Added some howto videos

December 1, 2008

As my little utility is constantly getting more complex, I’m pretty sure not many people know how to use all its features by now. To change that, I have started to make some screencasts. This time they include audio, so I apologize in advance: I’m not a native speaker! If you find them useful, I will add more in the future. These are the first two (somehow the youtube high quality trick isn’t working from here, so you may wanna go here to watch them in better quality):

Lookpicking Howto 1: Searching with the Firefox add-on

Lookpicking Howto 2: Adding new search engines

Not to forget one that has recently been posted on CNET TV, showing the lookpicking add-on on Mac OS.

Firefox Add-on version 0.20081127 released

November 26, 2008

The new version has a few features that are not completely self-explanatory. I will write about them in detail as soon as I can. So far, the add-on has not been set to public at the Mozilla page, so you would have to get it from my page. Since it is so new, please let me know about any problems or suggestions you are having here.

Just to give you an idea about what is new, this is the feature list:

  1. Autodetect search engines in OpenSearch format
    Just install the add-on and go to a page like this. You will notice a little blue shade in the left part of your search box (just as in the standard search box). Click on the menu and add any search engines to your profile that are provided by the site you’re on.
  2. New alternative Opensearch-like URL syntax
    When adding search engines by hand (go here and click on ‘add one’ next to the title), you can leave ‘search field name’ empty and put a placeholder in the result page variable (example: http://google.com/search?q={searchTerms}). This allows for more flexibility when the result page url doesn’t follow the classic GET-variable pattern.
  3. Multi field forms (manual creation, look for examples tagged with ‘multifield’)
    You can add more than one placeholder in the above URL patterns. The first is the same as above {searchTerms}, the next ones are {%2}, {%3} and so on.
    Then, you can separate the parts in your search box using one of the following characters: ‘/’, ‘|’ or ‘>’. Please note that the ‘test’ function directly from the list does not yet work for these (neither for the URLs from 2.).
  4. Improved “Lookpick this…” dialog
    Not much to say here. Adding search engines via the context menu still works as usual, but now you can directly add a description in the dialog. It tries to prefill the description from the page’s corresponding meta tag (which is not always present).

In general, I will be moving more in the direction of Opensearch, as it seems to be a natural fit. Oh, and please don’t ask about the logic behind the version numbering 😉

First post

November 23, 2008

Everything seems to be up and running.