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MacBytes
Nov 21, 2006, 01:29 PM
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jobberwacky
Nov 21, 2006, 03:01 PM
For one's own websites there's another way. Just include a single line of javascript from snap.com and your links will get similar teasers with absolutely nothing needing to be downloaded.

Here's an example (http://www.kyriacou.ch/files/der_abstimmungskrampf_zur_fremdspracheninitiative.html) (in German but you'll get the idea).

Edit: taken snap.com code out of website again as it does not seem to work with FireFox (see messages below). Well, was a nice idea...

Analog Kid
Nov 21, 2006, 09:20 PM
Has anyone tried this? Is it impossibly slow?

For one's own websites there's another way. Just include a single line of javascript from snap.com and your links will get similar teasers with absolutely nothing needing to be downloaded.

Here's an example (http://www.kyriacou.ch/files/der_abstimmungskrampf_zur_fremdspracheninitiative.html) (in German but you'll get the idea).

I couldn't get anything to happen...

nagromme
Nov 22, 2006, 12:47 AM
That page doesn't work for me either.

jobberwacky
Nov 22, 2006, 02:03 AM
Has anyone tried this? Is it impossibly slow?

The links should all be caches by snap.com. Once that was done it worked nice and fast for me.

I couldn't get anything to happen...
I have just realised that snap doesn't work properly with Firefox under Mac OSX (this is true for versions 1.5.0.7 and 2.0) so I've taken the javascript code out of the site again and reported the problem to sie.com. Looks like this is no option worth considering just now before they become truly cross-browser-compatible.

Here's what it should have looked like (using Camino in this case, Safari also works flawlessly).

jettredmont
Nov 22, 2006, 03:15 PM
One of the drawbacks of tabs is they can create poor browsing habits, with surfers clicking multiple pages open in tabs to “read later”, or to trawl through to find the page they really want.


Umm, when did this become a "poor browsing habit"? And who, pray tell, is the deemer of good and poor browsing habits?

And, yes, I find it absolutely essential to any hyperlinked media experience to be able to build up a "queue" of side topics to investigate at my leisure. Tabs do that perfectly and both easier and more efficiently than top-level OS windows did before tabs were around. If that's "bad browsing habits" then, screw you, I'll have bad habits that are efficient and effective while you play with your ineffective and buggy toys.

Personally, I find things popping up without my direct action to be annoying. If I'm not clicking on a link, I don't want to see what's behind it. If this allowed me to, say, command-control-click on something to bring up this "temporary" window, then maybe it would be useful. But then again, all it's saving me is a click on the window close button to close the window (I can move the mouse pointer out instead to close it), and, again, I'd find it incredibly frustrating to bump the mouse and have the window I was looking at disappear because of it.

In any case, my thoughts all boil down to this: mouse movements are not input and should have only drastically limited effect on the system. It's only input when the button goes down.

That's the agreement me and my PowerBook have: it doesn't do things like pop up and close full-size web browser windowlets when I move or stop moving the mouse, and I don't throw it in a lake. We're happy with that agreement, and, thank you, I think we'll keep it!

BuzWeaver
Apr 1, 2007, 12:25 PM
I downloaded this today, its simply awesome. A must have if you're a forum crawler.

Peace
Apr 1, 2007, 06:42 PM
This is a GREAT product!!

I recommend it highly.

BuzWeaver
Apr 2, 2007, 10:38 AM
It doesn't seem to work that great in Safari. It only seems to work on Googles Image Search, not on regular Web Sites.

Lixivial
Apr 2, 2007, 04:20 PM
This thing is way too obnoxious to be useful. I also see it as being a potential security concern. From my very brief experience with it, the mouseover timeout is very short and so executing a malicious page accidentally by trying to determine its url in the status bar is very feasible.

Not to mention the obvious -- WebKit nightly hates it.

EDIT: And the original article -- though I had managed to avoid Apple Matters, this story wasn't an obvious one -- doesn't link to the right page. Clicking the link at the end of the article gives an Input File Error, because, as is par for the course with Apple Matters, they didn't link to the root domain and instead a static page that may or may not change.

BuzWeaver
Apr 2, 2007, 04:42 PM
This thing is way too obnoxious to be useful. I also see it as being a potential security concern. From my very brief experience with it, the mouseover timeout is very short and so executing a malicious page accidentally by trying to determine its url in the status bar is very feasible.


The 'malicious' element was causing a problem on IE 7. I understand what you are saying in reference to the Mouseover, however you can actually adjust that. After I made a few tweaks and adjustments its turning out to be a pretty neat addon, at least for me as a web crawler.

flyguy451
Apr 26, 2007, 06:56 AM
I've been a Cooliris user ever since I switched to Firefox a few months ago. I love this program - definitely has a learning curve but once I got onto it I'm sure that I couldn't live without it. I can't seem to find a way to adjust the size of the iris that opens with the mouseover though. For some reason the iris is now tall and skinny.

Advice?