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Themis

Themis

London, United Kingdom

Group Gallery EasyClean with iMacros

Hi All,

My first Journal entry is not about me, but about something I discovered (iMacros) thanks to a happy combination of events: I sent a rather desperate plea to the help people at RB, and I got a very prompt reply from Jo, directing me to a very new post in the Friends of RB forum – check it out. I’m guessing DR will be swamped pretty quickly with requests, though… Anyway, I decided to try this new thing for myself, and here are the steps that worked for me – so well, in fact, that I decided to put this in a Journal entry, hoping that more hosts could get their life back:

  1. If you don’t have Firefox yet, install it (mozilla.com)
  2. While in Firefox, search on the Mozilla site for ‘*iMacro*’ – you get only one result, install the add-on, restart Firefox.
  3. Click the new icon next to the address bar, you get a little side bar on the left.
  4. Go to the art pages of the group to clean and the page you want to start from (page 500? there it is in the group I just finished cleaning up (as at 24th February 2010) If It Doesn’t Belong)
  5. Click on the Rec tab of the sidebar and click Record
  6. Go to the first picture, click Remove, press Return when the ‘are you sure?’ dialog box opens up
  7. Wait until the page reloads, and click on the Stop button.
  8. Go to the Play tab, and in the Repeat Macro field, put a number (default is 3, I used 100 to test) and click on Play (Loop).
  9. Make coffee and watch :-)

The speed? Cleaned up about 1000 pages over one week, while sleeping! Worth a try, I say :-)

For the adventurous

Go to the Edit tab, copy the last couple of lines, paste under the last line a few times, and after saving and closing this, go to the Play tab, set the loop to 500.

The only thing to watch for that I noticed so far: every now and then you may get an error page (I got 502 – Bad Gateway) – just refresh the page by pressing F5 and restart the macro. Oh, and you may run out of pages :-)

Last updated: 24 February 2010

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