User Interface

The Butterflyzer interface includes many features. Find out more about them here.

How Views Work Together

How does a selection in one view affect what you see in other views? Find out here.

Context Menu

How can you perform actions on individual items?

@Interface Components

What are all of the parts of the Butterflyzer interface, and how do they work together?

How Views Work Together

In order to understand how views work together, you just need to understand the concepts below. (If all of this sounds a bit complicated, just spend a little time working with Butterflyzer and you'll quickly see how it works!)

Focus Items

The focused items are the catalog items that you are interested in searching from. For example, if you are looking for Web Pages related to the term "Butterflies", then then the Focused item will be "Butterflies". The focused item(s) are always selected in the Outline, but you may not see them selected as their containing items may not be open.

To focus on item(s), select them in the Outline or use the Focus action on items in any Results View. Whenever you perform a search or type a new web page address into the Search Field, that search or new web page will become the new focus.

Result Items

The result items are those items that you are interested in searching for. For example, if you are looking for Web Pages related to the term "Butterflies", then then the Result Items will be the web pages themselves. All result items may not always be displayed. For example, if you have the Filter Other Resources option selected, and you have Resource Type set to Web Page, you will not see Tweets in the results. Results are displayed in the Table View and Graph View. If there are no Selected Items then all of the results are displayed in the Browser as well.

Selected Items

Selected items are those items that you have selected within the results views. Selected items are always also Result Items. For example, within the web pages about Butterflies, you may have selected a number of articles about Butterflies so that you can drag them into another Tag or view them in the Browser.

Selections are coordinated

Key Concept: If any items are selected in the Graph View or Table View those are the items that will be displayed in the Browser

Primary Item

The primary item is the item that you are most interested in currently. A primary item will always be one of the Selected Items. This is the item that will appear in the Search Field and the item displayed in the Browser is you are using the List Browser Mode.

Context Menu

Context Menus allow you to take some action on an Item. To display the context menu for an item, just hold down the CTRL key and drag the mouse over the item. (It isn't necessary to hold the CTRL key down when working with the Graph View.) The context menu will appear. Just click the item you want to invoke.

See the Actions section for information about specific actions.

Interface Components

Results View

A results view displays results from focused items.   read more...

Table View

The Table View displays the current results for Resources of the Selected Type in a spreadsheet format.   read more...

Graph View

The Graph View displays the current results by visualizing Items as "nodes" and Relationships between those nodes as ...   read more...

Outline

The Outline is the primary way that you control what items are displayed in other open views.   read more...

Browser

The Browser is a fully functional Internet browser.   read more...

Toolbar

The Toolbar provides all of the functionality you need for working with a Butterflyzer Catalog.   read more...

Outline Toolbar

The Outline Toolbar provides Outline specific tools.

Catalog Editor

A Catalog Editor contains a single Catalog.   read more...

Table View

The Table View displays the current results for Resources of the Selected Type in a spreadsheet format. To sort the table, click on the column header. When you move over an item, a context menu will appear at the right side of the table allowing you to execute a number of actions on the item. Press the CTRL key and drag the mouse over context menu items to display the action menu. When you select items in any result view, the selection is updated in all of the other result views.

Graph View

The Graph View displays the current results by visualizing Items as "nodes" and Relationships between those nodes as edges. There are many options you can use to modify the way that the graph looks. To select an item, click on it. When you hover (pause) over an item, any hidden text will be revealed, and a context menu will allow you to execute a number of actions on the item. Press the CTRL key and drag the mouse over items to display the action menu. When you select items in any result view, the selection is updated in all of the other result views.

Outline

The Outline is the primary way that you control what items are displayed in other open views. The current selection in the outline defines the focus for the Catalog. For example, if you click on "Obama" in this view, articles related to the President will appear in the Browser View, a list of those articles will appear in the Table View, and the Graph View will show those same articles along with any related items. The results founds are also affected by other option settings. For example, if Resource Type is set to Tweets and Filter Retweets is selected, only those Tweets that include the selected terms and that are not Retweets will appear in the results. The results are also controlled by the Selection Matching Mode. See the related items for more information. Items are displayed in a tree structure. To open an item, just click the triangle (Macintosh) or + (Windows and Linux) button next to the item. To select multiple items, hold down the Command (Macintosh) or Alt (Windows and Linux) buttons while clicking. To close all items -- which you'll want to do when the lists get too long -- click the Collapse Items button.

Browser

The Browser is a fully functional Internet browser. There are a number of different options for displaying the browser. See the related items below for more information. The Browser uses the same underlying "engine" as your other browsers, so everything should appear as you expect. To change the Browser engine, open application Preferences (in the application menu on the Mac, or the Help menu otherwise), and navigate to General:Web Browser.

Toolbar

The Toolbar provides all of the functionality you need for working with a Butterflyzer Catalog. See the Toolbar documentation for details on all of the features.

Outline Toolbar

The Outline Toolbar provides Outline specific tools. For details see the related items below.

Catalog Editor

A Catalog Editor contains a single Catalog. You use it very much like you would use a Tab in a typical browser, but Butterflyzer is far from typical! See the Catalog section for more information on how Catalogs work. See the Toolbar documentation for ideas about what to do with a Catalog. See the Outline documentation to get started working with Catalog collections.

Outline Toolbar

The Outline Toolbar provides

Results View

A result view is a view that displays the selection for items that have been focused. For more information, see Result Items.