Diigo ports three of its most popular Chrome apps to Firefox 4

 

As Mozilla is gearing up to public release of Firefox 4, Diigo is proud to announce the release of three new Firefox 4 extensions, all ported from Diigo’s popular Chrome Apps. Joel Liu, product manager at Diigo Inc, commented: “Firefox 4 provides a significantly improved development platform, and much better user experience. We are thrilled to bring our popular apps onto this platform, getting ready for its public launch soon.“

Diigo’s new Firefox add-ons include:

Quick Note, available in Firefox, Chrome, Mac
Awesome Screenshot, available in Firefox, Chrome, Safari
Read Later Fast, available in Firefox, Chrome

All these three apps/extensions are designed to focus on a single-function to deliver the best-of-breed functionality, as well as fool-proof usability. Though still in beta, and not yet fully integrated with Diigo.com, they have already received rave reviews from both the press and users.

The Chrome versions of these apps were released three months ago and have already become some of the most popular and highest rated apps in Chrome Web Store, specifically,

Please go check out these brand new Firefox add-ons today:

 

 

 

If you like them, please show your support by giving them a big five-star rating , and tell your friends! Remember, you do not need to be Diigo users to enjoy these single-function apps!

Check out what some users say about “Quick Note”:

  • This is the best app. I’ve been looking for a note app like it for quite some time. Nothing quite cut the cake – except this.
  • Really useful! Especially when I’m doing research for a project.
  • I love this app so much. I move notes from Windows to Linux to Android and to my CR-48. So simple and it just works.
  • Awesome app, extremely useful, it the hub of all my notes, quickly accessible and saved to cloud
  • Great simple quick note tool that can sync across mobile devices and web! highly recommended for organizing your life!
  • Great way to take quick notes without having to open a word processor or some other program. My browser is always open and with 2 clicks I have a new tab and a note pad to type on! Wonderful for taking notes in meetings, capturing those spur of the moment ideas, etc.
  • It’s great. I’m saving trees by using a whole of a lot less post-its.
  • Awesome truly HTML 5 app. You guys are the benchmark for web apps. Great work folks!

User comments on Awesome Screenshot:

  • The best. Forget Snag-It
  • Excellent. Capture and annotation in one fluid workflow. Huge timesaver.
  • This is the best whole page screen capture extension, super mega bonus for annotation tools.
  • I create a lot of web-based tutorials in my company. This is a great tool for doing that. Thanks for developing.
  • Awesome. Just what I was looking for. Not too complicated, not to simple. Excellent options.
  • This is incredible! Saves me so many steps…..and saves tons of time!
  • I am computer illiterate, totally, just installed this add on, its “awesome”. its easy to use

User comments on Read Later Fast:

  • PC World: ““Falling under the “devastatingly useful but simple” category, Read Later Fast does exactly what its name suggests.”
  • This is one of the best apps on Chrome. But not only can you save ANY page to read later, you can also view them offline! This is great when you need to view things and your internet is down. I have a Wikipedia page that I kept a few weeks ago and I can still view the whole article with all of the pictures!
  • Great app and extremely useful. Helped me cut down on the 30 plus tabs I usually have open.
  • One of the most useful apps for me. I used to keep tens of references to interesting web pages in tabs for months, so my tabs were cluttered. Not anymore.
  • These diigo apps are amazing. Finally I can start reading on my work mac, pick it up at home on my pc and finish on my iPad.

Enhanced Diigo Chrome extension: Diigo Bookmark, Archive, Highlight & Sticky-Note

A new enhanced Diigo Chrome Extension, “Diigo Bookmark, Archive, Highlight & Sticky-Note” is available! Diigo fans: please show your support: a 5-star rating there and/or help us to spread the news by tweet, etc, etc, would help a lot & be very much appreciated!

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* [new] Upload cache page: save a copy of the web page to My Library via Bookmark >> Cache

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Note: Caching service is unlimited for Premium & Basic plans. Other free accounts have limited allocation per month. See Feature Matrix for more details >>

* Several new options are now available. Right-click on the Diigo icon to access the Options menu:

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* [new option] Load bookmarking status automatically. When enabled, the browser action icon will turn red to indicate whether current page is bookmarked.

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* [new option] Show highlights automatically. When enabled, annotations on a page will be displayed automatically. This way, you don’t have to click the highlight button in order to see the existing highlights on the page.

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* Diigo+Google search in context menu: Select some text, right click and search your library! (can be disabled in options)

Update and tip for “Save Favorite Tweets”

Since the “Save Favorite Tweets” feature roll-out, we have received great response. Many have commented how cool this is 🙂
With different Diigo tiered account plans, we have made the following update to make this feature even more readily available for all users to enjoy and try it out:

* Premium account: when you set it up, all your existing favorite tweets will be fetched and saved to Diigo. Afterward, our system will then process automatic saving on a daily basis. Best of all, any tweets with links, their webpages will also be cached, so you can always access the archived pages. To learn more about Diigo caching service, please check out the cache help tip >>

* Basic, Education & Free accounts: this feature is now available to all users, except only the first page of your favorite tweets will be saved on a daily basis. (note: for most Twitter users, this should be sufficient since only very few people would mark more than 20 Twitter favorites and go beyond the 1st page per day.) Furthermore, for Basic accounts, links in the saved tweets will be cached, but caching isn’t available for Free / Education Basic accounts.

BTW, for those who are not too familiar with Twitter’s “Favorites” feature yet, it’s an easy way for you to mark a tweet as a favorite within your Twitter account by simply clicking the yellow star. Now with the Diigo’s “Save Favorite Tweets” to auto-save them in your Diigo library, they are a super combo together!

Diigo team continues to innovate to make Diigo better and better. If you have suggestion or feature that you’d love us to consider, make sure to share your feedback with us in our UserVoice forums or email us.

Introduce “Save Favorite Tweets” to save your favorite tweets to Diigo

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Upon popular request, we have just implemented a cool feature for Twitter fans: “Save Favorite Tweets”. With a 2-step simple setup, you can begin to automatically save your favorite tweets to your Diigo library on a daily basis. Best of all, cached pages for links in the tweets will also be automatically fetched and saved on Diigo, so you can always access the archived pages. Here is how to get started:

1) Visit Diigo Tools >> Save Favorite Tweets:
Click “Connect Twitter to Diigo”, then “Allow” Diigo access:

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2) Set up your preference: you can either save only favorite tweets with links as bookmarks in Diigo, or you can save all your favorite tweets with or without links as Diigo bookmarks or notes.

In addition, you can select privacy or even add additional tags. If you use any #hashtags, they will be automatically saved as tags as well.

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That’s it. Our system will take care of the rest.

Note: “Save favorite tweets” is currently a feature reserved for Premium users, although other users can also try it on a limited basis.

Diigo updates its “free + premium” model

We very much value and appreciate the feedback that many users have shared with us about our recent move to the freemium model. As a result, we are introducing some changes to the price/feature matrix.

In particular, the “Free” plan has been enhanced by increasing the number of highlights and enabling limited page cache, screen capture, etc. A cheaper plan, called “Basic”, at $20/year, has been introduced. We’ve also taken special consideration of the needs of educators and those accounts continue to be free and have access to all of the core Diigo functionalties (namely, bookmarking, annotations, lists, and groups), and lots more (special educator features and some advanced functions). For details, please check out the updated product offerings table.

We believe the new plans should help accommodate even greater flexibility for users of various needs. Of course, for users who have already upgraded and desire to switch to a different plan, please contact us. We’ll be happy to assist.

New premium features and more forthcoming

Text view: Along with the new changes mentioned above, we are glad to release another great feature for premium account users: “Text View” that removes the clutter around what you are reading and displays a clean, readable view. To learn more, make sure to check it out!

Upload cached pages through diigolet: “Upload cached pages” feature was previously only available on Diigo FF and IE toolbar. Now this feature is also available in diigolet, so it works on any browsers. When you bookmark a page to Diigo, you can choose to upload the page, even if it is dynamic or hidden behind the password protection. To learn more, check it out!

Note: we will make this feature available in Diigo Chrome extension soon.

In our passion to deliver great value and user experience to our users, Diigo team continues to push the envelope and work hard to develop a whole array of innovative features and products to enhance your productivity for collecting, consuming and collaborating on digital information. Meanwhile, if there are certain premium features that you’d like us to consider, please share your idea with us. Thanks!

Introduce “Text View” for better readability

We have just implemented a new premium feature, “Text View”. By parsing your cached pages, our system removes the clutter around what you are reading and displays a clean, readable view. For those users who have upgraded to a premium account, you can access this feature by clicking the “Text” link under each bookmark in “My Library”. You can also quickly scroll through your cached pages via the “Text View” reader:

Please note this feature is mainly designed for better readability for long articles that are heavily text-centric (ie. not really applicable for graphic-centric pages, like homepages, etc).

This “Text View” feature will also soon be available in the upcoming Diigo mobile apps as well (*premium account access required.) It will enable simple text view that will fit better in small mobile window, so that you can easily download your unread articles when you have Internet access, then enjoy easier reading of your Diigo “Read Later” webpages on the go. We will soon finish up the integration to iPhone / Android and introduce the enhanced mobile apps. So stay tuned for those new announcements.

Lots more very useful premium features forthcoming. For those advanced users who wish to enjoy pro features, better support, and an ad-free user experience, get your upgrade today!

A week after premium accounts roll-out

Dear Diigo Users,

Since the premium accounts were rolled out a few days ago, many users have shown their support with account upgrades. I want to let you know that your support means a great deal to our young team — they have invested several years of their life on Diigo by now and are happy to see that their hard work is indeed appreciated. Needlessly to say, your support is extremely important to the continued development of Diigo. So, thank you! With your support and our team’s dedicated development, I am certain that Diigo will surprise you with more cool features and greater benefits, as we have done in the past. As you have probably sensed, we have great ambition for Diigo!

We have also heard a lot of inputs and even complaints about premium features, pricing etc. Your inputs are important and we are actively listening, as always! In a few days, we will introduce some changes that will incorporate a lot of your inputs. Some great new features will also be introduced. So, stay tuned!

Maggie

Diigo Releases Premium Accounts

We are pleased to unveil the Premium Accounts for advanced and corporate Diigo users, who wish to enjoy advanced features, better support, and an ad-free user experience.

After considerable thought, we feel comfortable and confident that adopting a free + premium model for Diigo will allow us to serve our users even better: it will give us more resources to keep on making rapid and continuous improvements, and to provide better customer support.

People who wish to use Diigo for free can still enjoy a free feature set which should be adequate for most users. (In fact, Diigo’s free feature set already exceeds the feature set of other popular online bookmarking services.)

With the support of the Diigo user community, Diigo has evolved into an indispensable tool for many. We are passionate about making Diigo the best knowledge sharing and management platform for individuals, work groups, and companies. Going forward, we would like to continue working with our user community to make Diigo the best product it can be, and we appreciate very much your continued support.

Diigo V5.0: Collect, Highlight and Remember!

With Version 5.0, Diigo moves one step further towards its vision of providing the best cloud-based information management service that enables users to collect, highlight, access and share a variety of information, on a variety of devices.

Since Diigo started as a social bookmarking service four years ago, a major update was released every year for the past four years, each taking Diigo to a new height in terms of enhancing productivity for collecting and consuming digital information. The following chart illustrates the evolution of Diigo very succinctly:

So, what’s new with Diigo 5.0?

  • Diigo 5.0 also enables “Notes”, which is best suited for quick personal memos (via website & new Android app)
  • A new Android phone application called “Diigo Power Note” is being released as a part of Diigo 5.0, which enables Android phone users to collect, organize, sync and access a variety of information such as bookmarks, notes, and pictures. So you can jot down your ideas and thoughts, and take pictures of things you like to be reminded to buy or research later, or business cards handed to you. With Diigo Power Note, you literally have a photographic memory!
  • Web Highlighter for iPad Safari is being released as part of Diigo 5.0, which enables you to highlight and annotate webpages, using fingers, in iPad Safari, just as you can with ebooks on iBooks or Kindle.
  • As with each previous major release, Diigo 5.0 has substantially revamped the user interface for improved look & feel and usability.

There is a lot to explore in the new Diigo. So make sure you check out our new video overview shown above, install the latest toolbar & Chrome extension, try out our new apps on Android, iPad & iPhone, and of course, delve into the new site. Our new HELP is still under active construction. If you’d like to help, love to hear from you, or come join us in our user forum. Ah, bugs reporting – we’ve tried hard to test through the system as thoroughly as possible. Please do let us know if we have overlooked something. Also, let us know your first impression, likes / dislikes, feedback and suggestion. If you like what you see, make sure to help us spread the word!

And of course, last but not least, the entire Diigo team would like to express our most sincere thanks to each and every one of our users and fans, especially those who helped so much in our testing phase, for your time, help, encouragement, suggestions, ideas, and yes, bug reports to help us shape Diigo where it is today.

Thank you, Diigo Community, for your continued support to help us make Diigo better and better!

That’s it for now. Enjoy!

Sincerely,
The entire Diigo team

Lifehacker: Diigo ~Five Best Bookmark Management Tools

Lifehacker is doing a writeup on the Best Bookmark Management Tools, as “the web—and web browsers—evolve extremely quickly, but if there’s one web browsing feature that’s stood the test of time, it’s browser bookmarks. Manage your bookmarks effectively and efficiently with one of these five bookmark management tools.”

Diigo is selected as one of the top Five. Lifehacker editor, Fitzpatrick, wrote:

Diigo is different from most bookmarking tools; it allows you to not only save the URL of a website, but annotate it, archive it (instead of merely saving the address of it), and share both your bookmarks and archived research with others. Even if you’re currently only interested in a bookmarking service, it’s nice to know that if you wish to expand your scope to archiving pages and collecting text in addition to just bookmarking URLs, you can do so easily with Diigo. You can access Diigo through their website, via the Diigo toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer, via bookmarklet, or via the Diigo Chrome extension.

As one user commented (Thanks, Samsonian for sharing your input 🙂

Diigo definitely takes this cake. The hi-liting and page archiving services are just amazing. Also the post-it notes help a lot during group projects. If people gave it a proper chance, I am extremely sure they will let go of all other similar services.

Diigo is wonderful!

Indeed Diigo is more than just a simple bookmarking or a web markup tool. It’s simple to use, yet very powerful when you want a better way to collect, organize, archive, and share online knowledge and process like never before. To learn more what makes Diigo the premium online research tool, check out Diigo V4 summary here