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PageZipper – read more, click less

8 Comments March 31st, 2009 by Jonathan

We just released a bunch of new features for PageZipper!  Viewing image galleries is now a breeze, and Firefox users can enjoy the Firefox Extension.

PageZipper takes articles which have been split into multiple pages and merges them back to one.  So when you get to the bottom of an article, instead of clicking “Next” and staring off into space for 5 seconds while the page loads,  just keep on reading.  PageZipper will get the next page and add it to the bottom of the page you’re on.

PageZipper is most useful on image galleries.  IMHO image galleries that put each image on a seperate page are a blight on the human race.  Have you ever been on a gallery that’s so slow you actually click “next” as soon as the page loads, because you will be done viewing the image before the next page loads??  Well PageZipper makes photo galleries work the way nature intended. Just click control down. PageZipper will automatically center the next image in your browser.  Continue clicking control down to view the remaining images.  Press control-up to view the previous image.  PageZipper takes care of figuring out which images are part of the gallery, and which pages needs to load to get those images.  It even resizes any images which are too big to fit in your browser without scrolling.  All you need to do is press control-down.

Cassie made a super cool video showing how all this works here: http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/pagezipper

PageZipper also seems to have been noticed by the web.  It’s been on the pwyl site since December without hardly catching a glance.  But a few days ago twitter user @steverubel mentioned it, and since then its been spreading like wildfire.  Here are some good write-ups:  cnet webware and Technology Bites I love how the internet works like that.

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  1. Simon says:

    This is really neat, but what’s a mac user to do with this control + down arrow stuff?

    For most of us that’s assigned to switch workspaces and using Cmd+down arrow on a laptop is assigned to page down. It’d be nice to have some other set of shortcuts for mac users.

  2. meh says:

    It doesn’t work very well in Opera. The Time link you use for an example stops working after page 3 and ctrl+down doesn’t work with the cat images.

  3. Jayakumar says:

    This is one of the fantastic extensions i recently added. Very good for smashingmagazine ,digg ,google results and many other sites. Thanks for developing this.

  4. Johnny says:

    This is a great tool and I use it all the time!

    However, I don’t always start at the begging of a set of pages but sometimes at the end (or the middle!) so can the code be updated to check for “previous” and add the page to the top not the bottom?

    Thanks

  5. Paul says:

    I’m using the Firefox extension and it works great. Is there a way to save the entire set of pages via “Save page as” or something else? When attempting to save it (them), only the 1st page is saved. The only workaround so far is to save the entire “page” via ScreenGrab! as a graphic (and it does a great job) but it doesn’t allow searching or copying of text as it is a graphic. Thanks!

  6. Paul says:

    Aha! I figured it out. When saving using the “Save page as,” use the “Web Page, complete” option in the “Save as type” box. (By default, mine is set to “Web Page, HTML only.” Many thanks!

  7. QuHno says:

    One minor drawback: On several sites the bookmarklet starts loading with the first page again at the end of a paginated article after all pages are loaded.

    May be checking the ETag headers first or temporarily storing the already loaded page URLs in an array and check against that could help against this.

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