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Archive for April, 2009

Significantly faster Share button and Subscribe button menus!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

This lastest automatic widget release provides major speed improvements to the AddToAny drop-down smart menus, allowing your visitors to share, bookmark, and email your pages and subscribe to your RSS feed quicker than ever!

In profiling the latest sharing widget drop-down, tests yielded speeds of 70-80% faster than before in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Firefox 3.0 displays the drop-down 70% faster than the previous smart menu release.

Internet Explorer 8 clocks in at 80% faster than before.

Good ol’ Internet Explorer 6 receives the biggest benefit of the bunch.  Speed tests were again about 80% faster on paper, but it truly feels about fivefold faster after eliminating one peculiar IE6 bottleneck that was affecting the intentional order of functions and thus performance.

Not exactly to our surprise, the latest versions of Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera were seemingly untouched by the new changes.  By that we mean the original AddToAny widgets hardly phased these browser to begin with; users continue to enjoy instant functionality!

Venturing into technical jargon territory, this uncanny swiftness can no doubt be attributed to each browser’s high-performance JavaScript engines, Google’s V8, Apple’s Nitro (aka SquirrelFish Extreme), and Opera’s Carackan.  Unlike the other currently available browsers, these browsers feature native code generation and JIT compilation, which makes JavaScript blazing fast.  To be fair, the upcoming Firefox 3.1 wasn’t tested, but from trialing the 3.1 nightlies we’re confident that Mozilla’s TraceMonkey is going to contend nicely.

AddToAny is looking forward to the future of superfast web browsers, but in the meantime we’ll continue our ongoing support and improvement for these A-Grade browsers, and more, for as long as they are relevant.

Service links and service icons for WordPress plugin

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Over 100,000 downloads after the last WordPress milestone, AddToAny is releasing version .9.9 of the sharing and bookmarking plugin for WordPress blogs!

As many of you know, .9.9 is one unusually high version number for the plugin, and it’s oh-so-close to that tasty 1.0.  With this particularly special release, we’re fulfilling the requests of many people in one major new feature:

Service icons available in version .9.9

Individual service links!

It isn’t a joke (though Happy good-luck-filtering-through-the-real-news Day!) and it isn’t earth-shatteringly original.  To develop this feature, we actually had to travel back in time to circa 2005 when service chicklets of varying sizes were all the rage, and all over blogs.  On the surface this seems somewhat weird: Here we are, home of the world’s first decluttering all-inclusive sharing, bookmarking and subscribing buttons, and now we’re peddling individual service icons!  Why?

A very good reason: because it simply makes sense for publishers to optimize their sites for the services that bring the most return.  Include those service links for your largest pools of sharers, and include the all-inclusive AddToAny sharing widget for everyone else. Your most valuable visitors are immediately served, and all other methods of sharing are perfectly enabled for the masses.

Sevice links + AddToAny, best of neighbors at last, officially on WordPress.