Important news for users of the Safari version of the FB Purity browser add-on

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Important news for people using the Safari extension version of FB Purity.

Apple a company with a net worth of over 733 billion dollars has decided that developers of Safari browser extensions must pay them $99 per year, for the privilege of toiling long hours developing free browser extensions. This is quite frankly obscene, and not fair in the slightest. None of the other browsers charge developers to develop free extensions.

The other issue of course is that the latest versions of Safari are only available on the Mac platform, and I am a PC developer, so that is the other roadblock.

This means I can no longer develop FB Purity for Safari. The currently available version of the FBP Safari extension, still seems to be working, but I will no longer be able to provide updates for it, and I do not know how much longer it will remain working.

The options available for you in future will be to switch to using FBP on one of the other supported browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Maxthon.

I think Apple have shot themselves in the foot here, watch Safari’s (already small) share of the browser market plummet, as the extensions that Safari users love using cease being developed.

If anyone wants to leave feedback for Apple on this policy, you can do so via the following form:  https://www.apple.com/feedback/safari.html Though I think its unlikely to have any effect.

Best Regards,

Steve

PS. This story has also been posted on Facebook here

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Important News for Firefox users of FB Purity

FB Purity issues on Future versions of Firefox

FB Purity FB Purity issues on future versions of Firefox

Important information for Firefox users of FB Purity.

The developers of the Firefox browser are imposing new limitations on browser extensions, they are getting extension developers to jump through hoops to get their extension’s signed aka verified. If they do not jump through all the required hoops, they will not approve the extension. Future versions of Firefox will not allow extensions that have not gone through their bureaucratic hoop jumping process to be installed.

Firefox v40 (the latest stable release of Firefox) is not yet affected by this. FF40 is just displaying a warning on extensions that have not gone through this process, and is saying they are un-verified. When FF41 is released, any unverified extensions that are already installed will be disabled, and unverified extensions will not be allowed to be installed. You will be able to alter a setting in the browser to turn this restriction off. For the instructions for this, see further down. When FF42 is released they will remove the ability to change that setting, meaning no unverified extensions will be allowed to be installed. BTW just because an extension is unverified, does not automatically mean it is malware, it just means it hasn’t been re-written to comply with all Mozilla’s bureaucratic policies.

Getting FBP verified will mean I will have to re-write an awful lot of FBP’s code, which already works fine, just to comply with their bureaucratic standards. Its quite a pain, and pretty pointless to be honest. And work that I shouldn’t have to do, considering its already too much work just keeping up with Facebooks code changes, and supporting the extension etc. On top of having to rewrite the extension to enable it to be verified, starting with FF42, the browser’s architecture is changing radically to a multi-process tab system, which will also mean re-writing even more of FBP’s code.

FF41 and FF42 are already available now to beta testers, which is why I am getting lots of support queries about it, and hence making this post now. I cannot support people using Beta version browsers, as its just too much work already supporting the existing stable release browsers that FBP works on.

FF41 (Stable) official release date is scheduled for 22nd Sep and FF42 (Stable) official release date is 3rd Nov. So that gives me some time to try and get the extension signed, and also get the newsfeed filtering working on FF42.

If you must use Beta/Dev versions of Firefox, you are on your own with regards to FBP support, but you can turn off the requirement that only verified extensions can be installed by following the instructions below via Ghacks:


To fix the issue, do the following (please note once again that this will work in all versions of Firefox until Firefox 42(stable) is released. When that release hits, only “Dev” and “Nightly” versions will support the switch. Please note altering your Firefox settings in this way may render your browser un-usable if you make any mistakes, so only do this if you know what you are doing. Don’t blame me if it goes wrong.

  • Load about:config in Firefox’s address bar and hit enter.
  • Confirm you will be careful if a warning message is displayed.
  • Search for xpinstall.signatures.required
  • Double-click on the preference name so that its value is set to false.
  • You may install unsigned extensions again in Firefox once you have set the preference to false, a restart of the browser is not necessary.

Another option for FF41 and FF42 users is to install the Greasemonkey extension, and use the GM script version of FBP, which is available on the Firefox FBP install page, as GM scripts do not need to be signed. Yet another option is when FF42 (Stable) is released, Mozilla will also be releasing an unbranded version of Firefox, that will allow unsigned extensions to be installed. Or finally of course you can always switch to one of the other supported browsers (Chrome, Opera, Safari or Maxthon)

As far as I am aware FBP is currently working ok in FF41 but in FF42 most options are working apart from the Newsfeed filtering options. Again please don’t expect any support, if you intend using these browsers.

There is a hell of a lot of work involved in keeping FBP running and theres even more to do to get FBP working properly on FF42. Donations are always welcome to support the work on this.

If you are using a supported browser, (the latest stable firefox, chrome, safari, opera and maxthon) and are having other difficulties or problems with FB Purity, you need to follow the steps in the FB Purity Troubleshooting Guide.

If you have any questions about FB Purity, please read the FBP FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), thanks.

I Hope that helps those seeking answers,

Best Regards,

Steve

PS Palemoon users who were using the extension version of FB Purity, need to switch to the Greasemonkey script version of FBP, as the extension version is no longer compatible with Palemoon. Palemoon is not an officially supported browser, so I can’t offer help with that.

PPS I’m also getting lots of queries about support for Microsoft’s latest browser, “Edge”, that comes with Windows 10. Edge does not currently support extensions. When Microsoft adds extension support to Edge, I will be in a better position to let you know if FBP will be able to support it or not. Microsoft have said that it should be easy to convert Firefox and Chrome extensions to work with Edge. If that is indeed true, then an Edge version of FBP is a definite possibility.

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FB Purity v13.4.1 gives you access to the Friends Feed and also fixes filtering for list pages

FB Purity v13.4.1 has been released!

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Added FB Purity to my browser and all the annoying crap on Facebook is gone!

Changes in this version:

  • Fixed:Changed location” newsfeed filter, this filter wasn’t working very well previously. Now it should hide all Check-in type newsfeed posts that feature a map.
  • Fixed: Selecting the “Top Stories” menu item when you had the “Sort feed: Most Recent” option turned on, was not working correctly. This is fixed now.
  • Fixed: With the “Sort Feed: Most Recent” option switched on, sometimes when attempting to go to a notification, it would instead take you back to the newsfeed after showing the “Switching Sort Order to Most Recent” message.
  • Fixed: Filtering on list pages (Friend lists and Interest lists) wasn’t working for the first few posts on the page
  • New: “Hide Group Conversations” in Chat (Sidebar) option. Previously the hide offline friends option would also hide the group chats, this is now fixed, and theres now a separate option to show/hide group chats. This option is located under the “Chat Options” heading.
  • New: Hide Send Money Button (in Chat) option. This option is located under the “Chat Options” heading. (I think only people in the USA are seeing the send money button at present)
  • New: Friends Feed and Photos Feed newsfeed menu options (under the Newsfeed dropdown menu at the top left of the newsfeed page). The friends feed is basically just stories from your friends, (no fan page stories and it doesn’t seem to have the issue of showing posts out of order, like the “Most Recent” feed does), the photos feed, is just photo stories from your friends. N.B if your net connection is quite slow, these menu options won’t show up due to a currently unresolved timing issue.
  • New: Hide “Edit Profile” link option (under left column link options)

Install / Update the latest version of FB Purity by clicking the green “Install FB Purity” button on the FB Purity Install Page

If you have any questions or problems with FB Purity, please read and follow the advice on the FB Purity FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, thanks.

If you wish to support FB Purity, please Donate to ensure the continuation of this project. Please also tell all your Facebook friends about FBP too,

Cheers,

Steve

FB Purity is a safe, free and top rated web browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Maxthon. It lets you clean  up the junk and customise Facebook the way you want it to be. It has many cool features and has been reviewed and highly recommended in none other than the Washington Post!

Facebook driving you crazy? Don’t get mad, Get FB Purity!

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FB Purity 13.2.3 Fixes the newsfeed filtering & Transparent newsfeed bugs

FB Purity v13.2.3 has been released!

Block / Hide Facebook Ads, Get unfriend alerts, Customize Facebook, Hide Trending, Disable Autoplay etc etc with the safe free and top rated FB Purity

Clean up and Customize Facebook with the safe, free and top rated FB Purity browser add-on.

Changes in this version:

  • Fixed: FB Puritys newsfeed filters had stopped working correctly, allowing stories that you wanted filtered out through, this is now sorted.
  • Fixed: Transparent newsfeed option
  • Fixed: Hide “Wrote on Wall” (aka timeline) option
  • Removed: Removed the “E” keyboard shortcut for toggling the “Expand newsfeed” option, as it was causing problems for people who were triggering it accidentally. You can however still use the  Clickable “” button at the end of the FBP info bar (where it says how many stories were hidden) to toggle that option, or set it via the FBP options screen itself.

Install / Update the latest version of FB Purity by clicking the green “Install FB Purity” button on the FB Purity Install Page

If you have any questions or problems with FB Purity, please read and follow the advice on the FB Purity FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, thanks.

If you wish to support FB Purity, please Donate to ensure the continuation of this project. Please also tell all your Facebook friends about FBP too,

Cheers,

Steve

FB Purity is a safe, free and top rated web browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Maxthon. It lets you clean  up the junk and customise Facebook the way you want it to be. It has many cool features and has been reviewed and highly recommended in none other than the Washington Post!

Facebook driving you crazy? Don’t get mad, Get FB Purity!

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FBP v13.2.1 fixes “Hide offline friends” & “Sort: Most Recent” bugs

FB Purity v13.2.1 has been released!

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Facebook driving you crazy? Don’t get mad, get FB Purity! :D

Changes in this release:

  • Fixed: The “Hide Offline Friends” in chat option was broken for some people, it was hiding all friends in chat instead of just the offline ones.
  • Fixed: the “Sort: Most Recent” option. Due to a facebook code change it was no longer automatically switching to Most Recent.
  • Fixed: the hide left column link options.
  • New: Hide “New Stories” Popup Button option.

    FBP lets you hide the

    New Option to hide the “New Stories” popup button

  • Changed: Replaced “Unread stories” feed option with “Friends feed” option because facebook removed the unread stories functionality. (This option does not show up all the time, due to a bug. If its not showing up for you, refresh the page, then click the “Newsfeed” drop down menu in the top left hand corner of the newsfeed page. The “Friends Feed” is basically your newsfeed minus posts from “Fan Pages” etc.

Update to the latest version of FB Purity by clicking the green “Install FB Purity” button on the FB Purity Install Page

If you have any questions or problems with FB Purity, please read and follow the advice on the FB Purity FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, thanks.

If you wish to support FB Purity, please Donate to ensure the continuation of this project. Please also tell all your Facebook friends about FBP too,

Cheers,

Steve

FB Purity is a safe, free and top rated web browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Maxthon. It lets you clean  up the junk and customise facebook the way you want it to be. I has many cool features and has been reviewed and highly recommended in none other than the Washington Post!

Facebook driving you crazy? Don’t get mad, Get FB Purity!

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FB Purity v13 is out now, it fixes filtering on friend list pages. Clean up Facebook with FB purity

FB Purity v13.0.0 released:

Block / Hide Facebook Ads, Get unfriend alerts, Customize Facebook, Hide Trending, Disable Autoplay etc etc with the safe free and top rated FB Purity

Clean up and Customize Facebook with the safe, free and top rated FB Purity browser add-on.

Changes in this Version:

  • Fixed: Filtering on Friend list pages. Due to a facebook code change, filtering had stopped working correctly on posts in Friend List pages, this version fixes that.

Update to the latest version of FB Purity by clicking the green “Install FB Purity” button on the FB Purity Install Page

If you have any questions or problems with FB Purity, please read and follow the advice on the FB Purity FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, thanks.

If you wish to support FB Purity, please Donate to ensure the continuation of this project. Please also tell all your Facebook friends about FBP too,

Cheers,

Steve

FB Purity is a safe, free and top rated web browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Maxthon. It lets you hide all Facebook ads, hide the junk and interface elements that you dont want to see, filter out posts in the newsfeed you are not interested in, and Customise Facebook’s style to make it look how you want it to look. It lets you change the fonts, change the background image, make the newsfeed transparent, alert you if your friends un-friend you and many more cool features.

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FB Purity v12.9.1 Fixes: Various Bugs & Adds new Zap comments that are just tagged names function

FB Purity v12.9.1 released:

Block / Hide Facebook Ads, Get unfriend alerts, Customize Facebook, Hide Trending, Disable Autoplay etc etc with the safe free and top rated FB Purity

Clean up and Customize Facebook with the safe, free and top rated FB Purity browser add-on.

Changes in this Version:

  • New: Added a “Z” key keyboard shortcut for zapping comments that just contain name tags and nothing else. Pressing “Z” temporarily hides those comments to let you see comments with actual content.
  • Fixed: Can’t view facebook videos when “Sort most recent” option turned on
  • Fixed: “On this day” page redirecting back to newsfeed when “Sort most recent” option turned on
  • Fixed: “Full screen chat” option for the new thin chat sidebar
  • Fixed: Intermittent bug with show logout button option (its related to slow pages)
  • Fixed: Hide “Group suggestions” in right column option
  • Fixed: Hide “On this day” link in left column option
  • Fixed: Hide “New groups” left column link option
  • Fixed: FBP automatic update check
  • Removed: Removed “Disable autoplay” option (Replaced with click to disable autoplay link that turns off facebook’s own built-in disable autoplay option)
  • Removed: Removed “Single column timeline” option as its not required anymore

Update to the latest version of FB Purity by clicking the green “Install FB Purity” button on the FB Purity Install Page

If you have any questions or problems with FB Purity, please read and follow the advice on the FB Purity FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, thanks.

If you wish to support FB Purity, please Donate to ensure the continuation of this project. Please also tell all your Facebook friends about FBP too,

Cheers,

Steve

FB Purity is a safe, free and top rated web browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Maxthon. It lets you hide all Facebook ads, hide the junk and interface elements that you dont want to see, filter out posts in the newsfeed you are not interested in, and Customise Facebook’s style to make it look how you want it to look. It lets you change the fonts, change the background image, make the newsfeed transparent, alert you if your friends un-friend you and many more cool features.

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How to Get the old Facebook Chat Sidebar Back

How to get the old Facebook Chat Back With FB Purity

How to get the old Facebook Chat Back With FB Purity

Facebook are rolling out a change to the Chat Sidebar that shrinks it down to a narrow strip of your friends profile picture icons. The sidebar expands to also show their names if you move your mouse over the sidebar.

A major problem with this, is you will not likely know all the current profile pics of your friends by sight, and not all your friends have a picture of their own face as their profile pic. so it means extra fiddling about to see who is online, whereas before you could easily see at a glance. Another problem is that FB Purity’s Chat specific functions don’t work with the narrow Chat Sidebar version.

Facebooks New Narrow Chat Sidebar

Facebooks New Narrow Chat Sidebar

They only show this narrow strip if the browser is not wide enough, but luckily there is a simple solution to get the old fully expanded chatbar, with your friends names visible, back, and that work wtih FBP’s chat customization options.

Methods for getting the Old Style Facebook Chat Sidebar Back

Method 1 – Expand Your Browser’s Width

1) If you don’t have your browser full screen already, expand your browser’s width until the old style chat bar returns.

If the first method doesnt work or is not applicable, the second method should work for you.

Method 2 – Adjust Your Browser’s Zoom Level

1) Decrease your browser’s zoom level. To do this press the “Ctrl” and “” keys until the chat sidebar returns. ( If you use a Mac, use the CMD key instead of the CTRL key )

Please Note if you wish to restore your browser’s zoom level to normal you can do so by pressing “Ctrl” and “0” (zero), or alternatively you can increase the zoom level by pressing “Ctrl” and “+
2) Obviously with the browser zoomed out, the text is going to be harder to read, but you can fix this with the safe, free and top rated FB Purity browser extension’s “Font Size” option, that lets you increase the font size. The font size option is under the “Font, Colours and Design” heading on the FBP options screen, which you can access by clicking the “FBP” link in the top nav bar. Once you have selected the font size you want, tick the “Set” checkbox, and then click the “Save & Close” button.

Hope this helps! :)

Please donate if you can to help support the FBP project, and also tell all your friends about FBP

Cheers,

Steve

FB Purity - Clean up Facebook

If you find Facebook annoying, you can make it less so, using FB Purity

For those who don’t know FB Purity is safe, free and top rated web browser extension, that cleans up and customizes Facebook. It lets you hide all the ads and other junk you don’t want to see on Facebook, and lets you simply the layout, including changing Fonts, Font Size, Font Color, Background colours, Background Picture, Force Facebook to always Sort by Most Recent, alert you when any of your friends block / unfriend or deactivate their accounts, plus hundreds of other useful functions and features.

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FB Purity v12.8.0: Fixes Disable Auto Play, Sort: Most Recent and Set Image as Background, Plus more fixes and new options.

FB Purity v12.8.0 released:

FB Purity the Facebook Filter that lets you Customize Facebook the way you want it

Get FB Purity and make using Facebook more fun and less annoying

Changes in this Version:

  • Fixed: The “Disable Autoplay” option. (However Facebook also now has a built in option for disabling Autoplay at https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=videos
  • Fixed: “Sort: Most Recent” option for new search (FBP was erroneously triggering the Sort Most Recent function when a search was done)
  • Fixed: “Set as Background Image” link that shows beneath Facebook photos
  • Fixed: When “Hide Emoticons” option was turned on, post privacy selectors were also hidden
  • Changed: If “Show Full Date / Time” option is on, now if you hover over the date/timestamp it shows the short time style (how many minutes/hours ago it was posted)
  • New: Added “Is Watching / Is Listening to” newsfeed filter option
  • New: Added Hide “Status” button option in Top Nav Bar options
  • New: Added “Show Logout Button” option in Top Nav Bar options

N.B. I’ve not yet managed to fix the “Restore Comment Button” option, will try and get it working at some point.

Update to the latest version of FB Purity by clicking the green “Install FB Purity” button on the FB Purity Install Page

If you have any questions or problems with FB Purity, please read and follow the advice on the FB Purity FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, thanks.

If you wish to support FB Purity, please Donate to ensure the continuation of this project. Please also tell all your Facebook friends about FBP too,

Cheers,

Steve

FB Purity is a safe, free and top rated web browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Maxthon. It lets you hide all Facebook ads, hide the junk and interface elements that you dont want to see, filter out posts in the newsfeed you are not interested in, and Customise Facebook’s style to make it look how you want it to look. It lets you change the fonts, change the background image, make the newsfeed transparent, alert you if your friends un-friend you and many more cool features.

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Hooray! Facebook have re-enabled the FB Purity Fan Page! :)

Facebook have re-enabled the FB Purity Fan Page

Hooray! Facebook have re-enabled the FB Purity Fan Page

Hooray! Facebook have now re-enabled the FB Purity Fan Page. Thanks very much for all your support, and thanks also to those who have donated! Its very much appreciated! :D

Now that the fan page is back I can get on with improving FB Purity, also the FBP website is long overdue for a re-design. I have started work on the the FAQ page first. See the new FAQ page taking shape.

If you have any questions or problems with FB Purity, you can either check the new FAQ page, listed above, or the old FBP FAQ page which is more complete.

If you would like to support FB Purity, you can help  by telling your friends about FBP, giving FBP 5* reviews on the official extension directories, you can also donate to show your appreciation for all the work that goes into developing FBP, supporting it and keeping it running despite all the obstacles that Facebook throw up in my way.

Cheers!

Steve

FB Purity - Clean up Facebook

If you find Facebook annoying, you can make it less so, using FB Purity

FB Purity is a safe, free and top rated web browser extension. It has many options for cleaning up and customizing Facebook just how you like it. It has been reviewed and recommended in The Washington Post and CNET amongst other places, and receives consistently high user reviews. Many FB Purity users say they only continue to use Facebook because of the FB Purity add-on, as it makes Facebook a lot less annoying, and more fun to use.

 

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