26 May 2016

Panic Button 2.0.4 released!

A minor release of Panic Button has been released and is available for download from the AE Creations website or from Mozilla Add-ons.

If you already have an older version of Panic Button installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Extension Manager (Tools → Add-ons), then right-click on the entry for Panic Button in the list of installed extensions and choose Find Update.

What's New
  • Bug fix: Options panel of extension preferences dialog doesn't work on Firefox Dev Edition (issue #21)
  • Bug fix: Restoring browser windows only restores the first one (issue #20)

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Clippings should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups.

13 May 2016

Clippings 5.0.2 released!

Following on the heels of minor release 5.0.1, Clippings 5.0.2 is out, and is now available from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.

If you already have Clippings installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Extension Manager (Tools → Add-ons), then right-click on the entry for Clippings in the list of installed extensions and choose Find Updates.

What's New
  • Added Dutch localization
  • Bug fix: UI text in the extension preferences dialog (Data Source panel) for the Source Web Page Addresses group box was always in English on other locales

Things You Should Know About

Clippings now requires Firefox/Thunderbird version 31 or newer.  If you have an older version of either application, you must upgrade it first to install and enjoy the new features of Clippings 5.

Users of Firefox Beta and Firefox Developer Edition: Clippings is not yet compatible with multi-process browser tabs (a.k.a. Electrolysis or e10s) in Firefox.  If you require compatibility with e10s, and are willing to try out beta-quality software, install the latest 5.1 beta release of Clippings.  Otherwise, turn off multi-process tabs, or open a non-e10s browser window to continue using Clippings.

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Clippings should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups.

02 May 2016

Panic Button 2.0.3 released!

A minor release of Panic Button is now available from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.

If you already have an older version of Panic Button installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Extension Manager (Tools → Add-ons), then right-click on the entry for Panic Button in the list of installed extensions and choose Find Update.

What's New
  • Compatible with Firefox 47

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Clippings should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups.

26 April 2016

Clippings 5.1 beta 2 released!

This is the second beta release of Clippings 5.1, intended for early adopter users who crave the latest and greatest. Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its inevitable bugs should stick with Clippings 5.0 for now.

If you already have a previous release of Clippings installed, you must uninstall it first before installing this release. Because this is a beta release, no automatic upgrades to this release will be available to current Clippings users.

What's New in Beta 2
  • Improvements to compatibility with multi-process browser tabs in Firefox (sometimes referred to as Electrolysis or e10s).  Usage of CPOWs (cross-process object wrappers) have been largely eliminated, improving performance in Firefox
  • Partial fix to the issue in Firefox where placeholder prompts always appeared in a modal dialog, even if the setting to not block browser windows was turned on (issue #57).  This setting will be honored in non-e10s browser windows, but due to technical limitations the setting will be ignored if e10s is turned on

How to Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website, then scroll to the bottom and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install it.

Help and Support

Send your questions and comments to the AE Creations forums.  If you wish to report a bug, you may do so in GitHub; you will need a GitHub account if you don't have one already. 

04 April 2016

Clippings 5.0.1 released!

A minor update to Clippings 5 is now available from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.  This update fixes a few known issues, as listed below.

If you already have Clippings installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Extension Manager (Tools → Add-ons), then right-click on the entry for Clippings in the list of installed extensions and choose Find Updates.

What's New
  • Bug fix: In Clippings Manager, cannot move folder by drag and drop (issue #55)
  • Bug fix: The General tab panel of the extension preferences dialog is blank; this was occurring for the Finnish locale only (issue #60)

Things You Should Know About

Clippings now requires Firefox/Thunderbird version 31 or newer.  If you have an older version of either application, you must upgrade it first to install and enjoy the new features of Clippings 5.

Users of Firefox Beta and Firefox Developer Edition: Clippings is not yet compatible with multi-process browser tabs (a.k.a. Electrolysis or e10s) in Firefox.  If you require compatibility with e10s, and are willing to try out beta-quality software, install the 5.1 beta release of Clippings.  Otherwise, turn off multi-process tabs, or open a non-e10s browser window to continue using Clippings.

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Clippings should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups.

07 February 2016

Clippings 5.1 beta 1 released!

This is the first beta release of Clippings 5.1, intended for early adopter users who crave the latest and greatest. Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its inevitable bugs should stick with Clippings 5.0 for now.

If you already have a previous release of Clippings installed, you must uninstall it first before installing this release. Because this is a beta release, no automatic upgrades to this release will be available to current Clippings users.

What's New in Beta 1
  • Compatible with multi-process browser tabs in Firefox (sometimes referred to as Electrolysis or e10s). However, CPOWs (cross-process object wrappers) are used in the background, which may cause minor performance issues with Firefox
  • Bug fix: In Clippings Manager, can no longer change position of subfolder using drag and drop (issue #55)
  • Other minor fixes

Known Issues
  • Tab-modal placeholder prompts now appearing in modal dialogs instead (issue #57)

How to Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website, then scroll to the bottom and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install it.

Help and Support

Send your questions and comments to the AE Creations forums.  If you wish to report a bug, you may do so in GitHub; you will need a GitHub account if you don't have one already. 

06 February 2016

Delicious Post discontinued

Due to ongoing unresolved issues with the Delicious APIs, especially the constant "error saving link" errors, I have decided to discontinue Delicious Post.

The Mozilla Add-ons page for Delicious Post has been deactivated, and the Delicious Post page on the AE Creations website has been taken down.  Downloads are no longer available; however, the Delicious Post forum will remain active.

If you already have Delicious Post installed, you can continue to use it (and put up with the ongoing errors originating from the Delicious Post API), but because development of Delicious Post has ended, no new features or bug fixes will be available.

Delicious Post is confirmed to be functioning with multi-process browser tabs (a.k.a. Electrolysis or e10s) -- for now.

Current users should consider looking at alternatives, such as the Delicious bookmarklet that is available from their website.

Delicious Post has been one of my favourite add-ons to work on.  Years ago, I had forked the original "post to del.icio.us" add-on which was no longer maintained, and added a few features to make it better while maintaining its lightweight simplicity.  I'm a Delicious user myself, so I counted myself as one of its avid users.  It's regrettable that it has come to this, but having struggled with poorly-documented third party APIs that are outside my control and for which there are no known workarounds to its issues, I felt that this was the best course of action.

Thanks to all of its users, past and present, for their support.

07 January 2016

Clippings 5.0 released!

A new year... and a new version of Clippings!  Clippings 5 is now available from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.

If you already have Clippings installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Extension Manager (Tools → Add-ons), then right-click on the entry for Clippings in the list of installed extensions and choose Find Updates.  If you were using any of the beta or release candidate builds of Clippings 5, you must uninstall them, then install Clippings 5 from the above sites.

What's New in Clippings 5
  • Clipping color labels
  • New name search mode lets you quickly locate a clipping that you want to paste by typing its name and selecting it from an autocomplete menu. To activate it, press CTRL+ALT+V (or Command+Option+V on Mac OS X).  Switch between shortcut key and name search modes by pressing the TAB key
  • Save the source URL (web address) of a clipping. In the New Clipping dialog, click Options and select the checkbox option "Save the address of the source web page".  Available for Firefox only
  • Placeholders with default values.  Example: $[placeholderName{defaultValue}].  When pasting a clipping with such a placeholder, the dialog prompt will supply a default value which you can accept or change.
  • Placeholders with multiple selectable values.  Example: $[placeholderName{value1|value2|value3|...}].  When pasting a clipping with such a placeholder, the dialog prompt will display a drop-down menu where you can select from the available values.
  • New Placeholder Toolbar in Clippings Manager, for novice users discovering the convenience of placeholders.  Turn it on by clicking Tools → Placeholder Bar in Clippings Manager
  • You can now insert a clipping directly from the shortcut key help window, if accessed from the shortcut key prompt
  • Improvements to Clippings Manager to maximize the area in the window for editing your clippings. The details pane (with the shortcut key, label and source web page address of a clipping) is hidden by default; to display it, select Tools → Show/Hide → Details Pane
  • A fresh new look for the Clippings toolbar button in Firefox and Thunderbird, the Clippings context menu and Clippings Manager
  • Visual enhancements to the Clippings context menu on Linux.  Folder menus appear in bold, and clippings with color labels are colorized in the submenus
  • Many other improvements to keep Clippings up to date with current and next few releases of Firefox and Thunderbird

Supported Languages

Clippings 5 is available in English (United States), French, and Italian.  New in version 5 is support for Finnish and Slovenian.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of availability of translators, many of the languages that Clippings was previously available in are unavailable for version 5.  If you are fluent in English and another world language and would like to help update the translations for Clippings, consider joining Babelzilla and signing up for your language team.

Things You Should Know About

Clippings now requires Firefox/Thunderbird version 31 or newer.  If you have an older version of either application, you must upgrade it first to install and enjoy the new features of Clippings 5.

Users of Firefox Beta and Firefox Developer Edition: Clippings is not yet compatible with multi-process browser tabs (a.k.a. Electrolysis or e10s) in Firefox.  This will be addressed in an upcoming release.  In the meantime, turn off multi-process tabs, or open a non-e10s browser window to continue using Clippings.

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Clippings should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups.

01 January 2016

Send Tab URLs 2.3 released!

A new version of Send Tab URLs is now available from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.

If you already have Send Tab URLs installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Extension Manager (Tools → Add-ons), then right-click on the entry for Send Tab URLs in the list of installed extensions and choose Find Updates.

What's New
  • Compatible with multi-process tabs (a.k.a. Electrolysis or e10s)
  • Other minor fixes
Help and Support

Questions and comments about Send Tab URLs should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups.

17 December 2015

Clippings 5.0 release candidate 2 released!

This second release candidate build of Clippings 5.0 fixes a few cosmetic bugs.  It is now available from the Mozilla Add-ons website; see below for instructions on how to get it.  If there are no further last-minute issues, this will become the official release-to-web build.

What's New in Clippings 5.0
  • Clipping color labels
  • New name search mode lets you quickly locate a clipping that you want to paste by typing its name and selecting it from an autocomplete menu. To activate it, press CTRL+ALT+V (or Command+Option+V on Mac OS X).  Switch between shortcut key and name search modes by pressing the TAB key
  • You can now insert a clipping directly from the shortcut key help window, if accessed from the shortcut key prompt
  • Save the source URL (web address) of a clipping. In the New Clipping dialog, click Options and select the checkbox option "Save the address of the source web page".  Available for Firefox only
  • Improvements to Clippings Manager to maximize the area in the window for editing your clippings. The details pane (with the shortcut key, label and source web page address of a clipping) is hidden by default; to display it, select Tools → Show/Hide → Details Pane
  • Placeholders with default values.  Example: $[placeholderName{defaultValue}].  When pasting a clipping with such a placeholder, the dialog prompt will supply a default value which you can accept or change.
  • Placeholders with multiple selectable values.  Example: $[placeholderName{value1|value2|value3|...}].  When pasting a clipping with such a placeholder, the dialog prompt will display a drop-down menu where you can select from the available values.
  • New Placeholder Toolbar in Clippings Manager, for novice users discovering the convenience of placeholders.  Turn it on by clicking Tools → Placeholder Bar in Clippings Manager
  • A fresh new look for the Clippings toolbar button in Firefox and Thunderbird, the Clippings context menu and Clippings Manager
  • Visual enhancements to the Clippings context menu on Linux.  Folder menus appear in bold, and clippings with color labels are colorized in the submenus, to compensate for the inability to show menu item icons on some Linux distributions
  • Many other improvements to keep Clippings up to date with current and next few releases of Firefox and Thunderbird

Supported Languages

Clippings 5.0 is available in English (United States), French, and Italian.  New in version 5.0 is support for Finnish and Slovenian.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of availability of translators, many of the languages that Clippings was previously available in are unavailable for 5.0.  If you are fluent in English and another world language and would like to help update the translations for Clippings, consider joining Babelzilla and signing up for your language team.

How To Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website, then scroll to the bottom and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install it.

Clippings now requires Firefox/Thunderbird version 31 or newer.  If you have an older version of either application, you must upgrade to install Clippings 5.0.

Users of Firefox Developer Edition: Clippings is not yet compatible with multi-process browser tabs (a.k.a. Electrolysis or e10s) in Firefox.  This will be addressed in an upcoming release.  In the meantime, turn off multi-process tabs to continue using Clippings.

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Clippings should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups

14 December 2015

Clippings 5.0 release candidate 1 released!

Finally, the release candidate of the long-awaited 5.0 release of Clippings is now available!

Clippings 5.0 release candidate 1 is now available from the Mozilla Add-ons website.  See below for instructions on how to get it.  If there are no last-minute issues, this will become the official release-to-web build.

What's New in Clippings 5.0
  • Clipping labels.  You can label your clippings by color
  • Save the source URL (web page address) of a clipping at the time it is created.  This works when creating a clipping from text on a web page; in the New Clipping dialog, click Options and select the checkbox option "Save the address of the source page".  Available for Firefox only
  • You can now paste a clipping by searching for it by name and then selecting it from an autocomplete menu.  Activate clipping search mode the same way the shortcut key paste mode is activated: press CTRL+ALT+V (or Command+Option+V on Mac OS X).  Switch between shortcut key and search-by-name modes by pressing the TAB key
  • Placeholders with default values.  Example: $[placeholderName{defaultValue}].  When pasting a clipping with such a placeholder, the dialog prompt will supply a default value which you can accept or change.
  • Placeholders with multiple selectable values.  Example: $[placeholderName{value1|value2|value3|...}].  When pasting a clipping with such a placeholder, the dialog prompt will display a drop-down menu where you can select from the available values.
  • New Placeholder Toolbar in Clippings Manager, to make it easier for novice users to insert placeholders into a clipping.  Turn it on by clicking Tools → Placeholder Toolbar
  • Show or hide the details pane (with the shortcut key, label and source web page address of a clipping) in Clippings Manager. The details pane is hidden by default; to display it, select Tools → Show/Hide → Details Pane
  • You can now insert a clipping directly from the shortcut key listing dialog, if invoked from CTRL+ALT+V (or Command+Option+V on Mac OS X)

Supported Languages

Clippings 5.0 is available in English (United States), French, and Italian.  New in version 5.0 is support for Finnish and Slovenian.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of availability of translators, many of the languages that Clippings was previously available in are unavailable for 5.0.  If you are fluent in English and another world language and would like to help update the translations for Clippings, consider joining Babelzilla and sign up for your language team for Clippings.

How To Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website, then scroll to the bottom and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install it.

NOTE: When installing Clippings release candidate builds, you will get a warning saying that the extension is unsigned.  This can be safely ignored; however, unsigned extensions will be blocked in a future release of Firefox, which will cause installation of Clippings beta releases to fail.  If this happens, install Firefox Developer Edition, which allows installation of unsigned extensions for testing purposes.

Help and Support

Send your questions and comments to the AE Creations forums.  If you wish to report a bug, you may do so in GitHub; you will need a GitHub account if you don't have one already.

30 November 2015

Clippings 5.0 beta 3 released -- testers wanted!

This is the third beta release of Clippings 5.0, intended for early adopter users who crave the latest and greatest. Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its inevitable bugs should stick with Clippings 4.1.2 for now.

If you already have a previous release of Clippings installed, you must uninstall it first before installing this release. Because this is a beta release, no automatic upgrades to this release will be available to current Clippings users.

What's New in Beta 3

Mostly bug fixes:
  • Bug fix: In Clippings Manager, handle the tree list selection change when the source URL edit is not saved (issue #44). If a clipping's source URL is being edited, and then another clipping or folder is selected without clicking OK (the button with the checkmark icon), the changes are automatically saved. The edit is discarded if the source URL is not a valid URL.
  • Bug fix: Clicking Cancel in shortcut key prompt doesn't cancel (issue #48)
  • Bug fix: Redo clipping creation doesn't restore source URL or color label (issue #49)
  • Bug fix: Label palette doesn't appear correctly on Linux (issue #50)
  • Bug fix: Error on startup in Thunderbird 44, causing the Clippings context menu to not show any clippings (issue #43)
  • Removed usage of the deprecated FUEL/STEEL library
  • Other minor fixes

How to Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website, then scroll to the bottom and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install it.

NOTE: When installing Clippings beta releases, you will get a warning saying that the extension is unsigned.  This can be safely ignored; however, unsigned extensions will be blocked in a future release of Firefox, which will cause installation of Clippings beta releases to fail.  If this happens, install Firefox Developer Edition, which allows installation of unsigned extensions for testing purposes.

Help and Support

Send your questions and comments to the AE Creations forums.  If you wish to report a bug, you may do so in GitHub; you will need a GitHub account if you don't have one already.

10 November 2015

Clippings 5.0 beta 2 released -- testers wanted!

This is the second beta release of Clippings 5.0, intended for early adopter users who crave the latest and greatest. Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its inevitable bugs should stick with Clippings 4.1.2 for now.

If you already have a previous release of Clippings installed, you must uninstall it first before installing this release. Because this is a beta release, no automatic upgrades to this release will be available to current Clippings users.

What's New in Beta 2
  • You can now insert a clipping directly from the shortcut key listing dialog, if invoked from CTRL+ALT+V (or Command+Option+V on Mac OS X)
  • Show or hide the details pane (with the shortcut key, label and source web page address of a clipping) in Clippings Manager. The details pane is hidden by default; to display it, select Tools → Show/Hide → Details Pane
  • Improvements to icons in Clippings Manager and extension preferences dialog
See the blog posts for 5.0 beta 1, 5.0 alpha 1 and alpha 2 releases for new features and fixes introduced in those previous releases.

How to Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website, then scroll to the bottom and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install it.

Help and Support

Send your questions and comments to the AE Creations forums.  If you wish to report a bug, you may do so in GitHub; you will need a GitHub account if you don't have one already.

05 November 2015

Compatibility of AE Creations extensions with Firefox nightly builds and Firefox Developer Edition

There are upcoming new features and underlying changes to Firefox which will cause the AE Creations extensions to stop working.  If you are using the stable release of Firefox (version 42 at the time of this writing), then this won't impact you.  However, if you are using Firefox Developer Edition (formerly known as Aurora) or Firefox Beta, then you need to be aware of a few things.

Multi-process Tabs

In a nutshell, this new feature, sometimes referred to as Electrolysis or e10s, runs the web page content and the browser chrome code in separate processes.

Clippings, Panic Button, Send Tab URLs and Delicious Post will all break.  If you want to run these extensions in Firefox Beta or Firefox Developer Edition, turn off multi-process tabs. You can do this in the browser preferences page.  These extensions will be updated over the next few months to support Electrolysis, so stay tuned.

Clippings users on Thunderbird should not be impacted by this change.

JavaScript Compatibility with ECMAScript 6 (ES6)

There are changes to Firefox to make its JavaScript engine compliant with the new ES6 standard, but will cause extensions to fail unless they are updated.  Some of the code in Clippings required updating, and this was completed during development of the upcoming 5.0 release.  No updates were needed for the other AE Creations extensions.

Some users have reported that Clippings has stopped working on Firefox 44 alpha (the current Firefox Developer Edition version) because of the ES6 compatibility change that was introduced in this Firefox release.  To work around this issue, install the latest beta release of Clippings 5.0.

18 October 2015

Clippings 5.0 beta 1 released -- testers wanted!

This is the first beta release of Clippings 5.0, intended for early adopter users who crave the latest and greatest. Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its inevitable bugs should stick with Clippings 4.1.2 for now.

If you already have a previous release of Clippings installed, you must uninstall it first before installing this release. Because this is a beta release, no automatic upgrades to this release will be available to current Clippings users.

What's New in Beta 1
  • New toolbar icon for Firefox and Thunderbird, new icons for the Clippings context menu, Clippings Manager, and extension preferences dialog
  • Options to include source web page addresses when exporting clippings, and remove all source web page addresses from any clippings that have them
  • Bug fix: label picker palette didn't display properly on Mac OS X
See the blog posts for 5.0 alpha 1 and alpha 2 releases for new features and fixes introduced in those previous releases.

How to Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website, then scroll to the bottom and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install it.

Help and Support

Send your questions and comments to the AE Creations forums.  If you wish to report a bug, you may do so in GitHub; you will need a GitHub account if you don't have one already.

18 July 2015

AE Creations website outage

The AE Creations website is currently unavailable due to a server outage on SourceForge.net, the website host.  This outage has been going on since 17 July.

In the meantime, the minimalistic fallback site, hosted on GitHub, is available for those who seek the comfort of visiting a website with the AE Creations name.  The Mozilla Add-ons pages for Clippings, Panic Button, Send Tab URLs and Delicious Post are available as well.

Updated 2015-07-22: The website is now up and running again.