Clutter Free – v. 2017.0525.3.16

Key update

New direct switch feature for faster, direct switching to open tabs. Duplicate links are marked with the Clutter Free logo cf16 on them1. Clicking on these links will do a lightening fast, direct switch to the tab where the link is open. The tab may also be moved to the location the duplicate would have opened2.

Other Updates

  1. Improved the options page, with 2 key sections – General settings, and Appearance. Defaults have also changed, and some little-used settings hidden/removed.
  2. Added automatic extension updates. The extension now updates without having to wait for a browser or computer restart.
  3. New, greyed-out icon cf-disabled16 to indicate when the extension is switched off.
  4. If “Don’t move” is selected under Options > Advanced Settings > Duplicate tab position, a notification is shown when a duplicate link is opened in background. Link has options to switch to the original tab, and to go to settings.

Bug fixes

  1. When a duplicate was opened in a new window, sometimes both the original and the duplicate tab were closed.
  2. Original pages were always refreshed, even when Refresh original page setting was off.
  3. Temporarily removed Ignore Hash setting. It is still available for anyone who has it enabled.

  1.  If you don’t want the logo appearing next to links, it can be disabled under Settings > Appearance > Highlight duplicate links
  2. Default behaviour is to move the tab to the location where duplicate would have appeared – usually the tab after the one where the link was opened from. This behaviour can be changed from Options > Advanced Settings > Duplicate tab position

Clutter Free – v. 2017.0522.3.5

Added new options to manage whitelist, and show/hide open tabs count, and fixed a recent bug. The big change is to how duplicate tabs are managed in the window – whether they get focus, where they are moved/located in the Chrome window.

New options:

  1. Now whitelist full domains (or just individual pages as before). Enable in settings. Whitelist domain action available from:
    • Context/right-click menu on pages,
    • Extension’s pop-up, and
    • Keyboard shortcut
  2. Added option to disable the count of open tabs, visible on browser button
  3. Added option to whitelist pages, or domains, by clicking extension button

Bug fixes

  1. Duplicate page action not working because of a bug introduced in the last version

Changes to duplicate tab focus & location

Have completely overhauled the way duplicate, and original tabs are located and focussed. The new behaviour now follows expected behaviour, without surprises.

Case 1: When a duplicate tab is opened in the background

By ctrl/cmd/shift + click, or ‘Open link in new tab’ from right-click menu.

  • the background, duplicate tab is closed,
  • the original tab is moved to the location in the window where the duplicate would have been (usually the tab after the source tab where the link was clicked), and
  • focus stays on the source tab from where the link was opened.

Case 2: When a duplicate tab is opened in current tab

By clicking on a link.

  • the source tab stays on its page – where the link was clicked,
  • the original tab, where the duplicate link is already open, is moved next to the source tab, and
  • focus changes to original tab with duplicate link

You can change the original tab movement behaviour in Options ⇒ Advanced Settings ⇒ Duplicate tab position. Options are:

  1. Don’t move the original tab – keep it where it is,
  2. Move the original tab to where the duplicate would have opened (default), or
  3. Move the original tab to the last position in the window

Clutter Free – v. 2017.0519.2.22

Key update: Resolved the bug that occasionally caused pages to continuously reload, due to automatic redirects (e.g. links on Twitter and Facebook).

Other Updates:

  1. Reduced the frequency of weekly Duplicates closed count notification.
    • Notification will only show if more than a minimum number of duplicates were closed during the week,
    • For donors, the notification is no longer sticky. It auto-disappears after a few seconds
    • Coming soon: Donors can disable the notification entirely.
  2. Bug Fix: Remove all duplicate tabs link in popup was adding new tabs! This is now resolved. My apologies to everyone for this.
  3. Aside: Updated the minimum supported Chrome version to 49
    • I needed some functionality that isn’t available in versions prior to v.49,
    • Current Chrome version is 58, and v.49 was released in March 2016 – so, hoping most users won’t be affected.

autoConvert for Chrome – v. 2017.516.2.16

Workaround for pages hanging due to react.js, and other updates

  • To reduce incidences of pages hanging on websites using react:
    • Extension detects and skips website sections that use react. Still hangs on facebook, though 😦
    • Added a 2 sec delay before conversion is started on the page, to ensure most dynamic elements are loaded
  • Updated badge background colour for better visibility
  • Increased minimum supported Chrome version to 49 (from 23)
    • This helps me use newer Chrome & javascript features that older versions don’t support
    • About 3% of current users will not be able to use the extension if they don’t upgrade their browser
  • Added prompts for support by donations – helps me keep the system running, and get new treats for my dog – Chewie
  • Bug fix: Extension was affecting the layout of Google’s Inbox