Shopping - Fast Amazon

Description: Search amazon.com and amazon Germany, France, UK and Canada with the widget that Steve Jobs used in his 2005 WWDC Dashboard demo.

Scroll through nicely formatted preview results and thumbnails till you find what you want, and then simply click and you'll be taken directly to the item in Safari.
Author: hansef
Version: 1.5
New in v1.5:
Added key scrolling and mousewheel scrolling to results
UI improvements
Clickable image thumbnails
Automatic update checking on load
Uploaded on: November 28th 2005 at 3:26 AM
Rating: (4.89 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 18314 (all versions), 1071 (this version)
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Are you receiving commission from Amazon via the 'Amazon Associates Program' every time someone uses this Apple Dashboard widget and consequently purchases something from Amazon?

http://associates.amazon.co.uk/gp/associates/join/main.html

Posted by: Moonraker on May 07, 05 (6:30 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

This is a fantastic widget. You ought to build in item displaying like this one:

http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/showcase/details.php?wid=298

Posted by: pm (Administrator) on May 07, 05 (8:00 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

powermac99 - localization, and an option for individual item display are my next development items. i just wanted to get it out there for public comments (like yours, appreciated!) now that it is functional for searching.

Posted by: hansef (developer) on May 07, 05 (10:16 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

I would really like to know if what Moonraker is saying is true...I would love to use this, but not if you get a commission every time I use it.

Posted by: CarrierLost on May 09, 05 (4:06 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

CarrierLost - what Moonraker is saying *is* true and I am getting a referral fee when you purchase items through this widget. I use amazon a *LOT* and making money off of this widget wasn't my first plan: having an easy way to look things up on amazon from the dashboard was. I added my referral code as an afterthought, since I had one like a lot of you do because I often link to items at Amazon from my weblog. This isn't referral-ware... I spent most of my free time for three weeks getting the UI just right, speeding up the queries, etc, and I don't just take your query and rewrite it with my code and kick you straight over to Amazon. I display useful information and ADD value. You would pay for useful shareware: is it so bad if I make a few cents or even a few dollars for the time I put into creating what you otherwise consider a useful widget?

Posted by: hansef (developer) on May 09, 05 (7:20 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

PS - anyone who morally objects to me receiving a small amount of referral income for the time I put into this widget and that helps defray the cost of the time I am putting into others that will make me no money at all can email me at the email address listed on the back of the widget and I will send them a copy with my referral code disabled.

Posted by: hansef (developer) on May 09, 05 (7:24 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

For the record I don't object to you making a few dollars off of this widget and I realize it's not easy to make this kind of widget...but I think you should maybe have written that somewhere.

Once again, nice widget.

Posted by: CarrierLost on May 09, 05 (11:48 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

Thank you for your input CarrierLost - on the 1.0 release I will put a short note on the download page for the widget to prevent any misunderstandings re. referral links.

Posted by: hansef (developer) on May 10, 05 (1:47 AM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

Personally, I think it's ridiculous that someone would stop using a widget that they found useful, just because the developer makes a referrers fee. Almost anyone, developing anything that uses the Amazon APIs makes a referrers fee!!! Sometimes those fees add up to nothing, other times to a small sum that can help developers or blog writers.

If a developer takes the time to code a solution, that takes advantage of the Amazon API, then as far as I'm concern they deserve to have their Amazon partner tag coded in. Disclosure of this is secondary. Sure its nice when you disclose this, but totally unnecessary. If a user doesn't want a penny here and there to go to the developer, use a different tool, in fact develop your own.

Posted by: allgood2 on May 10, 05 (5:09 AM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

Well done. This is a great widget!

And I agree with allgood2's statement. I've messed with the Amazon API and it can be a pain in the butt to work with.

Thankfully, Hans already wrote the widget!

Posted by: codepenguin on May 20, 05 (11:04 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Yeah. This is a really good widget. But, it gets a little annoying when the name of the product is too long for the screen. It would be nice if you could somehow make it wrap around.

Posted by: modcaveman on May 30, 05 (3:54 AM) for version 0.5b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Not just a good widget - an excellent one thanks! Why not tweak it a little and offer another for international users... Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de for example? Thanks again!

Posted by: redcap on Jun 07, 05 (2:58 AM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

Just to let everyone know, there will be a version coming out with international support and an "All Products" search option within a day or two. Bookmark and stay posted! Thanks - The Developer Dude

Posted by: hansef (developer) on Jun 07, 05 (10:47 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)  

i think it's ridiculous that the author gets ciriticized for using his amazon associate id! deliciouslib does it too, and that's not even free software. if you don't like it, don't use it.

i myself don't use the amazon widget precisely because i like to earn my points too, but i very much appreciate the work that the author put into it.

rather than making a separate version that disable his associate ID, i believe the author should provide a way for those freaks (like myself) to enter their own associate ID in the widget. so, moneygrabbers like myself will shut up, and the author will still keep making money, because there are still many more of those who don't have the ID than those who do. after the steve jobs did a marketing job for you, i'm sure you'll be a mac pop star for many years to come... smiley

Posted by: psychomachine on Jun 07, 05 (11:17 PM) for version 0.5b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Good luck to you.
If you can give a free widget to people as good as this and you can turn a buck hats off to that man.
Top widgeteering

Posted by: philk on Jun 08, 05 (11:48 AM) for version 0.5b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Well... Steve Jobs likes it, and I do too! You might be getting some referral money from the big Steve Jobs!

Posted by: Prongs on Jun 10, 05 (10:14 AM) for version 0.5b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks for an awesome widget. Three things though:
- mouse scrolling would be nice
- the i for the preferences should always show, not just after a search
- the design could use a little refreshment, the other Amazon widget looks better but comes nowhere close in functionality

Anyway, awesome work.

Posted by: Diatribe on Jun 12, 05 (9:11 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

1.5 priorities: mouse scrolling, resizable, maybe a design refresh, and showing the "i" for preferences at all times. I primarily wanted to get this to 1.0 so that everyone could have international searches.

Posted by: hansef (developer) on Jun 12, 05 (11:30 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Version 1.0 was necessary as I am currently not in the US. Great to hear about 1.5. For me these things would make it perfect. Thanks again, great widget.

Posted by: Diatribe on Jun 13, 05 (12:08 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Updated almost immediately to 1.1 to fix a small display bug.

Posted by: hansef (developer) on Jun 13, 05 (1:09 AM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

BTW, if you speak French or German and wanted to help me localize the rest of the text in the widget, please get in touch with me at the email address listed on my website and I'll give you credit on the back of the next version.

Posted by: hansef (developer) on Jun 13, 05 (1:46 AM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

it took me ages to figure out that you have to search for something before you can flip it over to change country.

i'd say that'd be something to change.
not that it matters so much now i've done it.
great anyway...love the design. every widget should look this good.

Posted by: shaker on Jun 16, 05 (11:34 PM) for version 1.2 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

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