User Guide

PC Version

Installation

ZetaMarker is fully compatible with Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Brave. To install it, simply visit the ZetaMarker listing on the Chrome Web Store and add it to your browser.

Pinning the Extension

To quickly access ZetaMarker, it's recommended to pin ZetaMarker to your browser. Click the puzzle icon on the top right of your browser. This will open a drop-down of all your Chrome Extensions. From here, simply click the little pin icon next to ZetaMarker to pin to your browser.

Activating ZetaMarker on a Tab

ZetaMarker prioritizes your privacy with a permission-free approach. You control which pages ZetaMarker accesses. To activate ZetaMarker on a page, click the ZetaMarker icon or use ALT+Shift+I.

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Illustration: Activating

Toolbars

ZetaMarer offers two options for toolbar: the Minimal Toolbar, featuring essential action buttons, and the fully-featured Sidebar. You can effortlessly switch between them, either by clicking on the Sidebar icon in the Minimal Toolbar to open the Sidebar on the left side or by closing the Sidebar to reveal the Minimal Toolbar. The Minimal Toolbar can be dragged across the screen or hidden according to your preferences. The default toolbar is the Minimal Toolbar, but you can customize the default choice in the settings.

Allow access to file URLs

To enable the highlighting and annotation of local PDF files, or PDF files downloaded to your local machine, it's essential to grant ZetaMarker access to file URLs. Here's a quick guide on how to do it: 1. Open your browser's Extensions page. 2. Locate your ZetaMarker extension in the list of installed extensions. 3. Click on the 'Details' button for ZetaMarker. 4. Toggle on the 'Allow access to file URLs' option.

Illustration: Allow access to file URLs

To annotate your PDF file, open it with the browser extension where ZetaMarker is installed (right-click on the file and select "Open with" your browser, e.g., your Chrome). Next, click the ZetaMarker icon in the browser to activate it for your PDF file, similar to how you would for web pages.

Highlighting and Commenting

Select a section of text to trigger the annotation tool. To highlight, hover over the higlighter icon and choose a color. To add a comment, click on the comment icon. A comment box will appear where you can enter your comment.

Illustration: Highlighting

For quicker highlighting, try the highlighter cursor feature. When activated, your cursor turns into a highlighter icon. Drag it over text to highlight with a pre-selected color. You can change the color in the side panel. Activate it through the toolbar (Minimal toolbar or sidebar) or with ALT+Shift+H.

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Illustration: Using highlighter Cursor

Updating Annotation

Click on an annotated text to edit it. To change the highlight color, hover over the icon and select a new color. Use the delete icon to remove annotations. To add or edit comment, select the comment icon from the annotation tool.

Illustration: Click on an annotated text to edit it

Annotation Management via Side panel

Highlighted or annotated text appears instantly in the Sidebar. It's a convenient way to view and update your annotations. To access the sidebar, click the sidebar icon on the Minimal toolbar. To update an annotation, hover over it in the list to reveal action tools for color change, comment update, or deletion. Clicking an annotation in the list focuses on it in the page, particularly useful for navigating long articles.

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Illustration: Side Panel

Export annotations

In the side panel or Minimal toolbar, you have the option to export annotations from the current tab in various formats, including HTML, PDF, or TXT. To initiate the export process, simply click the "Export" option and select your preferred format.

Synchronization

Synchronization stores your new annotations in the ZetaMarker cloud database and retrieves previously saved annotations. Enjoy seamlessly syncing your notes across all devices. Simply log in to enable synchronization through the Sidebar or Minimal Toolbar or use the ALT+Shift+S shortcut.

Search & Page History

Access a comprehensive list of pages you've worked on by selecting the "Pages" option in the toolbars (Minimal toolbar and sidebar). The list of pages will be displayed on a new tab, enabling you to view and sort your pages. Additionally, a powerful search functionality is available, allowing you to find specific pages based on your comments, highlights, page titles, or URLs.

For each page, two action buttons are provided: Sync and Delete. Clicking the sync option will synchronize your annotations with the cloud database, while clicking the delete option will remove the page from your local device.

To fetch pages you've worked on using other devices, click the "Retrieve Pages from Cloud" button. Remember to retrieve the annotations for each fetched page separately after retrieving them from the cloud database.

Illustration: Pages

Settings

To customize default settings in ZetaMarker, click on the settings icon in the sidebar. Here, you can select your preferred default toolbar, choosing between the minimal toolbar and fully-featured sidebar. Set the default color for the highlighter cursor and adjust the default theme from the default dark color. Additionally, customization extends to shortcuts, allowing you to personalize default ZetaMarker shortcuts according to your workflow.

Illustration: Settings

User Guide

Lite Version

Installation

ZetaMarker Lite, formerly known as ZetaMarker Android, is the streamlined counterpart of ZetaMarker designed specifically for touch screen devices and Android platforms. ZetaMarker Lite is fully compatible with Chromium-based browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera) and Kiwi browser in Android devices. Kiwi Browser is a web browser for mobile devices, specifically designed for the Android operating system. It's known for its speed, privacy features, and support for various web extensions. To Install ZetaMarker Lite on Android devices follow the following instructions

ZetaMarker Lite focuses on the essentials, omitting PDF support to align with the limitations of mobile browsers on Android devices. If you want to highlight on PDF files, install ZetaMarker on your PC or laptop

1️⃣ Install Kiwi Browser: Head to the Google Play Store on your smartphone. Search for "Kiwi Browser" and install it on your device.

2️⃣ Open Kiwi Browser: Launch the Kiwi browser on your Android device.

3️⃣ Add ZetaMarker Lite: Visit ZetaMarker Lite listing on the Chrome Web Store using the Kiwi browser. Follow the on-screen instructions to add ZetaMarker Lite to your browser.Please first install Kiwi browser from Google Play Store on your smartphone.

Toolbar

The ZetaMarker toolbar, seamlessly injected into each visited webpage, enhances user interaction with three primary buttons at the top level: "Pages," "Sync," and "More." Users can effortlessly drag and hide the toolbar according to their preference. The "Pages" button opens a dedicated tab for exploring highlighted and annotated pages, allowing retrieval of synced content from the cloud. Clicking "Sync" ensures seamless synchronization of annotations with our cloud storage. Under the "More" menu, users find three additional action buttons – "Web App" opens the ZetaMarker web app in a new tab, "Export" facilitates exporting annotations in TXT format, and "Login/Logout" manages user authentication. This intuitive toolbar provides quick access to essential functions, enhancing the overall ZetaMarker experience.

Illustration: Toolbar

Highlighting and Commenting

Select a section of text to trigger the annotation tool. To highlight, hover over the higlighter icon and chose a color. To add a comment, click on the comment icon. A comment box will appear where you can enter your comment.

Updating Annotations

Simply tap on an annotated text to trigger the annotation tool. From there, you can modify the color, delete, or revise the comment as needed.

Export annotations

In the toolbar, you can export annotations from the current tab in TXT format. To start the export process, click the 'Export' option in the 'More' menu.

Search & Page History

Access a comprehensive list of pages you've worked on by selecting the "Pages" option in the toolbars (Minimal toolbar and sidebar). The list of pages will be displayed on a new tab, enabling you to view and sort your pages. Additionally, a powerful search functionality is available, allowing you to find specific pages based on your comments, highlights, page titles, or URLs.

To fetch pages you've worked on using other devices, click the "Retrieve Pages from Cloud" button. Remember to retrieve the annotations for each fetched page separately after opening them.

Synchronization

Synchronization stores your new annotations in the ZetaMarker cloud database and retrieves previously saved annotations. Enjoy seamlessly syncing your notes across all devices. Simply log in to enable synchronization through the Sidebar or Minimal Toolbar or use the ALT+Shift+S shortcut.