Oct 25, 2008

Gmail IMAP Account Setup 1.6

I've received many request to add a locale switching functionality. Moreover, many users failed to set up Gmail IMAP due to a mismatch between Thunderbird and Gmail language settings. So, I've implemented the locale switching in Gmail IMAP Account Setup 1.6.

"Language of Gmail" setting is added in the first page of the account setup wizard. This option is enabled when you choose "Gmail IMAP" or "Gmail IMAP (Google Apps). The locale which is the same as the one Thunderbird uses is showed by default. If it differs from Gmail's language setting, choose the correct locale. For example, select "en-US" if your Gmail setting is US English. If your locale is not showed in the list, it is not supported so far. The locale switching requres restart of Thunderbird. Continue the account setup after Thunderbird was restart.

Newly added strings have not been localized yet because v1.6 is an experimental release.
Please let me know if you find any problems.

Oct 23, 2008

Visual XUL Editor

Designing UI is one of bothring part in developing addons for Firefox/Thunderbird or XUL applications. XULPIX is an application which enables you to define UI visually. You can edit UI by looking both DOM tree and preview of the UI. It seems useful when I create an addon from the beginning, especially when I make an option form. See the demo below for details.

Oct 16, 2008

Google Contacts 04.20

I forgot to post the release of Google Contacts 0.4.20. It is a bug fix version of v0.4.10 and no new feature is added. It fixes the following problem:
  • Fixed: Synchronization will be failed if taking backup for either Thunderbird address books or Google contacts fails

Shredder Alpha 3

Mozilla Messaging released Shredder Alpha 3, which was planed to be the first Thunderbird3 preview: Thunderbird3 beta1. It is an alpha version yet, but some remarkable features have landed. The following features are newly added. See the release note for more details.
  • Improved Message Reader View
  • Add/Edit Contacts from the Message Header
  • Integrated Vista Search
  • Automatic Message Download for IMAP
  • Birthday Field in Address Book
Some users may do not prefer the new header view, but I like it. Especially, the expanded style seems to be more functional.

Collapsed header view.

Expanded header view. You can easily add an email address by clicking the star near the address. It is similar to the way that Firefox bookmarks a web page.

Automatic Message Download for IMAP is one of long awaited features.

Address book has a birthday field.

Oct 12, 2008

Gmail IMAP Account Setup 1.5.10

Gmail IMAP Account Setup 1.5.10 is a revised version of v1.5.00. No new functionality is added since v1.5.00. v1.5.00 was rejected by AMO editor due to a probability of conflicts with other addons. In order to avoid the conflicts, all codes of the addon have been rewritten with a object-oriented style. The drastical change may includes problems which I have not noticed; of course, I tested it carefully. If you find any problems, please let me know.

Oct 2, 2008

Thunderbird 3.0b1 renamed to Shredder 3.0a3

Mozilla Messaging decided to rename Thunderbird 3.0b1 to 3.0a3. dmose described more details in his blog.


Glazman, the developer of Nvu, announced a new Mozilla-based WYSIWIG HTML editor called BlueGriffon. A few amount of information is available so far.

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