Memex is an attention-grabbing net browser add-on that is designed particularly for powerusers. Before you ask, no it isn’t a meme generator.
It is a Vannevar Bush impressed bookmarking/native search engine of types that you should utilize to rapidly discover webpages that you simply visited up to now. The extension is obtainable for Firefox and Chrome.
When you put in the add-on, it might look like requesting a scary quantity of permissions. But they’re required for Memex to work. The extension has a visible tutorial which explains the way it works; the GIFs that it makes use of are a bit too speedy for my liking.
Once you’ve gotten put in the add-on, click on on its icon (the mind) to convey up a menu and get a few choices right here. The go to dashboard takes you to the primary interface of the extension and the primary manner you make use of its performance.
Memex indexes pages to make search extra highly effective within the browser. You must do not forget that it saves solely the content material of particular person pages; it is not sufficient to bookmark the homepage of a web site, e.g. Ghacks, to get all articles listed.
The add-on comes with a useful import function to import pages from the looking historical past.
For now let’s return to the menu. The “Star this web page” choice is much like bookmarking however provides the web page to Memex’s database, and tags are used to establish starred pages rapidly. Just choose a web page and tag it with a related phrase and it’ll turn out to be usable, or ought to I say searchable by Memex. You can add a number of tags for a web page and collections are like folders to enhance group of webpages.
Another manner to make use of these choices
By default, Memex ought to add a sidebar and it must be seen once you mouse over to the precise fringe of the display. There are buttons right here that allow you to open Memex’s dashboard, carry out a search, star pages, add tags and carry out different actions.
There is one vital function which is current within the sidebar which is not within the menu: Notes. The identify is a bit deceptive because it is an annotation software. Memex lets you annotate on any net web page. To achieve this, click on the notes icon and sort one thing. For e.g. If you are an Amazon web page, you possibly can sort one thing like “This might be an attention-grabbing reward for Max’s birthday.” So, you may keep in mind why you saved the web page and why.
You may also spotlight textual content content material such as you would do with a marker. If you’ve gotten used Microsoft Edge it’s possible you’ll be accustomed to these choices. When you choose textual content on a web-page, a tooltip ought to seem and you should utilize it to hyperlink to the highlighted textual content for reference. When you click on on it within the dashboard, you’ll be taken to the web page with the highlighted content material seen.
Memex additionally helps keyboard shortcuts.
- Sidebar – r
- Star Page – c
- Add tag – t
- Add to collections – u
Let’s star a web page, tag it and add it to a assortment to exhibit how this all works and the way it advantages you. Say, you need to add the Ghacks homepage to the database. You can go to the web page and click on on the star icon to bookmark it in Memex. Click on the tag button so as to add a tag, like Windows Software, Linux apps, or technology. The assortment button can be utilized so as to add the web page to a folder like Tech or Blogs.
Note: I discovered the sidebar to be buggy at instances, and used the menu choices as an alternative.
Now, again to the dashboard. To the left you’ve gotten your collections, that are type of like folders for your bookmarks. In the middle you’ve gotten the search field.
How does the search work?
The add-on can search for the key phrase in numerous methods. Basically it might discover any web page you’ve gotten bookmarked or tagged or added to a assortment. In addition to this, it might additionally discover pages which you annotated or highlighted textual content on.
It helps full-text search of the net historical past and bookmarks, and helps filters subsequent to that. You can use the filter choice to slim down the search additional by
- Date – Select a date vary (say, October 27, 2019 – October 28, 2019)
- Tags – Remember how we added tags? Use the identical key phrase right here.
- Domains- slim down search by URL (instance: ghacks.web)
Don’t have any of those at hand? Memex can nonetheless discover the web page by the textual content from titles and URLs.
Assuming you added a few pages to the database, carry out a search utilizing a related phrase and it’s best to be capable of discover the web page immediately. The better part is that the extension is meant to be an “offline-first” one. It is additionally open supply, and has a good privateness coverage. The add-on shops the information in your pc, so your information is yours. You can optionally backup your information in your pc, or to the cloud service of your alternative from the settings menu.
Memex has a professional model that is utterly non-obligatory. All it does is mechanically backup the information each 15 minutes and helps cross-device sync.