Great design, but search not working for me

Jan 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Hi, I downloaded and installed version 1.0.0.45 Beta on my XP machine. I love the design and functionality of the program -- it's just what I need. All of the functions work for me (Get Directories, Expand All, Collapse All, Show No Art, existing art preview) except the most important one - Search. Regardless of which search provider I select, or which media category, the search does one of the following things:

- Search runs in a few seconds, and returns no results (even for very common albums).

- Search runs for a long time (1--3 minutes), and returns no results.

- The application terminates - I forgot to copy the message.

Do I need to install these files in any particular folders? I just unzipiped the files into a folder under Downloads, and double-clicked the .exe application to run it.

I sure hope I can get this working -- it will save me hours of tedious effort. I'd be willing to pay for this app if it was working.

Thanks!

Mark

Mar 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I know this is an old post, but I think this is still relavent and this still seems the best program for the job, now that I've got it working.

It's a problem with the settings in Configuration.xml. A few of the searches listed don't acuttally have any settings configured even though they are listed, so these appear to search for a few seconds but really do nothing. The others are setup, try to access the site but after a longer time don't return anything because the required seach patterns have changed with website updates. The google one doesn't work by default because the search pattern is still configured for the old Google website.
If you download the latest source code, the author updated the Walmart search patterns but didn't do the rest. I've managed to get the Google one going myself, but haven't bothered with Amazon and the like. I've put my Google patterns and original Walmart patterns together, and if you save the following and overwrite the "Configuation.xml" file in the MAA directory (the one you extracted to) then you should be able to use the program.

 

 

 <?xml version="1.0"?>
<configuration xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
  <sources>
    <source xsi:type="WalmartSearchSource">
      <base>http://www.walmart.com/</base>
      <url>search/search-ng.do?search_constraint=4104&amp;search_query={0}</url>
      <pattern><![CDATA[<img[^>]*class="prodImg"[^>]*src="([^"]*)"[^>]*/?>]]></pattern>
      <referer>http://www.walmart.com/</referer>
    </source>
    <source xsi:type="GoogleSearchSource">
      <base>http://www.google.com/</base>
      <url>search?tbm=isch&amp;hl=en&amp;biw=1440&amp;bih=793&amp;tbs=isz:m&amp;q={0}+{1}</url>
      <pattern>imgurl=([^=]*)&amp;[^w]</pattern>
      <referer>http://www.google.com/</referer>
    </source>
  </sources>
  <types>
    <type name="Audio CD">CD Cover</type>
    <type name="Movie">Movie Poster</type>
    <type name="DVD">DVD Cover</type>
    <type name="TV Show">TV Show</type>
    <type name="Generic" />
  </types>
  <useragent>Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.8.1.13) Gecko/20080311 Firefox/2.0.0.13</useragent>
  <outputimage>folder</outputimage>
  <highlightcolor>lightblue</highlightcolor>
  <searchondoubleclick>true</searchondoubleclick>
  <path />
</configuration>