iMacros is an addon for Firefox and, as quoted from the developers, iMacros is used to “Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords, then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of! ***Whatever you do with Firefox, iMacros can automate it.***” The term “repetitive” may ring a bell for many Neopians out there! Whether you wish to grab one of those darned Faerie Quest Cookies or bring that elusive Battle Faerie avatar out of hiding, iMacros is a great way to do it!
As stated, iMacros requires Firefox for use (sorry, Google Chrome… No comment, Internet Explorer) and can be downloaded here. After restarting Firefox, you should now have an iMacros icon next to your address bar as so:
Using iMacros: You are now ready to go out and automate your Neopets experience! The options are limitless, but here are a few ideas to get your started, as well as a look into the interface:
(General Tutorial) Fortune Cookies:
Open the NcMall in a new window and click the iMacros icon. You will be presented with an odd looking sidebar. Click on the “Rec” tab and then “Record”.
Now you will need to record your actions you want to be repeated. Click “Add to Cart” and then close the window that pops up.
Click “Stop” and you will go back to the “Play” tab. Now that we have our clicks recorded, we are going to clean it up a bit to make it run more efficiently, so go to the “Edit” tab. Highlight “#Current.iim” and click “Edit Macro”. We are going to delete three lines here. The first is just for reference and will slow it down. The second tells the browser to go to tab 1 which is irrelevant since there is only one tab because the NC Mall is open in another window. The third tells it to go to the NC Mall, in other words, refresh the page. This is unnecesary as well as we do not need to refresh for the NC Mall to update its stock. We are now left with just two lines: Click “Add to Cart” and Click “Close.”
Finally, we can run our new Macro. Go to the play tab. Since we want the loop to keep running until we get a cookie, we will simply fill in the “Max” with a high number so that it will run, most likely, until we stop it. We will then click “Play Loop” and let it do its job. You can go to another window and do whatever you would like, checking your cart occasionally, and within a half hour, you should have at least 5 cookies waiting for you to be either finalized or dumped back into the mall.
You may notice, however, that the Macro runs quite fast. For this purpose, we do not need it to run through the cycle as quickly as it does, so we will go into the “Edit” tab, highlight “#Current.iim,” and click “Options.” We will then set the Replay Speed to Medium.
Open the neoboard you wish to bump in a new window and click the iMacros icon. You will be presented with an odd looking sidebar. Click on the “Rec” tab and then “Record”.
Now, type whatever message you wish to bump with, whether it be a smiley, etc. and submit your post, then click “Stop.” Now if you attempted to run the Macro, you would get the irritating “Wait 30 seconds” message. We will need to edit the code directly to relieve us of this problem. Go to the “Edit” tab. Highlight “#Current.iim” and click “Edit Macro”. Unlike with the fortune cookie, we do not need to delete any lines here, rather, we need to add one. After the last line, add “Wait Seconds=30.”
Finally, we can run our new Macro. Go to the play tab. Since we want the loop to keep running until we turn it off, we will simply fill in the “Max” with a high number so that it will run, most likely, until we stop it. We will then click “Play Loop” and let it do its job. You can go to another window and do whatever you would like, checking your board occasionally to see if anyone is posting.