When I know the name of the item I'm searching for, I usually use the "search-engine plug-in" for Firefox. This can be installed by scrolling down on auno's mainpage (link above) and clicking the "here"-link. There is also a link to dowload Firefox over there. EDIT: I had a little problem getting the search plugin on my freshly installed computer since it doesn't seem to be on auno's website anymore (can't find it). I found one on this site: http://mycroft.mozdev.org/search-engine ... ategory=65" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (it's in the list somewhere, it's called "Placid's Auno Search").
Often you'll be searching for an item you don't have a name for. For example: "I need more MC, lets search for all the items buffing MC." or "My helmet is crap, lets search for another head-item."
For that you need the Item database (advanced search engine).
I'll now shortly discuss all the search options over there, though most are self-explanatory:
Search: Used when you know the name, as said I use the plugin for this. If you want more advanced search options the plugin is useless offcourse
*Hint from Rain: Wildcards work on Auno. so if you dont remember the full name of an item, you can for example replace an unknown amount of letters with an % (ie: %azure%). Helpful in certain situations.
Patch: I never touched this, but others told me how it can be useful:
* Saavick: I find this a nice way to find out what's new after an update. On the top of the page you can see how uptodate Auno is (Auno.org: 17.7.2 | Live servers: 17.7.2_EP1 | Test servers: 126.96.36.199) so if a new patch was done and auno has been updated to reflect this, you could search on Add 17.5 and will find all the Miy armour that has been added in that patch.
*Mikro: Patch is useful sometimes. Like when I was searching for IS gun that I can not remember namo of. I did know name of skull of **** weapons tho, and since whole dungeon was added at same time you just check the patch at skull and search for all weapons added with that patch =)
Type + Slot: Fill this in when you are looking for a particular kind of item, i.e. when you pick "type:armor" and "slot: head" you'll be searching for helmets (and hoods and such...).
QL: I usually don't change this, but when you are getting too much results, you might pick qualities in the range you expect the most interesting results for you.
Breed+Profession+Gender+Faction: To reduce the number of hits, it really is a good idea to switch the first drop down menu to "at least" (4 times) and the second drop down menu to the Breed/Profession/Gender/Faction of your toon. In all 4 cases you can also use the "only"-choice to check out what cool items you have specific for a certain breed/prof/gender/faction.
Items usable at least by: An alternative for the "At Least"-stuff explained above is picking your dimension and typing your character-name over here. It is easier, but it requires your character to be in the character database. You can add yourself to it by searching your name here (just type in exact name, no need to specify prof and such). When you are not in the database it will say so and you can click "Add as a new character".
Item properties: Can be useful, especially to search for special-attacks or to see what you can wear with social armor, but I never used this so far (I'm NT, no weapons for me ). You can select multiple choices by holding CTRL while clicking.
Arbitrary conditions: This is the part I assume fewest people will know how to use, since it's the most complicated. It's very useful though.
How does it work? Simple, just pick something from the first drop down menu; i.e. "Effects"; and something from the second, i.e. "Matter Creation"; and click "Add". An (extra) line saying "EFF(Matter creation)" appears and you'll be searching for all items that buff MC.
Here I'll add a general hint for searching drop down menu's, since it's especially handy for this last one as it contains so many terms. If you opened the drop down menu (with your mouse) you can quickly type the first letters of the term you are looking for and you will find this term much faster. I.e. "click+m+a+t+ENTER" will give you mater creation; make sure to type fast enough or it will consider your second/third letter as a new search.
Something you really should do is copy-paste or add yourself these 3 lines:
It will exclude all the items that can only be used by GM's, NPC's and non-froobs, and since you don't belong to any of those, you don't want to find them. (To the non-froobs: I'm discriminating you by purpose ; you guys shouldn't add the last line of course).NREQ(GM level)
Now shoot if you have improvements for this guide (lay-out, spelling-errors, extra hints,...) or if you have questions .
Thank you for reading, I hope it's worth something,