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Hey friends, I haven't been here for a while but wanted to visit to let you know I have a couple new theocratic posts up on AppChasers.com. This one shows how to view the hidden descriptions of any Watchtower article photo. It can be helpful when preparing comments about a photo and wanting to make sure you're in line with the Branch's intent. The process uses the awesome iPhone app called Workflow. You might have heard of it before as it let's you build and run automated processes very easily from your device. This one pulls all the descriptions from the wol.jw.org article, combines them with their photos, and then creates a PDF. Let me know if you have any questions. Here's the whole article:

 

How to see a Description of any Watchtower Article Photo: http://appchasers.com/2016/12/15/how-to-see-a-description-of-any-watchtower-article-photo/

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3 hours ago, appchasers said:

Hey friends, I haven't been here for a while but wanted to visit to let you know I have a couple new theocratic posts up on AppChasers.com. This one shows how to view the hidden descriptions of any Watchtower article photo. It can be helpful when preparing comments about a photo and wanting to make sure you're in line with the Branch's intent. The process uses the awesome iPhone app called Workflow. You might have heard of it before as it let's you build and run automated processes very easily from your device. This one pulls all the descriptions from the wol.jw.org article, combines them with their photos, and then creates a PDF. Let me know if you have any questions. Here's the whole article:

 

How to see a Description of any Watchtower Article Photo: http://appchasers.com/2016/12/15/how-to-see-a-description-of-any-watchtower-article-photo/

 

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Not sure if I need to see the reference description.  Our WT study conductor generally allows us to interpret the pictures based on the text of the lesson.  This week's lesson about faith has a picture of possibly Abraham dwelling in tents with other members of his caravan in the wilderness  and teaching a child, possibly Jacob or Esau, apparently about some event in their recent past.  One might also consider that the old man might be Shem, who we recently studied was alive during Abraham's time, and he might be teaching Isaac about the flood. 

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On my iPad I searched the App Store for "browser source" and downloaded a free program called "Show Code ..."

After pasting the link to today's WT article into it I scrolled through until I found lines beginning  <img src and found:

 

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So while the approach at the first post is thorough (and perhaps useful if you already own Workflow) it's possible to get the same information on an iDevice for free.

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On Android I just go to wol, press the photo and the description appears on top of the menu... Maybe it works for iOS also

 

On this week study some commented that the man teaching the child was Abraham but that's not correct according to the image description or the paragraph 

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13 minutes ago, jayrtom said:

On Android I just go to wol, press the photo and the description appears on top of the menu... Maybe it works for iOS also

 

On this week study some commented that the man teaching the child was Abraham but that's not correct according to the image description or the paragraph 

Screenshot_20161218-192427.png

 

We just get Save Image or Copy on iOS. Tim Cook knows what's best for us, lol.

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8 hours ago, ChrisTheConfused said:

On my iPad I searched the App Store for "browser source" and downloaded a free program called "Show Code ..."

After pasting the link to today's WT article into it I scrolled through until I found lines beginning  <img src and found:

 

IMG_2503.PNGIMG_2504.PNG

 

So while the approach at the first post is thorough (and perhaps useful if you already own Workflow) it's possible to get the same information on an iDevice for free.

Very cool find! For viewing source code I like this app that has an extension and can be used from the Safari share sheet. View Source – HTML, JavaScript and CSS by Paul Hudson
https://appsto.re/us/hgMS2.i Not a bad option but not as cool, quick, or clean as what Workflow provides. Thanks for all your insights friends!

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23 hours ago, ChrisTheConfused said:

We just get Save Image or Copy on iOS. Tim Cook knows what's best for us, lol.

 

 

23 hours ago, jayrtom said:

On Android I just go to wol, press the photo and the description appears on top of the menu... Maybe it works for iOS also

 

On this week study some commented that the man teaching the child was Abraham but that's not correct according to the image description or the paragraph 

Screenshot_20161218-192427.png

 

Hello brother , why does, t that work for me ? I use android

 

Greetings Vera

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18 minutes ago, choetah said:

 

Hello brother , why does, t that work for me ? I use android

Sr. Vera,  My android phone (Version 6.0 Marshmallow)  works most of the time.  the picture will show the caption if you touch is firmly but briefly.  Sometimes if I try to do it a second time, it just enlarges the picture.

It only seems to work for me when I use Google Chrome as my browser.  I tried another internet browser and it did not display (it gave me other options but not the caption).  So far, this feature only seems to work on the publications in the WOL library.  It does not work in the JW Library app and I can't get it to work in JW.Org either.  Since the WT-DVD library only works with Windows, you could use the regular Windows method to 'right-click' on the picture and select "inspect".  If you chose to go to the WT-DVD Library and choose a Watchtower, it does work by clicking on the little picture in the upper right hand margin.

 

So ask yourself, am I using Android?  Am I using Chrome? Am I using the WOL library?  Am I connected to the Internet?  These and other checks will help determine if you can get the captions.

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When you want to see the original intent behind an image in a Watchtower or any of our publications, it's easy using a PC or a laptop. I have a Windows 7 laptop running the Firefox web browser. When viewing an image on JW.org,  right-click the image and select "View Image Info" from the pop-up menu. A new window opens with the image's details.

 

Trying to do the same using the Safari web browser running on an iPad or iPad Mini or iPhone is not as easy. However, there's no need to install apps to do the job. Here's the method I use - the method is documented on various tech web sites.

 

Okay it takes a bit to setup but once that's done, using it is easy.

 

Open any web page you like in Safari
Bookmark it [Tap the Action icon - an open square with an arrow pointing up - and look for Bookmark]
Once that's done,
Tap the Bookmarks icon [An open book] a list of your bookmarks appears.
Look at bottom of the pop-up for Edit
Select your new bookmark
Rename it: View Source
In the URL area: delete the URL and paste this javascript:

 

javascript:(function(){var a=window.open('about:blank').document;a.write('<!DOCTYPE html><html><head><title>Source of '+location.href+'</title><meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width" /></head><body></body></html>');a.close();var b=a.body.appendChild(a.createElement('pre'));b.style.overflow='auto';b.style.whiteSpace='pre-wrap';b.appendChild(a.createTextNode(document.documentElement.innerHTML))})();


Tap Done

 

Now the easy part:

Open a web page, let's say a study Watchtower, use the new 'View Source' bookmark and the page's source code will appear. Search through it for the image info you want.


To make searching easy:
Type this into the address bar:
alt="
and choose 'On This Page' from the dropdown menu. A list of images with alternate text will appear. Ideal for seeing the original intent behind the image in any of our publications.

 

Like I said it takes a bit of work to set it up, but using it is very easy, and its Free!

 

If anyone wants to try this method and is uncertain exactly how to do it, I can post again using screengrabs.

 

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Update to yesterday's post of a bookmark  [bookmarklet]  for showing the source code of web pages so you can see the alternative text for any images. I came across this bookmarklet code today, it is an enhancement to the previous code.

 

Now you tap the bookmark, then tap on any image on the web page and a message box will pop up with the image's alternative text.

Also tapping the OK in the box will put the image text onto the web page above the image.

See screen grabs of this coming Sunday's Watchtower study article:

 

So how do you get this functionality in your iPad, iPad Mini or iPhone Safari web browser:

Follow the instructions from my last post but this time rename the bookmark: 'Show Image alt Text'. Then use this piece of javascript in the URL box.


javascript:for(var%20imCt=0;document.images[imCt];imCt++){void(document.images[imCt].onclick=function%20()%20{if(this.alt){if((window.brbanta=prompt('Image%20ALT%20text:\n(Click%20OK%20to%20insert%20this%20text%20before%20the%20image)',this.alt))&&this.parentNode){this.parentNode.insertBefore(document.createTextNode('%20'+brbanta),this);}}else{alert('There%20is%20no%20ALT%20text%20for%20this%20image');}});}


Instructions:  Open the web page, click the bookmarklet, click on an image to see its ALT text
 

This bookmarklet also works on PCs and laptops running Firefox etc. Should also work on Android devices but have not tested it.

 

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