Installing iCyte

Firefox Users

  1. On the iCyte home page, click the setup link in the footer.
  2. Click the iCyte "Add to Firefox" button.
  3. If Firefox displays the following message, click the "Allow" button: Ff_warning_bar_600x24
  4. Firefox will ask you to verify the add-on. Click "Install Now" Ff_install_addon
  5. Once the iCyte add-on is installed, you will be asked to restart Firefox. Click the “Restart Firefox” button to complete the installation.
  6. Close the Firefox Add-ons box.

Internet Explorer Users

  1. On the iCyte home page, click the setup button.
  2. Click the iCyte 'Add to Internet Explorer' button
  3. When installing the program in Internet Explorer, you will see a ‘File Download - Security Warning’ box. Security_warning_ie
  4. Select ‘Run’ to continue.
  5. You will then get a further security warning dialog. Select ‘Run’ again to continue. Run_dialog_ie
  6. Follow the iCyte Setup Procedure, and chose the default location. Once installed, the iCyte button will appear on the top right hand side of the screen, next to the Home icon.

Bookmarklet Users (Google Chrome & Safari)

  1. On the iCyte home page, click the setup button.
  2. Drag the 'Cyte This' and 'View Cytes' buttons from the webpage up to your browser's bookmarks toolbar. Google chrome users on Windows who cannot locate their browser's bookmarklet bar can press <ctrl>+b (i.e. hold down control and press the 'b' key) to display it.
  3. Click the ‘Get Started’ button to start using the iCyte bookmarklet.

iPad Users

To create Cytes on your iPad, the iCyte bookmarklet must first be installed in Safari on your Mac or PC, and then synced to your iPad using iTunes. The basic procedure for this is:

  1. In Safari on your Mac or PC, click the setup button on the iCyte homepage and follow the instructions for installing the iCyte bookmarklet on your Mac or PC.
  2. Sync your Safari bookmarks with your iPad via iTunes or MobileMe. Follow the instructions at, or use the below screen capture as a guide. Itunes_sync
  3. For added convenience, on your iPad, go to Settings, select Safari and set Always Show Bookmarks Bar to on. Now you'll see the Cyte this and View Cytes buttons in Safari on your iPad at all times. Ipad_safari_settings
  4. To scroll through lists of projects, tags or users, use the iPad two finger scroll technique.

Creating your iCyte Account

  1. On the iCyte home page, click Try Now to sign up for a free 30 day trial, or Buy Now to purchase iCyte. iCyte trial users can convert their license over to a paid version at any time by clicking on the 'settings' link after logging in.
  2. Fill in the details on the join page. Join_form
  3. Once you have submitted the form, follow the prompts to install iCyte.
  4. After installing iCyte and restarting your browser, you will redirected to the ‘Get Started’ page to guide you through creating your first Cyte.

    Clicking the ‘Cytes’ link in the header will take you to your list of iCyte projects, and ‘Settings’ lets you manage your profile and account. Or you can begin simply by searching and marking pages. For this, all you need to do is find the iCyte button. Bookmarklet_button_cytethis_

  5. The iCyte button is located in your browser's bookmarks toolbar.

About the iCyte Plugin

Creating a webpage Cyte

  1. Once you have found a web page you want to mark and save, click the iCyte button in your browser's toolbar.
  2. You will be asked which project you want to add your Cyte to. Select from the pull down list. If you want to create a new project, click the blue plus button above the pull down list.
  3. Optionally add any tags, or notes. See the Adding Tags & Notes section for more details.
  4. Press the "Save" button
  5. Tip You can mark a portion of text on a webpage by highlighting the text and/or images just as you would if you were going to copy text from the webpage (i.e. hold down your mouse button and drag it over the text you want to select). If you click the iCyte button after doing this the selected text will be highlighted and will remain highlighted when you view the saved page. This is a convenient was of drawing attention to just the relevant portion of webpages.

Creating a PDF Cyte

We have tried to make the process of Cyting a PDF file the same as a webpage, however due to technical limitations, you must press the iCyte button an additional time to get iCyte to save the PDF.

  1. Browser to the PDF file you want to save in your browser, and click the iCyte button in your browser's toolbar. This will cause the PDF file to be saved to iCyte's servers
  2. Your browser will then redirect you to the saved PDF file. Optionally highlight a portion of the PDF file just as you would if you were going to copy text from it (i.e. hold down your mouse button and drag it over the text you want to select). Then click the iCyte button again in your browser's toolbar
  3. The ‘Create Cyte’ dialog will appear. Add any tags or notes, then press the "Save" button.
  4. Browser Sidebar

    The sidebar is a convenient way to see the Cytes you have created while you continue to browse the web. It allows you to view or search the Cytes you have created simply and quickly and without having to leave the current web page. Only users that have the iCyte browser add-on can use the sidebar.

    To access the sidebar, click the sidebar image located next to the create Cyte button in your browser's toolbar.

    The sidebar contains a filtering search mechanism, which is updated in real time. To use it, simply type into the sidebar's search field and your Cytes will be filtered to only show those containing words which start with your search string.

    Each Cyte in the sidebar contains links to view both the Cyte on the saved webpage and the project the Cyte was saved into.

    Creating Projects

    1. From the ‘Create Cyte’ dialog, click on the blue plus button to to access the ‘New Project’ dialog. Create_cyte_new_project
    2. Enter your project name in the “Add New Project” dialog.
    3. In the ‘collaborate’ field, optionally enter a comma separated list of e-mail addresses that you'd like to give access to create Cytes in this project; these users will also be automatically e-mailed when a Cyte is made in this project.
    4. Check the 'Make this project public' checkbox if you'd like your project to be accessible by everyone, even those without iCyte accounts. See the 'What is the difference between a private project and a public project?' FAQ entry for a description of project access levels.
    5. Optionally add a description of your project
    6. Click the 'Save' button to save your project and continue making your Cyte.

    Editing Projects

    From the "Cytes" page, click on the name of the project you want to edit in the project list, then click on the edit link. On the "edit" dialog, enter the e-mail addresses of the users you'd like to have access to this project in the collaborate text field. You can separate multiple e-mail addresses with commas.


    Adding Tags & Notes

    When you create a Cyte, you have the option to add tags and notes. These are important as they will help you to categorize and organize your research. For a detailed overview of what tags are and how to use them, see what are tags in the FAQ.

    If you already have a list of tags for this project, an auto-suggest box will appear as you begin typing. You can add as many tags as you like, and tags can consist of multiple words, eg. ‘Organic Bakery’.

    Separate multiple tags with commas, and remember that tags are case sensitive.


    You can see your list of tags for a particular project on the ‘Cytes’ page. Select the project, and the list of all tags created for that project will be displayed.


    Viewing Cytes, Tags, & Notes


    An individual Cyte, when displayed on the ‘Cytes’ page contains a wealth of valuable information.

    The thumbnail to the left of the screen provides a snapshot of the page.

    Displayed across the top of the Cyte is the title of the webpage the Cyte was made on.

    Below the title of the webpage is the Project Name. Clicking on this will take you to the landing page for the Project. This page provides the name of the project, the project creator, a description of the project and a listing of all of the Cytes in the project. Also shown is the tag list for the project and any other users.

    If you want to join the project, click on the name of the project originator, and send them a message, letting them know you would like to be a part of their project.

    Clicking on the ‘View Cyte’ button will take you to the saved version of the website. The ‘Source’ link will take you to the original website (which may have changed or been deleted since the Cyte was created).


    You can keep up to date with all new Cytes in a project by subscribing to its RSS feed; see wikipedia for more details about what RSS is. Within iCyte, an RSS feed is available for every project.

    To access the RSS feed for a project, click on the RSS icon on the project landing page (which is accessible by clicking the project name on any Cyte). More information on using RSS is available in our video.

    Sharing with other websites

    iCyte offers a convenient way to share a Cyte or project with other popular websites such as twitter, facebook and digg. This allows users of other tools to easily see the Cytes you've been making in iCyte.

    To share a Cyte, click on the 'share' link on any Cyte. You can share a public project by clicking on the 'share' icon on any project landing page (which is accessible by clicking the project name on any Cyte). An example of how to do this is included in our sharing video.

    Embedding Cytes into your website, wiki or blog

    You can embed any Cyte or project into your website, wiki or blog. View our video on how to do this.

    Editing & Deleting Cytes

    Click on the edit link on a Cyte to modify it's title, tags, notes, or to change the project the Cyte is in. From the ‘Edit Cyte’ dialog, you can also click on the ‘Delete’ button to delete a Cyte.

    Managing your user profile

    You can modify your user profile by clicking on the ‘Settings’ link in the header, and then clicking on the ‘Profile’ link.

    Add as little or as much information as you would like. To upload a photo, click the browse button and select a picture of yourself. Don't forget to press 'save changes' when you've finished editing your profile!

    Your profile can be seen by anyone you share a project with. If you create a public project, other users can search across the iCyte database to find your Cytes (searching is based on key words). Clicking on your name will show them your user profile.


    iCyte allows you to search for Cytes that you or other users have made by using the filter text box on the ‘Cytes’ page.


    iCyte will use the text entered in the filter text box, and your selections (if any) in the ‘Projects’, ‘Tags’ and ‘Users’ filter boxes to determine which Cytes to display.

    The following fields are used when searching for Cytes:

    • webpage title
    • highlighted portion of the webpage
    • note
    • tags
    • webpage url
    • project name
    • user name


    When highlighting text, it is often easier to start at the end and scroll up the page to the beginning of the section you wish to highlight.

    When working in the web browser, clicking on the iCyte icon, and selecting ‘view Cytes’ will take you to iCyte and your ‘My View‘ page.

    Once installed, you can access iCyte through the icon/button in the browser menu bar.

    Instead of printing receipts for online purchases, save them to iCyte. Saves on paper, saves on time and means you’ll never lose them again.