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Boardsie Enhancement Suite - Browser Extension

  • 15-09-2021 10:21am
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    The Boardsie Enhancement Suite browser extension is an (unofficial) set of modifications designed to improve the desktop browsing experience on Boards. It is an upgrade from the userscript I previously provided. All script features exist in this extension.

    Extension homepage: https://github.com/28064212/boardsie-enhancement-suite - includes screenshots, documentation, and source code

    Features

    • Full-width display
    • Dark mode settings
    • Keyboard shortcuts
    • Thread previews on hover
    • Full list of thanks under all posts
    • Category drop-down menu

    See screenshots here

    Installation

    The extension is not yet available on the native browser extension sites. A future release will be, but for now it requires a manual install. This is a once-off step, updates are provided automatically (according to your browser's settings).

    Firefox

    1. Simply click https://github.com/28064212/boardsie-enhancement-suite/releases/latest/download/boardsie-enhancement-suite.xpi and confirm installation

    Chrome

    1. Download the latest .zip release at https://github.com/28064212/boardsie-enhancement-suite/releases/latest/download/boardsie-enhancement-suite.zip, and unzip it somewhere on your PC (note that the unzipped files will need to stay in place after installation, so choose somewhere permanent)
    2. In Chrome, open your "Extensions" page (Settings => More tools => Extensions, or go to the URL chrome://extensions)
    3. Enable "Developer mode" (top right)
    4. Click on "Load Unpacked" and select the folder you unzipped the files to

    Edge

    1. Download the latest .zip release at https://github.com/28064212/boardsie-enhancement-suite/releases/latest/download/boardsie-enhancement-suite.zip, and unzip it somewhere on your PC (note that the unzipped files will need to stay in place after installation, so choose somewhere permanent)
    2. In Edge, open your "Extensions" page (Settings => Extensions, or go to the URL edge://extensions)
    3. Enable "Developer mode" (bottom left)
    4. Click on "Load Unpacked" and select the folder you unzipped the files to

    Notes

    This is unofficial, so things may break occasionally as Boards make changes to the site itself. Updates to the extension will be made as quickly as practicable.

    Feedback (either here or on Github) is welcome 🙂

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,599 ✭✭✭✭ Supercell


    Fantastic, installed in Firefox and loving it, thanks for your hard work!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,490 ✭✭✭✭ GBX


    Just tried installing on Chrome and I am getting an error - highlighted lines from the code ?

    Unrecognized manifest key 'browser_specific_settings'.

    "browser_specific_settings": {

    "gecko": {

    "id": "[email protected]",

    "update_url": "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/28064212/boardsie-enhancement-suite/master/updates/updates.json"

    }

    },



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    That's just a warning, it should still install and all the features will be available. Let me know if that isn't what happens

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,490 ✭✭✭✭ GBX


    Installed and working ok. Thanks



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    Gah, I was wrong about updates being installed automatically, that only works on Firefox. Chrome and Edge need to be updated manually. Instructions:

    1. Download the latest .zip release
    2. Unzip the contents to the same folder that the extension is currently installed in, overwriting any existing files
    3. In your browser, open the Extensions page
    4. In the Boardsie Enhancement Suite section, click the Reload button

    To follow new releases, you can either bookmark this thread, or set up "Watch" notifications on Github for the repository

    v0.1.5 has been released, but it has no impact other than to fix the warning @GBX highlighted

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,187 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    Working great - thank you - really makes much better use of the screen "real estate" - but noticed one odd thing, the list of thanks under each post doesn't appear in threads in the soccer forum, i.e. you have to hover over the thanks button to see the names.

    Could this be anything to do with Soccer being under "Home - Groups" not "Home - Discussions" ?


    Edit: viewing thanks is now not working for me on non-soccer threads where it was working earlier this afternoon, maybe Boards changed something...

    Post edited by Hotblack Desiato on

    "12 pages in and it still needs to be explained to some posters why this guy ended up where he did. It probably explains why so many gobshites get elected in this country."



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    The Soccer one is due to it being a "group" instead of a "category", it's on the toFix list.

    However, the thanks list should still be working elsewhere. Are you signed out of Boards by any chance? Some of the features only work when logged in

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    v0.2.0:

    • User menu - removes the broken native menu when hovering over usernames in threads, replaces it with a working one
    • Related to above: User history feature - hover over username, then click "View all posts", or you can go directly to https://www.boards.ie/discussions#bes:28064212 (replacing 28064212 with username you're looking for)
    • Fix for false "double-post" appearances when commenting

    Known issues:

    • User history only shows comments, doesn't include discusssions started by user (TOFIX)

    To update:

    • Firefox - just use the built-in extension update checker
    • Chrome/Edge:
      1. Download the latest .zip release
      2. Unzip the contents to the same folder that the extension is currently installed in, overwriting any existing files
      3. In your browser, open the Extensions page
      4. In the Boardsie Enhancement Suite section, click the Reload button

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 28,187 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    Just updated to the latest one. Still no thanks visible without hovering I'm afraid. Also a new bug - the thread OP's name appears as dark blue text on a dark blue background - it used to be white text on a dark blue background.

    Opera (with Chrome extensions support) on Windows 10

    "12 pages in and it still needs to be explained to some posters why this guy ended up where he did. It probably explains why so many gobshites get elected in this country."



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    Strange. What version? I just installed a fresh copy of Opera 79.0.4143.22 (also Windows 10), installed the extension (download zip, unzip, open Extensions => Developer Mode => Load Unpacked), and everything appears to be working fine (except in groups like Soccer).

    Any possibility you have any other conflicting extensions installed, or custom CSS applied using something like Stylus? Or is it possible you still have the old userscript version installed through Violentmonkey/Tampermonkey?

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,187 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    I've just updated Opera to 79.0.4143.50, uninstalled the enhancement suite, reinstalled it again, and it's back working as it was before. I have Stylus installed but it's turned off. Thanks.

    "12 pages in and it still needs to be explained to some posters why this guy ended up where he did. It probably explains why so many gobshites get elected in this country."



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,426 ✭✭✭ CrowdedHouse


    Just came across this. Installed on Firefox, looks good - Thank you

    Seven Worlds will Collide



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    Thanks! 🙂

    But... ummm... I don't think that emoji means what you think it means (or else that was some seriously deadpan sarcasm)

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,426 ✭✭✭ CrowdedHouse


    LOL Sorry - new specs required!

    Seven Worlds will Collide



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    v0.2.1 - setting to allow you to turn sticky header back on (off by default, press 's' or click gearwheel in title bar to access settings menu)

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,558 ✭✭✭ Hodors Appletart


    Great stuff, as usual!



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,599 ✭✭✭✭ Supercell


    Works great on my desktop but on my laptop running Firefox the home page looks like the below, is there anyway I can adjust a setting somewhere ? , my screen resolution is 1366x768, thanks.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    Thanks for the bug report, pushed a fix for that now (v0.2.2)

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,599 ✭✭✭✭ Supercell


    Awsome stuff can confirm its fixed indeed, thanks again!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,276 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail


    One issue I have found is that the Boards.ie header at the top of the page doesnt stay in place, it scrolls with the rest of the page.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    By design - I hate sticky headers 🙂

    However, if you press 's' or click the settings icon in the top right, you can turn the sticky header back on

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 37,276 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail




  • Registered Users Posts: 6,028 ✭✭✭ xtal191


    This is great, thanks a lot for your effort



  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,362 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    This is bloody brilliant. Many thanks.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,028 ✭✭✭ xtal191


    This page isn't showing up properly for me, cant see the left hand side https://www.boards.ie/discussion/2058154018/amazon-bargains-no-chat-no-referral-links-see-op/p35

    Anyone else having that problem?



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    Not just you, same here. Probably just a CSS fix needed, will take a look

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,426 ✭✭✭ CrowdedHouse


    That's odd - same for me. OK when add on disabled (Firefox)

    Seven Worlds will Collide



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,034 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212


    v0.2.4 - fix for "first post" after back-end changes

    Boardsie Enhancement Suite - a browser extension to make using post-migration Boards on desktop a better experience (includes full-width display, keyboard shortcuts, and a dark mode setting)



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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,893 ✭✭✭✭ Ads by Google



    The changes in the image make search work and the changes are in the url. You should add this to the extension so it's automatic.



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