I just landed upon a very useful and very cool bookmarklet that everyone should install! It’s called PageZipper and it’s awesome for anyone who reads those Top 10, Top 20, or Top whatever lists that are split into multiple pages.
Don’t know what I mean? For example, go to this PC World article:
It’s a good article and I enjoyed reading it, however, it’s also kind of annoying because it splits the post into four pages instead of one. Now this might seem like a small inconvenience to some, but it’s a major issue for me!
There are some maddening sites that have Top 20 lists with 20 different pages!! Now that is simply not necessary. Take, for example, the list of Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30:
You have to click Next to view each person’s profile! What a pain in the butt. And yes, I’m lazy if you couldn’t tell.
PageZipper is a kick ass bookmarklet that you can install into your browser by just dragging it to the Bookmarks toolbar. It’s also a Firefox extension if you are a big Firefox user.
On the pages mentioned above, all you have to do is click on the bookmarklet and PageZipper will automatically add the next page to the bottom of the current page. When you scroll down to the bottom of the second page, the third page is automatically added. No need to click Next 30 times!
Here is an example of what the page looks like:
As you can see, it’s not superbly pretty in the sense that the entire header is repeated at the bottom of the page, but it’s really not that bad once you get used to it. For me, I was able to read this article significantly faster than when I had to click on each one.
The other cool thing is that is simply lets you go back without having to click Previous or without having to go back to the table of contents.
It also works on image galleries that have a Next link. In the case of an image gallery, you have to press CTRL + Down Arrow to go to the next image and CTRL + Up Arrow to go to the previous image.
Note that Page Zipper only works on websites that have a Next link, so if there is no Next link, you’re stuck. It would be cool if they allowed you to add the text for the links you would want it to work on, i.e. “more”, “Page 2, 3”, etc. Maybe in a future version.
But at least now you can read the Time 50 Best Websites of 2008 all at once! Enjoy!