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That is a point.
Question should be is there another way for addon updater to
update addons which are already in its database but haven't been
Why is it manual.
A better question should be, if version x is manually updated
and is therefore a higher version than current addon on database
then addon updater shouldn't try to install the database version
if its of a higher number.
Of course this may be completely mute when addon updates go into
core and we get an actual store which allows us to add official
sources and or unofficial sources that we know are safe like linux
On 18/03/2022 8:38 am, farhan israk
If I need to update addons manually then why am I
using addon updater?
Hello NVDA users community,
I understand the subject line may
look strange, but it will become clear as you read this
In a few hours I will release version
22.03 of my add-ons (manual mandatory updates), followed
by 22.03.1 which will make my add-ons compatible with
upcoming NVDA 2022.1 changes. It is likely that 22.03.1,
scheduled to be released the day after NVDA 2022.1 beta
1 is released, will be the one showing up on Add-on
Updater and on community add-ons website (I will update
this thread once that happens).
Three important notes:
may notice that I’m talking about two add-on versions:
22.03 and 22.03.1. Originally I was planning to
release 22.03 as soon as upcoming NVDA 2022.1 beta 1
was released. However, I have received a private
report last week detailing the fact that parts of some
add-ons will continue to function if NVDA is running
in secure screens. Further, after checking my add-ons,
I have discovered at least two security issues that
can cause problems: commands that can open a web
browser to a specific site then allowing users to
browse somewhere else, and creating and writing files
other than NVDA configuration file. Because at least
two add-ons I maintain had both issues present, I
decided to check other add-ons and work on solutions
throughout the weekend. While doing so, a potential
issue was discovered that could affect system
settings, and at least one add-on was affected. The
result is 22.03 security update for my add-ons
(mandatory). Because NV Access is working on NVDA
2022.1 at the moment, I decided to prioritize security
rather than wait for 2022.1 beta 1 to be released,
therefore the two releases. In short, both 22.03 and
22.03.1 will be identical apart from NVDA
compatibility (more on that below); if Add-on Updater
offers what appears to be an older version of add-ons,
ignore this, or you can turn off automatic add-on
updates until I say go ahead and upgrade when Add-on
Updater offers these releases (likely 22.03.1).
- As I
announced a few days ago, I’m ending support for
Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 from my add-ons soon. In
preparation for that, I hereby declare that
22.03/22.03.1 will be the final release(s) to support
old Windows releases. I strongly urge you to upgrade
to Windows 10, or if your system is ready, to Windows
11 unless you are in a situation where an upgrade
can’t be performed (corporate domain, for example).
while ago I announced that I’m about to end
maintenance for most of my add-ons. I thought 22.01
(January 2022) will be the final releases, but since
no-one has stepped up to maintain them, I decided to
provide a one last release so add-ons can be made
compatible with upcoming NVDA changes. But then
security issues came up, so in a way I’m dividing this
last release into two parts: 22.03 and 22.03.1, a
security release compatible with NVDA 2021.3 and a
follow-up release compatible with 2022.1 changes,
respectively; I expect no changes between these two
releases apart from add-on manifests, hence my
statement of identical releases abov. To users of
Enhanced Touch Gestures, GoldWave, Resource Monitor,
Sound Splitter, and StationPlaylist, I would like to
take this time to say thank you from bottom of my
heart for all your feedback while I maintained these
add-ons. My final day as a maintainer of these add-ons
will be a week after NVDA 2022.1 beta 1 is released so
I can prepare these add-ons to end support for older
Windows releases before handing the add-on to the
community for further maintenance.
One more thing: I will update this
thread when version 22.03 of my add-ons are ready for
2021.3 or later is required. I strongly urge everyone
to upgrade to 2021.3.3 if possible.
22.03.x will be the final releases to support Windows
7 SP1, 8, and 8.1 with three exceptions: Add-on
Updater, Sound Splitter, and Windows App Essentials.
If you haven’t, I urge you to upgrade to Windows 10,
or if compatible, to Windows 11 unless you are in a
situation where you can’t do so.
following add-ons will be disabled completely if NVDA
is running in secure screens: Add-on Updater, Sound
Splitter, StationPlaylist. These add-ons can access
the web, read and write files other than NVDA
configuration database, and change system settings,
with the first two being high security risks.
noted above, most of my add-ons will end support for
older Windows releases. A message will be displayed
when installing version 22.03/22.03.1 of the following
add-ons: Enhanced Touch Gestures, GoldWave, Resource
the add-on will be disabled completely in secure
screens, Add-on Updater will not check for updates for
add-ons installed in secure screen copy of NVDA.
Resource Monitor and Sound Splitter:
dependency was updated to 5.9.0.
sound splitter toggle command (Alt+NVDA+S) to toggle
between NVDA on the right channel, on the left
channel, or sound splitter disabled.
is the last version to support Studio suite 5.30.
- It is
no longer possible to perform the following commands
if NVDA is running in secure mode: all SPL Controller
layer commands, switching to Studio from other
programs, obtaining Studio status and encoder status
from other programs.
- It is
no longer possible to copy track comments to the
clipboard or add or change comments if NVDA is running
in secure mode.
- It is
no longer possible to copy playlist transcripts to
clipboard or save it to a file if NVDA is running in
secure mode. Only viewing transcripts will be allowed
in secure mode.
improve security, online user guide command from SPL
Assistant (Shift+F1) has been removed.
- It is
no longer possible to create, copy, rename, delete, or
configure instant switch status for broadcast profiles
if NVDA is running in secure mode.
- It is
no longer possible to configure advanced add-on
settings or reset settings to defaults from add-on
settings screen if NVDA is running in secure mode.
Studio, NVDA will no longer do nothing or play error
tones if attempting to obtain playlist snapshots (SPL
Assistant, F8) if the loaded playlist consists only of
Creator 6.0, NVDA will no longer appear to do nothing
when one of the columns explorer column is "Date
Restriction" as the column has been renamed to
Windows App Essentials:
features and fixes that were included with the add-on
are now part of NVDA. These include announcing search
suggestion count in apps such as Settings and
Microsoft Store and "pane" no longer being announced
when switching between apps in Windows 11.
and using the add-on on Windows Insider Preview builds
between 20348 (Server 2022) and 22000 (Windows 11) is
no longer supported.
the warning message when installing the add-on on
Windows Server systems as the add-on is better
optimized for Windows 10/11 client systems.
deprecated XAML heading detection feature.
the debug tone heard when UIA notification events come
from background apps when debug log is on. Use Event
Tracker add-on to debug UIA notification events.
Start menu size announcement workaround as it is no
longer heard in recent Windows 10 releases.
drag drop effect property event is now tracked.
information is announced when arranging Start menu
tiles or Action center quick actions with
Alt+Shift+arrow keys such as potential location of the
dragged tile and placement of Action center quick
NvDA will announce results when more commands are
performed such as pressing equals (=) key and
performing operations in scientific calculator mode
such as trigonometric operations.
Removed street side view workaround as it is no longer
applicable in recent app releases.
keyboard: In Windows 11 clipboard history, browse mode
will be turned off by default, designed to let NVDA
announce clipboard history entry menu items.
In Windows 10, update history items no longer include
installation status to align with Windows 11.
This thread will be updated when:
22.03 of these add-ons are ready for download (manual
2022.1 beta 1 is released, and subsequently, version
22.03.1 of these add-ons are released
updates are showing on Add-on Updater