Amplecap: capturing web content with our Chrome/Firefox extension

link📚 Table of contents


Once Amplecap has been installed in your browser, you can open or close it using Ctrl-Shift-A any time your browser is focused.

Want to customize the hotkey that's used to bring up Amplecap? In Chrome, you can click on your profile icon, then click Configure Hotkeys. Also in Chrome, you can also set up a hotkey to access Amplecap globally (i.e., when you have a task you want to capture when you're not in the web browser)

Interested in some quick tips and tricks instead? Head over to Cool ways in which we are using Amplecap (Getting started with Amplecap).

link📦 Where can I get it?

Download from the Google Chrome Store

Download from the Firefox Browse Add-Ons

linkHow can I get it to show as an icon in my browser?

By default, when you install a new extension in Chrome or Brave, it is activated in the browser but it doesn't show as an icon in the top browser bar, so it's difficult to actually activate the extension. To tell Chrome/Brave you want to see Amplecap in the top bar, try this:

link🥅 The 3 ways to control how you capture and save content in Amplecap

Overwhelmed by the selection of controls in Amplecap? It's actually very simple! Amplecap allows to flexibly send anything to your notebook and all you have to do is provide 3 parameters:

What will be captured; you can choose between 5 different capture modes, as seen in the image below:

Read more about The 6 capture modes.

How to format the captured information; Amplecap lets you add stuff at the end of a note, as a to-do item or as a bullet point:

Read more about The 3 content formatting options.

And lastly, where to save the captured information:

Read more about The 3 content destination options.

Read further to understand more about all of the buttons and knobs work, jump to 🤓 Amplecap keyboard shortcuts or head over to Cool ways in which we are using Amplecap (Getting started with Amplecap).

linkThe 6 capture modes

Screenshot selection: use the mouse to drag over the part of the page you want to capture by drawing and adjusting a rectangle selection. When clicking the Capture Selection button, a screenshot of your selection will be saved to your note.

All images uploaded to your notes are processed by the OCR engine, which means that any text found inside your screenshots can be found via the search bar in Amplenote and it can be extracted to your note.
Check out some examples of using this capture mode over at Getting started with Amplecap.

Page excerpt: manually select multiple phrases from a web page and save them to a note in one click.

Individual excerpts are editable, so you can add additional text to any item before capturing them to your Amplenote. Head over to Getting started with Amplecap for some usage examples.
Depending on how you choose to format the captured paragraphs in the destination note, your excerpts will look differently:

If you capture them to a note body, then the entire set of excerpts is inserted into the note as a quoted block:

If you capture your excerpts into a bullet or a task, the excerpts are stored in a Rich Footnote: Excerpts from How People Get Rich Now added 06/13/21 at 6:05pm

Full page: save a screenshot of an entire web page to one of your notes; here is an example of a full page captured into the clipboard: Seven of our Favorite Amplenote Shortcuts - Amplenote

Quick note: quickly add notes, tasks or bullet points to your notes, without opening Amplenote.

For the keyboard ninjas out there, check out 🤓 Amplecap keyboard shortcuts to learn how you can make Quick notes even quicker.
Note that this mode is the only one that does not capture information from a webpage. Find some examples with screenshots over at Getting started with Amplecap

URL capture: save the URL of the page you are currently visiting to your notebook. For some cool use-cases, check out Getting started with Amplecap

Right-click capture: quickly send a paragraph from a web page straight to your ntoebook. The option appears in your browser whenever any text is selected.

Behind the scenes, this works just like "Page Excerpt" into "Note Body" into "New Note". That is, your text selection will be added as a quote block in a newly created note every time.

linkBonus capture mode #7: Import templates

Amplecap can be invoked when visiting notes published by Amplenote users. On* URLs, Amplecap will let you duplicate a note with one click:

When clicking on "Duplicate Note", Amplenote will create a copy of the note you are visiting in your notebook.

Duplicating public notes is the quickest way to import a template into your own notebook.

linkThe 3 content formatting options

Note body. The most luxurious landing pad for your newly captured content. When Note body is selected, we'll put your captured content straight into a new note, or appended to the end of an existing note.

To-do item. If you want to remember to follow up on this captured content later, capturing it into a To-do item makes that easy.

Bullet point. For the various lists you are maintaining across your notebase, choosing the "Bullet point" option puts your captured content into a Rich Footnote that fits into a bullet.

link💁‍♀️ Some rules that apply to content captured into to-do and bullet items

When using content destinations other than "Clipboard", to-do's and bullets are added to the beginning of existing notes

When using the "Clipboard" destination:

If pasting inside the note body, a task/bullet item is created to hold the content

If pasting within an existing task/bullet item, that item will be used to hold the captured content

Almost all types of captured content are added inside a Rich Footnote, using the value from the To-do item text and Capture annotation text fields respectively as text for that Rich Footnote

linkThe 3 content destination options

New Note: capture content to a brand new note, optionally setting its title and tags

Existing Note: save information from the web into a note

Clipboard: copy content into Amplenote's copy buffer and paste it inside any note

link🤓 Amplecap keyboard shortcuts

Check out the most up-to-date shortcuts here.

link🏃 Adding a browser shortcut to open Amplecap

Here are the steps for adding your own personalized shortcuts for Chrome extensions.

Navigate to: chrome://extensions/shortcuts

Click the "Type a shortcut" input for AmpleCap

Enter a shortcut