Bring The World’s Knowledge To Your Mac’s Screen With A Wikipedia App

WikiWho doesn’t like Wikipedia? It’s the world’s encyclopedia, right? As it turns out, there are plenty of Wikipedia detractors, especially in academia.

Who cares? The rest of the world loves Wikipedia because it’s a fast and free source of information on almost any topic. Yes, Wikipedia has a few problems (not the least of which is that anything can be edited by almost anybody), but usage is going up, not down.

For Mac users who browse Wikipedia in a browser window, here’s a better way. It’s the Wiki app. Instead of a big, fat browser window or a dedicated tab in a browser, Wiki for Wikipedia gives you an elegant, floating window complete with search bar.

Wiki for Wikipedia

What’s so special about a smaller window to house Wikipedia content?

Wiki for Wikipedia can open multiple windows (although an option for multiple tabs would be better) on your Mac. There’s a Mac Menubar icon, too. Click it and the pop down Wiki window lets you search and display Wikipedia content.

The app isn’t free, but it’s nominally priced (within my personal threshold of acceptable price without a trial option) and very useful for anyone who’s a Wikipedia junkie.

I use Wiki for Wikipedia on my Mac, but not as much as in years past thanks to plenty of Wikipedia apps for the iPad.

Comments

  1. Who cares? ANYONE who uses Wikipedia and thinks they’re getting valuable information should care! Look at what they say about their aggregation of questionable claims:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:General_disclaimer
    “Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Content_disclaimer
    “…Wikipedia is a work in progress, and many articles contain errors, bias, [or] duplication…The great majority of articles are written primarily or solely by individuals who are not subject matter experts, and may lack academic or professional credentials in the area.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Risk_disclaimer
    “USE WIKIPEDIA AT YOUR OWN RISK

    “PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU MAY FIND IN WIKIPEDIA MAY BE INACCURATE, MISLEADING, DANGEROUS, ADDICTIVE, UNETHICAL OR ILLEGAL.

    “DO NOT RELY UPON ANY INFORMATION FOUND IN WIKIPEDIA WITHOUT INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION.”

    In short, using Wikipedia as a reference and thinking it is accurate is just wrong. Okay, it’s a good place to START investigating a topic. It’s a horrible place to finish.

  2. I love Wikipedia. It’s a good first source for information of all kinds. How accurate is it? That’s subject to debate and perspective because Wikipedia allows members to edit content, but that also means more eyeballs watching the edited content for accuracy. I don’t recall every having an issue with any Wikipedia content. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s free. What is not to like?

    How accurate is Encyclopedia Britannica? How accurate are dictionaries? Nobody knows because no one can challenge the writers or publishers. Wikipedia entries can be challenged, and that’s a good thing.