by Drew Perttula and David McClosky
skim is an alternative text file viewer with a graphical interface and advanced searching and browsing features. It requires Python 2.2 or later with Tkinter, and it can make use of Wordnet with pywn.
The important features of skim are:
the birdseye view, where you can see a representation of your whole file (or a zoomed piece) at the same time that you browse the text
the advanced search features where you can, for example, highlight several words at once (like Google's cache) and even highlight related words (synonyms, misspellings)
the combination of the above two features; which means that you can see all the matches in your whole document at once. Now you can browse right to the clusters of matches. Compare this to your other programs, where you have to hit 'next' a bunch of times and wade through all the out-of-context matches. In skim, you can see instantly where the search matches occur together, which is probably the part you wanted to read.
users can simply run
Skim uses the Python distutils. Run "python setup.py install" to install it.