2017/05 here, addon still working.
Yet, making it working is not a trivial task.
1) Create and fill file like this:
A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.
Good... Bad... I'm a guy with a gun!
/Evil Dead 3/
Today's forecast is extra bomby, slight chance of mushroom clouds.
/Starcraft, Terran Ghost/
Note percent sign between phrases/quotes.
(Thanks dasoe's comment!)
For example C:\Fortune\cookies.txt
2) In addon options:
Specify "fortune cookie file"=C:\Fortune\cookies.txt
Specify "signature target"=C:\Fortune\currentcookie.txt
That is the file where this addon will put a random cookie every "Update signature every # seconds".
3) Menu\Tools\Account Settings:
Turn on "Attach the signature from a file" = C:\Fortune\currentcookie.txt
(Thanks Didereaux's comment!)
However, it's sad that this addon inserts empty lines before the cookie.
Can't get TagZilla fixed, so I looked for a replacement and found this - Works just fine! I put my signature in the "Prefix" and add a "Fortune" file and voila. The IMAGES in the XPI are corrupted in v1.6.1 so users cannot see the yellow question mark in the UI. I will open a bug on Git.
Vielen Dank, ich hätte da noch Wünsche:
- Unterstützung für mehr als ein Accout
- HTML-Unterstüzung fehlt
Eine Anleitung wäre sicherlcin nützlich ;-)
Works perfectly IF: You install as directed and THEN you open your accounts from Tbird Tools, then check the box signature from file, and point it at the sig.txt file you created in Random.
Allows just enough customization for signature placement to be ideal. Handles randomized information for which signature to use out of a very large list quite well.
Works well :-)
But, the % separator line in the fortune cookie file format should really be documented on a prominent location in the options. This might be obvious for the old unix guys, but maybe isn't nowadays...
I used to use Tagzilla but development of the add-on has stopped and technically wasn't compatible with Thunderbird past version 8 however worked fine until v24. Tagizilla would randomly pick a Quote from a file that now contains over 2000 quotes. I do not want to have each of these as a single file -- meaning what is now in one file in over 2000 separate files.
Thank you for considering random(signature). There is no need to have a separate file for each quote. random(signature) also supports them being in one single file. This file has to be in the fortune cookie format (as used by the fortune(6) program) where each quote is separated by a line that only contains a '%'.
but how do i contact you?
It works OK but it doesn't support rich text ou HTML. Also, it writes the signature in grey only, preceded with a double dash and we don't have control on those 2 things. Instructions would be much appreciated.
Thank you for your message. random(signature) uses the default signature facilities of Thunderbird. The default behaviour of Thunderbird is to put a double dash above the signature and to display it in grey. I don't know if it even possible to change that and it is also not in the scope of this extension.
For this you may consider using the Signature Switch extension at https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/signature-switch/
It seems that random signature cannot work with German umlauts (ä, ö, ü). Since a couple of weeks the signature is cut before those characters. Therefore, it does not fully work for me.
EDIT: Works again after encoding as UTF-8 like mentioned by the developer. Great Job!
Thanks for your review. Please encode your signature files as UTF8, then the umlauts will be displayed correctly.
After a bit of effort figuring out how to get this to work I got the signature to randomize. However, there are always some funky caracters at the beginning of the signature (example: ï»¿). Anybody know how to stop this? Once I get this resolved I would rate 5 stars. Thunderbird 10.0.11 on Linux. Thanks
These funky characters look like a BOM signature. This may result from converting the file(s) to UTF-8. There should be an option to disable this BOM signature in your editor or converting program.
I was having the problem James Nigh cites in his 12/21/12 review, but I resolved it by updating Thunderbird. Now this great extension is working again, spewing random wisdom just exactly like I want it to.
thx after i had convert my file it's works fine
thx a lot of
comme vous l'indiquez, j'ai converti le fichier fortunecookie en utf 8 (l'ouvrir dans le bloc notes, on peut changer l'encodage en bas) et ça marche de nouveau.
Merci pour cette super extension
I have changed the signature-file to UTF-8 and it works perfectly.
after using v. 1.5 with satisfaction, i now installed v. 1.6
but my citations - which worked perfectly with r(s) v. 1.5 - with v. 1.6 sometimes remain truncated. i think that it has something to do with r(s) because everything on my side remained unchanged (folder for citations, filenames, etc.)
with many thanks
I had to change the required default encoding for the fortune cookie files to be UTF-8. Please convert your fortune file cookies to UTF-8 in order to prevent the resulting signature from being truncated.
After upgrading from version 16 to version 17 the extension stopped working?
Some incompatibility with this version? How can I solve the problem occurred?
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That's right. I noticed it as well. The signature file doesn't get updated. I will update the extension as soon as possible.
I want a random singature file to be located on Samba network. How do I access it from Linux (Ubuntu)?
Doesnt work any more with TB 9.0 :-(
Does not appear to work with Thunderbird Portable. Path to signature file uses drive letter which of course changes every time you insert thumbdrive into different systems. Using different random sig for each email would be much better than rotation by time. Thanks to the jnridlinghafer for instructions. I would never have gotten this installed without these instructions. One step is missing though. Have to go into Account Settings and check the "Attach the signature from a file instead".
Ich habe aber leider ein Problem mit Umlauten (ä,ö,ü,ß). Gibt es da Tipps oder Lösungen?
I have just upgraded to TB5.0, works perfectly.
Its simple:Create a simple text (notepad works perfect) document with a quotation, or your favorite sayings or whatever, with each of them separated by a blank line with only a percentage character % such as the following line
then save it with the name "random_sig.txt" (or whatever you like. This is going to go where it asks you for the "fortune cookie" file later on.
Now create another text document, and this one will have your normal signature in it such as your name, phone, cell, email, physical address, etcl or any other information you want in your normal signature.
Save it with a name such as "my_signature.txt" (or whatever name you want, this will be the "signature file" asked for later on in the options menu
NOW - Go into your mail client and at the top Menu under Tools click on Add-Ons
Scroll down until you find "Random Signature" and click the "Options" button
Select the Fortune Cookie "Choose" button and select the file we named "random_sig.txt"
Now scroll down to where it is asking for the "signature file" and select "choose" and find your file we named "signature_file.txt" and select OK
That is all you need to do. You can change the frequency it updates the random signature file in case you have it automatically changing or something otherwise just leave it at the 30 second default which should be fine.You can ignore the prefix and suffix or play around with them by adding text to each and see how it changes your signature.
I Hope this helps a little
Works great. A bit labour intensive to configure, but it works great.
Concept is this:
-Thunderbird 3.x can still only read from a single signature file
-This add on writes new signatures into that file, at a frequency you specify
-You will need to populate another file, called a "fortune cookie" with the list of signatures you would like TB to use.
-Add on reads fortune cookie, grabs new signature, writes to the original file, TB reads from that file, and presto!, you have a fresh signature that will not match the last one.
I had 60+ signatures I was using in Apple Mail. By carefully aranging window placement, I was able to drag and drop from Apple Mail into the fortune cookie file. Having the delimiter (an "%" symbol on a line between each signature) in place before hand made it much easier to accurately drop the signature into the fortune cookie. It was still tedious but much easier than doing a copy and paste for 60+ times.
This sounds EXACTLY like what I've been looking for. However, without any instructions or supporting documents it's been a waste of time. I cannot get it to work no matter how I try. Instructions for us obviously dense fools out here is highly recommended and would have been appriciated. --Frustrated and disappointed.