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Quix, the super bookmarklet
April 10, 2010 4:28 PM   Subscribe

Quix is the everything-bookmarklet. Opening it creates a text box to put in commands, which range from url shorteners to whois checks. A lot of useful commands are available by default, and you can make your own using quix syntax.
posted by The Devil Tesla (22 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

 
Not to be confused with Qix. Man, I love that game.
posted by box at 4:44 PM on April 10, 2010 [4 favorites]


Also, I'm not sure what's going on at quix.org, but I like it.
posted by box at 4:46 PM on April 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


Kind of like Dave's Quick Search..
posted by Chuckles at 4:57 PM on April 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


Quix was the subject of a Lifehacker post a while back. That post referenced a few Merlin Mann posts on Kung Fu Grippe.

It really is like a command-line for the web. If you spend any significant time in a browser, it's worth taking 20 or 30 minutes to wrap your head around it. Also, it is insanely useful on the iPhone (and I imagine, the iPad as well).
posted by ajr at 5:46 PM on April 10, 2010


How do you save a bookmarklet on iPhone's browser?
posted by grumblebee at 5:50 PM on April 10, 2010


The answer to my own question.
posted by grumblebee at 6:03 PM on April 10, 2010


Quix tells you how to add it to the iPhone here.
posted by ajr at 6:25 PM on April 10, 2010


One of these days somebody's gonna port Doom to bookmarklet. Until then, we all suffer.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:53 PM on April 10, 2010


It's great but there's no keyboard shortcut to launch it from your browser.
posted by furtive at 10:49 PM on April 10, 2010


How does this compare to Ubiquity and YubNub?
posted by heathkit at 10:52 PM on April 10, 2010


Also, I have to add that I think these "command lines for the web" are missing the most important features of the modern command line - tab completion and readline support. Also, for me at least, vim-style editing.
posted by heathkit at 10:53 PM on April 10, 2010


It's great but there's no keyboard shortcut to launch it from your browser.

Well, it's just a bookmark. In some browsers there are ways to assign bookmarks to keyboard shortcuts. In safari and omniweb the first ten bookmarks on the shortcut bar are assigned to command + a number.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 12:05 AM on April 11, 2010


so it's basically firefox search keywords in a popup box
posted by p3on at 1:09 AM on April 11, 2010


This looks great and I'd use it in a heartbeat if I wasn't already grooving on Alfred (for Safari).
posted by qwip at 1:21 AM on April 11, 2010


Finally, a good cross-browser (read: iPad) approach to the kinds of shortcuts I had tying me to OmniWeb all these years. Now, to assemble my commands file...
posted by Phssthpok at 2:57 AM on April 11, 2010


This is certainly the most useful thing I've seen on Metafilter in some time. It's great in any browser (I've installed it in Chrome on my Mac), but binding it to a command in uzbl may make keyboard-control junkies like me spontaneously orgasm. Seriously, it makes uzbl 100% better, and uzbl was already pretty great.
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:50 AM on April 11, 2010


(If you use uzbl, you can bind it to a key combination in command mode by doing something like "@cbind QQ = @jsh (paste Quix bookmarklet here)". Right click on the "install Quix" button, copy the link, and paste everything after "javascript:")
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:52 AM on April 11, 2010


"Your Bookmarklets, On Steroids"

Like normal bookmarks but banned from use by professional athletes? Are they bookmarks with increased cholesterol levels, acne, high blood pressure and liver damage? Bookmarks that send fake urine test samples to the W3C?

I'm confused - it actually looks quite good, despite the warning.
posted by BinaryApe at 5:32 AM on April 11, 2010


Seriously, it makes uzbl 100% better, and uzbl was already pretty great.

There is something about a software idea designed on a Mac and encouraged for use on an iPhone improving something as far from that kind of UI heavy software that gives me warm fuzzies.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:27 AM on April 11, 2010


Wow, thanks The Devil Tesla, this is just brilliant. (Though I have a sinking feeling that I'll soon find myself typing mars or snap on non-Macs and getting confused!)

...binding it to a command in uzbl may make keyboard-control junkies like me spontaneously orgasm.

Psst! Over here!
posted by a little headband I put around my throat at 9:35 AM on April 11, 2010


any way of binding quix to vimium?
posted by vostok at 2:50 PM on April 11, 2010


any way of binding quix to vimium?

Not that I know of, but you could install Bookmarks Bar Keyboard Shortcuts or similar and put Quix in you bookmarks bar.
posted by a little headband I put around my throat at 4:32 PM on April 11, 2010


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