Perspectives Firefox 4.3 Released!

Welcome! After a hiatus, a new version of the Perspectives Firefox Extension (version 4.3) has been uploaded to the Mozilla Addons site: Install New Version

The new version will be reviewed by the Addons team, then automatically pushed via auto-update.

What’s New?

Remove the forced statusbar icon: The Perspectives icon will no longer always appear on the addons bar or status bar, freeing you to only place it where you want!

Add Perspectives icons: The Perspectives icon will now appear when you press alt-tab to switch between windows, making it easier to identify Perspectives dialogs.

A screenshot of the alt-tab menu showing an icon for Perspectives rather than the generic OS icon

Display key age: The ‘Notary Results’ dialog now displays the age of each key in days:

Screenshot of the 'Notary Results' page showing the calculated key age in days

Several UI Improvements:

  • Perspectives dialogs now center themselves in the screen
  • The ‘Escape’ key can be used to cancel and close all Perspectives dialogs
  • ‘OK’ and ‘Cancel’ buttons have a consistent placement
  • The size of notary key textboxes has been increased to improve readability
  • Alert popups now mention that they are from Perspectives

Other fixes: Perspectives 4.3 also fixes several bugs and adds more error checking to the Preferences dialog, so everything should work more smoothly!

Please try out Perspectives 4.3 and let us know what you think! Feedback, questions, and requests are all welcome 🙂


  1. #1 by Vagrant Cascadian on May 4, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    as best i can tell, 4.3 never made it into the git repository:


    is there a new upstream repository?

    i’d like to upload the new version to debian, but we build from source rather than downloading the xpi from mozilla addons.

  2. #2 by daveschaefer on May 5, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    Hey Vagrant,

    It looks like Dan just hasn’t merged in a while; I’ve been working on some other changes before I send him a pull request.

    If you’re comfortable with it you can grab the source code and files for 4.3 from – I created a branch and tag for 4.3, so hopefully it’s easy to sync to (you probably want 5363c71035 ).

    If you’d rather sync specifically from Dan’s repo just let us know and I’ll send him a pull request.


    • #3 by Vagrant Cascadian on May 13, 2012 - 6:01 pm

      I could pull from your branch and just check to make sure it matches the extension at mozilla addons- Though there doesn’t appear to be either a 4.3 branch or tag that I can find.

      Although it would be ideal if there were a canonical “upstream” branch to refer to.

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