Monday, December 10, 2018

MedBetterDNA updated, including filter on Profile Photos

MedBetterDNA version 4.0 has been released for the Chrome browser and adds the filter option: "show No Profile Photo". The option is on by default to show AncestryDNA Results listings regardless of whether they have a profile photo (i.e. the standard behavior without MedBetterDNA active). If the option is unchecked, only listings with a profile photo are shown, and the rest are filtered from view.

I added the picture filter option to easily look at photos of people for a pattern of family resemblance (typically not so much). Plus the dog and cat pictures can be cute. Note that a few photos will remain generic genderless profile images, as those are internally processed as a photo by the site. Also, a photo may pop into view after a brief delay, as Ancestry loads photos separately.

The No Tree and Locked Tree filter options were removed. Hopefully, this is a temporary change. The AncestryDNA site recently changed how the tree information is displayed on the listings. For my results, the change has been unstable, Usually I see a loading/wait icon on the results page without ever showing the Tree-based information. Occasionally the information does display, but not reliably enough to make and test an update to the extension to support filtering on it. I anticipate that eventually this situation will resolve itself and Tree-based filtering will return after a new update.

Miscellaneous and minor behind-the-scenes program changes were made to maintain full compatibility with the most recent versions of the Chrome browser with tighter security restrictions.

Another option was introduced that might be of interest to a few people: "Donate to development". A user asked me about donating to reward or encourage further development of the extension. I created and added a link to a Ko-fi account for those who might be interested.

Useful feedback and requests continue to be encouraged.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Flexible Counter app for iPhone updated to version 9.1

Flexible Counter for iPhone has been updated to version 9.1.

This is a maintenance release to maintain compatibility with the most recent versions of iOS 12 and the latest iPhone devices.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

MedBetterBuy version 1.2 update

MedBetterBuy version 1.2 update is available, a Chrome browser extension for use with eBay.

This version fixes an incompatibility with a recent eBay site change which caused the rating count and percentage filtering for sellers to fail.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Chrome extension Nancy for Metafilter updated

The Chrome extension Nancy used for filtering of Metafilter site's posts and comments has been updated to version 1.4. The version supports both http and https Metafilter links for browser permissions, which fixes a potential problem using the extension with https addresses.

If you have problems with the update or using the extension, please post to support with the issue details.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

MedBetterDNA extension update double filters to 8 each

MedBetterDNA has been updated to version 3.0. 

By user request, the Chrome extension MedBetterDNA, used for actively filtering AncestryDNA results (and showing notes on the main results page) has been updated to version 3.0, supporting eight hashtag filters for "show only" and "remove all" filters. This is double the previous maximum of four hashtag filters. Note that using more filters may increase time to fully process a Results page.

In anticipation of future similar requests, please also note that further increasing the number of filters isn't simply a matter of pumping up a number in the extension code. The extension is pushing the limits with the current code structure, and adding more filters in the future, if ever, will likely require significant rewrites to large portions of the extension's program code. I'm not saying it won't ever happen, I'm saying it won't happen soon or easy.

Post to support if you experience problems with the update or extension operation.