Browser Based Annotation

Common browser logosMost modern web browsers (Internet Explorer 8/9/10, Chrome, Firefox, etc) offer ‘extensions’ or ‘add-ons’ which add features and functionality. These can come in the form of a mini application such as capturing screenshots or provide integration with other web services such as Twitter or Facebook.

Below is a list of some of the most useful extensions along with the browsers that they are available on. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we would like to hear of any others which you have found useful so that we can add them to the list.

You can search the entire catalogue of browser add-ons through these web pages (choose the browser you use the most):

Browser based annotation suggestions

Note-taking and annotation

  • Diigo Toolbar – to easily annotate, screenshot and bookmark links to Diigo.  Great for reference and resource sharing. Annotations work on the ‘live’ webpage, so preserves original page layout and selectable text.
  • Evernote Web Clipper – Create a scrapbook of the web by saving snippets from different sites.
  • Awesome Screenshot – Takes an image of your screen and allows you to draw onto it to indicate important bits.
  • Read it Later – To quickly save pages to read later. (now called Pocket)

Readability widgets

  • Evernote Clearly  – Strips out all the faff from a webpage so you just see the main part of the text.
  • Readability – As above, removes page clutter to make long text articles easier to read without distractions.

Other widgets

  • NetVibes – online portal/content aggregation, RSS feeds and blogs.
  • Stylish (via Chrome Extensions) Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook. See our guide on changing Google Mail inbox fonts/background.
  • TweetDeck (Chrome) – for monitoring Facebook and Twitter.
  • Zotero – helps you collect, manage and cite your research sources

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