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gContactSync 0.3.0 Beta 1 Available

I’ve just released the first beta version of 0.3.0. I feel it is ready to be in a beta as there are no known bugs other than some quirks with postal addresses in Google’s API.  For now postal address synchronization is disabled by default, but you can enable it in the Advanced tab of the Preferences dialog.

This version adds support for importing friends from Facebook, including photos.  It can also import contacts from Plaxo and usernames/photos from your friends on MySpace.  Right now the import does not attempt to match contacts that it finds with existing contacts and imports from Facebook and MySpace do not include e-mail addresses.

As a recap, here’s a quick list of the features.  Download link at the bottom.

Features:

  • Can synchronize your Google Contacts (external link) (Gmail, Google Apps, etc.) with Mozilla Thunderbird (external link).
  • Supports multiple Google Accounts and Address Books
  • Groups in Google can be synchronized with individual Address Books or mailing lists in one AB
  • Each Address Book can be synchronized with one of the following:
    • All contacts and all groups with mailing lists
    • One specific group
    • All contacts
  • Every synchronized AB can have its own custom settings
  • You can choose to complete synchronize your contacts (so Thunderbird matches Google), to only read changes from Google but never apply TB’s changes, or to only write to Google and never apply changes made remotely.
  • Contact photos are synchronized (only visible in Thunderbird 3 & Seamonkey 2)
  • Supports importing contacts/friends from Facebook, MySpace, and Plaxo, including photos.

Changes from 0.2:

  • The Accounts section of the Preferences dialog has been moved to its own dialog
  • Each Address Book now can have its own preferences (defaulting to their previous value in 0.2) and synchronization settings
  • New fields (“People”) and types for existing fields (many more phone number types)
  • Contact photos are synchronized (only visible in Thunderbird 3 & Seamonkey 2)
  • The birthday field in Thunderbird 3 is synchronized
  • More links in the gContactSync menu
  • The Sync button can now be customized like a normal toolbar button in Thunderbird. However, you must go to View -> Toolbars -> Customize and add the button to the toolbar yourself
  • You can synchronize from the main Thunderbird window
  • The import functionality is new.

You can download the latest version of 0.3 here.

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Two new add-ons and gContactSync Update

I worked on two new Thunderbird/Seamonkey add-ons over winter break.  The names aren’t very creative, so let me know if you can think of a better name for either of them.

Contact Photos

This add-on displays the photo of the contact from whom the message was sent in the message header of Thunderbird 3 and Seamonkey 2. If a photo cannot be found for the sender then a Gravatar is used.

Please let me know if you have suggestions for this add-on because I just started it today.  One possible addition I may make is to replace the default photo with a Gravatar in the Address Book window and new/edit contact dialog as well.  I’d also like to center the image in the header.

Also see Bug 469517.

Download here.

File Type Selector

This isn’t technically new, but I recently added it to AMO.

This add-on allows you to customize the default format in which e-mail messages are saved when you manually choose to save one or more messages.  It works in Thunderbird 2 and 3 as well as Seamonkey 2.  The default in Thunderbird is hardcoded as .eml and cannot be changed when saving multiple messages as far as I can tell.

Download here.

gContactSync Updates

Version 0.3

I plan on releasing 0.3.0a1 before I go back to school on January 11th.

Pre-alpha (early testing) download information

Here’s a basic summary of its features.  This wiki article has more details.

  • Can synchronize your Google Contacts (Gmail, Google Apps, etc.) with Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Supports multiple Google Accounts and Address Books
  • Groups in Google can be synchronized with individual Address Books or mailing lists in one AB
  • Each Address Book can be synchronized with one of the following:
    • All contacts and all groups with mailing lists
    • One specific group
    • All contacts
  • Every synchronized AB can have its own custom settings
  • You can choose to complete synchronize your contacts (so Thunderbird matches Google), to only read changes from Google but never apply TB’s changes, or to only write to Google and never apply changes made remotely.
  • Contact photos are downloaded and displayed in Thunderbird 3 & Seamonkey 2.

Version 0.2

Here’s a brief changelist since the last post.  Download here.

Version 0.2.9

  • Fixes some bugs with read-only mode
  • Compatible with Seamonkey 2.0

Version 0.2.10

  • Fixes a bug encountered when manually deleting a contact from Thunderbird

Version 0.2.11

  • Fake/dummy e-mail addresses are now only added to new contacts when necessary (only when the contact is in one or more mailing lists). Reset and sync again to remove the unnecessary addresses, or just edit the contact.
  • Adds a Korean (ko-KR) locale – thanks to Han, Dong-yoo
  • Updated Spanish (es-ES) locale – thanks to RigoNet
  • Improved name parsing for Asian names (thanks to Han, Dong-yoo)

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gContactSync 0.2.8

gContactSync version 0.2.8 has been released.  I realized that I have been forgetting to make a quick blog post about each release, so here’s a basic summary of recent versions.

Download here.

The best way to stay up-to-date on new versions is probably through Twitter: gcontactsync

Supported Applications

  • Thunderbird 2
  • Thunderbird 3 (all versions, including beta 4 and 3.0pre)
  • Thunderbird 3.1a1pre
  • Seamonkey 2 (all versions, including beta 2 and 2.0pre)

Version 0.2.8

  • Fixes ‘broken’ usernames that were able to get an authentication token but failed when trying to get contacts or groups. (usernames only without a domain or with spaces at the beginning or end)
  • Fixed the install.rdf file for Seamonkey

Version 0.2.7

  • Bug fix for renewing expired authentication tokens

Version 0.2.6

  • Updated the Portuguese translation
  • Mailing Lists (groups) in Thunderbird now use their translated names
  • The log moved to the main profile directory

Version 0.2.5

  • Adds the following new languages:
    • Portuguese (devezas on BabelZilla)
    • Russian (Glk63)
    • Spanish (with help from Guillermo Klew from VisualBeta.es)

Version 0.2.4

  • Fixed a bug with adding or renaming groups
  • Minor updates to the Italian translation (thanks ZaZy)

Version 0.3 Update

This deserves its own blog post, but here is a basic summary.  I don’t have a tentative release date yet since this is just a hobby, not a job. Wink

The main delay is described here. College (a full 18 credits) and my job (programming) don’t exactly leave me with much free time, either.

Features

  • Support for Google’s new API
  • Support for downloading contact photos*
  • Synchronized birthday field**
  • ‘Relation’ fields (Mother, Father, Coworker, etc.
  • More phone number types

Potential Features

  • The individual address fields may be synchronized instead of using the new address fields
  • Support for adding, updating, and removing contact photos

*I (among others) worked on contact photos for the Address Book in Thunderbird 3 beta 4/Seamonkey 2.0 Beta 2.  gContactSync 0.3 and up will download photos in all supported applications, but you’ll have to use TB 3 or SM 2 to see them.
**I worked on a birthday field for the address book in Thunderbird 3/Seamonkey 2.  If you use TB 2 the values are synchronized but not displayed.  Google also added a birthday field after the changes were made in Thunderbird.

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