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Email This! v2.2.5 Officially Released!

The new version of Email This! has been approved by Mozilla’s reviewers. Here’s the release info! Scroll down farther for the download links.

Version 2.2.5 (January 7, 2009)
1. Extension is now compatible with Firefox 3.1 and Firefox 3.2a1pre
2. Extension is now compatible with Flock 2.0 and Flock 2.1a1pre
3. Extension is now compatible with Songbird 1.0
4. Entire code has been revamped
5. Hotkeys are now functional
6. Preserved Formatting has been restored to Gmail, Google Apps, and MailTo This.
7. Preserved Formatting has NOT been restored to Yahoo. The “–” separator remains.

Here’s an excerpt from the official project page.

General Information
Email This! will send your recipient the link, title, & highlighted text of the page you are viewing using GMail, Google Apps GMail, Yahoo, and Stand-Alone Mail Clients like Outlook Express, Thunderbird, & More! If you hate toolbar buttons don’t fret. I’ve included a right-click pop-up menu and access keys!

HotKeys now work (Version 2.2.5)
For Windows/*nix users:
Gmail: alt + windows key + g
Yahoo: alt + windows key + y
Google Apps Gmail: alt + windows key + a
Stand Alone Mail Client: alt + windows key + m
SeaMonkey Client: alt + windows key + s

For Mac users:
Gmail: option + command key + g
Yahoo: option + command key + y
Google Apps Gmail: option + command key + a
Stand Alone Mail Client: option + command key + m
SeaMonkey Client: option + command key + s

Download
Download from Mozilla – Version 2.2.5
Download from Songbird – Version 2.2.5

Categories: Project Updates

Winter Break Roundup!

My winter hiatus from grad school is coming to a close, so I figured I’d summarize everything that’s been done in the last few weeks, and what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

First off, I swapped the old wordpress template for a new flashier one. Credit for the wordpress theme was removed because the main designer (whoever he/she was) decided to put a shift cipher in the footer, making it next to impossible to edit the code, until I did a google search on a way to decipher it. If anyone else has issues with a str_rot13 php cipher, view this post

Next, I updated both EMail This! and FacePAD, and also created a new firefox extension, Email Yourself! Here’s where the extensions stand:

Email This! Version 2.2.4 is public, and Version 2.2.5 is pending approval from Mozilla. Once the extension is approved, I’ll make another post.

Email Yourself! Version 0.1 is in Mozilla’s sandbox. The extension has been nominated, but there are 500 extensions ahead of mine so it might be a few weeks to a month before the extension is taken out of the sandbox. A free Mozilla account is needed to download this extension. I urge anyone who’s interested to make an account and leave a positive/negative review (if time permits). This will only help me strengthen the extension.

FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader: Version 0.5.5 has been released. There are two features that Diana and I are ‘passively’ working on implementing, so once we both have time (which probably won’t be for months), we’ll make an update.

So whats next? SCHOOL! I will have little to no time to be active in updating the extensions, so I’ve spent a good portion of this winter break making sure that these extensions work!

One thing you can look forward to in the next two weeks is a graphical redesign of each of the extension. I want to make ‘prettier’ buttons and logos for all three extensions. This will most likely occur in the following updates:

Email This! v2.2.6
Email Yourself! v0.2
FacePAD v0.5.6

That’s all for now! Enjoy the extensions and please feel free to email me or twitter me!

New Firefox Extension: Email Yourself! v0.1

In the last two years, the two most requested features for Email This! were:
1) The ability to pre-fill the “to” line of the email box with the users own email address
2) To suffix the subject line with a personal message to allow gmail to filter/label the emails you send to yourself.

For various reasons, I decided to make a new extension with these two features. The name of the extension is “Email Yourself” since it does exactly that, and since it’s based off of the same coding as Email This!

The extension is available for download from Mozilla’s Add-ons site, but is in the sandbox at the moment. I will nominate it for the Public tomorrow or Friday (once I have a few more people test it). You will need a FREE mozilla account to download the extension. Please feel free to contact me with your comments on this extension, or any others.

Here’s the extension information and download link, which can also be found at the Email Yourself! project page.

General Information
Email Yourself! allows you to email yourself the link, title, & highlighted text of the page you are viewing using GMail using a toolbar buttons and/or Hotkeys!

 

 
Note
1. Email Yourself! is compatible with Firefox, Flock, and Songbird
2. Email Yourself! is based on the same coding as Email This! (Another extension of mine)

Functionality
Before using the extension, edit the two preferences:
Preference 1: Enter your gmail address
Preference 2: Enter a personal identification message (suffixes your subject). By default it’s set to “-Sent via Email Yourself!” This feature was implemented so you could setup a gmail filter/label to filter out emails that you send to yourself.

The toolbar buttons can be found by going to “View > Toolbars > Custom” and dragging the “Email Yourself” button to the main firefox toolbar (the one with the stop/refresh buttons, etc…)

Email Yourself can be executed by hitting the toolbar button or hitting the following hotkeys.
For Windows/*nix Users: alt+windows+tilda
For Mac Users: options+command+tilda

Once executed, the following will happen:

The Gmail Compose-Message page will open in a new tab.
Your email address will appear in the “to” line of your email
The title of the article/webpage you are viewing will go in the” subject” line of your email, which will be suffixed with your personal identification message.
The address/url will go in the body area of the email.
The highlighted-text will appear below the address/url

Download
Download from Mozilla – Version 0.1
This version is still in Mozilla’s Sandbox. A Free Mozilla account is needed to download this extension.

Latest Version Release Notes
Version 0.1 (January 8, 2009)
1. Email Yourself! Debut

Categories: Project Updates

Email This! Version 2.2.5 is (almost) here!

So I’ve finished coding version 2.2.5, and I’ve submitted it to Mozilla, but they have yet to approve it (e.g. this takes 24-48 hours) usually. Once the extension has been approved, I will post another update and submit the add-on to Songbird.

Here’s what’s new in version 2.2.5:

Version 2.2.5 (January 7, 2009)
1. Extension is now compatible with Firefox 3.1 and Firefox 3.2a1pre
2. Extension is now compatible with Flock 2.0 and Flock 2.1a1pre
3. Extension is now compatible with Songbird 1.0
4. Entire code has been revamped
5. Hotkeys are now functional
6. Preserved Formatting has been restored to Gmail, Google Apps, and MailTo This.
7. Preserved Formatting has NOT been restored to Yahoo. The “–” separator remains.

For the first time in a year, hotkeys are functional again. Apparently, I erased something back in 2007 (or mozilla had changed something) rendering the hotkeys useless. As soon as v2.2.5 is out, hotkeys will begin working again.

Also, I’ve restored the formatting back to Gmail, Google Apps Gmail, and MailTo This. No more “–” to separate the link and the selected summary. This also means that line breaks, paragraph spacing, and just about everything else will appear in the email body as well (took me almost two years to the day to restore this feature). Sorry Yahoo users, I’m leaving you in the dark – you’re still stuck with “–” since yahoo won’t accept the fix that works for EVERY OTHER CLIENT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

I’ve updated the Email This! project page with the new information, including the new HotKeys. Click here to go to the Email This project page.

That’s all for now!

Categories: Project Updates

Google Picasa 3 comes to Mac OSX

Back in November, I made a post about what Google-made software I wanted ported to mac by January 1, 2009. Apparently, my deadline was 4 days short of Google’s. As of Monday, January 5, 2009, Google has released their photo-managing software, Picasa, for Mac OSX (10.4+).

If you have a mac, you can download Picasa 3 at this address: http://picasa.google.com/mac/

Now you can use FacePAD to download all of your favorite Facebook photos and import them into Picasa.

FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader v0.5.5 Released!

Don’t get too excited! This is simply a compatibility update. FacePAD is now compatible with Firefox 3.1, Firefox 3.2a1pre, and Flock 2.0

The extension can be downloaded from Mozilla. I have removed the lazyrussian download link since I would like to keep track of the amount of people who download the extension, and Mozilla AMO does a nice job of this already. Just so you know, the extension has been getting around 1000+ downloads a day for the last 5 days, which is fantastic news!

Here’s the extension/update info as always:

General Information
FacePAD, better known as the Facebook Photo Album Downloader will allow you to download your friends’ facebook albums, en masse, with the click of a button. This extension was originally developed by Nic Holliday. I took the liberty of updating this extension for Firefox 3 since he didn’t. In the process, I’ve revamped his code and made it compliant with Mozilla’s standards & Facebook’s new interface. As of v0.5.4, this project is now shared between myself and Diana Jaunzeikare.

Functionality
To download photos from the an album, right-click (with your mouse) on the name/link of a facebook album and click the Download Album with FacePAD option. If you did this properly, a JavaScript pop-up will appear telling you to wait a moment while it initiates the download process. Press OK and the photos will be downloaded to Firefox’s default download directory. If their are more than one page of photos, then more than one JavaScript pop-up will appear (one for each page, where 1 page = 20 photos). Example of alerts below image.

Example: 55 Photos
Alert 1: Downloading 20 Photos from page 1
Alert 2: Downloading 20 Photos from page 2
Alert 3: Downloading 15 Photos from page 3

Download
Download from Mozilla – Version 0.5.5

Release Notes
Version 0.5.5 (December 29, 2008)
1. Revamped Code (from head to toe).

FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader v0.5.5 Released!

Don’t get too excited! This is simply a compatibility update. FacePAD is now compatible with Firefox 3.1, Firefox 3.2a1pre, and Flock 2.0

The extension can be downloaded from Mozilla. I have removed the lazyrussian download link since I would like to keep track of the amount of people who download the extension, and Mozilla AMO does a nice job of this already. Just so you know, the extension has been getting around 1000+ downloads a day for the last 5 days, which is fantastic news!

Here’s the extension/update info as always:

General Information
FacePAD, better known as the Facebook Photo Album Downloader will allow you to download your friends’ facebook albums, en masse, with the click of a button. This extension was originally developed by Nic Holliday. I took the liberty of updating this extension for Firefox 3 since he didn’t. In the process, I’ve revamped his code and made it compliant with Mozilla’s standards & Facebook’s new interface. As of v0.5.4, this project is now shared between myself and Diana Jaunzeikare.

Functionality
To download photos from the an album, right-click (with your mouse) on the name/link of a facebook album and click the Download Album with FacePAD option. If you did this properly, a JavaScript pop-up will appear telling you to wait a moment while it initiates the download process. Press OK and the photos will be downloaded to Firefox’s default download directory. If their are more than one page of photos, then more than one JavaScript pop-up will appear (one for each page, where 1 page = 20 photos). Example of alerts below image.

Example: 55 Photos
Alert 1: Downloading 20 Photos from page 1
Alert 2: Downloading 20 Photos from page 2
Alert 3: Downloading 15 Photos from page 3

Download
Download from Mozilla – Version 0.5.5

Release Notes
Version 0.5.5 (December 29, 2008)
1. Revamped Code (from head to toe).