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Safari+ Adds Useful Functions To The iPhone's Browser

If you’ve ever needed to search for text on a page on your iPhone, Safari+ has a bookmarklet with your name on it. Oh, and translation, speed-scrolling, and image displaying are covered too. In general, the Safari+ bookmarklets offer up the same kind of functionality you’d get in a full-size browser through the magic of specialised JavaScript. Most are unobtrusive and seamless, and some are quite helpful—forcing mobile Safari to open any link in a new window, for example, or displaying all the photos on a page in a single layout. Like similarly helpful bookmarklet-powered tools Pastebud and Instapaper, you’ll probably have to manually edit these bookmarks to single out the JavaScript, but it seems worth the point-and-drag effort.

Head to the link below in your mobile Safari browser to install and use the bookmarklets. Safari+


Instapaper App Saves Web Pages For Offline iPhone Reading

iPhone/iPod touch only: Instapaper Free, the iPhone app cousin of previously mentioned bookmarking tool Instapaper, lets you bookmark up to 10 web pages you want to read while you’re offline. That may not sound like an amazing feat, unless you’ve tried to keep a page open in mobile Safari and have it not try to refresh and fail when you’re not connected. The app uses a JavaScript bookmarklet—which, at this point, you have to manually tweak a bit—and the Instapaper web service to provide you with your reading. The one drawback (or possible benefit) is that pages are knocked down to a text-only, mobile-friendly view. Other than that, it’s a good way to ensure you can do some web reading on a plane or wherever you lack service. Instapaper Free is a free download for iPhones and iPod touch models running the 2.0 upgrade; the “Pro” version uncaps the 10-article limit. Instapaper Free [iTunes App Store via Download Squad]


Top 10 Useful Bookmarklets

Having a good set of bookmarklets on your browser’s toolbar is like having a web-savvy Leatherman handy—you can take them anywhere, use them in many situations, and they just simply work. A bookmarklet is a little different than a plain old bookmark—it’s a snippet of JavaScript that can perform all sorts of magic on the web page you’re currently viewing. You add bookmarklets to your bookmarks collection to get all sorts of things done as you surf the web. Let’s take a look at some of the best bookmarklets available, which can help you search and email, download videos, and work out some of the web’s kinks.


Lingro Bookmarklets Define, Translate Any Web Page Word

Find yourself facing a web page loaded with words you’re a little uncertain about, whether they’re another language or a bit obscure? Web tool lingro offers two bookmarklet tools that make every word on a page able to pop up a definition or translation window when clicked on. There’s two flavors of bookmarkleta, quick (one tooltip at a time, no toolbar) and full-featured, and users can contribute their own definitions and translations if lingro’s Creative Commons-licensed sources can’t fine one. A good tool to keep tucked away for those over-wrought essays friends link you to.

lingro: bookmarklet [via Download Squad]


Google Reader Adds Shared Notes, Non-Feed Page Capture

Google adds yet another social-ish function, “Notes,” to its Reader feed-browsing tool. The practical use comes from a new bookmarklet that posts whatever page you’re looking at to your shared Reader items, with your own notes attached. You can also post notes with no link at all to be shared with your “friends,” making it a kind of Twitter clone for, well, avid feed readers. As one blogger points out, savvy note-sharers can also alter the basic text of anything they share, so it might pay to double-check permalinks on shared items. Are “Notes” and the sharing aspects of Reader something you’re enjoying, or needless biting from the Web 2.0 aesthetic? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.


Download YouTube Videos in Higher-Quality MP4 Format

YouTube recently started offering video playback in higher-resolution, better-sounding formats like MP4, and that bump in quality can now be downloaded for desktop use as well. The Google Operating System points out two easy methods for grabbing files: A bookmarklet that adds a “Download as MP4″ link to video pages when clicked, and a Greasemonkey script that automatically creates the link. Both require that you right-click and assign the to-be-downloaded file the “.mp4″ extension, and both may violate YouTube’s terms of use, but, as blog author Ionut points out, the same files are available in your browser cache after watching. Hit the link to grab the bookmarklet and Greasemonkey script for Firefox (and Opera) users. Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Files [Google Operating System]


Add Feeds to Google Reader in IE7 with a Bookmark

Internet Explorer 7 might have some chops when it comes to handling and organizing RSS feeds, but dedicated Google Reader fans don’t get much love from the browser—there’s no option in the interface for adding a feed anywhere but inside IE7′s “Live Bookmarks,” leaving the copy-and-paste job to the user. Alex at the Google Operating System blog points out two makeshift solutions: Install Google Toolbar 5, or add a nifty “Subscribe” bookmarklet to your Links toolbar, provided on Google Reader’s Settings->Goodies page. Both seem far more convenient than digging to find the address of a site’s feed and pasting it into Google Reader’s “Add Subscription” dialog. Add Feeds to Google Reader in Internet Explorer 7 [Google Operating System]


Get Kind-Of Copy and Paste on your iPhone/iPod Touch

One of the first things that stood out about my new iPod Touch’s browser interface was the lack of a copy/paste function—and it really stuck out when sending email or filling out forms. Quasi Clipboard, a bookmarklet for the iPhone and iPod Touch, isn’t a copy/paste fix, but it’s a decent half-way fix. Hit the “Set” button and type in some text (that you’re hopefully looking at in-browser), and you can recall that text into any text box later with the “Get” button. For hard-to-remember items like account numbers and URLs, it’s definitely better than jumping back and forth between pages. Quasi Touch requires syncing your iPhone/iPod Touch with Safari (Mac) or Internet Explorer (Windows) to install.

Quasi Clipboard [via Micro Persuasion]