Contacts Sidebar pre-release

You are invited to try this pre-release, but be aware that this extension is far from complete.
See the pre-release Changelog for a detailed description of the changes in this pre-release.

If you decide to use this version, please report any bugs or problems you run into. Just send an email to me and include (at least) this in your email:

Known issues

List of known issues in the 8pre2 release for Thunderbird 3 and I assume the same issue exists in the pre release for Thunderbird 8. Issues that are fixed in the meantime are still listed, but the descriptions have a strike through.

  1. Missing option/preferences button in the Add-ons manager to set the Contacts Sidebar preferences.
  2. On start the contacts of the first address books (Personal Address Book) are listed also when another address book is chosen.
  3. Context menu in address list has a transparent background.
  4. In the compose window the defaut sidebar is shown and NOT the Contacts Sidebar.
  5. Contacts Sidebar search box shows a double search icon (at least on OS X)
  6. The Contacts Sidebar does not remain available between Thunderbird sessions
  7. The shortcut key F4 to toggle the sidebar does not work
  8. The check mark for "View > Layout > Contacts Sidebar" only works when using the menu item and does not update when using the toolbar button
  9. The Toolbar icon for the extension only has the text Contacts, but no icon, when it is stored in the selection box containing the other available icons. The icon does show up when the word Contacts is dragged to the Toolbar.
  10. Many locales have the English "Properties" and "Delete" in the sidebar context menu instead of the proper translation
  11. en-US locale only. If you run Thunderbird in a different locale you will get a XUL error
  12. "Forward Contact" in context menu does not work.
  13. Contacts Sidebar does not work nicely with Lightning. A large gray area is visible.
  14. Sending a message from the context menu to a secondary email address is not working
  15. When sending a message, the first SMTP server in the list is used, instead of the server associated with the account

Downloads

Pre-release

Version: 1.7pre
Released: September 4, 2012
Size: 180KB
For: Thunderbird - 14.0.x (and up)
Supported languages: en-US, bg-BG, ca-AD, da, cs-CZ, de-DE,el-GR, es-ES,
eu-ES, fr-FR, gl-ES, hu-HU, it-IT, ja-JP, nl-NL, pl-PL, pt-BR,
pt-PT, ru-RU, sl-SI, sv-SE, tr-TR, uk-UA, zh-CN and zh-TW
Thunderbird: Download

4 September, 2012 version 1.7pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 15 (and up).

9 August, 2012 version 1.6pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 14.0.x (and up to 14.9.x).
Fixes:
  • Create a new message from the Contacts Sidebar is working again by double clicking a contact or selecting "Write" from the context menu.

9 April, 2012 version 1.5pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 11.0.x (and up to 11.9.x).

23 January, 2012 version 1.4pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 9.0.x (and up to 9.9.x).

18 December, 2011 version 1.3pre

Fixes:
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Contacts Sidebar failed to load in Thunderbird with Catalan or Basque localization.

29 November, 2011 version 1.2pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 8.0.x (and up to 8.9.x).
Fixes:
  • On start the contacts of the first address books (Personal Address Book) are listed also when another address book is chosen.

3 October, 2011 version 1.1pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 7.0.x (and up to 7.9.x).
Fixes:
  • New attempt to fix the problem that the context menu in address list has a transparent background.

5 September, 2011 version 1.0pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 6.0.x (and up to 6.9.x).
  • Added new locales: Danish (J�rgen Rasmussen), Galician (Mendinho), Slovak (Jacen), Slovenian, Swedisch (Lakrits), Turkish (Smyrna), Ukrainian (Schreik) and Chinese (Traditional).
Fixes:
  • Context menu in address list has a transparent background.

14 July, 2011 version 0.9pre

New features:
  • This pre release is compatible with Thunderbird 5.0.x (and up to 5.9.x). Untested.
Fixes:
  • none