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Profiles & Templates


Profiles define the way data will be displayed on your device. You can have up to 62 profiles for different devices or different uses.

Profile IDs

Profiles are identified by a 1 character 'Profile Id'. You can choose any letter or digit you want (no special characters). Profile Ids are CaSe SeNsItIvE so 'A' and 'a' are 2 different profiles.

NOTE: When using Wap Numlock, you must use the digits (0-9) to identify WAP profiles.

Changing Profiles

You can change Profiles on-the-fly from your device by entering 'Px' where x is the Profile Id you wish to change to. If you enter multiple Profile changes in one lookup only the last change will take effect.

NOTE: When using Wap Numlock, you need to enter '8x' to change profiles.

Profile Types

There are 2 types of Profiles.

  • HTML Profiles are for PDAs and other devices that use an HTML web browser.
  • WAP Profiles are for cellphones and other devices that use a WAP browser.

Each will use different Formatting Tags (see below). Make Sure you are using the right Profile Type for your device.

When you first sign up, there are 8 default profiles provided (4 HTML, 4 WAP).

Templates

A Template is a layout of the data you want displayed. When BookScoutPRO retrieves data, it will format it based on your template.

Building a template can be a little intimidating at first, but once you get the idea, they are actually very easy. You can start by editing one of the default templates before you go on to building your own.

Just read on, and look at the example at the bottom of the page. And you can preview your templates while you are editing so you can see what will output!

If you need help creating a custom template, just let us know and we will build it for you, free!

Templates consist of Formatting Tags, Data Tokens and Text.

Formatting Tags

Formatting Tags affect the way the data will be presented. You can Bold, Italicize, change font sizes, insert line breaks, etc. Be Very Careful to Only Use HTML tags in HTML profiles and WAP Tags in WAP Profiles (WAP browsers are VERY picky and will refuse to display anything if it doesnt understand).

Below is a list of the basic formatting tags.

HTML TAGS

<br>Line Break
<hr>Horizontal Line
<b>text</b>Bold Text
<i>text</i>Italic Text
<u>text</u>Underline Text
<font size=X>text</font>Set Text Size
<font color=yyy>text</font>Set Text Color

WAP TAGS

<br/>Line Break
<b>text</b>Bold Text
<big>text</big>Big Text
<em>text</em>Emphasized Text
<i>text</i>Italic Text
<small>text</small>Small Text
<strong>text</strong>Strong Text
<u>text</u>Underline Text

There are alot more HTML tags and a few more WAP tags that you can use. Be careful to make sure that your device supports the tags you intend to use. On wap browsers particularly, any error will prevent anything from displaying, making it hard to figure out whats wrong.

Data Tokens

Data Tokens are placeholders where the real data will be put. When you perform a lookup, all the Data Tokens in your template will be replaced by the actual data retrieved.

There are basically 2 types of Data Tokens, Simple Tokens, which contain a single value (like %TITLE% or %USEDPRICE%), and Meta Tokens, which contain multiple values preformatted for you (like %LOWEST3% or %PRICEGRID%).

NOTE: All Data Tokens are always UPPERCASE! %Title% is Wrong! If you can see a token in your output, chances are you mistyped it in the template.

Below is a list of the Data Tokens.

META TOKENS

%LOWEST%The Lowest Summary
If other venues are enabled data will appear as shown

New (49) $3.70
Used (152) $1.50
Coll (21) $5.00
Abe (106) $1.00
EbyS (1) $7.95
EbyA (25) $0.95

%LOWEST3%The Lowest 3 table
If other venues are enabled data will appear as shown
New3.603.603.60
Used2.902.903.49
Coll8.008.758.99
Abe9.5010.7511.99
HlfU6.506.756.99

%PRICEGRID%The Lowest Price Grid
Grid will have rows for each grade available
If other venues are enabled data will appear as shown

New 3.99 4.43 4.49
Uac 0.45   
Ugd 0.50 0.50  
Cgd 1.90 1.90 2.00
Abe 2.90 2.99 3.05
EbyS6.506.756.99

%TRACKBOX%The Trackbox
Will contain the tracking boxes turned on, one to a line
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SIMPLE TOKENS

%ID%The ISBN/EAN/UPC you entered
%ASIN%The Amazon ASIN number
%ISBN%The ISBN number
%EAN%The EAN number if available
%UPC%The UPC number if available

%TITLE%The Title
%AUTHOR%The Author(s)
%PUBLISHER%The Publisher's name
%PUBDATE%The Publication Date
%MEDIA%The Binding
%EDITION%The Books Edition

%LENGTH%The Length in inches
%WIDTH%The Width in inches
%HEIGHT%The Height in inches
%WEIGHT%The Weight in lbs

%AZLOCALE%The Amazon Locale (US,UK,CA)
%SALESRANK%The Amazon Salesrank
%LISTPRICE%The List Price
%TOTAL%The Total number of Amazon copies available

%SML_IMG%The Amazon Small Product Image 50x75       New
%MED_IMG%The Amazon Medium Product Image 106x160       New
%LRG_IMG%The Amazon Large Product Image 331x500       New

%NEWPRICE%The Lowest Amazon New Price
%NEW1%The Lowest Amazon New Price
%NEW2%The 2nd Lowest Amazon New Price
%NEW3%The 3rd Lowest Amazon New Price
%NEWCOUNT%The number of New Amazon copies available       NLA
%NEWAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 New Amazon Prices

%USEDPRICE%The Lowest Amazon Used Price
%USED1%The Lowest Amazon Used Price
%USED2%The 2nd Lowest Amazon Used Price
%USED3%The 3rd Lowest Amazon Used Price
%USEDCOUNT%The number of Used Amazon copies available       NLA
%USEDAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 Used Amazon Prices

%COLLPRICE%The Lowest Amazon Collectible Price
%COLL1%The Lowest Amazon Collectible Price
%COLL2%The 2nd Lowest Amazon Collectible Price
%COLL3%The 3rd Lowest Amazon Collectible Price
%COLLCOUNT%The number of Collectible Amazon copies available       NLA
%COLLAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 Collectible Amazon Prices

%ABEPRICE%The Lowest AbeBooks Price
%ABE1%The Lowest AbeBooks Price
%ABE2%The 2nd Lowest AbeBooks Price
%ABE3%The 3rd Lowest AbeBooks Price
%ABECOUNT%The number of AbeBooks copies available
%ABEAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 AbeBooks Prices

%EBAYAPRICE%The Lowest eBay auction Price
%EBAYA1%The Lowest eBay auction Price
%EBAYA2%The 2nd Lowest eBay auction Price
%EBAYA3%The 3rd Lowest eBay auction Price
%EBAYACOUNT%The number of eBay auction copies available
%EBAYAAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 eBay auction Prices

%EBAYSPRICE%The Lowest eBay store Price
%EBAYS1%The Lowest eBay store Price
%EBAYS2%The 2nd Lowest eBay store Price
%EBAYS3%The 3rd Lowest eBay store Price
%EBAYSCOUNT%The number of eBay store copies available
%EBAYSAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 eBay store Prices

%BIBPRICE%The Lowest Biblio Price
%BIB1%The Lowest Biblio Price
%BIB2%The 2nd Lowest Biblio Price
%BIB3%The 3rd Lowest Biblio Price
%BIBCOUNT%The number of Biblio copies available
%BIBAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 Biblio Prices

%ALINPRICE%The Alibris New Price
%ALIN1%The Alibris New Price
%ALINCOUNT%Will always be '1'
%ALINAVG%The Alibris New Price

%ALIUPRICE%The Lowest Alibris Used Price
%ALIU1%The Lowest Alibris Used Price
%ALIU2%The 2nd Lowest Alibris Used Price
%ALIU3%The 3rd Lowest Alibris Used Price
%ALIUCOUNT%The number of Alibris Used copies available
%ALIUAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 Alibris Used Prices

%HLFNPRICE%The Half New Price
%HLFN1%The Half New Price
%HLFNCOUNT%Will always be '1'
%HLFNAVG%The Half New Price

%HLFUPRICE%The Lowest Half Used Price
%HLFU1%The Lowest Half Used Price
%HLFU2%The 2nd Lowest Half Used Price
%HLFU3%The 3rd Lowest Half Used Price
%HLFUCOUNT%The number of Half Used copies available
%HLFUAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 Half Used Prices

%ECANPRICE%The ECampus New Price
%ECAN1%The ECampus New Price
%ECANCOUNT%Will always be '1'
%ECANAVG%The ECampus New Price

%ECAUPRICE%The Lowest ECampus Used Price
%ECAU1%The Lowest ECampus Used Price
%ECAU2%The 2nd Lowest ECampus Used Price
%ECAU3%The 3rd Lowest ECampus Used Price
%ECAUCOUNT%The number of ECampus Used copies available
%ECAUAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 ECampus Used Prices

%ECMNPRICE%The ECampus Marketplace New Price
%ECMN1%The ECampus Marketplace New Price
%ECMNCOUNT%Will always be '1'
%ECMNAVG%The ECampus Marketplace New Price

%ECMUPRICE%The Lowest ECampus Marketplace Used Price
%ECMU1%The Lowest ECampus Marketplace Used Price
%ECMU2%The 2nd Lowest ECampus Marketplace Used Price
%ECMU3%The 3rd Lowest ECampus Marketplace Used Price
%ECMUCOUNT%The number of ECampus Marketplace Used copies available
%ECMUAVG%The Average of the Lowest 3 ECampus Marketplace Used Prices

%TBXNPRICE%The TextbookX New Price
%TBXN1%The TextbookX New Price
%TBXNCOUNT%Will always be '1'
%TBXNAVG%The TextbookX New Price

%TBXUPRICE%The TextbookX Used Price
%TBXU1%The TextbookX Used Price
%TBXUCOUNT%Will always be '1'
%TBXUAVG%The TextbookX Used Price

%CONDBOX%The Condition Tracking box
%COSTBOX%The Cost Tracking box
%NOTEBOX%The Note Tracking box

NLA - No Longer Available.


AN EXAMPLE

The following example should help illustrate how templates work. We have Color coded the template to make it easier to see the different parts. Formatting Tags are Green, Data Tokens are Red, and Text is Black.

The following template
<b>%TITLE%</b>
%ID% - %MEDIA%<br>
Ed: %EDITION%<br>
SR: %SALESRANK%<br>
New %NEWCOUNT% - Used %USEDCOUNT% - Coll %COLLCOUNT%<br><br>
%PRICEGRID%
<br>
%TRACKBOX%

Would produce output like
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Merriam-...
087779930X - Mass Market Paperback
Ed: New Rev
SR: 485
New 53 - Used 20 - Coll 3

New 2.95 2.98 2.98
Uln 4.00 4.94  
Uvg 5.00   
Cln 6.49 6.50  
Cvg 6.84   

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