autoConvert Premium – Become a supporter

Premium supporter membership is now available in autoConvert Select.

Becoming a supporter helps fund continued maintenance and development of the extension. It also helps me determine if there is a genuine value being delivered by autoConvert, and direct focus on requests from supporting users.

There are three levels of supporter memberships available:

    1. Supporter ($0.99 / £0.79 / €0.89 / ₹ 60 – a month)
    2. Promoter ($4.99 / £3.49 / €3.99 / ₹ 299 – a month)
    3. Patron ($14.99 / £9.99 / €10.99 / ₹ 914 – a month)

Please pick a supporter level that reflects both your ability to pay, and how useful you find autoConvert.

Features exclusive for premium supporters:

  1. Currency conversion,
    • Currency rates are also fetched 4x more frequently for premium supporters than trial users
  2. Custom target time zones (coming later), and
  3. Alternate target currency and time zones in extension window

All premium features are available to all premium supporters, irrespective of premium level chosen.

Features available to all users:

  1. Measurement unit conversion, and
  2. Time zone conversion to detected current time zone,
  3. Unlimited unit and time zone conversion from extension window

Free Trial

A free 5-day guest trial enables all premium features. The guest trial period starts when currency conversion is first enabled1.

A 30-day free trial period starts the first time you sign up for a premium supporter membership. This enables all premium features, including more frequent currency rates fetch. First payment is only charged at the end of this 30-day free trial period2.

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autoConvert Select – Reading common currency symbols based on website domain

Some of the common currency symbols are used by more than one currency. The most common example is the dollar sign ($) – used by US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, and more.

autoConvert will convert values with these common currency symbols based on domain of the website where the value is selected. Domain matching is only used for currency symbols, and not for the three character currency codes.

An example:

AUD 20‘ will always be read as Australian Dollars irrespective of the website,
$ 20‘ will only be read as Australian Dollars on websites ending in ‘.au‘. Elsewhere it will be read as US Dollars.

The currency symbols covered by domain-matching are:

  1. $
    • US Dollar (default)
    • Canadian Dollar (.ca)
    • Australian Dollar (.au)
    • New Zealand Dollar (.nz)
    • Colombian Peso (.co)
    • Argentinian Peso (.ar)
    • Chilean Peso (.cl)
    • Dominican Peso (.do)
    • Jamaican Dollar (.jm)
    • Brazilian Real (.br)
  2. £
    • British Pound (default)
    • Egyptian Pound (.eg)
  3. ¥
    • Japanese Yen (default)
    • Chinese Renminbi Yuan (.cn)
  4. kr
    • Swedish Krona (default)
    • Norwegian Krone (.no)
    • Danish Krone (.dk, .fo)
    • Icelandic Krone (.is)
  5. Rs
    • Sri Lankan Rupee (default)
    • Pakistani Rupee (.pk)

The top-level-domain (TLD) next to each currency above indicates which websites will use that currency for the relevant symbol. When the domain does not match that TLD, the default currency will be used.

That’s all, folks!

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

v. 2018.1018.0.20

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autoConvert Select – currency conversion free trial, and more

Switching currency to USD
Switching currency to USD

A free trial of Currency conversion is now available to all users

Currency conversion is a premium feature, but is now available as a free trial to all users. It shall stay free for at least 30 days for everyone.

One-time conversion to other currency or time-zone

autoConvert converts currencies to your default currency (you may change this on the options page), and time to your local time zone (from browser).

For those times when you may want to convert to another currency, there are now two extra buttons available in the popup:

Use them to change currency, or time zone, for the current conversion.

The currency and time zone specified here is only used for the current conversion in the popup. When the popup is closed and opened again, it goes back to converting to the default currency, and the home time zone. Conversion by selection on a web page always uses the default currency and home time zone.

This is a premium feature, but is available to all users during the free trial.

Conversions appear in original order

Conversions appear in original order – both on web pages, and in the popup.

Earlier, they were ordered as time conversions, followed by currency conversions, followed by unit conversions. This forced sort order has now been removed.

Irrespective of the type of conversion – time, currency or unit – they will appear in the same order as in the text selected/typed.

Other minor updates

  • tbs‘ is now parsed as ‘tablespoons
  • Removed permission for reading clipboard contents
  • Minor bug fixes

That’s all, folks!

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

v. 2018.1017.0.18

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autoConvert Select – pounds, stones and currency conversion trial

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I’m over 10Kg above target weight 😥

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!

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

v. 2018.918.0.16
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autoConvert – New extension, and currency conversion removed

New extension: 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.

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 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!

v. 2018.912.2.20

autoConvert Select – Convert any text with extension window


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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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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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