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With Blitapp, you can inject JavaScript in any page to log in, click on elements, etc. To expand the range of possible interactions, and simplify them, we have added automation steps.

On this blog, we will post several examples using automation steps, including:

  • Complex login to a website
  • Log in to a site and take screenshots of multiple pages
  • Take screenshots of a carousel with all the elements
  • Select multiple elements in a page

Automation steps

The automation steps describe the list of commands that the browser must execute. Unlike the injected JavaScript, these steps can be carried out over multiple pages and can generate multiple screenshots. Each step contains:

  • a command:
    • type: type text, like a username or password
    • click: click on an element
    • javascript: execute and JavaScript
    • sleep: wait for a number of seconds
    • navigate: navigate to a new URL
    • screenshot: take a screenshot of the current screen, page or specific element
  • element (optional): a CSS selector targeted by the command, for example, the input field to type a username, the element to click on, etc.
  • value (optional): the number of seconds to sleep, the text to type, the URL to navigate to or the JavaScript code to execute
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April 20, 2020

To remain compliant with our e-mail provider, we must block invalid e-mail addresses, addresses that have bounced, etc. Every day, we get reports about such e-mail addresses and add them to our blacklist. These e-mails cannot receive any notification from us, including information about a capture, a password reset, etc.

Now you will see a warning if your account e-mail address has been blocked and if any e-mail recipient of your capture is on our blacklist. You can open a support ticket to solve the issue and get the e-mail whitelisted again.

If your own account e-mail address is blacklisted, you will find this warning at the top of each page and under Account:

Your e-mail is blocked

If a capture contains an e-mail address that is blocked, you will see a similar warning at the top and bottom of the capture page:

Your e-mail is blocked

Check that the e-mail address is spelled correctly, and contact the owner to determine whether they recently had an issue (e.g., mailbox full, change of e-mail, etc.) or whether they have blocked messages from blitapp.com.

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March 19, 2020

We have made two improvements to Blitapp:

  1. Test your captures outside of their regular schedule
  2. Make changes across capture

Test your captures

You can now test your captures without having to wait for the scheduled time to kick in. In your capture, there is new button Save & Test. It works for all captures, even paused captures. This saves any change you may have done to your capture, and run a test. It will then display the history of the capture. Your test will show as IN PROGRESS. When the capture is done, it will change to SUCCESS or ERROR. If you close the history, you can click on the History link at the bottom of the page to see the history popup again.

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March 18, 2020

Update: Use the automation steps to login to a website. It i easier to set up and can handle complex login pages.

With Blit, you can inject JavaScript code into a page to create complex interactions. You can use this functionality to log into a website before you capture a page.

The JavaScript code must replicate the following:

  1. Enter the user name and password.
  2. Click on the login button.
  3. Wait for the new page to load.

The first step is to identify the username and password fields. We will use CSS selectors to identify the two fields. You can find additional information about retrieving CSS selectors in this post.

We will use the Browshot login page as an example: https://browshot.com/login. This page has two forms, the first of which is used to log into the dashboard.

Browshot login page

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January 26, 2020

Sometimes, pages display banners or overlays—such as cookie banners, subscription popups, etc.—that hide the pages’ main content. With Blitapp, you can hide these banners and overlays before taking a screenshot of the page.

We’ll go through a couple of examples to explain how to find the element to hide or click on, as well as how to add it to your capture settings. If you find this post too complicated and aren’t sure how to hide elements for your captures, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

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January 25, 2020
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