New Tab Override (WebExtension) Version History

14 versions

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Version 14.1.0 54.2 KiB Works with Firefox 61.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] open the options page of New Tab Override as new tab page if the custom url option is selected and the url field is empty to prevent issues when opening a new tab and to make it more clear that an empty string is not a valid URL
- [ENHANCEMENT] added validation for non-empty strings in URL field on options page
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint from version 5.0.1 to 5.2.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-compat from version 2.4.0 to 2.5.1

Version 14.0.2 54.1 KiB Works with Firefox 61.0 and later

packaged the wrong version in the previous version, sorry about that!

Version 14.0.1 54.1 KiB Works with Firefox 61.0 and later

[BUGFIX] There was a regression in version 14.0.0 that caused the local file option to stop working

Version 14.0.0 54.1 KiB Works with Firefox 61.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] removed "about:home" and "about:blank" options because there are visible options in the preferences of Firefox 61 and both WebExtension options are broken in Firefox 61 anyway
- [TRANSLATION] added Italian translation (Thanks, Mozilla community!)
- [TRANSLATION] added Brazilian Portuguese translation (Thanks, Mozilla community!)
- [TRANSLATION] updated French translation (Thanks, Mozilla community!)
- [TRANSLATION] updated Chinese translation (Thanks, Mozilla community!)
- [TRANSLATION] updated Spanish translation (Thanks, Mozilla community!)
- [DEPENDENCY] migrated from gulp-html-lint 0.0.2 to gulp-htmllint 0.0.15 because gulp-html-lint is no longer maintained
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint from version 4.19.1 to 5.0.1
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-compat from version 2.3.0 to 2.4.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated gulp-eslint from version 4.0.2 to 5.0.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint from version 9.2.1 to 9.3.0

Version 13.0.0 50.4 KiB Works with Firefox 60.0 and later

- [BUGFIX] Mozilla broke the "about:blank" option of New Tab Override in Firefox 60 ("about:blank in address bar instead of an empty address bar), implemented ugly workaround to make this option usable again
- [BUGFIX] The "about:blank" option didn't work if the url field of the "custom url" option was not empty
- [ENHANCEMENT] removed "default new tab" pseudo option and migrated users to "about:blank" option
- [ENHANCEMENT] improved localization architecture to better support other languages (Thanks, tiansh!)
- [TRANSLATION] added Chinese, Simplified translation (Thanks, tiansh!)
- [TRANSLATION] added Spanish translation (Thanks, MissingUser!)
- [TRANSLATION] added Swedish translation (Thanks, Sopor-!)
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-compat from version 2.2.0 to 2.3.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-no-unsanitized from version 2.0.2 to 3.0.2
- [DEPENDENCY] updated gulp-jsdoc from version 1.0.1 to 2.0.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated gulp-stylelint from version 6.0.0 to 7.0.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated htmllint from version 0.7.0 to 0.7.2 and added one new rule
- [DEPENDENCY] updated npm-run-all from version 4.1.2 to 4.1.3
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint from version 8.4.0 to 9.2.1
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint-csstree-validator from version 1.2.1 to 1.3.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint-order from version 0.8.0 to 0.8.1
- [DEPENDENCY] updated web-ext from version 2.4.0 to 2.7.0

Version 12.0.0 43.2 KiB Works with Firefox 58.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] extract the content of the title tag and use it as tab title when the local file option is used
- [ENHANCEMENT] offer option to set focus on web page instead of address bar also for about:blank, can be useful in conjunction with other add-ons like Vimium-FF
- [ENHANCEMENT] explicitly set background color for body in CSS to avoid visual problems on settings page with non-default values for browser.display.background_color
- [TRANSLATION] removed Russian and Chinese translations because of non responding translators
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint from version 4.10.0 to 4.17.0 and added one new rule
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-compat from version 2.1.0 to 2.2.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-no-unsanitized from version 2.0.1 to 2.0.2
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-xss from version 0.1.8 to 0.1.9
- [DEPENDENCY] updated gulp-eslint from version 4.0.0 to 4.0.2
- [DEPENDENCY] updated gulp-stylelint from version 5.0.0 to 6.0.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint from version 8.2.0 to 8.4.0 and added two new rules
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint-csstree-validator from version 1.2.0 to 1.2.1
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint-order from version 0.7.0 to 0.8.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated web-ext from version 2.2.2 to 2.4.0

Version 11.0.0 47.9 KiB Works with Firefox 57.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] support the edge case of opening a new tab in the background, can be useful in conjunction with add-ons like Gesturefy (Thanks, s25g5d4!)
- [ENHANCEMENT] back button is now also disabled with about:blank as new tab page
- [ENHANCEMENT] clarified notice about missing API for clearing the address bar or selecting the URL and added a link to a open request ticket on
- [CODE QUALITY] unified different code pathes for opening new tabs with focus on address bar respectively web page
- [CODE QUALITY] removed all code pathes for Firefox below version 57
- [CODE QUALITY] removed code for upgrade notices for users from the legacy version of New Tab Override
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint from version 4.9.0 to 4.10.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-compat from version 2.0.1 to 2.1.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated htmllint from version 0.6.0 to 0.7.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated npm-run-all from version 4.1.1 to 4.1.2

Version 10.2.0 51.3 KiB Works with Firefox 56.0 and later

- [TRANSLATION] added Russian translation (Thanks, vanja-san!)

Version 10.1.0 48.4 KiB Works with Firefox 56.0 and later

- [TRANSLATION] added Polish translation (Thanks, WaldiPL!)
- [TRANSLATION] updated French translation (Thanks, SuperPat45!)
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint from version 4.8.0 to 4.9.0 and added two new eslint rules

Version 10.0.0 45.9 KiB Works with Firefox 56.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] New Tab Override no longer loses container information if the option "Set focus to the web page instead of the address bar" and the container tabs feature of Firefox are used (Thanks, m-khvoinitsky!)
- [ENHANCEMENT] added a menu item to the tools menu to open New Tab Override's settings
- [TRANSLATION] added Chinese (simplified) translation (Thanks, zhaiyusci!)
- [DOCUMENTATION] added documentation about used permissions to the description of the add-on on
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint from version 4.7.2 to 4.8.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint-plugin-compat from version 1.0.4 to 2.0.1
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint from version 8.1.1 to 8.2.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated web-ext from version 2.0.0 to 2.2.2

Version 9.0.0 43.3 KiB Works with Firefox 56.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] New Tab Override can now automatically use your home page as new tab page! If you have more than one home page New Tab Override uses the first one. This feature requires Firefox 57 or later. An optional permission for reading and modifying browser settings is needed to use this feature
- [ENHANCEMENT] New Tab Override does no longer create useless history entries! That's why New Tab Override needs the permission to access the browser history beginning with version 9.0.0
- [ENHANCEMENT] The back button of Firefox is no longer enabled on the new tab page! This feature requires Firefox 57 or later
- [ENHANCEMENT] show favicon on new tab page if background color option is enabled
- [ENHANCEMENT] some textual and style improvements
- [TRANSLATION] added French translation (Thanks, SuperPat45!)
- [TRANSLATION] updated translations (Thanks, Tonnes and milupo!)
- [CODE QUALITY] refactored the handling of optional permissions for easier implementing of new features
- [CODE QUALITY] organized the script files in folders
- [DEPENDENCY] updated eslint from version 4.5.0 to 4.7.2
- [DEPENDENCY] updated gulp-stylelint from version 4.0.0 to 5.0.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated jsdoc from version 3.5.4 to 3.5.5
- [DEPENDENCY] updated npm-run-all from version 4.0.2 to 4.1.1
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint from version 8.0.0 to 8.1.1
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint-csstree-validator from version 1.1.1 to 1.2.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated stylelint-order from version 0.6.0 to 0.7.0

Version 8.0.0 35.5 KiB Works with Firefox 55.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] added support for local files! You can upload a local html file and use the content as new tab content. Please pay attention to the related information on the settings page (Thanks, seeba8!)
- [ENHANCEMENT] added support for custom background color! You can use any color as background color for the new tab page
- [ENHANCEMENT] allow to set the focus on the web page instead of the address bar also on about:home
- [ENHANCEMENT] updated some textes to make it even more clear that the file:// protocol is no longer supported due to Firefox restrictions. Suggest new local file option or the use of a local web server as alternatives
- [TRANSLATION] updated translations (Thanks, Tonnes and milupo!)
- [CODE QUALITY] refactored the visibility handling of advanced options
- [DEPENDENCY] updated ESLint from version 4.4.1 to 4.5.0

Version 7.1.0 30.1 KiB Works with Firefox 55.0 and later

- [ENHANCEMENT] less strict URL validation, added support for localhost (http://localhost/something/) again
- [ENHANCEMENT] automatically prepend "http://" if the there is no protocol
- [TRANSLATION] updated Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian translations (Thanks, milupo!)
- [TRANSLATION] fixed typo in German translation
- [DEPENDENCY] updated gulp-stylelint from version 3.9.0 to 4.0.0
- [DEPENDENCY] updated jsdoc from version 3.5.3 to 3.5.4

Version 7.0.0 30.2 KiB Works with Firefox 55.0 and later

New Tab Override is a WebExtension and compatible with Firefox 57+ now!

New Tab Override was developed from the ground up as so-called WebExtension. This makes New Tab Override compatible with Firefox 57 and later. Not all options of the previous version are currently available as WebExtension. As soon as Mozilla implements support for missing functionalities in Firefox, they will be integrated in a future update of New Tab Override.

Notice for users of previous versions: you have to re-configure the add-on. After the update the settings page will automatically be opened.

New features:

- [DESIGN] some design improvements, including a new logo
- [ENHANCEMENT] new logo is a SVG file instead of a number of different PNG files
- [ENHANCEMENT] use of new permission system and only request needed permissions
- [ENHANCEMENT] use of optional permission for feed option. You can revoke the permission at any time
- [ENHANCEMENT] use of fetch instead of XMLHttpRequest for feed option
- [ENHANCEMENT] there is now a live validation for custom URLs so that you have a direct feedback during the input
- [ENHANCEMENT] you can open the settings via keyboard shortcut Shift + F12
- [ENHANCEMENT] you can open the settings via entering "newtab settings" in the address bar
- [ENHANCEMENT] there is an upgrade notice for users of the legecy version of New Tab Override. This notice is not visible on fresh installs
- [CODE QUALITY] improved code quality and more code documentation, use of ESlint, stylelint, htmllint and JSDoc

Thanks to Ura Design for the new logo!

Missing features:

- At the moment You can't clear the address bar for new tabs. It will be possible in future versions of Firefox again.
- At the moment You can't use the home page as new tab page. Please enter manually the URL in the settings of New Tab Override. It will be possible in future versions of Firefox again.
- You can no longer use about:sync-tabs as new tab page as Mozilla removed this page in Firefox 55. It's not yet decided if showing synced tabs as new tab page will be possible again in the future.
- You can no longer use local files via file:// protocol as new tab page for security reasons. Please upload your local file to a web server to use it again.
- The option to use the last URL from clipboard was not re-implemented in New Tab Override 7.0.