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Browser Extension For Article Research
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:07:07 AM »
Not sure if this exists or not...

How about an extension for your browser that allows you to easily collect sentences for an article yourself.  Kind of like a manual version of what you can do within Instant Article wizard.

Say I am doing research for an article.  As I read various web pages that I find myself, it would be handy to be able to select a sentence and have it go directly into a Word or txt document so I can collect them all together easily without going backwards and forwards between the browser and article.

Maybe the extension could also include some of the functionality of Best Spinner. As I select a sentence or paragraph that I think would be useful, a box could pop up and allow me to spin or rewrite it directly in my browser window and then it could go directly into my article.

Nicola

Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 09:59:44 AM »
I could do with something like this for a project I am working on now!! Would be a handy way of compiling information...

Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 10:14:08 AM »
Surely highlight then copy and paste does that already.

I have to look at a few webpages for a site I run and
I just have the webpage and notepad open side by side.

I can't see anything being quicker than that

Just my opinion
Eliot

Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 03:34:08 PM »
I have to look at a few webpages for a site I run and
I just have the webpage and notepad open side by side.

It would if you used two screens as I use on my desktop.  But it would take more time if you were using a desktop or a laptop with one screen.

Some years ago I saw an app that did this.  You could highlight and then click on a section of the screen and it would be pasted into notepad.  But I don't remember what it was called nor when I saw it so I'm not much help. Perhaps if you Google'd for it you might find something that would do this for you.
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Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 03:23:12 AM »
Thanks I will look that one up!

Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 05:53:55 PM »
Not sure if this exists or not...

How about an extension for your browser that allows you to easily collect sentences for an article yourself.  Kind of like a manual version of what you can do within Instant Article wizard.

Say I am doing research for an article.  As I read various web pages that I find myself, it would be handy to be able to select a sentence and have it go directly into a Word or txt document so I can collect them all together easily without going backwards and forwards between the browser and article.

Maybe the extension could also include some of the functionality of Best Spinner. As I select a sentence or paragraph that I think would be useful, a box could pop up and allow me to spin or rewrite it directly in my browser window and then it could go directly into my article.

Nicola

I like this and yes it would be far quicker then having to have Notepad open and pasting into it. Just highlight and click.. you can't paste faster.   ;)
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Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2013, 12:34:51 AM »
I am currently evaluating Scrivener. This is a word processor and it's not free (about $40), however, for writing plays, books, doing research, writing a thesis etc, it is fantastic. Works the way my mind does (squirrel hops from one thing to another, as my father used to say). It also has a good forum support group. It is available in versions for both mac and windows. I am not yet fully conversant with it, as, although the basics are simple, it takes a while to be able to use its full power. If you are writing in Word, or Open office, etc and want to write several chapters for a book or thesis, you need to have several documents open, possibly simultaneously or else you have to scroll up and down through one long document. With Scrivener, every chapter and every paragraph within a chapter (if you choose) is instantly available to you in what is called "The Binder". This sits down the left side of your screen and you can hop between one an another or have several open on the page at one time (Scrivenings mode). Also, all chapters or paragraphs (or even sentences) can be seen in the "cork board" mode. (Think of a notice board with index cards pinned to it) This means you can move the index cards around, to change the chapters or paragraphs around, just like moving cards on a notice board. It also has a free floating text box available with a key combination and you can have several of these open at any one time to copy and paste items. Also, you can have research documents available in the binder or with a click to on-line, so you can keep all your research articles easily to hand.

Would this program help with your research?

It has a long evaluation period - 30 non-consecutive days- which means if you only used it 5 times a week, you get 6 weeks use to evaluate it.

It does not do much formatting - it is really just for writing - it uses RTF.

I would love to see the cork board tool available in TBS.  ;D

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Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013, 12:38:43 AM »
Not sure if this exists or not...

How about an extension for your browser that allows you to easily collect sentences for an article yourself.  Kind of like a manual version of what you can do within Instant Article wizard.

Say I am doing research for an article.  As I read various web pages that I find myself, it would be handy to be able to select a sentence and have it go directly into a Word or txt document so I can collect them all together easily without going backwards and forwards between the browser and article.

Maybe the extension could also include some of the functionality of Best Spinner. As I select a sentence or paragraph that I think would be useful, a box could pop up and allow me to spin or rewrite it directly in my browser window and then it could go directly into my article.

Nicola


If you are using "Word", there is a feature called the SPIKE. Actually, I thought this feature worked as part of windows, not just as part of word. Haven't tried it recently, though.
"In Word, the Clipboard has an extended feature named Spike. Use Spike to copy multiple blocks of text to the Clipboard and then paste them all at once.

Spike is a Clipboard feature available in Word that lets you copy multiple selections of content to the Clipboard and then paste them as a group to a new location. It’s easy to use and allows for a bit more flexibility when the need arises. You can use it in most any document, and it works with text and graphics, as follows:

Use [Ctrl]+[F3] to copy text and graphics to the Clipboard.
Use [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[F3] to paste the contents of Spike. (This process also clears Spike’s content.)"
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/msoffice/use-spike-to-copy-multiple-blocks-of-word-text-or-graphics/6740

Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2013, 04:26:55 PM »
Works the way my mind does (squirrel hops from one thing to another, as my father used to say)

My Grand Master in lung fa gung fu called this "monkey mind".  8)
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Re: Browser Extension For Article Research
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2013, 09:41:54 PM »
Works the way my mind does (squirrel hops from one thing to another, as my father used to say)

My Grand Master in lung fa gung fu called this "monkey mind".  8)

LOL - of course - love that "Monkey" series. (Journey to the West)