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May 5, 2007   Associate-O-Matic v3.0.6 released
Feb 24, 2007   Associate-O-Matic v3.0.5 released
Jan 20, 2007   Associate-O-Matic v3.0.4 released
Dec 1, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v3.0.3 released
Oct 7, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v3.0.2 released
Oct 2, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v3.0.1 released
Oct 1, 2006   New Annual Subscription Licensing
Sep 30, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v3.0 released
Sep 23, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v2.8.3 released
Jul 1, 2006   Associate-O-Matic featured in Inc. Magazine
May 26, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v2.8.2 released
May 17, 2006   Associate-O-Matic featured on Amazon.com
Apr 22, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v2.8.1 released
Apr 17, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v2.8 released
Mar 18, 2006   Demo store settings now available for download
Feb 25, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v2.7.1 released
Feb 18, 2006   Associate-O-Matic v2.7 released
Jan 10, 2006   Associate-O-Matic in 2006
Dec 17, 2005   WANTED: AOM Site Designers
Nov 26, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.6 released
Oct 22, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.5.2 released
Oct 6, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.5.1 released
Oct 1, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.5 released
May 31, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.4.1 released
May 21, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.4 released
Mar 19, 2005   NEW! Associate-O-Matic Lite
Mar 17, 2005   Associate-O-Matic featured in Web-User Magazine
Mar 12, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.3 released
Jan 27, 2005   Associate-O-Matic v2.2 released
Dec 30, 2004   Associate-O-Matic v2.1 released
Dec 20, 2004   Featured as Cool Site on the Amazon Web Services Blog
Nov 30, 2004   Associate-O-Matic v2.0 released
Oct 2, 2004   Associate-O-Matic v1.5 released

    
  Dec 20, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.2.1  released

We're happy to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v5.2.1.

 New Features
 • Display Breadcrumbs setting enhanced
 • Buy Button Location setting enhanced
 • Template files changed: css.tpl.php, sitemap.tpl.php
 • Amazon API version: 2011-08-01
   
 Bugs Squashed
 • 1st Page Only in custom boxes no longer worked
 • Quotes in search keyword
 • Search All title/breadcrumb bug
 • Item Accessories displaying empty in some cases
 • Website name was displaying in All - Home Page Format
 • Some newer category icons missing
 • Blended search with no results returned error
 • Custom Page nofollow on sitemap now works
   
      
  Nov 23, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.2.0  released

We're happy to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v5.2.0.

We'd also like to welcome Amazon Associates from Spain. We now have full support for Amazon.es.


 New Features
 • Support for Amazon.es (Spain)
 • Category Columns - Add 4 and 5 column options
 • Home ASIN Randomizer now also works with the Home Browse Node option
 • Sitemap enhancement - If all of the Category level checkboxes are unchecked for a category it won't appear in the sitemap
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2011-08-01
   
 Bugs Squashed   (t = Forum Thread ID)
 • Similar Items - no follow bug
 • URL placeholder uppercase bug
 • Several special characters stripped from x parameter to fix mod rewrite bugs
 • Some digital download items with cart buy buttons
 • Custom Page and Cart no breadcrumb bug
 • Empty subcategory box was still displaying in the BT or BB locations
 • t=4955 .it Home Garden node bug
   
       
  Oct 1, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.1.0  released

We're happy to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v5.1.0.

A big thank you to the many testers who helped us with this release.

We'd also like to welcome Amazon Associates from Italy and China. We now have full support for these locales.

Note: Please be reminded of the upcoming changes to Amazon's API. You'll want to upgrade to v5.1.0 before their October 25 deadline so you can take advantage of the changes.


New Features
 • Support for Amazon.it (Italy)
 • Support for Amazon.cn (China)
 • New Categories
Amazon.com - Appliances, Arts & Crafts, Miscellaneous and Mobile Apps (Android Apps)
Amazon.co.uk - [no additions]
Amazon.ca - Sports & Outdoors
Amazon.de - Kindle eBooks
Amazon.fr - Jewelry
Amazon.co.jp - [no additions]
Amazon.it - all categories
Amazon.cn - all categories
 • URL Cloak - similar to the Image Cloak, hides all links that contain Amazon's domain so they appear with your domain
 • Subcategory Descriptions - function similar to the Category Descriptions
 • Google Tracking ID - If entered, this will enable Google Analytics conversion tracking and automatically place the required code in your store at checkout. The ID is assigned by Google and is in the format UA-XXXXX-X.
 • Cache RSS - Causes your internal store RSS feed pages to be cached - enabled by default
 • gzip support added for faster loading of HTML (even cached pages)
 • Item Pages - down from 400 pages of items to 10 pages max (part of Amazon's recent API changes) - All item results are available by a link to Amazon (encoded with your Associate ID)
 • Marketplace Pages - All the best offers displayed at once, no more tabs (updated as per Amazon's latest API changes) - All item offers are available by a link to Amazon (encoded with your Associate ID)
 • Display Breadcrumbs - now a checkbox group you can control by type of page
 • New default button set (e.g. Add to Cart, Checkout, etc...)
 • Settings deprecated (as per Amazon's API) - Markerplace Default, Marketplace Pages, Merchant (All or Amazon, no Featured or Other), Merchant Filter (now filters on name instead of ID).
 • WordPress plug-in - the display of Item information can now be customized in a template file /aom/themes/default/wordpress_item.tpl.php
 • Various other smaller enhancements
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2011-08-01
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = Forum Thread ID)
 • t=4830 - Title bug
 • negative keywords in links fix
 • t=4838 - URL bug under SEO when link contained percent sign or question mark (since v5)
 • t=4799 - Invalid Item Report is only sent for Homepage, Category or Subcategory pages based on your assigned ASINs
 • Header logo would link to current page instead of home page (since v5)
 • Information Box - malformed link tag (since v5)
 •

Template file changes/fixes (see changelog):
- advanced_search.tpl.php
- box_information.tpl.php
- box_vertical.tpl.php
- css.tpl.php
- error.tpl.php
- header.tpl.php
- home_mall.tpl.php
- item.tpl.php
- item_category.tpl.php
- item_blended.tpl.php
- logo.tpl.php
- marketplace.tpl.php
- pagination.tpl.php

 • Bug where certain boxes would not appear at PP, PT, BB or BT locations
 • Several other smaller bug fixes
   
    
  Sep 21, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.1.0 BETA  released

We have released the v5.1.0 BETA for testing. Please see the highlights by logging into the Beta section of the member area.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to the member area.

   
  
  Aug 11, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.1.0 BETA coming soon

The next release (v5.1.0) of Associate-O-Matic is nearing completion. We will be releasing the BETA in September.

One of the major features coming in v5.1.0 is support for Amazon.cn (China) and Amazon.it (Italy). We will also be adding several new features and bug fixes.

Additionally, Amazon made an announcement recently of some changes they are making to their API. These changes go into effect October 25, 2011 so it will be important for you to update your stores by that date.
For an overview of these changes and to see how Associate-O-Matic will be affected, please see this new article in the AOM Talk blog. A big thanks to Michael Carpenter (mcarp555) for putting this together.

To be notified the moment the beta is released, please join the Associate-O-Matic Beta Program from our member area.


 
  Jun 23, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.0.2 released

This is a patch release. A big thank you to all those who helps us with this release.

New Features
 • Canonical Links (SEO Section) - If set to Yes (default), where applicable, canonical links will be added to the HEAD section of category and subcategory pages. This tells search engines there is a preferred page for a particular category/subcategory. This applies expecially to sub pages where the sort selection might change, but the category and items are the same (just ordered differently). See Google for more information about Canonical Links
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = related forum thread ID)
 • Various fixes to the theme/template files: /aom/themes/default/[tpl files]
 • Fixed Custom Boxes and Custom Pages that weren't allowing full URLs to HTML/PHP files
 • Enhanced Book search (US & UK) to exclude kindle eBooks more efficiently
 • Strip HTML tags from {CATEGORY_DESCRIPTION} when placed inside Meta Description
 • Admin issues resolved where Custom Boxes with HTML would cause admin forms to break
 • Fixed issue where a single bad ASIN would cause a ASIN Homepage or ASIN Category to error
 • Invalid ASIN report works now in the various scenarios (e.g. ASIN Homepage or ASIN Categories)
 • Buy buttons weren't turning off if unchecked in the Buy Button Locations (t=4774)
 • Single variation offer (e.g. Apparel) was showing an Amazon buy button instead of cart buy button (t=4772)
 • Slashes being added to double and single quotes inside Error API Limit have been fixed
 • Related Categories weren't displaying and displaying properly in all cases
 • RSS feeds for AOM categories were showing a duplicate photo if the item before it did not have an photo.
 • Search Within Results label was displaying extra information in some cases (e.g. keywords)
 • Cart Add report was not being sent if you had Buy Button View Cart set to No


Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.


       
  Jun 7, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.0.1 released

It seems no matter how much testing you do, there are issues that surface in a major new release such as v5.0.0. This is a patch release to fix those issues. Thank you for your help and patience.

New Features
 • Invalid Item report now also reports invalid items for ASIN and ASIN FILE categories and subcategories. It only worked for the ASIN and ASIN File Home page formats prior.
 • SEO Mod Rewrite rules are now displayed in the admin (so you don't have to decode which ruleset to use) or get them from our site. You would then copy and paste those rules into your .htaccess or http.conf file.
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = related forum thread ID)
 • Various fixes to the theme/template files: /aom/themes/default/[tpl files]
 • Better error handling for third party RSS feeds that are unavailable or formatted invalidly
 • Missing horizontal/vertical boxes on some server configurations (PHP4)
 • Broken New Release/Bestseller box item links in some cases
 • html_entity_decode bug fix (PHP4)
 • PHP caching mechanisms such as APC were causing problems in the admin
 • Cart Add report was not being sent if you had Buy Button View Cart set to No


Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.


         
  Jun 4, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.0.0 released


Associate-O-Matic v5 has been months in the making and now it's finally here. It is packed with new features and functionality.

We want to thank all those who helps us during the beta period. We also want thank everyone for their support over the past several years. It's been quite a ride.

Here are some quick highlights for this release...



New Features/Changes
 • New categories:
Amazon.com:  Shoes, Wireless Accessories
Amazon.co.uk:  Grocery, Home Improvement, Kindle eBooks
Amazon.ca:  none
Amazon.de:  Grocery, Lighting, Musical Instruments, Shoes
Amazon.fr:  Apparel, Computers, Lighting, Musical Instruments, Sporting Goods
Amazon.co.jp:  MP3 Downloads
 • Themes - Basic users can use the default theme which matches the layout of previous versions. Advanced users can create or install third-party themes to further customize the look, feel and layout of their stores. We'll be adding more themes to this page over time.
 • Color Schemes - over 30 ready-made color schemes to quickly and easily set professional combinations colors throughout your store. You can then customize any specific colors if desired.
 • Rounded corners are more visually appealing (default)
 • Pages now use light-weight CSS instead of HTML tables
 • Nofollow controls at Custom Box and Custom Page level
 • Category-level sorting controlled inside the admin, insetad of the cfg.default.php file (Relevance is the new default, instead of Bestselling, which matches results on Amazon)
 • Cache controls for the Site Header and Footer
 • Error settings for the Amazon API limits (display a custom message when this happens)
 • Amazon image cloaking - hide the Amazon image URLs from search engines
 • When using the built-in AOM shopping cart, control whether the buy button takes you to the cart (default) or adds the item to the cart transparently without leaving the current page.
 • Search Within Results is now inline with the search menu so it's more user friendly.
 • Currency rate file can now also be a PHP file if you need to pull a dynamic rate from a database or another server
 • Category Item Randomizer shuffles the order the current 10 items being displayed. The same items are displayed regardless of whether it is turned on or not. Just the display order changes randomly.
 • Checkout can be controlled to happen in the current window or to use a new browser window.
 • SEO mod_rewrite now available for JP stores
 • Updated translations for JP stores (a special thanks to Hisaharu Tanabe)
 • Updated Mod Rewrite rulesets allow for any character to be in the x parameter
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = forum thread ID number)
 • Creator bug - related to Author
 • Various FR store fixes
 • Category ordering fix
 • Home ASIN fix
 • Browse Node home page format fix
 • Search related fixes
 • RSS footer with & character fix
 • Default node updates: Gourmet (US), MP3 Downloads (US), Wireless (US), Computer (DE)
 • Amazon offer bug fix
 • Description encoding fix where foreign characters are used by merchants
 • JP 'Save' amount fix
 • Numerous other minor bug fixes

Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 

  
  Apr 30, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.0.0 BETA  released

We have released the v5.0.0 BETA for testing. Please see the highlights by logging into the Beta section of the member area.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to the member area.



  Mar 31, 2011 - Associate-O-Matic v5.0.0 BETA coming April 30

The next major release (v5) of Associate-O-Matic is nearing completion. We will be releasing the BETA on April 30.

One of the major features coming in v5 are themes/templates. This will allow you to completely customize the appearance of your store. Developers and designers will also be able to create they're own templates and offer them to the user community for free or a fee. It will open up all kinds of neat new possibilities for AOM users. As a part of this, we're cleaning up our underlying code base from bulky nested table layouts to clean, light-weight CSS layouts.

Here are some highlights of what's coming in this release...

  • CSS Themes/Templates
  • Color Schemes
  • Several new Amazon categories (across locales)
  • Integrated "Search Within Results"
  • Image cloaking
  • Improved admin interface
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • And much more...
To join the Associate-O-Matic Beta Program please login to the member area.

  
  
  Nov 9, 2010 - Stop naughty web spiders and spam bots dead in their tracks

With Amazon now imposing usage restrictions on their API data feed, it becomes more important than ever to make sure you’re not wasting resources on unwanted visitors to your sites.

By ‘unwanted’ of course, we are referring to search engine spiders who comb your site, indexing hundreds (if not thousands) of pages, and give you nothing in return – no page rank, no shoppers, no income. As well as eating up your product request allocations, bad spiders (also known as bots) waste your bandwidth, drive up your allotted CPU time, and could force your site to go dark, resulting in no chance for sales.

Please see the tutorial in the AOM Talk blog on how to trap these naughty bots.


  
  Nov 5, 2010 - A new way to find Amazon browse nodes:  FindBrowseNodes.com

We're excited to announce the beta launch of our new website for finding Amazon browse nodes...
   
   FindBrowseNodes.com
      http://www.findbrowsenodes.com

We welcome any feedback you might have.

Thanks!
Justin


 
  Oct 9, 2010 - Associate-O-Matic v4.5.0 released

We're pleased to announce the public release of v4.5.0 available now for download. It's important you upgrade before
Amazon's October 15 deadline.

In July of this year Amazon announced changes to their data feed (the API). Since then, additional changes have been revealed, and overall there will be an impact for AOM. How much it affects you will depend on which features you use, and how much traffic your sites get. Please read this excellent article by mcarp555 in his AOM Talk Blog.

With these Amazon changes, we were forced to push out our release date for v5 which will be adding templates. Our tentative plan is to release the v5 beta in the coming weeks with a public release in January 2011 (after the Christmas selling season).

Here are some quick highlights for this version...

New Features/Changes
 • Changes/updates related to Amazon's October 15 and November 8 API deadlines.
 • Customer reviews are now displayed in an iFrame (as per Amazon's new requirement). There are new AOM settings that let you control the width and height of the iFrame box.
 • Older settings related to customer reviews, automotive parts finder box and tag cloud box have been removed as per Amazon's recent API changes.
 • If you have Mod Rewrite on, please see our updated Rulesets
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2010-09-01
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = related forum thread ID)
 • Fixed bug where category level keywords or the Site Default Keyword, when containing foreign characters, would return zero results. Now German, French and Japanese characters are supported.
 • Certain items in our WordPress Plug-in had descriptions with broken HTML tags
 • t=4184  Fix for Home Page Format of Browse Node where pages after the first page jumped to nearest AOM category
 • t=4223  RSS fix for certain items where pricing was not available caused feed to break
 • t=4224  "Ghost" tags for settings that are no longer supported were being saved to cfg.saved.php file
 • t=4225  Default UK Video Game nodes have been updated
 • Other minor fixes



Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.


 
  Sep 21, 2010 - Associate-O-Matic v4.5.0 BETA  released

We have released the v4.5.0 BETA for testing. Please see the highlights by logging into the Beta section of the member area.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area.


 
  Sep 13, 2010 - Associate-O-Matic v4.5 coming before October 15

With the recent changes Amazon has announced, we'll be releasing v4.5 version to give you time to upgrade your stores before those changes go into effect on October 15.

Here are some of the details

Amazon has also announced changes to the way reviews will be returned in their API. These changes go into effect in Nov. They will also be wrapped into this v4.5 release.

This will push the v5 release out slightly. Will publish a revised release date once it's set. Thank you for your support.


 
  Jun 11, 2010 - Associate-O-Matic v4.4.1 released

We're pleased to announce the public release is now available for download. Here are some quick highlights for this version...

New Features
 • New Setting: Corners - squared (default) or rounded corners for box and body elements
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2009-10-01
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = related forum thread ID)
 • Site map links under Mod Rewrite have been fixed
 • "Select Options" buttons are again displayed (bug introduced in v4.4.0)
 • Site Name not saving in admin (bug introduced in v4.4.0)
 • URL Name Length setting now works as it should (was always 200 regardless of how set)
 • Slashes being added to quotemarks in RSS Footer
 • Other minor fixes



Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.


 
  May 25, 2010 - Associate-O-Matic v4.4.0 released

We're pleased to announce the public release is now available for download. Here are some quick highlights for this version...

New Features
 • Support added for PHP 5.3
 • Amazon.co.jp support
 • New Categories (UK): Lighting
 • New Setting: Auto Parts Finder Box - with Year, Make, Model section using Ajax so the page doesn't have to reload
 • Enhanced Setting: Categories setting now has an Item Type option to feature items that are either All, New, Used, Collectible or Refurbished
 • New Setting: Debugger - a simple way to enable on-screen PHP error reporting from the CP (without the usual aom_debug.txt file)
 • New Setting: Display In Stock - toggle the "In Stock" text message above buy buttons
 • New Setting: Sitemap - provides link to simple sitemap (e.g. Categories, Custom Pages, etc.)
 • New Feature: MP3 Clips added to Amazon.de (DE)
 • New Feature: Getting Started screen in CP for those who are new to AOM
 • Enhanced Setting: Home Pages Format as a new All format which displays items across Amazon's catalog based on a keyword/phrase
 • Enhanced Setting: Subcategories now have globe icons to quickly open them up from the CP (similar to Categories)
 • New Setting: Merchant Items - This setting controls the types of Items (All, New, Used, Refurbished or Collectible) that will be featured on Category, Subcategory and Item pages. Note: You can override this setting at Category level
 • New Setting: Title Subcategory Automotive - Includes usual Subcategory variables and {YEAR}, {MAKE} and {MODEL} variables for use with the Auto Parts Finder pages
 • Enhanced Setting: Meta Description Subcategory now has {YEAR}, {MAKE} and {MODEL} variables for use with the Auto Parts Finder pages
 • Enhanced Setting: Meta Keywords Subcategory now has {YEAR}, {MAKE} and {MODEL} variables for use with the Auto Parts Finder pages
 • Enhanced Setting: Search All Products can now search against Amazon's entire catalog to match results you see on Amazon's site
 • New Setting: Search Auto Complete - As you type in the search box, related keyword suggestions are automatically displayed and can be selected
 • New AOM logo and CP icons (we'll be updating our website's logo with the public release)
 • Several other smaller features and performance enhancements
 • Price terms uses lightbox if you have Image Zoom set to lightbox
 • Mod Rewrite rules have been updated to accomodate Auto Parts Finder box (see new rules)
 • ionCube wizard now found at /ioncube/loader-wizard.php to help with loader installation (loaders are no longer bundled with AOM Zip file)
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2009-10-01
 • Various other enhancements
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = related forum thread ID)
 • Security fix related to javascript
 • Fix broken <br> tags that appeared in certain item Editorial comments
 • UK Tools node fix
 • Seller comments are now back in the Marketplace
 • Updated Amazon merchant IDs so that when the Merchant Preference was Amazon their offer would be listed
 • tcnt bug appearing on certain pages
 • tr bug appearing on certain pages
 • Duplicate page content between first Category page and paginated version of same page (Page 1)
 • Lightbox broken images inside of IE
 • Subcategory screen with width issues
 • Workaround added for Kindle eBooks so they're still purchasable when no offers are listed
 • Added filters for erroneous Subcategory names coming back from Amazon
 • Sort By display bug in certain instances (t=3883)
 • Quotemarks in titles and meta keywords/descriptions (t=3914)
 • Select Options form on certain servers would cause a cookie error
 • Black content body hid text/links on certain pages
 • CSS in cart fixed so that text/links aren't hidden
 • Several other small fixes



Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

        
  May 3, 2010 - Associate-O-Matic v4.4.0 BETA released

We have released the v4.4.0 BETA for testing. Please see the highlights by logging into the Beta section of the member area.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area.

 
  Dec 7, 2009- Associate-O-Matic v4.3.0 released

The public release is now available for download. Here are some quick highlights for this version...
 

Important Notes
 • You can now download Associate-O-Matic in either the usual ZIP file or the new self-extracting EXE format. The self-extracting EXE lets you use a familiar Windows interface to decompress files without the need of a separate unzip utility such as WinZip.
 
New Features
 • New Categories (UK): Automotive, Office Products
 • New Categories (CA): Kitchen
 • New Categories (DE): Automotive, Jewelry, MP3 Downloads, Office Products
 • New Categories (FR): Baby, Beauty, Health, Jewelry, MP3 Downloads, Office Products, Shoes
 • New Setting: Buy Button Type - When using the Lite version or when using the Full version with the built-in Shopping Cart turned off, this controls whether buy buttons go to the Amazon product page or Amazon shopping cart. (t=3775,
 • New Setting: Buy Button Quantity Range - Specify the min and max quantity to display the quantity box (if enabled)
 • New Setting: Display Quantity In Stock - Shows the quantity next to the "In Stock" message (if known)
 • New Setting: Image Zoom - Specify the type of window to use when someone views an enlarged product photo (Includes 5 new Lightbox styles)
 • New Setting: URL Placeholder - Because the SEO URLs are position based, when a value cannot be determined say for a Node, this placeholder is used (default is 'none').
 • New Setting: Display Condition Note - Select the page types on which to display item Condition notes
 • New Setting: Home ASINs Per Page - Set the number of ASINs to display per page from 10 down to 2. Note: Amazon returns up to maximum of 10 items at a time.
 • New Feature: Order Status Page - Customers can now lookup their basic Amazon order/shipment details from your site.
 • New Setting: Display Order Status Link - Whether to display the link to the Order Status page described above
 • New Setting: RSS Footer - Display custom HTML underneath your RSS feed items (linkback etc)
 • New Feature: Unique Tab Colors - Tabs are now given a CSS class that corresponds to their category ID (e.g. .aom_tab_[CATEGORYID]). This gives you the ability to add styles, such as custom colors, to the /aom/cfg.css.php file to customize tabs and the associated search bar underneath.
 • New Feature: AJAX (jQuery) - Now supported - Used in new Lightbox feature - Other features coming
 • New Feature: A browse icon is now next to each category inside the Admin (when shop.php is the name used) - let's quickly jump to categories while testing, etc.
 • New Feature: You can now use negative keywords (e.g. -gremlins) inside custom categories and they won't display in breadcrumbs and page titles etc.
 • Sales Rank numbers are now formatted with commas (e.g. 17,434)
 • Clean external seller links from their condition notes (t=3454)
 • Consolidated and cleaned up Javscript throughout shop.php. Now centrally located in the /aom/js/shop.js file.
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2009-10-01
 • Various other enhancements
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = related forum thread ID)
 • Fixed Cart Checkout Code so it actually fires before checkout as it was supposed to. Can be used with Google analytics etc. (t=2814, 3483)
 • Fixed RSS feed bug where images were sometimes coming through with a zero heigt or width
 • Fixed Home ASIN bug where count was sometimes off
 • Fixed bug under Mod Rewrite where a Brand inside Narrow By Price links contained a space
 • Fixed bug where certain special characters in the /aom/cfg.admin.php file (where Labels for Custom Boxes are stored) would cause XML to bomb
 • Fixed bug where certain thumbnail images were not being displayed (t=3358)
 • Fixed recent bug where "quoted phrases" in searches would display improperly
 • Fixed bug where {SUBCATEGORIES} where not showing up in certain Meta Keyword settings
 • Fixed marketplace label bug that appeared in certain instances (t=2852)
 • Fixed bug where in rare cases an Item became ineligible for the cart (for whatever reason). This would cause the cart to bomb. We now recover gracefully from this error and simply display the error while the cart contents remain intact.
 • Fixed bug where Subcategory (ASINs) would not display properly when under a parent Category of ASINs
 • Several other small fixes


Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

     
  Nov 15, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic v4.3.0 BETA released

We have released the v4.3.0 BETA for testing.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area.

   
  Oct 30, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic turns 5



Thank you for 5 wonderful years!!!

We appreciate all your support and look forward to many more.

     
  Oct 16, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic v4.3 coming in November

We excited to announce the upcoming release of v4.3.

If you haven't done so already, please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified the moment it's released.

 
  Aug 8 - Associate-O-Matic v4.2.1 released

The public release is now available for download. Here are some quick highlights for this version...

Important Notes
 • Uses the new Amazon authentication which requires an Amazon Access Key ID and Amazon Secret Access Key. You can plug those into the Amazon section. Register at http://aws.amazon.com

Because of a change in Amazon's API, all versions of Associate-O-Matic prior to v4.2.0 will stop working on August 15, 2009. You must upgrade your stores to v4.2.0 or newer in order to avoid interruption.
 
 • Uses new IonCube encryption software which has a directory containing loaders for various OS versions.
 • If you have problems with the IonCube encryption, they provide an installation helper script:
/ioncube/ioncube-loader-helper.php
 • If you use mod_rewrite get the latest rules.
 • As per Amazon's new Product Advertising API License Agreement, we have added the following required information...
- Disclaimer on store pages (defaults to bottom of pages, can be located elsewhere using a Custom Box)
- Date/Time next to pricing
- Details link with popup next to pricing
   
New Features
 • SOAP support added for new Amazon ID requirement
 • UTF-8 header always sent (don't need to rely on a special Apache directive)
 • Amazon Time Offset - used when you see errors that your server time is before or after Amazon server time
 • Improved error reporting
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2009-07-01
 • Various other enhancements
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = Forum Thread ID)
 • Fixed various issues related to the new Amazon ID requirement (critical for the Amazon's August 15, 2009 deadline)
 • Fixed cfg.sha256.php file for instances where the sha256 function is already installed with PHP
 • Apostrophe in keyword caused new Amazon ID requirement to bomb
 • Erroneous text in portion of cfg.css.php file
 • Several other small fixes


Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

 
  Aug 3, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic v4.2.1 BETA released

We have released the v4.2.1 BETA for testing.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area (for paid members only).


 
  June 22, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic v4.2.0 released

The public release is now available for download. Here are some quick highlights for this version...

Important Notes
 • New/Enhanced settings will be highlighted in the control panel (drop-down menu at the top) as they aren't yet documented on our site. The t=### refers to the forum thread number.
 • Uses the new Amazon authentication which requires an Amazon Access Key ID and Amazon Secret Access Key. You can plug those into the Amazon section. Register at http://aws.amazon.com

Because of a change in Amazon's API, all versions of Associate-O-Matic prior to v4.2.0 will stop working on August 15, 2009. You must upgrade your stores to v4.2.0 or newer in order to avoid interruption.
 
 • Uses new IonCube encryption software which has a directory containing loaders for various OS versions.
 • If you have problems with the IonCube encryption, they provide an installation helper script:
/ioncube/ioncube-loader-helper.php
 • If you use mod_rewrite get the latest rules.
 • As per Amazon's new Product Advertising API License Agreement, we have added the following required information...
- Disclaimer on store pages (defaults to bottom of pages, can be located elsewhere using a Custom Box)
- Date/Time next to pricing
- Details link with popup next to pricing
   
New Features
 • New Category: Jewellery (UK)
 • New Setting: Amazon Access Key ID  (Amazon section) - for the new Amazon authentication
 • New Setting: Amazon Secret Access Key  (Amazon section) - for the new Amazon authentication
 • New Setting: Display Sold By  (Display section) - On item pages display the seller of the item
 • New Setting: Image Size RSS  (RSS section) - Select the item image size for your store RSS feeds
 • New Setting: RSS External Fields  (RSS section) - Toggle certain fields on/off
 • New Setting: Tab Border Color  (Tabs section) - Customize the border color of tabs
 • Enhanced Setting: Bestseller Box  (Boxes section) - Toggle photos on/off and set the number of items to display
 • Enhanced Setting: Most Gifted Box  (Boxes section) - Toggle photos on/off and set the number of items to display
 • Enhanced Setting: Most Wished For Box  (Boxes section) - Toggle photos on/off and set the number of items to display
 • Enhanced Setting: New Releases Box  (Boxes section) - Toggle photos on/off and set the number of items to display
 • Enhanced Setting: Site Disclaimer  (Site section) - New {DISCLAIMER} variable to display Amazon approved verbiage
 • When setting up a new category, name is autopopulated - can then be customized if desired
 • Increased the control panel width for greater visibility
 • Direct item links in cart add and checkout reports
 • Admin save button changes to orange when you change something - visual cue to save your settings. Click a tab to another section automatically saves your settings.
 • Nodes once active (and spidered by search engines) but that you are now filtering in Node Filter are simply redirected to home
 • Collections are now displayed horizontally instead of vertically
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2009-03-31
 • Various other enhancements
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = Forum Thread ID)
 • Security bug fixed with PHP installations requiring <?php versus <?
 • t=2814   Fixed backslash bug with Cart Add Tracking Code and Cart Checkout Tracking Code settings
 • t=2852   Marketplace link but where it ignored your Marketplace Options selections
 • RSS bug when your Site Name or Site Description contained an & symbol
 • Subcategories bug related to the Sub Node box validation (now optional with all but the Node type subcategory)
 • Now allow $ and £ symbols in category names
 • Search combo bug in certain instances caused zero items to be displayed
 • (Page 1) verbiage removed from page title on first page of Home Node home page
 • Kindle category was returning books even in newspaper and magazine subcategories
 • Custom Page tab ordering bug fixed
 • TV Shows now use the direct Amazon buy button (aren't supported with AOM built-in cart)
 • Several other small fixes


Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

 
  May 31, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic v4.2.0 BETA released

We have released the v4.2.0 BETA for testing.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area (for paid members only).

        
  Mar 8, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.5 released

The final public release is now available for download.

Here are some quick highlights for this version...

New Features
 • New Category: Beauty (UK & DE)
 • New Category: Electronics (CA)
 • New Category: MP3 Downloads (UK)
 • New Category: Shoes (UK)
 • New Setting: Cart Add Tracking Code (e.g. Google tracking)
 • New Setting: Cart Checkout Tracking Code (e.g. Google tracking)
 • New Setting: Category Descriptions
 • New Setting: Category Minimum & Maximum Prices
 • New Setting: Item Rating Filter
 • New Setting: Review Rating Filter Max
 • New Setting: Review Rating Filter Min
 • New Setting: TitleMarketplace (includes {PAGE} variable to differentiate pages)
 • New Setting: TitleReviews (includes {PAGE} variable to differentiate pages)
 • WordPress Plug-In now available (Full Version) - click here for more details
 • New Custom Box Locations - I7, PT2 & PB2
 •

Product thumbnail images displayed throughout applicable boxes and lists
  - Bestseller Box
  - New Releases Box
  - Most Gifted Box
  - Most Wished For Box
  - Similar Items lists
  - Cart Similar Items lists
  - Accessory lists
  - Collection lists

 • Admin backups limited to 25 files
 • Pagination added to the bottom of Review and Marketplace pages
 • Marketplace Offers added to $page array (API)
 • Custom Tab enhancement (now supports most of the CSS Tab Designer styles)
 • Admin "Enable setting descriptions" now remembered in a cookie
 • Custom Boxes can now be displayed on Custom Pages
 • Collection support (new View Collection button and page enhancement)
 • Multiple browse nodes now supported for Categories (e.g. 1111,3333)
 • Updated SEO (mod_rewrite) rules
 • {PAGE} added to Meta Descriptions
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2009-01-06
 • Various other enhancements
   
Bugs Squashed   (t = Forum Thread ID)
 • t=2657   "Showing items" turned off when certain filtering is used (so that counts are off)
 • t=2722   MP3 Clips Box fixed for UK
 • t=2726   Various items posted by littletoons
 • t=2601   Item links always use main AOM category node (not the subcategory node) to avoid                potential for duplicate content
 • t=2518   Certain server error log warnings
 • t=2575   Title bug with {SUBCATEGORIES}
 • t=2629   Title bug with {ASIN}
 • t=2532   Movie filter admin bug
 • t=1475   German/French special character bug under SEO urls
 • t=2627   RSS title contained Page 1
 • t=2691   Strip Amazon links from merchant HTML
 • t=2671   Google Blogsearch RSS bombed out
 • When pulling in external RSS feeds, it is done using the same connection you set for Amazon Connection Method
 • Safari browser admin mouseover glitch
 • Duplicate images on some Jewelry and Apparel pages
 • Display bug when Merchant count was 1 on variation pages
 • Automotive now supports variations "Select Options"
 • UTF-8 used throughout to support all special characters
 • Titles for Advanced Search Results
 • Item breadcrumb path simplied
 • Admin supports special characters (TM, C, R)
 • Several other small fixes

Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

 
  Feb 7, 2009 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.5 BETA released

We have released the v4.1.5 BETA for testing.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area (for paid members only).

      
  Nov 10, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.4 released

The final public release is now available to download.

Here are some quick highlights for this version...

New Features
 • New Setting: Image Override (could be used to create your own custom image lightbox, etc)
 • New Setting: MP3 Clips Box (on MP3 Downloads item pages, you can listen to song clips)
 • New Category: Wireless Accessories (US)
 • New Category: Shoes (US, DE)
 • New Category: Home Improvement (UK)
 • Review Sort has two new options
 • Manage Backups - everytime you save your settings, a timestamped backup is created
(easily restore or delete old backups)
 • Image URLs now part of $page (API) array
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2008-08-19
 • Various other enhancements
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Any wireless items without a phone plan can be added to the AOM cart
 • Fixed the Custom Box location C1 overlapping issue
 • Underlying Subcategory Box html matches other boxes
 • Blended category results were going to first category after page 1
 • Fixed RSS issue in UK stores
 • Several other small fixes

Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

 
  Oct 30, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.4 BETA released

We have released the v4.1.4 BETA for testing.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area (for paid members only).

 
  Sep 13, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.3 released

After a couple rounds of beta tests, the final public release is now available to download.

Here are some quick highlights for this version...

New Admin Features
 • New Setting: Subcategories
- Manage custom subcategories inside admin (no more cfg.nodes.php)
- Do with subcategories everything you can do with categories (e.g. Node, ASIN List, ASIN File,   Blended and URL options)
 • Enhanced Display Rules throughout - new Subcategories page option (used to be grouped with Categories)
 • New Setting: Most Gifted Box (top 10 items for the node in question)
 • New Setting: Most Wished For Box (top 10 items for the node in question)
 • New Settings: Tell-A-Friend, Wishlist, Wedding Registry & Baby Registry
(provides external links to new, special Amazon pages encoded with your Associate ID)
 • Various other enhancements
 
New Store Features
 • Enhanced Subcategories (same options that have been available for Categories)
 • RSS Feeds (your own store feeds that others can include in their sites/software) see docs
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2008-06-26
 • Various other enhancements
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Fixed 1st page of Category option bug for Custom Boxes
 • Fixed the 10 item limit in Shopping Cart when Display Image Column is set to Yes
 • Breadcrumbs now filtered as per the Node Filter setting
 • Tag Cloud wasn't displaying in certain scenarios
 • SOAP bug fixed - for those would can't use REST or CURL
 • Several other small fixes

Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  Sep 5, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.3 BETA 2 released

We have released the second beta for v4.1.3. After final testing, we'll be shooting for a public release date of September 13, 2008.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area (for paid members only).

 
  Aug 24, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.3 BETA released

We have released the v4.1.3 BETA for testing.

For those who are members of the AOM Beta Program or who would like to join, please login to
the member area (for paid members only).

 
  May 31, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.2 released

This is a smaller patch release. It is recommended that all Full and Lite users upgrade today.

Here are the highlights...

New Admin Features
 • Filter setting now also filters items in the Tag Cloud Box
 
Bugs Squashed
 • Movie Filter caused some errors in certain instances
 • Custom Box (1st Page Only) setting wasn't being applied on Narrow by links
 • Sporting Goods sort for Price high to low and low to high has been fixed
 • Image bug in certain instances displayed an on screen error

Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  May 10, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.1 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v4.1.1. It is recommended that all Full and Lite users upgrade today.

Here are the highlights...

New Admin Features
 • A new Category type added that lets you simply point to a specific URL
 • Custom Boxes can now be defined to show on only the first page a category (instead of all pages which is the default)
 • Information Box links are now unlimited (prior limit was 10)
 • New Setting: Movie Filter for US, CA and FR stores (applies to DVD, VHS and Unbox Video)
 • New Setting: Display Home Tab for toggling the Home tab on/off. This can be useful if you want to make use of the new Category type: URL. You can create your own Home tab and point it wherever you want (e.g. your main domain outside of your store)
 
New Store Features
 • Updated to latest Amazon API version: 2008-04-07
 • Ability to include shop.php in another script using PHP code such as...
DEFINE('PATH', '/path/to/aom');
include('/path/to/shop.php');
 • New attributes added for digital goods (e.g. Synopsis, Year, Original Air Date, etc...)
 • Mini Cart Box now contains View Cart link
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Tag Cloud Box wasn't displaying in certain instances even when tags were available
 • When Home ASIN format used Sort menu wouldn't appear on category pages
 • Wireless with Brands names are listed but not hyperlinked as it's not allowed in API
 • Home Welcome HTML now appears when home page format Home Asin is used
 • Health category Price Low/High fixed (was reversed)
 • Home ASIN should not show page numbers (only 10 are displayed)
 • Search All Products breadcrumb fix
 • Subcategory Column fix when custom subcategories are defines
 • Several other small fixes

Thanks to the many people who participated in the beta test and who posted to the forum.
It was a huge help.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  April 5, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.1.0 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v4.1.0. It is recommended that all Full and Lite users upgrade today.

Here are the highlights...

New Admin Features
 • New Setting: RSS Feeds - pull external feeds into Custom Boxes and Pages
 • New Setting: Tag Cloud Box (keywords related to the item/category)
 • New {TAGS} option for Meta Tag Keywords from Tag Cloud above
 • New Setting: No Follow - control various link sections
 • New Setting: Display List Price
 • New Setting: Display Sale Price
 • New Setting: Display Savings Price
 • New Setting: Display Image Column - Toggle item images in shopping cart
 • New Setting: Display Cart Bestsellers
 • New Setting: Display Cart New Releases
 • New Setting: Display Cart Similar Items
 • New Setting: Display Cart Similar Viewed Items
 • New Setting: Search Within Results
 • New Setting: Url Name Length
 • New Custom Box location: I6 - for the right vertical space on Item pages
 • New Box Display Page Option: Search All (for search all products results page)
 • Custom Boxes now have admin label box
 • Danish character support
 • Enhanced Home ASIN page format and randomizer
 • Session auto stayalive - keeps you logged into admin longer
 • Custom Page IDs can have hyphens/underscores (depends on Mod Rewrite)
 • Added option for original small yellow ratings graphics
 • Custom Boxes automatically order in admin based on location
 
New Store Features
 • New Category: Watches (US)
 • Added new image size (Tiny) for home, category and item pages (Tiny is sized between the current Small and Medium images)
 • Added name and location of item Reviewers
 • Added new $page (API) variables
 • Mini Cart Box only appears when shopping cart contains items
 • Advanced Search now includes Book Title and ISBN search
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Weeded out old default browse nodes across locales
 • Checkout auto jump from iFrames (as per Amazon policy)
 • Duplicate Brands combined (e.g. Brand, BRAND, Bra-nd)
 • Delete Custom Box bug fixed
 • Admin descriptions not wrapping in Firefox
 • Category 'S' (Subcategory Box) option now fixed
 • Image "Other Views" popup bug fixed
 • Custom Box rules - Items now inherit Category/Subcategory rules
 • Breadcrumbs - some duplicate fixes
 • Related Categories - not displaying in certain instances
 • Several other small fixes

Thanks to the many people who participated in the beta test and who posted to the forum.
It was a huge help.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  Jan 26, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.0.1 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v4.0.1. It is recommended that all Full and Lite users upgrade today.

Here are the highlights...

New Admin Features
   
 • Save button at top of screen (in addition to button at bottom of screen)
 
New Store Features
   
 •

Added back the original rating stars set - Classic Stars (Yellow)

   
Bugs Squashed
 • Lite buy buttons go to correct product (Amazon changed the form format recently)
 • Brands links with apostophes (mod rewrite)
 • Image width/height in CP couldn't be changed once set
 • 'Showing items' page numbers wrapped vertically
 • Home Node for category with 'Select Options' fixed for page 1
 • Body Top (BT) and Body Bottom (BB) now work in Cart screen
 • Category Title wrapping
 • Color error on bottom of store when under Trial version
 • I4 page position background ran into next sections
 • Cosmetic 'Sort by' button wrapped down from the drop down menu

Thanks to the many people who participated in the beta test and who posted to the forum.
It was a huge help.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  Jan 12, 2008 - Associate-O-Matic v4.0.0 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v4.0.0.

Here are the highlights...

New Admin Features
   
 • Simplified, Tabbed Control Panel
 • Backup Restore - each time you save, a backup of current settings is made and can be restored
 • Reset Login - must be logged in
 • New Setting: Cache Lifetime - control how many hours your pages are cached (default 24)
 • New Setting: Display Availability - toggle display on home/item/category pages
 • New Setting: Display Category - toggle display on home/item/category pages (e.g. Category: Books)
 • New Setting: Display Date - toggle display on home/item/category pages (release dates)
 • New Setting: Display Shipping - toggle display on home/item/category pages (item shipping details)
 • New Setting: Images - view buttons/icons currently used in your store
 • New Setting: Mini Cart Box - shows shopping cart details
 • New Setting: Rating Filter - only show reviews with rating equal to or above your threshold
 • New Setting: Rating Style - choose rating style icon image set (several choices)
 • New Setting: Review Filter - filter reviews based on words you specify
 • Enhanced Setting: Display Asins - now toggle on home/item/category pages
 • Enhanced Setting: Display Ratings - now toggle on home/item/category pages
 • Enhanced Setting: Display Sales Rank - now toggle on home/item/category pages
 • Enhanced Setting: Information Box - now in Subcategories section - specify Target for links
 • Default browse nodes updated
 • Enhanced cache statistics
 • Advanced settings moved to the Site and Amazon sections
 • Settings automatically saved as you click navigation Tabs
 • Images folder added - all images now located in the /aom/images folder
 • Various other smaller improvements
 
New Store Features
   
 •

Newly added Amazon categories:
  - Kindle Store (US)   direct buy buttons to Amazon only
  - MP3 Downloads
(US)   direct buy buttons to Amazon only
  - Apparel
(UK)
  - Baby
(UK)
  - Apparel
(DE)
  - Kitchen
(FR)
  - Jewelry & Watches
(FR)

 • Mini Cart Box - can be customized further by editing the /aom/cfg.minicart.php file directly
 • New Location for Custom Boxes and MiniCartBox - C1 for top section of Category Pages
 • Expanded item image sets/views
 • Various other smaller improvements
   
Bugs Squashed
 • AOM-generated content passes W3C validation
 • Rounded tab gap fixed... finally... we hope... crossing fingers...  :)
 • A few mod_rewrite bugs fixed
 • Various other smaller fixes

Thanks to the many people who participated in the beta test and who posted to the forum.
It was a huge help.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  Nov 3, 2007 - Join the AOM Beta Program

Though a few of you have been beta testers in the past, we wanted to formalize the program and make it available to all Full Version subscribers.

Try out early, beta releases of Associate-O-Matic before they are made available to the public. Help us improve Associate-O-Matic.

To join the AOM Beta Program simply login to your account and go to the Beta Program page. There is a form there where you can join.

Thanks!

   
  Aug 31, 2007 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0.7 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v3.0.7.

Here are the highlights...

New Features
 •

Newly added Amazon categories:
  - Unbox (US) - functions similar to Wireless - direct buy buttons to Amazon only
  - Tools (UK)
  - Jewellery & Watches (UK)
  - Baby (DE)
  - Watches (DE)

 •

Revamped cfg.nodes.php with new formatting that lets you...
  - Add unlimited custom subcategories tied to your AOM categories
  - Add keyword filtering at custom subcategory level
  - Add item lists (you specify by ASIN) at custom subcategory level

 • Search All Products setting - Blended or the new Category/Node search option
 • Toggle buy buttons on Category and Item pages
 • IP Filtering - also supports wildcards (e.g. 111.222.333.*)
 • Several new strings added to the cfg.lang.php file
 • New Mod Rewrite Separator setting. Instead of the default hyphen (-), you can now use an underscore (_). Not recommended for pre-existing stores using mod_rewrite as old listings will not work under the mod_rewrite rules for Underscore.
 • Set Minimum Price and/or Maximum Price for your store (e.g. filter low or high end items)
 • Subcategory box display control and category level
 • Bullet custimization setting
 • Subcategory box has two new Location options: BT (Body Top) and BB (Body Bottom) along with a column count setting when these new locations are used
 • Quantity available and quantity input box option (works with built-in and Amazon carts)
 • New category format: ASIN File (similar to ASIN List except uses your own external file)
 • New shopping cart button (built-in and Amazon carts) settings
 • Item pages with "Select Options" enhanced
 • Bestsellers and New Release boxes now available across all locales: US, UK, CA, DE and FR
 • Added a few category sort updates
 • Various system memory and CPU enhancements
 • Various other improvements
   
Bugs Squashed
 • DE/FR translation fix in certain links etc. (e.g. instead of "ö" being stripped it would be "oe")
 • Merchant Filter wasn't working in all cases
 • Narrow By box links were invalid in certain cases (only available in US)
 • Advanced Search page was listing all Custom Boxes in the BT and BB locations
 • Rounded tab gap fixed... finally... we hope... crossing fingers...  :)
 • Various other fixes

A big thank you to all those who emailed or posted to the forum.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
  
  June 1, 2007 - Get something that says “Associate-O-Matic”

Grab yourself some Associate-O-Matic gear (e.g. cups, t-shirts, etc) in our spiffy, new CafePress.com store.

 
  May 5, 2007 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0.6 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v3.0.6.

Here are the highlights...

New Features
 • Newly added Amazon categories: Sports & Leisure (UK), Toys (FR)
 • Toggle page caching on/off for any Custom Pages (helpful with dynamic scripts/etc)
 • Custom Tab option now lets you create infinite tab styles by customizing the cfg.css.php file
 • h1 tags now wrap around category, subcategory and item page headings for SEO benefits. The appearance can be customized inside the cfg.css.php file.
 • Randomize your Home ASINs
 • New category option lets you create Blended AOM Categories (similar to the Home page format)
 • Aspect Ratio setting for images where only the width or height is specified
 • Toggle the display of item Features
 • Additional variables (e.g. {VARIABLE}) now available for certain Meta Keyword settings
 • Several new Variation options added (used in categories such as Jewelry, Apparel, etc)
 • Various other improvements
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Narrow By Brand Box under mod_rewrite now filters invalid characters
 • Narrow By Brand Box now uses your Category-Level Keywords where applicable
 • German/French characters now work in PHP5
 • Rounded Tabs display spacing issue in certain browsers
 • Location/Breadcrumb links could be hard to see depending on Accent Color
 • mod_rewrite fixes mostly related to the n parameter (see the new rules)
 • ASIN List author/artist/actor/etc links under mod_rewrite are now active
 • Custom Box display/content was incorrect when more than 10 boxes
 • Various other fixes

A big thank you to all those who emailed or posted to the forum. We couldn't do it without you!
 
Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  February 24, 2007 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0.5 released

Here are the highlights of this release...

New Features
 • Create custom subcategory lists
 • Support for Amazon.fr
 • Additional $page array variables
 • External currency file support
 • Background color/image option for box headings area (CSS)
 • Various other improvements
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Fixed Narrow by Price/Brand box (in certain PHP environments these boxes were broken)
 • Fixed Date in non-US locales
 • Fixed Custom Pages tabbed under mod_rewrite
 • Fixed prior removal of certain locations for Boxes in the Control Panel
 • Fixed last links in Narrow By Price box which were behaving incorrectly
 • Fixed intermittent spacing display bug in Rounded tabs within IE
 • Fixed "Search" button text so it uses cfg.lang.php (e.g. Amazon.de, Amazon.fr)
 • Fixed "Yes", "No" text next to certain item description sections so it now uses cfg.lang.php
 • Added meta content type tag to header to conform to W3C validation rules
 • Added "&amp;" in place of "&" as URL parameter separator to conform to W3C validation rules
 • Fixed currency conversion rate when displaying amount saved
 • Fixed erroneous Invalid Category and Item email reports bug
 • Various other fixes
 
  January 20, 2007 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0.4 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v3.0.4.

Here are the highlights...

New Features
 • Create AOM categories made up of ASIN lists of your choice
 • Newly added Amazon category: Industrial & Science
 • Customize sort order of Customer Reviews (six ordering options)
 • Report section now had Report Email To, Report Email From and Report Email Header settings
 • Merchant/Seller filter
 • Narrow By Brand box
 • Narrow By Price box
 • Custom Box display rules (specify categories, subcategories and/or item pages)
 • Several new Location options for Custom Boxes  see all locations
 • Customize buy button locations
 • Cart enhancement: There are quantity boxes to be used in conjunction with the new Update button (more conventional approach).
 • Added some Item related elements to the $page array - we'll be documenting this feature more in the next few days
 • Various other improvements
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Security fix stops someone from being able to temporarily cause your homepage to cache with a keyword (k), category (c), node (n) or item (i) other than what you've specified.
 • Brand bug in certain categories
 • Ordering problem when over 100 AOM categories
 • Pre-Order items can now be added to the cart
 • Box locations in the control panel now show only those locations applicable to the box in question
 • Date format fixed for UK and DE
 • Various other fixes
 
  December 1, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0.3 released

This release fixes a few bugs and adds some new features. This release applies to both the Full and Lite versions.

Here is what's new in this release:

New Features
 • New Amazon categories added: Grocery (US), Home & Garden (US) and Foreign Books (DE)
 • Two new reports added - Invalid Item and Invalid Category. These reports let you know when items and categories you've setup in your store are no longer active.
 • Category validation (invalid category codes not allowed) - redirects to home page
 • Purchase URL now added to Cart Checkout report - this can be helpful if you ever need to contact Amazon regarding a transaction
   
Bugs Squashed
 • Item Filter fixed
 • More than 100 AOM categories are now allowed within the Control Panel
 • Strip tags in incoming cfg.css.php variables
 • $end bug that occurred in PHP5 in some environments is now fixed
 • mod_rewrite bug with search-{keyword} fixed
 • Blended and blended modes are now treated the same (defaults to blended)
 • German copy (cfg.lang.php) and images have been re-translated by a native speaker
 • Various other improvements/fixes
 
  October 11, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic made member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Developer Advisory Council (DAC)
 
  October 7, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0.2 released

This release squashes a few more bugs:

 •

Bug Fix:  Cookie tester check was failing on certain servers
                - now uses full URL (instead of only script name)

 •

Bug Fix:  UK - No pound next to price

 •

Bug Fix:  CSS aom_bt used for box text throughout (instead of aom_st)

 •

Bug Fix:  Current date no longer cached in pages (now uses Javascript)

 •

Bug Fix:  Book author label was sometimes incorrectly outputting "Array[]"

 •

Bug Fix:  Electronics/Brand link bug in UK and DE stores

 
  October 2, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0.1 released

This release fixes a few bugs that surfaced in v3.0:

 •

Bug Fix:  UK double pound next to price

 •

Bug Fix:  Cookie check was expiring in certain circumstances before it could complete

 •

Bug Fix:  XML Parser Errors
                - In the Admin certain HTML entities/characters weren't encoding properly
                - In the store certain HTML entities/characters weren't encoding properly

 •

Bug Fix:  In the CP when Merchant selected was Other, it wasn't sticking

 
  October 1, 2006 - New Annual Subscription Licensing

October 1, 2006 is the start of our new, annual use subscription licensing plan.

This license includes the right to use the application for your subscription year and also gives you access to any and all updates/patches/releases that happen during your subscription year (licensing is no longer tied to a version number).

To make this transition as painless as possible, anyone who has ever purchased a v2.x license gets an automatic free year under the new plan starting from October 1, 2006. Once that year is up, you have the option to renew for only $20 per year.

Anyone buying a subcription license for the first time pays $99 for the first year and then has the same $20 per year license option after that.

 
  September 30, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v3.0 released

There are dozens of new features and fixes in this release.

Check out our online documentation which has been updated for v3. New and Enhanced settings are highlighted throughout.

Thanks once again for your continued support.

Justin

 
  September 23, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v2.8.3 released
 
  July 1, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic featured in Inc. Magazine

Inc. MagazineAssociate-O-Matic can be found in the July 2006 issue of Inc. Magazine (pg 106).

A big thanks goes out to Mike Fitzgerald.

 
  May 26, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v2.8.2 released

This release applies to both the Full and Lite versions and is free to those who have purchased an Associate-O-Matic v2.x license.

Here is what's new in this release:

 •

Bug Fix:  Response Group invalid bug - effected stores based on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca.


Existing Users: If you have installed in prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions. The Full version download is available under the new member area. If you have already purchased a license, but have not yet registered in our new member management area, please do so. Once logged in, you will see a link to notify us to activate the download area for your account. For those that haven't yet purchased a license, they will be able to do so once registered and logged in.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  May 17, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic featured on Amazon.com

I'm happy to say Amazon.com just released a story about Associate-O-Matic on their website.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past year and half. It's been really great. Onward, upward.

Justin

 
  April 22, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v2.8.1 released

This release fixes a few bugs and adds some new features. This release applies to both the Full and Lite versions and is free to those who have purchased an Associate-O-Matic v2.x license.

Here is what's new in this release:

 • New Feature:  Updated default node for UK - Toys.
 • New Feature:  Buy Button New Window setting let's you control whether or not buy buttons to Amazon (Lite and Full w/cart turned off) open a new browser window
 • New Feature:  Some items are not available thru Amazon's API though their item number is returned at times. In these cases, they now default to the Error Item Not Available which is also used when an item is no longer for sale.
 •

Bug Fix:  SOAP requests had an invalid tag introduced in v2.8. This is now fixed.

 •

Bug Fix:  Non applicable item details now filtered (e.g. Music Label under Electronics, Manufacturer under Books, etc.)

 •

Bug Fix:  Raw item attribute values that were boolean (1 or 0) such as Batteries Included, Has Red Eye Reduction, etc. now say Yes or No.

 • Bug Fix:  Reviews link was broken when a search returned only one item.

As always, a big thanks goes out to all those who emailed us or posted to the forum.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed in prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions. The Full version download is available under the new member area. If you have already purchased a license, but have not yet registered in our new member management area, please do so. Once logged in, you will see a link to notify us to activate the download area for your account. For those that haven't yet purchased a license, they will be able to do so once registered and logged in.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
  
  April 17, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v2.8 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v2.8. This release applies to both the Full and Lite versions.

This update is free to those who have purchased an Associate-O-Matic v2.x license. It includes numerous few bug fixes and a few new features:

Here is what's new in this release:

 • New Feature:  Item maker link(s) (e.g. Author, Artist, Brand, etc.) now visible on the node listing pages
 • New Feature:  Box Spacing Vertical setting lets you control spacing in pixels between content boxes
 • New Feature:  Display Category setting lets turn on/off the Category of items in the shopping cart
 • New Feature:  New class.soap.php file is now used when the Amazon Connection Method is equal to SOAP (instead of being lumped with the existing class.os.php file).
 • New Feature:  Amazon buy buttons are now standardized as per the latest Amazon documentation . This applies to all locales for the Lite version and Full version (when the shopping cart is turned off).
 • New Feature:  Default browse nodes for Beauty, Electronics and Outdoor Living have been updated.
 •

Bug Fix:  Several fixes have been put in place related to the built-in shopping cart (Full version).
- Cookies (that keep track cart contents) are now tied to locale and the Associate ID of the store
- Additional cart functionality to recovery when cart cookie IDs become corrupted or expire

 • Bug Fix:  Checkout link displayed on screen for user to click when, in rare cases, older browsers do not automatically redirect to the Amazon Checkout screen
 • Bug Fix:  When home node contained items from an outside category error displayed - this is no longer a problem. For example, baby products returned in the Pet Supplies category does not require you to setup an AOM Baby Products category (as it did previously).
 • Bug Fix:  "0" (zero) as Category ID was previously allowed and caused link errors
 • Bug Fix:  x Parameter length limited to 200 characters to avoid browser errors on items with long titles
 • Various other improvements/fixes

As always, a big thanks goes out to all those who emailed us or posted to the forum.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed in prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions. The Full version download is available under the new member area. If you have already purchased a license, but have not yet registered in our new member management area, please do so. Once logged in, you will see a link to notify us to activate the download area for your account. For those that haven't yet purchased a license, they will be able to do so once registered and logged in.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.
 
  March 18, 2006 - Demo store settings now available for download
 
  February 25, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v2.7.1 released
We've just released Associate-O-Matic v2.7.1.

This update is free for Lite users and those who have purchased an Associate-O-Matic v2.x license.

Here is what's new in this release:
 
 • New Feature:  Automotive category added for Amazon.com (US)
 • New Feature:  Display Seller setting lets you control whether Seller is displayed in the Shopping Cart
 • New Feature:  The Site Default Keyword, Home Node Keyword and Category-Level Keywords now support phrases inside double quotes which can return more relevant results in some cases. If you're using mod_rewrite with this, be sure to grab the updates rules.
 • New Feature:  Version check to ensure your /aom/cfg.default.php matches your admin.php at time of installation/upgrade
 • Bug Fix:  Updated Beauty default browse node
 • Bug Fix:  Updated obsolete browse nodes from various subcategories (used in Mall home page format)
 • Bug Fix:  Fixed display of rounded tabs problem introduced in v2.7 (Mozilla Firefox)
 • Bug Fix:  Fixed Tab Spacing bug related to rounded tabs (all browsers)
 • Bug Fix:  Fixed Text Logo placement bug introduced in v2.7 (all browers)

Existing Users: If you have installed a prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions. The Full version download is available under the secure download area (see your original order email for login details).

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

Thanks all.

   
  February 18, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic v2.7 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v2.7. This release applies to both the Full and Lite versions.

This update is free to those who have purchased an Associate-O-Matic v2.x license. It includes numerous improvements and a few bug fixes:

Here is what's new in this release:

 • New Feature:  New Merchant setting let's you control whether or not Amazon items only are featured in your store or if you also want to offer third party merchants. Since v2.5, all merchants were offered. In older versions, Amazon was featured. Now you get to control this.
 • New Feature:  Any built-in application errors (mostly related to installation) used to say "Associate-O-Matic Error: ...". Now they say "Application Error: ...".
 • New Feature:  In instances where the Amazon server is inaccessible (no data is returned), you now control the error message that is displayed in this situation. Also the page will not be cached in this case (so that it has a change to refresh the next time the page is accessed).
 • New Feature:  Enhanced shopping cart error messages. Now you'll see the error message returned by Amazon when an item isn't added to the cart. There are various reasons why this can happen.
 • New Feature:  Option to specify your own DOCTYPE.
 • New Feature:  Option to turn the display of the Sort By drop down menu off/on.
 • New Feature:  Toggle the display of setting descriptions from within the Control Panel (in addition to the option you have to do so when you login).
 • Bug Fix:  Fixed mod_rewrite search bug. It effected those who installed their store in a subdirectory versus off the main domain.
 • Bug Fix:  Fixed errors related to the script name not being determinable (older versions of PHP 4).
 • Bug Fix:  Fixed alt image tags for items that had a quotation mark in the name
 • Various other improvements/fixes

As always, a big thanks goes out to all those who emailed or posted to the forum.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed in prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions. The Full version download is available under the secure area that requires a login (see your original order email).

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the New Installation Instructions.

  January 10, 2006 - Associate-O-Matic in 2006
We hope you all had a Happy New Year.

We've got some exciting things in the works for 2006. Though we'll have more definitive info/dates as we get closer, here are some highlights of what's coming (roughly in the order that it's coming)...

 • New AOM Member Management System  (Q1 2006)
We'll be adding a new area to our site where licensed Full version members can login and download
the latest, greatest AOM updates/fixes (each member will have their own login).
 • Associate-O-Matic v3  (end of Q3 2006)
› CSS cleanup (more hooks for your customization pleasure)
› Adding support for Amazon.de
› Many other new features (we'll detail them as we get closer)
 • New Licensing Model  (end of Q3 2006)
The release of v3 will bring a new licensing model. Instead of having an AOM license tied to a specific version (and not knowing when it will expire), your license will be tied to an annual subscription term. This gives you rights to use AOM just as you do now and gives you access to updates/fixes released during that year. The first year, for new users, will be $99 (as it is now). Each year beyond the first year will be a lesser subscription amount (TBD). If you've already registered v2.x, you won't have to pay the $99 again. Anyone who has or will be purchasing a Full v2.x License before v3 is released will get a free year under the new licensing model (starting from the date v3 is officially released).
 • Adding support for Amazon.fr  (early part of 2007)
 • Adding support for Amazon.co.jp  (sometime in the future)

Thank you for your continued support.

Justin
 
  December 17, 2005 - WANTED: AOM Site Designers
From time to time, we get requests for site design services. Since our focus is on the development of AOM rather than on site design, we'd love to have some web designers we could recommend these people to for this service.

It would be a service you provide them direct (not as a contractor of AOM) so they would be your client for the design services. If you're interested, please post your portfolio links and contact information, etc here so interested AOM users can contact you.

Here is the link: http://www.associate-o-matic.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=9
 
  November 26, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.6 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v2.6. This release applies to both the Full and Lite versions.

Here is what's new in this release:

 • Control Panel:  Dynamic Meta Description settings (similar to the current Title builder settings)
 • Control Panel:  Dynamic Meta Keywords settings (similar to the current Title builder settings)
 • Control Panel:  Currency exchange rate settings
 • Control Panel:  SDK (Site Default Keyword) override at Category level. In previous versions, if the CLK (Category-Level Keyword) was blank, it would use the SDK (if any). Now you can specify an SDK and also tell a Category to not use it which can be useful in certain situations for fine-tuning search results.
 • Control Panel:  Set the width and aligment of your store within the browser window
 • Control Panel:  New location options for Custom Content Boxes (e.g. L=Left, R=Right, PT=Page Top, PB=Page Bottom, BT=Body Top, BB=Body Bottom)
 • Bug Fix:  Temporary workaround for the Wireless items with-a-phone-plan issue. Because these items cannot be added to the remote AOM shopping cart, we are pointing all wireless items directly to Amazon (even when the shopping cart is enabled) so that you still earn commissions on them. Phones and accessories qualify for a referral fees while service plans do not.
 • Bug Fix:  A few fixes and improvements related to how the AOM remote cart emails are sent.
 •

Bug Fix:  We've made some tweaks in relation the behind the scenes of how the AOM built-in cart functions. Namely, the cookies are now much more explicityly defined and take into account the locale of your store. This should help with some of the "crossed wires" causing items not to add.

 • Various other improvements/fixes

A big thanks goes out to all those who emailed or posted to the forum.
 
Existing Users: If you have installed in prior version of Associate-O-Matic follow the Upgrade Instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the normal New Installation Instructions.
 
  October 22, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.5.2 released
This release applies to both the Full and Lite versions.

 • Control Panel:  Added checkbox to login screen to turn off the display of setting descriptions. This speeds up the Control Panel for advanced users who already know what the various settings do.
 • Control Panel:  Added setting called Display Search Bar (toggle it on/off)
 • Control Panel:  Added display-tab checkboxes to Categories section (controls which AOM categories are displayed as Tabs)
 • Bug Fix:  When Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.ca was selected from within the Control Panel, it would use the default browse nodes from Amazon.com.
 • Bug Fix:  Item "enlarge" popups would lose focus permanently when you clicked away from them. Now they can regain focus when you click another enlarge link.
 • Bug Fix:  Applies to "see all ### items" links that are displayed in the Blended home page format and the search All Products page. If you are using a browse node different than the default, the link will say "see all items" without the count would otherwise be inaccurate in those instances.
 • Bug Fix:  HTML entities such as &copy; were being automatically converted to symbols by the browser when viewing content with the Control Panel. This would cause XML errors when saving your settings on subsequent visits. Now these HTML entities retain their raw format.
 • Bug Fix:  soapclient redeclare bug caused on screen error under as it conflicted with a module of the same name under (PHP 5)

A big thanks goes out to all those who emailed or posted to the forum. 
 
Upgrading: If you are upgrading from v2.5 or v2.5.1, simply upload and overwrite your old shop.php, admin.php, aom.php, /aom/class.os.php and /aom/cfg.default.php files. Then open the control panel and resave your settings. If you are upgrading from a previous version older than v2.5 simply follow the upgrade instructions.

New Users: If you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the normal installation instructions.
 
  October 6, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.5.1 released

This release fixes a few bugs mostly related to the new mod_rewrite feature. It also adds a couple new settings (Site Disclaimer and Display Breadcrumbs)... because we didn't have enough settings before ;)

For those upgrading from v2.5, simply upload and overwrite your old shop.php, admin.php, aom.php and /aom/cfg.default.php files. Then open the control panel and resave your settings. Or if you are new to Associate-O-Matic follow the normal installation instructions.

 
  October 1, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.5 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v2.5. This is one of our biggest releases to date and we recommend that all users of Associate-O-Matic (Full, Demo and Lite Versions) upgrade today.

Here is what's new in this release:

 • Over 40 brand new Control Panel settings with many others newly enhanced
 • Support for unlimited AOM categories (tabs) per Amazon Category (e.g. Books). The limitation in previous     versions has been up to one AOM category for each Amazon category.
 • Search engine optimization settings such as mod_rewrite (Full Version)
 • Reporting feature lets you see what people are checking out with (Full Version)
 • Automatic cache cleanup of old cache files (garbage collection)
 • Title builder lets you control how dynamic titles are structured
 • New for Lite users: Page Caching Feature
 • Many other improvements and bug fixes

See the full v2.x feature list...

 
  May 31, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.4.1 released

This maintenance release includes a few minor improvements and some bug fixes that we missed in our testing of v2.4. Simply download the latest v2.4 ZIP to take advantage of this update. The only files effected are shop.php, admin.php, aom.php and /aom/cfg.default.php. Be sure to clear your cache so the new pages can be generated.

Here are the highlights:

 • Product Variations (color, size, etc) are now accessible in HealthPersonalCare and Beauty categories
 • With the more recent versioning system that Amazon has implemented for their Web Services (ECS) we     now (and for future releases of Associate-O-Matic) bind our code to the current Amazon version so if they     release a new version and change something, Associate-O-Matic won't break unexpectedly
 • Option to turn display of Marketplace links on/off
 • Fix for category level keywords that contain apostrophes (that when saved show \' intead of ')
 • Fix for meta keywords that contain apostrophes (that when saved show \' intead of ')
 • Fix for pagination in the Marketplace section to account for the change Amazon made to data
    returned in their most recent version
 • Fixed any invalid sort codes such as Featured Items in the Video Games category

A big thanks to all those who posted to the forum and emailed us in the days since we released v2.4.
We couldn't do it without you!

 
  May 21, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.4 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v2.4 and Associate-O-Matic Lite v2.4. We highly recommend you upgrade today to take advantage of all the new features.

Here is what's new in this release:

 • Support for Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
 • Category Default Keywords - allow you to fine tune results beyond the Site Default Keyword
 • Customize the start Browse Node for each Category (where specified they override the default nodes)
 • Control the display order of Categories throughout your store (e.g. Tabs, Blended Search Results, etc.)
 • Control the display order of all Content Boxes (e.g. Category Box, Subcat Box, Related Cat Box,     Information Links Box and Custom Content Boxes)
 • Image control options within the Home, Listing and Item pages (e.g. Small, Medium, Large options)
 • More Custom Content Boxes added
 • Two new Categories added for Amazon.com: Pet Supplies and Musical Instruments
 • Option to specify an external CSS file to fine tune the look and feel of your store beyond the Control Panel
 • Product selections for Size, Color, etc, where applicable within Jewelry, Sporting Goods, Apparel
 • Dozens of new product attributes added to Computers, Electronics, Jewelry and others categories
 • Various other improvements and bug fixes

See the full v2.x feature list...

 
  March 19, 2005 - NEW! Associate-O-Matic Lite

Associate-O-Matic Lite has many of the same features found in the regular, paid version of Associate-O-Matic with a few key differences:

 • Free (available for immediate download)
 • Affiliate Traffic Sharing
        - You keep 90% of the affiliate traffic from your site (9 out of 10 times your Associate ID is used)
        - For the remaining 10% of the time, you share your affiliate traffic with Associate-O-Matic
 • Built-In Shopping Cart Feature is Disabled
 • Customizable "Powered By" Link Area Feature is Disabled.

This version is perfect for the casual site that wants to test the affiliate waters. Of course, you can (and will probably want to) upgrade to the full version of Associate-O-Matic, at any time, and enjoy all of the additional features and benefits.

See a quick feature comparison chart

Download Associate-O-Matic Lite today

 
  March 17, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic featured in Web-User Magazine

Web-User Magazine is UK's bestselling Internet magazine.
A big thanks goes out to the editors for including us in the latest issue.

 
  March 12, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.3 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v2.3. We highly recommend you upgrade today to take advantage of all the new features.

Here is what's new in this release:

 • Built-In Shopping Cart (Add, Modify, View, then Checkout at Amazon)
 • Customizable Category Names
 • Keyword/Category Filtering (Searches, Subcategories, Related Categories)
 • Customizable "Powered By" Link Area
 • Buy Buttons on Category Listing Pages
 • Improved Performance and Stability
 • Various Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

See the full v2.x feature list...

 
  January 27, 2005 - Associate-O-Matic v2.2 released

This software release is free to those who have purchased an Associate-O-Matic v2.x license. It includes many new improvements and a few minor bug fixes:

 • Improved performance and stability
 • Turn display of top category tabs on/off
 • Turn display of Accessories on/off
 • Turn display of Similar Items on/off
 • Turn display of Cross-Selling Links on/off
 • Choose which marketplace conditions are displayed (e.g. All, New, Used, Refurbished, Collectible)
 • Choose the default markplace condition (e.g Used)
 • Customize the error message that is displayed when a product isn't found
 • Search term now listed in title bar and breadcrumbs when searching All Products
 • New settings are marked as such inside the Control Panel
 • Advanced setting to choose the connection method to Amazon (for troubleshooting purposes)
 • Improved star rating graphics (they look better on darker pages now)
 • Fixed bug with search and the use of Site Home Html setting
 • Fixed bug related to saving of Information links inside the Control Panel
 • Several other smaller improvements

See the full v2.x feature list...

 
  December 30, 2004 - Associate-O-Matic v2.1 released

This software release is free to those who have purchased an Associate-O-Matic v2.x license. It addresses some minor bug fixes and adds some new improvements:

 • Windows Servers now supported
 • Cross-browser Compatibility (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc...)
 • Several smaller improvements
 • A few minor bug fixes (e.g. installation, etc...)

See the full v2.x feature list...

 
  December 20, 2004 - Featured as Cool Site on the Amazon Web Services Blog

Thanks to the Amazon Web Services Blog for featuring us as one of their Cool Sites.

Amazon Web Services Blog

 
  November 30, 2004 - Associate-O-Matic v2.0 released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v2.0. We've added dozens of new features and improvements. Here are some highlights:

 • Improved performance and stability
 • Numerous product listing enhancements
 • New product categories (e.g. Apparel, Sporting Goods, Jewelry, and many more)
 • New cross-selling options
 • Enhanced searching and browsing capabilities
 • Can be installed on multiple servers
 • Absolutely NO programming required
 • Absolutely NO database required

See the full v2.x feature list...

 
  October 2, 2004 - Associate-O-Matic v1.5 released

New features:
Choose from the following major Amazon.com categories built into Associate-O-Matic: Books, Music, DVD, VHS, Electronics, Kitchen, Software, PC/Video Games, Magazines, Toys, Camera/Photo, Baby, Home/Garden, Computers, Tools/Hardware

Choose from upwards of 20,000 Amazon.com subcategories now built into Associate-O-Matic

Bug fixes:
Several small bugs were fixed.

Older news pre-dated this archive.