To a whole generation of computer and internet users Wikipedia has become the wellspring of information that has all of the answers, both right and wrong.  Everything from current events to obscure facts can be found on the service, and all at no cost to the consumer.  While the source of this data may be free, the lack of innovation on how things have been displayed to the consumer has always been a roadblock to it ever being fully embraced on the iOS.  Fortunately, the new iPad app WikiNodes looks to change all of that in a big way.

Instead of being forced into reading walls of boring text, WikiNodes has a streamlined new interface that makes researching random topics a far more visually gratifying experience.  As you can see in the screenshots, the app is laid out in more of a chart centric manner that will allow users to click on any interesting items, zoom in and out, highlight useful data, and even flow from topic to topic with ease.  While taking advantage of all of the space that the iPad has to offer, this looks to be a far superior experience to what you could only find in a web browser.

For a mere ninety nine cents a tool like this could redefine the way that you use Wikipedia on the iOS.  Honestly it would be nice if their engineers were taking notes, because maybe adding this in as an alternate interface to the actual site could make it infinitely more browseable.  That said, it could also lead to extending inadvertent trips down the research rabbit hole indefinitely, bringing productivity to a stop.  On second thought, maybe it is best that WikiNodes stays on the iPad.  After all, the device is just for wasting time anyway, right?  Let us know what you think of it in the comments below

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-04-27 :: Category: Education

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