Todo.txt for Chrome – ‘Undo’ task actions, and more…

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New: Undo quick task actions

Undo‘ actions on tasks in the list. Undo functionality is available for quick task actions – delete (‘#‘), change priority(‘p + a-z‘), change due date(‘d‘), and mark task complete (‘x‘).

Undo action is available in the notification toast at the bottom for 5 secs. Undo is also available using the keyboard shortcut ‘z‘ while the notification toast is visible.

If there’s a need, a future version may provide the option to pick alternate undo delays.

Other updates

Sort by date

A new option to sort by date is now available. Sorting by date treats completed and pending tasks differently.

Completed tasks are sorted, in order, by completion date, then due date, then creation date. Pending tasks are sorted by due date, then creation date.

The default sort order is

  1. Pending tasks before completed tasks
  2. Higher priorities before lower priorities
  3. Then sorted by date

Sorting by creation date and due date are still available as options.

Optimised syncing

The extension now optimises network requests by batching together syncing for some of actions.

This means that when a number of actions are performed in a quick sequence – say, marking multiple tasks complete – there’s only one sync with Dropbox. This does lead to a small delay in the syncing 5-15 secs, however, does reduce impact on network and battery.

Active refreshes – by pressing ‘r‘ or when the extension window is opened – are still performed immediately.

Interface tweaks

  • Added a link to keyboard shortcuts in the bottom bar,
  • Removed Twitter link in the bottom bar, and converted other links to text to reduce distraction,
  • Updated ‘syncing’ icon
  • Reduced font size, added San Francisco font on MacOS
  • Reordered task dates order in list
    • For pending tasks: Only due date is shown
    • For completed tasks: First completed date, then due date is shown
    • Created dates have been moved to the right in a muted colour
  • Edit and delete action icons have been muted

Bug fixes

  • Fixed issue with the options page sometimes loading without any options enabled
  • Corrected relative dates for dates in task list

There are a lot of updates and changes in this version. This may mean that a few bugs may have escaped my testing. Please do share any bugs, or feature glitches that you come across.

Cheers!

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autoConvert Select – pounds, stones and currency conversion trial

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I’m over 10Kg above target weight 😥

v. 2018.918.0.16

Two changes in this update – a minor tweak for pound/stone-using users, and announcing first currency conversion trial.

Convert mass to both stones and pounds

Some countries measure weight in pounds, others prefer stones. In the old extension there was a setting to decide which unit to use. In autoConvert Select, both values are now shown. Simple.

Currency conversion trial

Currency conversion is now available in autoConvert select. However, it’s currently in trial mode, and available only to a small (randomly selected) fraction of users.

I am not very comfortable about the durability of the exchange rates source I am using. So, I have restricted this feature to a small number of users. Exchange rates are also fetched only twice a day.

When currency conversion is available, an option to enable it, and to select your home currency will be available in options.

That’s all, folks!

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Todo.txt for Chrome – Filter tasks with priorities higher or lower than…

ver. 2018.918.7.8

New in this version: Filtered tasks with priorities higher or lower than given priority

Use filter operator ‘(>C)‘ to filter for tasks with higher priorities (e.g. tasks with priorities ‘A’ or ‘B’, in this case).

Similarly use operator ‘(<C)‘ to filter for tasks with lower priorities (tasks with priorities ‘D’, ‘E’… in this case).

Other updates

  1. Only the highest, non-negative priority from filter string is inserted into the default new task text.
  2. Filter operators (like ‘is:pending‘) are not inserted into new task text

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autoConvert – Currency conversion removed

v. 2018.912.2.20

Currency conversion

Currency conversion feature has been removed from autoConvert.

The previous (free) source for currency exchange rates was removed by the provider. I have been unable to find another free source, so the feature had to be removed.

I intend to bring the feature back in the new extension – autoConvert Select at some time in the future.

autoConvert Select

autoConvert does not work well with many modern websites that use technologies like react, vue or angular. It also tends to slow down some websites ocassionally.

autoConvert Select has been designed to work smoothly with modern web technologies. Being request based, it does not impact website performance either. autoConvert Select even converts time zones! It will be the main extension developed going forward.

autoConvert Select is available on both Chrome and Firefox, and may soon come to Android as well.

autoConvert deprecation

The old autoConvert extension will be deprecated near the end of 2018.

Unit conversion in autoConvert will continue to function normally as long as you have the extension installed. But there won’t be any new development on the extension.

autoConvert Select is the place to go for that, and more!

autoConvert Select – Convert any text with extension window


v. 2018.911.0.11

Convert text from other apps using autoConvert Select

Copy the text in the other app (say, from an email in Outlook), click on the autoConvert Select button in Chrome, and paste the text in the text box. autoConvert will instantly convert all units and times found in the text.

Convert more than 6 items from a web page

Convert as many units as you want in one go
Convert as many units as you want in one go

The limit of 6 conversions at a time does not apply to conversions done using the autoConvert Select window. Copy all the text from a webpage and paste into the text box. All conversions found in the text will be displayed1

Offline conversions of units and times

Google provides a handy converter for units and time zones. autoConvert Select makes it one better by providing similar functionality even without an internet connection. Like before, open Chrome, open the autoConvert Select window, and type in whatever you want coverted. It’s done, pronto.

Other updates

Updated icon - autoConvert Select
Updated icon – autoConvert Select

Made a minor tweak to the app icon, just enough to marginally differentiate from the now-deprecated autoConvert extension.

That’s all, folks!

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Word Counter – Trigger key, light theme, and more

Updated options - position, theme and trigger key
Options – count box position & theme, and count trigger key

v. 2018.908.0.10

A couple of new additions in this update, along with the usual minor changes and bug fixes

Trigger key for counting only on command

First up: Word Counter now provides an option to only count selected text when a trigger key is pressed. This key may be enabled in the extension options (disabled by default)

Trigger keys may be any of: ‘alt‘, ‘shift‘, ‘control‘(not on MacOS), and ‘Command‘ (on MacOS only).

Dark and light theme for word count box

Next: Word count box can be themed in a dark (default) or light theme. Change in extension options.

Others

Finally, some minor updates and fixes:

  • Added link to update notes (i.e. this website) in options
  • Fixed: Don’t count words when right-clicking on a link
  • Fixed: Consistent text size and font for word count box on all webpages

That’s all, folks!

Please share your feedback, including suggestions and any bugs you find using this link.

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autoConvert Select – v 2018.907.0.9

Convert time zones with dates

AutoConvert Select reads the dates provided with times when converting time zones. As usual, just select the date and time with the time zone, and the conversion appears. When the extension is unable to parse the date, the time zone is converted assuming today’s date.

The date formats currently parsed are:

  • YYYY-MM-DD‘ (e.g. 2018-09-23, 2018.09.23, 2018/09/23)
  • DD-MM-YYYY‘ (e.g. 23-09-2018, 23.09.2018, 23/09/2018)
  • DD-MMM-YYYY‘ (e.g. 23 Sep 2018, 23 September 2018)
  • DD-MMM-YY‘ (e.g. 23 Sep 18, 23 September 18)
  • DD-MMM‘ (e.g. 23 Sep, 23 September) – in this case the current year is assumed

Some minor variations are also parsed, e.g.: ‘23rd September 2018

Other updates

  • Convert time zone when zone may be in brackets (e.g. ‘5 PM (PDT)‘)
  • Correctly parse full ISO format – ‘Z‘ time zone was not being parsed earlier
  • Correctly handle parsing pace units (e.g.  ‘8:00 min/mile‘) and time zones
  • Enforce text size and font for the conversion box

That’s all, folks!

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