Google Reader, the online RSS reader from Google had a major upgrade in terms of features and UI. The most useful features included folder-based navigation and the expanded view of posts. Overall the UI looked a lot similar to GMail.
Even while writing about Google Reader, I was wondering why Reader was not integrated into GMail.
Like the Google Chat widget, it would have been very nice to have a Google Reader widget within GMail. Then we would have had an “Inbox for web” and “Inbox for E-Mail” in a single place !
Mihai Parparita, one of the lead developer of Google Reader has written a Greasemonkey Script to add Reader into GMail. Here is a run down of the steps to install the script
- Install Greasemonkey for Firefox from http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/
- Restart Firefox.
- Click on this link to install the Reader script !
- Click on the “Install” button that’s displayed in the upper-right corner of the page.
- Visit/reload GMail
You should see a “Feeds” link in the sidebar as shown below !
I had encountered the “Greasemonkey” word in many of posts, however I never cared to look into what it actually is, i.e. until now ! 🙂
Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox extension that allows users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to specific web pages. Greasemonkey can be used for adding new functionality to web pages (like embedding price comparison in Amazon.com webpages), fixing rendering bugs, combining data from multiple webpages, and numerous other purposes.
And the extension is not just restricted to Firefox, Creammonkey and PithHelmet are similar tools for the Safari browser. For Internet Explorer, GreasemonkIE, Trixie and Turnabout offer similar functionality.
Version 8 of Opera also added user scripting functionality and both Opera and Firefox support the W3C DOM. Hence many Greasemonkey user scripts work correctly on Opera also ! This should make Opera users happy 🙂
If you want to write a Greasemonkey script, Dive into Greasemonkey is a good book to start with. There is a free download of the book available, in a variety of formats. (HTML,PDF)
Other Greasemonkey scripts
- Greasemonkey+Lightbox script for Images
- Google Redux
- DuggMirror Greasemonkey Script
- Digg V3 With Right Hand Menu Greasmonkey Implementation.
- Turn Greasemonkey Script into an Firefox Extension
- Gmail Preview Bubbles
- Get videos from Google Video and YouTube
Let me know if there are any other interesting Greasemonkey scripts !