save snapshots on iOS?
13 days ago
edited 13 days ago
Is there a reason why Zotero iOS app does not save snapshots? Can we please have this option? There is an option to “save files” but when it’s turned on I still get no snapshots.
9 days ago
Snapshot functionality in the desktop Zotero Connector is based on the SingleFile browser extension, but browser extensions don't run on iOS. (Previously, snapshots were performed by the Zotero desktop app itself using Firefox's save functionality (basically File → "Save Page As…"), which worked much less well. Zotero Connector for Safari still uses that method.)
iOS 15, coming this fall, theoretically adds support for WebExtensions (the kind of browser extension used in Chrome/Firefox/Edge), but even desktop Safari's WebExtension support is still buggy and incomplete, which is why the Safari extension is still its own thing.
We've talked to Apple about this and are hoping they'll fix all the bugs we've reported by the fall. Once we have an otherwise working Safari WebExtension on desktop, we'll try to get SingleFile working there, and at that point we'll explore switching from the current Share extension on iOS to a WebExtension, hopefully including snapshot support.
9 days ago
Cool, thank you! Will wait for these developments then.