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776 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: DevCheatSheets Alias on: February 05, 2010, 03:30:35 AM
Good idea ewemoa! I'll add the site to FarrWebMetaSearch too. smiley
777 Software / Circle Dock / Re: circledock DELETED ALL MY FILES! help! on: February 04, 2010, 10:04:46 AM
Leason learned. And for me too-- except I dont know what my lesson is: dont trust open source software?

Always make backups of your data, and make them on a regular basis?
778 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR Plugin: TimeZone [Update version 1.2.2] on: January 29, 2010, 03:22:50 PM
Perry, congratulations to your 1000th post! Thmbsup
779 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.4.2 on: January 29, 2010, 03:19:43 PM
Check out the new release: there's subsearch abbreviations, context menu support, custom search help file support, Shift + Enter to launch result in FARR's internal web browser, new and updated searches and more...

And then there's Perry's OneLook search. What can I say: it's just amazing! Kiss

Actually, I think wms onelook has become my main use of FARR. cheesy
780  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: GUIDs... on: January 28, 2010, 02:12:31 PM
Whew, I'm only glad the consumption of GUIDs is not something you're asked about in the ecological footprint quiz. I guess I would have scored even worse!
781  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: GUIDs... on: January 28, 2010, 06:17:57 AM
Indeed I have. I once went so far as to generate me 100 of them, even though I only needed one, just to make sure they haven't all run out once I should need another one. Still have 93 of them left. I could maybe offer them on ebay...
782  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 - POST YOUR MUG PHOTOS HERE on: January 21, 2010, 02:39:36 PM
Hugo says thank you for his new bowl!


Now that he owns such a big bowl he thinks he should get much more food though.


Maybe I can eat these birdies too  smiley

783  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Soon you can code and sell applications for Amazon's Kindle eBook on: January 21, 2010, 10:37:04 AM
Subscribed for the KDK Limited Beta already cheesy

Although, I saw no mention whatsoever about Development OS / Programming language / IDE, etc.
784 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.3.0 on: January 20, 2010, 01:38:36 PM
Abbreviations: either/or, yes.
785 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.3.0 on: January 19, 2010, 04:20:04 PM
If we start by thinking what would work for this scenario that then refine so that it's useful for all??

For this type of search what would be nice is to re-use part of the result for different subSearches.

So if I had a reverse search on "Play with words" I get a hundred results+ (words). What would be neat is to be able to get that result ($1 from the RegEx) and use that as the search term for a new search. That way if I wasn't sure about the meaning of a word I could select it and use it to do a new search.

This was why I was wondering about a context menu definition: you could add text for menu and the subSearch to use
  • "Definition of $1" >> [Quick]
  • "Dictionary listings with $1" >> [Dicts]
  • "Phrases with $1" >> [Prase]
  • etc
Ok, I'll try to do that next.

Is search history a possibility? I'm wondering about navigating backward from the definition lookup mentioned before. That would make good status bar icons.
Can you please elaborate?

subSearch abbreviations is a good idea, you'll notice I used [Dicts], but +Di would be even better  smiley
I've implemented abbreviations. They will be specified like so: [Dicts|Di]
786 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FarrSpell - Spelling and Thesaurus Plugin for FARR on: January 19, 2010, 10:54:18 AM
Mouser, don't forget to list the new plugins on your FARR addons page. I would assume that this is still the best place for new FARR users to discover what plugins are available.
787 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.3.0 on: January 18, 2010, 04:24:30 PM
Very cool Perry! Thanks for that.

I've started to implement the possibility to show basic info about searches. Pressing Shift + Enter on a search without search terms will show info about the respective search in FARR's internal HTML view mode.

Concerning a quick way of navigating between subsearches: making it possible to add a switch at the end would certainly be an option. It has two drawbacks though: it will trigger a re-search (which I might be able to prevent) and it won't be possible to show a list of subsearches for the user to select. However, I had these two ideas to help with the problem:
1. add a statusbar icon for each subsearch. pressing an icon would switch to the respective subsearch with the current search terms.
2. introduce subsearch abbreviations so that a user doesn't have to type the whole subsearch name (because there's no auto completion when used at the end instead of at the beginning)

what do you think?
788 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.3.0 on: January 15, 2010, 03:23:39 PM
New version adds some of your requests (well, multi stage regex searches not yet Wink). I haven't tested the variable replacements very well. So if something doesn't work as you'd expect please contact me before searching for an error at your end too long.

I've added the possibility to switch to FARR's extended list mode (with the small icons). If a search returns more items than what you've set as max. items in normal mode a small icon is shown in the status bar (on the far right). Clicking it will switch to extended mode. You'll note that this mode doesn't handle html tags. It would be nice if it would at least just discard them. You might have requested that the plugin switches to that mode automatically when there are more than 'max. items in normal mode' items. I don't like that though, so I'd have to make it an option (but there's no way to configure any options yet, so I'd have to add that too).
789 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.2.0 on: January 14, 2010, 03:23:08 PM
New version fixes the bug reported by Perry, updates Perry's onelook search and adds search and kindleforum feed.
790 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.1.0 on: January 13, 2010, 07:05:59 AM
Here is an update to the onelook search:  (see attachment in previous post)
Thanks. Will be in the next release!

I think you are not clearing the farrGroup definition when loading a subSearch though? If you check this updated subSearch you'll notice that +Phrase and +Reverse both keep the original farrGroup definition.
Thanks for reporting this one. Will be fixed in the next release.

Also, do you think it would be helpful to be able to add the subsearch switch anywhere? In the onelook search for example I wouldn't mind being able to change from Phrase to quick then to dictionary...
Indeed I think it would. And I have put it on my todo list. The advantage of having the switch at the front is that I don't have to start searching until actual search terms have been entered. If I allow the switch to be anywhere, adding/changing the switch either triggers a research for every character entered, or I have to detect while typing that the thing being entered is actually a switch and not part of the search term. But I'll definitely implement this somehow.
791 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.1.0 on: January 12, 2010, 02:13:31 PM
Perry, please download a special version of FarrWebMetaSearch from here. The only difference to the current official release is that it will print out the current search term and the regex used in the debug output which you can view with the DebugView tool.
792 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.1.0 on: January 12, 2010, 11:30:09 AM
Concerning %SEARCHTERM% not working:
Although I haven't made a search using it, I've tested it in the debugger and it worked as expected. Nevertheless, I'll make you a version that prints out the regex used in DebugView so you can check if it's replaced as you would expect.

Concerning your multi-stage regex idea:
I'll implement that so you can check if it helps with this difficult to parse page.

Concerning the context menu:
A very good idea!
793 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.0.0 on: January 09, 2010, 03:47:47 PM
I have improved the help file somewhat. .config files still need a much better description though. To open the help file type

wms ? and hit enter

You'll notice that it's a TiddlyWiki file. While that obviously has quite some overhead I find it very convenient to edit.

Perry: %SEARCHTERM% in the resultPattern will now be replaced by the search terms entered
lanux128: I've added twitter. Please check it out and tell me what you think

I have now changed the behaviour for web feeds. As there is no live searching on feeds FarrWebMetaSearch treats them a bit differently. Instead of doing live searching, the search terms typed will now narrow down the results to match the search terms. Note that you'll have to wait until the results are displayed after typing the search name. You can try like this:

'wms engadget ' (currently needs the space), then wait for the results and type a search term

The .config file needs isFeed=true to distinguish it from regular searches.
794  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: January 08, 2010, 05:25:42 PM
Version 1.0.0 is up. I've added a topic on the FARR plugins board here. Updates will follow there. I'll add a screen shot and link to the web cast tomorrow.
795 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.6.0 on: January 08, 2010, 05:20:19 PM
FarrWebMetaSearch is a generic web retrieval FARR plugin that show results in list mode. It is therefore targeted at web sites delivering list-like results. Results are selected using regular expressions. FarrWebMetaSearch searches live as you type!



Download & Install
Download the FarrWebMetaSearch installer from here then double-click FarrWebMetaSearchSetup.exe to start the installation. I've tested the installer on both Windows XP and Windows 7 32-bit. If you'd rather install the plugin manually, you can download it from here, then unzip it into the FARR plugins directory (usually C:\Program Files\FindAndRunRobot\Plugins) and restart FARR.

Basic usage

wms [search] [+subsearch] [search term]

to use a pre-configured search.

Typing +, - or / after the search name will display available subsearches. [+subsearch] is optional. It currently has to follow right after the search name.

If [search] is configured as a web search, [search term] will be searched live as you type. If [search] is configured as a feed, [search term] will filter the found results. In this case [search term] is optional.

Tip: Type wms ? and hit enter to open the help file.

The following searches are currently available:
  • Amazon
  • CDDB
  • C++ Reference
  • Engadget (feed)
  • Google
  • IMDB
  • Jamendo
  • Kindleforum (feed)
  • MSDN
  • OneLook
  • Tages Anzeiger Front (feed)
  • Twitter

Version history
1.6.0 - 9. July 2010
  • can now search local files (see help file)
  • New / updated searches:
    • google (by Alien282)
    • fixed MSDN search

1.5.1 - 11. February 2010
  • implemented status bar icons
  • implemented two stage regex
  • replacing many more character entity references. now supports all the French characters as well.
  • New / updated searches:
    • amazon and amazonde (much improved!)
    • imdb (improved)

1.5.0 - 5. February 2010
  • implemented sortOrder parameter
  • implemented isHidden parameter
  • implemented context submenus
  • now supports more than 9 context menu items
  • now clears context menus for subsearches
  • subsearches / abbreviations are now case-insensitive
  • now prints the number of listed searches in the status bar
  • updated help file
  • New / updated searches:
    • onelook (by Perry Mowbray)
    • timeanddate (by Perry Mowbray)
    • autohotkey (ewemoa)
    • cheatsheet
    • amazon (fixed typo)

1.4.2 - 29. January 2010
  • Now filters for subsearch abbreviations too
  • Added some logging capability. Type 'wms !' to enable / disable logging.
  • Added %PLUGINALIAS% variable
  • Updated help file
  • New / updated searches:
    • onelook (by Perry Mowbray) - with more subsearches, abbreviations and help file!

1.4.1 - 26. January 2010
  • subsearch filtering now matches at the start (no longer anywhere in the string)
  • show abbreviation of subsearches (if they have one). e.g. wms amazon +books (b)
  • Shift + Enter launches search result in FARR's internal HTML view
  • replace more special characters in FARR output (  and °)
  • fixed problem with subsearches having isFeed=true

1.4.0 - 24. January 2010
  • Shift + Enter shows info about search (using FARR's internal HTML view)
  • Subsearches can now have abbreviations ( [Subsearch|Abb] )
  • Searches can now define context menu items (see play search for an example)
  • Fixed 'feeds not showing subsearches on entering +'
  • new / updated searches:
    • onelook (by Perry Mowbray) - added four new subsearches
    • jamendo (by Perry Mowbray)
    • cppreference - replaced with a different one providing better information
    • play - added 'buy item' and 'show basket' context menu items

Previous releases:

  • to Carroll (hamradio on forums) for designing the icons
  • to Perry Mowbray for his extremely cool and powerful onelook search (and for beta testing Wink)
  • to everyone who gave me feedback on the NANY 2010 event

NANY 2010
796  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: January 08, 2010, 02:57:51 AM
Ah... your html is working!! I didn't try adding links... does it work if you add the links to the poster, thread, etc??
It does format them like links, but it's not possible to follow them.

But my real question: what are you developing this in, ie what RegEx variant is used?
The plugin is implemented in C++ using Microsoft's TR1 extension, i.e. I'm using the TR1 regex functionality. The regex variant used is ECMAScript.

I have already implemented this. Will make a new release as soon as possible.
797  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: January 07, 2010, 12:25:42 PM
FarrWebMetaSearch as news reader, used to check unread posts cheesy

798  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: January 06, 2010, 07:00:02 AM
Perry, I noticed in your screen shot here that you managed to change the colour of some FARR output. It seems that <font color=red>$5</font> is doing the trick. It would be interesting to know where you learned that this is possible? I've actually been asking for this once, but the responses I got didn't indicate that this was already implemented.
799 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Hide the [close] button in FARR launcher window on: January 06, 2010, 03:06:51 AM
Not sure if that is possible, but rbeeger's slenderFARR skin might suite you. I think it now comes with FARR as well, so it's probably not necessary to download and install it.
800  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: January 05, 2010, 06:47:59 AM
I'll raise you one question: what's the way to switch to small icons. Define does but this plugin does not?? I've got the appropriate tickbox ticked??
I'm afraid that's a question I have to answer. As far as I know it's up to plugin to switch to small icon mode. At least that is what I do for my other plugins. I did not implement this for FarrWebMetaSearch yet. And I'd love to remove it from my other plugins as well! If only mouser would move this up a bit on his FARR todo list  Wink
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