We have already covered the Read it Later Firefox extension twice before, once when I wrote about some time-saving Firefox extensions.
But now this wonderful extension has been updated for Firefox 3 and in a big way. It brings some awesome new features which, I am sure, could make it one of the most popular extensions for Firefox 3.
So without any further delay, here are the power packed features of this updated extension.
1. Now Save and also add to social media/bookmarking sites
Yes, apart from just saving the web page for reading later, this extension now also allows you to add it to a bunch of social media sites. It shows as a red check mark just beside the bookmark start icon in the address bar after you’ve installed it.
You can click it to save a page or mark it as read. When you click on this red check mark, just below it a small arrow appears which gives you more options like adding it to social media sites. Plus, it hasn’t spared any social networking site either. It lists the popular sites such as Digg and Delicious and then there is a drop down menu which gives you a huge list of other social media and bookmarking sites.
2. Sort pages easily through date and tags
We know that Firefox 3 now supports tags in bookmarks. So when you click on the red check mark to save a page for reading later, you can also click on the star beside it and give it some relevant tags.
Now your reading list icon will appear at the extreme right beside the browser search bar. When you click on it, you should see a revamped interface which allows you to sort the list by date and by tags.
3. RSS Feeds of your saved pages
You can now get the saved pages in the form of RSS Feeds. When you go to your reading list, on the top right there is a small link to the RSS feed of that list.
4. Syncing and Offline Reading
Sometime back, LifeHacker reported that may become irrelevant in Firefox 3 because it has built-in support for web apps going offline and developers could make use of it. Here we see an example of that. There is a small link to offline reading in the reading list, which allows you to save webpages for offline reading.
Also it goes one step further and allows you to sync your reading list between different computers.
5. Save All Tabs For Later
Although we do have the “Bookmark All” tabs feature in Firefox, this extension also adds ‘ Save All Tabs for Later ” in the right click, when you right click a tab, thereby allowing you to add all the tabs in your reading list at one click.
6. Click To Save Mode
This is another cool feature. If you switch to this mode by pressing Alt+M, the links which you click on a site will be automatically saved in your reading list. This could also be a nice time-saver.
Overall I found the extension to be very impressive. I did face some hiccups while using it but when I retried, it worked. It’s in beta so sometimes it may fail to deliver.
So have you tried this yet ? What do you think ? Let me know in the comments.