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Guide: Creating Safari Bookmarklets

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    You can create "bookmarklets" in Safari. Bookmarklets are, essentially, little pieces of script that you can save in Safari so you can do some short cut-like actions. For example, you can create a book mark to scroll to the bottom of the Safari web page, create a QR code of the URL so you can quickly and easily transfer the web site address to your mobile phone or you can create a book mark to get a pop-up to enter search terms for Amazon. I find they make browsing with Safari easier.

    (A) Here are the steps to make a bookmarklet
    Create a bookmark in Safari. It does not matter what page you choose, just that it is made. Title this bookmark to describe the bookmark (e.g. "Create PDF"). See this picture

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    2) Edit the bookmark as shown in this picture

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    3) Enter the Java script in the URL field as shown here (the various JavaScripts are given below):

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1334351805.409850.jpg

    With JavaScripts as bookmarklets, any time you are on a web page and you want to do an action, press the book mark and Safari will do its "magic."

    (B) Here are the bookmarklets I have used/am using.

    NOTE: Copy them exactly as shown here - then paste them in the URL field of your bookmark in Safari as shown above.

    Scroll to Bottom
    Search Amazon
    Open in iCab
    Save as PDF
    Send to Evernote
    Make QR Code (Link)
    Add Library Books to Bluefire E-Reading App
    CSS Killer


    Calculator
    Dictionary & Thesaurus


    Find in Page
    Improve Readability
    Look Up in 1Password
    Open in Atomic Web Browser
    Open in iCab Web Browser
    Send to Instapaper
    Save Webpage to Goodreader App
    Subscribe to RSS feed
    Split Page in Two
    Translate (to English)
    Wikipedia
    Open in Skyfire web browser
    Open in Skyfire VideoQ app
    Note that I've not tried this (I don't own VideoQ). However, it will open the Skyfire browser, so it may work for videoQ. Good luck.

    Increase Font Size (With Reflow)
    Decrease Font Size (With Reflow)
    Open in Photon Browser
    Page Zipper (automatically activates "Next Page" button)
    View Page Source
    This are the ones I've used at some point in the past, or am using now. If you have one you are using that's not in this list, please send me a PM and I'll get it added here.

    If I have made an error in MY copying and pasting and a JavaScript doesn't work for you, please let me know and I'll get it fixed.

    Have fun!

    Marilyn
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
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    Some great bookmarklets in there Marilyn. Excellent work.
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    Since I kind of railroaded you into it, I'd better say thanks too. :D

    And it's way better and more complete than I thought ti would be. Super job!

    Oh yeah, Thanks.
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    I'm just replying to this thread so I'm subscribed to it. I'm not clever enough to do that myself. I can unsubscribe, but I can't find a link in the app to subscribe.
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    When reading the thread, tap the box arrow icon at the top right of screen and chose Subscribe. If you are already subscribed it will say Unsubscribe.
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    Thanks! These are great--such clever and useful tools!
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    Does anyone know if there is one to "open in" skyfire?
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    Thanks for sharing!
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    Thanks for the bookmarklets Marilyn :thumbs:
    Anyway, this is only works for iOS devices right???
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    Yeah, there is one, but it's for Skyfire VideoQ, not the actual web browser. I can put it in if you want...

    Marilyn
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    You're welcome.

    And no, these bookmarklets are for most browsers, not just iOS or Safari. Or, at least I know they work in the Firefox browser ... well, some of them. For example, I've made a folder on my Windows 7 PC for shortcuts and some of them are the bookmarklets to search in Amazon and open in split screen. All I can suggest is to try them and see how they work.

    Marilyn
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    Yes please I'll see if it works!
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    Okay. I've added the script for Skyfire VideoQ.

    Please note that I've not tried it with VideoQ as I don't own that app. However, it does open the Skyfire browser (though a Flash video does not play and the web site does not open). But, if it works for VideoQ, then hurray!

    Oh, and if it does work with Skyfire VideoQ, could you post back and let us know? Thanks.

    Marilyn
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    I amended it and now it works:

    This opens up the web page in Skyfire, not sure about videoq though as I also don't own the app.

    People have asked the developer for this for 2 years!

    Thanks for the original!

    Note: also works for puffin! Just replace skyfire with puffin and it does essentially the same thing. Awesome!
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
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    Great mod and it works with the browser. I just watched a Flash video (after easily opening up the Skyfire browser from Safari)! Man, I loves me some bookmarklets... :)

    I've edited the first post to show your new and improved script.

    Thanks for this.

    Marilyn
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    I know right! There awesome, not used much but the ones I do are great! Thanks for spuring this on!
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    This isnt working on my iPhone 4s 5.0.1, did they break JavaScript bookmarklets in this iOS? I remember reading about something.
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    Which one isn't working? I just tried the one to open Atomic Web Browser and it creates fine and opens Atomic from Safari.

    If you mean the Skyfire one, then I wasn't able to test it (don't have it on iPhone, didn't want to buy it ... sorry).

    Oh, and I have the exact phone set up.

    Marilyn
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    I'm doing it from icab, it works on iPad but not on the iPhone, weird

    Edit: it works with puffin but not skyfire, maybe it's named differently on the iPhone?
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    Just discovered these today. You can now add and use bookmarklets in Safari to increase or decrease the font!

    These two JavaScript codes reflow the text, so if Reader (in iOS5.x) doesn't work or show up, you can make the text larger or smaller without have to scroll the page back and forth as you would with merely zooming. And, should you wish, the font can be restored back to the original by refreshing the page.

    You creat these bookmarklets using the same process described in the first post in this thread; I've added the scripts to that first post. I recommend placing them directly on your Bookmarks bar for quick and easy access. Due to my fat fingers, I titled mine [[ + ]] and [[ - ]] because just the plus or minus symbols alone were too small to touch with any accuracy. YMMV.

    What awesome tweaks! - courtesy of a blogger named Marcos Kirsch.

    Marilyn

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