Monday, January 3, 2011 11:17:22 PM
At the moment there is no proper documentation about its features, however further reading this post, taking a look at the preferences of the extension or at the archive may give you an idea what's about.
This site will go down next week. Use this address for sharing: http://tiny.cc/Imagus
Compatible with the following versions: Firefox 4+, SeaMonkey 2.1+, and probably with other forks of Firefox.
ViewerReplaces the browser's default image viewer to a more customizable version. For instance, it's possible to set the initial sizing mode or disable the resizing totally, it can detect if an image has higher resolution, adds possibility for rotation, options for changing background color or image border, zooming to a selected area or zooming with mouse wheel, and more...
Hover zoomEnlarges thumbnails and linked images (or even linked thumbnails) into a pop-up with just hovering the mouse over them.
As well as the Viewer, it's also fairly customizable with some extra features, such as full-zoom which allows you to view the image with original size in the same tab allowing for further zooming. It can load image albums as well.
ToolsThis section contains global features or features that have less options.
- they can be used both on Viewer and Hover zoom
- many ways for opening images from web pages (e.g., background images)
Send image to...
- it sends the image address to an online service (e.g., reverse image search, image editor, gif frame extractor...)
New service can be added in preferences (one per line).
Format: "[+]Name|search engine's URL". In the service URL is placed the image address with the %url variable.
Example: TinEye| http://www.tineye.com/search?url=%url
If you put a "+" sign before the name (e.g., "+TinEye"), then it means that the service will be used when the shortcut is used. Multiple entries can be enabled, then all of them will be opened.
SieveThis is a set of rules which are helping the extension to find the larger images.
GalleryThis is something like a bookmark for images. It stores only the image address with a thumbnail, and if possible, then one or two source link. The "Source", which is the address of the page where you've seen the image, and the "Target", which is the address of the link (if it wasn't the same as the zoomed image address).
When an image is opened or "hoverzoomed", then pressing the shortcut ( G by default) will add it to the list without any questions. Shift + G will prompt for labels. Deleting images from the list: Ctrl + Right click on the thumbnail cell or Ctrl + Click to select some and the minus button from the button-list. Shift + Right click on a cell to edit the labels.
GrantsAt Grants you can tell on which sites can the extension work.
For the extension's icon thanks goes to http://esk6a.deviantart.com/
Read this before updating, it's important!
As you may or may not know, MyOpera (this blogging platform) is shutting down very soon. Until now the extension was hosted here for all browsers, also its update checking mechanism happened here as well. When the site goes down, there will be no way to notify people about new versions, so the extension has to migrate, specifically to the official extension catalogs (except Safari, see below). Here's what you should do for each browser if you installed the extension from this page instead of the official repositories:
(this section may not be relevant for those who already installed the extension from the official extension catalogs, like
, those can skip to the highlights)
Opera : Install from this address .
Firefox : Review in progress, and you will be updated automatically to that version once it's accepted, also in the future it will be available through AMO . In the meantime, you can freely install the new version from the install links above (or direct link ), since it will already check updates from AMO. So, Fx users can install any version, they'll be fine.
Chrome : It was already available for a while now on the Chrome Web Store . If you haven't installed it from there, now you should!
Safari : Unfortunately the Safari Extensions Gallery does not host extension files, only information about them. Every developer must distribute their files and provide update mechanism from their own server/host, which is a problem, because I don't have one at the moment. But, Safari extensions are signed with a developer certificate, which can be revoked, and when it's done, in theory, the extension will stop working for everyone. So, when I'll find a place to host the extension, then I'll revoke my certificate, in order to break the extension for you, and you'll know that there is an update, so you have to search for "imagus safari" on the web. It's a nice plan, but I'm not sure that it will work, so if it doesn't, then after a few months it will be your job to search for the (yet nonexistent) homepage of this extension, and install it from there.
Until then, you can install the new version from the link above.
Maxthon: Available in Maxthon Extension Center.
A different thing, about rules. If you've added custom rules to your Sieve, then make sure that they're placed before the rule named "dereferers", because this version updates all the rules (and removes the dead ones) starting from the mentioned rule. Why? Because probably most of the people didn't even know that the rules must be updated manually. The plan is still to have an online gallery where you can install whatever you want or have custom lists, but unfortunately that is still far away. And because of this, probably I will keep this behavior; with every new update all the rules will be overwritten starting from the "dereferers" rule. Note that their disabled state will be lost. If you have no idea what was that all about, you don't have to do anything.
v0.9.8 highlights (full changelog )
HTML5 video/audio support
There are a few services that allow you to upload GIF images, and convert it to a video file, which can be played in your browser. This version allows you to load these video files in the pop-up, also gives possibility to control them (play/pause, volume...) via shortcuts.
Actually, if the video doesn't have sound, then it wouldn't be possible to distinguish it from an animated GIF image, and because of this, every video (and audio) pop-up has a 1px orange (color from the HTML5 logo ) border, which indicates that it is not an image.
Beside this, there are a few features that cannot be used on these media files (at least for now). For example, you can't send them with S , can't store them in the Gallery. Other than these, everything is the same (rotating/flipping, full-zoom, download... all works the same).
You can do the following with video/audio files: play/pause, seek forward/backward (assumes 25fps), show/hide the player controls (every browser uses its own controls, also for audio it's always visible), and adjust the volume (initial value 30%) or the playback rate.
The list of shortcuts can be found under Preferences / Hover zoom at bottom (also, previously hidden shortcuts for albums are listed now).
I've added support for only two sites that provide these kind of media files (and GIF conversion).
One service is gfycat where short, looped, soundless videos (plus their animated GIF counterparts) are hosted.
(I assume that you have already updated the extension, and refreshed the page at this point in order to test the followings)
Here's an example , or on reddit you can find a bunch of others.
Another service is MediaCrush , which does a similar job converting images to videos, but it is rather a general file hosting service with support for many file formats (or albums of these).
Some random picks from here :
video example with sound - images and soundless videos mixed in an album - only soundless videos - an album of audio files
Side-note: Opera 12 users must disable the "Use Spdy2" option in opera:config (uncheck and save), because its spdy implementation is buggy/incomplete, and you won't be able to load videos from MediaCrush if it's enabled.
In case of both sites the extension prefers the video version over GIF images, which means that even if a link points to the GIF file, the extension will load the video.
As requested a few times in the comments, this version (if Hz is deactivated by default) allows showing the pop-up on key/button press if the cursor is already over the link/thumbnail, instead of holding the key first.
In some browsers/operating systems the context menu appears right after the mouse button is pressed, instead when the button is released. This made unusable the activation of full-zoom with right long-press (Z or Enter were still functional). For those (or who prefers this anyway) there is an option for activating full-zoom with simple right click (without holding it for a while).
The content of the pop-up can be saved with Ctrl+S. Doesn't work in Presto based Opera, but there Ctrl+Click can be used as before, which is hardly requires more effort than pressing the shortcut.
The extension now supports older browser versions (if someone prefers them): Opera 11.10+, Firefox 4+, SeaMonkey 2.1+ (even Thunderbird 3.3+, where it's pretty useless, but making it compatible was effortless), Chrome 7+, Maxthon 3.5+.
- Plus read the changelog , maybe you'll find something that is more like a highlight for you.
For Mac OS/OS X users, it was known that v0.9.7 doesn't work in Firefox. I couldn't test it, but I made some changes that I thought might help. So, if you use Firefox on the mentioned operating system, maybe you could test it and tell me in the comments if it works or not.