Platypus! A Partner to Greasemonkey

Platypus logoA few days ago i posted an article on Greasemonkey and its features, but i also mentioned you needed to know javascript, and frankly without a good knowledge of javascript you can’t do much. But now there’s a solution. (Well, actually there has been but I’m posting it right now) Platypus is another Firefox add-on, extension, whatever you like to call it; that lets you edit a web page live and save the result as a javascript file for Greasemonkey that will let you make the web page stay the way you made it with Platypus. You only have to change the url with Greasemonkey to have it work for the entire website, but after that, you’re done!

There are only a few setbacks, such as not being able to undo your previous action and that when you are changing page styles you are limited to only about a dozen colors (that can be changed easily though by editing the javascript code afterwards. Just take a color value such as #da0000 to make the color a shade of red, or #000000 to make the color black) . But other than that it works very well and you do not need to know javascript to use Platypus. Once you’ve downloaded it and installed it, simply right click on a web page and click “Platypus!”, move around some pieces of the web page and when you’re finished click Save.

Significant Features:

  • Remove parts of the page you don’t wish to see.
  • Move a part of the page to a different location.
  • Change the style and format of page elements.
  • Modify all the links on the page using a regular expression.
  • Insert your own HTML code.

In related news, there is another firefox add-on named VSC (View Source Chart, called View Rendered Source over at mozdev.org [scroll down to read a bit about it]) that lets you easily organize all of the long complicated source code of a web page into a sort of hierarchical table of tags. This is good because you can see how a web page is built so you can edit it with Platypus.

Some Features:

-Collapsible Containers
-Ability to select text without collapsing a container
-Extraneous whitespace removed
-Scroll-into-view collapsibility
-Ability to edit styles using Web Developer extension

Version 2.5.02 of VSC is free and version 2.60 is $10, but includes the ability to display JavaScript code blocks in collapsible containers.

Information Pages
Platypus at Mozdev.org
VSC Info Page

Direct Downloads:
Platypus download from Addons.Mozilla.Org
VSC Version 2.5.02 download from Addons.Mozilla.Org

Paypal links:
Click here to buy VSC Version 2.6 at Paypal

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