The better solution to plugins would be bookmarklets, which use little to no system resources and will also work with every browser and OS.
One Quix Solution To Bookmarklets
To work more efficiently with bookmarklets, you can use a little help from Quix – a bookmarklet which serves as a container for other bookmarklets. You can have all the functionalities of many bookmarklets using only this one, but how do you create bookmarklets within Quix?
Quix comes with tons of commands that can replace your existing bookmarklets. But as extensive as it may be, Quix still left many custom bookmarklets out of its list. Even though Quix provides you with the way to add your own sets of commands, there’s no clear explanation on how to do it that I could find.
There’s no point of having the powerful all in one bookmarklet container if there are still many bookmarklets that can’t be contained. So I sat back and tried to make sense of all the resources that I could find, and then experimented on adding custom bookmarklets into Quix.
Building The Chain Of Commands
Basically, to add your own custom bookmarklet commands to Quix, you have to create a text file with the lines of commands inside, and load it after Quix’ own script. Here are the steps to do it:
First: The Text File
Create a text file and fill it with command lines. There are three components to these lines:
- the command: the name of the command or the shortcut you want to call this command with.
- the executable: the actual script that this command will perform
- the description: the explanation about what this line of command will do.
The hardest part is figuring out the “executable” part of the command. In some cases, you could just copy and paste the command used in the real bookmarklet. I compared the Evernote command from its own bookmarklet and the one I found on Quix, they are exactly the same. But you need to experiment here as this method is not always working.
To know what command is used by your bookmarklet, open the bookmark library (“Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks” menu in Firefox or “Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks” menu in Safari)
Then select the bookmarklet to get the “executable command”.
Second: The Upload
After you are ready with the text file, you have to make it available online. The easiest way is to use Dropbox. Just save the text file inside your Dropbox folder.
Move it to the “Public” folder, right click on it and choose “Copy Public Link” from the Dropbox menu.
Then go to the Extend Quix page, paste the public link into the “Command file URL” field, and install the customized Quix bookmarklet by dragging and dropping the bookmarklet icon to your bookmark bar.
Congratulations! You’ve just upgraded your Quix with the commands that you need. Everytime you come across a new bookmarklet that isn’t supported by Quix, just add the command line in the text file, and you are good to go.
Have you tried Quix? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.