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Wednesday
Nov302011

Evernote Clearly

A great new tool has just been published by Evernote for use (at present) with the Google Chrome browser only. You do not need an Evernote account to use it. 

What it does is to remove all the clutter from articles on the internet and present them in a reader-friendly format. 

For instance here are the instructions for SuperFocus in Clearly format, followed by the normal view. Click on the images to see full size:

Get Evernote Clearly from the Chrome Store (Make sure you are using Google Chrome when you do so)

Reader Comments (15)

Thank you, I'll try it out! Any other extensions you're using?
November 30, 2011 at 12:24 | Unregistered CommenterBogdan
Just the Evernote Web Clipper itself, for which of course you do need an Evernote account.
November 30, 2011 at 15:08 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
There's something similar on the Kindle's web browser called 'article mode' (I think). Unfortunately the browser isn't very usable.
November 30, 2011 at 18:52 | Registered Commentertherevisionguy
There is an app called Readability which does the same thing for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. I have been using it for a while now and find it very helpful, especially as so many websites seem to be getting more and more cluttered!

http://www.readability.com/

An interesting blog article about Readability, which explains it better than I can:

http://aphasiacorner.com/blog/computer-tips/reducing-clutter-on-websites-101

Recommended!

acedia xx
November 30, 2011 at 19:38 | Unregistered Commenteracedia
therevisionguy:

Yes, article mode on the Kindle does something similar, but as you say the browser on Kindle is hardly usable anyway.

acedia:

I had a look at the video and Readability looks very similar in result. I see it's also got a "Read Later" button which would be useful. With either program you could just clip it to Evernote for reading later.
November 30, 2011 at 21:08 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
There's a firefox extension called aardvark which allows you to remove what you don't want (or keep only what you do) before saving a web page. It's not as automatic as you describe, but it works quite well.

In addition to chopping up the document tree, you can also force "black on white" and "remove all width limitations" to make for a much nicer hard copy (or capture, I guess)
December 1, 2011 at 3:10 | Unregistered Commenterbryane
And let us not forget that Safari has had this built in for quite some time. When you are viewing a page that Safari can figure out, the word "reader" appears in the URL field. Clicking that word then brings up just the page content without distractions. This works for Safari on the desktop and on iOS.
December 1, 2011 at 4:07 | Unregistered CommenterStever Robbins
Stever:

I almost never use Safari so hadn't picked this up. Coincidentally there was an update which I downloaded this morning, so I must go and have a look!

(Later) That's really quick and convenient, and you can add pages easily to a reading list at the same time. Nice!
December 1, 2011 at 8:15 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Just a thought but doesn't the proliferation of these devices tell us something about webpage design these days?
December 1, 2011 at 8:23 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Very nice indeed. And, as an added bonus, a reminder of Pixar on the button: what more could one ask for?
December 1, 2011 at 11:28 | Registered CommenterWill
< Just a thought but doesn't the proliferation of these devices tell us something about webpage design these days? >

Yes! It's been very noticeable, especially this year - too much info, too many ads, too many distractions on the screen - I am not a minimalist by nature, but I wish website owners would think more about simplicity in design.
December 1, 2011 at 19:24 | Unregistered Commenteracedia
Instapaper is "A simple tool to save web pages for reading later" but has a bookmarklet that allows you to see a webpage real-time and uncluttered. Articles can be read later at your PC or on your iPhone, iPad, or Kindle.

Instapaper
http://www.instapaper.com/
December 2, 2011 at 0:30 | Unregistered CommenterZane
With a sigh of relief I've been able to leave Chrome and go back to my beloved Firefox, since Clearly is now available for it too.
December 25, 2011 at 8:46 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Mark,
Thanks for the information. I used to have a program to clean up my pages in Firefox, but every time Firefox would put out an update, my cleanup programs stopped working. I am looking forward to Clearly being updated regularly.
December 25, 2011 at 21:19 | Registered Commentermoises
Shame it's not available on OneNote. I've used Evernote and OneNote and I find the latter significantly better for organisation than the former.
January 7, 2012 at 22:21 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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