Bookmarklets rarely generate a lot of buzz (only exception I know is Readability). So I know it takes some real effort and value provided for bookmarklet to hit tech news.
Quix bookmarklet by Joost de Valk in scope of bookmarklets had basically exploded. Instead of single purpose it offers whole suite of functions and option to further add and customize.
What it does
When used Quix pops text input box and waits for command. It works much like type-to-do-stuff launchers, except instead of local stuff it makes use of multiply online services. Native functions cover many things from generic Google and Wikipedia searches to specialized webmaster and SEO bookmarklets.
help will open page on site with list of commands.
Quix has option of using file with custom commands. For that you must:
- create file according to command syntax;
- host file online (if you have no site Dropbox will do nicely);
- generate version of Quix bookmarklet, linked to URL of your configuration file.
Since customization is web-based it also allows to maintain set of your commands (and so common browsing experience) across different browsers.
What I like about commands is that they can use text selected on page and current page URL. Potentially this streamlines a lot of tasks and saves plenty of clicks.
Bookmarklet nature is both blessing and a curse for this one. My initial impressions where – Opera custom search knockoff. After some tinkering I did find additional stuff that custom search would have trouble replicating.
Still Quix feels like its competing with native browser functionality. And considering how much time I spend relying on browser and using its functions – Quix hardly wins.
Much of a geek toy, Quix is highly flexible bookmarklet that will require some thinking if you actually need it and how will you use it. It clearly caters to power users and I think there will be plenty in this bunch who will appreciate it.
The DataRat #