Awasu » Awasu 2.4.3.alpha2 released
Monday 2nd August 2010 12:01 PM [Awasu News]

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

The major addition in this release is the ability to create and update channels via the HTTP API. Channels and reports can also be deleted, which completes the full CRUD capabilities for both channels and reports. I know a lot of people are using Awasu to monitor the net for mention of their company, competitors, etc. and so the ability to create channels (especially search channels) and reports on the fly, in response to what they are finding, is of enormous benefit.

There are also new features for the less hard-core of you, in particular, support for JavaScript user tools. At first glance, this might not seem like such a big deal but their addition means that it becomes even easier to integrate Awasu with third-party services by allowing it to extract information out of a page and do something with it. And since it's JavaScript, you could even manipulate and change the page itself! User tools have also been tweaked to make it easier to call the HTTP API and integrate Awasu with, um, Awasu 🙄

Expect a deluge of user tools to be forthcoming from the Awasu Monster [1] very shortly... 😀

The next alpha will tie up a few loose ends and that'll be the 2.4.3 release...

[1] I recently had a conversation with the AM and mentioned that every time I put out a new feature, he immediately thought up some weird-ass way of using it that I had never thought of. Well, for the record, I'd like to state that this time I think I've beaten him to the punch. How about this: a user tool that calls the HTTP API to create a search channel based on the currently-selected text. Set the user tool to {%APP-SERVER-URL%}/channels/create and its POST data to <channel type="search"> <searchQuery>{%SELTEXT%}</searchQuery> </channel>.

By George, it works! :jig:

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"...this time I think I’ve beaten him to the punch"

You certainly did! That's a cool idea! Why didn't I think of this? I can't wait to start working with this release!

Thanks for all of the work that you've put into this; I know some people may not really understand what "JavaScript user tools" mean. They may, or may not, know what a "Bookmarklet" is, whish is another name of this, but I know people have asked for integration with services like Diigo and Read it Later, and although Awasu has already been able to integrate with these service in one way or another ("simpler" Send to/User tools); this new update "JavaScript user tools" will add an additional coolness to an already cool Awasu experience.

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