Start Guide Rons WebLynx
**WARNING: Rons WebLynx is currently going through important changes and this guide has not been updated yet (17 January 2020)**
- Create a File
Organize and Navigate
- Automatic Filing
- Search and Filter
- Editing Links
- Link Sorting
- Star Rating
- Quick Add
Congratulations! You have downloaded and installed Rons WebLynx successfully! Now what?
Follow this quick guide to get you started and make the most of the application as soon as possible.
Create a File
Rons WebLynx is file based, so that various topics don’t overlap and contaminate each other. So, the first step in using the app is to create a file.
To do this, click on New on the start page, or select the File/New menu, and create and save a new Rons WebLynx file.
To have this file open every time you start Ron’s WebLynx, check the Automatically open last file on start in the Options Window or on the Start page.
Rons WebLynx had some very powerful import capabilities (shown below), but we are going to import bookmarks by selecting one of Internet Explorer (Favorites), Firefox or Google Chrome.
If you have copied something to the clipboard that contains links.
Enter a web page location from which all links (in the page) will be imported.
Browse and select a file from which all links will be extracted.
Browse and select a directory to scan for files from which all links will be extracted.
Select an Outlook folder to scan for emails from which all links will be extracted.
Internet Explorer (Favorites)
Select Internet Explorer (Favorites) to extract bookmarks from this web browser.
Select Firefox to extract bookmarks from this web browser.
Select Google Chrome to extract bookmarks from this web browser.
So, to get some initial links into Rons WebLynx, let's start with bookmarks. Whilst WebLynx can be used to store bookmarks, it has really been designed to manage a large number of links and internet information, but bookmarks are a good place to start.
To open the Import Window, go to Management in the navigation bar and click the Import button.
Select one of Internet Explorer (Favorites), Firefox or Google Chrome and click the Next button.
Choose the folder where the links are to be stored or create one by entering a name in the Folder field at the top. Links can be moved and sorted later if this choice is temporary. Click the Next button.
Select an existing tag or create one by entering a new tag name and clicking on the arrow buttons. This can be skipped. Click the Next button.
The extracted links are displayed for preselection prior to importing them. Finally click on Import to import the links into the chosen folder.
Organize and Navigate
One of the main ways of organising links in Rons WebLynx is to use the familiar folder structure.
Aside from the usual creation and deletion of folders available in the Home tab on the navigation bar, folders can be moved or merged by using the folder Move button or right-click menu. A particularly useful merge is Merge Children after importing.
The other main way of organising links in Rons WebLynx is to use tags. Because tags can be applied to any number of links at any time, the viewing and application of tags has been split.
The tag panel on the left is used to quickly view the links according to their tags, and is grouped with the other navigation options (like folders).
The tag panel on the right is used to tag the links that are selected using any of the navigation options on the left. Here you can also create new tags and assign them colours.
Tag colours are displayed in the main link list in the center as a stripped coloured bar on the right.
View are used to quickly see groups of links in certain states for convenience. The link views are New, Expired, Missing, Errored, Multiple Folders, No Folders, No Tags or Deleted.
One very powerful feature of Rons WebLynx is Automatic Filing. Automatic Filing allows you to file links automatically by creating rules (Tag Link, Move Link and Delete Link) that can be applied both manually and automatically.
To add new Automatic Filing rules, go to Management/Link Filing/Edit Rules. Some simple guidelines are available in the window.
New Tag Link Rule
New Move Link Rule
New Delete Rule
Automatic Filing rules can be enabled or disabled.
Automatic Filing rules can be enabled so that links are simultaneously tagged, stored or deleted when copied into Rons WebLynx. However, the automatic filing can also be run manually by selecting all or a selection of links and by clicking on File Links in the menu.
Search and Filter
Search is part of navigation in the left-hand panel.
The Quick Search section allows easy searching of the location currently being viewed (Current Links) or All Links by keyword.
The Advanced Search Options section allows more search options to be applied for refinement of the search. For example, using star ratings and tags.
Select a link and Edit it either by clicking on it, right-clicking and selecting Edit or by using the top Edit menu.
Sort your links into an ascending or descending view by selecting one of the drop-down menu options at the top of the link list.
Links can be rated wherever the rating stars are, simply hover above the stars as they turn yellow and click to select the number of stars you wish to give your link.
This can be done in the link list (for one or more), in the Edit window or in the Link information tab.
Use the Notes Side Panel to enter any notes on the selected link.
Open the Quick Add box to drag or paste your links in a dedicated area. A new link is easily recognizable because the company logo is displayed with a dark green background. As time goes by the green colour becomes lighter.
Go to Management/Export, Choose the format (HTML, XML, Linker Exchange or Content) and the source and export in Clipboard or a file.