make sure that you have selected the appropriate engine(s). (Optional)

  2. Click the Collect Page button.

To collect all of the page links from the page, including Semantics and Statistics, do this:

  1. Again, check that you the Search Engine Options. (Optional)

  2. Click the Collect Page Links button.

Look here for other actions you take with a Web Page.

Searching the Web

Just as with any modern browser, Butterflyzer supports easy search capabilities. But with a Butterflyzer search you get much more.

To execute a search, do this:

  1. Select appropriate Search Engine(s) to use. For example, if you're only interested in Tweets, you might want to unselect the Web related options.(Optional)

  2. Select views that allow you to see many results at a time. The Graph View and Table View are best for this. (Optional)

  3. Enter text into the Search Field. For example, you could enter "Apple".

  4. Press the ENTER or RETURN key.

As soon as you press enter, the following things will happen:

  • Butterflyzer will begin executing the searches. The Search progress is quite sophisticated -- it executes searches in multiple threads and multiple stages according to the Search options you have selected. If you've selected the whole enchilda, Butterflyzer will perfrom the following actions:

    1. In parallel (beginning at the same time and executing simultaneously):

    2. After each of the Web Page searches are complete, Butterflyzer then performs the following actions on the discovered pages:

    3. After each of these stages, Butterflyzer does some maintenance with the results.

  • All of this data will be captured to your Catalog. You can always Update an Existing Search with new results later.

  • The views will update with the new results. As the searches progress over time, new results will be added to the results in any views you have open. For example, let's say you have just started a search on "Big Data". If are viewing a Graph, and you have selected the "IBM" Semantic Tag in the "Companies" Semantic Type in the Outline, as new Web Pages are discovered, the graph will grow.

That's a lot happening from one key stroke! Typically, you'll see Web Pages and Tweets coming back almost instantly, with the more complex Semantic Results Tweet results completing within a minute or two. To find out how the searches are coming along -- and to cancel searches that you no longer need -- you can watch the progress of the searches in the Progress View.

(Why don't all of those searches slow your machine to a crawl? Most of the time you spend waiting for a web search is the time spent for the search to travel to the web server, the web server to process the results, and the results to be sent back to you. Your internet bandwidth and computer processing speed have very little to do with this. By managing many -- sometimes dozens -- of simultaneous searches at a time Butterflyzer is able to improve you search efficiency by orders of magnitude. Imagine the time it would take to go through each of those searches by hand.)

Managing Searches

Every time that you create a search in the Search Field, Butterflyzer automatically creates a Tag for that search. In the Searching the Web we created a search for Big Data. You can always see the results of a prior search by selecting it in the Outline.

Navigating Searches

To Navigate to the search Results for an existing Tag, do this:

  1. In the Outline open "Collections". (You can do this by clicking on the triangle or + icons to the left of the Collections Icon.)

  2. Open "Queries".

  3. Click on a Tag that has already been collected.

  4. The other views will now show the results for that Tag from any prior search.

Updating Searches

To update the results for an existing Tag, simply:

  1. Move your mouse over the Tag you're interested in.

  2. Next, drag your mouse over the

    Tools icon. The tools available for that item appear.

  3. Select the

    Search icon.

Creating Complex Searches

You can create powerful searches using just the Search Field by taking advantage of the search options provided by various vendors. For example, in Google you can exclude entries by using the '-' symbol. But Butterflyzer allows you to create more complex searches, as well as combine results from existing searches into new sets. But Butterflyzer provides a much friendlier and more manageable way to put together complex searches.

See the Set description for more about how sets work.

To create a set:

  1. In the Outline, open the Collections Item.

  2. Press the CTRL key and mouse over "Queries".

  3. In the menu that appears, move to the

    Add Menu.

  4. Click on the

    "Tag" button.

  5. Type a tag name, for example "IBM".

  6. Repeat steps 2-4 for another tag name. For example, type "Apple".

  7. Now from the Add Menu select

    "Or Set".

  8. Drag the "IBM" and "Apple" into the new or Set.

To Search on a set or any other terms:

  1. Press the CTRL key and mouse over the Set.

  2. From the

    Tools menu, select

    Search.

Browsing Multiple Pages

The Butterflyzer browser is more than an ordinary browser...it supports unique features like gliding panes to make it easy to scan many pages at once and find exactly those items that are most relevant to you.

Find out how views work together to support multiple page browsing.

Using the List Browser Mode

To select a number of items to Browse in the List View:

  1. Use the Show View Menu to hide all of the views except for your Outline and Browser views. (optional).

  2. Perform a Search on the term "Apple".

  3. Open the "Collections" entry in the Outline is it is not already open.

  4. Wait for the "Auto-Tags" entry to appear and then open it. (Butterflyzer will be updating this information constantly as the search progresses.)

  5. Navigate to the "Person" Semantic Type and click on a Person, such as "Steve Wozniak".

  6. Now, all articles within the search for "Apple" that mention "Steve Wozniak"" will be in the Result Items.

  7. To see the articles available, click on the List at the top of the browser.

Using the Tiles Browser Mode

  1. Select the Tiles Browser Mode.

  2. Watch all of the pages load at once!

  3. Now, just mouse into any of the items to expand it.

  4. If there are more items in the Result Items then can fit in one tile view, just mouse to the bottom-most tile to reveal more. If you want to move back up, just mouse over the top-most tile.

To see a Catalog already setup like this, download the Node JS Example.

Enhanced Browsing

In addition to the regular browser mode, you have two other browser options.

If you want to browse pages normally, without using the Semantic Browser of reader, just:

  1. Unselect the Semantic Browser Menu Item

  2. Unselect the Reader Item

Semantic Browser

The Semantic Browser is on by default. It highlights semantic tags created with the OpenCalais Search Engine.

To use tools on Semantic Tags within the browser, do this:

  1. Hover over the tag.

  2. When the menu comes up, click on any of the Item Actions or Tag Actions.

  3. For example, to Focus on a Semantic Tag, click the Focus action.

Reader

The Reader shows the web pages in a simplified mode.