This is Readable.

Readable is an application that helps you read more of the web. It reformats text — on any website — according to your exact specifications.

I have some exciting news: Evernote has acquired Readable! For the past few months, I have been working with the Evernote team on a major relaunch and upgrade of Readable. It's called Evernote Clearly, and it's available now for Chrome and Firefox — other browsers are coming soon.

It feels great to be a full-time part of the Evernote team, heading up their effort to make the Web simple, elegant, and memorable. The first release of Clearly is just the first step; we have some fantastic things planned.

More information about Clearly is available on the Evernote Blog.

Show Setup

1. Choose Style

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3. Bookmarklet

Just above: the bookmarklet. You need to put it in your browser's Bookmarks Toolbar; do that by either dragging it there, or by using the right-click menu.

2. Preview Keep tinkering until this looks good to you.

A bookmarklet is almost like a regular old bookmark. But, instead of it storing a URL, it stores code — most often, JavaScript code.

When you click a bookmark, you get taken to the URL; when you click a bookmarklet, that piece of code is executed.

So, basically, bookmarklets allow programmers to encapsulate code — possibly very complicated code, like Readable — into nice little buttons, to which you then have one click access to.

The Bookmarks Toolbar is something that every browser has. It's purpose is to store bookmarks you access very frequently.

Now, because bookmarklets are basically just bookmarks, they fit right in. As a matter of fact, many people only use the Bookmarks Toolbar to store various bookmarklets — while storing their actual bookmarks in the hidden away Bookmarks Menu, or a folder on the Bookmarks Toolbar.

In case your Bookmarks Toolbar isn't visible, here's how to make it show up:

Mozilla's Firefox
Menu » View » Toolbars » Bookmarks Toolbar
Google's Chrome
Menu » Tools » Always show bookmarks bar
Apple's Safari
Menu » View » Show Bookmarks Bar
Microsoft's Internet Explorer
Menu » Tools » Toolbars » Favorites Bar
Opera
Menu » View » Toolbars » Bookmarks Toolbar

You're on a iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Unfortunately, that means that you can't just drag-and-drop the bookmarklet to your Bookmarks Toolbar — because you don't have one.

Instead, you have to manually copy the code above, and then add it as a Bookmark.

Tinker with the selects under Choose Style, on the left: for every option, you can either select a predefined value, or insert your own custom value. The Preview pane will update accordingly.

When you've settled on a style, put the the bookmarklet in your browser's Bookmarks Toolbar; do that by either dragging it there, or by using the right-click menu — just like you would for a regular bookmark.

That's it. Make sure you read "How To Use" as well, and you're set to go. Happy reading.

Whenever you're on an article page, no matter the website, just click the Readable bookmarklet; a reformatted version of the article will appear on top of the original page.

"What's an article page?", you ask; good question. An article page is any page that contains one large block of text — like, for example, all newspaper articles. Readable is only designed to automatically process these kinds of pages.

On any other type of page, you can still take advantage of Readable, but in manual mode: simply select the text you would like Readable to display, and then click the bookmarklet.

When you're done reading, double-click the background to dismiss the Readable overlay.

Tinker with the selects under Choose Style, on the left: for every option, you can either select a predefined value, or insert your own custom value. The Preview pane will update accordingly.

That's it. Make sure you read "How To Install" as well, and you're set to go.

Copy the JavaScript link, which si just plain old HTML code, to your website's pages — preferably, only to article pages.

"What's an article page?", you ask; good question. An article page is any page that contains one large block of text — like, for example, all newspaper articles. Readable is only designed to automatically process these kinds of pages.

Also, please note that you can modify the link: you can change its caption, or you can wrap it around an image.

You can modify the way Readable parses your page, by adding special CSS Classes to HTML elements on the page.


readable__delete
Add this class to an element that Readable keeps after parsing, but that you would want it not to keep.
readable__keep
Add this class to an element that Readable deletes while parsing, but that you would want it to keep — the target element needs to be inside what Readable detects as the main content element on the page.
readable__add_before
Add this class to any element that you would like appended before Readable's output — the target element needs to be outside what Readable detects as the main content element on the page.
readable__add_after
Add this class to any element that you would like appended after Readable's output — the target element needs to be outside what Readable detects as the main content element on the page.
Font Family
The font that gets applied to the entire text.
Headers
The font applied to Header elements.
Mono-space
The font applied to Computer Code elements.
Size
The font size that gets applied to the entire text.
Leading
The height of each line of text, relative to the Font Size.
Lines Of
The width of each line of text, before it is wrapped.
Back Color
The background color.
Fore Color
The foreground color — the text color.
Link Color
The color used for links.
Justified
Should the text be displayed as justified?
Base
The base style for the page; also known as a CSS Reset.
More CSS
Specify your own, custom, CSS.

A few predefined styles themes you can choose from. Click to activate. If you'd like to design a style for Readable, get in touch.


Default
Readable's default theme
Dark
An inverted theme
Smaller and Lighter
Smaller font size and lighter colors
Smaller and Crisper
Smaller font size and crisper text
Bigger and Smoother
BIgger font-size and smoother text
Better Web Readability
Designed by Vladimir Carrer.

A few predefined color themes you can choose from. Click to activate. If you'd like to design a color for Readable, get in touch.


Light Grey
Light Grey, Light Black, and Bright Blue
Dark Grey
Dark Grey, Off White, and Light Blue
Off White
Off White, Black, and Bright Blue
Light Brown
Light Brown, Light Black, Light Red
Light Green
Light Green, Light Black, Light Red
Olive
Olive, Black, and Bright Blue
Designed by Joe Golton.
Web Readability
Lightish Yellow, Almost Black and Light Blue
Designed by Vladimir Carrer.

One or more Font Families, in quotes — separated by commas, if more. The first Font Family that is available on your computer will be used. You can also use most of the Font Families available in Google's Font Directory.

One or more Font Families, in quotes — separated by commas, if more. The first Font Family that's available will be used. You can also use most of the Font Families available in Google's Font Directory.

One or more Font Families, in quotes — separated by commas, if more. The first Font Family that's available will be used. You can also use most of the Font Families available in Google's Font Directory.

Pixels, Points, or Percentage.

Number (multiplication factor), Pixels, Points, or Percentage.

EMs (1em = current font size), Pixels, or Percentage.

Hexadecimal or RGB color.

Hexadecimal or RGB color.

Enter any custom CSS that you would like applied to the page.

Make the background 10% transparent.
#background { opacity:0.9; filter:alpha(opacity=90); }
Indent every paragraph.
p { text-indent: 1em; }
Make links bold.
a { font-weight: bold; }

Enter the absolute URL to a custom JavaScript file that you would like executed after Readable loads.