Rons WebLynx - Quick Start Guide - Rons Place Articles

Introduction

Congratulations! You have downloaded and installed Rons WebLynx - now what?

Follow this quick guide to get you started and make the most of the application as soon as possible. For the ones who prefer to “get in there” first and check the details later, you can get started by following the steps of the Flash Start section at the beginning of this guide.

We hope you will enjoy Rons WebLynx as much as we do. Have fun with it!

Main Window

A brief overview of Rons WebLynx

Rons WebLynx is a tool designed to streamline the world of web research, stripping away the inane and often distracting advertisements and irrelevant articles, leaving you with the exact data you set out to find. Using this tool, your web searches suddenly become proactive, focused and efficient. 

To top this off, Rons WebLynx not only optimizes your web research but can be used as a remarkable organisation tool; used to store, edit and refine your bookmarks for optimum systematization and, to be perfectly blunt, ease.

I will be the first to admit that I am fundamentally lazy, which makes menial tasks such as looking for vacation locations, researching products or searching for specific recipes a reasonably painful ordeal. So, when using WebLynx, I was pleasantly relieved to find that this software did all the work for me. Once you have uploaded the links that you want to look through, apply the necessary settings the software pigeonholes the details you wanted to look for, therefore highlighting all the (for lack of a better word) drivel that you want to ignore.

Flash Start

This Flash Start section is for those who wish to get started in a few seconds. Rons WebLynx was designed to be as instinctive and self-explanatory as possible so after step 4 one can easily start discovering the application by clicking around.

  • Rons WebLynx is file-based so let’s start by creating a new file from the Rons WebLynx Dashboard, so click on New… you are prompted to name and save your first WebLynx file. Once done, your new file opens.
  • Under the familiar tree-structure Folder section on the left, create your first folders and sub-folders. For example, create folders for all the links that you are using regularly ('Frequent', 'Administration', 'Work', 'Leisure', 'News' etc.).
  • Under the Tag section on the left, create your first tags. For example, create tags for all the links that you want to quickly highlight ('Important', 'Read later' etc.).
  • Drag and drop some links from a browser page onto a tag, folder or the central area. There are several other ways to import links, but for now we want to keep it short.
  • Now that you have a few links available, select one of them and discover the side panels sections that are located on the right. Hover over them to see their names, click on them to open them starting probably with Link Page (browser view) and Link Content.

You can now explore all the options available. We do advise ultimately to read our guide and articles so that you can make the most of your bookmarks and Rons WebLynx, and don’t miss out on any interesting features.

How to Create a New File and Import Links in Rons WebLynx

First Thing, Create a File

WebLynx is file based allowing you to separate different areas of interest into separate files and have more than one file open at the same time for flexible usage. Creating a new WebLynx file is very easy, and is a great way of storing your links for future uses. Files are saved onto your drive much like a document, so can be accessed both within WebLynx and your File Explorer.

The Dashboard welcomes you with a section dedicated to creating new files, another one to opening existing files and one which handily displays the most recent files.

Also, make sure to notice the little box down the right side of the screen which is called Automatically Open Last File on Start: when this box is checked, as stated by the name, the last Rons WebLynx file will always be the one opening first instead of the dashboard.

On the start page there are three options available: New…, New from Import... and New from Exchange File..., and the ribbon var File menu has options to create (New) and Close files. These are explained below.

Main Window Page Start Page

New…

New empty File

This option allows you to create a brand-new empty file. You are prompted for your new WebLynx file name and location and when done, your new Rons WebLynx file opens. Thats it, you are now ready to create folders and tags and add links.

New from Import…

New File with Imported Links

This option allows you to create a new file and import links from other sources. When the Import window opens you are prompted for a name and location for your new WebLynx file and you can select from several sources including web browser bookmarks.

See Rons WebLynx - Importing and Exporting Bookmarks for more details.

New from Exchange file…

New File with Exchange Links

This option allows you to create a new file from a WebLynx exchange file. Exchange files are files that contain lists of links. They can be used to backup, email, and generally move links between WebLynx files. When the Import window opens you are prompted for a name and location for your new WebLynx file and one or more WebLynx exchange files.

See Rons WebLynx - Importing and Exporting Bookmarks for more details.

How to Bring Links into Rons WebLynx

Copy and paste links into the application

There are different ways to import links into Rons WebLynx. An easy way to import links for your research is simply to copy and paste links into the application. Just throw them in! For example, you could go to your internet browser and, as usual, type into the search bar what you would like to research. Once the links have loaded, highlight and copy them, as follows:

Copying Links from a Web Search

Once you have done this open up WebLynx, go to the Folders section on the left panel or to any tag, then right-click on the blank area in the center and select paste. Dragging and dropping works equally well. This will paste all the highlighted links into WebLynx.

Pasting LinksWhen a new link is added, its logo will appear in front of it (when available) and when the link is healthy the block surrounding the logo is green. The colour will get lighter and fade to transparent with the days passing by. It makes it easy to distinguish the newest links among others. When a link is invalid, broken or expired the colour is red.

Another way to check the validity of the links is to select the icon Views in the left-hand panel; within this there is a list of locations in which files can be stored. If there are any ‘broken’ or ‘corrupted’ links they will appear in the sub-folders Missing or Errored, as shown below: 

Missing Link View

But let's get back to importing links and to the Quick Add.

Type the links in the application from Quick Add

As you know by now, links can be imported directly into any folders but sometimes it can be very useful to just type in a link or paste a link from another application. The Quick Add is an area at the bottom of the screen where links can be typed in directly. To open Quick Add simply click on the Quick Add button on the Ribbon bar at the top of the main window. See picture below.

Landing Zone - Links Entry Area

As you type your link into the Link box it will be checked, and you can see the status next the box, as well as the icon and Name that have been fetched from the page entered.

Tidy Links

Clicking Add (+) will add the link to the current folder or tag(s) selected.

Import links Using the Rons WebLynx Wizard

Did you realize that you could actually add lots of links from several other places rather than copying them directly from websites?

You can actually import your bookmarks from web browsers (where you might have been saving thousands of links as bookmarks or favorites and completely forgot about them! Or am I talking only about myself?), from directories, files saved in your computer, and even from your e-mails in Outlook. Well, this is where the Import wizard can help you import them and sort them properly in Rons WebLynx. Trust me, it is going to be so nice to finally have some control on these interesting links that were saved but may never be seen again!

If you select Management/ Import from the Ribbon bar in the main window you will see the first window and Wizard step allowing you to start the import for the different options.

Importing Links with the WizardI won't guide you through each step as you can read Rons WebLynx - Importing and Exporting Bookmarks for this. It is easy to follow the few steps however which will allow you to locate a folder, or tag(s) or create one to import your links to.

Incidentally a new file can be created from Import when selecting “File” as source and entering a new file name when browsing (again see Rons WebLynx - Importing and Exporting Bookmarks for more details).

Importing Websites

Sometimes you just love a website so much that you simply want all its links, from all its pages... or you're simply running a market research! Or you want to know everything about a place or a city that you are about to visit.

You can import the whole website with its internal links as well as external ones if you wish to, by selecting Management/Import Website from the ribbon bar.

I recently visited a city called Troyes in the Champagne-Ardenne area in France. Before going there I decided to download the tourism information website of Troyes. I downloaded thousands of links, some of them useless, but, because they are very conveniently imported into organized folders (which completely depends on the website designer), it is generally very easy to get rid of what is not relevant or interesting. For example, I got rid of the majority of the links by deleting the Dutch, German and Spanish translations. It left me with the core of the most important information I was looking for: links of the best restaurants, shopping areas, historical sites and the city stories. Not only was it useful before going there, I just love keeping this information in case I want to check it out again, or if I want to share these links with my family or my friends.

Importing a Website

Warning: get ready to find yourself spending much to much time looking into great new web links! Enjoy!

Wrapping Up

I hope this was enough to get you started with Ron WebLynx, give you some idea of the power there-in, and a taste for organizing knowledge. Its addictive.

Note that there is much more to Rons WebLynx and I would like to invite you to have a look at the other articles listed on our website. For example, read about the automatic Link Filing, it adds an extra dimension to Rons WebLynx. It just feels great to get hundreds of links into the application and get them all sorted, stored in different folders, tagged, useless links and broken links all removed, and all in one go! Check it all out by yourself by reading our other articles.

Have fun, and if you have any question, any suggestion, or any constructive feedback, do not hesitate to contact us.


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