Make your web browsing easier on the eyes.
Do you get annoyed by web pages that are so “busy” you can barely read the actual story? I’m bothered by flashing ads, animation, and too much “stuff” crammed onto a page, which means the text is smaller, too. If this bugs you, too, I’ll show you two easy tools you can use to read pages easier.
If I search enough, I can dig out the text from busy pages. But who wants to do that? If I have to work to read a story, there’s a good chance I will skip it. And if I’m interrupted in the middle of a compelling story, that’s guaranteed to irritate me.
We all know that the web is “free,” and content providers use ads to help pay for their sites. I don’t mind ads unless they are really in the way. The newest trend from advertisers is to pop ads into the middle of a story. It drives me crazy! I’m reading along and bam! Is this an ad or part of the story? Grrrr…
There are two simple solutions: Clearly and Readability. These are both extensions—tiny applications that you add to your web browser software for additional features. In this case, they turn busy web pages into an easy-to-read story with only the pictures that go with it. They take away the ads and menus and can even increase the type size.
Evernote Clearly does basically the same thing. It also lets you send text, pictures, and entire pages to your Evernote account if you have one. [I highly recommend Evernote for organizing data.] Clearly is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
Add one of these to your web browser and you’ll be seeing more clearly, too.
I had another great tool listed here called Readability, a browser extension, but it’s no longer available. Sorry about that!
Know of another tool for helping us read busy pages? Please let me know!