CBS) – Reading articles online has become part of our daily lives, so the software development company Evernote created a Google Chrome extension that creates a Zen-like experience.
Released yesterday, Clearly is an Chrome extension the strips a webpage down to only text and images on a solid background. And if you’re reading a multipage article, Clearly collects the entire article on one page.
You can choose from three presets that have varying fonts and background colors. It’s an amazing tool if you spend all day in front of a computer reading articles. More information is available at Evernote.
Evernote is a desktop client that lets you save files, text, web clips and images through their software, the web or mobile app. The company launched in Jan. 2008 and is based in Mountain View, Calif.
Here’s what a sample article looks like before:
Here’s an odd new “distraction free” Chrome Extension from Evernote. The cloud-based note-taking app company just launched the new Clearly extension for improving the readability of web articles. Activated by a small lamp button in Chrome’s menu bar, the extension works much like Instapaper, Readability, or Safari’s reader features, stripping out ads and site navigation so that you can focus on the article. Once clicked, the Clearly interface slides in from the left side of the browser, and offers a print and ‘clip to Evernote’ button. It’s generally fast to load, and keyboard command junkies can create custom commands for quickly loading the overlay and clipping to Evernote. You’ll also find text options, which include several themes and a decently featured theme editor.
Unfortunately, the Clearly clipping tool can only clip the entire article; you won’t be able to save images or select specific text highlights. Yes, you can use the Chrome Web Clipper in the menu bar, but right clicking on a text selection breaks the contextual menu clipper. The free Clearly extension is available in the Chrome Web Store, and while it’s good to see another competitor in the distraction free browsing space, we’d love to see a reading list of our saved articles integrated into Clearly’s interface.