For those on development list (nvda-devel): don’t worry about the hashtag.
I’m delighted to announce the next generation of Add-on Updater, version 18.12! This version is more than an update – it is an upgrade for a number of reasons. As always, the new version is just an update check away (via Add-on Updater).
- Keep more add-ons up to date: in addition to adding update support for a number of add-ons (released via 18.11 series), version 18.12 will now check for, download, and install updates for even disabled add-ons. And don’t worry, disabled add-ons will stay turned off after an update.
- NVDA version compatibility: Add-on Updater will check if the updated version of your add-ons are compatible with the current version of NVDA. This is done by looking for a manifest flag specifying the minimum version of NVDA the add-on will happily run under. Note that this requires a change to various add-ons.
- Windows release compatibility: no, I’m not kidding. Some add-ons do require a specific version of Windows (or later) to be installed in order to function correctly. If an add-on does say so, Add-on Updater will check to make sure you’re indeed running the Windows release compatible with the add-on in question.
- Continuity of operations: in the past, if something went wrong while updating an add-on, the old add-on would be removed. This has been fixed via continuity of operations – Add-on Updater will check for possible issues (mostly compatibility) before attempting to update an add-on.
- User experience for automatic update checks: after Add-on Update checks for add-on updates in the background (that is, not via NVDA Tools/Check for Add-on Updates), you were greeted with a prompt asking if you wish to review updates. This prompt is gone – the update results dialog (which has been renamed, by the way) will show up automatically, mirroring that of NVDA updates.
- If Add-on Updater says that a specific add-on is not compatible with the NvDA version you’ve got, be sure to read the error message carefully, as it’ll tell you the minimum compatible NVDA version.
- If for some reason an add-on update says it isn’t compatible with the version of Windows you’re running, be sure to read add-on readme on community add-ons website, as the documentation will tell you compatible Windows release for the add-on.