Cross platform tool doesn’t get cross if it can’t see the other platform.
John Williams, of Pic_Index fame, has released version 1.4 of URLtoIE, his application designed to help with web pages that prove troublesome on RISC OS browsers, by passing them over the network to Internet Explorer on a PC.
The application will take an address contained within an Acorn URI shortcut, an ANT URL shortcut or a plain text file – such as a URL dragged straight from NetSurf, though any text file can be used; it will search through the file until it finds a URL – and convert it to an Internet Explorer shortcut. When the file containing the URL is dragged onto URLtoIE on the icon bar, the application works its magic and presents the user with a save dialogue. The icon in that dialogue can be dragged to a filer window to save it – which could be a suitable location on another computer on the network, accessed using LanManFS.
The user can then switch to using the other machine, and launch the file by double clicking on it, at which point it will be opened in the default web browser for that computer.
The update to version 1.4 will launch OmniClient, provided it has been seen by the filer, and if a path has been set in John’s application, it will be mounted and the specified directory opened if it receives an Adjust click – a handy shortcut to open the destination filer window for saving the converted URL. Previously, the action of an Adjust click was simply to open the specified directory, which failed catastrophically if it hadn’t already been mounted, causing URLtoIE to throw up an error and then quit.