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Editors' Review

by   / August 19, 2010

Reading Glasses is a nifty Google Chrome extension that lets you read on the Web only what you want to read while blocking out the rest.

A small Reading-Glasses icon will appear to the right-hand side of your address bar after the quick install. While you are reading a body of text, highlight your focus and click the icon. Doing so will white out everything other than the text. The problem with this extension is that it can be very finicky; sometimes it whites out more than you want it to, and sometimes less. It seems that luck may have something to do with this one.

Though it is nice to be able to ignore ads on the sides of articles, this add-on is great for other activities such as Facebook chat. Click on your chat box and then the Reading Glasses icon, and the entire page will white-out except for your conversation. This can also be useful for blocking out material that is not suitable for work.

Reading Glasses has some usability flaws, but once you get it to work the results are quite handy.

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Editors' Review

by   / August 19, 2010

Reading Glasses is a nifty Google Chrome extension that lets you read on the Web only what you want to read while blocking out the rest.

A small Reading-Glasses icon will appear to the right-hand side of your address bar after the quick install. While you are reading a body of text, highlight your focus and click the icon. Doing so will white out everything other than the text. The problem with this extension is that it can be very finicky; sometimes it whites out more than you want it to, and sometimes less. It seems that luck may have something to do with this one.

Though it is nice to be able to ignore ads on the sides of articles, this add-on is great for other activities such as Facebook chat. Click on your chat box and then the Reading Glasses icon, and the entire page will white-out except for your conversation. This can also be useful for blocking out material that is not suitable for work.

Reading Glasses has some usability flaws, but once you get it to work the results are quite handy.

Full Specifications

General

Publisher Google Chrome extensions
Publisher web site https://chrome.google.com/extensions/
Release Date August 18, 2010
Date Added August 18, 2010
Version 1.0

Category

Category Browsers
Subcategory Chrome Extensions

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements

Download Information

File Size 976.56KB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,287
Downloads Last Week 3

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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