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New buttons "Clear Domain Cookies" and "Tab Focus Checkbox".

Two new buttons are available in the button database.

"Clear Domain Cookies" clears all cookies belonging to the domain of the currently active browser tab.

The Tab Focus Checkbox toggles if new tabs should be loaded in foreground or background.

2011-12-08 - Manuel Reimer

New buttons "Expire History Button" and "Permissions Menu".

Two new buttons are available in the button database.

The Expire History Button allows the user to expire and delete entries from the browser history older than a specified number of days. Thanks to David E. Ross for sharing his work.

The Permissions Menu gives quick access to the page permission dialogs for popups, images, installation and cookies (and restores access to those on SeaMonkey).

2011-10-17 - Manuel Reimer

New Button "Cookie Behavior Menulist", "Server Info Button" updated

A new PrefBar button is available, which allows you to have finer control on how cookies are accepted. The Cookie Behavior Menulist. Thanks to David E. Ross for sharing his work.

You may also find a updated Server Info Button, which has been fixed to work with hotkeys, which caused some problems (error messages in error console) in previous versions.

Please note, that both buttons require you to have PrefBar 6.0.1 installed, as the new button format can't be imported by older PrefBar releases!

2011-08-07 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 6.0.1 waiting for review

Exactly 20 days ago, I wrote, that PrefBar 6.0 will be available, soon.

Unfortunately PrefBar 6.0 had a unicode problem. The prefbar.json file was saved without unicode characters, which would cause problems for anyone who wants to use such characters anywhere in buttons.

Second problem is, that I got no review for PrefBar 6.0 at AMO. One smaller modification was needed, which is a whitelist for hosts, allowed to use the "prefbar://" protocol. SeaMonkey/Firefox also have such whitelists for XPI installation and as button files have the same privileges as real addons, it is a good idea to make importing buttons as secure as installing addons.

PrefBar 6.0.1 has been sent to the AMO reviewers today and I hope to get review soon. If this works this time, then you'll get automatic update to 6.0.1, soon. I hope all the bigger bugs are fixed in 6.0.1, now.

2011-07-28 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 6.0 is on its way

Some minutes ago, I've uploaded PrefBar 6.0 in its final version to addons.mozilla.org. It now will take some time until it gets reviewed by the mozilla team.

Most important changes: Support for SeaMonkey 2.2 and higher and complete port away from RDF as datasource format. Mozilla also started to reduce their usage of RDF in Firefox, so this format has no future. In the past, RDF caused more workarounds than it actually did what it should, so this change also improves code quality a lot.

Full changelog, as always, in the online help system.

2011-07-08 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 6.0 RC2 available.

Some bugs have been reported to me (thank you very much to the reporters!), so I'll create a second RC to allow interested people to test the current status with all bugs, I got reported, fixed.

You may get PrefBar 6.0 RC2 from here

2011-07-03 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 6.0 RC1 available. Move to tuxfamily.org.

Most important news first: PrefBar 6.0 RC1 is ready for testing. Maybe someone wants to help me with fixing last bugs before this one gets final?

Download from here

Next, I want to write a few sentences about the move of PrefBar to tuxfamily.org. So far I didn't write anything about this. Main reason is, that I've found a security hole on mozdev.org about three years ago. It took me much time and many mails until finally someone even tried to resolve this issue. As a word of "thank you" they finally disabled PHP for the PrefBar project without asking me first, which actually destroyed the layout of the PrefBar homepage. I already started creating a new hosting on tuxfamily.org, as they offer more services and have a more secure hosting platform. The disabling of PHP forced me to move over to the new homepage as soon as possible.

2011-06-27 - Manuel Reimer

Some new buttons on "More buttons" page

I've uploaded six new buttons to the "More buttons" page. Please have a look and import what you like.

2010-10-28 - Manuel Reimer

"Bookmarkmanager Button" download fixed, new version of "Print Menu"

With my last update of Bookmarkmanager Button, I missed to upload the new button file. If you are interested in an updated button, please try again, now.

As someone asked me to also update "Print Menu", to work with Firefox 4.x beta versions, you may now find a new version of this button here: Print Menu

2010-10-06 - Manuel Reimer

Bookmarkmanager Button updated for FF 4.x beta

I just released a modified version of the Bookmarkmanager Button, which should work with current Firefox 4 beta versions. I don't give support for Firefox beta versions, but I thought someone may be interested in the update. You may get the button here: Bookmarkmanager Button

2010-10-04 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 5.1.1 available

I have uploaded PrefBar 5.1.1 to addons.mozilla.org, which will be available for download in a few days. This is primary a bugfix release. For a detailed list of changes, please have a look at the changelog.

2010-07-23 - Manuel Reimer

New version of "Infolist Button". New button "Geolocation Checkbox"

Two changes have been made on the More button page:

2010-06-15 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 5.1 available, PrefBar now on addons.mozilla.org

Yesterday, PrefBar got reviewed by the Mozilla reviewers, so from now on, you'll find new versions here: https://addons.mozilla.org/addon/67148/.

Some of the new features, added with PrefBar 5.1, are:

The new release also contains many bug fixes. For a full list of changes, have a look at the changelog

2010-06-04 - Manuel Reimer

Bugfix release PrefBar 5.0.2

I've published PrefBar 5.0.2 as second (and hopefully last) bugfix release for PrefBar 5.0.

This primarly fixes bugs that only exist on the Mac OS 10 platform. As I don't have a Mac and so can't debug such stuff on my own, I depend on feedback of Mac users, in such cases. Thanks to anyone who helped me with fixing those bugs. Especially Arivald, who guided me into the right direction, when debugging the prefwindow issue, and Bob for helping me with testing my trunk builds.

2010-02-13 - Manuel Reimer

Bugfix release PrefBar 5.0.1

I've published a bugfix release, fixing this bug: Bug 22344

2010-01-30 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 5.0 ready!

After many hours of development, PrefBar 5.0 is finally ready for the end user.

The biggest change is, that I've dropped SeaMonkey 1.x support. This allowed to delete many old lines of code and, on the other side, finally allows me to use some new features of SeaMonkey 2.x and Firefox 3.x, I didn't use, so far, as they would have broken SeaMonkey 1.x support:

For a full list of changes, please have a look at the changelog

Would be nice to get some feedback about what you think about the new features. If you still find bugs in this version, please file a bug or send a short bug report. Contact address: manuel.reimer@gmx.de

2010-01-28 - Manuel Reimer

Atom Feed available

SeaMonkey 2.0 came with a pretty nice feed reader, built into the Mail/News component, which I found to be pretty useful.

To also support feed readers, I added an Atom feed to the PrefBar homepage.

To subscribe to the Newsfeed, you just have to click the orange button on the right in your address bar and follow the instructions.

2010-01-23 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 5.0 RC1 available

I've uploaded another "test version" for the upcoming PrefBar 5.0 release. It would be great, if as much people, as possible, could give this a try, so bugs, I didn't find, so far, can be fixed. Nearly any code line has been touched in the way from PrefBar 4.3.2 to this release, so there unfortunately is a good chance, something got broken in this process. If noone finds any bugs, a final version will be published next week.

The new test version is available here.

2010-01-23 - Manuel Reimer

InfoList button updated

A new InfoList button is available, which makes the button work on the current SeaMonkey trunk.

2010-01-04 - Manuel Reimer

Preview version for future PrefBar 5.0 ready to download!

Now, as SeaMonkey 1.x is not longer supported by the SeaMonkey team, I decided to drop SeaMonkey 1.x support. This also means, I'm finally able to use all those nice new features, built into SeaMonkey 2.x and Firefox 3.x, I was unable to use, so far, as using those features would have broken SeaMonkey 1.x support.

The most important change is, that I've separated PrefBar in a customizable toolbar, which is displayed as usual and can be toggled using F8 (or the hotkey, you defined for this) and a "toolbaritem", which holds PrefBar's buttons. This separation allows you to move the PrefBar buttons to any place on any toolbar on SeaMonkey/Firefox, using the built-in toolbar customize mechanism. It also allows you to place foreign buttons, or Buttons, which come with SeaMonkey/Firefox itself, onto the PrefBar toolbar (and hide/show those buttons, together with PrefBar itself, using the F8 hotkey).

Another bigger change is the redesign of the PrefBar preference system, you use to edit the toolbar. In Firefox, it now has a more "Firefox like" design.

Please only use this alpha release on non-productive environments and please send me feedback about what you think about this release and about any bug you find. You may do this via Mail (manuel.reimer@gmx.de) or (even better) using our Newsgroup

2010-01-02 - Manuel Reimer

Bugfix-Release PrefBar 4.3.2 available

This release fixes a small bug in the Java checkbox, which caused the checkbox to fail, if the "Java Deployment Toolkit" plugin is installed.

If anything works well, this release has been notified to you by the Addon manager of SeaMonkey/Firefox. I hope this works...

2009-12-23 - Manuel Reimer

Bugfix-Release PrefBar 4.3.1 available

This release is just a bugfix release, mostly for fixing several SeaMonkey 2.x related bugs. I've also enabled "automatic update" using the built-in addon-manager for this release, based on the file management mechanism, provided by mozdev.org. I didn't try it, but hopefully the next release will be notified to you by SeaMonkey/Firefox.

For a complete list of all bugs, fixed in this release, please have a look at the Changelog

2009-12-09 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 4.3 ready, two buttons updated

PrefBar 4.3 is available, now. The biggest change in this release is the cleaned up configuration dialog. Based on the idea "less is more", I dropped all the buttons between the lists and placed them to a context menu. Drag&drop now is the only way to move the items around. Deleting items is done via context menu or via "Del" key and editing is done via doubleclick or via context menu, again.
You may have a look at the Changelog for a more detailled list of changes.

Another big change is, that PrefBar now officially works on SeaMonkey 2.0. It worked in the past, too, and a few people already used it there, but now I'm officially supporting SM 2.0, while I'll now start to fade out SeaMonkey 1.x support.

I've also uploaded new versions of two buttons. The Infolist button, which had to be updated to support the addon manager, now available in SeaMonkey 2.0 (this also makes this button work in Firefox) and the Bookmarkmanager button which needed a small fix to be able to open the bookmark manager in SeaMonkey 2.0.

2009-11-09 - Manuel Reimer

New version of Referer Spoof Menulist

As Referer Spoof Menulist got broken by a change, I had to do, to get PrefBar to work in Firefox 3.5, I uploaded a new version of this button. The new version is available here.

2009-10-05 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 4.2 available

PrefBar 4.2 is available, now. Most important changes:

You may have a look at the Changelog for more info.

2009-06-30 - Manuel Reimer

Several new buttons uploaded

I've uploaded three new buttons, I've been working on. Please check them and tell me, if you have any problems.

2009-03-10 - Manuel Reimer

New documentation area, first Howto uploaded

I've modified the "documentation" navigation entry, above, to have a "sub-navigation", to allow me to store even more documentation for end users, and in future even for developers.

So far, a new "Howtos"-area is placed there next to the "PrefBar Help", which always had been there.

The first Howto is one, which shows how checkboxes may be colored, depending on their switch state, using CSS.

2008-12-12 - Manuel Reimer

Uploaded new Button: Validate Buttons 1.0

A new button file to validate your pages is available here. It contains one button to validate HTML and one to validate CSS.

2008-10-23 - Manuel Reimer

Uploaded PrefBar 4.1.2, updated button "Font Reset Button"

I've uploaded a new PrefBar release which primarly fixes bugs with Firefox 3.0, like the non-working Font resize buttons and the corrupted PrefBar menu after customizing toolbars. It also fixes a bug which causes PrefBar to be corrupted if collapsed using the "grippy" on the left side of the toolbar, in SeaMonkey. You may have a look at the Changelog for more info.

If you don't use Firefox 3.0 or don't use grippies in SeaMonkey, then you most probably don't need this update!

I also updated the Font Reset Button to work with Firefox 3.0.

2008-07-29 - Manuel Reimer

Updated buttons "page2jpeg" and "refererspoof"

I've uploaded bugfix releases of two buttons:

2008-07-03 - Manuel Reimer

Referer Spoof Menulist should work now

Referer Spoof Menulist 2.0 is online for a pretty long time now. It also has been downloaded several hundred times. The interesting about it: It couldn't work in PrefBar < 4.1.1. There has been a bug in PrefBar that breaks initifunctions in extlists (Bug 19216). I myself had an older version running which doesn't use initfunctions and so I first got told about this bug via mail some weeks ago. So what did all the other people do? I'm always happy if someone gives feedback!

2008-06-15 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 4.1.1 published

PrefBar 4.1.1 now is online. It contains a security fix for SeaMonkey 1.x users, has a new checkbox under "options" to optional disable the update check and should work well with the upcoming Firefox 3.0. For more information have a look at the Changelog. The installation link can be found on the Installation page

2008-06-15 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 4.1.1 RC 2 online

Just another release candidate in hope some testers help to find missing bugs to be able to fix before 4.1.1 gets released. Thanks for any help!
Download/Install: PrefBar 4.1.1 RC 2

2008-06-02 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 4.1.1 RC 1 ready for you to test

It would be nice if as much people as possible could give PrefBar 4.1.1 RC 1 a try. This one fixes some bugs that got reported after PrefBar 4.1. Most of those are issues with Firefox 3.0 and as there is already a RC1 of Firefox 3.0, I think it's time to get a release which works well there.

Please test NOW. If you report your bugs after 4.1.1 is out, then it's too late to fix them!

2008-05-24 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 4.1 finished!

PrefBar 4.1 RC1 is online for several weeks now and I didn't get more bug reports, so it seems like it works for most people and is ready to be published. In PrefBar 4.1 several smaller bugs have been fixed and some small features have been added. To just name a few of them:

Download here

2008-05-04 - Manuel Reimer

"Server Info Button" updated

Unfortunately I only tested my "Server Info Button" with one of the PrefBar 4.1 pre-finals and as I added some "PrefBar 4.1 only" features, the button didn't work for PrefBar 4.0.

I've fixed the button to also work with PrefBar 4.0, now and reuploaded the button. Anyone, who tried the old version without success, may give the button a second try, now.

Sorry for the mistake.

2008-04-16 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 4.1 RC 1 finished, new Button "Server Info Button"

This most probably is the last update before publishing PrefBar 4.1 final. I've added an update notifier into this version, which will tell you if there is a new update (after 4.1) available and fixed some minor bugs.

I've also uploaded a new button to the More Buttons page. The "Server Info" button will fetch some information about the server, hosting your currently viewed page, like the installed server software, operating system, database, ...

2008-04-13 - Manuel Reimer

Beta 2 available

Just another Beta of 4.1 with some smaller bugs fixed. Available as always on the installation page

2008-03-31 - Manuel Reimer

Uploaded PrefBar 4.1 Beta

I've uploaded a first beta of the upcoming PrefBar 4.1. It would be nice if as much people as possible could give this version a try and file any bug they find, so I'm able to fix them before publishing PrefBar 4.1 in a few days. The new version may be downloaded here.

2008-03-24 - Manuel Reimer

Updated Referer Spoof Menulist and Text URL button

Two buttons on the More Buttons page have been updated:

Referer Spoof Menulist
A new Version (2.0) has been updated, which uses the "initfunction" feature, which has been added with PrefBar 4.0. The old Referer Spoof Menulist just abused the "getfunction" for initializing, which doesn't work well, if you, for example, place the menulist to a submenu on PrefBar. In this case, getfunction will be called first, if you open this submenu, but initfunction will be called immediately after browser startup.

Text URL button
In some situations, the selected URL hasn't been detected. This has been fixed in the new version (1.1).

2008-03-13 - Manuel Reimer

New buttons: Page2Jpeg and UnPopup

I've uploaded two new buttons for you, to import into PrefBar. The first will save the currently viewed page to an image file and the second turns popup windows back into real browser windows. Visit the More Buttons page for more info.

2008-02-15 - Manuel Reimer

Get PrefBar 4.0 now! Some new buttons uploaded

The new PrefBar (Version 4.0) is finished now.

Now it's possible to import buttons with just one click! Just visit the More buttons site and click "Import" for those buttons, you like to have. And, of course, send me the buttons, you created on your own, so I'm able to add them to this page!

A second big feature are the submenus, which allow to group buttons and so to save space on your PrefBar.

For a list of all features: Have a look at the Changelog

You'll also find some new buttons for download. Just have a look on your own, to decide if something is useful for you.

2007-07-10 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 3.4.1 now published, some new buttons uploaded

And finally its done... This is just a bugfix release, which fixes several smaller bugs and this silly "Hotkey disable" bug, which made the browser unusable, if the "F8" hotkey is disabled. You'll find the new version on the installation page.

I've also uploaded some more buttons. David E. Ross was so kind to send me all his buttons and I've uploaded some of my buttons, too. Have a look at the More buttons site!

2007-07-10 - Manuel Reimer

New Button "Refererspoof", PrefBar 3.4.1 Beta published!

I've published a beta version for PrefBar 3.4.1. This version will fix some smaller bugs in 3.4, like the disabling of the "hide/unhide" hotkey, which may cause the browser to be unusable.

I also want to introduce a new site: More buttons.

I'll add buttons there, I currently don't want to add to PrefBar by default. The first button, you'll find there, is a button, which allows to modify the Referer, sent to websites.

2007-06-22 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 3.4 published!

Finally, PrefBar 3.4 seems to be ready. Most of the bugs in bugzilla are fixed now and some new features have been added. To just name the two biggest ones:

All the smaller changes are listed here.

The new version is, as always, available on the installation page

2007-05-14 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 3.4 RC1 uploaded

I've uploaded the release candidate for PrefBar 3.4 now. If noone finds major bugs, this will get the final release of PrefBar 3.4. In this RC1 the flash checkbox was improved, again and hotkey support has been modified to work without problems in all current SeaMonkey and Firefox versions!

2007-05-09 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 3.4 beta 2 uploaded

I've uploaded a second beta of PrefBar 3.4 today.

I hope there will be some testers, who may help me with testing the new features. This new beta has hotkey support. You may define hotkeys for Buttons and Links and use them inside your browser window.

In SeaMonkey the hotkeys are updated immediately if you change them. On Firefox the hotkeys will only affect new windows! This is a limitation in Firefox. This problem will not longer exist in Firefox 3.x.

2007-04-09 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 3.4 beta uploaded

I've uploaded a beta of PrefBar 3.4 today. This is only for testers!!! You aren't able to go back to PrefBar 3.3.4 as soon as 3.4 is installed, as PrefBar 3.4 will convert your button database to a new format! Create a test profile to use this beta version!

I also want to inform all PrefBar users, that PrefBar 3.4 will be the first PrefBar, where Mozilla Suite is not longer supported!

edit 2007-05-09: moved information about Mozilla suite to separate page

2007-03-18 - Manuel Reimer

PrefBar 3.3.4 is out now

PrefBar 3.3.4 has been published today. The new PrefBar, again, tries to fix several problems with the flash checkbox. It also has a modified "Restore Tab" button, which will use the built-in "Restore Tab"-feature of Firefox 2.0. This means, that the PrefBar-built-in backend now is exclusively for SeaMonkey.

2006-11-30 - Manuel Reimer

Page redesigned, PrefBar 3.3.3 released

Minor redesign of page. Now the news section is much bigger and so I'm able to write more than just a line for each release. The Documentation is now linked in the main navigation and the old versions and experimental builds have been moved to the installation page.

I've also released PrefBar 3.3.3. Sorry for the mistake, but I just missed to update the version numbers in 3.3.2. If you already have installed PrefBar 3.3.2, then there is no reason to install 3.3.3 if you don't need the correct version numbers in the installer or extension manager. I'll now create a checklist for future releases in hope I'll not miss something again.

The new version is, as always, available on the installation page

2006-11-02 - Manuel Reimer