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Using Awasu as an integrated information system

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:43 am
by marcel
Hello,

I am on trial with your product.

My objective is to find an integrated information system that would allow me to publish a newsletter. Since I haven t found yet such a system at reasonable cost for a small business, I am looking at your well designed product, maybe as a starting point. But, as a non geek, I am a bit intimidated by your plugins, hooks and channel reports that need customization, so it is probable I will need help.

I would appreciate if you could address the following points:

(*) Does it make sense to use your product as the base of an integrated information system?
(*) If so, what else will I need and what are the expected costs?
(*) Do you think I can configure Awasu to seach for only PDF in a given subject?
(*) Could you give me some infos on the search engine and platform behind Awasu?
(*) And finally I would appreciate some info on the people behing Awasu and your location on the globe.

Thanks for your help.

Re: Using Awasu as an integrated information system

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:57 am
by support
marcel wrote:Does it make sense to use your product as the base of an integrated information system?

Absolutely. One of the key goals behind Awasu's design is extensibility, so while it already does a lot out-of-the-box, it can also be extended to do your own custom processing.

Awasu is a powerful product and it can sometimes be intimidating but the fundmental concepts are straight-forward:

(*) plugins let you retrieve information from anywhere, not just RSS feeds e.g. databases, web services, other programs.
(*) channel hooks let you do something when new information arrives e.g. send out an email, update a database, start another program.
(*) reports let you extract information out of Awasu's database and re-publish it e.g. as an email newsletter, a web page, a new RSS feed. Awasu also gives you the ability to edit and annotate the content before it is re-published.

marcel wrote:If so, what else will I need and what are the expected costs?

How long is a piece of string? :) It depends on what exactly you need to do. At a minimum, you need someone who can read documentation and do some basic programming. We offer a consulting service and can do any extension and customization work you might need, or you can go down to your local college and grab some kid there. You may need to buy them beer...

marcel wrote:Do you think I can configure Awasu to seach for only PDF in a given subject?

What do you mean? Are you looking for the word "PDF" in your RSS feeds? Looking for PDF documents? Want to search in PDF documents?

marcel wrote:Could you give me some infos on the search engine and platform behind Awasu?

Awasu uses a customized version of CLucene. Awasu itself is written in C++.

marcel wrote:And finally I would appreciate some info on the people behing Awasu and your location on the globe.

We're a small company based in Australia. I'm the lead developer, project manager, tester, janitor, in-house musician and all-round nice guy. There is also another guy who does business development and some website admin, and a lady who does the graphic design.

Re: Using Awasu as an integrated information system

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:30 pm
by Marcel
"Do you think I can configure Awasu to seach for only PDF in a given subject?"

I meant looking only for PDF documents on a given subject...

Re: Using Awasu as an integrated information system

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:31 pm
by support
Marcel wrote:I meant looking only for PDF documents on a given subject...

I suppose you could write a channel hook that scans the newly-received content for links to .PDF files.

It's a bit of an odd way of doing things - do you not care about something if it's in HTML or plain-text format?

Re: Using Awasu as an integrated information system

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:59 am
by kevotheclone
Finding PDF files
You should be able to setup Google Alerts to find only PDF files with certain keywords and output the results as an RSS feed.
Use a Google search syntax like this to only search for PDF files:

Code: Select all

filetype:pdf keywords
At this point you might think that that's all you need to accomplish your goal, but this is where Awasu really starts to shine.

Publishing
marcel wrote:"...allow me to publish a newsletter"
Subscribe to those Google Alert-based RSS feeds in Awasu, where Awasu provides several ways to combine those individual feeds together (via a pre-built Channel Plugin) and/or further filter those feeds (via Search Channels). Awasu's ability to keep a feed in more than one folder with the additional of Channel Filters provides even more flexibility in combining/filtering your feeds.

You can automatically and/or manually send the combined/filtered feed items output to one or more Workpads. Once in a Workpad the individual items can be reviewed by you or your staff for deletion or... you can even add your own notes/comments/annotations to each feed item.

The feed items in each Workpad can be published via Channel Reports to various file formats locally, or remotely via email, ftp.

All of this can be accomplished with any real "programming" skills.

Take a good look at Awasu and I think you'll find that it functions as an excellent integrated information system. I don't think you can find anything else this Awasu's capabilities at a similar price. Also, I live in the US and although there's an 18 hour time difference, the Aussie-based support staff is always prompt with their responses.