21 May 2014

Panic Button 2.0 beta 2 released!

The second beta release of Panic Button 2.0 is now available!

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 version for now.

What's New in Version 2.0

This list includes the new features that were introduced in beta 1.
  • Integration with the new Firefox Australis user interface
  • Visual refresh of the 20 built-in Panic Button toolbar icons
  • Redesigned extension preferences dialog
  • Customizable shortcut key - new in beta 2
  • Customize the Panic Button toolbar button icon by right-clicking on the button and then selecting the desired icon from the Select An Icon panel. Available on Firefox 29 and newer; not available on Mac OS X - new in beta 2
  • Bug fix: Make it work with Private Browsing mode (issue #1)
  • Bug fix: Panic Button icon is too big when toolbar button placed on browser navigation bar (issue #5) - new in beta 2
  • Bug fix: On Firefox 29 (Australis), toolbar icon selection and custom caption is not saved when placed on the menu panel (issue #6) - new in beta 2

How to Get It

Head over to the Panic Button 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.

Help and Support

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

01 May 2014

Status of AE Creations extensions and Firefox 29

Firefox 29 introduces the new Australis user interface, with the aim of drastically simplifying the browser "chrome" (the menus, toolbars and navigation bar).  Some work is needed for extensions that add a toolbar button to the browser -- which means that all extensions from AE Creations are impacted.

Here is a summary of the status on compatibility with the new Australis UI that was rolled out with the release of Firefox 29.


Version 4.1 of Clippings included compatibility with the Australis UI, among a few other things.  I've already received a complaint that it doesn't work with the Classic Theme Restorer extension, which restores the old look of Firefox.  I've added an enhancement ticket to track this request (issue #12 in the Clippings repository on GitHub), but making Clippings compatible with Classic Theme Restorer is not a priority at this time.

Panic Button

Work is in progress; a beta release was launched a few days ago.  This is a good opportunity to address some long-standing issues: specifically, outdated toolbar button icons and lack of customization of the shortcut key.  The current version of Panic Button is still usable; however, the toolbar button icon will have a fuzzy appearance if placed on the menu panel in Firefox 29, because a 32×32 pixel size of the built-in icons do not currently exist.

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Work has not yet started, but is planned.  As is the case with Panic Button, it is still usable with the new Australis UI, but again the icon's appearance when the toolbar button is placed in Firefox's menu panel is an issue for the same reason.  This is a good opportunity to fix a bug and to officially turn on support for Google Apps, since functionality with it is now confirmed.

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Same situation with the appearance of the extension toolbar button icon in Firefox's menu panel.  But because there are no other enhancements being planned for this extension, and since this is the extension with the least number of active users, I'm not prepared to invest much time into it.