'Bookmarklet' makes for smart searches

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am

Application Find In Page
Platform iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Price US$1.99; free for Lite version

Web search was put to the test this week in a high-profile man-versus-machine battle, the likes of which has not been seen since Garry Kasparov took on IBM's Deep Blue in 1997.

The event saw a rack of 10 servers, collectively known as Watson, pitted against two human opponents in a three-day match of Jeopardy, the popular American TV quiz show. Not surprisingly, the computer, which could scan through thousands of Web pages at a time, proved victorious.

While your smartphone might not enjoy the prowess of the Watson platform, its ability to scour the Web for information is an incredibly handy function.

Its only drawback - at least for those of us with Apple devices - is its inability to search through pages for specific words or phrases.

Find In Page handily remedies that oversight by helping you create a bookmarklet - a piece of Java script that runs on top of your browser - to compensate.

While not technically an application per se, Find In Page is a great way for the less technically inclined to easily integrate the function - a process that requires a few additional, fiddly steps.

Once installed, however, you'll be surprised you ever lived without the feature, which, when prompted, reveals a handy search bar to enter the desired information. Results are highlighted on the page itself and can be toggled through with a built-in navigation bar.