In the anticipation of the AdGuard for Mac v2.0 big update (which is coming at the beginning of the 2019 and will have loads of new features), we really want to acquaint as many people with it as possible. And the biggest driving factor here is, of course, the ability to use the product in your native language. It was nothing but unfair that we deprived our French, Danish and Norwegian-speaking users of that opportunity. We apologize and add respective localizations to AdGuard for Mac for you to enjoy. See you next year with AG for Mac v2.0!
A small update for v1.5. We have temporarily disabled support for the dark theme on Mojave OS for version 1.5 since we were focused on the technical part of the development for the new version 2.0. In the upcoming major v2.0 update big changes are expected, but as for now:
No new stunning features this time, the release is mostly about bugfixes. But they are important ones, you'll appreciate them if you were unlucky enough to come across one of the fixed issues. Oh, and we have added Japanese localization — we know there are quite a few Japanese users out there!
It’s been a while since the last AdGuard for Mac release, so we owed one to our Mac users. This release is small but impactful — or at least we hope so. Some important bugfixes and key improvements have been done, all aimed at achieving better stability and filtering quality.
[Fixed] Sometimes connections can randomly slip past AdGuard #285
The title pretty much explains it. We’ve received several complaints from users about some websites not being filtered (even big ones like youtube.com). Without diving into technical details, we managed to fix it.
[Fixed] Crash in `tcpClosed` handler while the laptop is sleeping #295
Another bug that doesn’t really require any further explanation, but is serious enough to justify mentioning. In case you encountered this frustrating behavior — rejoice! The bug is fixed in this version.
[Improved] ExtendedCss has been updated to version 1.10 #293
This effectively means more extended cosmetic rules are supported now. Which, in its turn, ensures “cleaner” look of the post-processed pages (no ad leftovers, empty spaces etc.).
We are on the verge of the year 2018, and what is a better time to release a new AdGuard for Mac version? :)
As you will see with this update, a lot of major changes here relate to UI convenience and better user experience — in particular, filter subscription by URL deserves a separate mention. Ad blocking quality has been increased too, several bugs have been eliminated.
[Added] Filter subscription by URL #1
It’s become much more convenient now to add new filter subscriptions since you have a choice between uploading a local file or entering a URL.
[Improved] Close active connections when network filtering starts #263Translating to a more common language, this means that no connections will slip by AdGuard’s protection when you turn it on. A real life example: many Safari users used to have problems with unblocked ads on YouTube. This change fixes it.
[Added] "Undo/Redo" buttons to the user filter editor #227Self-explanatory. Working with filter editor has become so much more convenient — trust us, we do it a lot, and we can tell the difference!
[Improved] Filter editor now indicates that the filter contains disabled rules #258Another quality of life improvement. You won’t now find yourself in situations when something is not working because you’ve disabled a couple of rules, but can’t remember in what filter.
It has been a very long time since the last AdGuard for Mac release. We definitely don't want such hiatus to become a routine – expect the next one much sooner.
And in this one we've made some positive changes to the UI and improved the filtering quality by a lot. Read the full changelog below.
[Fixed] AdGuard doesn't filter apps from the WebCatalog app #165Previously, AdGuard wasn’t able to filter apps installed with WebCatalog, and they couldn’t even be added to the list of filtered apps manually. This issue gets fixed in this version.
[Added] An option to exclude websites with EV certificates from filtering #170
An option already familiar to Windows users. Some websites feature Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates, which require a very strict verification process and offer a stronger guarantee that the website is plausible and trusted. Usually, they are bank websites, payment systems etc., and they normally do not have many ads anyway, if any.
[Improved] Filter editor has been reworked #56
Now it has become possible to enter the 'advanced editing mode'. Basically, it means that the User filter turns into a single text area which you can work with as in any text editor: copy/paste several lines at once and apply all changes at once and not line by line. The search tool will help you to find or replace anything you need. All in all, it should be a welcome change for all the aspiring filter developers.
[Improved] AdGuard can now be launched from an external drive #210
A niche but useful improvement. In case you prefer to store your data on an external drive and switch between different desktops a lot. No need to update your user filter and other settings separately on every Mac separately anymore, just have AdGuard installed on an external drive.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: compatibility with Chrome 59 and newer. The changes are few, but crucial.
[Fixed] local.adguard.com certificate is considered invalid by Chrome v59 #183
It may not seem like much, but without this change, Adguard would be partially incompatible with the newest Chrome versions. Needless to say, Chrome is one of the most popular browsers among Mac users, so it is hard to overstate the importance of this fix.
The Christmas came early this year for Adguard for Mac users - a new version comes out today :) It significantly improves ad blocking, namely introducing Extended CSS support and several new modifiers. Networking and UI have undergone some fixing and tweaking too, so Adguard will become more stable and easy in use.