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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AcceleReader for Instapaper – Instaread update & more

Instaread available from extension button

Instaread is now also available by right-clicking on the extension button in the toolbar.

Use Instaread when you want to read a page immediately, but in the clean, clutter-free interface of Instapaper. AcceleReader will save the page to your Instapaper account, and open the saved page in Instapaper in a new tab.

Other updates

This update has a lot of code changes behind the scene. Most of it is related to performance improvements, error handling, and some bug fixes. I have tested the update, but there is still a chance things might break.

Some of the bug fixes:

  • Performing offline actions – like, mark read, delete – in the extension popup now updates local view immediately.
  • Better handling of some Instapaper errors means list count is always in sync.
  • Extension popup is disabled when not logged in.

Please share any feedback or bugs you may encounter using the feedback form available here.

That’s all, folks!

ver: 2018.1013.4.15

P.S.: The Firefox version is still uploading, so may be a bit before it becomes available.

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AcceleReader for Instapaper – ‘Instaread’

Instaread – save a page, and open the saved page for reading instantly

Use Instaread when you want to read a page immediately, but in the clean, clutter-free interface of Instapaper. AcceleReader will save the page to your Instapaper account, and open the saved page in Instapaper in a new tab.

There are two ways of using Instaread:

  1. From the right-click menu.
    Right-click on any page or a link on a page and select ‘Save and read in Instapaper’.
  2. Using a keyboard shortcut.
    Set up a keyboard shortcut to save the current page and open the saved page in a new tab in Instapaper.

You may enable Instaread on the options page.

Please share any feedback or bugs you may encounter using the feedback form available here.

That’s all, folks!

ver: 2018.1004.4.13

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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 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

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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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autoConvert Select: Convert time zones, automagically!

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Time with zone in selected text converted to my time zone (on the right)

Convert time from different zones

autoConvert Select now converts time zones from a variety of formats. Just select the text containing a time with a different time zone, and it will be automatically converted to your time zone.

autoConvert Select recognises these core time zone versions:

  • The standard version: ‘2 P.M. Europe/London‘,
  • Most abbreviations: ‘14:00 BST‘, and
  • Many city and area names: ‘1400 London time

I will continue adding support for more formats, so please share with me any text you think it isn’t converting properly.

Trigger key for only converting selectively

autoConvert Select now includes an option to only convert text when a trigger key is pressed. This may be set on the options/preferences page.

This option is disabled by default. Trigger keys may be any of: ‘alt‘, ‘shift‘, ‘control‘(not on MacOS), and ‘Command‘ (on MacOS).

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autoConvert Select – Convert multiple values in a single selection

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v. 2018.830.0.4

Updates

Convert multiple values in selected text

autoConvert Select now converts up to six values in a single selection.

Dark and light theme for conversion box

Conversion box may be themed in a lighter or darker shade. Change in extension options.

The conversion box’s position may also be changed in options.

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New: autoConvert Select for Chrome & Firefox

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Automattic unit conversion

For the wanderers, the readers, the chefs and bakers, the measuring, tinkering DIYers, and for anyone else who struggles to convert feet to cm, or ºC to ºF, or wonders how many grams is it when the recipe says a cup of sugar in the cake.

With autoConvert Select, just select the text you convert, and the conversion is right there in the corner of the browser. No clicking, no searching. Right there… automagically.

Select a value in metric units, say 16 km, and the conversion will be imperial (10 miles). Select a value in the old, imperial units, say 22ºF, and the conversion will be into metric (-5.6ºC).

That’s all, folks!

Get it here on Chrome and Firefox.

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


Notes:

  1. autoConvert Select only converts units. Unlike the older autoConvert for Chrome, it does not convert currencies yet. I am still looking for a free source for currency rates before I can provide currency conversion.
  2. autoConvert Select converts the first six values in a selection. You may have to select multiple times to see more conversion.
  3. autoConvert Select supports all websites – including the newer React based websites that the older extension used to hang on.