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.
Gnosis is designed to streamline your browsing by organizing key Web site information into a handy sidebar, allowing you to quickly pinpoint the information you need. Unfortunately, its performance was hit and miss.
This free Firefox extension didn't make a very good first impression, forcing us to dig around just to figure out how to activate it. A right-click and a visit to the View menu provided the hot-key combos that we needed to run the program. When activated, a handy sidebar appears on the left side of the screen. While browsing, we were able to use the hot-key combo to highlight what the program deems to be important information. The information is organized by subject and color in the sidebar, and when we clicked on a specific term, it was highlighted on the Web page. On our second go-around with the program, our computer was a bit sluggish and we couldn't get the program to pull any information into the sidebar.
Despite a spotty performance, this free tool may still be helpful, especially for students.
ClearForest Gnosis uses advanced natural language processing techniques and ClearForestss Semantic Web Service (SWS) to extract meaning from the content of any Web page. With a single click, Gnosis will identify the people, companies, organizations, geographies and products on the page you are viewing. Using the built-in navigation sidebar you can gain immediate understanding of the pages contents. Use Gnosis on the news, business documents, or blogs to get an immediate bird's-eye view of content hidden within unstructured text.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.1.20091207 added Categorization of the web page to the sidebar.