DataFox 1.9.2 Released

DataFox 1.9.2 adds support for the modifications made to the data.bsnl.in site a month or two ago. Support for the selfcare sites is not available in this version, I need selfcare site credentials (please email me). This version will also work with Firefox 4 beta 1.

Unfortunately, there were two issues in DataFox 1.9.1 released to earlier today; there was a data unit problem where a gigabyte value was incorrectly assumed as a megabyte value (if only BSNL really did that when calculating usage ;)) and I accidentally removed the DataFox update URL from version 1.9.1. Any users who updated to 1.9.1 will not receive any update notifications :(. If you did not install 1.9.1, you should see an update for 1.9.2 via the regular update mechanism, if you did install 1.9.1, simply go to the DataFox page and manually install version 1.9.2 to fix the problem (you will see subsequent updates as well).

Also, for users clamoring for Chrome support, DataFox for Chrome has been available for a couple of months now and includes this fix.

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MyEclipse Visual Query Builder

A few weeks ago, I sat down with RedMonk’s Michael Coté to demo the new Visual Query Builder we introduced in MyEclipse 7.5. I have nothing more to add, just watch!

Get MyEclipse

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FireBible 1.1 Released

The most significant update in this release is the ability to download and manage your content from within FireBible. You can also set custom fonts per module or per language. No longer do you need to use a browser to download a module and unzip it manually, simply go to Tools > FireBible and click Manage Books to bring up the new manager, select a Bible (or any other module) you wish to read and click Install to download and install it, the downloaded module will be available for viewing in FireBible immediately.

FireBible Install Manager

FireBible Install Manager

This release also adds support for Strong’s words and word morphology. Simply enable them from the View > FireBible menu and load a module which contains this metadata, like the KJV to see the links inline with the text. Note: Please make sure you have the  Strong’s / Morphology modules installed and then select the modules you wish to use on the Display tab of the FireBible preference page.

Viewing Strong's Links in FireBible

Viewing Strong's Words in FireBible

Viewing Greek Word Morphology using FireBible

Viewing Greek Word Morphology using FireBible

This version of FireBible was submitted as an entry to the Extend Firefox 3.5 contest and I had to create a few screencasts describing how it worked – you can check those out here: FireBible Screencasts I hope you like them, they took way too much time!

As always, if you have FireBible installed, please check for updates to install version 1.1, or head on to FireBible to get it!

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FireBible 1 Released

FireBible 1.0I released FireBible 1 late this Sunday; I was really keen to get this out alongside the Firefox 3.5 release, but missed by a few weeks due to small issues discovered at the last minute every weekend. In fact, this version of FireBible is 1.0.1; 1.0.0 was out for about 30 minutes when I found an inconvenient bug in the Ubiquity support and decided to pull the release and go back to 0.8.5 until I could fix it. FireBible 1 is compatible with Firefox 3.0 – 3.6, support for Firefox 1.5 & 2 has been dropped.

The key new features in this release are:

  • Centralized, categorized history & bookmarks access.
  • Commentary support.
  • Ubiquity support.

An earlier blog post I made already covers the bookmark and history enhancements.

Verse Reference lookup with UbiquityWhat I am most excited about, is the Ubiquity support; this is only available if you have the Ubiquity extension installed, something I highly recommend even beyond FireBible use. You need Ubiquity 0.5 or higher, 0.1.x versions are not supported. With Ubiquity, looking up verses is easy and fast. Just type in the verse reference and you will see the verse in the preview area. If you want to see content from a different Bible, add the from BibleName modifier and the preview changes accordingly. If you want to study this further in Firefox, just press enter to open the passage in Firefox. Want to place the contents in a blog post or another text area? Invoke Ubiquity from within the intended passage destination, type in your reference and press enter. If you want to copy the content into an external application, just add the to clipboard modifier and the passage will be copied into your clipboard, ready for pasting anywhere. Detailed preferences allow you to customize exactly what you would like inserted or copied. I have plans to add more Ubiquity support in the future, perhaps support for looking up definitions and searches to start with, so please let me know what you think!

Family Bible Commentary

Commentary support allows you to view commentaries directly from the FireBible toolbar just like a Bible, or you can have one selected in the sidebar and it will automatically synchronize itself with the passage you are reading. Commentaries will even be available for search results. Having commentary support means that FireBible now supports almost all SWORD module types. It still does not support user commentaries or locked modules, but that will arrive soon enough. Combined with the Ubiquity support, I decided to change the intended version for this release from 0.9 to 1.0.

Other relatively minor changes in this release were:

  • Visual refresh, favicons now used for pages so they can be easily identified in history / bookmarks / address bar.
  • Daily devotionals will be initialized with the current date preselected.
  • Bible list now alphabetized.
  • Pages can link to bible:// or sword:// URIs without causing security exceptions.

For more details and the actual download, head on over to the FireBible page. If you already have FireBible installed, it may have updated to this version already. If not, just go to Tools > Add-ons and hit the Find Updates button. This version will also be the first version of FireBible to be submitted to AMO so please let me know if you run into any issues as the audience for this extension will now grow manyfold and I’d like it to be a smooth experience. As always, feedback appreciated!

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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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