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Searching Google from Chimera ... revisited Web Browsers
For those who would like to search Google and other websites from the address bar in Chimera, try this excellent tip from eFritz.net. According to the site, it only works with the latest builds, and the Chimera team recommends that the Dec 20th, 2002 nightly build should supercede earlier versions. This is a direct quote from eFritz:
Make a new bookmark, give it a name, and change the URL [to] http://www.google.com/search?q=%s in the Bookmarks Sidebar. Type a keyword like 'g' or 'google' into the keyword field. Now you can search Google by typing in 'g [search terms]' or 'Google [search terms]' or whatever.
In other words, select the bookmark you want in the bookmarks drawer and name it something descriptive (like "Search Google"), press command-I, and in the "Location" field of the Get Info panel, append the search string "/search?q=%s" (without quotation marks) to the URL, so "http://www.google.com" now reads "http://www.google.com/search?q=%s". Enter any keyword you like in the "Keyword" field, now when you type that keyword, followed by a search term in the address bar, you'll be auto-magically transported to the Google results page for that term, without first having to go to the Google page. For instance, I can type "goog Macintosh" to search for Mac-related stuff. Very cool.

[Editor's note: There's a previous hint on Google and Chimera, but this hint offers a different method, and expands on it, as you can see if you read the rest of the article, so I felt it was worth posting on its own merits.]

I experimented a bit with the URL's for other search sites and discovered that some use the same search syntax, so now I have a bookmarks folder containing "Search Lycos", "Search AltaVista", "Search AlltheWeb" etc., each of which can be called up with a keyword and search term ("lyc Apple", "av OS X", "atw Jaguar").

Now comes the fun part: it also works on some other sites, notably AddAll and Powell's, for used books, Gracenote (formerly CDDB), for music searches, and with a little editing, (Thank You, God!) VersionTracker.

The search string for VersionTracker's OS X section is

http://www.versiontracker.com/mp/new_search.m
?productDB=mac&mode=Quick&OS_Filter=MacOSX&search=%s


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My favorite so far is Dictionary.com, to which I assigned the keyword "define", so I can type "define verbiage" in the address bar and instantly come up with "pompous array of words". Kinda like this hint.

eFritz also has lots of other wonderful hints, like how to make your Address Bar rounded, like OmniWeb (needs Developer's Tools). I did just that, and along with some custom toolbar widgets I created with Aquatint, Chimera's toolbar now looks as elegant as OmniWeb's (I find the Chimera toolbar widgets sort of cheesy looking).
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Searching Google Mac from Chimera
Authored by: mclbruce on Jan 11, '03 04:23:19PM

Excellent hint. If you want to search using Google's Mac search the following code works for me:

http://www.google.com/mac?q=%s

Once you have created the bookmark you can assign this a different keyword than your regular google search shortcut such as gmac.



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Already posted
Authored by: deleted_user16 on Jan 11, '03 05:09:48PM
[Editor's note: There's a previous hint on Google and Chimera, but this hint offers a different method, and expands on it, as you can see if you read the rest of the article, so I felt it was worth posting on its own merits.]

Actually, I covered this same method in a comment published on 12/2/02:

"Chimera Googling" here.

[editor - cleaned up the URL...]

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Bummer...
Authored by: robg on Jan 11, '03 06:17:37PM
Missed one ... thanks for the pointer, and apologies for the double hint. The original linked above is posted as a comment to this hint on Searchling. -rob.

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Re: Already posted
Authored by: Viridian on Jan 11, '03 07:23:41PM

Hi natan,

I'm really sorry you didn't submit this as hint instead of burying it as a comment. I could have been using it that much sooner! Thanks for the one for IMDb, by the way, I couldn't figure out how to make it work. Coincidentally, I frequent the sites you listed as well, and I asked Apple to implement keywords in Safari so I could use this search method in their new browser.

Cheers, pal.



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For more information...
Authored by: calroth on Jan 11, '03 06:04:59PM
This has always been in Mozilla and has been recently implemented in Chimera as well. The standard reference is http://www.mozilla.org/docs/end-user/keywords.html.

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Re: For more information...
Authored by: Viridian on Jan 11, '03 07:05:37PM

Thanks for the link! I've only used Chimera, so the extra info is certainly welcome.



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VT Search
Authored by: kerim on Jan 11, '03 07:13:30PM

Here is the text to use for Version Tracker:

http://www.versiontracker.com/mp/new_search.m?productDB=mac&mode=Quick&OS_Filter=MacOSX&search=%s

Basically, you can take any search phrase from any site and simply put "%s" where the search phrase might be. Unfortunately, Amazon.com's URL doesn't seem to allow for such simple parsing. Any idea how to do it for Amazon?



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Amazon Search
Authored by: kerim on Jan 11, '03 07:22:17PM

Found it:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search/?index=blended&keyword=%s

http://www.deftone.com/blogzilla/archives/keyword_searching.html

Lists a bunch more as well!



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How do you get CDDB to work?
Authored by: specbebop on Jan 12, '03 09:37:32PM

Since gracenote totally changed up their site recently, when you use this method to search it you only get a 'coming soon' page. Is there a trick to getting it to work?



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Re: How do you get CDDB to work?
Authored by: Viridian on Jan 12, '03 09:48:08PM
Hi specbebop,

This is the search string I use for CDDB

http://www.gracenote.com/php/search2.php3?f=artist&f=disc&q=%s

Have fun.

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How do you get CDDB to work?
Authored by: specbebop on Jan 12, '03 09:49:27PM

ok, figured out:

http://www.gracenote.com/music/search-adv.html?q=%s

that works for artist, album, or track



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