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January 27th, 2006  |  Published in old and busted

Editing a Page with SurfRabbit

I’m not one to squeal like a little girl but a.) this Japanese horror flick we found on Showtime isn’t doing it for me and b.) SurfRabbit is super cool.

I guess the nutshell description is “Like a visual adblocker for Safari that can pluck out entire elements from a page with simple point-and-click.” It can also store per-site CSS modifications and sync up all your page modifications over .Mac, so they travel from computer to computer.

Post-Modified BoingBoingReally impressive. Free as in speech and beer.

It’s not perfect, though. Purging BoingBoing of its ad riot revealed that at least one element was impossible to wipe out. The before/after screen grabs will give you an idea of just how well the rest got taken care of, though, and the topmost thumbnail gives you a peek at at the actual SurfRabbit interface. The highlighted red areas are elements that have been selected for removal.

Remember to use your powers for good.

Mt Before

p.s. For Firefox people, Platypus is the friendly face of Greasemonkey for the same effects, plus a little more.

The bottom two screenshots are from a post-Platypussed Movable Type interface. Since I’m the site admin, I can’t get away from everyone else’s blogs and they clutter things up for me when I’m wearing my “just another user” cape. Platypus made it easy to erase all the other blog control panels and just leave the two I care about, which is pretty handy. Toggling all the other blogs back on just involves turning off Greasemonkey and reloading the page.

Mt After

It’s sort of funny that about the time I was getting fired up about Javascript and Greasemonkey enough to go get a book, I found two visual tools that do a lot I wouldn’t mind having done to pages. I’m not too proud to point-and-click my way to an editable Web, I guess. And with Applescript’s catalog of quirks, the ability to run inline Javascript for a few of my workflow scripts will be nice.

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