Installation/Customization Instructions (for Video 1)

Post By Shane ~ 1st August 2010

Installation/Customization Instructions (for Video 1)

In the above video, I walk through the entire process of downloading, installing and setting up the article submitter that I talked about in video number 1.

You’ll also see what the easiest way is to find the ASHelper folder, if you’ve already installed it (and I’ll show you additional ways of finding it, just to be sure).

The only thing I still can’t cover is what all this looks like on a Mac… but I’m working on that. Hope this helps! Any further questions? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do everything I can to help you get this thing off the ground! :)

NOTE: To use this application, you need Adobe Air. In case you
do not have that installed yet, you can get it here.

Can’t unzip the file? Get 7-zip here.


  1. August 5th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I finally got it to work (using a very kludgy workaround) but unfortunately I have to run it under Parallels on my Mac. At least I’ve got the shortened list of directories now!

    • Shane

      August 5th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      Glad to hear it worked, but it’s weird that you can’t run it directly… that’s what Air is supposed to be all about.

      I should be able to check it out on a mac over the weekend and will hopefully have something useful for you after that.

      • August 6th, 2010 at 7:17 am

        Shane – and others: To install the custom short-list of directories on an Apple Mac computer:

        Quit ASHelper if it’s running
        Go to your Mac’s Applications folder
        Locate the ASHelper application
        CONTROL-CLICK on ASHelper and choose ‘Show Package Contents’ from the drop down menu.
        Open the CONTENTS folder
        Open the RESOURCES folder
        There you’ll find the original ‘directories.xml’ file
        Locate the new short-list ‘directories.xml’ file you downloaded and drag and drop it ONTOP of the RESOURCES folder.
        The Mac will ask if you want to replace the existing file. Yes you do.
        Close out the window and launch ASHelper. Tah-Dah!

        The key here is Mac OSX applications may appear as a single icon to users. But they’re really a folder of items. To see whats inside of an OSX app – you want to control-click to ‘Show Package Contents’. With a little exploration you can find where the .xml file you want to replace lives.

      • Shane

        August 6th, 2010 at 9:21 am

        Thanks so much for helping me out with this!

  2. Caroline

    August 5th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks very much for such a speedy reply Shane, problem now solved.

    • Shane

      August 5th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      Excellent! Thanks for your reply!

  3. August 6th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Hi Shane
    Thanks so much for the extra instructions, I have now managed to install the directory correctly – what happens if I already have an account at one of the sites where it asks us to register? Do we still need to set up a new account anyway? thanks again Alison

    • September 15th, 2010 at 8:19 am

      I am wondering the same thing… I also have accounts at a lot of these directories.

      And we CAN add additional ones, right???


    • Shane

      September 15th, 2010 at 8:30 am

      The only issue is that the login info needs to be the same for all the directories that you’re submitting to.

      So, you can set up as many different user profiles as you want, but you can’t do one “run” of submissions with different login-info for each directory.

  4. August 7th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks Shane – if anyone still manages to install it without knowing where it went – just hover over the desktop shortcut and it will show you where it is.

  5. August 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Got it. Finally got it. The key is making sure everything is saved in 1 folder and you know where it is.

  6. September 15th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Hi Shane,

    I do have a Mac, and Ijust checked and it turns out that Adobe Air requires a newer version of the Mac operating system than I have, so I can’t install it.

    Fortunately, I also have a PC (and I hope it has the required operating system), so I’ll move the files over to the PC tomorrow and try it out there.

    BTW, the Mac equivalent to “right-click” is “control-click”.


    • Shane

      September 15th, 2010 at 8:27 am

      Thanks for the comment! One more thing I know about Mac’s (guess I know about two things about them, now). :)

  7. September 19th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Hello Shane.

    Thanks soo much for all of your great information and instructions! I have a Mac and had a lot of trouble trying to get this right, so a big thanks to Rus for walking us Mac users through the process!

    All the best!!