OK, so now you know a bit about the Source. We want to create a new document in the SXL. So in the main menu of Sunrise, select “Edit --> New Document.” The Document Properties box will appear. (See Figure 3 at bottom of section).
You may already see the URL of the web site you were previously visiting (if you’ve already copied the URL from the browser to the clipboard). If not, cut and paste the URL for the Source from the browser’s URL address line directly into the line that says “URL / File.” You also can have Sunrise XP process a local HTML file on your hard drive for viewing in Plucker by hitting the button with the ellipsis (three dots), which will let you browse for the file
Give your document a name that simply reflects the Source, like “Bill’s Home Page”, “digg.com”, etc. This name is what will show up in Plucker’s Library view. One important feature is the button with the ellipsis to the right of the document name. This gives you the option to put a date stamp in the name of your document, with various formatting choices. If no date stamp is added, every time you update and sync a Plucker document, the new one will have the same name as the old one and overwrite it. (This is fine if you only care to read what’s new day to day, and is what I personally do on all my documents). If you do use the date stamp feature, each time a document is updated, it will have the date appended in the name. If your document name is “digg.com”, and you update it daily, your documents will have names like digg.com 040906, digg.com 041006, digg.com 041106, etc. This way, you can keep multiple copies on your PDA, though you’ll also have to manually delete old copies in Plucker when you no longer want them.
You can categorize your documents if you wish; this simply means that in Plucker, you can view all documents in the main library listing page, or only view one category at a time.
You need to designate a Link Depth, which indicates how many layers down you want to go from the Source—probably the most
important variable you can select. On color screens, Plucker allows you to see available links (in blue) and unavailable links (in red) so you can see all the links available to you.
If your Source webpage (and the images on it) is all
you want and you’re not
going to want to click on any links, then your Link Depth should be set to 0, and all links on the page will show up as “unavailable” in Plucker. If you do
want to visit links from that Source page and select Link Depth 1, you will be able to click on links within the Source, but once you are one link in, you will not be able to click on any of the links in THAT page (unless those links have already been downloaded as a different link one layer down in the Source). If you select Link Depth 2, you will be able to click on links two layers in, etc. Note that even if you go two links in, you could get a HUGE
amount of content if the Source and other pages have a lot of links, so generally you’re not going to want to go below Link Depth 2. However, there are several ways to limit downloading a huge number of links. One of the simplest ways is to restrict links by domain, server, or directory. I’m going to use Laurens’ example (found in the Sunrise XP help):
In this example, the Source URL is: http://www.server.com/directory/index.html
Setting Description & Examples
Restrict to domain: Download only links in the "server.com" domain:
Restrict to server: Download only links on the server "www.server.com":
Restrict to directory: Download only links in the directory "www.server.com/directory/" or any of its subdirectories:
Note that images embedded in HTML pages are not
subject to the link restriction setting. This behavior is by design, as many sites store their images on another server or domain. Link filters (discussed later) will provide other options to restrict unnecessary content.
You have a checkbox that gives you the option to only update the document if the Source has changed. This saves processing power and bandwidth. Is there really a point in downloading everything again if the Source hasn’t changed? If this setting is checked, Sunrise will make that check and not modify the document if unchanged. That’s why there are two columns in the main SXL window labeled “Last Update” and “Last Modified.” “Last Update” is the last time Sunrise checked for changes. “Last Modified” is the last time there actually was
a change made.
The “images” settings were discussed earlier. Modify as appropriate for your Source page and PDA type. Keep in mind that if you go outside of the Source’s domain for links, those pages might be different as far as images, appearance, etc. Unless space or hardware is an issue, I suggest you keep the colors as high as possible.