Find In Page
By Vais Salikhov
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Finally – ability to search for text inside Web pages directly on your favorite mobile browser!
Find In Page is a bookmarklet that adds missing in-page search feature to the Web browser on your device. Its slick semi-transparent toolbar docked at the bottom of the browser screen provides the mobile equivalent of Edit➝Find or Ctrl+F or Command+F (⌘F) feature available on any desktop Web browser.
See videos here: http://FindInPage.blogspot.com
★ "... it's arguably going to be one of the most useful applications you've ever installed on your iPhone" - ReadWriteWeb
★ "... it will be real help to those who rely on Safari's search facility on their Mac" - iCreate
★ "... feels like a seamless addition to Safari browsing" - Just Another iPhone Blog
★ "... once you’ve had a go at it, you’ll never want to go back" - Softpedia
Page search is one of the most important productivity tools for doing research on the Web or simply getting oriented and finding what you need in larger webpages.
Ability to quickly find text inside pages is critical to your mastery of the Web. For example, it can reduce the effort required to review search engine results: instead of scanning and reading each page for relevance, you can use in-page search to look for relevant keywords, saving time and frustration.
☣ VERY IMPORTANT SCARY DISCLAIMER ☣
Because Find In Page works as a browser bookmark, and because there is currently no way for an app to add bookmarks to your browser automatically, you will have to use the data and instructions contained in this app to create and edit the bookmark manually. Instructional text and video are available, but if you are not comfortable performing the following tasks, THEN THIS APP IS PROBABLY NOT FOR YOU. You must be comfortable with:
✔ Bookmarking a page in the browser on your device.
✔ Editing an existing bookmark to change its Title and Address fields.
✔ Pasting text from the Pasteboard on your device.
☣ VERY IMPORTANT SCARY DISCLAIMER ☣
What makes this Find In Page bookmarklet different from similar, free bookmarklets floating around on the Web?
✪ For one, it has an actual User Interface - a slick semi-transparent toolbar that is docked at the bottom of your browser window with buttons for stepping through search results in either direction, getting information about your current query and position, initiating new searches, and cleanly removing the toolbar and any highlighted search results.
✪ It does not break the content of the page as a side-effect of its search-and-highlight action, so multiple searches can be performed one after another without reloading the page.
✪ It deliberately filters out search results that are contained in hidden, invisible elements on the page (these are more common than one might think, especially in Web 2.0 and designed-for-mobile Web pages).
✪ It does not naively interpret your search terms as Regular Expressions, and it works only on the content of text nodes in HTML documents. This means you get what you search for, not unpleasant surprises!
✪ It strikes the delicate balance between search speed and search correctness and relevance.
CURRENT LIMITATIONS: Find In Page currently does not have the ability to see text that is separated by different formatting. If, for example, you are looking for the words "my text here", and "my" on the page is in bold, then Find In Page will not see it - it will happily find both "my" and "text here" for you separately, but not together as a single search term. This, however, has not been a major issue in my personal experience, and there are currently no plans to change this behavior.
When you need to find text inside any page, simply tap the bookmarks button on the browser toolbar and tap on the Find In Page bookmark. Find In Page toolbar will be immediately added to your current page, and you will be prompted for text to find.
What's New in Version 2.0
iPad compatibility update: fixed the issue with the toolbar buttons getting cropped at the bottom.
I recently found a movie script site, and I was looking at a script because I couldn't catch some of the words a character said, but if I could search the page to find some of the words, I'd know what the dialogue was. So I headed to the App Store to see if there was maybe a browser other than Safari that would search a webpage for me. Didn't see anything right away, but found this app, Find In Page, and it's actually a better solution for what I wanted anyway! I would have bought this a looong time ago if I had known it was out there. Good job!
For simple searches requiring basic step forward or backward within a small body of text it works fine. But, an example ..... I am searching for the word Iran within a list a thousands of words. It highlights any word possessing the contiguous letters iran regardless of where in the word they reside. Words such as antiperspIRANt show up along with hundreds of other words I can't yet see and don't want. And the only way I see to navigate is by selecting a forward or backward arrow and waiting until it moves to the next of hundreds of words I'll need to painfully step through one at a time. Too limited and basic.
Really great! A few nitpicks:
This app is excellent! Really really helpful, and far better than the usual 'highlight-and-search-on-your-own' java applet.
A couple of suggestions, if I may:
--The resolution on the iPad is big and a bit pixelly... the size helps with usability, but I think the resolution aspect could be further refined.
--When closing the app popup, another popup appears, asking 'Close Find in Page?' Your applet is already very strong in its usability and flow, but I think it would be even stronger without this popup.
Overall, these are the nittiest of nitpicks for a truly helpful app. I'm glad I bought it, and I would definitely recommend it! Thanks so much!
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- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Apr 07, 2010
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 0.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Vais Salikhov
- © 2010 Vais Salikhov
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.