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Get your Oolite Bulletin Board browser search plugin here!

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:13 am
by Diziet Sma
After reading this post made by JazHaz, I was inspired to try and create a search plugin for the Oolite BB. After some experimentation I have succeeded in making a browser plugin that uses Google to search the Bulletin Board. An otherwise identical plugin is now also available which uses Yahoo instead of Google.


For Safari on Macintosh, see Eric Walch's updated post on page 3 of this thread.
For Safari on Macintosh, see the tutorial, five posts down. Also, see Corny's post for Safari using Glims.

For Opera, see the video and instructions posted by Corny, eight posts down.


The following is for Firefox (Mac/Linux/Windows), Google Chrome (Mac/Linux/Windows) and Internet Explorer (Windows).

Both plugins are available here.

According to the Mycroft Project site, it works with Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. I have tested it with all three and it works well.

(Important update for Google Chrome: read this post on page 4 of this thread.)

Now you can easily search the boards using the power of Google/Yahoo. :D Enjoy!

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:42 am
by JazHaz
Yeah! Works nicely! :D

That'll save me typing site:aegidian.org/bb/ every time I want to search the BB.

Might be a good idea to sticky this thread too!

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:53 am
by Commander McLane
And who's gonna port it for Safari? :wink:

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:40 am
by Diziet Sma
I have been searching on how to do that, with a notable lack of success.. I'm hoping one of you Macintosh geniuses can figure it out. :mrgreen:

I've now succeeded in getting it to work on Safari for Mac. See the tutorial below.

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:54 am
by Commander McLane
Diziet Sma wrote:...one of you Macintosh geniuses...
Wouldn't be me, then. :?

Tutorial -Oolite BB Search using Google for Macintosh Safari

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:05 pm
by Diziet Sma
Ok, I've worked out how to do it using Safari, although this will only work for Safari on Macintosh's, not Windows, as Inquisitor is not available for the Windows version of Safari, even though it is for IE and FF, go figure... (To make this tutorial, I used Inquisitor installed to Internet Explorer, though I imagine (hope?) that it should work much the same for the Mac version.)

Firstly, you will need to download and install Inquisitor, if you don't already have it. You can get it at
http://www.inquisitorx.com/safari/index_en.php


Once installed, you should see something like this at the top of your Safari window.
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Type a few letters into the search field, then move your mouse down over the suggested words. Wait a few seconds and a menu item "Search Options" will appear. Click on it. If this option does not appear under Mac Safari, check in your browser settings, the Inquisitor options/settings will probably be there somewhere.. :?
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A new window will appear, which looks like this. Click on the "Edit sites" button.
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When this window appears, click the "Add" button and select "New custom search shortcut".
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In the Site Name field, type the name you want to give your search.
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Paste one of the following strings into the URL field. Add a keyboard shortcut if you wish and click OK.

To search using Google:

Code: Select all

http://www.google.com/search?&q=<TERM>+site%3Aaegidian.org%2Fbb%2F
To search using Yahoo:

Code: Select all

http://search.yahoo.com/search?&p=<TERM>&vs=aegidian.org%2Fbb%2F
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You're done!

To use it, type in your search term(s). A menu will drop down. At the bottom of it your new search will appear. Click on it.
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And this is the result... 8) :D
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Inquisitor looks to be a very useful search tool.. I think I'll try it out with my Firefox, as it comes up as just another available search in the FF/IE Search plugins list.

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:54 am
by Diziet Sma
If somebody would be willing to provide me with a set of Mac screenshots similar to the above, I'd appreciate it very much. That way I could re-do the tutorial so that it would show exactly what a Mac user would see onscreen.

Also, is everyone happy with using Google for this, or would some of you prefer to use a different search engine? If so, let me know and I'll see if I can tailor a plugin to suit your favourite search engine.

Edit to add:
I've now also made an identical plugin that uses Yahoo instead of Google.

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:56 am
by Smivs
But I use Opera! (Yes, I know...there's always One, and it's usually me)

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:17 am
by Corny
So? If I remember correctly, you can set up custom search engines in Opera, too... I'll do a short tutorial in case you need it. :)
http://vimeo.com/10031955
(Edit: Copy Dizzy's string. Go to preferences -> Search and add a new search engine. Paste Dizzy's string into the address-field. Replace the <TERM> with %s. Be aware of Thargoids and donate many happy dollars to Oolite.)

In Safari, I'd do it with Glims, I guess you don't need a tutorial for that? :P
(If you do, read here.)

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:00 pm
by Diziet Sma
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Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:58 pm
by Smivs
That's great...thanks!

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:44 am
by Diziet Sma
BTT

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:15 am
by SiriusCG
Hey, this is really useful! Thanks!

I've already found a number of topics in minutes that would have taken much longer using the forum search option...

Cheers. 8)

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:23 am
by DaddyHoggy
SiriusCG wrote:Hey, this is really useful! Thanks!

I've already found a number of topics in minutes that would have taken much longer using the forum search option...

Cheers. 8)
That implies you would have found them at all!! :wink:

Posted: Sat May 08, 2010 3:32 am
by Diziet Sma
Bump. Mods, what do you think of stickying this?
http://aegidian.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7914