Archive | March, 2006

Forcing Extensions to Work on Bon Echo

If you just can’t wait till the Bon Echo version of Firefox is finalized, then I have found a good tutorial for you. The Web site explains how you can get your current list of extensions working with the new Bon Echo Alpha 1 release of Firefox. I don’t know if I would recommend this for the novice user. If you feel comfortable sticking your hand in Bon Echo’s guts though, feel free to try it out.

Options Menu

When using Firefox, do you like for your navigation to flow from one option to the next? Some people get annoyed with the extension’s popup box to edit your options. Well, now you don’t need to worry about that box anymore. Options Menu lets you go with the flow.

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Firefox Search Bar Hacks

I don’t know if I would call these real “hacks” for the Firefox search bar. I would call them more helpful tips on how to customize that space to make it more your own. Want to make the search space bigger? Want to add or remove search engines? Want to create your own search plugin? Check out this list of helpful tips.

Firefox Crashes

I know this is the dark side of Firefox that we shouldn’t be speaking of, but it happens. Every so often Firefox crashes and sometimes it does it more than once. Don’t switch browsers just yet. The MozillaZine Knowledge Base has a nice selection of tips and trick to help you troubleshoot your crashing problems.

Firefox 2 Screenshots – New Features

Here are some of the new features coming to Firefox 2 Alpha 1. There are about six features previewed here, so give it a look. One feature I am really happy to see is the “close tab” button on each tab you have open.

Enhanced tabs
At first blush, the changes are not dramatic. But spend a little time with the browser, and you’ll notice subtle enhancements, such as adding little Xs to close specific tabbed browsing pages.

History menu
A History drop-down menu has been added to the toolbar alongside File, Edit, and View.

Go Places
Places is a new feature that resembles the Internet Explorer sidebar, allowing you to control Bookmarks, RSS subscriptions, and History.

Search history
With the new MozStorage system, you can now execute a search query of your browser history to find pages you may have visited 100 Web pages ago.

Improved RSS
In Firefox 2, as you click a page’s RSS icon, the feeds are added to a toolbar, and drop-down menus display the latest choices and the option to open all current feeds in individual tabs.

There you have it.  What do you think of Firefox 2 so far?

Firefox 2 Roadmap

Now digging through this information to find out what is coming to our favorite browser might now be the most fun thing you can do with your Friday morning. The Mozilla team has updated the Firefox 2 Roadmap with a few intresting notes about what you can expect to see in the future.

Go check it out, and let me know what you would like to see them tackle first.

Link Dragging

Links don’t have to be such a drag. We all use links on Web sites in different ways. Some of use might be happy with clicking our day away and staying in one tab. Did you know that in Firefox you can drag any link on a Web site to the address bar to open it up in that window?

Another quick tip is dragging the link to an empty space on the tab bar. If you do that, it will then open the link up in a new tab. Now go out and change the way you drag your links.

Firefox Facts – Free eBook and Web Site!

Ok, so maybe raving about the Web site being free isn’t the big selling point. Firefox Facts is my latest big side project to make it’s debut. What is it? It is both a Web site and an eBook. The majority of the thanks goes to Bob and Chris at Lockergnome.com for creating an eBook out of my ramblings. So what does each side of the project offer?

Firefox Facts (the eBook) gives you over a hundred different Firefox tips and tricks to get you going with the world’s favorite alternative browser. All of them are neatly organized in a PDF file for you to read where you want and when you want. What is the best thing about it? It is totally free!

FirefoxFacts.com is going to become the home for the quick tips, reviews and Firefox news. I’m no stranger to Firefox articles, as I have been writing them for Lockergnome’s Web Developers for some time now. This will become one more outlet to help you get your Firefox fix. Make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed as well.

Leave a comment about the Web site and the eBook and let me know what you want to see.

Nightly Tester Tools

Want to try to install those extensions on the new Firefox 2.0 “Bon Echo” release? Chances are that out of the box, Bon Echo won’t work with them. If you really want to see what Firefox “Bon Echo” looks like with some of your favorite extensions, try out the Nightly Tester Tools. This extension adds a few extras useful to those that regularly test nightly builds of Firefox.

duimShow

Are you one of those people who has thirty framed photos on your desk of your family and friends? Well, then you might get a kick out of duimShow. It is a photo slide show Firefox extension that brings viewing random photos right to your browser.

[Learn More About duimShow!]