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Wikipedia Beautifier makes the encyclopedia more readable, removes clutter

Wikipedia Beautifier is an extension for Google Chrome that removes all the clutter from Wikipedia and lets you focus on the most important aspect of the online encyclopedia: its content. Wikipedia Beautifier has been inspired by Readability, and aims to provide the same amount of article-centered beauty, while also keeping the familiar navigation menus within reach. After you've installed...

Readability launches HTML5 Web app, eschews Apple App Store

After having its recent iOS app pulled from the App Store by Apple, Readability has turned its attention to Open Web technologies and released an HTML5-powered Web app. The new Readability app is accessed by simply visiting www.readability.com on a mobile device, and it looks very similar to the native iOS app. This of course means that Readability is finally available for Android, too! It...

Readability pulled from App Store, calls out Apple for its greed

Apple's new in-app extortion subscription fee model hasn't made the company many fans since it was announced last week. Apple has further vilified itself by pulling Readability -- a longtime geek favorite -- from the App Store for violating the new in-app subscription rules. Readability is an odd target, especially considering Apple liked the script enough to build it into its Web browser as...

Readability launches paid browser add-on, with subscription fees to support writers

Readability is a popular web service which strips articles of all the surrounding ads and clutter and then formats them for easy reading. It's been integrated into several apps and even co-opted for Apple's Safari Reader. And now, Readability is going freemium and offering a paid monthly subscription offering extra features with 70% of the money going to support writers and publishers on the...

How to check how readable your Microsoft Word document is

This week's series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. If you use difficult words, your documents will be difficult to read and understand. That's a fairly basic statement; fortunately, there have been several smart people who took this statement and created formulas that help you quickly see how...

How to Instapaper an entire multi-page article in just two clicks

Saving a multi-page article to Instapaper can be a pain. Caching each page individually takes several clicks, and some sites don't offer a single-page view of their articles. If you're using Safari 5, you can get around this problem with Safari Reader. When you activate Safari Reader, you'll get a highly readable text-only view that usually includes the entire article, all on one page. If you...

Reading Glasses for Google Chrome dims out everything but what you want to read

There are a ton of add-ons that dim the screen while you're watching a video or playing a Flash game. Heck, some Web sites even have this functionality built right in, no add-on required. Reading Glasses for Chrome does the same, but for text. As you can see in the screenshot, with Reading Glasses, only the post text is dark, while all other page elements are grayed out. This is accomplished by...

iReader extension is like Safari Reader for Google Chrome and Firefox

One of the most talked about features in Safari 5 has been its Reader function -- Apple's built-in implementation of the Readability bookmarklet. Both are nice ways to reformat articles on blog or news sites for distraction-free reading. If you like the look of Safari Reader but would rather not change from Google Chrome or Firefox, don't worry. The iReader extension brings the same...

Marklets.com may be the last bookmarklet you'll ever need

As a website, marklets.com offers up a vast library of bookmarklets, much in the same way that userscripts.org does for user scripts. But marklets.com has a serious ace up its sleeve: its very own bookmarklet. Drag it onto your bookmarks bar, click it, and you'll get a pop-up bookmarklet search prompt. Type in what you want to do (for example, "PDF"), hit Enter (no "live search" while typing),...

Typograph helps you produce CSS for very readable, beautiful text

In the words of its maker, Typograph is "both an essay and a tool". As an essay, it seems to be a long, wordy treatise on the intricacies of creating a "visual rhythm" for a given piece of text by correct, aesthetic use of typography. As a tool, it's very cool: you get a bunch of floating tool panes surrounding the text of the article, and you can play with the spacing and size of the headings...

The best Chrome extensions, according to the Google Chrome team

Apparently, the Google Chrome team has been circulating a list of awesome Chrome extensions around Google, and everyone there liked it so much that they published it on the Official Google Blog. You can see the whole list there, but here are a few picks I wholeheartedly agreed with: Readability: Great for removing ads and extra cruft from articles, paring them down to highly-readable text. ...

Think Safari Reader looks familiar? That's because Apple used open source Readability code

One of the most talked-about features in Apple's new Safari 5 browser is Safari Reader, the button that delivers a stripped-down, ad-free, extra-readable version of any web article. If that sounds an awful lot like the open source Readability bookmarklet we've covered on Download Squad in the past, that's because it is. The Register reports that Apple used some of the code from Readability --...

Copyc.at provides readability statistics for your website

Okay, so it turns out that Download Squad writers use the word "Facebook" more often than they use the word "an." At least that's what Copyc.at claims. This cleverly-named site tries to provide advanced readability metrics for your Web page so that you can figure out whether or not you're making any sense. It claims to rate your content using several highbrow scales, such as Flesch-Kincaid...

Readability 2 makes webpages printable, pasteable and uncluttered

I've written before about the Readability bookmarklet, a handy way to make cluttered sites more easily readable (and printable). Well, TUAW blogger and talented designer Brett Terpstra has made some improvements that result in an even more minimal page. Print/email links and logos are cut out, and only essential images are included. For most sites, that means you'll be left with some...

If you don't like the way it looks, read it with Readable App

Readable App is a bookmarklet you can use to display text from any webpage in a more easily-readable format, according to your preferences. If that sounds familiar, it might be because you've heard of Readability, a similar service I covered on Download Squad recently. The author of Readable App knows about Readability, acknowledges he borrowed some color settings from it, and offers a list of...