The Butterflyzer interface includes many features. Find out more about them here.
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!)
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.
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 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
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.
The Outline Toolbar provides Outline specific tools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Outline Toolbar provides Outline specific tools. For details see the related items below.
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.
A result view is a view that displays the selection for items that have been focused. For more information, see Result Items.