Enhanced Steam 7.5 Adds Profile Theme Support

I’m excited to announce that with the new release of Enhanced Steam 7.5, users will be able to select a custom profile “theme” from their Edit Profile page on Steam that provides additional profile customization options. This initial release includes:

  • Clear Theme
  • Green Theme
  • Holiday 2014 Theme
  • Orange Theme
  • Pink Theme
  • Purple Theme
  • Red Theme
  • Teal Theme
  • Yellow Theme

Additional themes are already in development for future release.  A special thanks to Reddit user Teliko for providing the idea and for providing contributions to most of the available themes.  When combined with Enhanced Steam’s custom profile background feature, this provides an unprecedented amount of profile customization.  Here’s an example:

As you can see, the “clear theme” opens up a lot more of the background image.

I hope everyone enjoys this feature!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

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Support Ending for Firefox Browsers

I’ve been researching the upcoming situation regarding Firefox and changes it will be making to extensions and their development / deployment practices in the near future.

I’ve come to the decision that Enhanced Steam will no longer be developed for Mozilla Firefox. There is simply far too much time and effort that goes into developing a Firefox compatible version of Enhanced Steam, and the new policies Mozilla is putting in place will increase this workload further.

The existing version (7.3) will be the final Firefox release. It will remain available for download, although it may not be able to be installed on versions of Firefox higher than 38. This includes Firefox 39 which enters the Aurora channel early next week.

My intention is to take the extra development time that I would normally give to Firefox and instead spend that time further developing the Enhanced Steam Standalone application. I’m hoping that by the time Firefox 40 reaches release status later this year (currently scheduled for Aug 11, 2015) the Standalone application will be a viable and feature-rich alternative for those who do not wish to change browsers to continue using Enhanced Steam.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

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Enhanced Steam Translation Project is Moving to Crowdin!

Our previous translation page was really great in helping people get engaged and interested in helping translate Enhanced Steam, and Smashman did an amazing job in creating it.  In fact, of the 26 languages that Steam supports, Enhanced Steam is now available in 20 of those with the other 6 having partial translations available.  However, Crowdin offers some incredible features and I believe this change will help improve the available translations, make translating new items even easier, and will let me enlist the help of our most trusted translators to oversee the future translations made in their language.  I’d like to go over a few of the new things you can expect to see if you’re interested in helping out with translating Enhanced Steam.

1. Voting on existing translations: Users will now be able to vote on existing translations, thus further strengthening or weakening our confidence that the translation that we have is correct.  This means that even if something has already been translated but you think it’s incorrect, you can let us know without needing to provide an alternate translation.

2. Screenshots: Users who wish to translate Enhanced Steam will now be given a screenshot of where exactly that text is used in the extension.  This should help give more context which in turn should result in better and more accurate translations.

3. Role based permissions: Crowdin provides several different roles, any of which can be assigned to any particular language.  This means that a trusted user can be assigned as the manager of a particular language who will have the authority to accept or reject newly proposed translations.  This will save me (as the “not even bi-lingual” developer) a lot of time because it means I’ll be able to delegate the task of approving new translations.

4. The ability to hide or delete translations no longer in use: currently when we retire a feature we have no way of deleting the existing string and it’s translations.  Within Crowdin, it’s possible to hide or delete entries for translations which are no longer being used.  This means that less time is wasted translating outdated info that will never be seen.  It also means that the compiled translation files will be smaller.

5. Activity feed and per-language discussions: Crowdin’s system lets you see an activity stream for your language , as well as discuss translations with other translators.

 

There are lots of other features that Crowdin has such as reports, paid translations, a web API and more.  If you’d like the help out, you can create a free Crowdin account and visit http://translation.enhancedsteam.com to get started.

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Enhanced Steam 7.3 Released

Enhanced Steam has been updated to version 7.3. This release includes the following changes:

  • Added an option to hide games in search results you’ve marked as “Not Interested”
  • Added a column to the market showing the current lowest price of active listings
  • Firefox: Added back features that were previously removed in version 7.2.3
  • Fixed a bug in the feature that shows the purchase date on a game’s store page
  • Updated 3rd party DRM detection to include more places that publishers hide it
  • Updated PCGW button to include new link structure and new icon
  • Removed redundant SteamTrades profile link

 

This update is available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Firefox users using version 7.2.2 or lower must manually update by removing the extension and then installing this version using the link above.

As always, please let me know if you encounter any issues with this release.

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What’s new for 2015

Greetings blog readers!  I apologize that the Enhanced Steam blog hasn’t been updated lately – one of my New Years resolutions is to use this blog to help keep everyone more informed.

Things have been really busy here between the fall and winter sales, server upgrades, and adding new features.  I’ve also been working on another little program you guys might already be familiar with, called Steam Idle Master.  Anyway, things are shaping up nicely for 2015 with Enhanced Steam.  Our Patreon donation drive is going great – thanks again to everyone that’s contributing – this extension really wouldn’t be possible without all of your help.  As a result, I’m confident that this year we’ll be able to afford enough server power to handle the unusually high load we typical see during the big sales.

Additionally, I’m working hard on putting the finishing touches on the next release of Enhanced Steam: version 7.3.  In addition to the regular bug fixes, this version will have improved dynamic item detection on activity pages, improved 3rd party DRM detection in the store, the ability to filter games from search results that you’ve marked as “not interested”, and much more.  Look for this version to be released some time later this week.

Thanks again to all of the fans of Enhanced Steam and I hope you all have a wonderful 2015!

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Join Enhanced Steam for Extra Life 2014 and Win Awesome New Games

I’m playing 24 hours of video games on October 25th to help raise money for my local children’s hospital.  I’m also giving away over $1,000 worth of Steam games courtesy of IsThereAnyDeal.com to people who donate.

You can find the full details by clicking here.

 

By entering your Steam URL in the donation message box, this enters you in to a raffle (one entry for every $5 donated) to win some awesome Steam games courtesy of IsThereAnyDeal.com.

* One copy of each of the above games will be given away at the conclusion of the live-stream.  The chosen winner’s Steam account will be checked to see if they own the game already.  If they do (or if their Steam profile is private) another winner will be chosen.  Some games subject to change based on availablity and release dates.  Limit one prize per person.

 

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Over 1 Million Downloads, and Lessons Learned from the Summer Sale

First of all, a huge “Thank You” to each and every one of you running Enhanced Steam.  With your help, we’ve now had over 1,000,000 (one million) installations.  I never thought something like this would be possible.

Here are some of the lessons we learned from the Summer Sale this year:

  • The number of concurrent Enhanced Steam users FAR exceeded our expectations.  Our servers are capable of supporting around 200,000 users simultaneously but we typically saw between 400,000 and 550,000 users during peak times.  I apologize for the issues this caused some people.  The lesson learned here is that we will plan on having additional server power during the big sales, to make sure that everyone has a chance to access all of Enhanced Steam’s great set of features when you need them most.
  • We learned a lot about the number of requests that Enhanced Steam makes, and about caching as much of this data as possible to reduce the stress on our servers (and Valve’s!).  There are some big changes coming up surrounding this, but needless to say we are working hard to make sure that Enhanced Steam will be running as efficiently as possible going forward.  The good news is that incorporating these types of changes will make things like highlighting and Early Access banners much faster in future releases.
  • Being featured in articles on Kotaku, Lifehacker, and others is a great way to get the word out about Enhanced Steam.  It’s also a great way to see our already melting servers turn into a pile of mush.  As we’ve already mentioned, we’ll be sure that our servers are up to the challenge.

Again, thank you all for your support, as well as your patience with Enhanced Steam during the sale.

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Over 900,000 Downloads – Thank You

Enhanced Steam has come a long way in the past 18 months, and I wanted to write a quick note to thank all of our users and fans.

As we near the big Steam Summer Sale and our millionth download, I’m humbled by the reception and support I’ve got from this great community.  I couldn’t have made Enhanced Steam what it is today without your feedback.  So thank you all for your continued support and for helping spread the word about Enhanced Steam.

We have some exciting things that we’re working on, especially for Firefox users, so stay tuned.

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Enhanced Steam for Mozilla Firefox 6.0.1 Released (New Update Method)

Enhanced Steam for Mozilla Firefox has been updated to version 6.0.1. Since the last published version (v5.9.1) this update includes:

  • Added profile links to private profiles
  • Gift transactions are now listed separately in account totals
  • Added warning if browsing in a language other than your preferred language (set in options)
  • Added ability to add a custom amount to your Steam wallet
  • Fixed a bug that caused inventory pages to not always show price history
  • Fixed a bug that caused highlighting not to work correctly if DOM storage was disabled
  • Fixed a bug that caused emptying your shopping cart to break purchase process
  • Fixed a bug that caused you to not be able to have more than one item in your cart at once
  • Fixed a bug on badge pages that showed incorrect market links
  • Fixed a bug that caused the market page to format incorrectly
  • Fixed a bug in some languages where badge filtering didn’t work properly

 

This version of Enhanced Steam will NOT update automatically from Mozilla. In order to install this update, you must follow these instructions:

 

This new version of Enhanced Steam will now keep itself up to date automatically from this point forward.

Why the change?
Mozilla has always been slow to approve new updates for Enhanced Steam. By installing the extension directly from the Enhanced Steam website, we can release updates more quickly in the future. There are also a number of Enhanced Steam features that Mozilla has made me remove from Enhanced Steam in order to comply with their publishing guidelines (not for technical reasons). By publishing the extension directly, we are no longer subject to this editorial process. This means that more of the features that have been only available in the Chrome version of the plugin can be ported to the Firefox extension in upcoming versions.

What if I don’t trust you and want to keep the version I downloaded from Mozilla?
That’s perfectly fine. But keep in mind, it will no longer be updated with new features and bug fixes. The latest version Mozilla has (v5.9.1) is also incompatible with Firefox version 29 and higher. If you would like to keep your existing extension and it’s current functionality, I recommend not upgrading past Firefox 28.

Is the source code for this extension available to view online?
Yes. You can find a copy of the source code here. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

I have another question that isn’t covered here
I’m always available to help at contact@enhancedsteam.com

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Enhanced Steam for Google Chrome version 6.0 Released

Enhanced Steam for Google Chrome has been updated to version 6.0. This update includes a number of changes:

  • Added warning dialog when browsing Steam in a language other than your preferred language
  • Added price history information to the wishlist page when hovering over a game
  • Added option to display store page videos using HTML5 player instead of Flash
  • Added library filtering options by genre and by category
  • Added coupon discount percentage to display on coupon tags
  • Added your personal achievement stats back to app pages in the “My Activity” box
  • Fixed a bug that caused Early Access overlays to incorrectly show on games with coupons
  • Fixed header links inserted by Enhanced Steam not displaying due to a change made by Valve
  • Fixed a bug in some languages where badge filtering didn’t work properly
  • Fixed a bug in entering custom amounts into Steam wallet page
  • Enhanced Steam will now display the highest % off coupon you have available on app pages

If you already have Enhanced Steam installed, the extension will update automatically within the next 60 minutes.

As always, if you have any problems with the new version, please let me know.

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