I’ve made a few small interim changes to URL.ie. I say interim, because I’ve a whole new code base in beta testing (with a few new handy features).. but I don’t have the time to fully test it yet (especially under load). So here’s a quick look at the new features (and the reasoning behind them).
Pasting from Clipboard:
This was present in the last version of URL.ie but I’ve had a few comments from annoyed IE7 users about the constant access prompts IE7 fires up about clipboard access, whether you want to use the clipboard feature, or not. So I’ve change it slightly. You’ll now, if using IE6/7, have an extra link under the URL input box to paste from the clipboard.
If you click on that link (using default security settings in IE7) you’ll get an IE prompt to allow/disallow access to the clipboard. It means there’s one extra click for users of this feature. Given that most use the bookmarklet, most IE7 users will now have 1 less click to use (and should be a lot less annoyed!).
Copying generated URLs to the clipboard:
In the last version, if you used IE (and only IE) your generated URL was copied, automatically, to the clipboard. 3 problems with this.
- It overwrote your clipboard contents without your permission
- It was an IE-only feature
- It causes IE7 to pop up a clipboard access alert (whether or not you want to use that feature)
New sharing options for your generated URL:
Finally, you can also get generated code for use in Forums (UBB/vBulletin supported for now) by clicking on the textbox to automatically copy the forum-specific code to link to the new URL.
Generate URLs of the page that link to URL.ie (“referer”):
This won’t appeal to many, but there was one specific request for this, and here is how it works. A website (any website) links to URL.ie. You’ll be presented with a new link under the URL input box which will automatically populate the URL field for you.
Because of its limited use, I haven’t made this a default and, so, 1 extra click is required.
As always, I value your feedback and any new suggestions.