17 July 2018

Clippings for Thunderbird 5.6 beta 1 released!

This is the first beta release of Clippings which is compatible with Thunderbird 60. It is being made available for testing, and although it is in a fairly stable beta-quality state, expect to encounter the inevitable bugs.

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

What's New
  • Compatible with Thunderbird 60
  • You can paste a clipping using the Clippings 6 shortcut key prefix, ALT+SHIFT+Y (Command+Shift+Y on macOS), in addition to the traditional keys CTRL+ALT+V/Command+Option+V.

Things You Should Know About

Please be aware of the following limitations, as there has been changes in Thunderbird 60 that has caused some existing features of Clippings to stop working.
  • Rearranging clippings and folders in Clippings Manager by drag and drop in the clippings tree is no longer possible. Use the Move toolbar button to select a folder to move or copy to, or right-click and select the Cut, Copy and Paste menu options. To rearrange items within a folder, select the folder, click the Arrange toolbar button, then in the dialog that appears, you can use drag and drop to rearrange the items in the selected folder.
  • It is no longer possible to drag selected text to the Clippings status bar icon to create a clipping from the selected text. Instead, copy the text to the clipboard and then select New From Clipboard from the status bar icon's context menu.
  • To display the extension preferences dialog, open Clippings Manager, then select Tools -> Options. The Clippings preferences dialog is not accessible from Add-ons Manager.

Not Compatible With Thunderbird 52.x or Firefox ESR 52.x

Clippings 5.6 is compatible with Thunderbird 60. It is not compatible with Thunderbird 52.x, nor is it compatible with Firefox ESR 52.x.

If you are using those older versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, you should install Clippings 5.5.2, which is still available.

How To Get It

Head over to the Clippings 5.6 beta 1 page on GitHub. Right-click on the link for clippings-tb-5.6b1.xpi and select Save As, then choose a folder location on your system (for example, the Desktop). Then follow these step-by-step instructions from the Mozilla Support website to install Clippings in Thunderbird.

Help and Support

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

16 July 2018

Clippings and Panic Button with Firefox ESR 60

Many users on Firefox ESR 52.x have upgraded to the latest ESR release, version 60. This blog post summarizes compatibility info with Clippings and Panic Button for those users who have not yet made the leap.

Clippings

Clippings 6 is compatible with Firefox ESR 60.x.  Users of Firefox ESR 52.x should make a backup of their clippings before the upgrade; you should be seeing reminders to do this in the Clippings context menu and in Clippings Manager if you have version 5.5.x installed.  Once you have upgraded to Firefox ESR 60, upgrade Clippings to the latest release (version 6.0.6 at the time of this writing), where you will be prompted to upload your backup file.

There are a few differences between Clippings 6 and the legacy versions of Clippings. The biggest change is that the shortcut key prefix for pasting a clipping with the keyboard is now ALT+SHIFT+Y (Command+Shift+Y on macOS). There are plans to allow users to change the shortcut key prefix in an upcoming release.

Many users have been syncing their clippings between Firefox and Thunderbird by setting the data source location to a folder on their system that is accessible to both applications. Automatic syncing of clippings is not yet possible in Clippings 6. For now, you will need to sync your data manually, using the import and export actions in Clippings Manager.

After installing Clippings 6, it is a good idea to back up your clippings on a regular basis to keep your clippings data safe from unexpected data corruption. Unlike past releases of Clippings, the WebExtension version is unable to save backups automatically.

Note that Clippings does not work when Private Browsing is turned on in Firefox.

Panic Button

Panic Button 4 is compatible with Firefox ESR 60.x. Once you have upgraded, install the latest version of Panic Button (version 4.0.3 at the time of this writing).

The Panic Button action of hiding all browser windows and showing a floating toolbar with a button for restoring your browsing session is no longer available. But you can still hide your browser window and replace it with another window showing a web site of your choice. Also, it is no longer possible to be prompted for a password when restoring your browser sesssion.  The "Hide and Replace" action doesn't work when Private Browsing is turned on in Firefox.

Send Tab URLs discontinued

Now that Firefox ESR version 60 has been released, and Firefox ESR 52.x will reach end-of-life status very soon, Send Tab URLs is officially discontinued.

Send Tab URLs relies on a lot of functionality that is not possible with WebExtensions. For example, it is no longer possible to get the default email client that is set in Windows. With that, it was decided that rewriting Send Tab URLs into a WebExtension is not feasible.

For users looking for an alternative, consider FoxyTab by erosman. Among many things you can do with this add-on, you can copy a list of URLs for all your browser tabs, or just the ones to the left or the right of the current tab. You can also choose to copy just the URLs of the browser tabs only, or both the page titles and URLs. You can then paste the list into the editor window of your email program, and format it as desired.

The Send Tab URLs page on the AE Creations website will be taken down soon, but the Send Tab URLs discussion category in the Help and Support forums will continue to be available.

24 June 2018

Clippings 6.0.6 released!

This maintenance release ensures that the Clippings context menu that appears when right-clicking on a web page textbox will continue to work in Firefox 61 and future releases. It 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 Add-ons 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 Firefox 61
  • Bug fix: In Clippings Manager, newly-created clipping doesn't show the correct label icon in the tree list if it was created from the New Clipping dialog (issue #208)

Things You Should Know About

Clippings 6 is a WebExtension for Firefox 57 and newer. It is not compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.  Thunderbird users should install Clippings 5.5.2, available from the Past Versions page on the AE Creations website.

There are several differences compared to previous versions of Clippings:
  • Due to WebExtensions being restricted from using any keyboard shortcuts that start with CTRL + ALT, the keyboard paste key has now changed - it is now ALT+SHIFT+Y (Cmd+Shift+Y on macOS). 
  • Clippings won't work in Private Browsing mode, or if the browser privacy settings are too restrictive. Your clippings will not be accessible, and new clippings cannot be created.
  • Clippings Manager can import the legacy Clippings RDF/XML datasource file format (*.rdf files) as well as the new Clippings 6 format; however, it can only export to Clippings 6 format. To exchange clippings from Clippings 6 with other users, they need to have Clippings 5.5 or newer installed.

Help and Support

Known issues with Clippings 6 are listed here.

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

14 May 2018

Clippings 6.0.5 released!

This maintenance release of Clippings 6 fixes a few bugs. It 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 Add-ons 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: On Linux, popup windows (placeholder prompt, New Clipping dialog, etc.) are not focused when they open (issue #193)
  • Other bug fixes

Things You Should Know About

Clippings 6 is a WebExtension for Firefox 57 and newer. It is not compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.  Thunderbird users should install Clippings 5.5.2, available from the Past Versions page on the AE Creations website.

There are several differences compared to previous versions of Clippings:
  • Due to WebExtensions being restricted from using any keyboard shortcuts that start with CTRL + ALT, the keyboard paste key has now changed - it is now ALT+SHIFT+Y (Cmd+Shift+Y on macOS). 
  • Clippings won't work in Private Browsing mode, or if the browser privacy settings are too restrictive. Your clippings will not be accessible, and new clippings cannot be created.
  • Clippings Manager can import the legacy Clippings RDF/XML datasource file format (*.rdf files) as well as the new Clippings 6 format; however, it can only export to Clippings 6 format. To exchange clippings from Clippings 6 with other users, they need to have Clippings 5.5 or newer installed.

Help and Support

Known issues with Clippings 6 are listed here.

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

26 March 2018

Clippings 6.0.4 released!

This minor release of Clippings 6 adds support for additional languages and fixes a few bugs. It 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 Add-ons 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 support for Greek, Polish and Spanish
  • Bug fix: In Clippings Manager, export confirmation dialog doesn't show the correct file name of the export file, if it was changed from the default name (issue #186)
  • Bug fix: In the keyboard paste dialog, scrolling through the autocomplete menu with arrow keys doesn't work (issue #181)
  • Other minor fixes

Things You Should Know About

Clippings 6 is a WebExtension for Firefox 57 and newer. It is not compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.  Thunderbird users should install Clippings 5.5.2, available from the Past Versions page on the AE Creations website.

There are several differences compared to previous versions of Clippings:
  • Due to WebExtensions being restricted from using any keyboard shortcuts that start with CTRL + ALT, the keyboard paste key has now changed - it is now ALT+SHIFT+Y (Cmd+Shift+Y on macOS). 
  • Clippings won't work in Private Browsing mode, or if the browser privacy settings are too restrictive. Your clippings will not be accessible, and new clippings cannot be created.
  • Clippings Manager can import the legacy Clippings RDF/XML datasource file format (*.rdf files) as well as the new Clippings 6 format; however, it can only export to Clippings 6 format. To exchange clippings from Clippings 6 with other users, they need to have Clippings 5.5 or newer installed.

Help and Support

Known issues with Clippings 6 are listed here.

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

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Crowdin users Juanma, wasilis and xX_EpicCrasher_Xx for contributing the Spanish, Greek and Polish translations for Clippings 6. If you want to help translate Clippings into another world language, go to the Crowdin project page for Clippings.

22 March 2018

Clippings compatibility with latest Thunderbird releases

Although Firefox add-ons are now forced to switch to the newer but immature and vastly inferior WebExtensions technology to maintain compatibility with current and future versions of Firefox, legacy add-ons continue to be supported for Thunderbird.

Clippings 5.5.x remains available for Thunderbird 52.x; however, there have been issues with Clippings reported against the latest beta versions of Thunderbird -- the most recent version being 59.0 at the time of this writing.

Users should stay with the current stable release of Thunderbird in order to continue using Clippings 5.5.x. A new version of Clippings for Thunderbird is in the works, but a release schedule for this new version has not been determined.

02 March 2018

AE Creations website down again

UPDATE (3 Mar 2018 @ 10:00pm PST): The AE Creations website is now up again. Thanks for your patience.

The AE Creations website is currently offline. The site is hosted on Sourceforge.net, which has undergone a recent datacenter move, and now there is word of a denial of service attack, affecting all project web sites, including AE Creations.

To download and install Clippings and Panic Button, head to the Mozilla Add-on pages for these add-ons. If you need help on them, browse or post to the AE Creations Help and Support Forums on Google Groups.

27 February 2018

Panic Button 4.0.3 released!

This minor release of Panic Button adds support for Russian. It is now available for download from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.

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

What's New
  • Added Russian translation

Things You Should Know About

Panic Button 4 has most of the features from version 3, but with the following differences:
  • The Hide All Windows action is not available
  • The Close All Windows action doesn't actually quit the browser, unless there are no other open windows (e.g. bookmark manager)
  • The option to set a password on the Hide and Replace action is not available
  • The shortcut key for invoking the Panic Button action cannot be changed to a different key; the F9 key for the Panic Button action can only be enabled or disabled

Help and Support

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

Acknowledgements

Thanks to delyee from Crowdin for translating Panic Button into Russian, as well as to the other translators who have contributed translations. If you want to help translate Panic Button into another world language, go to the Crowdin page for Panic Button.

22 February 2018

Clippings 6.0.3 released!

This minor release of Clippings 6 brings back a few more features from Clippings 5.5 and older, and includes many improvements. It 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 Add-ons 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
  • Brought back the shortcut key list in Clippings Manager and the keyboard paste dialog. To print it, click Export To HTML, select a folder location of your choice, then open the exported file in Firefox and print from there
  • The Placeholder Toolbar in Clippings Manager has also returned
  • Added support for German
  • Fixed a potential security vulnerability affecting Clippings Manager and the placeholder prompt dialog
  • Other minor fixes

Things You Should Know About

Clippings 6 is a WebExtension for Firefox 57 and newer. It is not compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.  Thunderbird users should install Clippings 5.5.2, available from the Past Versions page on the AE Creations website.

There are several differences compared to previous versions of Clippings:
  • Due to WebExtensions being restricted from using any keyboard shortcuts that start with CTRL + ALT, the keyboard paste key has now changed - it is now ALT+SHIFT+Y (Cmd+Shift+Y on macOS). 
  • Clippings won't work in Private Browsing mode, or if the browser privacy settings are too restrictive. Your clippings will not be accessible, and new clippings cannot be created.
  • Clippings Manager can import the legacy Clippings RDF/XML datasource file format (*.rdf files) as well as the new Clippings 6 format; however, it can only export to Clippings 6 format. To exchange clippings from Clippings 6 with other users, they need to have Clippings 5.5 or newer installed.

Help and Support

Known issues with Clippings 6 are listed here.

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

Acknowledgements

Thanks to milupo for contributing the German translation for Clippings 6. If you want to help translate Clippings into another world language, go to the Crowdin project page for Clippings.

19 February 2018

Clippings 6 is temporarily unavailable

Apologies for the short notice, but Clippings 6 is currently unavailable for download and installation.

Clippings 5.5.2 is still available for Mozilla Thunderbird, and for Firefox ESR 52.x.  It can be found in the Past Versions page on the AE Creations website.

A minor release of Clippings 6 is currently in the works and will be released soon.  A release announcement will be posted here when it becomes available.

15 February 2018

AE Creations website is offline

UPDATE (17 February 2018 @ 10:00pm PST): The AE Creations website is now up and running. Thanks for your patience.

The AE Creations website is temporarily down for maintenance. Please go to the Mozilla Add-ons pages for Clippings or Panic Button if you want to download and install these add-ons.

The AE Creations Help and Support Forums, hosted on Google Groups, is available if you want to post a question.

09 February 2018

Translators wanted for localizing Clippings

This is a call for translators to help with localizing Clippings.  Are you a Clippings user and want it in your native language?  If you are fluent in English and another world language, and would like to help with translation, consider contributing to the effort on the Crowdin project for Clippings!

Just go to the Crowdin project, sign up as a translator, and then start translating.  Localization templates for several languages have already been added, but if a desired language is missing, simply post to the discussion forum on Crowdin and ask for your language to be added.

The goal is to have translations for the most popular languages ready for the upcoming release of Clippings, which brings back some features from legacy versions of Clippings (shortcut list, placeholder toolbar in Clippings Manager), as well as more bug fixes.

21 January 2018

Clippings 6.0.2.1 released!

This maintenance release fixes a bug with exporting clippings, along with a few minor issues. It 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 Add-ons 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: Export files (Clippings 6 and HTML Document formats) are blank for some users (issue #152)
  • Fixes for a few Clippings Manager bugs that were affecting Linux users

Things You Should Know About

Clippings 6 is a WebExtension for Firefox 57 and newer. It is not compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.  Thunderbird users should install Clippings 5.5.2, available from the Past Versions page on the AE Creations website.

There are several differences compared to previous versions of Clippings:
  • Due to WebExtensions being restricted from using any keyboard shortcuts that start with CTRL + ALT, the keyboard paste key has now changed - it is now ALT+SHIFT+Y (Cmd+Shift+Y on macOS).
  • Clippings won't work in Private Browsing mode, or if the browser privacy settings are too restrictive. Your clippings will not be accessible, and new clippings cannot be created.
  • Clippings Manager can import the legacy Clippings RDF/XML datasource file format (*.rdf files) as well as the new Clippings 6 format; however, it can only export to Clippings 6 format. To exchange clippings from Clippings 6 with other users, they need to have Clippings 5.5 or newer installed.

Help and Support

Known issues with Clippings 6 are listed here.

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

15 January 2018

Clippings 6.0.2 released!

This minor release of Clippings 6 brings back some popular features from Clippings 5.5 and older, and includes many improvements. It 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 Add-ons 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
  •  Placeholder prompts are back!  Custom and auto-incrementing placeholders are supported. If you paste a clipping containing placeholders, you will be prompted to fill in their values (or select from a list if there are multiple default values). Auto-incrementing placeholders can be reset by right-clicking on the Clippings button on the browser toolbar
  • Clipping labels have also returned.  They can be set when creating a clipping from the New Clipping dialog, and changed in Clippings Manager
  • Added ability to backup and restore your clippings from Clippings Manager (click on the Tools menu)
  • Resizable tree list in Clippings Manager
  • You can now undo edits to clipping/folder name and clipping content in Clippings Manager
  • Added ability to maximize the Clippings Manager window by selecting Tools → Maximize or pressing CTRL+F10 (macOS users: this feature is already available by selecting the Window → Zoom command from the menu bar at the top of the screen. This feature may not work on Linux.)
  • Bug fix: On Linux, the Clippings Manager window is always on top. This issue is fixed by automatically minimizing Clippings Manager when switching to another window
  • Other minor fixes

Things You Should Know About

Clippings 6 is a WebExtension for Firefox 57 and newer. It is not compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.  Thunderbird users should install Clippings 5.5.2, available from the Past Versions page on the AE Creations website.

There are several differences compared to previous versions of Clippings:
  • Due to WebExtensions being restricted from using any keyboard shortcuts that start with CTRL + ALT, the keyboard paste key has now changed - it is now ALT+SHIFT+Y (Cmd+Shift+Y on macOS). 
  • Clippings won't work in Private Browsing mode, or if the browser privacy settings are too restrictive. Your clippings will not be accessible, and new clippings cannot be created.
  • Clippings Manager can import the legacy Clippings RDF/XML datasource file format (*.rdf files) as well as the new Clippings 6 format; however, it can only export to Clippings 6 format. To exchange clippings from Clippings 6 with other users, they need to have Clippings 5.5 or newer installed.

Help and Support

Known issues with Clippings 6 are listed here.

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

14 January 2018

Panic Button 4.0.2 released!

This second minor release of the new WebExtension version of Panic Button adds translations for several languages, and contains a few additional improvements. It is now available for download from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.

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

What's New
  • Added translations for Chinese (traditional and simplified), Dutch, Filipino, French, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish and Turkish
  • Bug fix: Reverse contrast toolbar icon doesn't appear on high-resolution displays (issue #30)

Things You Should Know About

Panic Button 4 has most of the features from version 3, but with the following differences:
  • The Hide All Windows action is not available
  • The Close All Windows action doesn't actually quit the browser, unless there are no other open windows (e.g. bookmark manager)
  • The option to set a password on the Hide and Replace action is not available
  • The shortcut key for invoking the Panic Button action cannot be changed to a different key; the F9 key for the Panic Button action can only be enabled or disabled
Also note that any customizations (e.g. toolbar button icon, custom toolbar icon image) from previous versions of Panic Button will not carry over to this new version.

Help and Support

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

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the volunteers on Crowdin for contributing translations for Panic Button. If you are fluent in English and another world language and would like to help update or add a new translation, consider contributing a translation.