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« on: August 20, 2010, 08:30 »
My last few sales haven't been reported by it !??   But iSyndica reports them ok !?

Anyone else noticed a problem ?

« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010, 08:37 »
It is working at least for FT and SS, but definitely not for Istock.

« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2010, 08:46 »
My last sale was DT !!  and it missed it !

I'm talking about the Popup report (and in the sidebar), NOT the Toolbar, which appears to be fine !

« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010, 08:53 »
Heya Stu.
It seems to be working ok for me since the update, and I stopped getting angry emails from people saying it was broken for iStock so I assumed it worked ok for everyone :)
It should have gone out on auto-update last week after the newest iStock changes for F5, but it may be worth checking yours updated by manually checking for an update in "Tools/Add-ons/FindUpdates" or heading over to the mozilla site to update direct from the files page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11476/versions/?page=1#version-1.1.3.
You should also check your settings at istock to make sure the balance of your account is output to the new bottom-toolbar (sometimes it seems they randomly turn it off).
It's also possible they've changed something which hasn't bubbled through to me yet if they're A-B testing, so please let me know if neither of those work and I'll dig into it further :)

As for the lack of a report in the sidebar, are you on Mac or PC? If Mac, make sure Growl is installed, if PC I'll dig around and try to replicate :)

« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2010, 08:58 »
I've got version 1.1.3 installed but the toolbar does not update Istock earnings. It also still shows the "old" greenish icon for Istock. Oddly though, on my other computer at home I remember it worked yesterday and showed the new blue icon.
I'll check tonight once I'm home...

« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2010, 09:01 »
Thanks for prompt response Bob :)

Using 1.1.3 and IS showing correct amount in toolbar !

Sales from DT and FT have not popped up though, nor has any blog recently !?

Using PC by the way


p.s.  Old Icon here !!

« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2010, 09:13 »
I've just run a few tests and have noticed the iStock poller may be failing sometimes, not sure why yet, but will update sometime today/tomorrow. We can expect this quite a bit until they stop fiddling with F5 so I may leave iStock a few days each time it breaks for the next couple of weeks just so I don't end up putting out a patch every single day.
I'm working on setting it up so site changes don't need a brand new version, but will take me a month or so till I can roll that out cos I need to test thoroughly for any potential security issues.

I'm not seeing any problem with popups or notifications in the sidebar, it's likely another addon interfering with something in the firefox core and causing picNiche to error when it calls the function to make the popup. Would you mind PMing me a list of your extensions so I can check them out. You could also check the Error Console (Ctrl-Shift-J or Tools/ErrorConsole) just after you make a sale and see if it's reporting an error, that would help a lot of it is :)

Thanks for the info btw :)

« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2010, 09:14 »
Just turned off iSyndica add-on and immediately got a pop-up announcing approvals !?

Showing in side-bar too !!  Could we have another iSyndica conflict !?  ;)

(it was me who found it last time !!  lol)

« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 09:16 »
Yes, Istock doesn't work for me too. I think it happened today. Yesterday was fine.

« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2010, 10:00 »
I've just checked through the source of iSyndica's addon, it doesn't seem to have anything which would cause a problem, they've namespaced it correctly and cleaned it up a lot since the version which prevented the picNiche bar working. I don't think that's the problem.
Did you turn off any other addons at the same time, or do you continue to get no popups if the iSyndica addon is turned back on?

It may be a firefox boot issue, I've never seen it on windows, but when I've been running on linux in a vm image set to run slowly, it can cause firefox to fail loading parts of it's core. If you system was particularly laboured, like during a boot while services were starting up or if you're running something like Windows 7 on an old pc, then this could be the cause of it not showing popups for that session. It may be that a reboot of the browser fixed it.

I've dug through the code and can't find anything which would obviously cause this, though I'll keep my eyes on it. If it happens again would you mind updating here? :)

« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2010, 05:35 »
seems to be ok now Bob :)

put iSyndica add-on back in and still fine !?  maybe a glitch ??

IS still not updating though and wrong icon too !?


« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2010, 07:38 »
iStock was reporting fine since updating to 1.1.13 for the F5 rollout, but this week it quit working again. My picNiche bar amount is stuck at the account balance I had last week.

This is on both my work and home computers, so my guess is it is a change in iStock's code more so than the picNiche bar.

« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2010, 07:57 »
Aye, the iStock poller is currently not working due to the ongoing changes at iStock.
I'm postponing fixing it for a few days until it either settles down, or I get chance to make the authenticated pollers autoupdatable without having to put out a whole new version of the addon.
I'll figure out which over the weekend :)

« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2010, 08:13 »

Thanks as always for the reply and the great add-on. I don't blame you for waiting, with all the changes going on, you would end up spending all your time making updates to it.

Now, do you think you could come up with a nice little app to push updates to my Blackberry whenever I get a sale. ;) In hindsight, I wish I would have bought a andriod phone over this BB.

« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2010, 08:51 »
I'm not really up on blackberry app development, though I did build a prototype of a picNiche iPhone app a few months ago it was a pain to use (logging into the various sites in the app was a painful process as they don't have APIs yet).
Maybe I'll revisit the idea in future, but for now a mobile app for checking your earnings is not very likely to happen, the agencies just are not tech-aware enough for it to be practical.

« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2010, 22:56 »
This is taking me a little longer to get finished than I'd hoped. It's nearly done, but not quite. I decided to let the toolbar update (just the poll specs, not the entire addon) from the picNiche server so I can respond faster to any site-changes. I just want to make sure it's 100% secure from attack before I put it out live.

In the meantime, Simon Grieg has submitted a Custom Poller for the new iStock F5 design. It should be in the Get More list if you open the picNiche options window, switch to the Custom Pollers tab and hit the 'Get More' button.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2010, 23:00 by bobbigmac »

« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2010, 06:48 »

In the meantime, Simon Grieg has submitted a Custom Poller for the new iStock F5 design. It should be in the Get More list if you open the picNiche options window, switch to the Custom Pollers tab and hit the 'Get More' button.

Gettin this when I try to Get More !!

Currently unable to load polls from the picNiche API


« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2010, 09:10 »
Now working !!  :)

« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2010, 09:45 »
Was probably my server hiccuping, it's been having some problems this week. It's working fine for me now though.

« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2010, 04:55 »
Should the program work ?
I only get new accepts updated, no sales
regarding IS only.

« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2010, 07:26 »
I've still not had time to update the internal IS poller due to the way I'm making the update work for future changes. It's important that it's done right for security reasons so I'm not going to rush it. I'd usually put out a intermediate update, though it's likely that iStock's F5 bug-chasing would outdate it pretty quickly so for this instance I will wait until a proper solution is in place :)

For now use this:
In the meantime, Simon Grieg has submitted a Custom Poller for the new iStock F5 design. It should be in the Get More list if you open the picNiche options window, switch to the Custom Pollers tab and hit the 'Get More' button.

« Reply #21 on: September 25, 2010, 07:35 »
the external poller doesn't work for me (gives me an error message when I test it).

« Reply #22 on: September 25, 2010, 07:42 »
Are you using iStock in english language, and is your balance display on the toolbar enabled in your iStock control panel? If so, what error does it give you?

« Reply #23 on: September 25, 2010, 14:32 »
Answering your questions:

Yes, yes
error I get when I hit "test" :

[JavaScript Application]
Parse failed with error: pageRegex test resulted in no match.

« Reply #24 on: September 25, 2010, 15:23 »
Just took a look at it, I've updated the regex to test for values over 999.99 with a comma in (ie. 1,111.11). (If you open the Get More list and hit 'Update' for the iStock F5 poller, then test or refresh earnings it should work. (That assumes you currently have a balance containing a comma of course... If not, then I haven't a clue :/


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