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Those of you who have read the site for a while will be familiar with my interest in finding the perfect Finder-based web search tool. I'm not talking about Sherlock or Watson, where you're looking for something specific. Instead, I'm always looking for the next great tool that makes it easy to run a search in Google without first switching to the browser, loading google.com, and typing the search terms. I want something small and unobtrusive and yet (almost conversely) easy to find and use in a hurry. Until today, I'd been using ShadowGoogle (Aug 5 2002 Pick of the Week.

As of today, however, Searchling has become my Google search tool of choice. It's a menubar add-on (installation = one double click) that, when clicked, opens a one-line search window with options for which site to search (Google, Dictionary, ebay) as well as what type of info to search for (web, images, news). When not in use, all I lose in screen real-estate is one small character on my menubar, and yet it's easily reached from every application.

The only reason it's a 9 and not a 10 is that the toolbar icon is not movable, as are the Apple-provided toolbar widgets (this may well be a limitation imposed by Apple, however, so maybe it's really a 10).

Sorry, ShadowGoogle (still a great tool), but recovering desktop space is a big plus for Searchling. Unobtrusive, easy to use, easy to install, free, and it works perfectly ... Searchling has earned a permanent spot in my menubar!
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Yay OmniWeb!
Authored by: Mikey-San on Dec 02, '02 10:42:34AM

Just wanted to give a shout-out to OmniWeb, which has made my Googling much nicer with its [OmniWeb's] shortcuts. For instance:

google@ http://www.google.com/search?q=%@
images@ http://images.google.com/images?q=%@&ie=ISO-8859-1&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search

All I do is type "google dork" and "images dork" to find dork-related items. I wonder if it has anything to do with my dorkitude.

Nah.


-/-



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Key Xing for Google Search
Authored by: mclbruce on Dec 02, '02 11:05:07AM

Key Xing recently added Google search capability. You can assign it to any key combination. Hit the key combination and a small window pops up. Type in what you are looking for and your browser opens up with the answer from Google.

http://www.lumacode.com/keyxing/index.html

I originally bought Key Xing so that I could use the function keys in X the way Apple lets you use them in 9. Cost is $7.00.



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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: mshmgi on Dec 02, '02 11:38:25AM

If you want to add the Mac OS X Hints site to the list of searchable sites in Searchling, open the sites.xml file (Contents:Resources:sites.xml) with your favorite text editor and add the following block of text:

<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>Mac OS X Hints</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Web</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.macosxhints.com/search.php?mode=search&amp;datestart=0&amp;dateend=0&amp;topic=0&amp;type=stories&amp;author=0&amp;query=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>



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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: cranfordio on Dec 02, '02 02:50:52PM
Your idea of editing the XML file was great. I always liked Googls for searching the web, but for weather and stocks, I always prefered Yahoo! so I just added the information for searching Yahoo! in the XML file and it worked. Here is what I added: name Yahoo! types type Web url http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?p= type Weather url http://search.weather.yahoo.com/search/weather2?p= type Stocks url http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=

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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: cranfordio on Dec 02, '02 02:53:53PM

Sorry, I had HTML formating on, and it got rid of everything in the brackets. Let me try again.

<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>Yahoo!</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Web</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?p=</string>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Weather</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://search.weather.yahoo.com/search/weather2?p=</string>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Stocks</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>



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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: bradsmith74 on Dec 02, '02 03:49:07PM

Two more to play with. May I suggest that we send a copy of these over to Michael Thole (mthole@purdue.edu) who might be interested in compiling a central repository?

<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>VersionTracker</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>MacOSX</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.versiontracker.com/mp/new_search.m?productDB=mac&amp;mode=Quick&amp;OS_Filter=MacOSX&amp;x=0&amp;y=0&amp;search=</string>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>MacOS</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.versiontracker.com/mp/new_search.m?productDB=mac&amp;mode=Quick&amp;OS_Filter=MacOS&amp;x=0&amp;y=0&amp;search=</string>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Windows</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.versiontracker.com/mp/new_search.m?productDB=win&amp;mode=Quick&amp;OS_Filter=Windows&amp;x=0&amp;y=0&amp;search=</string>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Palm</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.versiontracker.com/mp/new_search.m?productDB=palm&amp;mode=Quick&amp;OS_Filter=Palm&amp;x=0&amp;y=0&amp;search=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>

<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>WHIOS at VeriSign</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Web</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois/?SearchType=do&amp;STRING2=Search&amp;STRING=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>



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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: cclauset on Dec 02, '02 08:22:57PM
For more inspiration on editing Searchling's sites.xml file, check out the Bookmarklets Search tools webpage. You'll have to do a little editing of the javascript functions to extract the html queries and you'll have to escape &'s (i.e. &amp;). Bookmarklets were likely the precursor to tools like Searchling.

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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: boblangdon on Dec 04, '02 10:58:06PM

I can't find a file named sites.xml.
The only file that's generated is:

/users/username/library/preferences/Searchling.plist

which contains:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>dv com.apple.soundmgr._DV Sound Output Settings</key>
<data>
fQAAAA==
</data>
<key>lastSite</key>
<string>Google</string>
<key>lastType</key>
<string>Web</string>
</dict>
</plist>

When I cut and paste the recommended code before the closing </plist> tag, nothing changes at all. When I quit and re-launch Searchling, the changes I made to Searchling.plist disappear and revert to the original state.

Ideas???????



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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: bluehz on Dec 05, '02 01:04:32AM

Locate the actual Searchling app. Right-click and you should see a contextual menu appear - in that menu one of the selections is "Show package contents" - select that. You should now see a dir/folder called "Contents", double-click that and you will see several dirs and files. Locate the "Resources" dir and open that and you will find your "sites.xml" file to edit.



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Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling
Authored by: boblangdon on Dec 05, '02 11:58:20AM

Ahhh....
Thanks!



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not in my searchling
Authored by: teklife on Dec 14, '03 12:56:29AM

i know how to open package contents, but when i open my searchling, there is no sites.xml file anywhere within. the first level contains the following:

Info.plist
MacOS(folder)
pbdeveleopment.plist
PkgInfo
PrivateHeaders(folder), and
Resources(folder).

inside the Resources folder are the following files,

Credits.rtf
defaults.plist
English.lproj (folder)
itemicon.tif
itemiconSel.tif
Japanese.lproj
searchling-app.icns

a search for the file, sites.xml revealed a file in the searchling folder inside the ApplicationSupport folder. how will editing this file help me if it's not in the app itself? do i edit default.plist instead? why is mine different?



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I rather prefer Huevos...
Authored by: prosper on Dec 02, '02 12:00:33PM
Versiontracker
Authored by: FARMER on Dec 02, '02 03:34:44PM

Well, i'm not too good in all that hacking suff...
can somebody help me to ad versiontacker-search (os x files)
thanx. *farmer



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Versiontracker
Authored by: bradsmith74 on Dec 02, '02 03:55:29PM

FARMER-

See my response to "Add Mac OS X Hints to Searchling" above.



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quickeys
Authored by: pascalpp on Dec 02, '02 03:57:10PM

i used to use shadowGoogle a lot. then i realized that quickeys has the ability to open a preset URL with a keystroke. so now i just press control-G in any app and Chimera comes forward with a new tab containing the Google search page, with the Google search field already focused. on my DSL connection, that page loads in the same amount of time it would take me to move the mouse and click on shadowGoogle. (it's difficult to time it, but i'd say it's about half a second; feels pretty much instantaneous.)

of course this doesn't give me access to multiple search sites like dictionary.com or what have you, which Searchling and other tools provide, but if you need that functionality you could assign other keys to those URLs, or you could even create a quickeys toolbar with buttons for each site you need.



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Why you can't move the menu widget
Authored by: HAL9000 on Dec 02, '02 04:09:28PM

Here is why you can't move the meny item anymore since 10.2...

When apple made Jaguar, they created a block somewhere and somehow, preventing and making it impossible to use any previous 3rd party menu extras. Since 10.2, all menulings are really applications in disguise, which is why you can't move them around. However, there is a way to eliminate this block using Unsanity's Menu Extra Enabler (I wonder where they came up with that name) at http://www.unsanity.com/download.php?product=mee



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Why you can't move the menu widget
Authored by: lebowski on Dec 02, '02 05:19:17PM

Are you sure this is the reason?

Yesterday i installed Quitling (os9 style application switcher) which is a menu bar item. It moves around just fine. Surely if what you say is true then it wouldn't move either??
L.



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Why you can't move the menu widget
Authored by: HAL9000 on Dec 04, '02 06:35:14AM

hmmmmm... just to make sure, what system are you using? the block is only in 10.2 and up. If you are using jaguar then I'm quite baffled



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Why you can't move the menu widget
Authored by: alajuela on Dec 05, '02 10:50:44AM

I am running 10.2.2 and using Quitling, and can move it around using Command-click.



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Chimera Googling
Authored by: deleted_user16 on Dec 02, '02 05:54:42PM
In the more recent nightly builds of Chimera, keywords have been enabled for bookmarks. This means you can specify to type 'moh' in the url bar and it'll pull up macosxhints.com, or whatever you specify.

I've set up my bookmark keywords to have google capabilities, so that I can type '? your mom' and it will come up with a google search for your mom. This is how you can do this:
1. Make sure you have a pretty recent nightly build.
2. Create a bookmark, title it whatever you want
3. Change the location to http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%s
4. Change the keyword to whatever you want (I use '?')
You can now search in the url bar by typing your keyword and search item (you can use multiple word search items as well).

I hope this helps some people who didn't know this was now possible in Chimera.

On another note, I've recently been using Youpi Key for iTunes controlling and app switching.

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Chimera Googling
Authored by: davidnorton on Dec 02, '02 06:24:02PM

THANK YOU!!!! This should be a hint in itself. I love it.



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Chimera Googling
Authored by: tamenti on Dec 03, '02 05:09:35AM

Hear hear! Ive been waiting for this for so long :)

You just made my morning ;)



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Chimera Googling
Authored by: mwd2000 on Dec 03, '02 08:18:21AM

Thanks for this, natan - I'd been using a similar concept in Opera, it's great to be able to do it in Chimera!



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Chimera Googling
Authored by: deleted_user16 on Dec 03, '02 03:25:29PM
No problem, guys :) I stumbled upon it a few days ago and was considering submitting it to this site, but decided to submit it here instead. Here's some more search bookmarks you can use:
http://www.thesaurus.com/cgi-bin/search?config=roget&words=%s
http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=%s
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search/?index=blended&keyword=%s
http://www.IMDB.com/Find?%s
I'm sure there's more, but those are the enginges that I use most often. Enjoy!

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Chimera Googling
Authored by: Deut3221 on Dec 04, '02 12:28:31AM

Thank you!!!



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Searchling alternative
Authored by: leebennett on Dec 02, '02 09:31:30PM

Hey, thanks for Searchling! I love it.

For anyone who, for whatever reason, would rather not run an extra app to search Google, here's another great way of accessing Google. Granted, it only searches web sites, but if you create a toolbar favorite linked to the javascript line I've pasted below, rather than loading the Google web page, you immediately get a little popup window where you can type your keywords, after which, you get the Google results.

Someone who knows more about this type of stuff could probably modify the link so you could have a second button to search images, or another to search videos, etc.

The link is ...

javascript:void(q=prompt('',''));if(q)void(location.href='http://www.google.com/search?q='+escape(q))



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Yes, it's an Apple thing
Authored by: Durandal on Dec 02, '02 11:41:43PM

Yes, Rob, the inability to move the menubar widget is an Apple-imposed limitation, as they have disabled all non-Apple menu items that use the API which allows you to move stuff. It's undocumented, and no one, save for Unsanity, wants to use it in that case. So, they use the documented API, which places stuff in the menubar, but you're not allowed to move it around.



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SearchBar is better
Authored by: aquaman on Dec 03, '02 12:39:42AM
SearchBar has international support, additional search types (Google, VersionTracker, AllMusic, etc..), supports hotkeys, and automatically hides when you are done with it. http://www.pommsoft.com/searchbar/index.php

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SearchBar is better
Authored by: alajuela on Dec 05, '02 11:20:56AM

I liked Huevos in this role, but I just might have to agree. Searchbar has nice preferences, a substantial search engine list, and the option to make it a floating window means that it is just as accessible as Searchling, without the problems of a potentially non-compliant menubar.



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New search to open in a Tab
Authored by: calebmaki on Dec 03, '02 12:59:43AM
I use Chimera and I love being able to use Tabs instead of new windows. I like Searchling,
but I don't like how it has to open a new window in Navigator when I already have a window
open. Is it possible to have may search results open in a new Tab instead?

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New search to open in a Tab
Authored by: seven5 on Dec 03, '02 12:10:36PM

yes, in chimera's settings, make it so that it opens new requested windows from other applications to open with a tab. its been there for a couple of official builds...



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New search to open in a Tab
Authored by: k2r on Dec 03, '02 03:48:47PM

Tell Chimera to open new URLs in a new tab.
It's in the Preferences:Navigation/Tabbed browsing.



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New search to open in a Tab
Authored by: wolfy on Dec 04, '02 08:16:22PM

Does anybody know what the equivalent user.js (prefs.js) setting would be in Mozilla to get external requests opened in a tab?



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Great!
Authored by: bluehz on Dec 03, '02 01:39:56AM

This is fantastic! I try to keep only neccesities in my toolbar - but I think this ones staying. I noticed the left pulldown menu was a bit small to display some of the longer site names. This is easy enough to resolve if you have the developer tools installed. Specifically interface builder.

1. Right click on Searchling - select "Show Package Contents"
2. Navigate to /Contents/Resources/English.lproj
3. Double click on "MainMenu.nib" and Interface Builder application should open.
4. Two windows will open - in one of the windows you should see an icon with the label "QueryBox". Double click that icon.
5. There's your interface - click the left-dropdown menu and handles will appear to resize as you desire.

You can also change the dimensions of the search field itself and the right-hand dropdown menu if you desire.

BTW - I have boycotted VT since they started making you jump through hoops to get software updates. I now use MacUpdate - direct download links - like VT used to be. Here's the xml for MacUpdate:

<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>MacUpdate</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>MacOS X</string>
<key>url</key> <string>http://macupdate.com/search.php?button.x=12&amp;button.y=10&amp;os=macosx&amp;keywords=</string>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Classic</string>
<key>url</key> <string>http://macupdate.com/search.php?button.x=12&amp;button.y=10&amp;os=macos&amp;keywords=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>

Anyone know how to setup a search for the MacOSXHints Forums? I am pretty familiar with setting these things up - but I have never been able to figure teh Forums out - sure it must be something simple too.



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Some more...
Authored by: Loren on Dec 03, '02 12:22:35PM

\0\05{\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0ix...


<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>IMDB</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Web</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.IMDB.com/Find?</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>Netflix</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Web</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.netflix.com/Search?v1=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>



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Some more...
Authored by: bluehz on Dec 03, '02 01:09:11PM

Great one Loren! Thx!

I am not too familiar with XML - is there a list of items that need to be escaped somewhere.

For example - how would one go about doing something like this:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&as_qdr=all&q=apropos+site%3Aosxfaq.com

Also - since this is using Google to search OSXFAQ you will notice that the query string at the end has "+site=site%3Aosxfaq.com" appended to it. How can you create the proper string for Searchling with the query string as the last element in that format (as opposed to the site...)?



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Some more...
Authored by: bluehz on Dec 03, '02 01:29:48PM

Answering my own qeury...

Google does not care whether the site-specific name or the query tem is listed first. So the actually OSXFAQ search item for Searchling would be:

<!-- //////////////////// OSXFAQ //////////////////// -->
<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>OSXFAQ</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>MacOS X</string>
<key>url</key> <string>http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;ie=ISO-8859-1&amp;as_qdr=all&amp;q=site%3Aosxfaq.com+</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>

Note the use of the comments in XML - helps a lot with my sites.xml list getting so long.

What about creating dividers in the Searchling menus? I tried several failed attempts at creating empty <dict> entities for example with the name of "----------" or similar - but Searchling didn't like it - went all wonky and display several G icons across the menu bar. With long lists - some pseudo-menu item seperators would be nice.



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Some more...
Authored by: tophu on Dec 03, '02 05:52:17PM

A key for a the space would be the right way to go. And really, this needs an editor. Perhaps I'll look into creating an interface for editing the XML list...



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Devil's advocate... (IMHO)
Authored by: stevec on Dec 03, '02 02:19:53PM

Sorry, I just don't get it.

Why would I want to run yet another application when I don't have to. My web browser is always open and I put a google search form on my (local) home page. It's easy to do, Google has the very simple HTML ready to copy and paste for easy addition to any web page.

The way I look at it the fewer "goodies" like this I run the better. I guess it comes from supporting computers in a corporate environment (for a living). The more stuff you have on your computer the more that can go wrong. Which is closely related to the first principle of goood engineering, the K.I.S.S. principle.



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My view...
Authored by: robg on Dec 03, '02 03:20:57PM
Searching for a website in Google while running 27 applications with roughly 80 open windows:

Method A: Move to dock, find web browser in dock, click on browser, click on new tab (don't want to lose what's there), click on Google shortcut, click in data entry box, type search phrase, hit enter.

Method B: Try to find an open window of the browser on the screen amidst the clutter, click on it, repeat most of (A).

Method C: Click on "G" in menubar, type search phrase, hit enter.

There are, of course, many other ways to do this; I've listed only a few. But I think you get the idea -- it's about ease of operation. To me, (C) is far easier and is worth the (minimal, given OS X's nature) risk of any added difficulties.

-rob.

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Devil's advocate... (IMHO)
Authored by: Glanz on Dec 05, '02 04:08:24PM

Frankly, I don't get it either..... I don't see the difference between clicking on the "G", initiating a search that will oblige the user to open another window for the info harvested anyway, and simply doing a "I'm feelin' lucky" via another tab or open window in the browser....., unless of course, the user is stuck with Internet Exasperator as browser and it crashes with more than one and one-half windows open. I agree that it is best to avoid superfluous running apps as much as possible. The fact is that Mozilla 1.2.1 makes these superfluous little apps look like cacapeepeepoopoo.



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Doesn't work at all for me???
Authored by: ChaChi on Dec 03, '02 07:44:00PM

1.) I double click to start "Searchling".
2.) I click once on the "G" in the menu bar.
3.) I type in some text and hit return.
4.) Nothing happens?!?!?!

I'm running 10.1.5 on an iMac 333. Is anyone else having this same problem? The other menu items that I have enabled are: "Classic Spy", "Modem", "Script Menu", "Sound", "Displays", "Clock" and "ASM". Maybe one of them isn't playing friendly with "Searchling"?

Any suggestions appreciated...



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Doesn't work at all for me???
Authored by: goad on Dec 03, '02 09:08:41PM

I have the exact same problem running it on my B&W G3 350, under 10.1.5. Mayhap it is a 10.1 problem? Or maybe more exact and 10.1.5.



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Doesn't work at all for me???
Authored by: adrx on Jan 09, '03 01:11:23PM

i have exactly the same problem, also an iMac (G3 but 500MHz).
nothing happens and it seems such a neat little tool (even if, yes, another app is running).

so, has this been solved?

cheers,
adrx



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A few more
Authored by: edalzell on Dec 04, '02 12:33:21AM

Here are imdb.com search and acronymfinder search:
<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>imdb</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>General</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.imdb.com/Find?for=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>
<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>Acronyms</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>General</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.acronymfinder.com/af-query.asp?String=exact&amp;Acronym=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>



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XML editing troubles
Authored by: leebennett on Dec 04, '02 02:38:35AM

apparently i'm missing something obvious.

i opened the sites.xml file in BBEdit, added in lines exactly as provided, and when i relaunch searchling, i get a bunch of G's across my menu bar and none of them will access the search bar.



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XML editing troubles
Authored by: bluehz on Dec 04, '02 10:16:38AM

I have seen this also - it occurs if there is an error in your XML file...double check and makes sure all your P's and Q's are in order.



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XML editing troubles
Authored by: leebennett on Dec 04, '02 07:49:13PM

well i won't rule out one of those dumb typos that are so blatantly obvious, you miss them every time (you know the ones i'm talking about)...but i am pretty sure i have checked it very carefully. the only thing i can think of is...the place where you put the URL for the site...do any characters have to be escaped, or written as a meta code (i.e. &gt; instead of > )?



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XML editing troubles--solved
Authored by: leebennett on Dec 04, '02 07:54:19PM

okay, i figured it out. meta characters are required.

specifically, in my case, i needed &amp; instead of just plain ampersands.



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XML editing troubles--solved
Authored by: boblangdon on Dec 05, '02 12:19:25PM

I had the same thing happen to me by simply cutting and pasting the code directly off this site.

In my case, I was pasting it in the wrong place.
I was puttring it before the final </plist> tag, when it belongs before the final </array> tag.



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A Ten, For This?
Authored by: youcanrunnaked on Dec 04, '02 11:16:39AM

Nothing wrong with this app, but it's a one-trick-pony, and the trick ain't even that great. Just drag the link for Google's search window page to the toolbar bookmarks in Chimera or Internet Explorer, name the thing "Google," and click on that whenever you want to run a search. Far more versatile than any of these googlesearchers is Web Jumper, which lets you try the same (or a modified) search across a broad range of search engines (including Google).



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New Version Coming
Authored by: tophu on Dec 11, '02 05:17:40PM
I wrote support for separators into the code, with other numerous improvements. I sent the code back to the author and he will be rolling it into a new release as soon as he's done with his college exams.

If you need the new code before then, grab it here. If you want to know all the additional stuff I did, you'll have to poke through the code and read my comments. For those who don't want/need the code, and/or don't have the Developer Tools installed, you can find the compiled app in the build folder on the disk this will mount.

Unfortunately, I've not finished working on a friendly interface for the XML sites list, though that data has been rolled into the user defaults scheme (so that users can have different configurations). In the mean time, you can edit using the defaults command line option (if you are very adventurous), or just edit the defaults.plist file (just like you edit the sites.xml file in the first release). If you want to put a separator in, add the following lines to the array under the sitesArray key:


     name
     separator



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New Version Coming
Authored by: tophu on Dec 11, '02 05:49:37PM
Grr... It ate my tags... Here is the correct info for adding a separator:
<dict>
     <key>name</key>
     <string>separator</string>
</dict>


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Adding Google/Mac support
Authored by: wolfy on Dec 13, '02 07:57:45PM

Add this entry to sites.xml to perform searches on Google that are restricted to sites that discuss Macs:

<dict>
<key>name</key>
<string>Google.Mac</string>
<key>types</key>
<array>
<dict>
<key>type</key>
<string>Web</string>
<key>url</key>
<string>http://www.google.com/mac?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;ie=ISO-8859-1&amp;q=</string>
</dict>
</array>
</dict>



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question
Authored by: rand on Dec 18, '02 12:05:10PM

how do i make an entry for this app from other search sites? i have looked at the ones that have been made, but not figured it out yet. where do the &amp or the > symbols go and why?

what i'm looking to add for this application are the Apple Knowledge database and Fink Mailing lists.

thanks for any help



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