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The all-HTML version of the Favorites Wizard keeps your Favorites list at iMarvel.com, so you don't have to worry about ever losing any of your Favorites because of a disk crash.
The following options are available in the Favorites Wizard:
- Add: The "Add" button will add a site to the Favorites list that is shown in the select-box. First, fill in the "Site Name:" box. Then fill in the "Site URL:" box (ignore the "Extra URL:" box, which is used only for the Radio Wizard.) Web addresses should be preceded with "http://". Then click the "Add" button. Normally, you'll need to reload the iMarvel page to see the new additions.
It is recommended that you keep only 10 or 20 favorites listed here (use your browser to keep bookmarks of sites you don't often visit.)
- Open: To open any web page, input a URL into the "Site URL" and/or "Extra URL" text-boxes. You can type the URL yourself, or you can select a site from one of the "Favorites" select-box. If you click "Open" with nothing in the URL boxes, you'll visit the ABC News site and hear their hourly RealPlayer broadcast.
The Favorites Wizard has an "auto-complete" feature: if there's no colon (":") in the URL, it fills in "http://", "www" and ".com" for you. For example, when you type "yahoo" in the "Site URL:" box and then click "Add" or "Open", iMarvel will make it "http://www.yahoo.com".
You can open more than one site simultaneously. To do this, hold down the [Ctrl] key while you click on multiple sites in the select-box. Each site will be opened in a separate window.
If you open several sites simultaneously, they will take more time to download. You could try doing something else for a while, then come back to the computer. All the sites will be fully loaded for you within a few minutes.
- Clear: The "Clear" button will clear the three text-boxes in the Favorites Wizard.
- Delete: The "Delete" button will delete any site that is named in the "Site Name:" box from your Favorites list.
When you surf to a web page that you want to add to iMarvel, follow these instructions to add the page as a "Favorite". This procedure is meant for Windows 95/98, but MacIntosh users can also do it using slightly different commands. First, open a window to the site you'd like to add. Then take the following steps:Type The Site Name:
1. Click on the "Site Name:" box of the Favorites Wizard.
2. Type in a name that describes the site and/or page.
Get The Site URL:
3. Click on the address bar at the top of the new site window, to select the URL.
4. Type [Ctrl]-C to copy the URL to the clipboard.
5. Click on the "Site URL:" box of iMarvel (if text is there, delete it.)
6. Type [Ctrl]-V to copy the URL from the clipboard.
7. If there is any text in the "Extra URL:" box, delete it.
Add The New Site:
8. Click the "Add" button.
9. Click the select-box that you'd like to add the site to.
10. If you want to add the site to another select-box in the Radio Wizard, repeat steps 8 and 9.
If you want to add a sound source, replace step 7 above with these steps:
Add The Sound URL:
7a. Right-click on any link on the new site window that plays a sound source. The link can be text or graphical. To determine whether it's really a RealMedia link, first hover the mouse arrow over the link or graphic and look at the "status line", the grey bar at the bottom of the window. If it ends in .smi, .ra, .rm, .ram or .ram then it's RealAudio-compatible. If you can't see the ending because the window is small, try enlarging the window. If you can't do that, continue on and see if it's a RealMedia link in step 7d.
7b. If you're using Internet Explorer, click on "Copy Shortcut" to copy the link to the clipboard. On Netscape Navigator, click on "Copy Link Location". On some older browsers, you may be able to copy text links, but not graphic links. In that case, you'll have to discover the URL of the link and type it in manually.
7c. Click on the "Extra URL:" box of iMarvel.
7d. Type [Ctrl]-V to copy the URL from the clipboard.
After you've added Favorites, always save your settings by clicking the Save button in the Controls Wizard. After you Save your settings file as /starbase7/saveset.htm, you should save it again under a different name, as a backup copy. We suggest naming files "backup1.htm" through "backup7.htm", one copy for each day of the week.
If you don't think you'll use a Favorite often, you should delete it. This will reduce the clutter of unused URLs, and iMarvel may run a little faster.
Here's some ideas for adding more Favorites to your Personal iMarvel :
See also: Internet Traffic Wizard, Search Wizard.
- Add some pages that would be good for a "morning briefing". For example, you could add a traffic page and a weather page. To search for a good weather page, look in a search engine such as Alta Vista for "<cityname> weather <station-name>", where station-name is the TV station that you think has the best weather reports. In Seattle, "KOMO" is a good station name for weather. To search for a good traffic page, just look for "<cityname> traffic". Some other good ideas: news pages, pages that cover your favorite hobbies, a radio station, a RealMedia news clip, a classified-ads site, a site that watches travel ticket fares. Your imagination is the only limit!
- Let's say there's two pages at a web site that you would like to visit at the same time. You can type a web page URL into the "Extra URL:" box and another URL into the "Site URL:" box. Then you'll be able to simultaneously visit those pages in separate windows with one click.
- You can add any non-web URLs that your browser can understand. Some examples are:
"mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" for email
"callto:" for NetMeeting calls
"file:C:\path\filename.xyz" to bring up any file on your disk, displayed in the appropriate file viewer
- You can add URLs from your hard disk. Here's an example of how to add a MIDI file in Windows 95/98: Click on the "Start" button, then "Find", then "Files and Folders". Look for files named "*.mid" on the "C:" hard drive. Type any listed filename into the "Extra URL:" box (example: "C:\windows\media\filename.mid") and then type a name into the "Site Name:" box. You can now add that sound to any of the select-boxes. If you add it to the "Favorites" box, you can play it as an alarm when you use the "Visit Sites" alarm type.
You can also add .MP3 files and any other multimedia files that you have a player or plug-in for.