Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A list of Useful Bookmarklets to increase your productivity

What is a Bookmarklet
As per wikipedia, A bookmarklet is an applet, a small computer application, stored as the URL of a bookmark in a web browser or as a hyperlink on a web page. The term is a portmanteau of the terms bookmark and applet. Whether bookmarklet utilities are stored as bookmarks or hyperlinks,they are designed to add one-click functionality to a browser or web page. When clicked, a bookmarklet performs some function, one of a wide variety such as a search query or data extraction. Usually the applet is a JavaScript program.

Why should you prefer Bookmarklet over Browser Add-ons
1.Bookmarklets are portable across multiple browsers ,where as Add-ons are not.A third party Add-on might not be available across all browsers.

2.Add-ons are version dependent ,meaning a particular add-on might break on a new version of the browser.Bookmarklets are not dependent on browser version.

3.You can sync your Bookmarklets across multiple computers if you are using chrome.If you are using firefox then you can sync them through XMarks.

4.Adding a bookmarklet does not require the restarting of browser where as Add-ons require browser restart.

5.Bookmarklet consists of Javascript code which is easy to customize and execution is much faster.

How to Install Bookmarklets
Chrome ,Firefox ,Safari ,Opera:Drag the links to the Bookmarks toolbar on browser.
IE:right click and select "Add to favorites...".

List of my favorite Bookmarklets

Add to Google Reader :Helps in adding a feed directly to Google Reader.
Send to Default Mail Client :Helps in composing a new mail with the selected content and URL from your default mail client.
Download as PDF :Use this bookmarklet to convert the webpage content to PDF.
GMail This! :Helps in composing a new mail with the selected content and URL from GMail.
Short URL :URL Shortening from bitly.
ToRead.cc :Send the web pages by EMail with a single click.
Google Translate :Translate a page using Google translate.
Wikipedia lookup :Search for the selected term in wikipedia.
View Cookies :View the cookies in your current browser.
Share on Facebook :Share an item on Facebook.
Onlywire Bookmakrlet :This is used to share an item across multiple bookmark services if you have an OnlyWire account.
Acronym lookup :Helps in finding the acronyms from acronym finder

Share your bookmarklets if you have one.Revisit this page later to find more useful bookmarklets.


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