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FireBible History and Bookmark Support

History support in FireBibleAs usual, this has been sitting complete but unpolished on my machine for a few months now and I haven’t had any time to finish it the way I wanted. I have mostly finished with History and Bookmark support, so this is a sneak peak into what is coming in FireBible 0.9. The primary issue that I was grappling with was whether Dictionary / Glossary lookups should make it to one of the primary history lists. I decided that they shouldn’t and moved on to thinking about how all history / bookmark entries could be segregated by type.  There are many different types of SWORD modules, but for the purpose of history and bookmark listings, I have divided them into the following four categories:

  • Bibles/Commentaries/Questionable
  • General Books/Daily Devotionals/Essays/Other
  • Maps/Images
  • Dictionaries/Glossaries

Bookmark support in FireBibleFireBible annotates the URLs when you visit them, placing them in one of the four categories above. Then using a simple places query, I can list them out in any way I want. What you see in the screenshot is just a number of queries I think will be useful. Besides the FireBible toolbar, they are also available in the Bookmarks menu where they can be modified and queries can be added or deleted.

Of course, FireBible has always had history, bookmark and tagging support since the beginning. Anything you read is recorded in Firefox’s regular history and locations can be bookmarked just like regular HTTP URLs. FireBible 0.9 simply adds annotations to these URLs so they can be correctly categorized and presents them in a central location, without being “disturbed” by your regular browsing history. Because the annotations will only be added for content you read after installing FireBible 0.9, the categorization might seem off for a bit, but it will settle down with use. I plan to make FireBible 0.9 available around the time Firefox 3.5 is available. FireBible 0.9 will only work on Firefox 3 and above, Firefox 2 support has been dropped, primarily because of the places queries and some cool new features yet to arrive. Stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, if you have any suggestions or critique, do send them along or leave a comment.

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DataFox 1.7.5 Released

I spent this afternoon getting DataFox 1.7.5 ready for release; this version is a minor update, fixing changes in the http://data.bsnl.in portal which rendered version 1.7 defunct. I also used the opportunity to correct the max version, so DataFox will now work with the all Firefox 3.5 installations. Enjoy!

Note: The AMO version will be updated next week

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DataFox 1.7 Released

I finally had some time to polish off version 1.7 of DataFox, something which had been quite ready for a few weeks, but hadn’t been tested yet. Special thanks to Apoorv for testing the Delhi code as well as surfacing some important OS X bugs. Props to Vrushank Desai for the MTNL credentials I needed.

New in version 1.7:

  • Support for data.bsnl.in (bbservice.bsnl.in still works as well for 117.* series users).
  • Support for MTNL Bombay users with ‘@’ usernames.
  • New {rX} variable contains the remaining amount of transfer for the current month.

Will be pushed to AMO (still has version 1.5) later this week, the review process usually takes awhile. Enjoy!

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FireBible 0.8.5 Released

Map of St. Paul's first journeyThis has probably been the fastest follow-on release I have made across all my projects (still not fast enough), due to an internationalization bug a few users ran into; for any language for which a JSword localization existed, the Bible toolbar / search could produce invalid URLs. I also happened to be working on Map / Image support so that got bundled in too. I managed to throw in a few verse display settings as well, more preferences like this to come in the future. If you already have FireBible installed, simply go to Tools > Add-ons and click Find Updates to find the FireBible update. Or you could head on to FireBible and pick it up.

There are no Map or Image modules in the Crosswire repository due to copyright issues, but you can find many in Karl Kleinpaste’s public module repository. FireBible may only display text for a few of these modules due to a bug in JSword which should be fixed in the next JSword release. Watch this space for updates.

As always, all feedback appreciated; hope you enjoy this release!

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FireBible 0.8 Released

It’s been nearly a year since the last FireBible release. Way too long since most of the core functionality for this version was ready way back in July last year. What’s new? General Book, Daliy Devotional, Glossary and Dictionary support. The awesome bar in Firefox 3 makes looking up content especially easy since all you need to do is type in the title of previously viewed / bookmarked content and Firefox will suggest the best links for you. This version is compatible with JSword 1.6 and the new Java plugins from Sun (see special instructions if you have Java 1.6 update 10 or update 11 installed). For more details, head on to the FireBible page.

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