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776  DonationCoder.com 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).
777  DonationCoder.com 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 play.com search and kindleforum feed.
778  DonationCoder.com 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.
779  DonationCoder.com 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.
780  DonationCoder.com 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!
781  DonationCoder.com 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.
782  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.
783  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / FARR plugin: FarrWebMetaSearch 1.6.0 on: January 08, 2010, 05:20:19 PM
Description
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!

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Screencast
http://donationcoder.com/...search/webmetasearch.html
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxKcvQ-uHjQ

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
Type

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.

Searches
The following searches are currently available:
  • Amazon
  • Amazon.de
  • CDDB
  • C++ Reference
  • Engadget (feed)
  • Google
  • IMDB
  • Jamendo
  • Kindleforum (feed)
  • MSDN
  • OneLook
  • Play.com
  • 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:

Credits
Thanks!
  • to Carroll (hamradio on donationcoder.com 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
784  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.
785  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 donationcoder.com posts cheesy

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786  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.
787  DonationCoder.com 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.
788  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
789  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: January 05, 2010, 06:43:35 AM
Very cool! Thanks for the contribution. I'll add it in the next official release if you don't mind (which will come soon).
790  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: January 05, 2010, 06:42:55 AM
non quick gets to the dictionary: basically the same as "define" but there could be more dictionaries.
And you get direct feedback if what you've typed actually exists (typos etc.).
791  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Windows Search 0.1.0 on: January 02, 2010, 01:38:06 PM
Is it possible to search directly from within a folder?  For example, I have a c:\downloads folder and I would like to search for the quicktime installer that I downloaded.  If I type ws quicktime, i do not get any returns.  If i type ws downloads, it will find this folder and once I open that folder then I can see my quicktime file.  I did have to add c:\downloads to FARRs search folders option.

Just wondering if there was a more direct way.  Thanks for a great app!
Not sure if you're confusing the Windows Search plugin with FARR's built in searching functionality. It sounds like what you want is to type the name of something you've downloaded into the c:\downloads folder in FARR in order to launch it. If that is what you want, then what you did (add c:\downloads to FARR's search folder list) was the absolute right thing to do. What the Windows Search plugin does is offer you a way to query the Windows Search index (Microsoft's pendant to Google Desktop Search). It's main "advantage" (well, it's more a different aspect than an advantage) over FARR's built-in search is that it searches inside files (of supported types) instead of just file names. It finds file names too. But if you wanted to find what you've downloaded with the WS plugin, you'd have to make sure c:\downloads is indexed and you'd have to wait until the indexing service passed over it (while FARR's search is immediate).
792  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 - The Event Concludes on: January 01, 2010, 03:34:22 PM
What a cornucopia!
I wish I had already added a dictionary site to the FarrWebMetaSearch plugin Wink
793  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 31, 2009, 07:36:58 AM
What are you talking about: you've got another 21 hours before the whistle blows!!!  cheesy cheesy
I wish my wife would be of that opinion too Wink

I'll add a thread for the plugin on the FARR plugins board next year by the way.
794  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 31, 2009, 07:22:10 AM
I'm afraid I have no time to look into the launching problem before the year ends. So 0.9.1 is my final NANY release.

The first post contains a list of stuff I'm going to add next year smiley

Thanks guys for checking the plugin out and giving me feedback. And many thanks to Perry for organising the event!
795  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 31, 2009, 05:22:56 AM
BTW, have you considered using XPath expressions?
No, I haven't. Sounds like a very good idea though.
796  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 31, 2009, 05:22:02 AM
I upgraded to 0.9.1 and am no longer experiencing the problem mentioned earlier smiley

Thanks!
Ok, thanks for letting me know!
797  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 30, 2009, 02:00:27 PM
ewemoa, are you running Windows XP?
798  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 30, 2009, 08:47:14 AM
the msdn ones dont trigger a search for me.. i think you may have to add http:// to the urls.
Might this be a FARR Windows 7 specific problem? MSDN launches fine for me when I run FARR on Windows XP. Also, when debugging on Windows 7, the plugin's EFuncName_Allow_ProcessTrigger never seems to get called. No idea why amazon launches though.
799  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 30, 2009, 07:21:02 AM
working well.. very cool!

the msdn ones dont trigger a search for me.. i think you may have to add http:// to the urls.
I intentionally don't add the http:// to the urls (actually, I removed it cheesy), because otherwise FARR will not show the 'group' field (which I'm using to display additional information), but the url instead. Then, when an item is launched I add it again before launching. You're right though, MSDN doesn't work for me any more either. What I'll do now is change the launch code to use FARR's launch command instead of calling ShellExecuteEx myself. Will that use FARR's internal launch 'logic' (like external tools ewemoa is using) and the different launch methods FARR supports?

Thanks guys for checking it out!  smiley
800  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 29, 2009, 03:36:09 PM
I've uploaded a preliminary release for anyone interested to try out. The download link is in the first post. Just download and unzip into the FARR plugins directory, then restart FARR (or goreload). The alias is wms.

A few things to note:

  • I've concentrated on the plugin functionality, so the searches themselves are not very sophisticated and numerous yet. For one thing, it would most certainly be possible to extract more relevant information. But more importantly, they probably won't give you the exact same results as the search on the actual web site would.
  • Most search icons are from google image search, so I'm most certainly not allowed to distribute them with the plugin. Don't know what to do about these yet.
  • There's no documentation about how to configure the searches yet. If you want to try configuring your own search (which I urge everyone to do Thmbsup), just check out the ones included. They are in the searches subdirectory.
  • Each time you modify a search configuration file, you need to reload the plugin (goreload)
  • There's no proper logging / debugging capability yet. If your search doesn't show after 'goreload', run DebugView while you're reloading the plugin. The regular expressions are checked for validity when the plugin is being loaded and invalid searches are (currently silently) discarded.
  • I've found this site quite useful for coming up with regular expressions. If someone knows something better please let me know.
  • The searches included are:
    • Amazon US (this search shows how to configure search options)
    • Amazon DE (because that's where I usually shop. Well, used to, before I bought a Kindle Wink)
    • CDDB
    • C++ Reference
    • IMDB (proofed difficult to split up using regular expressions)
    • MSDN (which is why I actually wanted to code the plugin smiley)
    • Tages Anzeiger Front Seite (which shows how use the plugin to show a news feed)
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