March 31, 2015 in Utilities (AF)
[prMac.com] Minneapolis, Minnesota - Adams Software has released the Findey App, a browser extension that runs within Mobile Safari on iOS devices. Users can quickly find text on the page they are looking for by tapping the Action button, then the Findey icon. The user's five previous searches can be run on the page with a single tap and no keystrokes. When a search is run Findey shows the total number of results and allows the user to use "back" and "forward" buttons to navigate through them. Matching text is highlight with a red font and yellow background to make it stand out.
If the user has copied text to the clipboard, there is a "Paste" button in Findey that searches for it immediately. It scrolls to the first result without a need to long press in a text field, choose "Paste" from the standard iOS menu, and tap a "Find" button. If the goal of a search was to find a link, tapping on the link in Findey will immediately close Findey's browser extension and Safari will navigate to the URL.
Because Findey is a browser extension there is a more involved setup than for typical iOS apps. After a user gets the Findey app from the App Store they can launch it to get directions for how to go into Mobile Safari to enable the Findey browser extension which they will use to search for text. Afterwards, the user will have little reason to launch the main Findey app other than to read FAQs or to communicate with Adams Software.
Even though Mobile Safari has "Find Text" functionality built in, Adams Software believes that users will easily get 99 cents worth of value from Findey. Safari's "Find Text" functionality is so hard to discover that almost no iOS users are aware of its existence. Furthermore it often requires an awkward dismissal of the keyboard to even launch it, and it always requires the users to type in the terms for which they are searching.
Adams Software is very up front about acknowledging the existence of this functionality in Safari because they do not want users to feel tricked out of their 99 cents. Thus they clearly disclose its existence on Findey's website and even link to a video on YouTube showing how to use it because they feel Findey compares favorably to it.
Findey's ability to run within Mobile Safari itself is a big selling point. That wasn't even possible until Apple opened up Extensions for third party developers in iOS 8. In Findey's case it makes it much less disruptive to perform a common web surfing task without requiring the user to switch back and forth between apps.
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.1 or later
* Optimized for iPhone 5, 6/6 Plus
* 7.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Findey 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.
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