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November 17, 2011 / carlispina

Evernote’s New Browser Extension: Evernote Clearly

I am already a big fan of Evernote, so when I read they released a new browser plugin yesterday, I was excited to try it out. Evernote Clearly aims to improve the experience of reading online by reformatting articles and blog posts to eliminate distractions such as ads and banners with one click. The reformatted text is centered on the screen and users have a number of display options including enlarged text, both dark and light backgrounds, and several fonts. As an added bonus, multi-page articles are consolidated onto a single page to eliminate the need to click through to different pages. And, this reformatted version of the text can also be printed or saved to your Evernote account with a single click.

Now that I have had a chance to try the plugin out, I am impressed. I found it easy to install and use. The reformatted text does make for a nice reading experience and I like how you can save the text to Evernote or print it from the reformatted page. I think the plugin’s most useful feature may be the ability to easily increase the font size of the text. While it is possible to increase font size on any page in Chrome (the only browser for which the plugin is currently available), this option is buried in a menu and increases everything on the page, including ads, images and other extraneous information, which can make it more difficult to read the content. For those who are both less comfortable with computers and have trouble reading small text, this could be a very useful feature. As internet resources are increasingly used in classrooms, this plugin could also be useful for students who are assigned online readings, as it will eliminate many of the distractions found on webpages. This is definitely a tool I would recommend, particularly for members of those two populations. Check out the video below to see it in action.

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