Feedback – Archive Q4 2012

26 thoughts on “Feedback – Archive Q4 2012

  1. Adam

    Hi Scott. Nice Add-on, went looking to see if Morning Coffee had improved and found yours instead, it’s exactly what I’m looking for. One question though, could you add the ability to choose Bookmarks from the Bookmarks Toolbar please? All of my bookmarks are on the toolbar.

  2. Scott Post author

    Hi Adam,

    These easiest way to get bookmarks from the toolbar is to:
    Click Firefox >> Bookmarks >> Show All Bookmarks
    – this will bring up the Library window
    Then click the “Bookmarks Toolbar” item in the left hand pane and drag it to just below the “Bookmarks Menu” item
    Then close the Library window
    Now open My Weekly Browsing Schedule and you should be able to Add from Bookmarks
    When you have finished adding the Bookmarks you can just delete the extra Bookmarks Toolbar item (the one below the “Bookmarks Menu”) if you want to

    Regards Scott

  3. Adam

    I’m guessing you mean into the Bookmarks menu, rather than below it? That’ll work of course, but it’s a bit of a hack and since my bookmarks update quite regularly I’d have to do it every time I want to update my schedule. Is it not possible to access the toolbar using a plugin?

  4. Gordon

    Scott,

    Like and use your extension allot. It would be very helpful if I could change the schedule using an external program before I start Firefox.

    In the iMacro Firefox extension I do this type of thing by changing a configuration text file. I could not seem to find a folder containing a configuration file that has the scheduling information for “My Weekly Browser”. Is there such a file I could access to do this? If so could you give me the folders path..

    Thanks Much,

    Gordon

    1. Scott Post author

      Hi Gordon,

      If you click on “Show Options” it will display the location of your schedules file “schedules_lks4472.txt” (full folder path).

      You can edit this file directly, but I would advise against it because it is not easy to understand it. So any editing is at your own risk.

      Regards Scott.

  5. Gordon

    Scott,

    Thanks Much. I’ve looked at the file and think I can decode it well enough to get it to do what I want.

    I can use my program to set up the schedule I want based on the input variables I give it (for example activate the bookmark every hour or every 4 hours). I can then use the program to make a schedule text file. I can test an see if I am generating the correct text file by manually entering different schedules using your extension interface several times for different configurations and compare the file my program generates with the file your extension generates.

    If I cannot get this right, I can always generated different schedule’s with your extension and then use my program to copy the right one to your schedule text file for the parameters selected. This may be a better approach anyway and would be very easy to implement.

    Thanks again,

    Gordon

  6. dahamsta

    Hi Scott,

    Does a time need to be set on the sites? I added around 10 sites to MWB from my bookmarks, with checkmarks on most for every day of the week. I assumed this would pop them up at the start of each day, but that’s not happening. Similarly, if I click the “Open Website” button, I just get a “Not Found” alert. This kind of defeats the purpose for me. What am I missing?

    Thanks,
    Adam

    1. Scott Post author

      Hi Adam,

      If you want the websites to (in your words) “pop them up at the start of each day”, then you need to place a tick in the asterisk (*) column for each website, ie: * Website opens at Firefox startup.

      If you want websites to open at a specific time, then you need to enter a time for each website. If you don’t enter a specific time, then it will use the “Default Time” setting. You can set the “Default Time” by clicking on the “Show Options” button and then selecting the hour and minutes dropdown boxes and the “am” or “pm” button.

      When you click on the “Open Website” button it will try to open any websites within the time range based on the setting in the “Select Time / Group” dropdown box, for example: “8am < 12pm". If there are no websites within this time range you will get the "Not Found" message.

      Please check for each website that you have either:
      1) ticked the asterisk column (for startup) OR
      2) entered the time in the hour and min and am/pm columns

      Regards, Scott.

      1. dahamsta

        Hi Scott. The Startup option isn’t really any good to me, because I don’t tend to close FF very often. I’ve set a time on my bookmarks though, and that did the trick.

        Thanks,
        Adam

  7. John Greer

    Wonderful Add-On! I would have switched to Firefox months ago if I knew this was available!!!

    I moved all of my externally scheduled webpage views into My Weekly Browsing except for three.
    Can I schedule something for a specific day of the month? I have one page that I view on the 2nd of the month, another on the 24th and another on the first Friday of the month. Can I do any of these?

  8. Rahul

    Hi,
    Thanks for your work on this add on!

    I was wondering if it is possible to initiate tasks such as saving a web page periodically, upon its opening? It will be a very useful feature for storing web pages automatically.

    Regards,
    Rahul

    1. Scott Post author

      Hi Rahul,

      No it is not possible to do that.
      To do those sorts of things you need something like the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox to run a UserScript when the webpage is loaded by My Weekly Browsing Schedule.

      There are also some other Firefox add-ons specifically for saving webpages, but I don’t know if they can save periodically.

      Regards, Scott.

  9. Fishingthiswinter

    Rahul,

    You can use the add on iMacros which allows one to easily program a macro in the Firefox browser to save a web page. The macro can then be made into a bookmark. You can periodical activate the bookmark with Scott’s add on.

    Hope this helps,

      1. Rahul

        Ok, there is a bit of a problem with this addon+imacros.
        If I have schedule a few imacros scripts to run on a single day (but at different time), and I miss the schedule (firefox not being on at the time), the next time I open firefox, I expect the catchup feature to run them all together or one after the other. But as far as I have experienced it, only the first on the list imacro bookmark runs, the rest remain in the background. I have not selected the option – Don’t load tab till selected, doing that causes further problems, which is a different issue. Any suggestions?

  10. Scott Post author

    Hi Rahul,

    Try the “Same day Catchup” (tick the box) in the “Show Options” and see if that works for you.

    Regards, Scott.

    1. Rahul

      Hi,
      I tried that earlier and it didn’t work. I think the problem is that imacros cannot run more than 1 script at one time (correct me if I am wrong). When the browser is active, multiple scripts scheduled to run at the same time do not run together, only the top one does. The others remain in the background, unlike websites scheduled to be opened at the same time.
      When schedule is missed, the catchup feature opens the entire backlog together, which doesn’t therefore work. What do you think?

      1. Scott Post author

        Hi Rahul,

          I think the problem is that imacros cannot run more than 1 script at one time (correct me if I am wrong). When the browser is active, multiple scripts scheduled to run at the same time do not run together, only the top one does.

        OK, it sounds like that is the problem (I have never actually used the iMacros extension). My guess is that there is not enough time to allow each iMacro to complete properly.
        What happens if you schedule the iMacros one minute apart ? – Do they all work correctly ?

        Regards, Scott.

  11. Rahul

    Yes they work when scheduled 1 minute apart. That is fine when the browser is active. But when it is off, and the schedules are missed, the catch up system throws open all the script bookmarks together. It fails to work then. I guess these problems are linked.

    1. Scott Post author

      Hi Rahul,

      Thanks for verifying that behaviour.
      So there is a need to introduce a short delay between tabs.

      Let me have a look at this over the next few days.

      Regards, Scott.

    2. Scott Post author

      Hi Rahul,

      I have added a new feature which allows you to specify a time delay between tabs – New Tab delay.

      Hopefully this should resolve the problem.

      Regards, Scott.

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