Awasu » Awasu 2.4.3.alpha1 released
Wednesday 2nd June 2010 3:50 PM [Awasu News]

The first 2.4.3 alpha release [?] is now available here.

Two big, very useful, additions in this release:

  • the ability to filter search results by URL and/or channel folder(s)
  • new API entry points that allow external programs to create new reports or modify existing ones

Get your Awasu goodness while it’s hot and I’ll start slaving away over a hot keyboard working on the next release… :whip:

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Yes BIG and USEFUL are accurate descriptions!

The first item, “the ability to filter search results by URL and/or channel folder” is immediately useable by all Awasu users. If one of your Search Channel has ever found a feed item that “technically” matched your search terms, but content-wise wasn’t really what you were looking for, now you’ll be able to restrict the Search Channel to one or more specific folders or URL domains.

Example: I have a Search Channel that searches for the words “cancer” “treatment” and “holistic” (for my Aunt, who can’t have “conventional” cancer treatments), but sometimes I would get matches from some of my “green” Channels because articles about helping to preserve the earth’s dwindling resources might also contain those same words. While technically they were correct matches; they weren’t really related to the topic matter that I was looking for. You can add extra search terms to help zero in on what you want but at some point your Search Channel may actually start missing relative content. Now I can easily restrict this Search Channel to search only within my “Health” folder and receive only the most relevant result available.

Remember, Awasu’s flexible Channel/Folder system allows you to place a Channel into multiple folders so there’s no excuse to not be able to setup your standard Channels and your Search Channels to get the best possible search results.

The second item, “new API entry points that allow external programs to create new reports or modify existing ones” is more for Awasu Developers, and it offers some intriguing possibilities. I didn’t request this feature and at first I didn’t think I would have an immediate use for it, but on closer examination I think it will be very useful for me. More details to follow…

>>> The second item, “new API entry points that allow external programs to create new reports or modify existing ones” is more for Awasu Developers, and it offers some intriguing possibilities. I didn’t request this feature and at first I didn’t think I would have an immediate use for it

I never really anticipated it but reports are probably Awasu’s most important feature. I know there are a lot of people out there running Awasu more or less as a server app, constantly pulling down content and then emailing out a weekly digest, flagging stuff for further analysis, republishing content on their websites, etc. Businesses are using it to monitor the web for what people are saying about them and their competitors, and gather other BI, so the ability to dynamically tweak the process is really useful to them.

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