I previously wrote about Orkut Scrapper, a Firefox hack that made it easier to scrap and send colorful messages to your Google friends.
Unfortunately changes on Orkut's servers killed this hack in its beginning, although Binny seems to have been busy not only making this hack workable on the new Orkut, but also improving the overall layout of the Firefox extension.
He graciously allowed me to test his latest creation earlier today, and my only regret is that this hack may put a few others out of business. Anyways here are some of the cool new features you will find in Orkut Scrapper.
Link Access: Orkut Scrapper allows users to visit their friends (and enemies) scrapbook and album, or simply send them a quick email or teaser.
Shoutbox: Users can communicate to each other off of the Orkut servers and onto a public shout box. Although not Google Talk, this is the next best alternative, and the great thing about this is that users can choose whether they want a private shoutbox or simply use the public one.
Font Styles: Not only can users change the color of their fonts when scrapping friends, they can also also change the size as well! But the best feature is that it allows users to send messages using their favorite font styles, an option I wish Google's blogger gave to users.
Translation Tools: This is a feature desperately needed on Orkut (and needed very quick!). Although only translating India's main languages, this can be quite useful for those people whose first language is not English or Portuguese.
A translation tool would help break down some of the barriers within Orkut forums, not to mention allow businesses to communicate a lot easier instead of having to copy and paste the message into Google Translate.
Secret Scraping: You can send messages to your friends that they (and only they) will be able to see simply by clicking the reply button with "the golden key."
This is quite handy, especially since Google does not have privacy settings on user's scrapbooks. You can also send scraps normally if you would like, but the "hidden way" is much more fun!
Online Friend Alerts: Orkut scrapper notifies you when your friends appear online, although you have to manually turn this on within the Options settings.
More, more, more!: There are more features within Orkut Scrapper, but since I do not want to overload people's browsers with images, I'll simply list them below.
- The ability to set an image as your background
- The ability to view images or flash items (such as Google Video's) within Orkut
- Live preview of your message before scrapping your friend
- Creating a signature for your scrap posts
- Send a "heart message" using the text that you type
The best part is that Binny is not even done yet! (he still has a few more features he is planning on adding in which I'll update over here when they roll out)
For those of you who are dying to try this hack out, you can download the program via Firefox add-ons page.
I'll be adding this great Orkut hack to the sidebar and if you have enjoyed Binny's program, visit his scrapbook and let him know.
Update (10/06): If you have any questions or problems, you can report it in the official Orkut Scrapper 2.0.1 forum. Thanks for reminding me Binny!
Update (10/12): Changed the download link from SendSpace to the Firefox add-on page. Thanks Binny!