Thanks to many many requests from lots of people: the picNiche contributor toolbar can now be configured with your own pollers.
You can configure a poller to load a page from any website, to parse two separate values (one for the button text, and another for the tooltip) and have the result displayed on a button on the main toolbar.
The button can then be used to visit a target page, effectively working as a ‘live shortcut’.
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Most of the process of setting up a poll is easy, for the tricky bit you’ll need to be familiar with regular expressions.
Open the picNiche Options (Tools/picNiche Tools/Options) and select the “Custom Pollers” tab. You start with no entries in the list, but that can be resolved pretty quickly 🙂
Hit “Get More” and import a poller from the list loaded from the picNiche api. I’ve added a few samples for the microstock agency sites I use.
If you’re brave, and know your regex, you can add your own by hitting “Add New”. I won’t go into exhaustive details here just yet, if you’re not sure what goes in each box, edit one of the samples, or mouseover the field for a description.
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Because getting good pollers needs a little techie knowledge, it’s all worked into the picNiche api so they can be shared.
If you’re not into l33t sp33k and don’t know your tribbles from your Tie fighters, don’t worry: Ask your technically inclined buddies to make a poller and hit the “Share” button 🙂 It will be stored in the picNiche system, be checked for any problems and will become available in the “Get More” list.
You can use them for anything too. I have a button I use to watch Red Hot Pawn (better known as Chess At Work) to tell me when I have a game waiting, and can see all kinds of useful places I go to check just a single stat/figure every day. So please, show us all something I’d never have thought to add, include your name and author link, and lets see if we can get some crazy link-love going on 🙂
What about security?
Custom pollers don’t have access to any of your stored information, and can’t send the information it reads anywhere.
If a page does not contain the information it should, the FailPage will open automatically so you can see if the site is up or not, or login. When you close that tab it will restart the poll to grab the values the button needs.
All shared pollers are subject to review before they’re available in the “Get More” list. This is useful to make sure smaller sites don’t get hammered by unnecessary traffic and that you’re not getting bugged by failed pollers all the time.
Where to get it?
As of writing this post, the new version is in the mozilla addon review queue, it should go out for auto update in about a week. I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this for a while so I figured I’d post the links here.
For those early adopters who want it from the sandbox, you can get the picNiche Contributor toolbar version 1.1 here.
If you also run the picNiche Image-Buyer Search toolbar you must update that to 1.1 too for both to work correctly.
I’ve kept this post short for now, as I honestly don’t know what questions people want to ask about this stuff. Please add your questions, suggestions, and requests below and I’ll answer as well as I can.