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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.

Watching Forum for new posts

This may seem a dumb question but I have had Simon a couple of years but gave up as could not get my head round it but now I really need it.

Is it possible to monitor a forum page and receive notification immediately a new post is added?
And is it possible to filter on a forum user name?

The reason is I need breaking info that is time critical. Too late and the window is gone - checking every ten minutes should be fine.

If someone can advise if this is possible and how to set this up be very appreciative.



David Sinclair's picture

Re: Watching Forum for new posts

Hi Michael,

Yes indeed, depending on the forum software. It's easiest if the forum is public (like this one), so you don't need to deal with authentication. But Simon can handle some methods of authentication, too.

See the built-in Dejal posts test for an example, that watches the Dejal site for new forum content (and other posts).

(Incidentally, if you want to get notified of new Dejal posts, you can follow @SimonBot on Twitter, or @DejalBlog for just blog posts.)