Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Firefox extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Firefox browser.
When Google, Yahoo, or any other major search engine overwhelms you with so many matches it reads more results than dollars in the national debt, ChunkIt might be the plug-in for you. Available for Firefox and Internet Explorer, it "chunks" up your search returns, providing snippets of relevant text.
The add-on splits your browser tab into two vertical sections, the left side with the ChunkIt results and the right with unchunked returns. Clicking on the text of a ChunkIt result loads the text in the right pane, highlights the relevant bit in yellow, and scrolls directly to it. A link at the top of the pane opens the page that your result lives on in a new tab.
This is a large plug-in, weighing in at more than 8MB. Using it requires use of the ChunkIt toolbar, something that may not go over well as browser design becomes more streamlined. Users who need help narrowing down broad searches will find this plug-in exceptionally useful. On the other hand, users comfortable maneuvering through "the Google" might find ChunkIt extraneous to their needs.
Give your favorite search engine super strength by transforming your favorite search engine into an information powerhouse. ChunkIt searches within the pages of your engine's results to find your search terms in context. ChunkIt also searches Web pages and discovers information that conventional search tools may have never revealed. In addition to mining content on a Web page, ChunkIt will mine all of the links on that page for information relevant to your search. By clicking on a chunk in the left panel, ChunkIt will highlight that information in the context of its original Web page. There's no need to bounce between multiple windows. ChunkIt also makes it fast and easy to find information in reference manuals, PDFs, legal docs, and news sites. Version 1.1.1.0021 improved performance.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.1.1.0021 improved performance.