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UpdateFromOPF updated, to v4.7 , see Post #5.

(v4.7)
Added some additional fixes for bad html elements (removes incorrect space).

(v4.6)
Added a PREVIEW button for Comments, to show what they will look like in Calibre.
Font Size for Comments can now be toggled through a few larger sizes with a SIZE button, to make editing easier.
Tag replacements for HTML in Comments, are now mostly automatic, for easier viewing etc.

(v4.5)
Bugfix & Improvements.
Added a FIX button for issues with Comments saving.
Author Initials has better processing etc.


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AZWPlug updated, to v6.0, see Post #3. This includes all of AZWDrop v2.9 (source & exe). BUGFIX etc.

(v6.0)
Bugfix for blank Publisher automation option.
If an entry is removed using the right-click UP button option, then that entry line is now colored Red, and updating with that button will now fully restore the entry and line color (Status excepted).
During an adding to Calibre, the total count and currently processing number might be displayed in the program title (dependent on settings scenario).
Splash have been replaced by big red text for loading and sorting, with additional progress indication.
Due to a limitation of INI files, the method of reading section names has been changed.
Minor display bugfix.

(v5.9)
When changing Author name to Various, the original is saved and can be restored using that (UP button) right-click option.
Improvements made to the 'GET ALL UNLISTED' button process, including visual and some automated replacements or fixes (see the 'Settings' button on the SETUP window, if you want to change any).
Column width BUGFIX for Prior.

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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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Batch Ebook Convert updated, to v2.3, see Post #41.

(v2.3)
Path currently being processed is now shown in the Source input field.
Other minor improvements.
A dialog query, allows a single selected entry to be processed instead of ALL the entries on the List.

(v2.2)
Gave preference to PRC and LIT source files over other extra types.


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I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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Add Book & All Formats To Calibre v4.1, see Post #4.

(v4.1)
Library name is now added to Log file entries and displayed on FIND dialog window.

(v4.0)
BUGFIX for adding KFX, where something like a hyphenated (alien) character exists in Title text. Now you either get prompted for course of action, or if such a character  has previously had a replacement specified, the KFX just gets added.

(v3.9)
Changed the order of how KFX is checked and processed.


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I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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Batch Ebook Convert updated, to v2.4, see Post #41. BUGFIX - Apologies to the single downloader.

(v2.4)
Bugfix for manual response to dialog prompt (process ALL or Selected entry only).

NOTE - The perils of copy & paste and changing your mind. I overlooked a necessary change from OK + CANCEL to YES + NO, forgetting to set the correct value for YES. It slipped through my own personal usage tests, because I just normally let it time out.

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If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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UpdateFromOPF updated, to v5.0 , see Post #5.

(v5.0)
Changed the black 'Rank' label to a button, that grabs any number from trailing (first) or leading text from the 'Series' input field, for the 'Series Rank' of current ebook. NOTE - Best used in conjunction with Left and Right Trim buttons. This can make up for some 'Series' button failings.

(v4.9)
Added a RELOAD button.
EDIT (Preview) button is now named EDITOR.
Proper focus now given to Edit field after viewing enlarged cover and upon restoring Editor window from minimize.
Editor window is now slightly taller.
Edit field, Cover image and SAVE button resized to match changes.
Implemented an auto alternate method for direct query of Amazon.
CaSe buttons toggle order is now Titlecase first if not.

(v4.8)
Case buttons for Title and Author, now toggle between UPPERCASE and Titlecase.
BUGFIX for case change to Author name that wasn't sticking (finally solved I hope).


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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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Add Book & All Formats To Calibre v4.2, see Post #4.

(v4.2)
Improved adding books & formats where the ebook title is the same as an existing.


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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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AZWPlug updated, to v6.1, see Post #3. This includes all of AZWDrop v2.9 (source & exe).

(v6.1)
When using the GET ALL UNLISTED process, status is now displayed in the Title field instead of using Splashes, and the Database window is restored sooner.
The open selected entry in Wordpad etc, has now been updated to deal with KFX-ZIP files, viewing content of the metadata file instead.


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If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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KindEbook Wishlist updated to v6.9, see Post #2.

(v6.9)
Added a 'Go To' entry option, for when ADD results in existing for current user.
If an entry is marked as paid (bought) in the database, its price will now never be queried.
A 'Favorites' query or 'Favorite' status of an entry, can now be set as a 'Primary' or 'Secondary' favorite one.
ISBN is now finally corrected to MOBI-ASIN as column header.
When a sort occurs on the MOBI-ASIN column, Secondary items come after Pre-Orders.
The checkbox to indicate a Favorites query, now has three states, with the new third state being a filled in box or block, rather than a tick or cleared. Use that third state when just wanting to Query prices for any Secondary favorite items.

NOTES
I have been meaning to add a secondary favorites ability for some time, as my non-favorite list of entries has now grown considerably ... so much so, that I rarely price query them, as it takes too long. So the Secondary, is really for those that don't quite make the Favorites list or may be in waiting for some reason. before assigning that to them. Generally, if an item doesn't make the Favorites list, then my interest in it is not that high, and I am only likely to buy at great discount ... if even then, depending on my mood etc at the time. But as you may imagine, there are some on the list that score much higher in my desire for them than others, and some I am unsure of for a variety of reasons (i.e. they sound good, but I don't know the author yet, but intend to ... may even have a book by them to read). Having a Secondary list items like that, increasing sounded like a good idea to me, and so finally I implemented it. The other benefit of course, is that the non-favorites list is now smaller, so I may now indeed check it more often.

In the beginning, when I named the ebook ID column to ISBN, I really wasn't sure what to call it, even had some limited notion it might actually be the ISBN. It was a while before I found out what the ID really was, MOBI-ASIN, and I have been meaning to change it ever since, but kept overlooking it for an update or been in too much of a hurry to bother ... and of course I was ambivalent about it for a good while ... did it really matter. I also had no idea how long I would keep bothering with the program, and at one point it even stopped working (a good while ago now), and looked unlikely to work again. So here I am years later, and I still pretty much use it every day, so why not fix that outstanding issue, so I did.


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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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UpdateFromOPF updated, to v5.2 , see Post #5.

(v5.2)
Bugfixes for errors added to calibre metadata, including importing again and using FIX buttons.
NOTE - This is primarily for Authors and Comments, for things either overlooked or misunderstood.

(v5.1)
Added detection and conversion of some Roman Numerals for Series, when using the RANK button.

NOTES
The bugfix in v5.2 relates to if you re-processed an OPF file using the program. This could in some cases, result in unwanted and incomplete HTML formatting details. I apologize for that, and have also added some more code to the Comments FIX button to hopefully remove such detail (if you want to fix any that has occurred, and haven't already done so manually). Clearly my thinking was faulty at the time, when I developed what I did ... that and lacking some knowledge. All should be okay now for future processing.


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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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Add Book & All Formats To Calibre v4.4, see Post #4.

(v4.4)
Implemented a query to close the 'calibre.exe' process, if running when the FIND window closes.
NOTE - This may aid, if some ebook folders are deemed in use still, by calibre.

(v4.3)
Implemented starting Calibre with the specified (selected) library.


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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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Bucket-for-URLs updated to v2.1. See Post #17.

(v2.1)
Improvement or Bugfix, the program uses a 2nd method (if 1st fails) to process a dropped URL.

NOTE
I finally added some information (Post #17) about how & why I use the program.


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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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Batch Ebook Convert updated, to v2.6, see Post #41. New screenshots included.

(v2.6)
Added AZW3 format as a 'Convert To' option in 'Program Options'.
NOTE - Previously the program had been limited to converting to either EPUB or MOBI or both. Just recently it occurred to me, that AZW3 is also a good smaller alternative to the now default KFX, and has better features than MOBI. Until KFX became the new Kindle standard, AZW3 was it, and that was when I created this program, hence why it wasn't an option. I have now belatedly added it back into the mix, as it is a significantly smaller file size compared to KFX. Older Kindle devices still natively download & use AZW3 anyway, and I seem to recall that Kindle For PC does too, but then converts on-the-fly to KFX.

(v2.5)
Added a 'Minimize DOS' console checkbox option, that can be set before or during conversion processing.
NOTE - If it is set during, then current process needs to complete before it is implemented. By process, I mean instances of the RunWait command, which can occur two or more times during a full job (i.e checking on formats, during format conversions).
The 'Query & Timed Pause' option can now be temporarily set or unset during conversion, and it will automatically be restored immediately afterward.

 

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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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KindEbook Wishlist updated to v7.0, see Post #2.

(v7.0)
Bugfix for Number column - belatedly realized it only showed numbers up to 999, so now it supports up to 9999 ebook entries.
To accomodate the change, Number column has been widened and Author column narrowed.
NOTE - Most users would not have been impacted, as it was probably only for their bought (b) user(s), who may like myself, have over a thousand bought ebooks, that this fix will be relevant. I also have users named after a category (i.e. Freebies(b) etc) where I keep other separate copies of ebooks I have purchased, and some of these were also impacted by the original 999 limit.


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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

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AZWPlug updated, to v6.2, see Post #3. This includes all of AZWDrop v2.9 (source & exe).

(v6.2)
Improved & Expanded the search options (FIND and SHOW).
SHOW button will now search the whole database, if the List is empty, and leading/trailing wild card asterisk can be used.
FIND button now advises etc if List is empty.


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If I put effort into communication, I expect you to read properly & fully, or just not comment.
Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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KindEbook Wishlist updated to v7.5, see Post #2.

(v7.5)
Major Update. Future proofed the program for greater number of entries on the list.
NOTE - Depending on the number of entries for a user, loading the list could take several seconds longer now. This is of course dependent on the power of your processor etc.

NOTES
Basically I swapped out the IniReadSectionNames function (several instances) for some code of my own, as one of my user lists is fast approaching the 32767 characters limit of that original INI function. You can see an example of similar code here.

I did briefly toy for a couple of days spending many hours updating the program to use SQL instead of INI, but in the end I wasn't satisfied enough with the result. I got the basics working well enough, but during live testing Query prices failed, and at this point I haven't bothered to troubleshoot yet, and may not. I like to keep things simple, which is why I have stayed with using INI over XML (which I dislike as it is slow etc with any sizable database file) and SQL (which I kind of like but is more complex than I really want). This was my first attempt at converting one of my INI based programs to SQL, and I doubt I will bother again. However it was one of those things I had on my to do list. Perhaps I should have tried a simpler program first.

Some of you may be aware that I built an INI To SQL conversion program some time back and also a UDF that replicated INI functions using SQL instead. I used a modified version of those, and the conversion portion at least, worked well. On the third day, after having completed the SQL update to my program (bugs aside)  on the second day, and having decided to do my replacement code for the IniReadSectionNames function instead, I belatedly thought of a better way to do what I had done, which would have saved a good number of hours (probably avoided the second day entirely) ... oh well, such is life ... not that those two days were full days of coding.

Just for the record, the better way would have been to rename all existing INI functions doing a Replace All, using the underscore character at the front (i.e. _IniRead). Do that so all of the functions went back to my own replicated function variants, which I could then replace with the SQL ones where relevant (dependent on source file). Instead I had a dumb moment and replaced all the relevant INI functions with another generic function, carefully picking and choosing which ones to do it too ... which took an awful long time .. not helped by me changing my mind a couple of times about the formation of the parameters (another dumb moment). Basically I was using two functions for all the original INI functions, but passing a read or write parameter. Please note, I wasn't replacing every INI function, because many being used purely for the Settings.ini file, were left intact. It was only the INI functions dealing with the user database files, that needed changing. I guess the heart of the issue, was that I just jumped right in, without spending much time cogitating over how I should best do so ... a lesson to be learned there I suspect. In any case it is always easier to be smarter after the fact ... hindsight being such a lovely thing to have.

As to why I decided to give up on the SQL update I spent many hours over two days on. Well, like I said, I prefer simple, and SQL takes a lot more thought than INI, plus starting and loading database files and checking things. All rather more complex than I prefer, plus I can open my INI files in a text editor like Notepad and edit manually or troubleshoot far more easily. Far easier to work with two INI files simultaneously too, for comparisons or transfers. I get the benefits of SQL, but for me there is the offsets that must always be considered too. Another thing, that really irked me, was finding blank entries in a SQL DB file, that turned out to be due to apostrophes in a couple of names. I had a to write replace and restore code to cater for that and other illegal characters. I honestly thought that in 2019, that sort of nonsense would well and truly have been catered for inside the functions themselves, with a different approach ... apostrophes are so common after all.


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If I put effort into communication, I expect you to read properly & fully, or just not comment.
Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)

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      CalibBrowser.zip  - Upload 4  (previous downloads: 1 + 12 + 5)
      CalibBrowser (new).zip
      My apologies for the program being created in AutoIt v3.3.0.0. It is the first one I have done in a while, with an older AutoIt version. Basically my Win 7 Netbook, which has a current version of AutoIt, was busy and is always busy doing something, and not suitable for doing big projects for several reasons. My older but more powerful Win XP Laptop, has a better programming environment, better computer chair (most important for my knees etc), better external monitor (wider and newish), full size external keyboard & mouse, and a great suite of setup tools to assist me. I run several older versions of AutoIt already on my Laptop, but haven't yet determined what I need to adjust to add a current version of AutoIt to the mix. This also applies to my hugely beneficial Toolbar For Any program (one of those tools), which I constantly use with SciTE. At some point, when finished, I may update the program to the current AutoIt version ... especially as I believe I am now proficient enough to do so, having become quite familiar with it in the last year or so, making many programs with it.
      Enjoy!
       
    • By TheSaint
      An adaption of an adaption.
      A good while back, I created a program, KindEbook Wishlist, that I use most days and is still available here at the forum. It works well, keeping tabs on price changes for Kindle ebooks at Amazon ... at least for my modest wants.
      About a year or so later, I struck upon the idea of adapting that program for CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays etc from the JB Hifi store, where there was a limit of about 50 items on the in-store wishlist. JB Wishlist is kind of a niche program, really only suitable for those from AUS, at the AutoIt Forum, who would want such a thing ... so not many I imagine, so it has never been available here. However, if you meet that criteria etc, and are willing to register at the AutoIt4Life Clubrooms, then it is available in the Project Chat section there ... though not the more recent updates (you need to ask me about them). That too, works quite well for my modest needs, and even includes an additional Preview & Summary window, which KindEbook Wishlist doesn't have ... though both programs do have access to a Details window per item, that is like the Preview window ... just doesn't constantly display alongside the Main program window (see later for an example with IonGoG Wishlist).
      So, now we come to IonGoG Wishlist, which is an adaption of the JB Wishlist program, and used for keeping tabs on GOG Games ... prices, history of changes, bought list, etc.
      IonGoG Wishlist is an incomplete adaption, so still in beta ... though all the really important elements work well enough. I have been working on it in dribs and drabs, and I now think it has come to a reasonable enough stage to share it ... just be advised, that some of the features accessed via the right-click menu etc, may not work or give strange results. Any of the options that I have given an Accelerator key facility to, should be working fine ... and most of the others are too ... and I am not even sure at this point, of what remains to be adapted ... not much I imagine.
      The name by the way, in case you were wondering, is a phonetic mangling on the words - keep an Eye On your GOG Wishlist.
      Here is a screenshot, with the Preview window on left. The Preview window can be placed at right instead or even turned off.

      Download, includes source files.
      IonGoG Wishlist v0.0_b21.zip  (see detail at Post#16)
      Enjoy!
      OLDER DOWNLOADS
      SUPPLEMENTARY
      I have another program that GOG users may be interested in, that can assist with getting game images that IonGoG Wishlist gets and doesn't get ... larger versions taken from modified thumbnail links in their GOG Library.
      Downloads Dropbox  (see the GOG example in Post #7)
      ADDENDUM
      In reality, compared to most stores I have come across, the GOG store is great, well setup and laid out. and for most things, including their Wishlist, is more than adequate. So I rarely do a full list Price Query ... so much quicker and easier to just check the two pages of my in-store wishlist. When I first started work on IonGoG Wishlist, the in-store wishlist wasn't as good as it is now.
      All that said, I still find it handy to use IonGoG Wishlist, for a variety of things - Offline browsing, Cover images to use with my bought & downloaded game folders, price changes history (and patterns of GOG behavior for sales etc), a bought list (with price I paid and date etc), Game Notes & Warnings, etc. And while not as quick as just checking the pages of your in-store wishlist, you can just set the full, favorites or non-favorites Query going, while you go away and do something else, and then later come back and look at the highlighted changes that may have occurred.
    • By TheSaint
      KindEbook Wishlist and the other programs are now being updated at a new topic - KindEbook Suite
      Formerly known as KindEbook Price Query.
      Please read IMPORTANT ADVICE here at Post #57.  (9th May 2016)
      Reading some sections of the previous topic could be helpful. There is also a Disclaimer reference etc.
      OLDER DOWNLOADS
      Screenshots in second post.
      See Post #51 for information about the Bonus program (AZWPlug).
      See Post #96 for Instructions & Screenshots for Bonus program (Add Book & All Formats To Calibre).
      (11-12-2017) KindEbook Wishlist updated to v5.8
      Added a 'Both' option to the Search category dropdown, though it only works for selection display, plus copy to clipboard with the new clipboard button. Star button relocated to left of selection display (input) field, with the new clipboard button taking its prior location at right. NOTE - This now provides a quick easy way to copy Author &/or Title text for the selected entry, to the clipboard.
      Added a 'Simple' option to the Search category dropdown, which justs finds the specified text in the chosen column (Title or Author), and selects that row. Search starts at the selected entry and will wrap around at need. The Clipboard button, can now be set in the program settings (or used with CTRL), to minimize the program window when clicked.
      Moved the right-click 'Save the Ebook list to file' option to a sub-menu entry, and added a 'Save to List for Excel' option there to, which is mostly just for my specific personal use, but others might find it useful (includes SHIFT+X accelerator key usage). NOTES - This new feature assists me, when I want to add new entries to my Booklist.xls file (in batch mode). It just helps to quickly create the basic entries, which I then flesh out later at my leisure, and helps avoid a lot of repetitive clicking. Used in conjunction with my related Excel macros.
      Add Book & All Formats To Calibre updated to v1.7    (NOTE - This has only been tested with calibre v2.x.x, not the newer v3.x.x.)
      A bugfix for duplicate title issue - I had not realized that a failure due to a duplicate was based solely on a title match. All duplicates are now added unless an ID match occurs. VIEW button can now view a saved specified format.
      (30-11-2017) KindEbook Wishlist updated to v5.5
      Improved the Copy/Move input box dimensions, to more easily accommodate long titles. Mode for troubleshooting (me only) has been improved, to avoid me losing my sanity again (I'd forgotten it even existed). Replaced the (last version update) new CTRL option at program start, with a 5 second dialog prompt instead.
      (11-11-2017) AZWPlug updated to v2.8
      Database list can now be set not to display when starting that window, plus a LOAD button added to load that list when desired. CTRL used with the open Kindle Content folder button, will now close the program. If CTRL used when selecting the MODE on the Results window, it will just save the setting without making changes to existing results. Option added for slicker loading of list, plus alternate list lines are now pale pink. Two find options added for the Author and Title, with FIND jumping to each entry found and SHOW just displaying all found.
      NOTE - With LOAD deselected, the list will only show the added ebook title (if any).
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      KindEbook Wishlist - Most controls get disabled now during a Query, plus the same occurs during an 'Exchange Rate Query'. Plus if 'Please Wait' splash is disabled for Query, then a splash is no longer shown during an 'Exchange Rate Query', with that text shown instead in both the 'Please Wait' and 'Timer' labels, which are temporarily unhidden for that purpose. The Timer label can also be reshown if hidden by the new feature, by clicking the FIND label.
      Mouse cursor now changes during Query and Ebook list loading etc, to indicate when busy working. Extended the 'Please Wait' label to loading & sorting the Ebooks list, which also applies to any other process that re-populates or changes number of list entries (ebook removal, changing user, relocating bought, etc). Those are all dependent on the "Use a flashing 'Please Wait' ..." setting being set. NOTE - This feature was added to this and the previous version, so that having a 'Please Wait' splash displayed on top of all windows, for a lengthy period perhaps, could be avoided, if desired.
      Previous Versions (newer)
      Previous Versions  (older)
      The KindEbook Wishlist, is basically a compliment to your regular store wishlist, but has a history element and allows you to check current and previous prices etc in a better, quicker and more organized fashion. Essentially it assists and hopefully improves with decision making, when it comes to determining whether to make a purchase yet or not.
      You could compare it to manually and painfully creating something like an Excel spreadsheet for the same purpose, without the time, complexity and pain involved.
      You can sort by Title, Author, Current Price, Lowest Price, Add Order, Favorites, etc.
      You can view details - Book Description, Price Changes, etc.
      You can open the ebook URL in your web browser, where you can elect to make the purchase.
      The program supports multiple users, shared titles, shared comments and private comments, etc.
      After purchase, an ebook can be relocated to a bought list (per user).
      Price can be queried on an individual title basis or ALL titles (starting at first or selected or only favorites or not favorites).
      Dates are recorded for most processes, with various reporting options.
      I call it a wishlist on steroids.
       
    • By TheSaint
      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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