Reading Clearly

I really enjoying reading news online.  A lot of times, you’ll get to a website though where there is a great deal of distracting spinning things and advertising that really take away from what you’re focusing on.  I really like how Zite opens the content in a reader and I’ve used the Readability plugin for a long time to do the same sort of thing.  Just give me the content to read.  Readability calls it reading comfortably and that’s a great description of the end result.  But, I’ve now installed a new plugin that does that and more.  Substantially more for my purposes.

Giving credit where it is due, it was @reed_man who brought this first to my attention the other night. The plugin does just what Readability does with a sweet little feature.

It’s Clearly from the folks at Evernote.  It installs itself as a little button in your browser.  When you come across a blog entry or a newspaper article, click the icon and you’re reading clearly.

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becomes

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Gone is the extraneous and what’s left is the content.  Don’t like the newspaper format?  Clearly has a number of different styles including one customizable to your liking.

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But, that’s just eye candy.  The really exciting thing becomes available when you click the elephant!

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Absolutely!  The Clearly app will take the article, web clip it and send it online to your Evernote account.  So, compile all this functionality together makes it a real winner for me!

But, it gets even better.  Remember my post a while back about needing multiple browsers because some websites don’t play nice with the browser that I have open?  I ran into a situation just today reading an article in the Windsor Star.  Once again, the text didn’t render around the image properly in the Chrome Browser.  Now, instead of going to a different browser to solve the problem, I just open it in Clearly.  Voila!

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