Simplepedia and FoxTabs: Visual Enhancements for Wikipedia and Firefox
Article by George Norman
On 18 Feb 2009
Following our report on Googlepedia, the Firefox add-on that blend Google search with Wikipedia results, I though it a good idea to present some visual augmentation software that will definitely improve the way the popular user generated encyclopedia and Mozilla Foundation developed browser look: Simplepedia and FoxTabs.

We all know Wikipedia as a great source of information that is readily and freely available to any person with a computer and an internet connection – or a smartphone capable of connecting to the internet (Wikipedia Mobile). As a matter or fact, you don’t even need access to the web if you get WikiTaxi. There have been some debates whether the information presented there is 100% accurate, but that is for others to decide.

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What bothers me the most about Wikipedia is not the accuracy of the data, but how that data is displayed in my browser’s window. I, and I am convinced I’m not alone here, find it a bit heavy on the eyes and would welcome a means of removing some of the clutter.

Simplepedia is a user script that will do just that: remove some of the clutter and make the articles look more like a classic encyclopedia page. You will no longer have to bother with things like logos, tabs, navigation sidebar, and edit links; simply focus on the article you wish to read and the information you wish to add to your knowledge base.

FoxTabs is a Firefox add-on that just like Simplepedia, is meant to address the way we look at things online. The add-on may not do anything in terms of browsing speed, but it lets you switch tabs in style. To put it simply, it lets you go through your open tabs in 3D, much in the same manner as Windows 7's Flip 3D feature.



Tags: Wikipedia, Mozilla, Firefox, Simplepedia, FoxTabs
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