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v9.08.17 (Aug. 17, 2009)

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Upgrade instructions

  1. Download the Associate Engine .zip distribution file and unzip it into a temporary directory on your computer, such as into c:\ae

  2. Upload to your webserver's cgi-bin directory (or to whatever directory you normally put script in). Note: If necessary, edit the first line so it indicates where Perl is on your server; default is #!/usr/local/bin/perl Note: Be sure to upload in ASCII mode and set the file permissions (i.e.: CHMOD 755 which is rwxr-xr-x).

  3. After upgrading, you may encounter one of these errors:


CRITICAL: This update is mandatory. You must install it for AE to keep working.

  1. Critical: Supports Digitally Signed API Requests. now requires all API requests to be digitally signed. Previous versions of AE did not sign requests and thus cause "No results found" to be displayed. This new version of AE does sign requests and is a mandatory update.

  2. New: ASIN added to <TITLE> of ASIN Search

    For ASIN searches, the ASIN is added to the end of the <TITLE> tag so that the page title is unique. Specifically the {title}, {titleFull}, {search} variables are affected.

  3. New: Page range added to <TITLE> Search Results

    For results that return a paged list of products, the page range (e.g.: "(1-10)") is added to the <TITLE> tag so that the page title is unique. Specifically the {title}, {titleFull}, {search} variables are affected.

  4. Improve: Similarity Search page title now includes Product Title

    When doing a SimilaritySearch, the page title now includes the name of the product (e.g.: "Similar to [product title]").

  5. Improve: Show lowest new price rather than Amazon price

    If a product is offered by Amazon as well as another seller, the lowest "new" price is shown rather than Amazon's price (which is typically higher). A new configuration variable prices.lowestnewprice controls this feature and defaults to yes.

  6. Fix: Show price for more items

    Previously, some items did not show price because of an occassional discrepency in's XML data. Offer Summary and Offers Details information are now both checked for price. Note: Some items still will not show price because simply does not provide any price details for those items -- if does not provide an item's price, then AE cannot display a price for that item.

  7. New: browse.nodelete and browse.noremote added

    Configuration variables browse.delete and browse.remote enable you to specify stores (e.g.: dvd, books) that you want to delete or make go to The new configuration variables browse.nodelete and browse.noremote enable you to specify the stores that you want to keep and all others will be excluded. For example, browse.nodelete "dvd,music" keeps the DVD and Music stores and deletes all other stores.

  8. Improve: &nbsp; replaces with regular space

    Some titles and editorial/customer reviews contain &nbsp; (non-breaking space character). Those characters can cause formatting problems especially when displaying results in a grid or a narrow column. By replacing those characters with regular (breakable) spaces, those formatting problems do not happen.

  9. Fix: Virutal Directory uses Absolute URL's only if requested

    If Virtual Directory is enabled and absolute URL's are requested (by setting links.relurl to no, or by specifying absurl parameter), then the URL's in the output are made absolute (http://...) rather than relative (/...); otherwise links will be relative. Previously, absolute URL's would always be used (ignoring links.relurl and absurl).

  10. New: "#echo last-modified date" shows Date

    <!--#echo var="LAST_MODIFIED"--> is typically used in regular .html files to display the file's last-modified date. You can now use that statement in your template file. This feature thus enables you to have a common include file that you include in your regular .html files and in your AE template file.

  11. Improve: SSI in templates can now have AE formatting codes.

    If a template includes an SSI statement, the contents of the SSI can now have Associate Engine formatting codes. For example, your included file can now use:

    <P>The value of the store.sitetitle.text configuration variable is: {store.sitetitle.text}</P>

  12. Fix: Blended Search now ignores Sort and Price parameter.

    When doing a blended search, the sort and price parameters are now ignored. Amazon ECS4 does not allow those parameters when doing a blended search.

  13. Fix: MusicalInstruments mode works again.

    The mode MusicalInstruments has been revised to the current node number (11091801).

Prior to this point was Associate Engine v8.04.13.

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