Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Adblock Plus 3.4.1 for Chrome, Firefox and Opera released · 2018-11-14 21:00 by Sebastian Noack

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Changes

  • Added the new abort-on-property-read snippet (issue 6969).
  • Fixed a bug where an issue reporter screenshot was submitted without annotations under certain circumstances (issue 7100).

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You spoke. We listened. ABP gets a major design overhaul · 2018-11-06 12:36 by Jeen Low

Adblock Plus’ 3.4 release includes a refresh to the user interface (UI). In this post, we take a look at the design process behind the new look and feel.

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Looking back and stepping forward: Real community spirit with the Open Source Initiative at MozFest 2018 · 2018-11-05 14:47 by Rachel Brochado

For the third year in a row, Adblock Plus participated in the leading event that builds upon the incredible movement for an open web: MozFest. This year, we had a clear mission to connect, share, and celebrate 20 years of open source together with the Open Source Initiative (OSI). It was the perfect occasion to combine our appreciation for an open Internet, and to actively support and participate in the broader movement that exists around the issues of the web.

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Introducing the new Adblock Plus 3.4: 50% reduction in memory usage and a fresh lick of paint · 2018-10-31 16:02 by Tom Woolford

Adblock Plus 3.4 released – 50% reduction in memory consumption and a new UI!

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Adblock Plus 3.4 for Chrome, Firefox and Opera released · 2018-10-31 02:00 by Thomas Greiner

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This release includes user interface improvements as well as a further reduction of the overall memory usage.

Changes

  • Redesigned the first-run page (issue 6749).
  • Redesigned the icon popup (issues 6794, 6801, 6816 and 6922).
  • Polished the design of the issue reporter and begun including a screenshot with each report (issues 6751, 6795, 6827, 6828 and 6895).
  • Made the following improvements to the settings page:
    • Added the “Show number of ads blocked in icon” option (issue 6740).
    • Started showing the “Show useful notifications” option regardless of whether the user has seen a notification previously (issue 6736).
    • Tooltips are shown on click now (issue 6758).
    • Removed the title input field when adding a filter list (issue 6760).
    • Removed the “NEW” label from Acceptable Ads without third-party tracking (issue 6768).
  • Snippet filters are now required to be restricted to at least one domain (issues 6797 and 6846).
  • Started logging snippet filter hits in our developer tools panel (issue 6843).
  • Removed support for legacy :-abp-properties() syntax (issue 6870).
  • Special comments are now required to be given at the top of filter lists (issue 6923).
  • Added the EasyList Portuguese filter list (issue 6944).
  • Added the new dir-string snippet to simulate logging in the developer tools console (issue 6964).
  • Reduced the initial memory footprint by ~16% (issue 6916), base memory usage by ~28% (issues 6815, 6916), and memory used per frame by ~660 KB (issue 6967).
  • Fixed: Layout shifted after opening dialog for adding new filter list on the settings page (issue 5851).
  • Fixed: Blank values for snippet arguments were ignored (issue 6811).
  • Fixed: Sometimes all subscriptions were listed as additional subscriptions (issue 6838).
  • Fixed: $rewrite filters using wildcards didn’t match end of URL (issue 6868).
  • Fixed: $csp filters with blank value caused errors due to injection of an invalid header (issue 6871).
  • Fixed: Element hiding emulation filters for the domain localhost were considered invalid (issue 6931).
  • Fixed: Snippet filters were ignored if the user resubscribed to the ABP anti-circumvention filter list (issue 6974).

Firefox-only changes

  • Reverted to using inline styles for element hiding emulation filters (issue 6504).
  • Ported the hide-if-contains-and-matches-style snippet (issue 6938).

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Adblock Plus 2.0.3 for Safari released · 2018-10-04 10:29 by Dean Murphy

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Changes

  • Updated filter lists

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Adblock Plus 2.0.2 for Safari released · 2018-10-02 14:53 by Dean Murphy

Install Adblock Plus 2.0.2 for Safari

Changes

  • Added logic to update filter lists between app updates
  • Fixed filter list not loading on initial install in rare instances
  • Updated filter lists
  • Updated Deployment target from 10.12 to 10.12.6
  • Updated on-boarding styling
  • Updated on-boarding for legacy users to see toolbar installation procedure
  • Updated Toolbar Extension hover text
  • Updated Toolbar Extension descrpiton
  • Updated Toolbar & Content Blocker Extension names

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Adblock Plus 2.0.1 for Safari released · 2018-09-19 18:05 by Dean Murphy

Install Adblock Plus 2.0.1 for Safari

Adblock Plus 2.0.1 has been made from the ground up to support Safari’s native content blocking engine, which is required for ad blocking to function as of Safari 12.0.

The main advantage of using the new content blocking APIs are the significant improvements to the speed and performance of ad blocking capabilities. Using these APIs also means there’s still some ground work to be done to improve the accuracy of what’s being blocked. We’ll be working over time to better optimize our filter list generation to provide a great ad blocking experience.

As this is a newly-built native macOS app, some features from the previous version aren’t available just yet but will be re-introduced with ongoing development.

Changes

  • Added filter list management
  • Added user controlled whitelisting
  • Added ‘Help Page’ with support/social links
  • Added user controlled whitelisting in toolbar extension UI
  • Added on-boarding instructions
  • Added automated removal of legacy ABP extension
  • Fixed whitelist UI not updating in some instances

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Changes to parsing metadata from filter lists · 2018-09-17 15:00 by Sebastian Noack

Starting with Adblock Plus 3.4 (and developments builds as of 3.3.2.2135), special comments must be given at the top of the filter list, right below the header, otherwise they will be ignored. Furthermore, the Checksum special comment is no longer supported.

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Adblock Plus 3.3.2 for Chrome and Opera released · 2018-09-10 20:00 by Manish Jethani

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This release introduces the new hide-if-contains-and-matches-style snippet (issue 6919), which enables filter list authors to tackle a specific technique used by some websites to circumvent ad blocking using invisible ad labels.

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