Adblock Plus 2.3.1 for Firefox, Adblock Plus 1.5.2 for Chrome and Opera released · 2013-07-24 14:00 by Wladimir Palant
Note: The originally released Adblock Plus 1.5.1 for Chrome and Opera had a bug that reset the filter settings. Adblock Plus 1.5.2 fixes that issue and restores the original data.
- Improved filter list downloads.
- Implemented filter forward-compatibility proposal.
- Implemented an emergency notification mechanism that can be used to communicate important issues.
Notifications in Adblock Plus · 2013-07-23 16:20 by Felix Dahlke
We’re adding a new feature to Adblock Plus: Notifications.
The reason is that we sometimes need to notify users about serious issues without requiring them to update Adblock Plus. The worst-case scenario is that some users cannot receive automatic updates and we will use this feature to help the users update Adblock Plus manually. This will hopefully never happen for most users though.
We’re also planning to use it for other things, but sparingly. For example to ask a small set of users to participate in a new survey, should we ever run one again.
For now, this is only implemented in Firefox and Chrome, but we’re planning to bring it to all platforms. Firefox development build users should have it as of today, Chrome development build users should get it tomorrow. We have put up a test message for development build users, to make sure the feature works properly before we roll it out to everyone.
Subscription downloads refactoring · 2013-07-17 15:25 by Wladimir Palant
A large batch of changes landed in Adblock Plus 126.96.36.19989 for Firefox as well as Adblock Plus 188.8.131.527 for Chrome and Opera. These implement most of the proposal to simplify subscription downloads (updating documentation still outstanding) and part of the proposal to improve forward compatibility of filters. For users, nothing should change — subscriptions should update as usually and manual subscription updates should work as they did before. There is a bunch of changes for subscription authors however:
- HTTP headers that were previously considered by Adblock Plus no longer are, special comments are now the only way to tell Adblock Plus something. All special comments have the format
! Foo: barand won’t appear in the list of filters (previously this was inconsistent).
- There is a new special comment:
! Version: 1234(must be a number). We might use it for incremental downloads later, at the moment this is only there to allow distinct versions of filter lists that can be part of the issue reporter data for example (will be implemented soon).
- The special comment
! Redirect: foono longer needs a day to take effect, Adblock Plus will rather try to download from the new location immediately. Any filters in a filter list containing this comment are ignored.
- The special comment
! Expires: foocan no specify any update interval between 1 hour and 14 days. If this comment is missing or invalid, the new default value is 5 days.
- When Adblock Plus downloads the filter subscription there will be additional parameters added to the URL of the request:
addonName(normally “adblockplus”, “adblockpluschrome” or “adblockplusopera”),
addonVersion(version of the add-on),
application(e.g. “firefox” or “chrome”) and
lastVersion(last version that was downloaded by this client). This allows serving different data to different clients if there are serious compatibility issues that cannot be resolved by other means.
Adblock Plus 2.3 for Firefox, Adblock Plus 1.5 for Chrome and Opera released · 2013-07-10 13:38 by Wladimir Palant
This release introduces a new first-run page that is common in all three versions.
- Removed typo correction feature
- Better localization approach
- Worked around a Firefox Mobile bug, selecting filter subscription is possible again
- Fixed issue reporter breakage in current Firefox nightlies
Adblock Plus 2.3 release candidate available · 2013-07-03 15:42 by Wladimir Palant
It took us some more time than we expected when the previous announcement was published but we now have some release candidates: Adblock Plus 2.2.5a.3667 for Firefox as well as Adblock Plus 184.108.40.2064 for Chrome and Opera. The planned release date for Adblock Plus 2.3 for Firefox and Adblock Plus 1.5 for Chrome and Opera is 2013-07-09. Changes since the previous announcement:
- Better buttons on the first-run page
- Firefox only: typo correction feature has been removed (reasoning)
- Firefox only: better localization approach (won’t be visible in this build but should hopefully improve translation quality in the final release)
Known issue: in the Filter Preferences of the Firefox build, access key of the “Backup and Restore” button doesn’t work.
New first-run page · 2013-05-29 22:50 by Wladimir Palant
Starting with Adblock Plus 2.2.5a.3659 for Firefox and Adblock Plus 220.127.116.112 for Chrome we have a new first-run page:
This is a further improvement from the first-run page we already had in Chrome, now we finally have the same page in the Firefox extension as well. In addition to a more concise explanation of acceptable ads, the idea was to provide an overview of what Adblock Plus can do and allow turning on optional features easily. We are still planning to tweak the buttons and a few minor things but other than that the design is final — the release is supposed to happen in two weeks.
The first-run page comes up only during the initial installation of the extension. In Firefox (unlike in Chrome) uninstalling and reinstalling the extension doesn’t remove the data and the first-run page doesn’t appear again. If you want to see it without resetting Adblock Plus you can copy
chrome://adblockplus/content/ui/firstRun.html into the location bar in Firefox or
chrome-extension://ldcecbkkoecffmfljeihcmifjjdoepkn/firstRun.html in Chrome (the latter works only for the development builds, the address in the release build is different).
Adblock Plus 1.4 for Google Chrome™ released · 2013-03-12 14:07 by Wladimir Palant
- Implemented pop-up blocking functionality to get rid of pop-ups that are being allowed by the built-in pop-up blocker.
- Worked around some developer tools functionality breaking due to Chrome issue 178109 (forum topic).
- Improved hiding of placeholders, frames in a frameset are hidden as well now (forum topic).
- Made sure the important functionality is synced automatically between the Firefox and Chrome extensions.
Improvements to pop-up blocking in Chrome · 2013-03-05 15:51 by Wladimir Palant
Turns out that our previous release candidate wasn’t catching all the pop-ups. We’ve improved the approach in Adblock Plus for Google Chrome 18.104.22.1689, that’s the new release candidate.
Pop-up blocking for Chrome · 2013-03-04 12:55 by Wladimir Palant
We’ve had pop-up blocking support in Firefox for quite a while already, starting with the 22.214.171.1248 development build the same functionality is now available for Chrome. Again, this is to complement the built-in pop-up blocker for the cases where it fails, not to replace it. By now the subscription authors added filters for the most notorious unwanted pop-ups so these should be blocked immediately.
This is a release candidate for Adblock Plus 1.4 for Google Chrome which is scheduled for release next Tuesday (2013-03-12).
Adblock Plus 1.3.4 for Google Chrome™ released · 2012-12-18 14:26 by Wladimir Palant
This is a bugfix release, it fixes an issue with the signature validation code in Adblock Plus. It also updates translations, our volunteers on Crowdin finished translating Adblock Plus for Chrome into twenty languages.
Version number notes: there was no 1.3.2 or 1.3.3 release for Chrome, we released Adblock Plus with these version numbers for Opera however.