Time has its value and developers knows the value and importance of time. Everyday tricks and tools are being developed for developers so that their time can be saved and used in another important tasks. Lot of developers time is spent on doing automotive and repetitive nature of tasks like editing, storing, etc. However, there are automation tools that helps in doing repetitive nature of tasks for you on web browser and save your time.
First it is iMacros, the most popular extension for the web browsers includes Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer that adds record and repeat works similar to that found in web testing and form filler software. iMacros was developed by iOpus in February 26, 2013 and is available in 11 international languages for Windows XP and later. In fact, it is a social scripting utility that allows the users to share macros and scripts in a way that is similar to how they share the bookmarks on the many social bookmarking websites. Both, free and proprietary version of iMacros are available.
Greasemonkey is also an extension that is available for Mozilla Firefox only. It allows the users to store scripts that make on-the-fly changes to webpage content after or before the page is loaded in the web browser. This utility is useful for customizing page appearance, adding new features to web pages, fixing bugs, collecting data from multiple web pages, and many more. Hundreds of scripts are already available for free and if you are the tinkerer sort, you can also write your own.
- First apparent difference is on availability. iMacros extension is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. While Greasemonkey extension is only available for Mozilla Firefox.
- iMacros is useful for those who wants to earn more points on websites like Addmefast, etc. While Greasemonkey is useful for developers.
- iMacros is used for form filler, scripting, server monitoring software testing and web scraping. Greasemonkey is used for scripting and web scraping.
- iMacros requires Windows XP or later for operating system while Greasemonkey deals in cross-platform operating system.
- Greasemonkey is a freeware tool while iMacros is available in both freeware and proprietary version.