Associate-O-Matic Blog

   
  July 12, 2014 - Associate-O-Matic v5.6.0  released

This release includes several bug fixes and over 40 new and updates categories across the Amazon locales. It is recommended that all users upgrade to this newest version.

New Categories
 • Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom)

  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Luggage
  • Mobile Apps
  • Pet Supplies
  • Tools (updated default node)
 • Amazon.ca (Canada)

  • Luggage
  • Tools
  • Toys
  • Watches
  • PC & Video Games (updated default node)
 • Amazon.de (Germany)

  • Appliances
  • Luggage
  • Mobile Apps
  • Pet Supplies
  • Shoes (updated default node)
  • VHS (removed)
 • Amazon.fr (France)

  • Appliances
  • Automotive
  • Kindle Store
  • Luggage
  • Mobile Apps
  • Pet Supplies
  • Home Improvement (updated default node)
  • VHS (removed)
 • Amazon.es (Spain)

  • Mobile Apps
  • Luggage
  • Automotive (updated default node)
  • Baby (updated default node)
 • Amazon.it (Italy)

  • Automotive
  • Baby
  • Computers
  • Kindle Store
  • Lighting
  • Luggage
  • Mobile Apps
  • MP3 Downloads
  • Sporting Goods
 • Amazon.co.jp (Japan)

  • Automotive
  • Baby
  • Computers
  • Foreign Books
  • Hobbies
  • Kindle Store
  • Mobile Apps
  • Musical Instruments
  • Pet Supplies
  • VHS (removed)
 • Amazon API version: 2011-08-01
   
 Bugs Squashed
 • Gift cards should be downloadable items purchased from Amazon's cart
 • Amazon.in cart wouldn't always allow items to be added
 • Missing Amazon.in buttons
 • MP3 Box only to display on MP3s
 • Similar items with the nofollow tag
 • Spain date format
 • Various other smaller fixes
   

       
  Apr 30, 2013 - Associate-O-Matic demo store downloads updated to v5 themes

Download any of the demo themes today.

        
  Apr 30, 2013 - Associate-O-Matic v5.4.1  released

We've wrapped a few new features and bug fixes into this latest release. It is recommended that all users upgrade to this newest version.

New Features
 • New – Minimum Percentage Off (customize items returned in a category by their percentage off discount)
 • Alternate Versions of items are now displayed in the Music category (similar to what has been available in Books til now)
 • New category – Amazon.com Collectibles
 • New category – Amazon.com Gift Cards
 • New category – Amazon.com Lawn & Garden
 • New category – Amazon.co.uk Musical Instruments
 • New category – Amazon.ca Baby
 • New category – Amazon.ca Kindle Store
 • New category – Amazon.ca Lawn & Garden
 • New category – Amazon.ca Pet Supplies
 • New category – Amazon.es Automotive
 • New category – Amazon.es Baby
 • New category – Amazon.es MP3 Downloads
 • New category – Amazon.es Shoes
 • New category – Amazon.fr Home Improvement
 • New category – Amazon.co.jp Appliances
 • Amazon API version: 2011-08-01
   
 Bugs Squashed
 • AOM-generated RSS feeds bombed out on some PHP configurations
 • Buy button display issue (t=5778)
 • A few SEO (Mod Rewrite) ruleset bug fixes - update to the latest SEO Rulesets
 • Various other smaller fixes
   
     
  Mar 31, 2013 - Associate-O-Matic v5.4.0  released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v5.4.0. It's been almost a year in the making. We've added many new features and enhancements and fixed a few bugs. And we have several new things coming later this year. It is recommended that all users upgrade to this newest version.

 Admin - New Features
 • Admin completely revamped and interface improved
 • All settings now grouped into four major groups: Store, Content, Appearance and Optimization
 • Start page shows all sections with an icon and short description
 • Breadcrumbs help you navigate the admin no matter where you are
 • Category and Subcategory management improved
 • Categories and Subcategories now sorted by dragging them up or down with your cursor
 • Toolbox panel containing links for view source, manage backups, clear cache, etc...
 • Home page settings dynamically change based format selected
   
 Store - New Features
 • New – Amazon Commission Splitter (enter several Amazon Associate IDs)
 • New – Backups (number of backups)
 • New – Bestseller Minimum (minimum sales rank to be considered bestseller)
 • New – Button Style (CSS store button customization options)
 • New – Buy Button Digital Goods (turn off/on digital goods that must be purchased directly from Amazon's site)
 • New – Cache Subdirectories (cache uses additional subdirectories to improve speed on larger sites)
 • New – Image Size for Box (choose thumbnail size for New Release Box, Bestseller Box, etc...)
 • New – Keyword Filter (words filtered from searches)
 • New – New Release Minimum (minimum days back to be considered new release)
 • New – Subcategory Types (similar to Category Types)
 • New – Tab Active Border Color (selected tab)
 • New – Tab Active Color (selected tab)
 • New – Tab Inactive Border Color (all other tabs)
 • New – Tab Inactive Color (all other tabs)
 • New – Tab Text Font (font to use in tabs)
 • New – Tab Text Size (size of text to use in tabs)
 • New – Title for Custom Page (now have their own Title format setting)
 • Enhanced – Background (various settings added/updated)
 • Enhanced – Categories (sort by dragging)
 • Enhanced – Corners (improved underlying CSS)
 • Enhanced – RSS (updated underlying tpl file for better customization)
 • Enhanced – Subcategories (sort by dragging, many admin UI enhancements)
 • Enhanced – Tab Style (added new styles and improved underlying code and CSS of existing styles)
 • Enhanced – Text Font (added new fonts)
 • Sitemap now includes any custom subcategories you've created
 • $page array now contains your store saved settings
 • $page array now contains PurchaseUrl storewide
 • Customize RSS format by using template file
 • Customize WordPress format by using new template file
 • Updated underlying lightbox code framework
 • Updated underlying jQuery libraries
 • Admin auto-cleans any lingering deprecated settings inside your cfg.saved.php file
 • Image Cloak feature has been removed for performance and security reasons
 • SEO Rulesets (Mod Rewrite) have been cosolidated and updated
 • Template files changed: cart.tpl.php, category.tpl.php, css.tpl.php, item.tpl.php, marketplace.tpl.php, rss.tpl.php, wordpress.tpl.php (new), header.tpl.php, item.tpl.php, search.tpl.php
 • Amazon API version: 2011-08-01
 • Various other enhancements and optimizations
   
 Bugs Squashed
 • A few SEO (Mod Rewrite) ruleset bug fixes - update to the latest SEO Rulesets
 • Amazon.fr Computer sort fixed
 • Amazon.de Kindle sort fixed
 • Intermittent Promotion display issues fixed
 • NoPic for Amazon.es fixed
 • Error API limit message wasn't always triggered
 • Cart errors not displayed in all cases
 • Special characters in some store links fixed
 • Music artist label wasn't always linked properly
 • Breadcrumb display problems under some circumstances
 • Various other fixes
   


  Feb 5, 2013 - Associate-O-Matic v5.4.0  coming soon

We're excited to let you know the next release of Associate-O-Matic is coming in February March. We've included a ton of new features and bug fixes. We'll be updating this page soon with more details.

     

  Apr 28, 2012 - Associate-O-Matic v5.3.0  released

We're pleased to announce the release of Associate-O-Matic v5.3.0. We recommend that all users upgrade today.

 New Features
 • Category Types - Optional. This allows you to fine-tune your Categories. Not all options are available for all Amazon category types. Note: The associated Category must have a keyword defined.
 • SEO Rulesets (Mod Rewrite) have been cosolidated and updated
 • HTTP Proxy - Optional. If you are using an HTTP Proxy enter the IP address here. Note: You must select the Amazon Connection Method of REST (curl).
 • No Pic Thumbnail - Sometimes product thumbnails are not available for certain Similar Items, Accessories and New Release/Bestseller Box Items. To force the display of the default nopic graphic set this to Yes. Note: This can slow down page load times but should be slight on most servers.
 • Reports Delivery Method - Options include mail (PHP) and SMTP. Note: If set to SMTP, the SMTP settings below must be entered.
 • SMTP Host - SMTP Host (e.g. smtp.server.com)
 • SMTP Port - SMTP Port (e.g. 25)
 • SMTP Auth - SMTP Auth required?
 • SMTP Username - Account username
 • SMTP Password - Account password
 • Pet Supplies (US) - updated browse node
 • Themes README files easily accessible in admin
 • No Pic thumbnails now match the size of the regular item images for that page type
 • Image Filter setting enhanced
 • Template files changed: cart.tpl.php, css.tpl.php, header.tpl.php, item.tpl.php, search.tpl.php
 • Amazon API version: 2011-08-01
   
 Bugs Squashed
 • A few SEO (Mod Rewrite) ruleset bug fixes - update to the latest SEO Rulesets
 • Cart + - icons wrapping in smaller widths
 • RingSize item attribute fix
 • Home Title {PAGE} now included as per docs
 • Subcategory columns bug when in BT or BB
 • API Error pages no longer cached
 • DE - Product Category error in shopping cart fixed
 • Custom Box display error when Search All option only
 • Review Box iframe width not adjusting
 • Canada image cloak now working
 • Kindle duplicate synopsis fixed
 • Removed special characters from URLs such as ™, ®, ©
 • Duplicate add to cart emails in certain situations where the item was already in the cart
 • Caching off - RSS bug
 • Various other smaller bugs squashed



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