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00 Quix logo.jpgDespite the memory and system resource hog, many of us are addicted to Firefox because of its expandability. With the right set of plugins, you can turn the browser into virtually anything that you need, for example: a writing suite 7 Writing Addons for Turning Firefox into the Ultimate Writer's Suite 7 Writing Addons for Turning Firefox into the Ultimate Writer's Suite Read More .

But expanding functionality is not a monopoly by Firefox. You can teach any browser a new trick or two by adding bookmarklets. You can find tons of bookmarklets scattered all over the web, each with its own functionality; from a simple “mail page to” script to “grammar and spelling checker After The Deadline: Tools To Improve Your Writing Quality After The Deadline: Tools To Improve Your Writing Quality Read More ” to “print easy to read web page How To Produce Easy-To-Read Webpage Printouts How To Produce Easy-To-Read Webpage Printouts Read More ” to mention just a few. Application developers also create their own bookmarklets to integrate the functionality of their apps into browsers. The following is a short bookmarklet tutorial on how to do some of the above with Quix.

In a crowded room

Even though they’re cross-platform and in general (much) lighter than Firefox plugins, bookmarklets have their own downside: they clutter the bookmark bar. Adding a new functionality means occupying precious space.

Most people need several must-have functionalities according to their preferences. And in no time, they will need a much bigger bookmark bar because the room’s already crowded.

bookmarklet tutorial

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So, what’s the best solution? Less clutter but heavy on resources or nippier but crowded? The answer is clear: lighter and less clutter. You can achieve this with the help of Quix.

All-in-one bookmarklets center

You can say that Quix is like a box where you put your collection of bookmarklets. Then whenever you need a specific functionality, you can easily run the one that you need.

Before you can use Quix, you must put it on your browser’s bookmarks bar. Go to the website, then drag and drop the bookmarklet to the bar.

bookmarklet tutorial

Using Quix is almost similar to use any other bookmarklet: you just click it (or if you use Safari, you can use the assigned shortcut). But since Quix keeps many commands inside it, you need an extra step – typing a specific shortcut – to run the one function that you need. You could say it’s similar to Quicksilver.

First time users could need a little help in getting themselves familiar with all the available built in commands. That’s why the first logical step to do at the first time you open Quix is to ask for help. Type “help” in the box and click “OK“.

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This command will open the help page at Quix site. Here you will find the complete list of default commands. Memorizing all of them would be a difficult task, but you’ll quickly remember the ones that you need most. For me, they would be “g”, “w”, and “fc”,

Add your own sets of commands

As extensive as the built-in command list might be, many commands are still left behind.

To fill in the gap, you can add your own commands to Quix’s list. But at this moment, the process is a bit too difficult for everyday users.

You need to go to the Syntax page to know all the necessary codes and steps – including making the command file available on the web.

Then you continue to the Extend page, put the address of the command file and drag the modified bookmarklet to the bookmarks bar.

Footnotes

After playing with Quix for a while – and without even touching the Syntax and Extend page, I could safely drop almost all of my existing bookmarklets and empty out the bookmarks bar.

So far, I have no complaint about using Quix. But if I could make some requests to the developer, maybe they would be to add the ability to:

  1. Import existing bookmarklets to Quix – thus, simplifying the process of creating custom bookmarklets.
  2. Synchronize those custom commands to other computers. This way, we can have our favorite bookmarklets available wherever we are.

Have you tried Quix? Or do you know other alternatives? Share your thought, opinion, and knowledge using the comment section below.

  1. Bakari
    March 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Is there some sort of command or book marklet for MUO?

  2. Bakari
    March 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    This is awesome. Never new about it. So functional. Thanx.

  3. Ben
    February 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Nice to see you finally wrote about the App I suggested to you. =)

    Quix is awesome! I got now over 100 very useful commands in my file. Website-Analyser,URL-shortener,Search-Engines,and several bookmarklets (javascripts) all in one.
    This keystroke-launcher is very handy and it keeps the browser clean.

    An alternative could be shortwaveapp.com, but it doesn't support javascripts.

    Regards, Ben

  4. Amadou
    February 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    "Or do you know other alternatives?"

    Hi Jeffry,
    Facing the same issue with many bookmarlet invading my toolbar, I use Ubiquity add-on for the same purpose.
    (http://www.azarask.in/blog/post/ubiquity-tutorial-turn-bookmarklets-into-commands/)
    It is maybe a bit more complicated to implement but on the other hand you can do much more with Ubiquity.

    Cheers

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