Without search engines, the web would be hard to navigate and find what you are looking for. When trying to find a quote from hundreds of books or articles, you can have the same problem. With Folio Views, you can find it quickly and easily.
Searching by author, within a book, article, journal, etc. is all possible. With search engines on the internet, you get back a whole web page, even if the words you are searching for are in different paragraphs or sections of the page. With Folio Views, you can narrow the search to just a single word, paragraph, chapter, or expand it to a whole book, or collection of books.
The Folio Views search engine supports standard Boolean search operators, phrase searching, proximity searching and word stemming to include word variations and synonyms in searches.
Sometimes, you can only remember a few words from a quote. You can have the hits ranked occording to relevance or linear order (which is usually done by author or by publish date, depending on the collection).
You can even customize the text by adding your own highlighters, annotation notes, sticky notes, custom links, etc. You can even search for words just within the highlighter-marked text.
A dynamic table of contents always represents the content in the database and, at the same time, shows the number of hits per branch of the current search. Checking the boxes by each branch limits the scope of the search to just those selected branches. As a search query is typed in, the number of hits and matching word lists are updated in real-time. The matching search words are highlighted in the text.
It's also great for offline use, for laptops. Since all of the content can be either installed onto your computer's hard drive, or loaded from the DVD, it can go with you no matter how far away from home you might travel. While waiting in an airport, or sitting on a bus, it's never too far away.
Any dedicated student will greatly benefit from taking advantage of these features.
How is Folio Views different from other solutions?
Folio Views has many advantages over local html files, pdf documents, or a web site.
With a website, the user can't add their own annotations, make their own hyperlinks, or take it with them when when they are commuting or traveling away from home. Also, for parents, having all of the information on a DVD means that a son or daughter doesn't have to be on the internet when reasearching information. Everything is on the local computer.
Folio was designed to assist the user in searching for and filtering vast amounts of information, not just reading it. Although the pdf file format is a great solution for preserving the look and structure of a printed page, it is not as easy to look for information in a pdf document with 1000 pages, for example.