ThunderLinkSpotter

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ThunderLinkSpotter
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This is the companion extension to ThunderLink for Thunderbird (https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/addon/thunderlink/ )
It enables the browser to recognize ThunderLinks and turn them into hyperlinks. Google Chrome user? Try "Text Link"


Installation
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  1. install ThunderLink in Thunderbird
    (use "all versions" link below for Thunderbird versions older than 5.0)
  2. install ThunderLinkSpotter in Firefox
  3. register the 'thunderlink' protocol in your OS following the instructions below:


on Linux (ubuntu):
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pre-Natty:
follow these instructions: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Register_protocol
Make sure you use the -thunderlink command line option when invoking Thunderbird, e.g. for Linux:
/gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/thunderlink/command '/usr/bin/thunderbird -thunderlink %s' --type String

Natty and newer:
  1. You'll need to update your ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list:
    under [Added Associations], add the line
    x-scheme-handler/thunderlink=thunderbird-tl.desktop;
  2. then, make a copy of your ~/.local/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop and name it thunderbird-tl.desktop
  3. Change the line that starts with
    Exec=thunderbird %u...
    to
    Exec=thunderbird -thunderlink %u...
  4. and the line that starts with
    MimeType=...
    to
    MimeType=x-scheme-handler/thunderlink;
    this entry for Thunderbird will thus serve only for handling ThunderLinks.

Oneiric and newer:

Like Natty but you might have to
  1. edit
    /usr/share/applications/defaults.list instead of ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list
  2. Also, the thunderbird.desktop file has to be copied from /usr/share/applications/, either to your ~/.local/share/applications or /usr/share/applications, depending on your preference.
Otherwise, the instructions are the same.

on Windows 7 and XP (and possibly other Windows versions, too):
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there is a .reg script for registering the thunderlink protocol:


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REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink]
@="URL:thunderlink Protocol"
"URL Protocol"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink\shell\open]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Thunderbird\\thunderbird.exe\" -thunderlink \"%1\""

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on Windows 7 64 bit:

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REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink]
@="URL:thunderlink Protocol"
"URL Protocol"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink\shell\open]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\thunderlink\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Mozilla Thunderbird\\thunderbird.exe\" -thunderlink \"%1\""

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Copy the stuff between the dashes into a file with .reg extension, changing the path to the thunderbird.exe if necessary, double-click on the file, confirm execution, done.

The easiest way to find out the install location is to right-click on the shortcut to Thunderbird in your Start menu and select Properties, and then check the "Target" or "Start in" fields for the path data. (thx Sean!)

... and that's it, you're good to go!


Updating
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I revised the version compatibility of the 0.02 release. If you're still having trouble after updating to FF 5, just reinstall manually (remove, restart, install again).


Usage
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* paste a ThunderLink into your personal wiki, project wiki or plain HTML page so it is displayed by your browser
* click on the link to turn it into a hyperlink
* click on the hyperlink and Firefox will open Thunderbird, showing the email referenced by the ThunderLink


Release Notes
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0.02:
* one known shortcoming of this version is that ThunderLinks are not recognized onLoad, but only after you click them once; this will be changed in future versions

Download files:

thunderlinkspotter-0.02.1-signed.1-signed-linux.xpi
thunderlinkspotter-0.02.1-signed.1-signed-windows.xpi


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