14 December 2008

Clippings 3.1 beta 1

There will be a minor release of Clippings to address a few common user requests and bug fixes.

This beta release is a preview of things to come. Meant for early adopters craving the latest and greatest, this beta release is being made available for testing, and should only be installed if you are willing to tolerate a few bugs. If that scares you, consider waiting until Clippings 3.1 is officially released.

» Download: Clippings 3.1b1 (180KB; English (United States); compatible with Firefox 2.0-3.1b2)

What's New
  • Paste clippings without overwriting the clipboard
  • Paste clippings containing HTML tags as rich text
  • Window and dialog dimensions set in "em", not pixels; this allows windows and dialogs to be sized correctly on the screen
  • New extension preferences dialog (Tools → Add-ons, select Clippings in the list of installed extensions → click Options)
  • Clippings icon now appears in Thunderbird's message view status bar
  • The Clippings submenu now appears in the subject line context menu in Thunderbird's message compose window. This means that you can paste clippings into the subject line of a new message.

Known Issues
  • The Clippings submenu in the subject line context menu in Thunderbird's message compose window sometimes disappears (bug 20350)

Help and Support

Feedback on this beta release is welcome. Please see the Contact page on the AE Creations website for details on how to report a bug or obtain support.

06 December 2008

Using Google Apps and Yahoo! Mail in Send Tab URLs 2.0

Send Tab URLs 2.0 comes with experimental support for Yahoo! Mail Classic (not the so-called "all-new" Yahoo! Mail) and Google Apps Gmail (hereafter referred to as Google Apps, and not to be confused with regular Gmail, which already works out of the box). Support for those two web mail apps is disabled by default, but can be enabled if you wish to try it.


Send Tab URLs has not been tested with Google Apps, as I have not been able to gain access to any Google Apps installations to use for testing. If Send Tab URLs can't be tested with Google Apps, then there is no assurance that it will work with it.

As for Yahoo! Mail, the problem of not being able to use a quick compose URL in the so-called "all-new" Yahoo! Mail precludes support for that web mail app. And the setup required to make Send Tab URLs work with classic Yahoo! Mail would be too difficult for "normal" computer users to bother with.

Nonetheless, testers and advanced users are welcome to try using Send Tab URLs with these two unsupported web mail applications. If that is you, then do so at your own risk.

To Enable Support for Yahoo! Mail (Classic)
  1. Start Firefox. Then in about:config, set the pref sendtabs.mailclient.yahoomail.enabled to true.
  2. Open a new browser window or tab and login to your Yahoo! Mail account.
  3. Once you are viewing your Yahoo! Mail inbox, observe the URL in the Firefox address bar. Select and copy the URL up to, and including, the last slash character (/) in the URL. Be sure to include the "http://" prefix.
  4. Return to about:config and edit the pref sendtabs.mailclient.yahoomail.mail_url, changing its value to what you selected and copied in step 3.
After following these steps, you should be able to use Send Tab URLs with Yahoo! Mail Classic.

To Enable Support for Google Apps
  1. Start Firefox. Then in about:config, set the pref sendtabs.mailclient.googleapps.enabled to true.
  2. The first time you send the URL list to Google Apps, you will be prompted for the Google Apps domain. Consult your system administrator if you do not know this information. You can change it later from the extension preferences dialog (from a Firefox browser window, choose Tools -> Add-ons, select Send Tab URLs and click Options -> Google Apps tab).
Things You Should Know About

The URL list generated by Send Tab URLs won't display properly when the Yahoo! Mail editor is in rich text mode. However, you can switch from plain text to rich text in Yahoo! Mail's editor to compose and send the URL list as an HTML email.

Send Tab URLs 2.0 released!

Send Tab URLs 2.0 has been released and is available for download from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations web site.

If you already have an older version of 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 Update.

Supported languages: English (United States), Chinese (simplified), Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portugeuse (Brazil), Spanish, Turkish.

What's New
  • Added support for Gmail
  • Added ability to send the URL list to the clipboard
  • Added support for the following email applications on Windows: Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Eudora 8
  • Redesigned extension preferences dialog, containing new configuration options


Web mail support in Send Tab URLs is based on Email This!, a Firefox extension by Lazyrussian Productions. The code for launching Gmail is derived from John Joseph Bachir’s Gmail compose bookmarklet.

Many thanks to the Babelzilla localization team for their work in translating Send Tab URLs.

04 December 2008

New AE Creations forums

Starting now, all questions, comments and feedback relating to Clippings, Panic Button and Send Tab URLs extensions should be directed to the new web-based forums.

Anyone can browse through forum posts and comments, but to create a new post or comment on existing posts, you must be logged in to the forums. New forum users can register for a new account.

All forum users are expected to abide by the forum rules.

The forums are a replacement for the mailing lists, which will be discontinued. The two mailing list archives (prior to December 2008) will remain available for browsing: AE Creations, Clippings.