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Reading easier with Evernote Clearly

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Take a look at this story page on the L.A. Times’ website:

 

Holy distractions.

Now look at the same page through the Evernote Clearly plugin for Chrome:

Much better.

I’ve been testing out this nifty little app all week. When I’ve remembered to use it, it’s been fantastic, particularly for proofreading and for reading long-form posts.

That qualifier — “when I’ve remembered to use it” — is the catch with Evernote Clearly. It’s not the type of plugin you might find yourself prone to thinking of right away in the way that you might want to save a link and immediately move your cursor toward your Delicious (yeah, I still use Delicious) icon.

Nevertheless, I think this is a great app, and I hope it’s popular enough to at least stick around, if not flourish. I don’t know that websites are getting more cluttered, but there certainly isn’t a trend toward sites becoming less cluttered. Also, I’m getting older and my eyesight is getting crappier. I think I’m even going to take some inspiration from the app as I rethink the design of this site. You could be reading a much simpler paulbalcerak.com in the future.

Go download it and tell me what you think.

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