Simplify Web Page Viewing on Firefox with Evernote’s Clearly Add-On
By John P. Mello Jr.
A browser add-on that strips the junk from web pages so they’re easier to read has been brought to Firefox by the popular stash site Evernote.
Previously available only for Google’s Chrome browser, the add-on, Clearly, was released Wednesday for Mozilla’s Firefox browser.
After installing the applet, you can take a web page blighted with advertisements, menus, and other distractions and–with a click–turn it into something very readable. After you finish reading the page, you can click again on the Clearly icon on the Firefox toolbar to return the page to its original form.
A very nice feature about Clearly is that it will automatically take a multi-page article and turn it into a single page. Websites that chunk up their copy to get additional page views will hate that feature, but most readers will love it.
If you can’t finish an article and you have Evernote installed in your browser, you can save the clean version of the web page to your Evernote account and read it later on any device with a browser and web access. The add-on also can be set up to automatically place a tag on pages you save to Evernote so they’ll be easy to find when you log into your account there.
You can also customize how Clearly redesigns a page for reading. The add-on has a number of pre-set layouts, but you can create your own custom layouts by modifying the applet’s fonts, colors, and alignments.
Clearly makes reading articles and blogs on the Web a much more enjoyable experience by removing the noise from web pages. It’s a worthwhile addition to the toolbar of any Firefox user.