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APAD: Snap Shots Plugin

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April 16th, 2007
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Snap Shots Plugin (Formery Snap Preview Anywhere)

Plugin Page:
Snap Shots Plugin

Description:
This plugin, now in version 1.3, lets you display small thumbnails for your linked pages. This plugin received a lot of attention since it first was released and has been downloaded over 10,000 times. Snap Shots is currently also available on WordPress.com

Features:

  • Generates perfectly valid XHTML code
  • All options can be set via WP-Admin.
  • Options can be changed at anytime to customize the preview.
  • The plugin can automatically add the code to the footer

Changelog Version 1.3:

  • Plugin name changed from Snap Preview Anywhere Plugin to Snap Shots Plugin in accordance with the name change of the service.
  • Code added to footer is now XHTML 1.1 compliant as well.
  • Blocks of Links behavior has been deprecated.
  • You can now set if you want only PreviewShotsâ„¢ to be displayed
  • LOADS of options to play with!

Future Plans:

  • Ability to add domains you don’t want the preview to display on.
  • Widgetize the plugin.

Review

Installation is as simple as downloading the plugin, uploading it to your wp-content/plugins folder (the plugin comes in its own folder, the complete folder should be uploaded), and activating it through your admin interface. You will also need to signup for Snap Shots and generate the code. In the code you will find a 32-digit parameter that follows key=. This will be needed for configuring the display. Once you find this code and add it in the admin, you should be all set. The plugin takes care of everything else and you should be able to hover your mouse above any link on your blog and see the Snap Shot.

It seems that Snap Shots are a matter of taste. A lot of people like them and continue to use them while some have felt that the hover boxes are distractions or just do not belong on blogs. I can see where this would be really useful for theme authors who want to display small screenshots of their linked themes without cluttering up the whole page. Photo blogs can also make good use of this plugin.

If you like the previews, this plugin is the way to add them to your WordPress blog!

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  1. Guy R. Vestal (10 comments.) says:

    Sadly enough, I must agree on the

    side of the argument. I despise the popup/popunder’s of the spam world…

  2. Guy R. Vestal (10 comments.) says:

    I also need to learn how to use blockquotes here as well it seems!

  3. Azmeen (14 comments.) says:

    I don’t understand why having a small (and sometimes stale) thumbnail of a link that you’re going to visit anyway improves on the web browsing experience.

  4. eyn (4 comments.) says:

    I don’t think a plugin like this need any more exposure, especially after all those hypes. Also, many people still think a feature like this is completely pointless, which includes pro bloggers e.g. Lorelle.

  5. jez (56 comments.) says:

    I find them annoying somehow!

  6. Anthony (1 comments.) says:

    It would be great for these thumbnail plugins to have an option for visitors to turn them off so they’re not forced into an annoying user experience.

  7. Storm (6 comments.) says:

    I badly wanted this (previous version) for about an hour. But I had problems setting it up and I was glad I didn’t add it after thinking about it for a day.

    I kinda like those smaller blue tooltips some people have. I wonder how they do that.

  8. Terje (1 comments.) says:

    Used it for about 4 minutes and hated it. Snap Shots are annoying.

  9. antonius (1 comments.) says:

    my email has been validated to use this plugin, but i could not find a place to insert the ‘snip’, because i could not fid this [/body] tag in my php files.
    sorry, i am newbie in this… :-)

    thanks for your responses…

  10. Ty (1 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the tips on getting Snap shot to work!



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