Softpedia Reviews Bookstack

I must say I’m surprised and delighted to find out that Mac Softpedia has reviewed my Firefox extension, Bookstack. The review is fresh off the presses, added today. [Read: Mac Softpedia Review of Bookstack]

One thing that this review does is shows me how the current interface looks on Mac OS X. I’m not sure how the screenshots of Bookstack they have compare to other extensions and interfaces in Firefox on Mac, but hopefully I can take a look and possibly make things more consistent for Mac users. I’m probably going to get a Mac at some point down the road, which will greatly facilitate the testing.

One thing I’m pretty sure isn’t there for Bookstack users on Mac yet is middle-clicking to add links. There’s no middle-mouse button. If you use a Mac and use or want to use Bookstack please post to the Bookstack release thread on Mozillazine or add an issue to the issue tracker on the Bookstack project on Google Code or e-mail me (unusualtears at gmail dot com).

Anyway, things are a little slow other than this in the Bookstack world. I’m letting it kind of simmmer while I consider the next steps forward for the interface.

bookStack 0.4.3

Get it while it’s hot: bookStack 0.4.3 in AMO Sandbox

Note this is only for Firefox 3.0b3 through the current preb5 releases. This extension will not work in Firefox 2.0

Documentation is now at: bookStack Google Code Project wiki

If you do try it, please please let me know what you think.

Finally, a few words of thanks to the awesome developers at mozilla and the community on the mozilla.org irc server that makes developing and using extensions possible. And to the people who made the new Places system in Firefox 3, it completely rocks.

Thanks,

Adam

Changes in 0.4.2:
* Dropped support for Firefox 2
* Now supporting Firefox 3b3+
* Fixed several memory leaks (observers that weren’t being properly removed when not needed), thanks to Leak Monitor extension!
* Added Multi-Stack support (one stack at a time)
* Independent settings for:
* Add items to top
* Clear on exit
* Remove items on view
* Added special Trash folder
* All items that are removed from a stack are moved here.
* It is cleared out on exit from Firefox
* Added sidebar context menu with keyboard support and accesskeys
* Items: Open in This Tab
Open in New Tab
-separator-
New Item
New Folder
-separator-
Copy Item Location
Move in Folder
Top
Up
Down
Bottom
Move to
{List of Folders}
Move to Trash
Purge Item
* Added aforementioned New Folder dialog
* Added sidebar menulist for choosing the current stack folder
* Added sidebar button to toggle between adding to top or bottom
* Removed Clear Stack Tools->bookStack menuitem (Tools menu only shows bookStack Settings item now)
* Removed Menu button (only sidebar button available to navigation toolbar now)
* Removed pop first button from sidebar (alt+c still does this)
* Removed ‘remove and view’ item from content area context menu
* Removed manual add button from sidebar (context->new item now does this)
* Rearranged Preferences dialog into general settings and stack settings

Netscape Linkpad for Firefox

Back in October I wrote about Linkpad, a feature that existed in Netscape’s Netscape 9 browser. Since then I’ve done a lot of work on bookStack and Netscape has discontinued their browser.

Today it’s my pleasure to let you know that you now have an alternative to bookStack in Firefox. The Netscape folks have released Linkpad for Firefox (in the Mozilla.org addons sandbox).

It’s compact and more polished than bookStack (both inside and out no doubt), but has some differences in features and interface. Overall I think it’s worth looking at if you want this kind of extension.

-Adam