Personal  Use

The  Asym  Browser  Extension

welcome to Asym!

Have a lot of reading to do? We are here to help.

Free is good

Our mission is to make reading easier for everyone. Download our browser extension to optimize your reading experience. For free below. 

Wait! If you know a business or school that could benefit by offering text that is easier to read, let them know about Asym. Talk to us about how you can benefit by spreading the word.

Step 1

Are you on a mobile device? The instructions below only apply to desktop or laptop. Mobile devices don't allow browser extensions - yet.

Download Asym by double-clicking on the browser you are using.

When you first download Asym, it will create a button on your browser’s menubar with the Asym icon (looks like an “a”).

Step 2

Click on the icon and enter your email address as your user name. If you already have an Asym account, be sure to log in.
We collect a username in order to securely authenticate your access to our servers.

Step 3

Once you’re logged in, Asym will be active and you can start benefiting from the Asym Effect. The pages that your browse, including dynamic content, will automatically be adjusted.

features

Customized Information Chunking

This slider lets you increase or decrease the Asym Effect. If you want the information chunks to be less noticeable, slide the bar to the left. If you want the information chunks to be more noticeable, side the bar to the right. Experiment and create the reading experience that suits you. 

If you find a setting that hits the spot, tweet about it using hashtag #AsymEffect and we will use your feedback to shape our next iteration.

Customized Global Spacing

This slider lets you compress or expand the spaces between words on any webpage. For a shorter, more compressed reading experience, slide the bar to the left. To increase the spacing and give words more room to breathe, slide the bar to the right.

Blacklist

Asym includes a website blacklist feature: Any sites on your blacklisted pages list will not be processed with Asym – no data from these pages will leave your browser. You can add to and delete from this list at any time.

The slider below your current site URL allows you to block the specific page (e.g., 12.html), the specific subdomain (www.example.com), or the entire domain (example.com).

Disable on the fly

If you're having issues with a website that you believe may be due to Asym, you can temporarily disable the extension. If you click on the Asym icon in the browser menubar, you can select the “Disable Asym” checkbox that is located under the “Settings…” menu. If you do experience an issue with a website, please contact us below and let us know. We want to make the extension as transparent and flawless as possible for all users.

Security first

A browser extension is similar to a browser plugin, but extensions are much more lightweight and secure. We opted to go with the more secure extension option.

notes

The Asym menu bar icon will change based on the status of the extension.

The regular “a” icon means that the extension is idle and operating normally.

If the icon is overlaid with a question mark, the extension is having issues reaching Asymmetrica’s servers, or you may not have logged in to the extension.

If Asym is performing a server request, a “>>” symbol will be overlaid over the icon.

Finally, if you've disabled Asym a “circle-x” will appear.

Specific instructions for browser installation

Clicking on the Chrome browser icon at the top of the page will take you to the Chrome Web Store where you can add the Asym extension to your browser. 

Clicking on the Safari browser icon at the top of the page should begin the installation process within Safari. The downloaded file will generally be downloaded to your Downloads folder.Alternatively, drag the Asym-Safari-n.n.n.safariextz file onto the URL bar of a new Safari browser window.

Clicking on the Firefox browser icon at the top of the page should begin the installation process within Firefox. Alternatively, drag the Asym-Firefox-n.n.n.xpi file onto a new Firefox browser window.

The Evernote Clearly extension removes HTML markup to declutter content. However, Clearly also removes real text content in certain circumstances, one of which being Asym Spacing. We've contacted Evernote to resolve this issue; until then, temporarily disable Asym before loading a page you intend to read with Clearly, or add these sites to the Asym blacklist.

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