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WikiNodes

By IDEA.org

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Description

Wikipedia comes to life with an infinite constellation of visual links. Browse. Discover. Bookmark. Annotate. Share.

✔ BROWSE: Tap any node, and it expands to give you more information. Intuitive and natural, it's a joy to use. Drag and spin the fluid display.

✔ DISCOVER: Find endless new topics. Expand your knowledge. Suggestions for related articles appear as a spider web of linked nodes. Explore random articles and daily featured articles.

✔ BOOKMARK & LABEL: Keep track of articles with bookmarks and via history. Tag articles with your own labels.

✔ ANNOTATE: Create notes about articles. Notes can be text, audio, images, or video. Record audio notes directly from your iPad. If you have an iPad2 or third generation iPad, record directly from your camera.

✔ PRESENTATIONS: Create presentations from a sequence of notes, and display a sequence of nodes alongside your notes, like a slideshow.

✔ SHARE: Share articles and notes via email, Twitter, DropBox, Evernote, or Safari. Print with AirPrint. Copy to clipboard.

✔ DETAILED VIEW: For more detail, tap any image to view full screen, or view any article in full-page mode.

✔ MULTILINGUAL: Top 36 Wikipedia languages. Switch easily among translations of the same article.

✔ PERSONALIZATION: Three type size options. Two beautiful color schemes, brown and blue.

✔ LEARNING: Great for classrooms! Students can explore any topic, searching and browsing to find articles. Then, students apply their own critical thinking to create their own notes and presentations to share with classmates. The app uses the SpicyNodes visualization technique, which was awarded a "best for teaching and learning" award in 2011 from American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

HEAR THE BUZZ:

★ Apple featured as "New and Noteworthy" in Apple's U.S. App Store, week of April 12, 2012 and May 5, 2011; "Staff Pick" in Apple's U.S. App Store, week of May 28, 2011; and featured in other sections of iTunes for Education and Reference in many dozens of countries.

★ "WikiNodes takes the huge sprawling maze of information that is Wikipedia and organizes it into a spider web of knowledge." - Phil Hornshaw, Yahoo! News & Appolicious

★ "[WikiNodes]...could redefine the way that you use Wikipedia on the iOS." - Blake Grundman, 148Apps

★ "WikiNodes is just so intuitive to use... You actually feel as though you are digging deeper and deeper into the information... WikiNodes is fantastic for visual learner" - Gregory Swanson, Apps in Education

★ "This generation of learners have a clear preference for information that is presented visually and WikiNodes provides a wonderfully unique and imaginative interface for handling and moving through Wikipedia articles." - Sam Gliksman, iPads in Education.

★ "The interface presentation of information [is] similar to that of mind mapping, which I love." - Jess Seilheimer, Digilicious

★ "The interface is a freestyle drag and zoom bonanza that lets you jump between related articles easily." - iPad Apps

★ "...A lively new approach to working with Wikipedia." - PatrickJ, iPad Insight

What's New in Version 4.3

Added "medium" font size. Evernote notes now contain article content. Minor bug fixes.

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Customer Reviews

Good

But not great.

Retina display, sadly, is not supported.

More colors besides brown or blue would be nice. How about sepia? Gray or black would both be more logical than a wretched shade of blue. Reminds me of word processors in 1990.

The app just doesn't seem all that responsive. Sometimes I had to touch a node 1, 2, 3, 4 times before it would open. Other times nodes didn't load at all.

You can't resize the windows that open when you touch a node. You cannot move the nodes themselves, which is a pain because I like to arrange nodes in these types of apps.

The value of research done using this app is questionable. It includes lots of topics that might not be useful. I searched for "copy editing" and it brought up an entry for "book," which is a topic too huge and vague to be useful.

All that said, I like the concept. It could be a great app, but I don't think I'll use it much for now.

If you are a regular on Wikipedia...

This is an AMAZING app! There's so many unique features included in this app - if you're a 'regular' on Wikipedia this is an easy way to take your curiosity to the next level and then share your conclusions with others. I'd like to see an option for more background color choices, but even with the two available (brown & blue) this is still a 5-star app - more choices would just make it that much sweeter. The app is stable, easy to navigate & has a visually appealing interface. Much appreciation to the developers - truly remarkable app.

Great Research Tool

I especially like the Mind Map appearance in the interface and the ability to switch to a traditional article view when you've found a topic worth reading more fully. My only wish would be for a fuller and more frequent update of the current news topics.

WikiNodes
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: May 04, 2012
  • Version: 4.3
  • Size: 9.3 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • Seller: IDEA
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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