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Column Reader 5.1 No Restart
Web reader for wide screens and long documents. Read with pleasure in one of many attractive layouts. NEW: Integrated image viewer with pan and zoom. NEW: Choice of replacement font. NEW: Support for multi-process Firefox. For Firefox 35.0 and newer.
About this Add-on
Column Reader 5.1 brings a new options panel, compatibility to multi-process Firefox and several improvements under the hood. However, version 5.0 no more works in older versions of Firefox (<35.0) nor in Thunderbird and it cannot access any previously saved domain associations. In case you want to go on using the previous version, simply install version 4.1.1 from this extension's versions page and use the Addon Manager to prevent it from being updated. Saved domain associations are removed only when Column Reader is uninstalled.
Column Reader makes reading a pleasure by providing the following features (see Screenshot 1):
> Intuitive tool for content selection.
> Paper, scroll and book layouts.
> Up to five columns for wide screens.
> Four different scrolling modes.
> Document miniature view in scroll bar.
> Replacement of fonts by a local font.
> Configurable color filters.
> Full screen image view with pan and zoom.
> Storage of settings for web domains.
Column Reader adds a toolbar button which you may click 1) to enter the content selection mode or 2) to directly enter the reader mode in case options had already been saved for the current domain (see Screenshot 2).
To exit the reader, you may click the red bar within the reader, press ESC or click the Column Reader toolbar button.
Within the reader, the following keys may be used to scroll: arrow left / arrow right / page up / page down / arrow up / arrow down / space / home. Reader areas that have a scroll function are recognizable by a custom mouse cursor. Content elements that can be scrolled horizontally show a horizontal arrow cursor.
Left-click is disabled within the reader for safety (except for internal links), but you may still use right-click.
In case content is too wide to fit a column, your best option is to reduce the number of columns using the options panel.
> "Use original fonts" works initially, but currently does not restore fonts after they have been replaced.
> Fonts that contain dots or numbers in their name may fail to work.
Please donate to enable me to make the following improvements:
> Text zoom independent of the underlying page/OS zoom.
> Automatic opening of reader when target element matches.
> Option to set absolute column width, independent of page width.
> Options for content selection using element location, id and/or class.
> Improved approach for pages with nested tables.
> Improved estimate of page background color.
> The ability to open multiple links on a page in one document.