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November 09, 2004

AcidSearch 0.32

Just letting everyone know that AcidSearch 0.32 is out. It has a new "find as you type" feature (you must activate this by picking "Edit Search Channels" -> "Advanced Options" and checking the "Find As You Type" box). Just type what you are looking for to quickly select it on the page. There also is a couple of bugfixes in the Default Channel function. Now it works properly with Auto-Tab channels as well as not erasing the field after every search (it now erases only when the engine has to change back to the default, as a visual cue).

Posted by pozytron at November 9, 2004 05:47 AM

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I installed Acid Search and, while playing around with the editing feature, I replaced the Amazon link with a link to the Amazon UK site, or so I thought! Now neither works. Is there a way of getting back to the default set. Also, how do I create a new channel? The FAQ either isn't clear enough for a technical dodo like me, or doesn't have the instructions I seek.

Posted by: Rory Choudhuri at November 9, 2004 08:14 AM

You can restore the original channels by picking "Edit Search Channels," then opening the advanced options pane and clicking "Import Channels." Select AcidSearch and click OK.

To create a new channel, you just click the New Channel button while browsing a page to attempt to create one based on the current page. I remember someone else having trouble with amazon.co.uk, and the way we finally got it to work was by simply changing the .com in the Prefix URL of amazon.com's to ".co.uk" and it seemed to work fine.

To create a channel if AcidSearch doesn't guess it properly, just do a search on the site itself, then copy the part of the URL before your search term to the "Prefix URL," and the part of the URL after your search term to the "Suffix URL."

For example, if the URL on a foobar search for "cats" produced the URL http://www.foobar.com/search.php?query=cats&language=english you would copy "http://www.foobar.com/search.php?query=" to the Prefix URL, and "&language=english" to the Suffix URL.

Hope this helps!

Posted by: Robin Hamilton-Pennell at November 9, 2004 05:50 PM

Thanks, Robin. That helped fix the Amazon issue. Haven't had a chance to add any sites - will try next week.

A suggestion - is it possible to have searches open in a new tab/window. If I'm reading an article and want to look something up, I'd like to be able to have it open in a new tab, so I can go to it whenever I want and then return to what I'm reading. (I know I can use the Back button/command, but this would be cooler!)

Posted by: Rory Choudhuri at November 13, 2004 02:08 AM

You can search in a new tab by holding down the command key while pressing return when doing a search. Holding down shift and command will select the tab instead of opening it in the background (actually, depending on your Safari preferences, these may be reversed; i.e., command-return selects the tab and command-shift-return opens it in the background).

Posted by: Robin Hamilton-Pennell at November 13, 2004 07:02 PM

I suggest that the icon at the left of the search field changes when one changes the search engine, so that we know if we will be searching on Google or Google Images or Apple or....

For the rest it seems perfect to me at the moment

Posted by: chevy at November 21, 2004 09:44 AM

Thanks for the suggestion. I actually plan on adding this to a future version.

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