Macromedia News Firefox Extension and Firefox 1.5

As Christian mentioned, Firefox 1.5 was released today. Unfortunately, it seems to have broken the Macromedia News Firefox extension.

Basically, if you click a link in the extension, it will prompt you to pick an app to handle the URL, and will then crash Firefox.

I am going to look into this, but it might take some time to isolate and / or work around the issue.

19 Responses to Macromedia News Firefox Extension and Firefox 1.5

  1. Jack says:

    I was one of the first to report this bugs, Mike best to start looking in the way it handle “Open in new tab”

  2. mike chambers says:

    fyi,I have fixed the issue, but have found a number of other issues caused by 1.5.I am going to try to fix these before I release the updated version.mike

  3. Matthew says:

    I decided to look at the source and found that an old method of testing for browsers was being used, such as:[code]firefox = (navigator.vendor == “Firefox”);[/code]This was causing the app to run in thunderbird mode, and as far as I can tell was causing the bug.If you use the app id check it works.I placed this in the onLoad function and it works beautifully.[code]var appInfo = Components.classes[“;1”].getService(Components.interfaces.nsIXULAppInfo);switch (appInfo.ID) {// Firefoxcase “{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}”:firefox = true;break;}[/code]I haven’t found another bug turn up from doing this so it looks like the solution.Matt

  4. Matthew says:

    I see Mike fixed it already. I guess I was too slow. lolMatt

  5. Jack says:

    Can not wait for the new release ,)

  6. mike chambers says:

    Matthew,yeah. That is essentially the code I ended up using.Unfortunately, once I fixed that, I found another new bug. Ill try and get a new version out tomorrow.mike

  7. Tony Weeg says:

    isn’t it always like that? i installed, found the bug, blogged it, then searched around. rather than search around then blog about it :)cool. ill be waitin an a testin’ fer ya ;)later.but how will i know, i dont get the updates :(s’ok im sure it will be quick and widespread fast.

  8. Jack says:

    WHats up with this pr1 and so on post I see them everwhere I think pr stands for Pagerank and this guy trying to get a voice here…?!

  9. Matthew says:

    It is porn spam ??? I tried to follow a link in a secure location and it tried all sorts of javascript loads (thanks Firefox and noScript for saving me) lolOn another note,I thought of a potential feature added to this extension. It would be cool to have it only visible on the focused window. A good example of this is the download statusbar extension.Matt

  10. mike…whats the word on the upgrade?thanks.tony

  11. mike chambers says:

    Well, I fixed the main issue and it is working now. But I have run into another issue which I am having trouble figuring out, and am starting to think it is a Firefox bug.Basically, if you change any preferences that affect the display of the menu, then the menu gets all borked up. If you restart the browser, then everything works fine.Basically, you have to restart the browser after changing some of the preferences.I have considered releasing it like that, but I don’t want to release a new version that is worse than a previous one.It is really frustrating as this is all do to changes in Firefox.Thoughts?mike

  12. Jack says:

    it could be not having an appropriate listener

  13. ross says:

    If it means restarting the browser so that I have something to read and procrastinate on during my day, then yes, release it.

  14. Stan says:

    Well I really miss this extension! Could you please send me the version for FF 1.5, even if it is not 100% compatible?

  15. mike chambers says:

    ok. Ill release it, probably on Monday.mike

  16. Mauro Di Blasi says:

    I posted this Shockwave-related trouble too:,Mauro Di Blasi

  17. Jack says:

    Now it will be release like the:Adobe News Firefox Extension sniff :(Anyway please release it so I can follow the blogs on the Adobe Formerly Macromedia stuff 🙁

  18. Andrew Field says:

    Please consider releasing the update – I used this extension all the time to follow Macromedia blogs. I don’t mind if it doesn’t work 100% – anything is better than the crashes in Firefox 1.5Thanks!