A while back I mentioned that Facebook Image-to-Email (a Firefox extension that converts Facebook’s e-mail address images to plain-text) was broken after some unknown change was made by Facebook. I am happy to announce that it is working again, after I re-tooled it with a different method for accessing the image data of those e-mail address images.
You can download this new release from the Facebook Image-to-Email homepage. If you don’t care to know more about the technical details, stop reading now.
What I’ve done is this: instead of accessing the images directly, the extension now takes a screenshot of the entire page (allowed under the browser’s security policies), locates the portions of the page that contain the e-mail address images, and parses them out entirely from the browser’s chrome, a beautiful place with much looser security restrictions than a webpage. (I’ve also added character maps for “-” (hyphen) and the “r.” sequence that wasn’t being parsed properly.)
(Sidenote with relevance to current events: this extension is now a hop, skip, and a jump away from being able to be used to parse and download all of your friends’ information, including e-mail addresses. If Scoble had only waited, he could have avoided this whole mess.)