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Joost de Valk Quix
Earlier this week I covered Instapaper, a Web-based service that lets you save articles for later reading. Today’s Gem, Quix, is also Web-related, but its purpose is to add a bunch of convenient functionality to your Web browser itself.
To install Quix, you simply go to the Quix Website, drag the Quix App button to your browser’s bookmarks bar, and give the new bookmark a name (say, Quix). To access Quix’s features, you just click on that bookmark and type a command into the dialog that appears.
You've got a plethora of commands at your disposal: Quix’s Help page lists nearly 100, organized into 10 categories such as basic, social media, WordPress, Webmaster, and URL shortening. (Conveniently enough, typing
help in the Quix command box will take you to that Help page.)
For example, a few weeks ago, I covered a shortcut for Googling the current Website. Quix has just such a feature built in: Type
gs [search term] to perform a Google search on the current site. Some of my other favorites from the “basic” category include:
g: Google search
w: Search Wikipedia
a: Search Amazon.com
nf: Search Netflix
f: Search Flickr
imdb: Search IMDB.com
read: Process current page using Readability
find: Highlight all instances of the search term on the current page
img: Google image Search
map: Look up in Google Maps
d: Define word using Google’s define: option
dict: Define word using Google Dictionary
(This is a perfect opportunity to remind you of one of my favorite Safari features: The first nine bookmarks—not folders—in Safari’s bookmarks bar, starting from the left, can be opened by pressing Command+1, Command+2, Command+3, and so on, respectively. So if you place your Quix bookmarklet in, say, the second position from the left, you can activate Quix by pressing Command+2, making it even more convenient to use. Check out Quix’s browsers page for similar tips for other browsers.)
Quix’s biggest drawback is that it can be tough to remember all your favorite commands—you'll likely find yourself visiting the Help page often, at least at first. But even if you remember only a handful of those commands, Quix is sure to be a convenient enhancement to your Web browser.
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Joost de Valk Quix