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.

1 comment:

Jerick said...

Since the 5.0 release i can no longer move my files i my clipping list. Is it possible to downgrade to the previous release, or am i stuck this less convenient version?