Bookmarklets

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I've been using TastyApps' products (Videobox, Musicbox, Web Snapper, and FlagIt!) since 2009. I'm a huge fan of their products, and have also become a huge fan of their Technical Support. As a Macintosh Consultant and Software Instructor, this is not a phrase I often have the opportunity to say, and in the case of TastyApps, I'm more than pleased to be able to say it. (...) I can't say enough good things about TastyApps' Support Services. I heartily recommend their software, their company, and their Tech Support. — Stephanie Gans, http://www.aym4training.com


I didn’t use my copy of VideoBox much UNTIL I discovered that it can convert Elgato EyeTV MPEG2 files (QuickTime Pro cannot). If ever Easy VHS to DVD crashes while converting a recording (It records in MPEG2 format) – the ONLY App I have that CAN convert the leftover MPEG2 files to QuickTime MOV is VideoBox. So, Instead of paying Apple $20 for a Quick time MPEG2 Converting Plugin: I recommend you Buy VideoBox for $15 to do the Exact same Job! — Carl McCall, http://softwaresanta.com/


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POSTED ON
June 20, 2017

AUTHOR
Tom

CATEGORY
Bookmarklets

OVERVIEW

It seems Safari has made itself incompatible with our Extensions.

Beginning with Safari 10.0.2 Apple now requires all distributed Extensions to meet their requirements…this is generally a good idea to avoid nasty conflicts and crashes. But their requirements also includes a restriction on apps/Extensions that allow “…the ability to save, convert, or download media from third party sources (e.g. Apple Music, YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, etc.)”, so Extensions for our TastyApps are no longer approved.

But while the Extensions will not work in the latest versions of Safari, the manual Drag N Drop procedure continues to function. The Drag N Drop procedure was originally developed for users who preferred not to use Safari. Drag N Drop works in all browsers - including Safari - and we now have “Bookmarklets” available that emulate the 1-click functionality of the Extensions by automating the manual Drag N Drop procedure. The Bookmarklets are just as easy to use as the Extensions. You can read about the manual Drag N Drop procedure and the Bookmarklets that automates it in the Tutorials.

Note: While the Videobox and Musicbox Bookmarklets are just as powerful as the Extensions, the Web Snapper Bookmarklet may not be quite a powerful as the Extension in certain situations. Sometimes, when using the manual Drag N Drop or the Web Snapper Bookmarklet you might find a page that renders differently than expected. Here is what is going on:

When Web Snapper is called to make a capture it actually uses an internal mini-browser behind the scene, using the URL in your browser address box. Sometimes, with dynamic content, all the info has not finished downloading when the mini-browser makes the capture and you can end up with blank or incomplete pages. And with pages behind a logon screen, the URL in your browser address box may not change and the mini-browser will just capture the logon page. One other situation - the size of the mini-browser window (behind the scene) can trigger the responsive design techniques used to ensure layout compatibility for mobile devices and the result may be pages that do not look like the display shown in your main browser -usually images are removed. The more powerful Extension, before Safari 10.0.2 rendered it incompatible, took care of all this automatically.

So, in case you come across a page that doesn’t look quite the way you expected when using the Bookmarklet, here is a work-around for those situations. In Web Snapper Preferences disable the “Automatically save them to my default location” option. Now the Bookmarklet for Web Snapper will just add the target page to the downloads queue. In the downloads queue, notice the blue link just below the Title…click on the link to force the target page on screen in the mini-browser, navigate past any log on screen in the mini-browser if necessary, wait until all dynamic content has loaded, and ensure the mini-browser horizontal size is large enough to display the full horizontal content and then use the Capture button in the mini-browser toolbar to make the capture.

And finally, beginning with Safari v.10.0.2, each time you call up an app via the Bookmarklet, you will be asked to Allow the Bookmarklet to open the app. This is another restriction that Apple has in place and we have found no way around it. Interestingly, while Google Chrome and FireFox browsers will ask the same question, both have an option to remember your choice and when checked you will only need to allow the Bookmarklet once on those browsers.

Here are the Bookmarklet buttons...just click and drag the ones you need...







and drop them onto your browser bookmarks bar.