SwiftDial Release Notes

v51 ()

New:

Improved:

  • Fixed a visual bug in the newer versions of the Kiwi browser
  • Fixes and improvements

v50 ()

New:

  • Our new Extra-extension, SwiftDial Launcher that brings back the freedom of launching your favorite homepage even on stubborn mobile browsers is now finally compatible with Firefox for Android (it took us a few tries, but we got there)
  • Launcher allows you to add the Open SwiftDial button on all websites and choose its position, size, color and opacity
  • It also can open new SwiftDial tab or replace the active tab on browser startup
  • Launcher is generally intended for browsers without standard support of homepage extensions, like Firefox for Android and Yandex Browser, but can also be used with normal browsers

Improved:

  • Slideshow mode of SwiftDial's backgrounds now works on Firefox for Android

v49 ()

New:

  • Our new Extra-extension, SwiftDial Launcher brings back the freedom of launching your favorite homepage even on stubborn mobile browsers
  • Launcher allows you to add the Open SwiftDial button on all websites and choose its position, size, color and opacity
  • It also can open new SwiftDial tab or replace the active tab on browser startup
  • Launcher is generally intended for browsers without standard support of homepage extensions, like Yandex Browser, but can also be used with normal browsers

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v48 ()

New:

  • You can now choose whether site tiles should always preserve their dimensions or adapt to browser window size
  • You can set initial vertical site tiles alignment

Improved:

  • On Firefox for Android 120 and newer you can now use special SwiftDial features without installing the Mobilizer for SwiftDial Extra-extension
  • Fixes for Firefox for Android
  • Other fixes and improvements

v47 ()

New:

  • With the help of the new intuitive SwiftDial tools you can now create and edit several types of multi-color gradients of your choice for the homepage background
  • You can switch between backgrounds in the background settings with the arrow keys on the keyboard

Improved:

  • Updated the "Main features" section of the "About" panel
  • Fixes and improvements

v46 ()

New:

  • We've lowered minimum value for the width and height of site tiles to 50 so that users on mobile devices can fit more tiles on their screens (Thanks to our user SERGE for suggesting it)

Improved:

  • Fixed the Esc keyboard button not working in some menu panels
  • [SwiftDial YN version] Fixed the default backup file names

v45 ()

New:

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v44 ()

New:

  • There's a new SwiftDial variant that you can use with Yandex Browser, SwiftDial YN
  • You can now reorder sites and groups even on touch devices or via keyboard thanks to SwiftDial's new Move feature
  • Sites in a pinned SwiftDial tab now open in new tabs by default
  • Toolbar icon panel's title now has a button to open SwiftDial

Improved:

  • Updated information about the browsers that can run SwiftDial
  • Currently, extensions in mobile browsers can open new tabs but not windows so we disabled window-related functionality on mobile for now
  • To be ready for the future changes we removed workarounds that allowed us to painlessly upgrade users of the lagacy versions of SwiftDial to the new SwiftDial engine back in 2022
  • The minimum version of SwiftDial that can directly be upgraded to the latest one is version 33, but you can still restore backups from any previous versions in the newer ones
  • We also removed the "Reload Extension" feature that was related to the above-mentioned workarounds
  • Fixes and improvements

v43 ()

New:

  • You can now open SwiftDial using your browser context menus
  • You can use [ ALT ] + [ O ] keyboard shortcut to open SwiftDial (the combination can be changed in your browser addon manager)
  • [Firefox version] The Add To SwiftDial dialog can be opened from a website context menu
  • There's a new section on our site that brings all our extensions that can be used to complement SwiftDial to one place. We call them SwiftDial Extras

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v42 ()

New:

  • While adding or editting sites as well as SwiftDial backgrounds you can now drag images directly from web pages
  • You can also drag and drop image files from folders on your computer or other device
  • The Chrome and Edge versions now have a built-in permission manager similar to the Firefox version

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v41 ()

New:

  • You can now use keyboard shortcuts to quickly access SwiftDial's menus and functions
  • You can view available shortcuts in the Main Features section of the About menu panel, which you can open with this shortcut: [ Ctrl ] + [ I ]

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v40 ()

New:

  • You can now double-click a menu panel's title to hide the panel
  • Hidden menu panels now have a button to disable auto-hidden mode
  • Some menu panels now have a button to return to a previous panel

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v39 ()

New:

  • SwiftDial is now available in 2 more languages: Chinese and Japanese

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v38 ()

New:

  • You can now choose where the main menu is supposed to be on the homepage - top, bottom, vertically on the left side, vertically on the right side or in context menu only

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v37 ()

New:

  • You can now open all sites from a pinned site group in new tabs in one click via its context menu

Improved:

  • Improved compatibility with some site addresses (thanks to our regular user René for pointing out this issue)
  • Fixes and improvements

v36 ()

Improved:

  • Fixed an issue when restoring some backups

v35 ()

Improved:

  • Fixed reordering of sites and pinned groups

v34 ()

New:

  • You can now pin site groups to the homepage
  • Site groups can now have their own colors
  • New compact context menus for sites

Improved:

  • Fixed icons generation for some sites
  • Fixes and improvements

v33 ()

New:

  • SwiftDial's engine got better optimization and performance
  • In case if one of SwiftDial's updates doesn't get properly applied for some reason you can now re-apply it by reloading the extension

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v32 ()

New:

  • Your current site group's name is now displayed in the tab title

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v31 ()

New:

  • By popular demand we've added the ability to save and open links to internal browser pages in the Chrome and Edge versions of the extension (chrome:// links)
  • We've also added the ability to save and open links to extension pages in the Firefox, Chrome and Edge versions of SwiftDial (moz-extension:// and chrome-extension:// links)
  • The Site Address field and Image Address fields now have the autocomplete functionality for supported link protocols (for example, https://)

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v30 ()

New:

  • You can now easily and in detail set the gaps between site tiles, width of the site tiles area, vertical spacing from the edges of the homepage and site tiles alignment
  • You can always access the Main Context Menu, even when there is no empty space on the homage to right-click on and the main menu is hidden. Just choose the "Show Main Menu" option in the context menu of any of your sites.

Improved:

  • Fixed incorrectly applying background opacity to some menu panels
  • Fixes and improvements

v29 ()

New:

  • You can now set the background opacity of menu panels
  • Enjoy your speed dial without distractions by hiding the main menu (when its hidden you'll still be able to access it through the context menu)

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v28 ()

New:

  • There are 12 new mouse hover effects with 3D and Cards-like features at your disposal

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v27 ()

New:

  • You can now return the SwiftDial's background settings to their default state in one click

Improved:

  • Fixes and improvements

v26 ()

New:

  • You can now choose in what tab (current or new) to open sites from speed dial by default
  • While opening a site in new tab it's now possible to either automatically switch to the opened tab or stay on the current tab
  • Disabling some functions in the Global Settings panel now automatically hides the settings related to them

Improved:

  • Small visual improvements

v25 ()

New:

  • SwiftDial panels can now be switched to auto-hidden mode by clicking an empty space on the homepage
  • You can invoke a hidden panel by moving the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen where part of this panel is visible

Improved:

  • Restored the functionality of adapting the dimensions of the toolbar icon panel
  • Fixes and improvements

v24 ()

New:

  • The slideshow mode of the background settings now lets you quickly switch the current slide to a selected one

v22 ()

New:

  • You can now arrange multiple background images into a slideshow that will replace each other at your preferred intervals and in your preferred order
  • You can now pick images from the built-in gallery
  • Backup of background images is now separate from settings and sites (though you can still restore the backups from previous versions of SwiftDial)

Improved:

  • Better optimization of background images
  • Fixes and improvements

v2.4 ()

New:

  • Ability to set the background opacity of Sites and their titles via the settings sliders
  • Ability to put titles inside Site tiles
  • Ability to open all Sites in a Site Group in new tabs in one click (available in the "Site Groups" panel)

Improved:

  • The site address and image address fields now only allow "https://" or "http://" links
  • Fixes and improvements

v2.3 ()

New:

  • New keyboard navigation effects (supported in modern browsers)

Improved:

  • Brought back support for visual effects in some outdated browser versions for the users that haven't yet upgraded to the current ones

v2.2.1 ()

Improved:

  • Fixed not automatically clearing the default background image when restoring a backup without a background image (big thanks to our user René for reporting this issue)

v2.2 ()

New:

  • By popular demand we've added the ability to move Sites between Site Groups (accessible through Site context menu)
  • Every group in the "Site Groups" panel now has the "Switch and close" button that allows you to change group and close the panel in one click

Improved:

  • Fixed the default homepage background color momentarily showing up when opening a new tab on some systems
  • Completely removed the "Access to the active tab" optional permission, as it turned out to be redundant
  • [Edge version] New tab icon to workaround the issue where the default one showed up as a black or a white square in Edge
  • Other fixes and improvements

v2.1 ()

New:

  • We've tested this version of SwiftDial in many popular desktop and mobile browsers. Check out our findings!
  • Toolbar icon panel now adapts to smaller screen or browser window sizes
  • Added touch input support for all buttons

Improved:

  • Auto theme now applied correctly to the toolbar icon panel
  • Other fixes and improvements

v2.0 ()

New:

  • Introducing customizable menu themes that adapt to your preferred color
  • Updated the look of some elements of the SwiftDial's interface
  • [Keyboard navigation] You can now use the Del key to remove sites without the need to open the context menu

Improved:

  • In order to prevent accidental changes, activation of the buttons for restoring or resetting SwiftDial settings now happens after holding them for 0.5 seconds
  • Various fixes and improvements

v1.9.1 ()

Improved:

  • [Firefox only] Added a workaround to make the new Firefox redesign display the toolbar icon properly

v1.9 ()

New:

  • You can now learn about SwiftDial's main features in the About section
  • SwiftDial can now inform you about updating to a new version (can be disabled from the Global Settings section)
  • Added image loading indication

Improved:

  • Improvements in the Site Groups section
  • Small improvements

v1.8 ()

New:

  • You can now download SwiftDial for the Firefox, Chrome and Edge browsers

Improved:

  • Some improvements

v1.7 ()

New:

  • Pasting links into the "Site Address" field now automatically removes the placeholder text (https://)
  • Pasting values into color fields now automaticlly removes unwanted characters (for example, "#" at the beginning of "#FFFFFF")

Improved:

  • Fixed color picker sliders not displaying properly with some window/display sizes
  • The "Share Site" feature now works correctly with links containing Unicode characters
  • Many other fixes and improvements

v1.6 ()

New:

  • Introducing Site Groups, a new way to group your sites into categories

Improved:

  • In order to prevent accidental changes, activation of some buttons for images manipulation now happens after holding them for 0.5 seconds
  • Toolbar button pannel now works correctly in multiple browser windows
  • Fixed the isuue of the 1.5 version, where the toolbar button panel didn't display properly in some cases

v1.5 ()

New:

  • SwiftDial now supports 5 new languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Italian. If you want to help localize the extension to other languages or if you found any mistakes in the existing translations, please contact us via the support email

Improved:

  • A few minor improvements

v1.4 ()

New:

  • Theme support for the menus
  • Added the Light, Dark and High Contrast themes
  • The Auto option sets the Light or the Dark theme depending on the OS preferences

Improved:

  • Some fixes and improvements

v1.3 ()

The previous versions of the extension were able to generate images if a user gave the "Acces To Websites" permissions at least once, while the users who never gave that permission encontered an "infinite loading" situation when the extension tried to generate an image (due to a particularity of Firefox).

Thanks to Reddit user BubiBalboa for pointing this bug out.

To deal with this issue SwiftDial now requires "Access To Websites" permission to generate images.

v1.2 ()

New:

  • Ability to open sites in a new tab
  • Ability to open sites in a new window
  • Ability to open sites in a new private window
  • Ability to copy site links right from the context menu
  • Ability to easily share site links on social media

Improved:

  • Bug fixes and improvements

v1.1 ()

New:

  • Support for keyboard-only navigation

Improved:

  • Fixed a visual bug

v1.0.0 ()

New:

  • Ability to easily add sites to SwiftDial using the icon from the browser toolbar
  • Custom color picker tools
  • Support for entering 3-character color names (for example #FFF)

Improved:

  • Updated the look of the menu panels
  • Fixed not loading correct fonts in some menu windows on some platforms

v0.9.0 ()

New:

  • Ability to generate site images, icons or screenshots
  • Ability to add site images by supplying an image address

Improved:

  • Background images are now saved to .png instead of .jpeg to preserve transparency of some images
  • The ability to add a background or site image by suppluying the image's web-address doesn't require any special permission
  • The "Add Site" and "Edit Site" dialogs now scroll to the top when adding or generating a site image on smaller screens or in a small-sized browser window
  • Some other minor improvements

v0.8.0 ()

New:

  • Additional feature to download background images directly from web adresses provided by the user
  • Permission manager to manage permissions for the additional features
  • Ability to reset background image to the default one

Improved:

  • Fixed the bug that prevented restoration from some backup files

v0.7.0 ()

New:

  • Backup and restore settings and sites
  • Reset SwiftDial to default settings
  • Clear all sites from SwiftDial

v0.6.0 ()

Initial release.