On my daily browsing of new Cydia applications, I came across an app called “Find In Page”. Reading the description of the app, I wasn’t really sure what was the purpose of it. But then, I saw a screenshot and it totally made sense. Now that I think about it, I’m kinda retarded for not figuring out what this app was about just by reading its name…

As its name suggests, Find In Page is an application that will help you find any text on any web page in Safari. This is a feature I’ve been expecting for a while so I didn’t think twice about installing this application and putting it to the test.

Installing Find In Page will not add any icon to your springboard but instead, it will add a bookmark called “Find In Page” in your Safari bookmarks. Now every time you visit a page in Safari and you’re looking for a specific word, simply open your bookmarks and tap “Find In Page”. This will bring up a window asking you to type the text you’re looking for.

In this example, we’re looking for the word “ringtone” in the post that I wrote yesterday about Audiko. Tap OK and it will then tell you how many results were found.

Again, tap OK to acknowledge the amount of matches found and it will then give you a version of the page you’re looking at with all the words you’re looking for highlighted in yellow.

This is a very powerful feature when you’re looking for a specific word on a long web page. No doubt that I will be using this app from time to time.

However, I wish the developer of this app had pushed it a little further and added the ability to go to the “next” match found or “previous” match found, just like your web browser (or any text editing software) can do on your computer.

Have you downloaded this application yet? If so, please tell us what you think in the comments.

  • Riv

    The name of the app is “Find in Page” and it is horrible. Installing this did not add a bookmark to my phone and it DELETED all of my other bookmarks I previously had. I removed the app and it did not do anything to replace the bookmarks I had before. Now I have lost them all. Worthless app.

  • Gosh I’m so retarded! You’re right, it’s called Find In Page, NOT Find In Text. I’m going to edit the post right away. I didn’t have any problem with my bookmarks though. Sorry to hear you had issues with it. Did the bookmarks come back when you deleted the app?

  • Riv

    The bookmarks did not come back, and I never sync them through iTunes. Oh Well. This is my first negative experience with Cydia. If this is the worst thing that happens to me I won’t be too bad off. 🙂

  • Riv

    Well, I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and try it again. I re-synced my bookmarks through iTunes then installed the Find in Page app again. Once again it deleted all of my bookmarks and did not even add a bookmark for itself. Twice failed and I will never try again.

  • Riv,

    What kind of device are you on? iPhone 2G? 3G? iPod Touch?

    Sebastien

  • Riv

    3G phone 2.2 firmware

  • Rey

    The Cydia app erased all my bookmarks too and they didn’t come back when I deleted the app. It’s pretty bad. Let this be a warning to people.

    If you really want this feature, add the bookmarklet from the link below to your Safari bookmarks (on computer) and sync the iphone bookmarks with the computer bookmarks.
    http://www.lifeclever.com/17-powerful-bookmarklets-for-your-iphone/

  • Riv

    Sebastien:

    This is off topic but do you know how I can get StatusNotifier to show the large icons on the lock screen? I get the icons on the status bar but nothing on the lock screen. Thanks again.

    -Riv

  • @Rey – good link! Thanks for sharing.

    @Riv – Sorry but I don’t know how to get these larger icons on the lock screen.I would think that you can find it in Cydia by looking for “status notifier” or something along these lines.

    Sebastien

  • Riv

    Rey:

    Great link. The find in page bookmarklet works like a charm. Thanks again.

    -Riv

  • Olek

    It deleted all of my bookmarks too! Didn’t restore them on uninstalling.
    I’m using iPhone 3G FW 2.2.

  • Hello Olek,

    Thank you for your comment. That is so strange. Me and a couple of my friends installed the bookmarklet without problem. All our bookmarks are still there. It seems to me that this bookmarklets is causing a conflict with something else. If I find out what it is, I will post it here. Please do the same.

    Thank you

    Sebastien

  • salar

    First I installed the “Find in Page” and it added a bookmark without deleting anything. Then I came across another app that it adds many bookmarks to my safari which includes “find in page” too. It calls “safari addon plugins” This one however deleted my other bookmarks but it has everything such as: Tabulate, Findinpage, Translate, translate to english, itransmogrify, and etc…!
    Does anybody know how to use itransmogrify? what type of flash can it play?

  • Gustavs

    Hello.

    Say, how can I get that font for my iPhone?

  • @Gustavs – what?

  • great stuff

  • Gustavs

    @Sebastien – Thank you!

  • John

    While nice, Find in Page does not jump.

    It does not perform a Find Next.

    If you’re reading a walkthrough for a video game and need to jump from the Table of Contents to, say, text marked near the bottom of the text file with a string like “[CHAPTER_3]” Then you can.

    In fact for over a week, i’ve been looking for something on the iPhone that does this, to no avail.

  • John

    Then you cannot**

  • Sadie

    Any tips on how to add the Find in Page (or other bookmarklets) to a PC (w/o Safari) in order to sync so that Find in Page appears in my iPhone bookmarks w/o other bookmarks being erased? Has anyone solved this problem, &/or used another browser on the iPhone satisfactorily?

    • 2sadie Why would you want to go through the process of syncing. I stalling “Find In Page” is easy enough

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  • @Sebastien: you may want to check out this video as well:

    http://findinpage.blogspot.com/2010/01/video-finding-needle-in-haystack-with.html

    It is my take on Find In Page with a toolbar and navigation buttons (also, the search does not have some of the technical issues I found with the other find in page bookmarklets that I outline here: http://findinpage.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-makes-this-find-in-page.html)

    Disclaimer: It is not free, but well worth the $0.99 price on the App Store if you are in serious need of a quality in-page search tool on mobile Safari.

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