Despite rumors of it’s demise,
QuickFile lives on. QuickFile
is an extension for Mozilla Thunderbird which enables message filing
using only the keyboard interface. QuickFile
here is a
maintenance release that adds support for Thunderbird 0.8 and the new
extension update system shared by Thunderbird and Firefox.
So what’s next? Folder hot keys and “predictive” folder selection. Stay tuned.
Not two hours after announcing QuickFile 0.0.2, Dennis of Heidelburg,
Germany, emailed me with a bug report. Of course, when I say bug, I mean
“the core functionality doesn’t work.” Oops. For some reason Thunderbird
on Linux doesn’t seem to care if you call an int a char. Mac OS
X and Win32 do. The bug’s been fixed, and the
XPI updated. Thanks, Dennis!
I’ve just updated the QuickFile XPI with a handful of bug fixes and
improvements. QuickFile is an extension for Mozilla
enables keyboard-only message filing.
The most notable improvment in this release is the ability to assign
the hot-key which begins the filing process. You can find more about
QuickFile here and download and installation
information is here.
Future releases will feature folder-specific hotkeys and filing target
suggestions (based on previous filing behavior). Feedback, bug reports
and suggestions are welcome.
I read about Mark Shuttleworth’s Open
Source bounties on
Mozillazine a couple weeks ago. What was the most interesting to me was
the fact that he focuses on three areas I’m really interested in:
Python, Mozilla and
Education Technology (SchoolTool is what he’s sponsoring; Stoa is what I
So during some of the time I should have been studying for finals this
weekend I put together a prototype inspired by one of his requests.
makes an excellent point: it’s ridiculously hard to file mail in
Thunderbird (and probably Mozilla Mail; I just don’t have much
experience with it). So I’ve put together QuickFile.
QuickFile is an extension for Mozilla Thunderbird which is aimed at
making it easier to file messages. Right now the operation is pretty
simple: select the message you want to file and press meta-Q (currently
hard-coded; sorry). This opens the QuickFile dialog, which shows a list
of your mail folders. You can start typing, and it will match as you
type. Pressing Tab will expand the currently selected item (if
possible), and pressing Enter will move the messages to the selected folder.
You can install it by first saving
to your computer. Then in Thunderbird, go to Preferences/Options, select
Extensions and click “Install New Extension.” Select the XPI file, and
it will prompt you to confirm installation. Note that this has only been
tested with Thunderbird 0.4 on Mac OS X and Linux, so if it eats your
profile/mail/puppy, that’ll really suck.
While this is just a “first draft” I think I can build onto it in some
interesting ways. I want to add a customizable hot key, the ability to
assign hot keys to specific folders, and “predictive” (Bayesian) folder
selection, as Mark describes.
Anyway, try it out, let me know what you think. I really enjoy getting
feedback, whether it’s critical or positive. Enjoy.