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bookStack 0.3.5

0.3.5 announcement of the Firefox extension bookStack.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with bookStack on its page it’s now up to 0.3.5 and pretty good with respect to features, stability, and customizability.

Also of note is that the Netscape browser is finally going away which means that there will no longer be a Link Pad as Netscape 9 had. As of February that browser is no more.

A quick rundown of where the extension is now and where it will likely go in the following months:

Added drag & drop support, support for customized viewing options, more sidebar control of useful preferences. A lot of code cleanup, as well. The 0.3.X branch has mainly focused on stability and better integration into the browser.

What’s next? Probably will look at multiple-stack support where the user can easily switch between stacks, add stacks, remove, and merge stacks. The goal there is to allow multiple ‘projects’ to be handled simultaneously through the stack archetype.

I’d like to look at adding a context menu to the sidebar. There may not be enough items to justify it, but that will depend, at least in part, on how the multi-stack ends up being implemented.

And sooner or later (sorry to those who have requested it already) I’d like to get this running with Firefox 3. There are still some instabilities from what I can tell with the Fx3 code that make me wary of going too far in porting bookStack over, but the code is much cleaner for bookStack as I can finally shed the RDF quirkiness and use the utensils Firefox 3 offers for managing the bookmarks.

Thanks for all the feedback on bookStack and I hope to continue to develop it and help make it easier for people to optimize their browsing.


Final Stretch to 0.1.1

bookStack extension version 0.1.1 is here. Now available in the official mozilla add-ons sandbox section.

[Updated August 7, 2007] bookStack

I’ve made a video demonstration directed toward Wikipedians, but I haven’t found a good hosting solution yet. Due to the size (resolution) of the video (1056×976) YouTube and Google will both resize it. It’s about 4 minutes in length and currently 16.6 Mb. I may try to make another one at smaller resolution.

I’ve gone ahead and put 0.1.3 up here as well as submitted it to the sandbox side of the official mozilla add-ons site.

[0.1.3 because it’s GPL 2.0 now.]

Hopefully I’ll get some feedback there as to what I should change.

As far as this site goes, I’m currently looking at where I want to add some of the elements I removed at the top to make it a bit more functional.

bookStack 0.1.0

First release of my non-awaited extension for Firefox. Think, if you found this page and already had the extension you could just middle-click and save it for later. Amazing.

First release. See this page for more details. Only 17 days after I started on that page, so not too bad. Still buggy, but it’s come a long way and now I’ve got a couple thousand items in my google reader queue to add and go through.

I’ll say this about bookStack: it’s not ideal yet. There’s still a kind of general point I’ve not hit with it that I want to reach before the 1.0 mark which is to make it as simple as swatting flies to deal with massive amounts of content. The idea is to help the user filter all of it in as few clicks as possible, and that will ultimately probably mean either a sidebar or some other more advanced dialog.

This is a learning experience for me, and I’ve gotten a lot of chrome under my fingernails which makes me a bit more comfortable going forward in revamping and reworking this extension. That said I’m still a bit nervous about how changes affect the browser when they’re installed over, so for now I’m asking that anyone who tries this please REMOVE old versions before upgrades just in the hopes to make things sane and simple.

Good luck and hope you like it,