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Grab Web Address

Is your Bookmarks menu overflowing with web page address? Having trouble remembering what half of them are for? By allowing you to store text and images with a web page address, iData 3 can help you keep a useful collection of thousands of web page address. You can later use iData's search and select funtions to find the pages you want.

With the click of a button or pressing of a keystroke, iData Pro can get the title and URL (web address) of a web page, create a new record in the current datafile, and paste the title, URL, and contents of the clipboard into the new record. This is useful because you can later launch the web page by clicking the blue underlined link in an iData Pro record. The keystroke for Grab Web Address is: command-option-G

Changes When Running Under Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave) or Greater

Beginning with Mac OS 10.14, Apple requires that users give permission before AppleScript can be used to control other applications.

As a result, the first time you use the Grab Web Address function in iData Pro you will be asked to give permission for iData Pro to use AppleScript to control your currently open browser. In this case, "control" involves asking the browser to provide the URL and window title of its current window/tab. The permission request dialog will look something like this:

In this example, the browser is Opera. Click the OK button to allow iData Pro to control the browser.

If you click the Don't Allow button, iData Pro will not be able to perform the Grab Web Address function.

Permission must be granted for each browser app that you want to use with this function. You can turn this permission off and on in System Preferences:

1. Select System Preferences... under the Apple menu.

2. Click the Security & Privacy icon.

3. In the Security & Privacy window, select the Privacy tab.

4. In the left column, scroll down and select the Automation item. You'll see something like this:

5. You can turn permission off and on by clicking the checkboxes to the left of the browser names.

NOTE: If you turn permission off and then turn it back on for a particular browser, it may take a while for the Grab Web Address function to work again with that browser.

Supported Web Browsers

Because iData Pro uses AppleScript to get this information from the browser, which requires the name of the browser, only browsers that we know about can be supported -- and only those that support Applescript. If you know of a new browser that iData Pro does not support, please let us know and we will see if we can support it. (Select E-mail iData Partners under the Help menu.)

At present, iData Pro supports the following web browsers:
If more than one browser is open, iData Pro will grab the web page title and address from the browser that was opened first. No preference is given to the default browser.

(Firefox does not currently support the AppleScript calls needed to get web page addresses.)

Launch Web Address

If you click a link in iData Pro such as the system will open the web page in a new window of the default web browser. If the browser is not running, it will launch the browser and open the page. It will do this even if some other browser is open.

Setting up iData Pro for Grabbing

See Datafile Settings - Web Address for instructions on specifying the Web Address settings.

Toggling the Paste Option

If you have enabled the paste clipboard option in the settings and want to grab a URL without pasting, there are two ways to do it.

  When clicking the Grab link from Web browser toolbar button, hold down the option key. This will do the opposite of what is selected in the Datafile Settings screen.

          Hold down the shift key to paste any copied text as plain text with no images. (The option key and the shift key can be held down at the same time.)

To always paste any copied styled text and images, type command-control-option-G.

To always paste any copied text as plain text with no images, type command-shift-option-G.

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