Rightsizer Safari Extension
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Rightsizer Safari Extension is a replacement for the "zoom text only" feature of Safari. Unlike Safari's built-in text zoom, Rightsizer lets you zoom specific kinds of text (that is, text elements of a particular class or ID), instead of all the text on a page. And it remembers your font size settings for every Web site and automatically reapplies them the next time you visit a site.

To use Rightsizer, click some text and keep the mouse button down. While the mouse button is down, press:
  • the A key to make the text bigger,
  • the
What's New
Version 1.2:
  • Added option to take over Safari's zoom hotkeys. If enabled, pressing ⌘+ or ⌘- will cause Rightsizer to zoom the whole page in or out. As usual, the zoom level will be remembered on a per-site basis. This option has no effect on Safari's menu items and toolbar buttons for zooming.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Safari 5.0.1 or later






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Canisbos Computing (developer) commented on 01 Jul 2011
If you're interested in Rightsizer, please try its replacement, Quickstyle, instead. Quickstyle does everything Rightsizer does, and it adds the ability to add arbitrary CSS rules to any page.

Quickstyle is at:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39016/quickstyle-safari-extension

Please note that Rightsizer will no longer be updated.
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Frankof reviewed on 28 Feb 2011
I thought this:

"With Rightsizer, you can zoom text in specific parts of a web page, without affecting text in other parts."

would be great to have! However, I got this:

"Notes
When you change the size of some text, all other similar text elements on the page will be affected the same way. For example, if you enlarge a paragraph in the middle of a news article, all other similar paragraphs in the article will be enlarged as well."

So, practically speaking, the extension does not do its job properly. Nice to have the possibility to change the text appearance, but it is not nearly as useful as it would be, could it actually do what it promises to do.
[Version 1.1.3]

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Canisbos Computing (developer) replied on 28 Feb 2011
Frankof, can you explain your use case in more detail? I'm not understanding why you would want to, for example, zoom one paragraph out of an article that has ten paragraphs. Is that an example of what you want?
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Frankof replied on 01 Mar 2011
Yes, this is exactly what I want - and what the description of your extension say it would do. This is why I'd like to have it:
In my work, I often need to read texts consisting of many paragraphs, and it occurs frequently that I am being disturbed, e.g. by a phone call, colleagues dropping in and asking me something, or simply by other work I do in parallel. Or imagine people with small kids ;)
Long story short I need to "keep track" of where in the text I am. Right now I use the mouse/trackpad to select the current paragraph or sentence. However, being able to zoom into this text would enhance my "tracking", and at the same time make the text easier to read. Zooming into "all similar text elements" just doesn't do the job for me.
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Canisbos Computing (developer) replied on 01 Mar 2011
Frankof, check out the new version 1.1.4. The update hasn't shown up here yet, but the download link will get you the latest version.

You can now apply changes to just the clicked element by pressing X while the mouse button is down and before you press any other keys. (For example, press X and then A twice to enlarge just the clicked element by two pixel units.) Similar elements will not be affected.

Such individual changes cannot be saved.
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Frankof replied on 02 Mar 2011
I'll try it out and let you know. Not being able to save these settings is just fine for me.
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Frankof replied on 03 Mar 2011
unfortunately the new version still modifies the whole element, not only the selected text... But it is a clear step forward to be able to restrict the modification to a single element.
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Canisbos Computing (developer) replied on 03 Mar 2011
Feel free to revise your rating in a new review.
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Qb replied on 15 Mar 2011
@Frankof - I fully agree with your interpretation of the description "Rightsizer lets you zoom text in specific areas of a web page, instead of all the text on a page." I suppose adding "all text of the same font/style will be modified" would correct the description.

Not sure I find this any more useful than Safari's built in zoom wish I use a lot.
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Canisbos Computing (developer) replied on 17 Mar 2011
Description edited.
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Mookzmom reviewed on 25 Feb 2011
GREAT little extension for those of us who need new glasses prescriptions! LOVE it!
[Version 1.1.1]


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PorkPieHat reviewed on 22 Feb 2011
It's not listed here, but v. 1.1.1 is available at the Canisbos website and through your Extensions Updater, and it really improves performance. Rightsizer is one of my favorite apps in the world even though it's just a Safari extensin. Canisbos has many other fantastic free extensions at his website that you're sure to dig.
[Version 1.1]


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GeoProf reviewed on 13 Feb 2011
Right up there with 1Password, Little Snitch and TotalFinder (once it's stable, anyway) as necessary ingredients of time online that doesn't make me want to set fire to Al Gore for inventing the Internet.
[Version 1.1]


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Formica commented on 07 Dec 2010
As my previous post attests, I love this Safari extension. However, there are 3 things about the developer's posting here and the extension itself that have me flummoxed:

1) In addition to the above-listed methods for increasing and decreasing font sizes and returning them to their default sizes, the developer's website also lists another set of methods that anyone can use but which are particularly useful for folks with laptops who don't use a mouse. Verbatim from the Canisbos Computing website, they are:

Left-click the text you want to resize and hold down the mouse button. Don't let it go yet.
To increase font size, tap any of these keys: a, +, or =
To decrease font size, tap any of these keys: z or -
To restore the default font size, tap any of these keys: q or 0 (that's a zero)
Finally, release the mouse button.

2) Another oddity in this post is the version number of Rightsizer listed above. The current version is not 1.0 but rather 1.0.8.

3) When installed, the Rightsizer 1.0.8 dialog includes a checkbox option to "Use CSS zoom instead of font size" which is not explained anywhere in the application or its website. Does anyone know what this means?

The rest of the Canisbos Computing operation seems pretty tight, which makes these rather glaring shortcomings even more confusing.
[Version 1.0]

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Canisbos Computing (developer) replied on 08 Dec 2010
Hi Formica,

Perhaps it's time for me to update this listing. You are right about the new invocation method and the version number mismatch.

Regarding the CSS zoom option: it is explained in a post on my blog (canisbos.com), but briefly: this just enables an alternate mechanism for resizing text. In some circumstances, it may work better than the original CSS font-size technique, but usually it will not make a noticeable difference.
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Formica reviewed on 05 Dec 2010
Outstanding app — just the ticket for these aging eyes! The developer's well thought-out design makes Rightsizer extremely useful but simple enough for everyday use — another reason to thank him/her, because my brain is aging too!

And bravo, too, for keeping it FREE!

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BTW, does anyone else hate this new MacUpdate.com layout as much as I do? Not sure what they were thinking because it's now extremely restrictive for surfers, reviewers and developers alike, but at the same time it wastes acres of display space. Now we have to scroll up/down/left/right around 3 times more than before AND be twice as accurate lest we click the wrong thing — but it's hardly any prettier and is perhaps LESS capable! There's another 3 or 4 'improvements' that miss their mark, and taken all together, this is now a ruined site. I guess that's what passes for progress these days.

Ugh.

I hope this redesign was not instigated by a perceived market threat from CNET's absorption of VersionTracker.com, because it sucks so badly that it's dead to me now
[Version 1.0]

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Whitebuck replied on 08 Dec 2010
I agree, excellent and needed extension. I too, am very disappointed with MacUpdates new layout/design. Obviously they never heard of curb appeal and do not like UI. Hope they get it worked out.? Cnet is a horribly phantasm of Corporate CRAP! What I expect from a CBS affiliate. Very Dead!
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Robotank replied on 09 Dec 2010
Agreed about the new MU site. It appears to adhere to a design philosophy that assumes that sleeker/flashier necessarily means better. Fortunately, the very same developer of Rightsizer has made a little Safari extension called MacUpdate Thin that takes care of some of the more egregious flaws of the site redesign: http://canisbos.com/pages/macupdate-thin
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Robotank commented on 05 Nov 2010
Another brilliant extension from Canisbos. This sort of control over font sizes and the ability to save them by site are incredibly useful. I downloaded this as soon as I saw it and fixed some sites that had long been irritating me with silly font sizes. By the way, this dev is awesome. Check out his other extensions, especially TabKeys and PopSearch.
[Version 1.0]

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Canisbos Computing (developer) replied on 05 Nov 2010
I'm blushing :) Thanks for the compliment! It made my day.
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Robotank replied on 06 Nov 2010
You're welcome. Thank you for making such useful extensions. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the quality of my Safari experience would be half of what it is without them. Keep up the good work.
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Loukash rated on 02 Dec 2010

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Rightsizer Safari Extension is a replacement for the "zoom text only" feature of Safari. Unlike Safari's built-in text zoom, Rightsizer lets you zoom specific kinds of text (that is, text elements of a particular class or ID), instead of all the text on a page. And it remembers your font size settings for every Web site and automatically reapplies them the next time you visit a site.

To use Rightsizer, click some text and keep the mouse button down. While the mouse button is down, press:
  • the A key to make the text bigger,
  • the Z key to make the text smaller,
  • the F key to apply your favorite font and size to the text, or
  • the Q key to reset the text to the original font and size


and then release the mouse button.

If you press X before any other key, Rightsizer will apply your change to the element under the mouse only, without applying it to similar elements.

If you select some text across multiple elements first, Rightsizer will apply your changes to the parent container of the selected elements.

By default, Rightsizer will automatically remember your changes on each site. To prevent Rightsizer from remembering a specific change, press T after clicking and before pressing any other key. To forget all changes for the current Web site, right-click anywhere and select Forget Font Sizes For This Site in the context menu. If you disable the automatic saving, you can manually save changes on a site by right-clicking anywhere and select Remember Font Sizes For This Site.


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