05 August 2017

Panic Button/wx 4.0 beta 1 released!

This is the first beta release of the WebExtension version of Panic Button/wx, which is named as such to differentiate it from older versions of Panic Button.  It has been created in anticipation of Firefox 57, which is scheduled for release in November 2017; at that time, it is expected that older versions of Panic Button will no longer work.

Because this is a beta release, no automatic upgrades to this release will be available to current Panic Button users.

Most features that exist in Panic Button 3 are present in Panic Button/wx; however, there are some that are missing:
  • The "Hide all Windows" action is no longer available
  • Cannot upload a image file to use as a custom Panic Button icon
  • The shortcut key for invoking the Panic Button action cannot be changed to something else; the default is F9
  • Setting a password for restoring the browser session (for the "Hide and Replace" action)

How to Get It

Head over to the Panic Button page on the Mozilla Add-ons website.  Scroll down the page and expand  Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install.

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 July 2017

Compatibility with Firefox 57

Many users have been wondering about plans to make the AE Creations extensions compatible with Firefox 57, which is scheduled for release in November 2017, and is expected to remove all support for legacy extensions.  Clippings, Panic Button and Send Tab URLs are all legacy extensions, and would need to be completely rewritten as WebExtensions to be compatible with Firefox 57 and future releases of Firefox afterwards.

After spending the last few months studying developer documentation, developing prototypes and understanding the capabilities and limitations of WebExtensions, I have enough information to announce plans for compatibility with Firefox 57.

Clippings

Clippings will be completely rewritten as a WebExtension.  The legacy extension will continue to be supported for Thunderbird, which is not switching over to WebExtensions at this time.

Clippings will be subjected to the limitations of WebExtensions, in that many existing features will no longer be available.  Examples are color-coded labels on clippings, ability to choose data source location, backing up and restoring the data source, and exporting clippings to HTML.

For current users of Clippings, there will be a migration step that everyone will have to perform when upgrading to the WebExtension-compatible version of Clippings.  A final legacy version of Clippings will be released in advance of Firefox 57 to make it possible to perform this migration; more information on this is coming soon.


Panic Button

Panic Button will be completely rewritten as a WebExtension.  Like Clippings, it will be subjected to the limitations of WebExtensions; as a result, some features in Panic Button 3.x will no longer be available in the WebExtension-compatible version of Panic Button. Examples include the "Hide All Windows" action, custom toolbar button icons (but the 20 predefined toolbar button icons will still be available to choose from), and changing the shortcut key for invoking the Panic Button action.


Send Tab URLs

Send Tab URLs is the least-used extension from AE Creations, with 5,786 average daily users between July 2016 and July 2017, compared to 8,354 for Panic Button and 35,962 for Clippings.  I've decided to discontinue development of Send Tab URLs, and focus on Clippings and Panic Button.

04 November 2016

Panic Button 3.0.1 released!

A new 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
  • Bug fix: On Windows 10, Panic Button icons are missing (issue #25)

Help and Support

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

02 November 2016

Clippings 5.1.2 released!

A new minor release of Clippings 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
  • Bug fix: New From Selection doesn't work on Outlook.com (issue #77)
  • Bug fix: On Mac OS X, the bottom content of the extension preferences dialog is cut off (issue #75)
  • A message box now appears when attempting to create or paste a clipping from a web page that is inside an HTML frame, with workaround instructions

Help and Support

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

03 October 2016

Panic Button 3.0 released!

A new release of Panic Button is now out, with enhancements to the fun and popular panic extension for Firefox!  It is now available 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 in Panic Button 3
  • You can set a password to restore the browser session, when the Panic Button action is set to Hide All Windows or Hide and Replace. The password can be set or changed from the extension preferences dialog.
  • Tooltip caption can be set for the Panic Button toolbar button
  • The 20 available toolbar button icons have been enhanced to make them appear smoother on high-resolution displays
  • New reverse contrast toolbar button icons for dark-colored browser themes
  • Added support for Estonian

Supported Languages

Panic Button 3 is available in English (United States), Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, and French.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of availability of translators, many of the languages that Panic Button was previously available in are unavailable for version 3.  If you are fluent in English and another world language and would like to help update the translations for Panic Button, consider joining Babelzilla and signing up for your language team.

Help and Support

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

29 September 2016

Panic Button 3.0 release candidate 2 released!

Bug fixes for some last-minute issues on Linux required a second release candidate build of Panic Button 3.0.  Barring any more last-minute bugs, this may become the official release of Panic Button 3.

Because this is not an official release, like the preceding beta releases, Panic Button 3.0rc2 will not be available as an automatic upgrade.

Read the blog post for Panic Button 3.0 release candidate 1 for details on all the new features in Panic Button 3, how to get it, and how to get help and support.

27 September 2016

Panic Button 3.0 release candidate 1 released!

A release candidate build of the next major version of Panic Button has been released.  Barring any last-minute showstopper bugs, this may become the official release of Panic Button 3.

Because this is not an official release, like the preceding beta releases, Panic Button 3.0rc1 will not be available as an automatic upgrade.

What's New in Panic Button 3
  • You can set a password to restore the browser session, when the Panic Button action is set to Hide All Windows or Hide and Replace.  The password can be set or changed from the extension preferences dialog.
  • A tooltip caption can be set for the Panic Button toolbar button
  • The 20 available toolbar button icons have been enhanced to make them appear smoother on high-resolution displays
  • New reverse contrast toolbar button icons for dark-colored browser themes
  • Added support for Estonian

Supported Languages

Panic Button 3 is available in English (United States), Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, and French.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of availability of translators, many of the languages that Panic Button was previously available in are unavailable for version 3.  If you are fluent in English and another world language and would like to help update the translations for Panic Button, consider joining Babelzilla and signing up for your language team.

How to Get It

Head over to the Panic Button page on the Mozilla Add-ons website.  Scroll down the page and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install.

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.

02 September 2016

Panic Button 3.0 beta 2 released!

This is the second beta release of Panic Button 3, intended for early adopters who crave the latest and greatest.  Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its inevitable bugs should stick with Panic Button 2.0.4 for now.

Panic Button 3 is the next major release of the fun and handy panic extension for Firefox, with a few enhancements to help keep your dodgy web surfing from prying eyes.  This beta release contains improvements from beta 1.


What's New in 3.0 beta 2
  • Enhancements to icons to make them appear smoother on high-resolution displays
  • Minor enhancements to the Set Password dialog
  • Other cosmetic fixes


How to Get It

Head over to the Panic Button page on the Mozilla Add-ons website.  Scroll down the page and expand  Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install.

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.

01 August 2016

Clippings 5.1.1 released!

A new release of Clippings 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
  • Bug fix: Pasting clipping into Gmail message editor doesn't work on Clippings 5.1 (issue #71)

Things You Should Know About
  • Clippings 5.1.1 requires Firefox 45 or newer, and Thunderbird 45 or newer.  If you have an older version of either application, you must upgrade it first, or stick with Clippings 5.0.2.
  • Creating or pasting a clipping in a web page that is inside an HTML frame does not work.  To workaround this issue, right-click on the page and select This Frame → Show Only This Frame from the context menu, and then try again.
  • Due to technical limitations imposed by Electrolysis, the option to avoid blocking the browser tabs in Firefox when being prompted to enter a value for a placeholder is unavailable, and is automatically turned off, if multi-process browser tabs is turned on.

Supported Languages

Clippings 5.1.1 is available in English (United States), French, Finnish, German, Italian 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.

Help and Support

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

31 July 2016

Coming soon: Clippings 5.1.1

A fix for an issue with pasting a clipping into Gmail's message editor (as well as the message editor in Yahoo! Mail, and possibly others as well) is on its way.  This requires a new release; it is now awaiting review on Mozilla Add-ons and should be available in the next few days.

There was another reported issue with not being able to create or paste a clipping if the web page is inside an HTML frame.  Unfortunately, a fix for this issue will not be available at this time.  Users encountering this scenario should follow these workaround instructions:
  1. Right-click on the page and select This Frame → Show Only This Frame from the context menu
  2. Then try creating or pasting a clipping


29 July 2016

Issues with Clippings 5.1 in Gmail's message editor

There have been reports of problems pasting a clipping via the browser's context menu when composing an email message in Gmail.

This bug is being tracked in Github as issue #71.  Investigation/troubleshooting is underway; an update will be provided in this blog when a fix is available.

For now, try the following workaround:
  1. Open Clippings Manager
  2. Locate the clipping you want to paste into Gmail, and select the desired clipping in the Clippings Manager tree list
  3. Select the text in the clipping that you wanted to paste into Gmail, then drag and drop it into the message editor in Gmail

27 July 2016

Clippings 5.1 released!

A new release of Clippings 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
  • Compatible with multi-process browser tabs in Firefox (sometimes referred to as Electrolysis or e10s)
  • Other minor fixes 

Things You Should Know About
  •  Clippings 5.1 requires Firefox 45 or newer, and Thunderbird 45 or newer.  If you have an older version of either application, you must upgrade it first, or stick with Clippings 5.0.2.
  • Due to technical limitations imposed by Electrolysis, the option to avoid blocking the browser tabs in Firefox when being prompted to enter a value for a placeholder is unavailable, and is automatically turned off, if multi-process browser tabs is turned on.

Supported Languages

Clippings 5.1 is available in English (United States), French, Finnish, German, Italian 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.

Help and Support

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

17 July 2016

Clippings 5.1 release candidate 3 released!

This is the third release candidate of Clippings 5.1.  This fixes an issue with the sizing of the extension preferences dialog on Mac OS X, as well a cosmetic issue affecting the Clippings status bar icon in Thunderbird.

Because this is not an official release, like the preceding beta releases, Clippings 5.1rc3 will not be available as an automatic upgrade.

Read the blog post for Clippings 5.1 release candidate 1 for details on what's new, how to get it, and how to get help and support.

14 July 2016

Clippings 5.1 release candidate 2 released!

This is the second release candidate of Clippings 5.1.  This fixes a cosmetic issue with the toolbar button icon in Firefox on Windows 10.

Because this is not an official release, like the preceding beta releases, Clippings 5.1rc2 will not be available as an automatic upgrade.

Read the blog post for Clippings 5.1 release candidate 1 for details on what's new, how to get it, and how to get help and support.

13 July 2016

Clippings 5.1 release candidate 1 released!

This is a release candidate of an upcoming minor release of Clippings 5, intended for early adopters craving the latest and greatest.  Barring any last-minute showstopper bugs, this may become the official release of Clippings 5.1.

Because this is not an official release, like the preceding beta releases, Clippings 5.1rc1 will not be available as an automatic upgrade.

What's New in Clippings 5.1
  • Compatible with multi-process browser tabs in Firefox (sometimes referred to as Electrolysis or e10s)
  • Other minor fixes


Things You Should Know About
  • Clippings 5.1 requires Firefox 45 or newer, and Thunderbird 45 or newer.  If you have an older version of either application, you must upgrade it first, or stick with Clippings 5.0.2.
  • Due to technical limitations imposed by Electrolysis, the option to avoid blocking the browser tabs in Firefox when being prompted to enter a value for a placeholder is unavailable, and is automatically turned off, if multi-process browser tabs is turned on.

Supported Languages

Clippings 5.1 is available in English (United States), French, Finnish, German, Italian 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.

How to Get It

Head over to the Clippings page on the Mozilla Add-ons website.  Scroll down the page and expand Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install.

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.

11 July 2016

Panic Button 3.0 beta 1 released!

This is the first beta release of Panic Button 3, intended for early adopters who crave the latest and greatest.  Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its inevitable bugs should stick with Panic Button 2.0.4 for now.

Panic Button 3 is the next major release of the fun and handy panic extension for Firefox, with a few enhancements to help keep your dodgy web surfing from prying eyes.

What's New in 3.0 beta 1
  • You can set a password for restoring the browser session; this is available for the "Hide all windows" and "Hide and replace" actions
  • A tooltip for the Panic Button toolbar button can be enabled; if turned on, this will use the same text as the Panic Button caption
  • Reverse contrast toolbar button icons when a dark-colored theme is in use

How to Get It

Head over to the Panic Button page on the Mozilla Add-ons website.  Scroll down the page and expand  Development Channel.  Click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button to install.

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.