Clipping Content from other Applications or the Web

Clipping Content from other Applications or the Web

As you navigate the Web or work in other applications, you sometimes want to capture content and save it for future reference. InfoQube provides a number of methods to do so
  • Clip specific content from a Web browser
  • Clip whole Web pages
  • Clip the URL of a Web page
  • Collect clips from different section of a web page or web pages
  • Copy content from word processors, such as MS Word
  • Clip screenshots, perhaps to do some annotations later on
To clip content you can use any of the following
  1. Internet Explorer Clipper
  2. Firefox Clipper
  3. Universal Clipper
  4. Add Item Hot Key
All of these methods require that IQ be open with your IQBase loaded. If more than 1 IQBase is open, a dialog is shown to select which one to use
This brings you to the New Item dialog which allows you to sent it to IQ. See 2. New Item dialog for details.
 
If IQ is not running, or if you are on a mobile device, use the EMailToIQ feature. Details here: Capturing Information using EmailToIQ
 

1. Internet Explorer Clipper

When the IE clipper is installed, you'll have 2 new entries in the IE right-click (context) menu:
  • InfoQube: Copy Content: Copy content to InfoQube (either selected content or entire page if nothing selected)
  • InfoQube: Create Link:Create a link to the current web page in InfoQube (creates an item with the URL field = web page URL)
     

2. Firefox Clipper

The InfoQube Firefox Clipper is currently compatible with Firefox versions up to v56. Starting v57 (Quantum), the clipper cannot be installed
 
When the Firefox clipper is installedyou'll have 2 new entries in the FF right-click (context) menu. In addition, 2 icons are also shown on the toolbar:
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  • InfoQube: Copy Content:  Copy content to InfoQube (either selected content or entire page if nothing selected)
  • InfoQube: Create Link:     Create a link to the current web page in InfoQube (creates an item with the URL field = web page URL)
     

3. Universal Clipper

The universal clipper can be used to clip content from other applications and browsers.
 
To do so:
  1. Select some text
  2. Press the Universal Clipper Hotkey
  3. If you wish to clip the whole page or just link to the page, choose it in the Add Item dialog
  • The Hotkey is set in Tools > Options > Program Settings > General > Other (1.6.16) 
    For Windows 10, Win + C  is a natural choice. However, with the Creators Update version (1703), Win + C is used by Cortana. 
    There are in fact very few unused shortcuts, so an option is to disable Cortana. See this link for details on how to do that (other solutions here and here too)
    For Windows 8 however, that hotkey is used by the system, so another one is required. Win+A is a good choice
     

4. Add Item Hotkey

The Add Item Hotkey simply shown the Add Item dialog where you can add items directly to IQ
  • The Hotkey is set in Tools > Options > Program Settings > General > Other (1.6.16)
    The defailt Hotkey is Win + N
     

5. Using the Add Item Dialog

All of the above will bring you to the Add Item Dialog.
 
The 3 clippers will fill the dialog with as much information as possible:
  • Item text will be the Web page title or program caption
    IQ can strip off common text from the title. This is defined in Tools > Options > 1.6.17 
  • URL of the web page
  • The HTML section will show the selected text will show up in the HTML section
    Clipping information (url, date/time, user) is also appended. See Configuring the Clipping Footer for details
     
The dialog is not modal, so you can keep clipping to add more information (other text section or web pages)
 
See 2. New Item dialog for details on using the Add Item Dialog (including assigning fields)