Toolbar Items

The Butterflyzer toolbar gives you easy access to all Butterflyzer features. The next section provides details on all of these tools.

Back Button    Browser Mode Menu    Collect Page Button    Collect Page Links Button    Depth Menu    Draw Options Menu    Filter Menu    Forward Button    Layout Menu    Reload Button    Resource Type Menu    Search Engine Menu    Search Field    Show Help Button    Show View Menu    Tools Menu   

  Back Button

Go to previous item(s) in History

  Forward Button

Go to next item(s) in History

  Reload Button

Reload web pages or re-execute search.

  Collect Page Button

Collect Web Page.

  Collect Page Links Button

Collect Web Pages for all Web Page links (hrefs).   read more...

Search Field

The Search Field functions just as you'd expect a Browser field to work, but in Butterflyzer it does much more.   read more...

  Search Engine Menu

Select search services to use for search.

  Filter Menu

Remove items from results shown in views and used for other actions.   read more...

  Show View Menu

Select the view panels to display.

  Draw Options Menu

Options for drawing and displaying items in views and the browser.   read more...

  Resource Type Menu

The primary resource of interest.   read more...

  Browser Mode Menu

Defines how multiple browser items are displayed together.   read more...

  Layout Menu

Defines how items are placed on the graph.   read more...

  Depth Menu

Specifies how deeply relations between objects are searched.   read more...

  Tools Menu

Perform actions on the selected objects, such as searching and exporting.   read more...

  Show Help Button

Displays the Butterflyzer Help System

Back Button

 Go to previous item(s) in History

Forward Button

 Go to next item(s) in History

Reload Button

 Reload web pages or re-execute search.

Collect Page Button

 Collect Web Page. Semantics and statistics will be collected for the page if those Search Engines are enabled.

Collect Page Links Button

 Collect Web Pages for all Web Page links (hrefs). Semantics and statistics will also be collected if those Search Engines are enabled.

Search Field

The Search Field functions just as you'd expect a Browser field to work, but in Butterflyzer it does much more. Enter a URL to navigate to a page. (And naturally, you don't have to enter the "http://" part.) The page will open into the Browser View (if shown) and will also appear in the Graph View and Table View. When a URL appears here, you can perform actions on that URL, such as Collecting Links and Statistics. See the Actions documentation for more information on what you can do with different Resources. Enter a phrase to perform a Search on the phrase. Butterflyzer immediately goes to work collecting information from all of the enabled Search Engines. Depending on the options you've selected, the catalog will fill with Web Pages collected from Google, Tweets collected from Twitter, statistics on those pages along with Trackbacks from Topsy and automatically collected Semantics from OpenCalais. And all of these sources are connected to each other. Bet your Browser's search bar can't do that! See the Search Engine documentation for more on the Search options.

See also: Browser Mode Menu, Searching the Web, Navigating and Collecting Web Pages and Search Engine Menu.

Search Engine Menu

 Select search services to use for search.

Google Search Engine Menu Item

 When selected, includes Google Web Search in search results. Please see the Terms of Service link to ensure that your usage meets those terms. Butterflyzer does not monitor your usage and you alone are responsible for ensuring your compliance.

External Sites: Google Web Search API Terms of Service.

Google News Search Engine Menu Item

 When selected, includes Google News Search in search results. Please see the Terms of Service link for important legal information. Butterflyzer does not monitor your usage and you alone are responsible for compliance with the service provider's terms.

External Sites: Google Web Search API Terms of Service.

Twitter Search Engine Menu Item

 When selected, includes Tweets obtained from Twitter in search results. Note that this can result in a large number of Tweets that you may or may not be interested in. When you are primarily interested in Web Pages, consider deselecting this option to avoid additional performance costs and storage requirements and avoid hitting Twitter API limit. Please see the Terms of Service link for important legal information. Butterflyzer does not monitor your usage and you alone are responsible for compliance with the service provider's terms.

External Sites: Twitter API Terms of Service.

Twitter Retrospective Search Engine Menu Item

 When selected along with the Twitter Search Engine option, includes retrospective Tweets in the results. This option performs a separate search for each of that last seven days and can result in a large number of Tweets selected. Users who are only interested in current results or Web Pages should consider deselecting this option. Please see the Terms of Service link for important legal information. Butterflyzer does not monitor your usage and you alone are responsible for compliance with the service provider's terms.

External Sites: Twitter API Terms of Service.

Topsy Search Engine Menu Item

 When selected, adds Topsy Search to web page results, finds related Tweets using Topsy, and adds Topsy ranking and influence metrics to Web Page and Tweet results. Please see the Terms of Service link for important legal information. Butterflyzer does not monitor your usage and you alone are responsible for compliance with the service provider's terms.

External Sites: Topsy Terms of Service.

OpenCalais Search Engine Menu Item

 When selected, enriches the results of any web searches with the powerful semantic tagging service provided by OpenCalais. Because this option collects a large number of tags, deselect it when you're only interested in web search results. Please see the Terms of Service link for important legal information. Butterflyzer does not monitor your usage and you alone are responsible for compliance with the service provider's terms.

External Sites: OpenCalais API Terms of Service.

Filter Menu

 Remove items from results shown in views and used for other actions. One of the challenges in working with content is that we actually have far too many connections between content items. These filter options are very useful for reducing the large number of related items that Butterflyzer can find for you. While the options may seem a little overwhelming initially, it is worth taking some time to explore how they work.

Filter Categories Menu Item

 Remove any categories from the graph. Categories are collections, semantic types and other outline items that organize items. Selecting this item typically causes items and tags to no longer be organized in a hub and spoke style. This option is most useful for the Spring layout, and is quite powerful when combined with the Filter Cliques option. It doesn't work as well for Radial and Tree layouts, as it often causes items to appear on top of one another.

Filter Cliques Menu Item

 Remove any items that don't have at least two connections to other items from the graph. This option is very useful for reducing clutter, especially when combined with the Filter Categories option.

Filter Other Resources Menu Item

 Remove items that aren't of the selected Resource Type from the graph and other results. For example, if Item Type is set to Web Pages, selecting this option will remove Tweets and Authors from the results.

See also: Resource Type Menu.

Filter Non-Topsy Ranked Menu Item

 Remove those items that don't have any influence recorded by the Topsy API. In order to be included, Web Pages must have at least one Tweet referring to them, and Tweets and Users must have an influence level greater than 0.

Filter Retweets Menu Item

 Remove any Retweets from the results. This option is useful for narrowing down the set of Tweets to only those Tweets that carry unique information. On the other hand, if you want to gauge overall interest in a topic you should deselect this option.

Filter Followers Menu Item

 Ignore Twitter User followers when searching for related users. Note that if a Twitter user would be included for another reason -- for example, if a user was also following the related user -- that user will still be included in the results.

Filter Following Menu Item

 Ignore other Twitter Users following the User when searching for related users. Note that if a Twitter user would be included for another reason -- for example, if the user was also being followed by a related user -- that user will still be included in the results.

Filter Mutual Menu Item

 Ignores Mutual (two-way) relationships for Twitter Users when searching for related users.

Filter Mentions Menu Item

 Ignore related mentioned users of other users from the results.

Sample Menu Item

 Limit the number of related items. This option is useful when you have a large number of results and want to explore them while avoiding performance issues. After discovering the set of results that are most relevant, you can then deselect this option to see all related results.

Select Time Span

 Select time period for items and animate selection over time.

Show View Menu

 Select the view panels to display.

Show Outline Menu Item

 Shows the Graph. See the Outline documentation for more details.

See also: Outline.

Show Browser Menu Item

 Shows the Browser. See the Browser documentation for more details.

Show Graph Menu Item

 Shows the Graph. See the Graph View documentation for more details.

See also: Graph View.

Show Table Menu Item

 Shows the Table View. See the Table View documentation for more details.

See also: Table View.

Draw Options Menu

 Options for drawing and displaying items in views and the browser. As with the Filter menu, these options can be very helpful in managing information overload.

Semantic Browser Menu Item

 Displays web pages with Semantic Tagging. (Default.) Semantic Tags show up as colored text on a black background. You can perform any available action on Tags within the Semantic Browser. Just hover over a tag and the Context Menu will be displayed.

See also: Item Actions and Tag Actions.

Reader Menu Item

 Displays any web pages in a Reader mode. The reader attempts to simplify text and removes most images resulting in faster loading times and easier scanning. It works well with the Tile Browser Mode. Note that when using the Semantic Browser, web pages are actually processed and then stored locally. Occasionally there might be issues with processing web pages using the Reader. In that case, just unselect this option while browsing those pages.

See also: Tiles Browser Mode Menu Item.

Show Items Menu Item

 When selected (default), items are shown in the Graph View. Hide Items by deselecting this option. This allows you to focus on the relationships between terms and concepts embedded within Web Pages and Tweets. Hiding items and connections (lines) greatly reduces screen clutter, but the underlying layout is still at work organizing the information. This unique visualization combines the clarity of a cloud layout approach while gathering related concepts together. Hiding items is most effective when combined with the Spring Layout.

See also: Spring Layout.

Show Item Text Menu Item

 When selected (default) text for Resource Items are displayed in the graph. For example, a Web Page node will display the title of the web page, and a Tweet node will display the text of the Tweet. When unselected, the nodes will be displayed as filled circles with their size defined by the scale settings.

See also: Scale Related.

Show Tags Menu Item

 When selected (default), tags are shown in the Graph View. Hide Tags by deselecting this option. This shows related tags clustered together, allowing you to focus on the relationships between Tags without showing the related resources. Hiding items and connections (lines) greatly reduces screen clutter, but the underlying layout is still at work organizing the information. This unique visualization combines the clarity of a cloud layout approach while gathering related concepts together. Hiding items is most effective when combined with the Spring Layout.

See also: Spring Layout.

Show Tag Text Menu Item

 When selected (default) text for Tags are displayed in the graph. For example, the tags for "Apple" and "IBM" will be shown. When unselected, the nodes will be displayed as normal text.

See also: Scale Related.

Show Icon Menu Item

 Display Icons for nodes in the Graph View.

Show URL Menu Item

 Display URLs in browser and caption views.

Show Clip Info Menu Item

 Display information about where and when the item was collected in browser and caption views.

Scale Count Menu Item

 Scales items displayed in the graph based on the number of items in a node. (This option is only relevant when items are grouped together. The scale can be adjusted in the graph settings dialog.

See also: Graph Settings.

Scale Related Menu Item

 Scales items displayed in the graph according to the number of related items that are connected to them. The scale can be adjusted in the graph settings dialog.

See also: Graph Settings.

Scale Topsy Menu Item

 Scales items displayed in the graph according to the Topsy ranking for those items. The scale can be adjusted in the graph settings dialog.

See also: Graph Settings.

Graph Settings

 Opens a Tool window for making changes in graph settings. These settings determine how the graph draws items in the graph. To make changes, drag the slider or enter a value in the field. Experiment with different settings to become familiar with what they do. For example, if fonts are too large in the graph, you can adjust the maximum size downward. The scaling items are work in the opposite way you might expect -- Setting the values lower will tend to make items larger. That's because the values represent the maximum value for a given scale. For example, if you expected almost all of your items to have no more than 50 items, you would set Count Items Scaling to 50. In this case, groups of items of 50 would be displayed in the largest possible size , and groups with 10 items would be displayed in a much smaller size. Topsy Bias reflects the relative importance you put on "Influential" vs. other Authors. Topsy Influential Threshold sets the influence number a user must have in order to be considered influential.

Spring Layout Settings

 Opens a Tool window for changing the way that the Spring Layout determines node locations. To make changes, drag the slider or enter a value in the field. If items are grouped to closely together or don't cluster well, you can often get better results by adjusting these values. Some values work better for different sorts of graphs, so there isn't one best set setting for these values, though the default values are good for most general graphs. The best way to understand what each of the settings does is simply to play with different values.

Resource Type Menu

 The primary resource of interest. The selected type defines what kinds of resources are shown in the table view and can be used to filter out other types. When combined with the Filter Resource, graphs will show just the selected resource type.

Web Pages Resource Type Menu Item

 Selects Web Pages as the primary interest type.

Tweets Resource Type Menu Item

 Selects Tweets as the primary interest type.

Authors Resource Type Menu Item

 Selects Authors (Users) as the primary interest type.

Tags Resource Type Menu Item

 Set ItemType to Tags.

Browser Mode Menu

 Defines how multiple browser items are displayed together. Choices include showing a single item with a list selector and displaying two kinds of sliding tile layouts.

List Browser Mode Menu Item

 Browser pages are selected from a list.

See also: Using the List Browser Mode.

Tiles Browser Mode Menu Item

 Browser pages are sliding tiles.

See also: Using the Tiles Browser Mode.

Small Tiles Browser Mode Menu Item

 Browser pages are small sliding tiles.

See also: Using the Tiles Browser Mode.

Layout Menu

 Defines how items are placed on the graph. Different layouts are appropriate for different situations. For example, when looking at hierarchical relationships such as for a web site, a horizontal tree might be appropriate, and when looking at complex relationships between many different kinds of entities, a spring layout might be appropriate.

Spring Layout Menu Item

 Graph members organize themselves so that they are closest to those other items with which they share the most edges. The graph continues to update automatically so that over time the graph structure will become more organized.

Vertical Tree Layout Menu Item

 Graph members are arranged in a vertical tree format. Note that this can cause some items to appear off the screen.

Horizontal Tree Layout Menu Item

 Graph members are arranged in a horizontal tree format.

Radial Layout Menu Item

 Graph members are arranged in a radial tree centered around a central set of nodes.

Depth Menu

 Specifies how deeply relations between objects are searched. When an object is focused (for example, selected in the outline view) related items are shown in the table, graph and browser as appropriate. The depth defines how those related items are selected. For example, if Mark Twain has a 'book' relationship to Tom Sawyer, and Tom Sawyer has a 'friendship' relationship to Huckleberry Finn, then if Depth 1 were selected, only Tom Sawyer would appear in the graph. If Depth 2 were selected, both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would appear. (One way to think about this is as degrees of separation in "Kevin Bacon Space". The idea is that you are looking for the number of connections between "friends of friends" that you would have to go through to contact the actor.)

Depth 1 Menu Item

 Sets the relationship depth to 1. This option works well for quickly examining relationships between tags and items and other simple results.

Depth 2 Menu Item

 Sets the relationship depth to 2. This option is often a good compromise between richness of relationships, useful results and good performance.

Depth 3 Menu Item

 Sets the relationship depth to 3. This option can result in a large number of results and can result in reduced performance.

Infinite Depth Menu Item

 Include all relationships in the results regardless of distance from the focused items or tags. This means that any items connected to the focused items will appear in the selection. This option only makes sense to use when relations are very sparse. It can return a very large number of results it can result in poor performance.

Tools Menu

 Perform actions on the selected objects, such as searching and exporting. The items available vary for the selected object(s).

Show Help Button

 Displays the Butterflyzer Help System