Wikipedia is my friend. It may not be the Encyclopedia Britannica, or the Oxford Dictionary, or even a reputable source.
As most of us know, Wikipedia is good enough. It’s quick and easy to find what you want, handles a few dozen languages, and it’s free. What more could you ask? How about a Mac app that adds a few features not found in your browser?
The People’s Encyclopedia Made Better
Love it or hate, Wikipedia is here to stay. It’s a quick and convenient source for general information; sometimes reliable, sometimes not so much, always available, and at the lowest price.
What’s the problem with Wikipedia? Beyond the fact that nearly anyone can edit nearly anything, Wikipedia is boring and bland, utilitarian and spartan. Sterile, even.
What can you do to make Wikipedia better? You could use Wiki Reader on your Mac. It’s a free app (for now) that brings multi-language search to Wikipedia.
It also adds a convenient quick view to images, search capability within the article’s text, and a view of the article’s history. In other words, it’s Wikipedia with a bell or two and maybe a whistle. But not much more.
The idea is to give the app more features than you’d get in a browser window.
Wiki Reader is half way there. The search is easy and fast, but the Toolbar cannot be customized. Worse, the text cannot be enlarged. It’s one size fits all in one window.
That’s crazy. Wiki Reader has schizophrenia.
Not crazy is the pictures feature. Click the Pictures button and Wiki Reader opens all the images in an article in a full screen window. Crazy is that if you click on an image it pops up. Big whoop.
The Email button lets you send the Wikipedia articles to others (embedded in the message). Duh. There must be half a dozen browser extensions that do the same thing. Wiki Reader needs to be a Wikipedia version of eMaps (a Mac app that does Google maps). It’s not.
Wiki Reader should be a joy to use. Not. Yet. There.