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About, FAQ (for 0.6.20 version)
What is ILO for?
ImgLikeOpera (ILO) is useful for visiting graphics-intensive websites, when you have a slow dial-up conncetion, or when you have high priced broadband.
- placeholders for blocked images (hi, LJ treads!);
- (re)load image from context menu or Ctrl+rightMouseClick;
- forced expiration time (5 minutes – 3 months);
- one of four policies for each tab;
You can choose one of four policies for each tab:
- don’t load images;
- load cached images only;
- load images for the originating Web site only;
- load all images.
These policies do not work with background images. For background images you can choose “Load images from css” option. It’s a global option, for all windows and tabs. When this option checked, you will see only cached background images.
Forced expiration time
Firefox works well with the cache. And that is a problem — a usability problem. Sometimes the browser needs to check the image’s last-modified stamp or (ugh!) it reloads objects which haven’t really changed. Not every webmaster understands the mechanism of caching.
ImgLikeOpera supports two types of filters: Simple, and Regular Expression (thanks AdBlock). If there are not "/" symbols on both sides of the filter — then it’s a simple filter.
Simple filter example:
- in field “Filter” type http://www.example.com
- in field “Filter policy” choose “Load all images” option
- press “Add” button
- save filters list (press “Apply” button)
After this step, ILO will load all graphical elements which have “http://www.example.com” in the URL, regardless of the current tab policy.
You can export the filters list to disk or import an existing list as a text file.
Another simple examples:
Attention: filter rules work only with images URLs, not the site address! Sometimes an image URL contain a site address, sometimes not. For example, on www.yahoo.com images have next URLs:
i.e. for www.yahoo.com you can use one of these filters:
For people, who know RegExp:
- you can write "/" without "\", i.e. "/test/banner/" and "/test\/banner/" are equivalent;
- use "i" flag for case insensitive RegExp.
Control, hotkeys, location (statusbar/toolbar)
After installation you will see the ImgLikeOpera button on the browser statusbar. Left mouse clicking (or Alt+M on the keyboard) and right mouse clicking (or Alt+N) will switch the policy of the tab; while a middle click — gives quick access to the extension settings window.
Left mouse clicking on the right area of the button — will call the menu of policies, the css-images load option and extension settings window option.
There are two ways to (re)load images on the page: hover the mouse over the image, press Ctrl and the right mouse button; or choose “Load Image” from the context menu.
Also, if you want to see ImgLikeOpera button on the toolbar, right click anywhere on the toolbar and select “Customize...” Simply drag and drop the ImgLikeOpera icon from opened window onto the toolbar. However, you have to restart your browser after doing so.
- ILO did not work for me.
- ILO worked for me.
- But... ILO did not work for me!
- See “Bugs, feedback”.
- Why doesn’t it block by site address? I don’t want view the page source for the image url!
- This is more powerful. Nevertheless, the site address feature will probably appear in a later version.
- Images are still loading, like they are not in the cache. Cache settings (size and forced expiration time) are big.
- There is an unstable cache in Firefox. Sometimes it crashes. I’m not responsible for that.
- Load images from css, do not load images from css, load … Why is it so hard?
- It’s a browser bug. This is the most usable behaviour.
- How about Flash?
- I don’t like these hotkeys. Can I change them?
- I don’t like these icons.
- Draw your own. They may even be chosen in a later version of ILO.
- Will this be an extensions for Mozilla Suite?
- I don’t know. Do you need it after “No Official Mozilla 1.8”?
- ILO loads blocked images when the page is saved on disk;
- There are conflicts with some WindowsXP themes when the ILO button is placed in the statusbar.
I don’t know about conflicts with other extensions.
If you find any other bugs, please, send a e-mail to mash-funky_at_mail.ru
- ... not going to read letters which have exclamations like “nt WoRked! Not worKED!”;
- ... only likely to take action on correspondence which includes:
- browser version (UA string);
- list of used extensions;
- steps to reproduce the issue;
- and (optional) your opinion about immediate cause.
There is always the chance of missing someone. I hope you are not very conceited. Anyway, thanks to all who help me with ILO.