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M R M

Re: Signatures
« Reply #50 on: September 22, 2018, 11:10:22 PM »
where you have
 img

(NOT where you have /img)

change it to

 img height=125

and of course keep the brackets etc around it
(____________ F A N T A S Y ____________) (____________S C I E N C E   F I C T I O N ____________)

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #51 on: September 22, 2018, 11:19:58 PM »
Forgive me if this has already been mentioned, but it might be good to have a signature tool the way Kboards does. Is that another one of those things that we need a php programmer for? (I was hoping maybe it was a utility of some kind that might be available already.

You mean this thing? I took a screen shot of my numbers one time. I was hoping it would have one...I need it  :icon_wink:




Its on the list. One forum member is going to look at the possibility of building something like it. If its too much though, we'll need a good php programmer.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #52 on: September 22, 2018, 11:35:22 PM »
The bit I am unsure of is how to get such a thing to use the ASIN to find both a book link and a thumbnail. I've read loads of sig generating code recently, and none of it addresses that lol.
(____________ F A N T A S Y ____________) (____________S C I E N C E   F I C T I O N ____________)

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #53 on: September 22, 2018, 11:36:10 PM »
where you have
 img
(NOT where you have /img)
change it to
 img height=125
and of course keep the brackets etc around it

Thank you, I'm getting there...almost...the problem I have now :rolleyes: is that they all link to the same book  :icon_think:...and wow! When clicked on individually they go BIG, try it and see  :shocked:

The code I used

(table](tr](td](url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S)(img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S](img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41sn8d6yWfL.jpg(/img](/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S](img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516k3edVtYL.jpg(/img)(/url](/td)[/tr)(/table)

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #54 on: September 22, 2018, 11:43:41 PM »
Why are you using ()? Should be [].
 
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M R M

Re: Signatures
« Reply #55 on: September 22, 2018, 11:46:34 PM »
I assume he is doing that so it displays instead of processing. Protip though Tonyonline: Use [ c o d e ] and [ / c o d e ] tags and you can display it normally.

Looks like:
Code: [Select]
[br][bbcode junk in here]

Also the going big thing is normal I think. Because it "opens" the full size image when you clock on it. Refreshing the page makes it small again.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2018, 11:48:40 PM by M R M »
(____________ F A N T A S Y ____________) (____________S C I E N C E   F I C T I O N ____________)

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #56 on: September 22, 2018, 11:47:34 PM »
Why are you using ()? Should be [].

I'm only using that in the example so it doesn't display.

The code displaying the books has the correct brackets...and the problem  :rolleyes:
 

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #57 on: September 22, 2018, 11:51:50 PM »
Why are you using ()? Should be [].

I'm only using that in the example so it doesn't display.

The code displaying the books has the correct brackets...and the problem  :rolleyes:

There is a # button above the smilies. Highlight and click that, and it puts it in a box, so it wont execute. Code button.

Tonyonline

Re: Signatures
« Reply #58 on: September 22, 2018, 11:53:14 PM »
I assume he is doing that so it displays instead of processing. Protip though Tonyonline: Use [ c o d e ] and [ / c o d e ] tags and you can display it normally.

Looks like:
Code: [Select]
[br][bbcode junk in here]

Also the going big thing is normal I think. Because it "opens" the full size image when you clock on it. Refreshing the page makes it small again.

Thanks for your help so far, much appreciated...So, I have to put a (br] somewhere?...or...maybe I just replace all the img links, with a link to my author page and they see all three  :icon_neutral:
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M R M

Re: Signatures
« Reply #59 on: September 22, 2018, 11:55:32 PM »
no, that was just me not watching my fingers... :Tup3a: :Tup4a: :Tup5a:
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #60 on: September 22, 2018, 11:59:44 PM »
no, that was just me not watching my fingers... :Tup3a: :Tup4a: :Tup5a:

Oh right  Grin

I think until I get this sorted I'll change the img links to my author page.
 

Denise

Re: Signatures
« Reply #61 on: September 23, 2018, 12:09:44 AM »
On the code:

If the images are too big

In the image URL, you might see something like _SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ after the address, and before .jpg

Substitute that for _SL125_

See if it works.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #62 on: September 23, 2018, 12:11:53 AM »
where you have
 img
(NOT where you have /img)
change it to
 img height=125
and of course keep the brackets etc around it

Thank you, I'm getting there...almost...the problem I have now :rolleyes: is that they all link to the same book  :icon_think:...and wow! When clicked on individually they go BIG, try it and see  :shocked:

The code I used

(table](tr](td](url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S)(img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S](img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41sn8d6yWfL.jpg(/img](/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S](img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516k3edVtYL.jpg(/img)(/url](/td)[/tr)(/table)


Just change the book URL's for the correct books. If you see, you have the same URL for all books.

I hope it works!
 
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M R M

Re: Signatures
« Reply #63 on: September 23, 2018, 12:14:24 AM »
Here is my signature code for you to look through.
First image line is my bar across the top. I set my thumbnails to 110 to make room for that. Then the books, with link and img tag after that. I have broken it up in the box but in the actual sig they run on one after another.

Code: [Select]
Novels by M R Mortimer
[img]http://*MY WEB HOST URL*/ssbartitled.png[/img]

[url=http://amazon.com/dp/B01EZGTR58/][img height=110]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HKOPwsbtL._SL125_.jpg[/img][/url]

[url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MU74OKB/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3][img height=110]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51wRcrhsM2L._SY346_.jpg[/img][/URL]

[url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07826H1CY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2][img height=110]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZcwmXngML.jpg[/img][/URL]

[url=https://www.amazon.com/Starlight-ebook/dp/B005EA02UO/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1][img height=110]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51s7BS7XNJL._SY346_.jpg[/img][/url]

[url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0066YVI5U/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i10][img height=110]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51k5bQj3h1L._SY346_.jpg[/img][/url]

[url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CTN022M/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i4][img height=110]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Pwv31d8VL.jpg[/img][/url]

[url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009KNLLX8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i6][img height=110]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51O4qktFt1L._SY346_.jpg[/img][/url]

[url=https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UPRYYYG/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i1][img height=110]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61754W7UD-L._SX260_.jpg[/img][/url]

[br]Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Author
[br]M R Mortimer |
[url=http://www.suspendedearth.com]Author Web Site[/url] |
[url=https://www.facebook.com/MRMortimerSciFi]Facebook Page[/url] |
[url=https://www.facebook.com/MRMortimerSciFi]Twitter Page[/url] |
[url=http://www.thecinderchronicles.com]Fantasy Series[/url]

Hope that helps. Just paste in your own img addresses and book links instead of mine.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #64 on: September 23, 2018, 12:20:39 AM »
where you have
 img
(NOT where you have /img)
change it to
 img height=125
and of course keep the brackets etc around it


Thank you, I'm getting there...almost...the problem I have now :rolleyes: is that they all link to the same book  :icon_think:...and wow! When clicked on individually they go BIG, try it and see  :shocked:

The code I used

(table](tr](td](url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S)(img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S](img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41sn8d6yWfL.jpg(/img](/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S](img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516k3edVtYL.jpg(/img)(/url](/td)[/tr)(/table)


Just change the book URL's for the correct books. If you see, you have the same URL for all books.

I hope it works!

Thank you  :banana:
I'm sitting here slapping the side of my head  :embarrassed:
 

M R M

Re: Signatures
« Reply #65 on: September 23, 2018, 12:26:19 AM »
On the code:

If the images are too big

In the image URL, you might see something like _SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ after the address, and before .jpg

Substitute that for _SL125_

See if it works.

I made that change on mine and it works a treat. Also, because I have mine reduced to 110, after clicking, they stand up a little larger at 125, so users know which they have clicked already at a glance without the cover being huge. I might leave it like that.
(____________ F A N T A S Y ____________) (____________S C I E N C E   F I C T I O N ____________)

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Tonyonline

Re: Signatures
« Reply #66 on: September 23, 2018, 12:26:58 AM »
Hey I've done it  :dance:
Um!
Hey you did it  :grouphug:

Geez look at me with a working sig  :icon_cool:


 

Demon_Lord

Re: Signatures
« Reply #67 on: September 23, 2018, 12:30:26 AM »
From what I read in other posts, the kbsig-20 and also kbsig-21 are their codes.

As one who chose not to post books signatures, because my covers are too explicit, and could offend some...

I can't help to notice that most members still have the Kboard affiliate ID in theirs signatures. And others don't have any affiliate ID at all. If someone click on a book in this forum and goes to Amazon and buys a book, but the cover it sent them there didn't have a affiliate ID, the profit goes to whoever it was the last affiliate ID they had clicked through. And that's might probably be Kboard.

Well, done with that. And back to my writing.

« Last Edit: September 23, 2018, 12:33:24 AM by Demon_Lord »
 

Tonyonline

Re: Signatures
« Reply #68 on: September 23, 2018, 12:30:51 AM »
On the code:

If the images are too big

In the image URL, you might see something like _SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ after the address, and before .jpg

Substitute that for _SL125_

See if it works.

I made that change on mine and it works a treat. Also, because I have mine reduced to 110, after clicking, they stand up a little larger at 125, so users know which they have clicked already at a glance without the cover being huge. I might leave it like that.

Yeah mine still go big...any chance you could post an example of how to do the code...I'll probably mess it up otherwise...thanks  :azn:
Now I have to work out how/where to put Tims affiliate code...scared to touch it now I've got it working  :rolleyes:
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #69 on: September 23, 2018, 12:37:19 AM »
From what I read in other posts, the kbsig-20 and also kbsig-21 are their codes.

As one who chose not to post books signatures, because my covers are too explicit, and could offend some...

I can't help to notice that most members still have the Kboard affiliate ID in theirs signatures. And others don't have any affiliate ID at all. If someone click on a book in this forum and goes to Amazon and buys a book, but the cover it sent them there didn't have a affiliate ID, the profit goes to whoever it was the last affiliate ID they had clicked through. And that's might probably be Kboard.

Well, done with that. And back to my writing.


If you want to check some covers with me, PM me them. You must have something which is ok?


The issue of KB affiliate on signatures has an answer, but I dont know if its acceptable. It should be possible to write some code which when the signature is submitted, KB codes are removed. But this might not be acceptable to some people. They can also be replaced with my code, but this also might be unacceptable.

M R M

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #71 on: September 23, 2018, 12:43:43 AM »
From what I read in other posts, the kbsig-20 and also kbsig-21 are their codes.

As one who chose not to post books signatures, because my covers are too explicit, and could offend some...

I can't help to notice that most members still have the Kboard affiliate ID in theirs signatures. And others don't have any affiliate ID at all. If someone click on a book in this forum and goes to Amazon and buys a book, but the cover it sent them there didn't have a affiliate ID, the profit goes to whoever it was the last affiliate ID they had clicked through. And that's might probably be Kboard.

Well, done with that. And back to my writing.


If you want to check some covers with me, PM me them. You must have something which is ok?


The issue of KB affiliate on signatures has an answer, but I dont know if its acceptable. It should be possible to write some code which when the signature is submitted, KB codes are removed. But this might not be acceptable to some people. They can also be replaced with my code, but this also might be unacceptable.

Once I've we've worked out the correct code for the sig, including the size problem, like I'm getting, and placing the affiliate link, couldn't you just post the code for all to use at the start of this thread? I would have liked that  Grin
 

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #72 on: September 23, 2018, 12:47:32 AM »
Once I've we've worked out the correct code for the sig, including the size problem, like I'm getting, and placing the affiliate link, couldn't you just post the code for all to use at the start of this thread? I would have liked that  Grin

If someone can post the code easiest for people to use, I'll put in the OP.

Tonyonline

Re: Signatures
« Reply #73 on: September 23, 2018, 12:53:55 AM »
This is your first image address:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL.jpg

change it to
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL._SL125_.jpg

This is your second image address:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41sn8d6yWfL.jpg

change it to
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41sn8d6yWfL._SL125_.jpg

this is your third image address
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516k3edVtYL.jpg

change it to
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516k3edVtYL._SL125_.jpg

YES  Grin...it works...you're a coding star and, Daylight/M R M and thanks to the others of course  :icon_smile:... Tim! We're nearly there...just have to do the affiliate link now and then I'll post my full sig code for you to copy.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #74 on: September 23, 2018, 01:08:13 AM »
Right!...here's a working code with affiliate link...no idea if the affiliate link is working correctly but it's there and the sig still works so I assume it is.  :cool:

Changed [ to (

(table)(tr)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H5QYKXJ/?tag=cirofatl-20)(img height=125]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTEK4B1/?tag=cirofatl-20)(img height=125]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41sn8d6yWfL._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S/?tag=cirofatl-20][img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516k3edVtYL._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(/tr)(/table)

Now I'm a coder  :icon_mrgreen: I might have a go at adding my twitter account...maybe not today though  :tongue:
« Last Edit: September 23, 2018, 01:11:50 AM by Tonyonline »
 

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #75 on: September 23, 2018, 03:12:13 AM »
I haven't seen it yet, and maybe it's not even possible, but maybe prohibit all animated stuff as part of signature or avatar. If it were up to me, I'd even prohibit animated emojis. I know, I'm a wet blanket, but there may be more people like me who have problems with animations?
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Demon_Lord

Re: Signatures
« Reply #76 on: September 23, 2018, 04:03:35 AM »
From what I read in other posts, the kbsig-20 and also kbsig-21 are their codes.

As one who chose not to post books signatures, because my covers are too explicit, and could offend some...

I can't help to notice that most members still have the Kboard affiliate ID in theirs signatures. And others don't have any affiliate ID at all. If someone click on a book in this forum and goes to Amazon and buys a book, but the cover it sent them there didn't have a affiliate ID, the profit goes to whoever it was the last affiliate ID they had clicked through. And that's might probably be Kboard.

Well, done with that. And back to my writing.


If you want to check some covers with me, PM me them. You must have something which is ok?



I will, thank you.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Signatures
« Reply #77 on: September 23, 2018, 04:06:39 AM »
Right!...here's a working code with affiliate link...no idea if the affiliate link is working correctly but it's there and the sig still works so I assume it is.  :cool:

Changed [ to (

(table)(tr)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H5QYKXJ/?tag=cirofatl-20)(img height=125]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTEK4B1/?tag=cirofatl-20)(img height=125]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41sn8d6yWfL._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(td)(url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A7I010S/?tag=cirofatl-20][img height=125)https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516k3edVtYL._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url)(/td)(/tr)(/table)

Now I'm a coder  :icon_mrgreen: I might have a go at adding my twitter account...maybe not today though  :tongue:

Congrats, you got it right.
 :smiley:
 

Rickie Blair

Re: Signatures
« Reply #78 on: September 23, 2018, 04:17:15 AM »
I have no idea what any of you are talking about.  :icon_lol:
(And I erased my signature at kboards, so I can't copy it. :icon_think: )
If you come up with a link-maker that's as easy to use as kboard's, I'll be all over it. Until then, my signature will be naked, sorry. (Does that mean I have to move to that "other" thread? :wink:)

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #79 on: September 23, 2018, 05:12:01 AM »
I have no idea what any of you are talking about.  :icon_lol:
(And I erased my signature at kboards, so I can't copy it. :icon_think: )
If you come up with a link-maker that's as easy to use as kboard's, I'll be all over it. Until then, my signature will be naked, sorry. (Does that mean I have to move to that "other" thread? :wink:)

As I'm kind of an expert now :nerd: and had lots of help, it's only right I offer some help myself...what is it you want to do? I can even do links to web sites  :icon_mrgreen:
 
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #80 on: September 23, 2018, 06:30:29 AM »
With more than 20 years in PHP and web design with HTML, CSS, and javascript, I might be qualified.  grint HOWEVER, no promises at this time.

The KB signature app has three main components. I've downloaded all of them to browse. There's the form you see, which is a very simple HTML page with lots of tables; the CSS file which gives it color, size, font, and other visual attributes; and the killer, some javascript code.

What the script code does is take each ASIN and use it to scrape the Amazon book page for an image. I don't know yet whether it takes the cover image as shown and downsizes it, or finds another cover file somewhere on the page or elsewhere in the Amazon environment. I'd have to get intimate with the code. The script then somehow adds the image to the forum database, giving it a unique identifier and name, and uses that to create the BBCODE you see in the window when you make it.

When you approve the results, the script translates your work into the appropriate web page code, inserting the affiliation code in the process.

There's a lot of other functionality in both the web page and the javascript to handle social network links, website links, reader progress, custom text, and other options. Also, there is the preview web page with three format options and its underlying script code.

This is not a simple undertaking and the guts of it truly belong to KBoards. That means a wholesale rewrite of the look-and-feel as well as the script.

I retired from doing this stuff because I want to write fiction. So, I'm only describing the scope of what this entails, with the caveat that Sanctum can't just copy the code without risking IP infringement.

A simpler approach would require you to provide your own links to book cover images located elsewhere on the web. Your private webpage or one of the image repositories offered for free. This method would avoid the Amazon scraping script and simply build the signature code from the URL you provide.

If I were to tackle the replication effort, I'd allocate it to a team of two: one person to redesign the user interface, the other to develop and test the underlying javascript. The two would have to work together in test.

And all done gratis, because Timothy has already invested enough in this thing.
 
 
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #81 on: September 23, 2018, 07:29:04 AM »
Forgive me if this has already been mentioned, but it might be good to have a signature tool the way Kboards does. Is that another one of those things that we need a php programmer for? (I was hoping maybe it was a utility of some kind that might be available already.

There's nothing stopping you using their tool and copying that signature. You can copy the code at the 'preview' part, so you don't have to 'publish' any content to that site to do it. Please do remember to delete (or replace) the affiliate tags, though.

I'm perfectly happy to use Tim's affiliate tags - I don't have my own, and there is ongoing cost involved to running the forum. Even if there weren't, there is work involved, and if Tim makes a little money for all the work he puts in, that's fair enough.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #82 on: September 23, 2018, 09:06:10 AM »
I am obviously just too old or stupid to make any of this work for me.  Timothy says go to book sale site and right click for save location? No such thing when I right click. I feel so...antiquated right now...obsolete...sigh...Going naked for the foreseeable future.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #83 on: September 23, 2018, 01:01:48 PM »
Okay, so I took a look at the bbcode that the KBoards sig tool produces. I have no idea about how you write modules for Simple Machines, but writing php to create a simple version of the tool doesn't look that hard. The only issue is: to get the images, I think the KBoards sig tool is using the Amazon Advertising API to get the image links. Since I don't have an Associate Tag and an Access Key, I can't do a simple test to verify that.

But I have some time this weekend, so I may play around with stuff and see just how "not hard" it really is. (No promises.)

Notes: I said a simple version, not what hardnox talks about.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #84 on: September 23, 2018, 02:08:40 PM »
I am obviously just too old or stupid to make any of this work for me.  Timothy says go to book sale site and right click for save location? No such thing when I right click. I feel so...antiquated right now...obsolete...sigh...Going naked for the foreseeable future.

Right click over the thumbnail of your book cover.


With more than 20 years in PHP and web design with HTML, CSS, and javascript, I might be qualified.  grint HOWEVER, no promises at this time.

The KB signature app has three main components. I've downloaded all of them to browse. There's the form you see, which is a very simple HTML page with lots of tables; the CSS file which gives it color, size, font, and other visual attributes; and the killer, some javascript code.

What the script code does is take each ASIN and use it to scrape the Amazon book page for an image. I don't know yet whether it takes the cover image as shown and downsizes it, or finds another cover file somewhere on the page or elsewhere in the Amazon environment. I'd have to get intimate with the code. The script then somehow adds the image to the forum database, giving it a unique identifier and name, and uses that to create the BBCODE you see in the window when you make it.

When you approve the results, the script translates your work into the appropriate web page code, inserting the affiliation code in the process.

There's a lot of other functionality in both the web page and the javascript to handle social network links, website links, reader progress, custom text, and other options. Also, there is the preview web page with three format options and its underlying script code.

This is not a simple undertaking and the guts of it truly belong to KBoards. That means a wholesale rewrite of the look-and-feel as well as the script.

I retired from doing this stuff because I want to write fiction. So, I'm only describing the scope of what this entails, with the caveat that Sanctum can't just copy the code without risking IP infringement.

A simpler approach would require you to provide your own links to book cover images located elsewhere on the web. Your private webpage or one of the image repositories offered for free. This method would avoid the Amazon scraping script and simply build the signature code from the URL you provide.

If I were to tackle the replication effort, I'd allocate it to a team of two: one person to redesign the user interface, the other to develop and test the underlying javascript. The two would have to work together in test.

And all done gratis, because Timothy has already invested enough in this thing.
 

Okay, so I took a look at the bbcode that the KBoards sig tool produces. I have no idea about how you write modules for Simple Machines, but writing php to create a simple version of the tool doesn't look that hard. The only issue is: to get the images, I think the KBoards sig tool is using the Amazon Advertising API to get the image links. Since I don't have an Associate Tag and an Access Key, I can't do a simple test to verify that.

But I have some time this weekend, so I may play around with stuff and see just how "not hard" it really is. (No promises.)

Notes: I said a simple version, not what hardnox talks about.

In the first instance, simple is probably best. Perhaps we just need an upload facility for a book cover, which is then resized as a thumbnail, and the url of the book. This would allow people to link to wide book pages instead of Amazon.

Upload or enter image location, the latter allowing for using book page images.

Doesn't have to be more complicated than that.

Other issue is how to add it to the menu here.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #85 on: September 23, 2018, 03:15:00 PM »
That's an interesting idea. The upload one.

Let me finish getting a basic generator done. Then we can figure out the rest.

Also, my php code is crap. And I'm not bothering with css at the moment. But if I can get something working, then maybe hardnox can make it production quality.

P. S. - I don't have any published books (yet) so if you see your books showing up in my sig - that just means I've gotten further along in my code/test cycle.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #86 on: September 23, 2018, 03:23:46 PM »
That's an interesting idea. The upload one.


The ability to upload was one of the first things asked for here.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #87 on: September 23, 2018, 06:26:59 PM »
Okay, made some progress. I have a form that you can put in the ASIN numbers and the image urls - and it produces bbcode. But it doesn't resize the images the way we want. And I think it might be easier to just figure out how to upload them and get them at the correct size. Maybe...

I also thought we'd add the Genres line to the form. (People can leave it blank.) And I need to add the ability for the links into the form.

So, I think that next I'll look into the upload and see what I can figure out. But first, time for bed.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #88 on: September 23, 2018, 06:29:48 PM »
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #89 on: September 23, 2018, 06:41:56 PM »
I've decided that I'm not going to have an Amazon exclusive signature so I'm working on something different to give people the opportunity of buying from all of my platforms. D2D (Books2Read) has a really good setup and I intend to use them, plus my website to route interest through. If you use B2R then you have the ability to put affiliate codes in for each of the platforms represented (where they have affiliates). So, if Timothy happens to have affiliate accounts at all those places he can still benefit from your patronage. If we're not going to be 'kindle-oriented, this makes sense to me.
 

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #90 on: September 23, 2018, 06:49:39 PM »
I've decided that I'm not going to have an Amazon exclusive signature so I'm working on something different to give people the opportunity of buying from all of my platforms. D2D (Books2Read) has a really good setup and I intend to use them, plus my website to route interest through. If you use B2R then you have the ability to put affiliate codes in for each of the platforms represented (where they have affiliates). So, if Timothy happens to have affiliate accounts at all those places he can still benefit from your patronage. If we're not going to be 'kindle-oriented, this makes sense to me.

No, I dont. As yet. If enough people want it, I can do that.

The only problem with using D2D's page, is some promoters have found the extra click required to get to a product page, lowers the response rate on the ad. Not sure if that follows here though, but thought I'd mention it.

D2D's find it everywhere page is great btw.

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« Reply #91 on: September 23, 2018, 07:05:32 PM »
The only problem with using D2D's page, is some promoters have found the extra click required to get to a product page, lowers the response rate on the ad. Not sure if that follows here though, but thought I'd mention it.

D2D's find it everywhere page is great btw.

The good thing about this is it only happens the first time, after that their cookie monster knows which platform you use and slips you right through a transparent doorway. You can change that setting by just visiting B2R and changing your preference (they advise you of that the first time you visit).

I'm just wondering whether I can do this directly because B2R also provide a hit counter with top three platforms for each book. It would mean one less routing. I will play later.
 

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« Reply #92 on: September 23, 2018, 08:42:48 PM »
Signature updated to reflect my platform-wide books. Click a book link to see it working, choose a platform then click another book link and it should take you directly to your preferred platform. Let me know if it doesn't.
 

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #93 on: September 23, 2018, 09:07:06 PM »
Thanks for all these directions! I'm going to try this - starting out with one book - to see if I can make it work. I hope I don't end up with a massive image ....

Edit:  I did it! I doubt there's anyone here as bad at this sort of thing as I am, but just in case:

1. I went to my Forum Profile on KBoards.
2. I copied the code in the Signature box at the bottom.
3. I pasted it into a Word doc.

 I copy pasted the whole thing into the signature box here.

I did similar to that but I'd already copied my code from over there (into an email draft that I saved) before deleting everything, then before I entered it here, I saw how to change the VS affiliate code for Timothy's code so was able to do that from the get-go :)
If anyone does click on my covers I'd far rather the money go here & not there :)
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #94 on: September 23, 2018, 09:20:45 PM »
Just seen that people are adding Genres, just looked at forum profle & can't see anywhere to add that, any help appreciated :)

Also, my links are beside my covers (which I quite like) instead of under, if that's not cool, could somebody please tell me what I did wrong there?
If it is ok to have it like that, I'd prefer to leave it as is :) thanks.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #95 on: September 23, 2018, 09:45:59 PM »
Just seen that people are adding Genres, just looked at forum profle & can't see anywhere to add that, any help appreciated :)

Also, my links are beside my covers (which I quite like) instead of under, if that's not cool, could somebody please tell me what I did wrong there?
If it is ok to have it like that, I'd prefer to leave it as is :) thanks.

Genres is just text added to the sig.

Yours is just wrapping around, which is fine if your not a control freak.  :icon_mrgreen:
 
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #96 on: September 23, 2018, 09:48:33 PM »
Just seen that people are adding Genres, just looked at forum profle & can't see anywhere to add that, any help appreciated :)

Also, my links are beside my covers (which I quite like) instead of under, if that's not cool, could somebody please tell me what I did wrong there?
If it is ok to have it like that, I'd prefer to leave it as is :) thanks.

Genres is just text added to the sig.

Yours is just wrapping around, which is fine if your not a control freak.  :icon_mrgreen:

As a Virgo, I'm supposed to be a control freak but I only missed Leo by an hour or two, so maybe that's why I'm not :)
Thanks  :banana:

Just tried Genres at least 3 times, every time it came out different but none were correct, I wish I wasn't so thick :)
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #97 on: September 24, 2018, 09:32:23 AM »
So... Apparently the mods for SMF for uploading attachments for your signature all upload to external image sites - like imgur.

There might be a different way to do it. I will experiment.
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« Reply #98 on: September 24, 2018, 01:04:46 PM »
So... Apparently the mods for SMF for uploading attachments for your signature all upload to external image sites - like imgur.

There might be a different way to do it. I will experiment.

Err.... :icon_think:

Better as a generator run off a menu button. Too complicated any other way.

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« Reply #99 on: September 24, 2018, 06:28:45 PM »
So... Apparently the mods for SMF for uploading attachments for your signature all upload to external image sites - like imgur.

There might be a different way to do it. I will experiment.

Err.... :icon_think:

Better as a generator run off a menu button. Too complicated any other way.

Yep. I agree. I was hoping to find a mod that was close - then I could just modify it.

The SMF documentation leaves a bit to be desired. Or, I just haven't found the right place.
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