Archive for the 'Extensions' Category

Toolbar Buttons Beta and Progress Report

by Michael

It was back in November that I last did a post to announce Toolbar Buttons 1.0.2, so I figured it was time to say what I have been up to.

First, there is now a beta version of Toolbar Buttons 1.0.4 out, it has a lot of changes, including a few new buttons, extra features and bug fixes. You can get it from the nightly download page. I have also made so it can install without needing to restart, but I am still a little unsure about how stable that is. But also we are very excited about our comming releases, since the statistics from the Custom Toolbar Button Maker indicate over 30% of the most popular buttons were created since releasing version 1.0.2. Some of these will make it into 1.0.4 and the result into other releases.

Also I have started a new blog called The Catch, which will mostly be about programming, and technical things of that nature. I am going to try and do a post every two weeks or so.

I have also finished off the mobile design for the web site, so if your viewing on your phone, it is now fully accessible.

If you want to see what we will be doing in the future, I have put up a Road Map of where I am trying to do. Also in the near future I hope to move a lot of code over to Github in the hope of making it easier to others to contribute. Tiny Links 1.5

by Michael

Version 1.5 of Tiny Links is out. It includes a few new locales, an also now makes its icon animated when busy. For those not aware it uses my link shortening service to create links the are tiny in length. It adds a single icon into the url bar next to the go button.

MinimizeToTray Plus 1.0.7

by Michael

With version 1.0.7 I can finally safely say that I have made the extension stable. Mainly because of bug 502457 which stops menus (such as the one for the tray icon) from showing when a window is minimized. Having finally resolved that, I have finished all the other work that extension badly needed.

See the MinimizeToTray Plus home page for more information.

MinimizeToTray Plus 1.0

by Michael

Long promised, but I finally merged MinimizeToTray into my Minimize To Tray Enhancer. And to celebrate I renamed it MinimizeToTray Plus.

It has all the features of MinimizeToTray built in now. I also fixed up the -turbo mode which was promised for that extension by its original developers. MinimizeToTray Plus now uses this internally to simplify some things like its ability load an application minimize at startup.

I also did some changes to the internal API, so I can now add features like always showing the tray icon, and just showing a single icon. These features where imposable before.

Disappointedly there is still a major glitch in the extension. In Firefox 3.5 the icons can't display their menus when clicked. This is because of bug 520457 which I would ask everyone to visit and vote on.

I have also made the code for the extension avilable online. Though this is of very little interest to most, I am looking for someone to help port the extension to Mac. I am about to start work on a Linux port. Tiny Links 1.4

by Michael

There is now a new version of the Tiny Links extension which you can downloaded. is link shorting service that is part of the network.

The changes in this version include streamlining the the extension by removing the drop down from the button. All the settings can be still found in the option's window. To to Tools menu then Add-ons; in the Extensions tab you will find the extension and be able to open it's options. Another change is that once the button, which is located inside the url bar, is clicked the url is automatically copied to the clipboard, though this can be turned off.

The extension also added support for link Groups, if you right click on the tab bar you can create a link group of all the currently open tabs.

Update Time!!

by Michael

Toolbar Buttons, Text Formatting Toolbar and Tiny Links all got an update for Firefox 3 which is supposed to come out on the 17th of June (that is today as I write this post). All three extensions received a number of bug fixes as well, some Firefox 3 related others not.

I have not updated Minimize To Tray Enhancer as its dependency has not been updated (it looks like I might have to look into doing that if I can). All the other extensions of mine are little used and need major work so I am not inclined to update them yet. I will do so eventually, would be great if someone else helped out though ;)

Text Formatting Toolbar 0.1.4

by Michael

I have finally released version 0.1.4 of the Text Formatting Toolbar. It has a lot of little fixes that needed to be done along with two major new features.

I have been asked to include a number of less common tags. I have now implemented a way of creating your own. To find out more about it you can read my tutorial

There is also a feature that is used to create and store posts the can be then used as a template/canned reply etc. It is also great because it gives you a backup of the post, and a friendly environment in which to write it. Some people have found other uses for it, such as a note taker.

The other change to the extension was I changed all the icons to those I had created for the Pastel SVG icon set.