This probably should have been version 1.31 instead of 1.4. Almost nothing changed. I’m just trying an experiment to see if it is possible to append a tracking tag to a url to a website without messing up anything. New chrome API features make it possible (I think) so I’m testing it out!
A minor release. The referly links ended up failing because referly didn’t get the traction they hoped and appear to be mid-pivot. This update removes those links and restores the previous set. I also swapped out the full-name quicklinks for square icons so that there is room for Reddit and Pinterest which are common destinations without forcing the reduced ads search box down. I also reduced the size of the box per bookmark to allow for only two rows of tags to be visible. It seems to be big enough as a click target for editing but allows bookmarks on a single screen which I hope will be more useful. It also turned out that I could reduce the header height and free up a bit more space for bookmarks on-screen.
Additional Chrome Note: The chrome team has added a link to your apps as the first link in the bookmarks bar now. I hope that will ease some of the pain for users who missed having their apps show on the newtab page. (Until I can get around to adding them in some convenient way individually.)
Google updated the manifest file requirements for extensions so I made minor changes required to follow the new standard as well as any code tweaks required. Also, the quick links at the top of the new tab page were updated to referly links. It gives me an easy way to see if anyone is actually bothering to use those links since it will count up the number of clicks across all users. Additionally, in the case of Amazon, I might actually get a few pennies once in a while to encourage me on my way!
Getting re-engaged with the extension has been fun and I’m looking forward to improving it going forward!
This release has several updates affecting the Le Tags main bookmark management screen.
– Any selected tag or bookmark to filter the display now stays highlighted so that you can see which group you chose when viewing the list.
– Hovering over the name of a bookmark used to show two buttons that said “edit” and “delete” over a dark blue background. Those buttons and the background have been removed in favor of small icons for edit and delete so that less of the name is covered and it is cleaner in general.
– Some people have A LOT of folders and tags in their system. In order to free up screen space, there is now a small green icon next to the lists of tags and folders so that you can choose to hide either list in the view. Clicking on the icon again will re-display each list.
– Version information has been added in the tab title and footer so you can see if you are up to date or not.
– The previous footer was a single link to the Le Tags site. It now is divided up so that it links to the main Le Tags site, the FAQ section, and the about page which includes a contact form to reach me.
– When opening the tags popup for a bookmark the cursor wasn’t starting out in the field to enter tags. It required a click in order to start typing. (Actually, it started out there and then quickly jumped out on display…) This was a quirk with animations using the jQueryUI library and was fixed with the update that was just released. (jQueryUI 1.8.16 if you are curious) This was a particularly annoying issue for me so glad to cross if off my list!
OK. That’s frustrating. Chome updated itself to version 12 and apparently cleared all app data storage to implement some new features. New features = great. Wiping out our data without warning/prompting us? Not cool Google. Not cool.
The upshot? It means I’m accelerating the prioritization of online backup and syncing of tag/bookmark data. The other benefit will be access to your data from other machines and (hopefully) shortly thereafter on your mobile phone!
Le Tags has been out in the public eye for a week now and I really appreciate the feedback I’ve received so far. I wasn’t sure what the response would be honestly so happy to see that it has been as positive as it has been! There isn’t a method in the Chrome webstore (extension gallery) for me to respond to reviews other than just editing the description so I’ll make use of this blog and hope some people get a chance to see it…
@eliasp – The problem you ran into with the notification on the addition of a bookmark was new to me. I wonder if it is due to Chrome 11 vs. 12? Either way, I think I need to redesign the bookmark add popup so that instead of an “alert” box informing of an add it is just a change of the code in the page itself. I’d also like to add a cancel button to the window since I think it is more intuitive than just clicking elsewhere to close it. In my first implementation I was going for an automatic close after the bookmark was saved but for some reason setTimeout() was being ignored by Chrome and I had to go the route I did here in the first draft. Regarding your usability and design suggestions, I’m on board with you there… Definitely needs work in some of those areas! I hope to make some improvements in the next couple of weeks…
@anonymous – Regarding importing bookmarks & tag data from other browsers, I think the most likely target will need to be Firefox first. I haven’t quite figured out the best way to go about it yet… since Chrome has some native import functionality I’m thinking maybe having Chrome import it first and then matching the tags in a secondary process would be best but it might be better to one-shot it somehow. This might be out a bit as a function pending some usability issues first but is an important enhancement I think.
@sfera & @deascx – Your point on the newtab page is a tricky one. I’m still scratching my head on this one. The Chrome API doesn’t let me duplicate the “most-visited” sites that is in the default page and I’m hoping that a future chrome release will make that possible. It’s a cool aspect that I like a lot!
I’d like some feedback on colors, etc. How do you feel about the blues? Would gray or white be better or too stark? You can respond in comments or through the contact form on the about page… Thanks for checking out Le Tags!
I’m releasing the first official version of Le Tags into the wild today. Le Tags is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to add tags to bookmarks as well as replaces the default new tab screen with a bookmark manager and editor.
The easiest way to check it out is to try it! Here’s the link to the extension in Chrome’s extension library: