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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.

Sample Tests

I'm trying to setup Simon, but i can't figure out how to use Filters in some websites/forums.

For example i try to monitor for changes one thread in but i can't get Filter to work correctly.

Could some experts post their more complex Filters here so newbies could learn from these.


David Sinclair's picture

Re: Sample Tests

Have a look at the example tests that come with Simon; that should be a good starting point.

Beyond that, I'd recommend starting with a Block filter, as the most simple. You can use that to look for Start and End blocks of HTML, to filter to just the HTML between them. You can find the HTML via the top pane of the Preview window (click in there and Cmd-F to find text).

There are lots of other filters that you can try, too; they should be self-explanatory, or see the help.

But if anyone can share their filters as examples, I'd certainly welcome that too.

Re: Sample Tests

I can't find any example tests. Maybe i deleted them from Test list?

Now Simon checks if internet works by resolving It would be nice if is not hard coded so i could change it.


David Sinclair's picture

Re: Sample Tests

Simon checks that either or are reachable for the offline check. It doesn't actually load anything from those sites, it just ensures that it can resolve their names.