Apture Highlights

Apture HighlightsUntil now, every Firefox add-on that promises to give me awesome abilities to look things up when I highlight a word have been mediocre at best. The Apture Highlights add-on for Firefox really is a game changer.  It allows you to highlight a phrase and get background information from Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter and more – on the same page.  It also gives me this ability without looking tacky or sticking out like a sore thumb.

The biggest pain, other than cosmetics, is having to re-teach yourself the way you browse.  You have to get used to having that ability at your fingertips to do searches inside a website and get used to the usefulness that an add-on like this brings.

What are some of the newest features?

  • Customizable keyboard shortcut to call up Apture Search
  • Performance improvements, contextual search results now even faster
  • Secure: Automatically disabled on HTTPS (secure) websites to not interfere with your private information
  • What’s that word? Dictionary definitions now included in search results

and that is only scratching the surface of what the amazing Apture Highlights add-on can do.

You can pick up the Apture Highlights add-on from the Firefox Add-ons website.

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2 Responses to Apture Highlights

  1. Mitch Jan/13 at 7:44 am #

    Also might check out Hyperwords, as it is another great alternative add-on that does a lot of the same things Apture Highlights does but with less clutter:

    http://www.firefoxfacts.com/2008/04/18/hyperwords-interact-with-any-text-on-the-web/

  2. Frisbee Jan/26 at 12:34 am #

    I was wasting away on twitter trying to find something to cure my boredom – and ZANG – somebody I follow tweeted this post. Now, I am not quite as bored. Thanks for posting awesome material. – Frisbee