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Image Surfer Pro with URL Capture Bar highlighted

Toolbar Extension:
URL Capture Bar


When active the URL Capture Bar extension will display directly below the standard Image Surfer Pro toolbar. Unlike the Auto Range Override extension the URL Capture Bar does not override any user configurations.

The URL capture bar may be used in the following ways:

  1. Process the "Embed Code" from most top tier tube sites (such as YouTube)
  2. Directly add a captured image URL to your fusker collection
  3. Add any other URL to your fusker collection

Enabling The Bar

You may use the {Show URL Capture Bar at startup up} configuration on the General tab of the Tools & Settings button from the Image Surfer Pro toolbar User's Preferences to assure this control is visible each time a new Image Surfer Pro window is created.

You may mannually enable and disable this extension through the Toolbars submenu from the Tools & Settings button from the Image Surfer Pro toolbar button.

Processing Tube Site Embed Code

Most top tier tube sites want you to embed copies of the videos they host on other sites in order to drive up the brand recognition of their site and increase traffic to their site. Thus they provide mechanisms for giving you code which can be embedded on a website to directly link to the video content.

As an example, YouTube provides this information on much of their content by right clicking on the video and selecting "Copy Embedded Code" from the popup menu. In this case we were watching the music video of Roundtable Rival by Lindsey Stirling

Example screen capture from YouTube of copying the embedded code for a video The following is what was copied by this selection:
<iframe width="854" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jvipPYFebWc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

If you paste this code into the URL Capture Bar text field and click the + sign button on the URL Capture Bar extension to the Image Surfer Pro toolbar a new Frame object will be added to your collection which when shown in visualization files will hold the music video of Lindsey Stirling's hit single.

It is worth pointing out that videos displayed through Image Surfer Pro in this way typically do not have advertizement pre-videos.

While not all tube sites provide this functionality in the same way most provide some way to get the Embed Code for their videos. It should be noted that choosing the "Copy Video URL" and "Copy Video URL at current time" essentially provide a link to the YouTube page and not direclty to the video. Pasting these values into the URL Capture Bar will not produce the results you are looking for.

Frame information added to your fusker collection in this way will not have Auto Ranging applied to the frame URL. In most cases the URL itself isn't even a file but instead is a database index which will reference a stored video when accessed within an active frame. However, frames added from the same tube site are likely to be grouped into the same fusked frame segment if {Auto combine individual frames into fusked frames} is enabled on the Frames tab of the Tools & Settings button from the Image Surfer Pro toolbar User Preferences..

Copy Image URL

Installing Image Surfer Pro also installs an IE context menu extension for images. This extension allows you to quickly and easily copy the direct image reference of any image on a webpage by right clicking and choosing "Copy Image URL". This is ideally suited for use with the URL Capture Bar as you can copy the image URL and paste it to the URL Capture Bar to quickly add it to your fusker collection.

Adding an Image URL via the URL Capture Bar in this manner is essentially equivalent to using the Process Page button from the Image Surfer Pro toolbar. button on a single image file. All of the auto ranging user configurations and the Auto Range Override functionality apply to this use of the URL Capture Bar. After auto ranging is applied, the image file may also be groupped with outher image files if there are already image files from the same URL path in the fusker collection and the {Auto combine individual images into fusked images} configuration is enabled on the Images tab of the Tools & Settings button from the Image Surfer Pro toolbar User Preferences..

Capturing Your URL

While the Caputre URL Bar is primarily used to add Tube Site video and images to your fusker collection it may be used to directly add any type of URL easily. To add the desired URL to your fusker collection either paste or type the URL into the text edit box and either hit the Return/Enter key on your keyboard or click + sign button on the URL Capture Bar extension to the Image Surfer Pro toolbar

The large text edit area on the URL Capture Bar is meant for you to enter the text of the URL you wish to capture. It will expand to the full size of the Image Surfer Pro window. If you wish to see more of the text, simply resize the window by draging the edge of the window next to the IE display area. The text edit control accepts any standard key stroke when editing - including using Ctrl-V to paste text, home, end, arrow keys, Ctrl-Z to undo, Delete, Backspace, etc... If you wish the standard Windows text edit menu can be reached by right clicking in the box (useful for pasting with the mouse).

Your Auto Ranging configuration (including the Auto Range Override functionality will be applied to URLs added to your fusker collection in this manner.

If Image Surfer Pro doesn't recognize the file type of the URL you have enetered in the URL Capture Bar you will be presented the choice of how you want the URL added to the fusker collection via this dialog window. The full text of the URL will be shown in the box above the choice buttons. By default the Cancel option will be selected, choosing any other option will uncheck the cancel option and immediately proceed. You should base your decision upon how each of the file types are displayed:

Dialog window seen when a URL of an unrecognized type is being added to the fusker collection Image: Only actual image files should be displayed in this manner as Image Surfer Pro will present them to IE as image files and IE will only display the data as an image if the data from the file can be read as image data.

Video: Only MP4 video files should be displaed in this manner as Image Surfer Pro will present them to IE as an MP4 video file. If a URL does not resolve to an MP4 video file, the display will show a video box which says "Invalid Source".

Page: Most URLs can be shown using this option, including images. Videos referenced this way will prompt you to "open" or "save" the file. However, this mechanism will not work with the YouTub "Copy Video URL" options and is inteneded primarily to directly reference webpages which can be displayed in an active frame.

When you add a URL in this manner the Auto Ranging configuration (including the use of the Auto Range Override input is applied to the URL. After auto ranging is applied, the URL may also be groupped with outher files of the same type if there are files of the type from the same URL path in the fusker collection and the {Auto combine individual files into fusked images} configuration is enabled for the specific file type chosen.

Related User Preferences:

Image of User Preferences Dialog with the General tab selected - Toolbar Selection highlighted Image of User Preferences Dialog with the Processing tab selected - Auto Range configuration blocks highlighted Image of User Preferences Dialog with the Processing tab selected - nothing highlighted Image of User Preferences Dialog with the Views tab selected - nothing highlighted
Image of User Preferences Dialog with the Images tab selected - Auto combine files highlighted Image of User Preferences Dialog with the Videos tab selected - Auto combine files highlighted Image of User Preferences Dialog with the Frames tab selected - Auto combine files highlighted Image of User Preferences Dialog with the Pages tab selected - Auto combine files highlighted


General Tab: Tool Bars
The Auto Range Override and URL Capture Bar will be visible by default in newly opened Image Surfer Pro windows based on the {Show Auto Range Override at start up} and {Show URL Capture Bar at startup up} configurations.

Processing Tab: Auto Range
Auto Ranging is applied to each URL you add directly to the fusker collection using the URL Capture extension just as it would be applied to a single image page processed by the Process Page button from the Image Surfer Pro toolbar button. It is not applied to URLs captured when processing Tube Site Embed Code.

Images Tab: Auto Optimize
Image segments within the same directory structure will be combined into an optimized fusked image segment during the merger process if the {Auto combine individual images into fusked images} configuration is enabled. NOTE: this will only combine image segments from the merging collection. If your existing collection already has individual image segments separated in directories those will not be combined.

Videos Tab: Auto Optimize
Video segments within the same directory structure will be combined into an optimized fusked video segment during the merger process if the {Auto combine individual videos into fusked videos} configuration is enabled. NOTE: this will only combine video segments from the merging collection. If your existing collection already has individual video segments separated in directories those will not be combined.

Frames Tab: Auto Optimize
Frame segments within the same directory structure will be combined into an optimized fusked frame segment during the merger process if the {Auto combine individual frames into fusked frames} configuration is enabled. NOTE: this will only combine frame segments from the merging collection. If your existing collection already has individual frame segments separated in directories those will not be combined.

Pages Tab: Auto Optimize
Page segments within the same directory structure will be combined into an optimized fusked page segment during the merger process if the {Auto combine individual pages into fusked pages} configuration is enabled. NOTE: this will only combine page segments from the merging collection. If your existing collection already has individual page segments separated in directories those will not be combined.


Differences in Free and Full Versions

Screen capture of free version limitation dialog

Use Limitation:
The Free Version of Image Surfer Pro will only allow you to use the URL Capture Bar a limited number of times per browsing session. The primary use of the free version of Image Surfer Pro is to visualize existing fusker collection files and provide a limited feel for the ability to modify those fusker collections. Building extensive fusker collections with the free version will be difficult.

Screen Capture Examples

Sample screen capture after using Auto Range Override and Processing

A short example of using the extension to the Internet Explorer context menu in conjunction with the URL Capture Bar and Auto Range Override to add an image to your fusker collection.