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Version 3 adds the possibility to go directly to user defined folders/directories.
There are tow options:
1: displaying a page you can save a link to that same page
2. or you can save links to the hyper-linked pages without opening those pages
The option depends on the position of the mouse. If you have over a hyperlink option 2 is chosen, otherwise option 1.
A Windows Shortcut File looks like this:
A Unix desktop files like this
A Mac file looks like
This add on simply adds a Menu Items to the File Menu and the Context Menu. When selected it opens a File Save-As dialogue and suggests a name,
which is derived either from the page's title (option 1) or from the name of the hyperlink (Option 2). The name is cleared of all invalid file name characters: #\/:*?"<>|# and that are replaced by an underscore _.
Languages: German, French, English, Hebrew, Greek
A note on some alternatives:
There is the add on "deskcut", which has been around for some years. I did not know.
But it has some features which I personally find unacceptable such as always starting with the root directory (uff)
when saving a link, not being able to choose the name.
The same or similar is true as regards the action of "dragging the icon left to URL" in Firefox, which is mentioned in a review "Unneeded" below.
I personally find it unhandy: switching applications,
what if the file explorer is not in the right directory and so on ...
So I like @bybias's comment reworded "Yes, there are stairs but we might as well use the lift."
Berlin, April 2010
This could of course be extended to include other OS, but i don't know so far how the corresponding Mac or Linux files look and how they react in terms of file permissions.
Update 29 october 2009: Recently I received a note, that users running Windows on on Unix server (KVM environment) could not download the module. Therefore I have added the Linux download, although I think the format of Unix showrtcut files is different.
Update 29 october 2009: The .url extension is added to the proposed filename (it was not added automatically on some machines)
Update 29 october 2009: Added the following: since the filename is derived from the page's title, invalid charaters like /\:*?"| are replace by _.
Update 17 november 2009 (version 1.2) You can now also save a link to a focussed hperlink on a page in addition to a link to the page itself.
So it is a additional option you have. Say for example you are looking at some Google results.
It would now be possible to save a link to one of the results directly without opening that result.
This was a suggestion by Mel P (05.11.2009 ).
I think that might be useful.
So if you select nothing, you save a link to the current page, if an the other hand you right click on a hyperlink, you will save a link to the page that the hyperlink is pointing at and it is that page, that will be opened if you click of the url file.
You can also tell what option you have chosen by looking at the open file dialog title.
Update 26 april 2010
This version adds UNIX and MAC support.
On UNIX systems it creates a file with extension .desktop, for example
This scenario has been tested on Ubuntu with kind help of Ofir Aviram.
On Mac systems it creates a webloc file with extension .webloc
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
I have also removed the character '.' from the file name, because there is a problem on Windows
when the file name containes a '.', for example
"WEBLOC File Extension - Open .WEBLOC files.url"
this is then converted to
"WEBLOC File Extension - Open _WEBLOC files.url