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Wednesday 25th March 2015 12:32 PM [Awasu News]

Now that you've all had a bit of time to have a play with the 3.0.2 release, it's time to explain in a bit more detail about one of its new cool features.

One of Awasu's strongest features has always been its extensibility [1]If you're not sick of me droning on about this by now, you will be soon 🙄 , and the 3.0.2 release builds on this by adding support for a bunch of new plugin channels, that can retrieve content from a variety of sources:

Google

Twitter

Wikipedia

Email accounts

Web pages
(via scraping)

Pinterest

There is also one channel hook:

Save incoming content in an external database
(currently MySQL or SQL Server, Postgres coming soon)

These are all currently still in private beta, but if you'd like to take them for a spin, drop me a line and let me know:

  • What version of Awasu you're running.
  • Which extensions you're interested in.

and I'll let you know when they're ready.

You should be running Awasu Professional Edition v3.0.2, although support for them will be back-ported to v3.0 shortly.

Part of the work in building these was putting together a framework [2]This will be released soon, to make it easier for you to write your own extensions. that will let me easily churn them out, so you can expect a slew of new ones in the coming year [3]Currently on my to-do list: LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, GitHub, CrunchBase, Vine, Instagram, Spotify , Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox, Instapaper, FourSquare, Yelp. Sigh... :whip: . Let me know if there's anything you'd like support for... [4]And yes, I know everyone will want one for Facebook, and I actually had one working, but Facebook changed their API and broke things 🙁 , so I'm going to have to revisit this one. Double-sigh...

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1. If you're not sick of me droning on about this by now, you will be soon 🙄
2. This will be released soon, to make it easier for you to write your own extensions.
3. Currently on my to-do list: LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, GitHub, CrunchBase, Vine, Instagram, Spotify , Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox, Instapaper, FourSquare, Yelp. Sigh... :whip:
4. And yes, I know everyone will want one for Facebook, and I actually had one working, but Facebook changed their API and broke things 🙁 , so I'm going to have to revisit this one. Double-sigh...
Thursday 19th March 2015 9:21 AM [Awasu News]

It's been a bit longer between releases than I normally like, but there's been a lot of work done on this 3.0.2 release [1]I've also been remarkably busy building systems built around Awasu. As examples, one client is using a battery of web scraping and custom-built plugins to monitor web sites they're interested in, while another is using their system to monitor many thousands of sites, downloading the content to an external database, with a custom search engine and alert system built on top. Drop us a line if you're interested in having something built for yourself. , so I hope it'll have been worth the wait 🙂

This release builds on the work done in 3.0.1, making Awasu run better, faster and more efficiently. I've been adding these optimizations incrementally, so the effects were less noticeable, but running this new version side-by-side the old one, the difference is very apparent :jig: This will be an on-going process throughout the current release cycle, but of course, there will be a whole bunch of new features as well.

In this release, on top of the many, many optimizations, we also have:

  • Numerous UI improvements.
  • A new email engine, that lets you use third-party services like Gmail and Hotmail.
  • Improvements in the search engine, to give better results.
  • User tools now have access to all of a feed's metadata, making it easier to export content out, or integrate Awasu into another service.
  • Support for a new range of plugin channels and hooks.

This last one is a biggie, and I'll be making an announcement about this shortly, but in the meantime, get yourself set up with Awasu 3.0.2 and see what you think.

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1. I've also been remarkably busy building systems built around Awasu. As examples, one client is using a battery of web scraping and custom-built plugins to monitor web sites they're interested in, while another is using their system to monitor many thousands of sites, downloading the content to an external database, with a custom search engine and alert system built on top. Drop us a line if you're interested in having something built for yourself.