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Author Topic: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut  (Read 6564 times)

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Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« on: March 30, 2023, 08:38 AM »
I hope I can get some help with a tiny program that could read search URLs from a separate text file, I would be creating of 5 to 15 search engine URLs. Then upon starting the program in Win 10:

Create an input text box for the user to enter a keyword several keywords into.
then create a drop-down box or radio buttons to allow the user to select which an image search engine or engines to use (I could use more than 1).
Depending on the user's selections, open the corresponding image search engine pages in the default browser.
Display a prompt asking the user whether to repeat search again with a different engine or engines or keyword or to stop.

This would be a great time saver especially when searching for images across multiple engines or even search web engines as the program could probably be used to enter multiple keyword searches at once.  :) If you have any questions please reach out to me I would gladly answer all inquiries. Thanks for your support in advance...
« Last Edit: March 30, 2023, 03:10 PM by luvnbeast, Reason: Improved specifications »

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2023, 06:57 PM »
Hi @luvnbeast, this is pretty doable & I'm on it :Thmbsup: (GUI)

Cheers!

I hope I can get some help with a tiny program that could read search URLs from a separate text file, I would be creating of 5 to 15 search engine URLs. Then upon starting the program in Win 10:

Create an input text box for the user to enter a keyword several keywords into.
then create a drop-down box or radio buttons to allow the user to select which an image search engine or engines to use (I could use more than 1).
Depending on the user's selections, open the corresponding image search engine pages in the default browser.
Display a prompt asking the user whether to repeat search again with a different engine or engines or keyword or to stop.

This would be a great time saver especially when searching for images across multiple engines or even search web engines as the program could probably be used to enter multiple keyword searches at once.  :) If you have any questions please reach out to me I would gladly answer all inquiries. Thanks for your support in advance...
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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2023, 01:38 AM »
Thank you so much, I hope this won't be too difficult...  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2023, 07:55 PM »
Thank you so much, I hope this won't be too difficult...  :Thmbsup:

It's very doable. We have similar "click to edit" functionality from other GUI's and the keyword search is just a regex substitution.

Chances are it's a weekend project.

Source code @ https://github.com/p...main/search-shortcut

Stay tuned! :) Cheers!
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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2023, 07:18 AM »
Ummm I'm sorry but did you forget about me?

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2023, 04:15 PM »
... did you forget about me?

Hi! Of course not! :-*

Yours is our very next release :Thmbsup:

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2023, 09:43 AM »
Good day! Code will begin making its way to public view via GitHub  :)

Display a prompt asking the user whether to repeat search again with a different engine or engines or keyword or to stop.

I take it's okay to have it be a sequential pressing of "search" button instead of multiple prompts...



Also, if possible please mention what's your favorite browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Edge...) to add an option to open in tabs (when triggering 10+ simultaneous searches, some browsers may actually open the same number of new Windows/Instances unless the appropriate command line flags are used).

Cheers!
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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2023, 02:12 PM »
This is wonderful news! My usual browser has been Chrome... so new tabs shouldn't be too much of a problem, however I use giphy sometimes as well as duck duck go image search engines but I wanted to be more flexible so that's why I thought of a separate text file containing the search links to be reread every time the program restarted... So this way it could read how many engines there were to ask for and change the dialogue box automatically... or just an easier way to update the engine search prompt.... I hope this isn't too complicated.. and I do deeply thank you for your efforts so far...

I've included an old actona script I wrote a long time ago, that I couldn't change into ahk, that did the same kinds of actions I'm describing, yet the actona is now defunct, and windows is giving me a headache over it. Plus updating it with new possible search engines are a pain. So I thought of this simpler way to search for images for my students in a flash...

I hope you can find it as a useful guide so you wouldn't be starting from scratch entirely...

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2023, 08:06 AM »
Hello & good day!  :) Code continues being pushed to GitHub & the program is shaping finely!

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Think it performs what you require: multiple search terms + multiple search engines by user selection.

Adding a new search engine, is done by searching the keyword "publicdomain" and adding the resulting link, hence it's quite easy :Thmbsup:
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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2023, 09:05 AM »
 :-* It is looking awesome! Is the program a tray runner or can it shut down after the search? This is starting to look beautiful by the way :)

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2023, 09:38 AM »
Glad you like the GUI, it's taking longer since it's being crafted with love :-*

There are two dynamic counters for checked terms and engines on the status bar plus some "bells & whistles" customization/options.

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Code keeps on being pushed to GitHub. We're getting closer to a fully-working release  :Thmbsup:

Let's first have you confirm it does what you need before making it a permanent tray runner  :)

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2023, 09:01 AM »
 :-* This is looking really cool so far but I'll need to beta test it before I can add any meaningful input though... It's great to hear you are on this case though...  :up:

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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2023, 06:16 PM »
For sure, your testing/input is most-valuable: this is your program! :)

Initial beta version is about to be published can be downloaded now :up:
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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2023, 12:32 AM »
Hello again! Your program's code IS finished  :Thmbsup:

You can download & test  @ https://github.com/p.../releases/tag/v0.1.0
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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2023, 07:40 PM »
UPDATE: Three modes for handling search terms added:

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Download @ https://github.com/publicdomain/search-shortcut/releases/tag/v0.1.0

We can consider this version feature-complete  :) Official release imminent made! @ SearchShortcut - Search across multiple engines (v0.1.0)
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Re: Idea: Stupidly Simple Search Shortcut
« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2023, 01:50 AM »
 :-* :P It is a win in my book!  :Thmbsup: