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Introducing Simon 5!

Simon version 5 is now available. It is a massive update, introducing a much-requested feature: syncing the Simon data between multiple Macs, plus a Simon Status service, a Link Checker filter, improved Find filter, iMessage and Speak Error notifiers, a new app icon, and much more.

Important: please note that Simon 5 requires a minimum of macOS 10.12 (Sierra), and is a paid upgrade from Simon 4. Purchasers since September 1, 2020 automatically get a version 5 license (that also works in previous versions).

Read the Simon What's New page for details.

HTML Logins

I want to monitor a page that is protected by an html login form. Can I setup Simon to do this?

Thanks,
Steven Brown

David Sinclair's picture

Yes!

Yes, you can do that. There are two ways: via cookies, or via a Post. Both of these require Simon 2.2 or later.

Many sites will record cookies with your login information, so when you return later you don't need to re-log in. In this case, you simply create a New Test, enter the URL, and click Preview. You can then log in as normal, and Simon will record the cookies in the Test window. Click OK to save the Test, and you're done.

Otherwise, you can use the Post method instead of the normal Get. As before, create a New Test with the URL, and do a preview, but this time you'll need to examine the source of the page to find the login form, and add parameters corresponding with the form, using the input names as the parameter names, with your login information as the values. And don't forget to change the Method to Post. It's a little more complicated, but lets you post any form as if you were doing it manually.

I hope this helps; let me know if you need any further assistance.

Congrats on being the first person to post in the new Dejal forums. :)