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As an alternative, take a look at Improved Sorting extension.
It provides you with effective options for sorting - by bestsellers, biggest saving, etc. Add featured product blocks based on the sorting options for different categories.
-Offer each customer a suitable sorting option
-Enable customers to sort products by bestsellers, rating, etc
-Create product blocks using the sorting options
-Show out-of-stock products at the end of the lists
-The extension is fully compatible with layered navigation
For more details, user guide and live demo please follow the link http://amasty.com/improved-sorting.html