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Social Fixer 12.0: Comment button, image previews, and more

logo_detailed_20053_thumbVersion 12.0 restores the “Submit Comment” button, adds Ctrl+Enter as a way to submit comments, fixes most image previews when hovering, and more.

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Install the 12.0 update from SocialFixer.com

What's Fixed / Changed

  • Submitting comments is now better than ever! This update adds a “Submit comment” button you can click to post comments. You can also (optionally) use Ctrl+enter to submit, and Tab+Enter still works too.
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  • Image previews when hovering over thumbnails and profile pictures now works in most cases.
    • https://fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net/rsrc.php/v2/yo/r/UlIqmHJn-SK.gifSecurity settings may cause some profile pictures to appear as the default FB Pic.
    • In some cases, image previews still don’t work, but I’m working on it.
  • Fixed the Messages dropdown so clicking a message doesn't open it in the chat window
  • Fixed the hiding of user information popup when hovering over user names

What’s Removed

  • I disabled the comment “reply” feature completely until I can fix it. It is broken because of major code changes in the internals of Facebook. So far I haven’t been able to make it work with their new code.
  • Removed the Social Fixer News link and subscription. Facebook removed my list with over 2.4 million subscribers, without an explanation or even notifying me! My emails to them about this have gone unanswered. This is extremely frustrating.
  • Removed the "Automatically expand "SHOW X SIMILAR POSTS" links" option because it no longer applies and doesn’t do anything.

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Please, Donate to support development!

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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Social Fixer 11.2: Bug Fixes, Missed Stories, Font Options

logo_detailed_20053_thumbVersion 11.2 is a minor patch update that squashes a few bugs, fixes a few more annoyances, and adds a few new user-requested features. 

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Install the 11.2 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What's New

  • New Option [Layout Tab]: Add a link to "Missed Stories" in the left side navigation. (This was a user request). This is a Facebook feature that not everyone knows about, that shows you stories that may not have appeared in your News Feed. It is enabled by default, but you can remove it by hovering over it and click the “x” that appears.
  • New Option [Display Tab]: Change the default font to whatever you choose. Enter a valid font name and everything on Facebook should change. (This was a user request).
  • The Events section in left side navigation can now be hidden by hovering and clicking the “x” in the upper right.
  • New Option [Advanced Tab]: "Use MutationObserver to watch for inserted content". If you are experiencing performance problems or your browser is locking up, you can try enabling this option to see if it helps. It just uses a different way to detect new content added to the page by Facebook. I haven’t yet figured out why this method works much better for only some users.

What's Fixed / Changed

  • In some cases Top Stories mode was incorrectly identified, switching users to Most Recent in error.
  • The “Reply” link added to comments by Social Fixer now works more consistently and correctly and won’t be added if Facebook’s built-in Reply link is already there.
  • Image preview was showing when viewing pictures in the "lighbox" popup, making it difficult to tag friends. (This was a user request).
  • Reorganized the Options for post processing, action icons, control panel, etc in the "Posts" tab.

Important Notes

Here are some notes to address user comments, questions, and concerns:

  • Uploaded animated gifs never animate - only posted links to gifs with previews will animate. This is not a problem, and can't be fixed because Facebook automatically converts uploaded gif files to jpg which removes the animation.
  • Using Tab –> Enter to submit comments fails for some users intermittently. Facebook is testing new code for its comment box, and I need to update my code to be compatible with it. I’m aware of the problem and will work on this.
  • For some users, clicking the Home link when on one of their Pages causes an infinite reload loop. I haven't yet been able to identify the root cause of this or reproduce it myself.
  • If Events is in your Favorites in the left column and you hide it using Social Fixer's "x", a blank space is left. This isn't a problem I will address, because if you don't want it in Favorites you can just remove it from Favorites!
  • Safari 7.1 has some issues with extensions, and users may think Social Fixer won't install. This is a Safari issue, and it usually works if you remove the extension, reboot, then install it again.

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Please, Donate to support development!

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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Social Fixer 11.0: Bug Fixes + Animated Gifs In News Feed

logo_detailed_20053Version 11 of Social Fixer fixes a number of bugs, including problems in Firefox 32, some things not hiding, etc. It also adds support for animated GIFs on Facebook! 

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Install the 11.0 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What's New

  • Animated GIF support! These are animated graphics, commonly used on many sites like Reddit to express reactions to posts and comments. Facebook doesn’t show them as moving images – just a still frame. Social Fixer now has an option (in the “Popular” tab) that enables the animation on these types of images, so they appear moving right in your news feed and in comments.

What's Fixed

  • Firefox32 problems with themes, Guided Setup, etc.
  • Auto-switch to Most Recent view of the news feed.
  • Some items in the left column and panels in the right column were no longer hiding if marked as hidden.
  • Full timestamps on posts
  • Some Chat options stopped working. The “compact” view has been fixed.
  • Always lock the blue bar at the top of the page, regardless of page size
  • Items in the “My …” boxes in the left column now display correctly

Options That Have Been Removed

Due to changes in Facebook’s code, sometimes it’s no longer possible for me to offer some options. And in some cases, their code changes have broken my features enough that I haven’t had time to figure out how to fix them. So, sometimes options have to be removed. Here is a list of options that I have removed in this release.

  • [Popular] Hide "Trending Articles" and "Trending Videos"
  • [Layout] Expand "Messages" to show the "Other" folder unread count
  • [Layout] Add “My Friends” and Blocked Friends & Apps” links to left navigation
  • [Layout] Show all available sections in the left navigation bar
  • [Posts] Prevent external link redirection
  • [Chat] Show all online friends in chat list
  • [Chat] Change profile images in Chat conversation windows to friend names
  • [Chat] Group friends by online status
  • [Timeline] Display posts in a single column

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Please, Donate to support development!

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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Social Fixer 10.6 Release Notes and Bug Fixes

social_fixer_bandaid74Social Fixer 10.6 is a patch release to fix several bugs and problems, some caused by recent Facebook code changes. Read below for the short list of fixes.

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Install the 10.6 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What’s Fixed?

  • The Control Panel stopped floating down when the page was scrolled
  • Locking the blue header bar to the top stopped working
  • Image Previews when hovering didn’t show in some cases
  • The “Home” link in the header was no longer hideable
  • The “Find Friends” link in the header was no longer hideable
  • The red “badge” indicator on the wrench icon was not displaying correctly

What’s New?

  • Improved performance! Some internal code optimizations have made Social Fixer run faster than ever.
  • Added a link to the Support Group whenever commenting on Social Fixer posts in the news feed. The goal is to direct people to the place where they can get the best assistance.
  • Added a simple error message to the Image Preview “loading” popup when a full sized image cannot be loaded. In some cases, I cannot calculate the correct full sized image location.

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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Social Fixer 10.4 Release Notes and Bug Fixes

social_fixer_bandaid7Social Fixer 10.4 is a patch release to fix several bugs and problems, primarily caused by recent changes in browsers and their extension API’s. Read below for the short list of fixes.
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Install the 10.4 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What’s Fixed?

  • Preferences would often not save in Firefox 30+. This turned out to be a complex problem caused by an internal browser change.
  • The News Feed would load posts forever, slowing down the browser. Now it once again stops after loading 5 pages of posts, so the browser can take a rest.
  • Greasemonkey 2.0 caused errors because of a change in their code.
  • Posts would sometimes disappear in Chrome, especially when they had been moved to a tab and you switched to that tab.
  • Newer themes (Midnight, Desktop, Appassionata) were missing from the theme selector window.
  • In some cases, Social Fixer would run invisibly in hidden windows or in other cases, causing slowdown. It now runs only when really needed.

The list of changes is small and there are no exciting new features. But this fixes a number of problems many users have experienced. Hopefully the next release will have more fun stuff. Smile

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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Social Fixer 10.1 Fixes News Feed “More Stories” Bug

logo_detailed_2005Version 10.1 of Social Fixer fixes a bug (caused by a Facebook code change) which prevented more stories from being loaded into the news feed.

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Install the 10.1 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What's Fixed

A code change by Facebook caused the News Feed to stop loading more posts when scrolled to the bottom, and clicking “More Stories” did not work. I have also added a new option at the top of the “Advanced” tab of Social Fixer options to completely disable its handling of the More Stories loading, in case this happens again. You should never need to use it. It’s there as a safety valve, just in case something like this happens again.

A TECHNICAL EXPLANATION

If you’re curious about exactly what the problem is and why Social Fixer controls the post loading, read on. If not, you can ignore the rest. Smile 

Facebook automatically loads more posts into the news feed when you scroll to the bottom of the page. Or, more accurately, whenever the little “More Stories” box at the bottom is visible on the screen.

The problem is that Social Fixer allows you to hide posts using filters or marking them as read, or to move them to tabs. So sometimes, the news feed may actually appear without any posts, causing the “More Stories” box to push to the top. This causes Facebook to think it needs to load more stories. Facebook never expects the news feed to be empty, so it doesn’t even handle this case correctly!

This could lead to a big loop of Facebook trying to load more stories. As it pulls more in and they are hidden or tabbed, the More Stories box is still visible, so it loads even more stories, sometimes locking up your browser as it loads potentially hundreds of posts. Facebook just doesn’t know how to behave when the news feed doesn’t have any visible posts in it.

So, I hook into their post loading code and put in some control. I only let them load 5 pages of more stories before I stop the process and put up a message in the footer saying that Social Fixer has stopped the loading of more stories. You can click on the More Stories link to load another 5 pages if you wish. But I put that stopper in there to prevent people from having their browser lock up, which is a result of Facebook’s code not knowing what to do when Social Fixer manipulates the news feed.

THE JAVASCRIPT DETAILS

For anyone who really wants the dirty explanation, here it is! This is Facebook’s code that triggers a More Stories load, in LitestandStreamLoader.attachNewPager():

function (wb){ya&&z.dedupeHide(s.getStreamRoot(),s.getStoriesSelector(),va);this.loadMoreUnseenStoriesIfNeeded();ia=wb;ia&&mb(false);}

See “this.load…”? That’s the problem. It’s referencing itself to call another method on itself, which it didn’t do before. When I called this function from my code, I just did:

_attachNewPager(gb);

So, “this” didn’t hold the right value. The fix is to call it like this:

_attachNewPager.call(LitestandStreamLoader,gb);

Now, the “this” value is correct, and their internal code fires correctly. This is something I should have coded correctly to begin with, but because their code didn’t require it before I didn’t notice it.

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Please, Donate to support development!

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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Social Fixer 10.0 Now Available–Bug Fixes And More!

logo_detailed_200Version 10.0 of Social Fixer resolves many problems that have been caused by Facebook’s constant tinkering with its site. This release should give you back control of your Facebook experience! 

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Install the 10.0 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What's Fixed

  • Chat options should now work correctly again.
  • Auto-tabbing and filtering by Apps and Games works again, and 150+ of the most popular apps and games have been added to the auto-known list.
  • You can now hide the following, by hovering over them and clicking the “x” in the upper right:
    • Trending” box on the right
    • The prompt at the top of the news feed asking you to switch back to Top Stories
    • Related Links” that appear after clicking on a story in the News Feed
  • Posts in Groups were not being processed/filtered correctly, and the action icons like “Mark Read” were not available.
  • Improved auto-switching from Top Stories to Most Recent news feed.
  • Improved picture previews in the news feed when hovering over
  • The “Missing Posts” problem should no longer be an issue. (Where Social Fixer would tell you there are posts in a tab, but you’d click on it and nothing would be there, or posts would disappear in front of your eyes).
  • The pinned post in the Social Fixer User Support group renders distinctly again and extra support information can be added to posted questions.
  • Improved anonymizing of “ticker” content (though still not perfect)
  • Fixed the “Google It” button’s ability to find the content of posts
  • Fixed the “Save for Later” button on posts. (It’s not pretty, but it works.)
  • Fixed the “requireLazy” errors that appeared for some users

What's New

  • New Option (Notifications tab): “Open Messages from dropdown in full window rather than chat popup”. When clicking messages from the top bar dropdown, they will no longer open in an annoying little chat box.
  • Add a “Sort By Last Name” button to the Friends tab of personal profiles.

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Please, Donate to support development!

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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Social Fixer 9.0 Resolves News Feed Problems And More

santa_logo_200Version 9.0 of Social Fixer resolves many of the problems caused by Facebook’s recent changes to their news feed and other features, as described in a recent blog post. It also adds a few useful new features. Be sure to install the latest version to take advantage of the fixes!

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Install the 9.0 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What's Fixed

  • Recent Facebook code changes caused many key Social Fixer features to stop working for some users – mark posts as read, filtering, tabbing, etc. This version should resolve those problems for most users.
  • Filtering now works for text in the “tag line” like "X commented on this" 
  • Comment counts were not being correctly calculated when "view X more comments" links existed

new_wrench_menuWhat's New

  • The wrench menu has been rearranged and divided into sections to make it clearer
  • New feature: Show “Hidden” Sections under the wrench menu shows parts of the screen that have been hidden by Social Fixer options.
  • A link to the blog has been added under the wrench menu. When a new blog post is detected, a link directly to it will be inserted, along with its title. A “1” indicator will be shown on the wrench menu when there is a new unseen blog post. An option in the “Advanced” tab has been added to disable this feature entirely (please don’t!)

What's Changed

  • The functionality to auto-click older posts has been broken by Facebook and may not be fixable. I cannot figure out a way into their code. Yet.
  • Posts will be auto-loaded as you scroll down, as it is by default on Facebook. However, Social Fixer stops the auto-loading after 5 page loads, to prevent their code from going into an eternal loop and loading hundreds of pages worth of posts. This is a necessary trade-off, and to continue loading more you can just click ‘More Stories’.
  • For some reason, Facebook removes posts from the feed when it detects that you are not looking at them. For example, if you’ve loaded 100 posts but are at the top of your news feed, Facebook will silently remove 50 posts from the end of the feed. I don’t know why they do this, but it causes problems with Social Fixer because posts are not in the places they think they are (due to filtering and tabbing). So I have prevented this functionality to the best of my ability. But if you see posts randomly disappearing in front of your eyes, it means I have some more work to do.

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Best Wishes!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Donate to support development.

-- Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

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What’s New And Changed In Social Fixer 8.0

logo_detailed_200Version 8.0 of Social Fixer removes two features to stay in compliance with Facebook requirements, and includes a number of other fixes and enhancements. Also, SocialFixer.com gets a new look!

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Install the 8.0 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What’s Removed

What’s New

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    Post processing (mark as read, etc) and Filtering can each now be separately enabled or disabled on the News Feed, Groups, and Pages/Timelines. These can be found in the “Posts” and “Filtering” tabs, respectively.
  • imageA “Sort By Name” button is now inserted when viewing the Friends tab of a profile.
  • New option in Advanced tab: “Position the wrench icon to the left rather than the right”
  • feature_hideMore things can be hidden by hovering over them and clicking the X that appears in the upper right corner: Trending box under Composer, Similar To [Page] dropdown when you Like a news feed post, Like Page button on News Feed, Birthday Reminders

What’s Fixed

  • A Chrome bug caused people to lose their wrench icon entirely. A fix is in place to make Social Fixer usable when this happens (usually after a Windows system restore) but there are limitations.
  • Some posts in Groups were hidden because they were being incorrectly flagged as duplicates.
  • Clicking a notification about a comment or post in a Group would not go directly to the post.
  • The “Social Fixer Message” box that I used occasionally for important messages couldn’t be closed with a “Close” button.
  • Prevented the "Add App" button from appearing on posts which use Facebook's built-in apps like Status, Photos, etc.

What’s Changed

  • Changed the option to "Process posts on Group Walls" to disabled by default for new installs
  • Changed the default value for hiding "read" posts on timelines to FALSE
  • Filtering of groups is now DISABLED by default, but can be enabled in options
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What’s New And Fixed In Social Fixer 7.801

logo_detailed_200_thumb2_thumbThis update fixes a number of issues, including More Stories, Safari 7 problems, Out Of Memory errors, opening application posts in a new window, and Save to Pocket.

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Install the 7.801 update by going to SocialFixer.com

 

What's Changed

  • The “More Stories” settings should now work correctly for everyone. The default behavior of loading more stories when you scroll to the bottom works like normal, except for when it detects an endless loading loop. In this case, a message will be displayed and loading will be paused. In case these options ever stop working correctly, a new option in the Advanced tab has been created to completely disable all fixes associated with More Stories. This is only for worst-case scenarios and shouldn’t be checked unless needed.
  • New Option on the Popular tab: “Disable auto-refresh of the news feed to insert stories at the top”. If you’ve ever been annoyed at your feed jumping down because new stories were inserted at the top, this feature prevents that from happening.
  • Fixed error messages in Safari 7.
  • Fixed NS_ERROR_OUT_OF_MEMORY error messages in Firefox 23+ that some users were experiencing.
  • Fixed the option to mark application posts as read and open in a new tab when links are clicked.
  • New option in the Advanced tab: “When clicking a notification about a group post, go directly to the post rather than the group feed.”
  • Added a help message that appears when posting to the Support Group, and enhanced the pinned post with custom styling to draw attention to it for new users.
  • Fixed the “Save to Pocket” feature by making it open in a new window instead of an embedded window. This change was required due to a change in the Pocket website itself.

What Still Needs Work

Because Facebook and the browsers themselves are constant moving targets, there are always a few things broken that I need to look at. Here are a few of the things I know about:

  • In Chrome, Pinning notifications to the right, notification previews, and quoting text in comment replies are still not working.
  • The new news feed format that a small percentage of users have is not compatible with the filtering and tabbing options.
  • Invite All link to invite many friends to events no longer works because Facebook put restrictions on how many people could be invited at once. Right now there is no known work-around for this. More details on this Facebook limitation.
  • Opera 15 has changed the browser’s internals. To use Social Fixer with Opera 15, first install this addon: https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/?display=en and then install Social Fixer from the Google Chrome store link.

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

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