Just uploaded TwitNotes v. 1.0.7 to the update site. It’s just a small bug fix release that fixes some minor things:
- Easier searching by responding to pressing the Enter key on the Search tab
- Make sure all profile images are scaled to 48x48px to handle too large images (looking at you @marybethraven)
- Attempt to fix wordwrap issue on Ubuntu – still working on that
Thanks to Brian Leonard from IBM for providing a widget descriptor to make installation a lot easier. Simply drag the link to your MyWidgets sidebar plug-in to install.
While I’m getting more and more absorbed into the twitterverse I’m also thinking about new ways to extend TwitNotes to make it even more useful in my day-to-day twittering. The search capability I added that hooks into Twitter search is nice but making searches persistent would be nice. By persistent I mean to have the option of having Twitter searches in separate, created-on-the-fly, sidebar plugins for easier reference. It might well be that it makes just as much sense to follow a hashtag as to follow your friends and your timeline. Also having separate access to your replies would be nice.
If you have comments and/or suggestions about improvements please drop me a comment or send me a direct message via Twitter. You can also simply reply to me.
“sscullion: Retweeting @MaryBethRaven: “Hold the ctrl+alt key while you open a Java view to get the non-java version.” Nice Tip, thx!! 7:04a Asturias, Spain”
Of cause I tried this and it didn’t work for me unless I reopened the database that is held Ctrl-Alt while opening my mail database from the workspace. Still very, very valuable.
In whatever spare time I have I’m working on finishing TwitNotes v. 1.0.5 so it’s ready for Notes 8.5 and Notes 8.0.2. Among other things TwitNotes now supports proxies by using the HTTP libraries built into Notes. It has been somewhat of a challenge but I’m getting there. Last night I thought I was done but no…
After hearing about the Twitter acquisition of Summize and trying it out I had to add this capability to TwitNotes. First I extended the Twitter Java API I’m using to support the JSON API for search.twitter.com, then I extended the TwitNotes plug-in using the extension points already in place (to add a second tab) and voila! Searching in TwitNotes as you can see below.
I hope to get TwitNotes 1.0.5 out this week.
P.S.: If you’re running Notes 8.5 or Notes 8.0.2 and wanna beta test 1.0.5 drop me an e-mail…
Just a quick update on what I’m working on for TwitNotes 1.0.4.
- Fix bug where HTTP links take up too much space when painted (seen as a unnecessary space after a link). Done.
- Make sure replies are retrieved as well as just status messages from the people you follow since you may otherwise miss some replies. Done.
- Reset hover positions when auto updating the UI. Done.
- Sort followers for direct messages in alphabetic order ignoring case. Done.
- Minor tweaks you’ll never see… 🙂
- Network awareness – no reason to go to the web if the Notes client know we’re not connected.
- Proxy support
Now I have a question to you. Which feature would you like to see next?
It’s been a while since version 1.0.2 of the TwitNotes plugin was released but the new version 1.0.3 is here now. All good things come to those who wait! 🙂 Installation instructions can be found here and update instructions can be found here.
The new version has a lot of new functionality that should make the plugin easier and more pleasant to use. The most noticeable new feature is probably that URL links are clickable and that you may now send direct tweets to other Twitters. This is however just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of code has been added due to the fact that some of the UI is custom painted to work around certain platform limitations. For a complete list of changes see below.
After you install version 1.0.3 from the update site you should see something like the below screenshot. Comments as always to the blog or by e-mail.
- The message author name is now clickable to allow you to filter the list to this author
- Twitter names in messages (e.g. @lekkim) are now recognized and clickable to filter the list of messages to messages by that user
- Twitter names are right-clickable so you can
- Start a new reply message to that user (start a new message with @<authorname>)
- Start a new direct message to that user
- Copy the name to the clipboard
- URL links in messages are now clickable and will open in the default browser
- URL links are right-clickable and can be copied to the clipboard
- Hover text shown when hovering over clickable link
- Added action in part menu to go with the above to reset the author filter
- URL’s sent through TwitNotes are automatically converted to TinyUrls using tinyurl.com
- Right-click option to copy entire message to clipboard
- Added direct message support to followers by adding “Direct!” button and drop-down with follow names
- Added API for thirdparty contributions to detect clickable links and associated actions
- Author images where image name has funky characters are fetched successfully
- Submit area providers are now encapsulated in their own Composite to avoid their layout to affect the greater plugin layout
- Tweet! button moved due to support for direct messages
- Renamed “Refresh data” action in the part menu to “Update”
Who said a long off-line commute isn’t productive. I have been adding support for clickable links in the UI so that web-links and links to other Twitteres will be recognized in the UI. Links to other Twitteres will also be recognized within the body of the tweet as well. Presently the click-action for web links is to open the link in the default browser and the action for clicking a Twittere, is to filter the UI to posts by that user (I have added an action in the part menu to reset any filter that has been added). Please provide input on this behavior if you have opinions about this.
I need to finalize the API for this before releasing but a 1.0.3 release should be right around the corner.
TwitNotes v. 1.0.2 has been released to the update site. This release fixes the row height issue, some minor label provider stuff and adds the source of TwitNotes to posts so the source show up as “TwitNotes” instead of “web”.
This release also adds a “Clear author cache” action to reset the cache of Twitter author details during runtime. I use this to clear the cache if Twitter for some reason sends me incorrect images or I’m simply want to refetch the images. TwitNotes will cache author info for the duration of your Notes session otherwise.