WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
A little Christmas present for the Yojimbo community. Read on if you
want to learn how to:
1) Save ad free web pages to a Yojimbo web archive
2) Be able to mark up (highlight, notes, etc.) web pages before you
save them to Yojimbo.
3) Be able to save a selected part of a web page to a Yojimbo web
4) Save static web pages to Yojimbo, web archives that don't try to
connect to the Internet to load ads, images, or other content.
WHY GO TO ALL THIS TROUBLE?
1) I want Ad Free Web Pages! I've used Adblock on Firefox for years,
so I'm used to seeing web pages without ads. I want the web pages I
save in Yojimbo to be ad free as well.
2) I want to be able to mark up web pages. I like highlighting and
making notes on many of the articles I read on the web. This method
allows me to mark up the web page using Scrapbook on Firefox, then
save the marked up page to Yojimbo.
3) I want to be able to save just a part of a web page. Using the
Firefox Scrapbook extension's capture selection feature, I can save
just the part of the page I want to save to Yojimbo.
4) I want to be able to save static web pages to Yojimbo. Yojimbo uses
OS X's Web Archive format. While Web Archive has its advantages, it
has some downsides as well, the major one for me being that it doesn't
save a completely static page. Web Archive files save dynamic
elements, most often ads. When you open a web archive file, it's not
just pulling data off your computer; it often has to connect to the
net to fetch images or ads. This slows down the loading of web archive
files. In some cases the slowdown is dramatic, e.g. when you're
connected to a wireless network but not the Internet. Any application
opening a web archive will waste a lot of time trying to make an
Internet connection that doesn't exist.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE ALL THIS WORK?
Firefox Scrapbook Plugin
Firefox AdblockPlus Extension
(I recommend subscribing to Rick's EasyList and Rick's EasyElement
lists for optimal ad blockage. http://easylist.adblockplus.org/)
QuicKeys or iKey
SO HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Here's the Reader's Digest condensed version. I use the macro utility
(QuicKeys in my case) to automate the following procedure:
1) Save a web page (or selection from a web page) using the Firefox
Scrapbook extension. This saves a complete copy of the page to
the hard drive.
2) Open the Scrapbook sidebar and choose the page I just saved.
3) Copy the file URL of the saved page to the clipboard.
4) Invoke the Yojimbo quick entry panel with the file url of the
saved web page.
5) Delete the saved web page from the Firefox Scrapbook.
6) Tell Firefox to go back to the original web page.
7) Copy the URL of the original web page to the clipboard.
8) Save the URL of the original web page to the comments of the
most recently created Yojimbo item.
SO HOW DO I SET ALL OF THIS UP?
1) Install Yojimbo
2) Make sure Yojimbo's Recent Items smart collection is visible.
3) In the Yojimbo Hot Keys preferences, make sure that Show Quick
Input panel is set to F8. That's what I've coded into the QuicKeys
Macro. If you want to change the Hotkey, just make sure you change
it in Yojimbo and QuicKeys (or iKey).
4) Install Firefox.
5) Install the Firefox Scrapbook extension.
6) Install the Firefox AdblockPlus extension.
7) Subscribe to Rick's EasyList and Rick's EasyElement in
8) Install either iKey or QuicKeys. I use QuicKeys, and the macros
I'm providing are QuicKeys macros. I have not tried doing this
with iKey, but I have been assured by experienced iKey users that
iKey can do the same thing.
9) Download the Firefox to Yojimbo folder from my ftp site.
This folder contains:
- My QuicKeys macros for you to import into your QuicKeys.
- PDFs that show the steps in the QuicKeys macros. If you're using
iKey, you can use these as a