21 May 2013

Clippings 4.0 beta 3 released!

This is the third beta release of the next version of Clippings, intended for early adopters who crave the latest and greatest. Users not comfortable trying out pre-release software and tolerating its many bugs should stick with Clippings 3.2 for now.

What's new in beta 3

  • Bug fix: When searching for clippings and folders, searching for a specific folder doesn't return any results if there aren't also any matching clippings of the same name (bug 25420)
  • Bug fix: The drop-down field in the General pane of the extension preferences dialog is distorted (bug 25423)
  • Bug fix: On Mac OS X, the height of the extension preferences dialog is wrong, causing the dialog content to be cut off (bug 25443).  NOTE: This issue is fixed on Firefox but is still occurring on Thunderbird.
  • Bug fix: On Ubuntu 12.04, the Clippings Manager toolbar background is too dark (bug 25424)

Cumulative list of new features in Clippings 4.0
  • Customizable data source location
  • Data source backup and restore from Clippings Manager
  • Search for clippings in Clippings Manager using the new Find Bar
  • Auto-incrementing placeholders. These are special placeholders that you will be prompted for once to enter a starting numeric value; every time the clipping containing this placeholder is pasted, the placeholder will be automatically substituted with a value that is incremented from the last paste. Auto-incrementing placeholder names are in the format #[variable_name].
  • Tab-modal placeholder prompt dialog for Firefox. With this enhancement, it is possible to interact with other browser tabs in the same window while prompted for a clipping placeholder value
  • Auto spell checking of clipping text (in New Clipping dialog and Clippings Manager)
  • New extension option to enable or disable the shortcut key prefix, CTRL+ALT+V (or Command+Option+V on Mac OS X)
  • Shortcut key help. Press the usual shortcut key prefix, CTRL+ALT+V (or Command+Option+V on Mac OS X), then press F1 to get a list of shortcut keys and the clipping they are assigned to. This list can be printed, or saved to an HTML file.
  • On Firefox, add the Clippings toolbar button to the Add-on Bar, if it is not there already 
  • Redesigned extension preferences dialog 

 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 for Firefox.

To install Clippings 4.0 beta 2 for Thunderbird, right-click on the yellow "Add to Firefox" button and select the option to save the XPI file.  Choose a location to save the file to, then launch Thunderbird, open the Add-ons Manager, then click the Tools icon and select Install Add-on From File.

Help and Support

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

4 comments:

Jeff Drumm said...

Is there any way to get this to work with the Lightning calendar add-on for Thunderbird? Would love to have a way to stuff boilerplate text into a calendar invite (conference call information, for example). Thanks!

Alex said...

Clippings is currently not designed to integrate with Lightning. But I think that is a great suggestion, and will gladly consider it for a future release.

Rachel R. said...

I'm not understanding why/how the only way to report bugs and/or request assistance is the Google+ group, but my request to join the Google+ group was denied.

I'd love to use Clippings, but it doesn't seem to be working properly, and I can't get into the support forum!

Alex said...

@Rachel R.: Please resubmit your request to join the Google group. I had been battling potential spammers recently, and may have deleted your join request by accident. My apologies.