I make Instapaper Free and Instapaper Pro. Together, the Instapaper apps have been installed by 230,000 iPhone and iPod touch users and received critical acclaim, including being featured by Apple in the App Store and being named to TIME Magazine's Top 10 iPhone Apps of 2008.
Even with screenshots and step-by-step instructions, the abandonment rate remains at over 50%. I tell many users to just install it in Safari and sync their bookmarks to their device with iTunes, but *many* users don't understand how to do that or just refuse to sync their bookmarks for other reasons.
We need a way to install bookmarklets from the device directly without asking our users to jump through hoops and likely give up and abandon our products or the features that rely on bookmarklets.
- Have a way for web apps, iPhone SDK apps, or both to invoke a dialog that prompts the user to install a bookmark with a specified title and URL into their Mobile Safari bookmark list.
- An iPhone OS URL scheme (which could work from Safari and UIApplication's openURL: call)
- A new function call in the SDK, possibly on UIApplication
A similar problem and a proposed solution has been reported already by Craig Hockenberry, another prominent developer: rdar://5935641
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