I stumbled upon Prowl this week and I have to say it's a pretty brilliant idea and an excellent use of the new push notification system in iPhone 3.0. Since they have an open API to send whatever you want to a user (defined by their API key), I decided to create an extension based on IPS to send whatever text you select to your iPhone. This could be phone numbers, directions, recipes...whatever you want to quickly send. It functions like a copy and paste across devices, similar to what Evernote's Web Clipper does but with the added bonus of having whatever you sent pushed as a push notification.

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This assumes that you have the Prowl account and have the plugin and iPhone app installed. If you don't, get up to speed here.

1) Generate an API key under 'settings'.
2) Install the Prowler extension and restart Firefox when prompted
3) Copy and paste the API key you just generated into the Prowler Options preferences (under Tools > Prowler Options) and close the dialog
4) To send text to Prowl, select any text (up to 10000 characters), right click and click "Send Selected Text to Prowl"

That's all! Let me know how it works for you guys.

16 Responses to “Prowler: A Firefox extension to quickly send selected text to Prowl”

  1. How to send text from any application to Prowl | JZ * LABS - the web experiment playground of jason ting Says:

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  2. Roy Bragg Says:

    This works like a charm. Great work.

  3. J Hatchett Says:

    Thank you it works perfect inside the Vista64 and Win732 environments being sent to iPhone3gs through Growl for Windows.

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  4. craym0nk Says:

    Brilliant work! Is there any chance this could be extended to allow some kind of text input and editing rather than just sending highlighted text?

    Something along the lines of a status bar icon that popped up a blank input box with further icons that would automagically paste the current URL or highlighted text into the input area and then allow the user to edit the content before sending. Checkout the interface for TwitterFox if my description doesn’t make sense.

  5. DeeJayBee Says:

    Bloody good work! I use this all the time to send info on pages I’m interested in to the missus; she enjoys getting bombarded, really!

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  8. Jono Says:

    I was really enjoying using Prowler to snag phone numbers, URLs and addresses from the web, but it looks like it doesn’t play nice with FireFox 3.6.2.

    Any chance of an update?

  9. NetNut404 Says:

    Doh! does not work with firefox 3.6

  10. Jason Says:

    hey guys – updated for firefox 3.6, grab the update here: http://jzlabs.com/stuff/prowler_1.0.2.xpi

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  12. Andy Says:

    Thanks for this great extension!

    Suggestion: Send the current URL or self edited text would be awesome! :)

  13. Amado Ziolkowski Says:

    Good job!

  14. kharloss Says:

    great job.can you integrate “Send url using Prowl” when mouseover a weblink ?
    sometime i want to share fast a weblink.

  15. kalle Says:

    I second Andy, to send the current page url would be great!!

  16. John Says:

    Great addition for Prowl. Keep up the good work. :)

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