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Build a Graphical Speed Dial for Seamonkey (and others)
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DaveS


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PostPosted: Sun 25 Apr 2010, 04:47    Post subject:  Build a Graphical Speed Dial for Seamonkey (and others)
Subject description: Straightforward and highly versatile
 

Most browsers have a speed dial option these days, Chrome, Opera, Midori etc., but this facility is missing in Seamonkey and Firefox. Firefox has add-ons which will do the job, but as far as I know, so far, Seamonkey does not. This post describes how to build one for yourself.
This is what we are aiming for, each graphic is a clickable link, bookmark if you like, to the site displayed:



As we will see, although building it from scratch is a little more fiddly, the final result is WAY more useful.
So to begin. First, create for yourself a working directory, something simple and easy to find, say, /root/dial.
Next, open Seamonkey Composer menu>document>Seamonkey Composer. You will be presented with a new blank document. Composer works like a word processor. It is not drag and drop. This next step is important: use the spacebar to move the cursor across the page maybe three spaces or so, then from the menu, select 'save'. Composer will present you with a box asking for a page title. Call it whatever you wish (this is what will appear in the tab title when you are using it) I usually opt for Speed-Dial. Select 'ok'. You will then be given another box asking for the file name to save and the location. IMPORTANT: call the file index.html and save it in the directory you created.
Ok, you are now ready to start building. You will find it easiest to switch to another desktop now, leaving Composer open on the first desktop.
On the second desktop, load Seamonkey browser and navigate to the web site you want to use as your first dial. Maybe this forum, or googlemail, whatever. When the page is loaded,
1)Highlight the page address in the location bar and copy to the clip board
2)Take a screenshot. (menu>graphic>mtpaint screen capture)
3)The screenshot should load into Mtpaint automatically.
4)From the Mtpaint menu, select image>scale canvas.
5)From the pop-up box, re-scale your image to something that will allow a number of graphics to be fitted across your screen. I have a 1280x760 screen width, so 200 works pretty well for me.
6)Re-scale and save the image as something recognisable (Puppyforum?) in the working directory you created.
7)Return to desktop 1 and from the Composer menu, choose insert image. From the pop-up, navigate to your screenshot and select it
8)You will see a pop-up window like this:



Fill in the 'alternate text' box, then click on the 'Link' Tab. That will take you here:



Paste in the url you previously copied to the clipboard, and you have created your first graphical bookmark Smile I usually opt to add a border in this dialogue as I like the way it looks.

OK out of the dialogue and save your work.

Just repeat this as often as you want for as many dials as you like.

At any time later you can re-load index.html into Composer and edit it as you wish.

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Apr 2010, 04:57    Post subject: Using Your Speed-Dial  

Using it,Simple. Just set it as you home page in your browser preferences. Set your browser to load with the home-page selected, then any time you return to your home page you will have your speed dial bookmarks available. If your browser supports it, select to load it when a new tab is loaded.

So why is this more useful than a built in speed dial?

Again, simple. You can use this with any browser you have on your system. It is not browser specific. If you are using Frugal installations of a number of Pups, shift the working directory to /mnt/home, and you can then access it from all browsers in all pups you have installed. Also, a single speed dial installation means any time you edit it, it will be available in its latest form to all your browsers/pups.

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Apr 2010, 05:07    Post subject:  

Further Thoughts

Refer back to the first image in the post. You will see that the top right speed-dial shortcut has a number of small images. This is actually a shortcut to another page of shortcuts, created just like the first one. This way, you can set up categories of bookmarks.

What you have actually done here is create a little web site on your pc. It will load very fast from your hard drive, which built-in speed-dials do not always do. If you are clever with HTML, I guess you could build in all kinds of functionality.
I guess you could also publish it to the web if you have the resources so that your bookmarks would be available to you from any pc on the planet Smile

It seems fiddly and lengthy to set this up, but once you get in the swing of it, it is surprisingly quick to do. If you have a drag and drop HTML editor it would be even easier, and dont forget, as this is HTML, it should work cross-platform.

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Apr 2010, 05:12    Post subject:  

Finally, if you want to use it, this little .pet will put the directory/root/dial onto your hard drive with the page we made here as a 'get you started'.
Speedial.pet
Description 
pet

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Filename  Speedial.pet 
Filesize  24.07 KB 
Downloaded  296 Time(s) 

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Apr 2010, 20:43    Post subject:  

Nice tutorial Dave. Smile

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John Lewis

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PostPosted: Sat 01 May 2010, 04:17    Post subject:  

Nicely done tutorial. I'll be giving it a try.

I don't manage to spend a lot of time on this forum so it's always great to look in and find something new. Id never even heard of speed dial on a browser until now.

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PostPosted: Sat 01 May 2010, 06:08    Post subject:  

Thanks for this thread. A speed dial facility could save me some time in the mornings (I could load my favourite sites automatically whilst getting ready in the morning, preparing breakfast etc.).

Best,

CP .

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Nov 2010, 21:58    Post subject:  

could not get the speed dial.pet to work.
changed the .pet to an .tar and look into the folder and it was empty.
very cool
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Nov 2010, 02:18    Post subject:  

harii4 wrote:
could not get the speed dial.pet to work.
changed the .pet to an .tar and look into the folder and it was empty.
very cool


Huh. Looks like you are right! No clue what happened to it. Will build it again and upload it tonight.

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Nov 2010, 05:56    Post subject:  

Seems to be okay, to me... I even opened it in PeaZip, to be sure.

Remember that a .pet isn't usually a renamed .tar, but a gzipped file (in this case, .tgz or .tar.gz). That's why the archivers probably didn't see anything - it didn't find what it expected to see in a .tar file.

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Nov 2010, 06:29    Post subject:  

i should have also stated that i checked .packages folder and open speeddial.files up and it was blank.
then i did the .tar thing
might have been an bad download but i redownload it two days later and it was the same.
if it works now that great.
and it is an cool app. for dillo.
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Nov 2010, 06:59    Post subject:  

How did it not work? What is the size of the file you downloaded?

Did the Package Manager claim it installed correctly, or that there were problems with it?
If it 'installed,' did it create the /dial directory, with the files in it?

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Nov 2010, 09:41    Post subject:  

OK, re-uploaded, tested, working Smile
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Nov 2010, 05:49    Post subject:  

Thanks very much Daves for the tutorial. It worked well for me and I used it to create my first HTML page.

I would like to extend your method by putting in a link that would execute mozmail and bring up my in-box.

Does anyone know what this link would be.

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PostPosted: Sat 06 Nov 2010, 17:21    Post subject:  

tony wrote:
Thanks very much Daves for the tutorial. It worked well for me and I used it to create my first HTML page.

I would like to extend your method by putting in a link that would execute mozmail and bring up my in-box.

Does anyone know what this link would be.

Regards Tony.


You dont need to Tony. Open Seamonkey and look down on the status bar, bottom left. Click on the little envelope icon to open your mail app.

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