Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

10 March 2006

Yojimbo 1.1

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Turns out you can extend your Yojimbo trial period by deleting its data folder in Application Support, so I could check out the evolution.

Bookmarks now have an iTMS-like arrow button that gets them to open in Safari (which is nice enough, but hardly useful in a productive manner, being too small — this is a productivity application, not a web store, and requirements are different), but it isn’t displayed for web archives, and there’s still no way to go from a web archive to the original URL short of displaying the Inspector window.

Besides, having tried out the competition in the meantime makes me realize how useless Yojimbo’s bookmark management is: there’s a big WebKit pane down there, and yet it won’t use to display the bookmarked page, but only buttons to open it in Safari? What’s up with that?

My second biggest gripe was that you couldn’t decide at drag time whether to create a bookmark or web archive; now you can. But there’s no visual feedback: dragging to the Yojimbo dock uses the regular cursor whether Command is pressed or not, and dragging to the sources list uses the copy cursor (with the green “plus” bubble) in either case (so much for consistency). Still, it’s better than nothing.

Judging by Yojimbo’s brand new AppleScript dictionary, making a script to retrieve the currently selected web archive’s source URL is probably trivial. That might be enough if you could create custom AppleScript-triggering buttons in the toolbar, but they’re not up to that point yet; besides, it shouldn’t be up to the user to fill such an elementary void.

[03/15] The release notes only stated you could import data using AppleScript; I assumed that was an oversight when writing the notes, and nothing else, but I was wrong. Yojimbo’s current scripting capabilities seem to be write-only. Ungh.

 

In my original review, I wrote Yojimbo might have been promising if it weren’t a 1.0 release already. Considering how little has changed from 1.0 to 1.1, it’s even less promising now — by the time it becomes actually usable it’ll have reached 6.5.

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