New MTAmazon forthcoming

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Amazon has released a new version of the Web services system that MTAmazon uses (AWS). MTAmazon is being updated to include some exciting new features.

Keyword searches have always been possible, but now you can search for keywords within wishlists, browse nodes, and ListMania lists. Use MTAmazon to display just the Sony items on your wishlist if you want. I’ve got some clever ideas for how to use this feature for some highly targeted searches that I’ll share once the plugin is done.

You’ll finally be able to search by price. Got a community photoblog? Show your users low-budget digital cameras and camera phones.

This is still expiremental, so things may change, but the plan is to let visitors add items to their Amazon shopping carts while staying on your site. Once they are ready to check out, the cart will be transfered to Amazon where they can enter their payment information.

I’m also planning better support for people without XML::Parser installed. If you haven’t been able to use MTAmazon because your host didn’t have the required modules, there’s still hope. I’m trying some things that will let MTAmazon parse the AWS XML responses using modules that are easier to install.

I’m also going to add some access to more information about products like customer reviews.

Anything else? Tell me what you want to see in the next MTAmazon.

halla
September 5, 2003 2:01 PM

I know this may not be on-topic, but I was wondering if we could get someone to make a similar plug-in for mt that tied into imdb? so that you might search for actors and movies in a similar way as mtamazon does.

carol o
September 16, 2003 5:50 AM

My wish: MT-style date formatting of theatrical release dates along with the regular item release dates. I can do "MTAmazonReleaseDate format="%B %e, %Y"" now.. I want to also be able to do "MTAmazonField name="TheatricalReleaseDate" format="%B %e, %Y"" or the equivalent.

Asparagirl
September 24, 2003 12:31 AM

Carol O took the words right outta my mouth with regards to formatting the TheatricalReleaseDate (can we make that its own tag?). Also, I've noticed that when searching within the dvd line, I can fetch a Director's name by navigating the XML tree, but for some reason can't seem to fetch Actors' names. Could be an amazon bug. Anyway, shouldn't this be a similiar subroutine to what already exists with MTAmazonArtists? If so, can we also add MTAmazonDirector and MTAmazonActor tags to the version 3.0 wishlist?

Robin
October 8, 2003 6:01 AM

Could you make this work with amazon.co.uk as well as .com (and I suppose amazon.de etc...). I can't see it being to hard... Would be nice to be able to talk about books and let users buy off the amazon of thier choice!

Damian Rafferty
November 6, 2003 4:54 AM

The current plug in is great (even if it sometimes throws up strange errors on a rebuild). I would like to echo all those who want different country specific searches (and if possible a way to display the best choice automatically for a user). I would also love to see a feature that looks to see if any of the following words are in the MTEntrytitle: 'dvd', 'cd', 'book', 'film' etc and then allowed you to restict results to the appropriate category on Amazon. This would be useful for me as I have DVD and Music reviews and would prefer to offer the DVD of 'Superfly' if it is a film review and the CD if it is a music review.

Pat
August 3, 2004 6:42 PM

Will the new web services allow you to extract the new priority data from a wishlist? It would be great to exclude stuff I mark 'do not buy for me.'

Norm Gall
August 6, 2004 2:44 PM

How about the ability to link to Amazon.ca instead (or even better, in addition to) amazon.com?

Reality
October 27, 2004 10:49 AM

I'm trying to set up MTAmazon for a list of books that I've read. I'm trying to set it up to take the MTEntrykeywordfrom the entry for a specific category, but all it gives me is a blank page: " align="left" border="0" hspace="5" /> What am I doing wrong?

Bingo
November 13, 2004 10:32 AM

As long as it still works with BookQueue I am happy! Love you guys for what you do!

Simon Cox
January 24, 2005 6:55 AM

I thought there was a version of this that worked with amazon.co.uk?

Naturelich
February 18, 2005 4:19 PM

Is there a version which works together with Amazon Germany. I was not able to find anything in the documentation. Appreciate any help. http://www.naturelich.com/archives/2005/02/mtamazon_and_bo.html

Mike
March 25, 2005 1:50 PM

It would be really nice if there was some sort of functionality for dealing with books that have no images associated with them on Amazon, like defining a placeholder image, or something like that.

Alpesh
April 9, 2005 9:51 AM

Hi. I apreciate your efforts of developing plugin like MTAMezon. I required such web service plugin for my site. But my requirement is like. user should be able to shop and pay from my site only. There should not be any Amezon page displyed to the user, not even for payment. Please tell me can your plugin meet all these requirements? If you wish to provide it at commercial basis then also thats fine for me. Please let me know about this by mail. Thanks Alpesh

hilary
May 4, 2005 1:07 PM

I LOVED MTAmazon, and a few people told me it was one of their favourite things about my blog... (not sure what that says about the rest of my blog but anyway.) However, in rebuilding recently, I discovered that my ISP no longer support f(open). for security reasons. They recommend using curl instead. A couple of other ISPs appear to be going the same route. This doesn't really mean much to me as I am by no means a programmer, but I would love it if somehow it was made compatible again. I am using it with Bookqueue too.

Hansi
June 9, 2005 12:40 AM

It would be great to have more paramters... i.e. heavy or lite, AWS 4.0 or AWS 3.0 request. Can't wait to use MTAmazon 3.0

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