29 April 2013

Known issues with Clippings 4.0 beta 2

A few issues have been discovered during testing of Clippings 4.0 beta 2, and are listed here.  This list will be updated as new bugs are reported.
  • On Mac OS X, the extension preferences dialog is not sized properly; the bottom part of the dialog is cut off. This happens if the extension preferences dialog is invoked from Add-ons Manager.
  • On Gnome, the drop-down list in the General pane of the extension preferences dialog is distorted (bug 25423)  -- Update: This issue is also occurring on Mac OS X, and Windows (if not using the "classic" desktop theme).
  • In Clippings Manager, when searching for a folder using the Find Bar, the search doesn't return a match if there aren't any clippings containing the same search term (bug 25420)

What if I've found a new bug?

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.  You can also post your findings to the AE Creations Help and Support forums; make sure to tag your post with "Clippings."  Make sure you check first that your bug has not already been reported.

28 April 2013

Clippings 4.0 beta 2 released!

Clippings 4.0 beta 2 is now available for download!

This beta release is 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 Clippings 3.2 for now.

What's new in beta 2:
  • The new Find Bar in Clippings Manager now lets you choose the search scope.  You can search for clippings only, or search for clippings and folders.
  • Redesigned extension preferences dialog
  • Several bug fixes and refinements of functionality introduced in beta 1

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

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.