October 16, 2021

Report: “This Wild Chrome Tension Lets You Bend Websites to Your Will”

From Fast Company:

The ability to remove the unwanted parts of any website is just one of PixieBrix’s features. You can also add custom action buttons to your favorite sites, create sidebars that gather supplemental information as you browse, and send webpage data off to other services like Google Sheets or Trello. PixieBrix originally launched last year, but now it’s releasing a simplified version of its original product, with a marketplace where users can find new ways to modify their favorite sites.

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PixieBrix works by tapping into the developer tools offered by Google Chrome (and other Chromium-based browsers, such as Microsoft Edge). These tools, which you can bring up by pressing Ctrl+Shift+I or Cmd+Shift+I, let you scrutinize and modify the code of any website. PixieBrix adds a n extra tab to this menu with a simplified interface for making those changes, so you can add or remove page elements without deep knowledge of web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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