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There’s Been A Great Update to the Text Streaming Spritz Technology

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This past March I blogged about a technology that I was looking forward to seeing reach the public eye.

Spritz. A text streaming technology that allows you read faster.
Click here to read that post: HERE

That day has arrived and here’s my latest review of the updates, which consist of a new bookmarklet to add to your web browser and a new app, ReadMe!, available in the App Store for $1.99.

Website: http://www.spritzinc.com
Website: http://www.readmei.com

 

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  • stevenjklein

    In the email I got regarding this post, an extraneous ‘v’ crept into the url for the youtube video, preventing it from working.

    Here’s the URL in the email. Note the v after the http:

    httpv://youtu.be/B7AHUBM1myc

    It should be:

    http://youtu.be/B7AHUBM1myc

    • Chita Hunter

      Hi Steven,

      Not necessarily. We here at MacNews have been using that “v” convention in the URLs to post YouTube videos since MacNews began this online blog years ago. It first involved a plugin. I understand that the “v” may not be needed now as browsers/plugins have evolved, but I put it in just in case. I’ve not had a problem with it ‘not’ still working for YouTube videos in Safari and Chrome. What browser are you using?

      • terryleewhite

        Chita, WordPress now supports direct media URL such as those from YouTube. No need to use the httpv:// anymore. You can use http:// instead. I haven’t used httpv:// (the Smart YouTube plugin) in probably 1-2 years.

        • Chita Hunter

          I remember that conversation. I still use it for two reasons.
          1. You said it didn’t matter to use “v” or not.
          2. I sometimes post the video to a site that hasn’t been updated, and leaving the “v” causes less to think about.

          • terryleewhite

            Understood but it’s probably best to stop using it since it relies on a plug-in that we may not always have or use in the future. Give it some thought.

          • Chita Hunter

            Will do.
            Though if everything is still in place, I’d want to understand why this was an issue for Steve K.
            Was it an issue for anyone else? Who also can’t see this video right now?

          • terryleewhite

            Because anyone (like Steve K.) viewing an RSS feed of our blog will not be able to view your video without coming to the site. Had it been down with the http:// command instead then the video would play in their newsfeeds, emails, etc.

          • Chita Hunter

            K. Good to know.

          • Chita Hunter

            An interesting twist to things:

            I took out the ‘v’ in the URL.
            1. I can no longer see the video if I Preview of the post.
            2. Though video does display and play on the main blog site.
            (As long as it works…)

          • terryleewhite

            1. sometimes “changing” the URL doesn’t cause WP to recognize it as media. So that might be why the Preview didn’t work. Try a test pasting the complete URL in on a different line.

          • Chita Hunter

            Didn’t work. Tried it several times, pasting the URL to several locations. Then pasting the URL but adding the ‘v’ back in. The only time the video showed in Preview was with the ‘v’ URL. But, for now, I’m good. As long as I know what will happen, and when, I can work with it. I’ll try in a completely different post later and report back.

          • terryleewhite

            Did you save as a draft or update after pasting in the URL before trying to preview?

          • Chita Hunter

            Update.

          • Guest

            An interesting twist:
            I took out the ‘v’ in the URL.
            1. I can no longer see the video if I Preview of the post.
            2. Though video does display and play on the main blog site.

            (As long as it works…)

      • stevenjklein

        I see I’m coming to this conversation a bit late, but for what it’s worth my default browser is Safari.

        But I received the link in an email, and of course the Mac had no idea what to do with an httpv url. if you’re curious, I’ve posted a screenshot of the error message here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pe98b9i5wtw3g1f/http%20V%20error.png