External tools

Awasu's Tools menu provides an easy way to integrate external applications and services into the program without having to go to the trouble of writing a plugin or channel hook.

Using a tool couldn't be easier: just select some text in a browser window and choose the appropriate tool from the menu. For example, some of the standard tools installed by default let you search Google or Feedster for the selected text, look for channels at Syndic8 or even translate the page.

 

Managing the tools

Open the Tools menu and choose Organize user tools to see the dialog pictured to the left.

To add a new tool, click on the small square icon in the top-right corner and enter a name. Then enter the command that you want to run. This can either be a program installed on your PC or a web-based service (which will start with "http://" or "https://").

If you want to change the name of the tool as it will appear in the Tools menu, you can enter something in the Menu field. Awasu will automatically assign shortcuts but you can override this by putting an ampersand (&) in front of the letter you want to use e.g. "G&oogle" will show up in the menu as Google.

And if you have a blog, you can easily integrate it into Awasu and post quickly and conveniently from within Awasu. Click on the More info button for details.