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  1. This version has been discontinued. See the new version here. MANUAL MODE+ ONLY. No longer fully working automatically for price and adding new ebooks. NOTICE - As many of you are probably aware, internal links from the old forum are no longer working in many instances, which is apparently due to how those links were created in the first place. With that in mind, all the broken links here will not be fixed by me just yet, until some time has passed and a Forum rollback is no longer likely. Downloads should be working however, except when Jon may be updating or fixing something. Here's a simple little nifty program ... well it is for me ... and maybe you, if you like to keep tabs on a certain online store's prices for those ebooks you are interested in, but are not in your price range yet. BE AWARE - This is coded using AutoIt version 3.3.0.0, an oldy but goody, so it may need modification to run or compile with later or current AutoIt. Reportedly not at this point, as all seems fine. BE ADVISED - This is not affiliated or supported or likely appreciated or even recommended by them &/or Partners. As always, use my stuff at your own risk, and I seriously suggest you check out my disclaimer on my Toolbox page (see my signature below). Basically, I haven't tested this much yet, as it is hot off the press, and no prices have changed yet for me to give the ultimate definitive test, but it should work ok ... until they change an important element that the program relies on. I've kept it pretty basic and simple, and others are welcome to add improvements, just so long as they respect me, and share here. This program is only allowed to be shared (made available for download) from the AutoIt Examples forum, until I give permission otherwise. What does it do? It is a simple database, that you populate using web page links from a certain store for their ebooks. I just got mine off my Wishlist pages. It keeps a record of up to four prices for each ebook. Title, Author (or Editor), URL, Price (Start, Current, Lowest, Highest), Date (Start, Last Check), are all stored in the program's INI database. Also, what I am presuming is the ISBN, which is used to make each entry unique. If a price has changed since Start, it will be indicated by an asterisk in the number (first) column. Why? Seller, Publishers and even Authors on occasion, like to play games with ebook prices. Hopefully this little tool, will even the odds in our favor, maybe even put us in front. OLDER NEWS (relocated to 2nd post) NEWS (15-06-2015) The program no longer works for price and that element may remain broken. It does however still assist with any current ebooks on the list, and I may add the ability to add more ebooks, and manually paste the current price, etc. Not all is lost. (15-06-2015) I have coded a partial fix, which allows you to manually enter (copy & paste) prices. (16-06-2015) Ebooks can now be added manually. (17-06-2015) More improvements. IMPORTANT - Please update from v1.1 to v1.2 or later, due to a Query bug. WARNING - Before running v1.6 (and later) for first time, you may want to read all notes. IMPORTANT - Before downloading this latest update, or if using it already, please make yourself familiar with some later information here. It may even be better to just wait for the next update, and not use this one. (v3.4) For those who have not kept up with updates since v2.0. KindEbook Price Query.au3 Previously: 113 + 78 downloads KindEbook Price Query v3.4.zip Previously: 151 + 57 downloads (v3.5) For those who have kept up with updates. KindEbook Price Query.au3 KindEbook Price Query v3.5.zip (v3.6) For those who have kept up with updates & First time users. KindEbook Price Query.au3 KindEbook Price Query v3.6.zip (v3.7) For those who have kept up with updates & First time users. KindEbook Price Query.au3 Previously: 30 downloads KindEbook Price Query v3.7.zip Previously: 31 downloads (v3.8) For those who have kept up with updates, but not First time users yet. Sources included in the zip file. PARTIAL FIX KindEbook Price Query v3.8.zip Previously: 32 downloads (v3.9) For those who have kept up with updates, and First time users. Sources included in the zip file. MANUAL MODE KindEbook Price Query v3.9.zip Previously: 26 downloads (v4.0) For those who have kept up with updates, and First time users. Sources included in the zip file. MANUAL MODE+ KindEbook Price Query v4.0.zip Previously: 28 downloads IMPORTANT - See this post for extra INI entries to improve web page read for Summary (prior post explains). RECOMMENDED - Users could maybe benefit from reading various comments in Intercept Right-Click Listview Context Menu topic. CHANGES (17-06-2015) (v4.0) MANUAL MODE, but with some more automation. A Query ALL can now start at the currently selected entry, via a prompt. An option to auto close current browser tab (using Ctrl + W), has been added for when getting price in manual mode. Input Box window widened slightly in ADD Ebook manual process. A delay option has been added, to allow a pause for specified seconds between queries during a Query ALL. This delay may be helpful in preventing erroneous detection as a malicious scraper. Ebook cover can now be a .jpg file, in the Image Data folder, where filename matches ISBN ID. Bugfix for whitespace in Price in manual mode (sorry about that). (16-06-2015) (v3.9) MANUAL MODE only for prices and adding ebooks. Program can now have ebooks added to it manually, when in 'manual' mode. The Timer and Wait labels are now dealt with correctly, by being hidden when not required or wanted. An Input Box is continually presented for user to manually add an Ebook's details (Title, etc). No other fix has been added yet, to deal with broken status in regard to automatic price checking. That last, also includes not automatically getting details when adding ebooks. I may do that next. (15-06-2015) (v3.8) PARTIAL FIX - Manual Price adding only. Program is broken as far as getting prices automatically from Amazon, but a 'manual' mode has been added, and set by default, but can be reset to 'automatic' in program settings. The manual mode allows you to do your usual Query (one or ALL), and presents you with an Input box to manually paste the price you have copied from the ebook webpage that has been executed. You can stop at anytime, by clicking the Cancel button. The usual Report will be displayed and any changes stored. NOTE - You cannot currently ADD any new ebooks to the list with this version, but I will address that issue soon. (13-06-2015) (v3.7) NO LONGER WORKING FOR PRICE AND ADDING NEW EBOOKS. A major update that resolves a bug, and perhaps made v4.0 (as originally planned) redundant. Bugfix for Timer Label causing a miscount of control numbers when swapping users in certain scenario. Prompt when making a Query from relocated bought ebooks user. Private Comments are now queried when copying or moving an ebook to another user, if they exist for that ebook. All Shared Comments are now stored and read from the shared file 'Comments.ini', though they still also exist in each user file for now, if no longer referenced or updated there. Any conflicts during this updating change, between users, meant comments were combined but separated by a pipe '|' character. Still advise you read v1.6 notes. PREVIOUS VERSIONS (relocated to 2nd post) NOTE - See extra comments at Post #13. IMPORTANT This program is based on settings in that store, that are relevant to me as a customer from AUS. It also relies on a leading dollar sign at the start of each price (and other currency entry listed in INI file), which is removed during comparisons. I did not remember to include the pound sign, so if you need to, modify the source code. That last will definitely be necessary for others from other countries. I'll add any currencies advised of, in the next update. It is simple enough to change, and I may just make an INI entry, that can be modified by whoever, to suit. ADDENDUM - Relocated to Chat topic. NOTE - This program was initially considered and talked about in this Chat topic. SCREENSHOTS v3.5+ Earlier OLDER (v3.4)
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