Define Word for Firefox 3.5

It is the same every time a new version of Firefox is released: plugin authors need to check whether their extensions work with the new version, and then create a new package that includes the flags to say it indeed works.

So far, so good. But the next step, after uploading the package to the add-ons site, isn’t working very well.

A few days after FF 3.5 was released, I uploaded Define Word 0.9.2, to make it easy to get it to work in the new browser version. Today, the extension is still not approved, and anyone that used the extension in the past have probably given up by now.

If you haven’t yet given up, feel free to download it from here. Eventually, you may even be able to get it from Mozilla, but don’t hold your breath 🙂

Spam Control now supports

After around 6 months of thinking about it, Mozilla finally approved Spam Control as a publicly available extension.  Until now, it has languished is an unapproved extension that only logged-in users see – and has therefore has seen little attention.

Since it was made public around a week ago, more than 2,000 people have downloaded and installed Spam Control – and left several nice reviews.  I like that; it’s the kind of thing that makes me want to do more work on it 🙂

One of the reviewers mentioned that has a good service similar to temporary inbox – but since it’s newer, it’s less likely to be blocked or busy.  It does indeed look like a nice, free service, and v0.2.7 of Spam Control supports it.

Note that I find Spam Control most useful in conjunction with the awesome Secure Login extension.  I wouldn’t like to be without either of them.

Check them out.

Updated Spam Control

I have just finished a new version of Spam Control, v0.2.3, which includes the ability to hide categories of email addresses from the pop-up menu (leaving it as uncluttered as possible). This version also fixes a bug where the list of domain prefixes or suffixes is empty.

Download Spam Control 0.2.3 here.

If you like it, please make sure you go to the Firefox add-on page and add a review – that way, it may eventually make it out of private-beta-obscurity on the site and be shown to anyone looking for what it does. Until then, it can only be found by people like yourself who find my blog, or by users that bother to log in 🙂


New Firefox extension: Spam control

I have been working on a small Firefox extension for the reason I guess most people do it: to scratch an itch. Nobody else seemed to have solved this problem, and at some point you then have to just bite the bullet.

The problem I have is that I don’t want to give my email address to anyone, because some of the people I give it to tend to send me spam or somehow get it into the hands of people that send spam. LOTS of spam. On the other hand, I do quite like to receive email, and since almost everyone requires an email address in order to send me the stuff, I had a quandary.

The good news is that there are lots of solutions to this; the bad news is that I can’t remember them when I need to give someone an email address. And so I tend to give them the real one, with the result that I get lots of spam.

Spam Control preferencesThe solution I have come up with is called Spam Control, and it’s really very simple. Once installed, it adds a toolbar (which you can disable if you like your screen real estate) and a pop-up menu to Firefox. Whenever an input field has focus, you can click one of the buttons and an email address is added to the field, saving you having to type it or remember it.

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Define Word Firefox Extension v0.7.0

I have been moving house the past couple of months, which unfortunately has meant that my Net time has been limited. And this, right on top of a Firefox upgrade that broke Define Word…

Yesterday, I managed to plug in the machine that has the source code and made the changes necessary for it to work in Firefox 2.0: I give you Define Word v0.7.0.

There are no other changes to this version of the plug-in. Thanks to all of those of you who emailed me to get me to make the update work! 🙂

Define Word Firefox Extension v0.6.0

The Define Word plugin has been upgraded to work with Firefox v1.5: Define Word v0.6.0.

At the same time, I also added the ability to choose whether the tab should be foreground or background, and changed the way UTF-8 search strings are dealt with.

A number of other changes will have to wait until a later version, and I have had lots of ideas from everyone. Some of the things I would like to do when I get the time:

  • Allow the user to specify a default lookup
  • Add a hotkey to launch the default lookup
  • Add an option to specify how UTF-8 should be dealt with
  • Allow the result to be shown in a mouse-over hint instead of in a new tab/window. I tried this ages ago, and it’s quite hard to get it to work well, which is why it isn’t there today.
  • Make it work in Thunderbird. This is probably simple, but I have not been able to find out how to do it 🙂

Have you got other suggestions?

Define Word Firefox Extension v0.5.1

The Define Word plugin has been localized to Italian and Danish – thanks to Luana from the team for doing most of the work!

At the same time, I added as a default engine – to get it, download Define Word 0.5.1.

I have also submitted this version to the official download site, and it will probably appear in the next few weeks. Thanks for all your comments and feedback!

Define Word Firefox Plugin v0.5 is out

The Define Word plugin (which started as a bit of an experiment) is now actually a useful one! Based on several comments, suggestions and code snippet contributions, I have made several changes and you can now download Define Word 0.5.0.

In this version:
* The list of search engines is dynamic and can changed using the Options dialog,
* Your preferred search engines show up in the pop-up menu so you don’t have to change the settings to use another one,
* The pop-up menu now also appears inside text entry fields,
* The default list of search engines has been extended to include,, and several others.
* Define Word supports FireFox v1.0 on all platforms, but older versions are no longer supported. The full Mozilla browser is also not supported.

Thanks for all your comments and feedback!