Archive | April, 2008

Open Links in the Next Tab Over

Open in the Next Tab Over... The Next Tab add-on for Firefox solves an issues I deal with everyday. We have all run into the situation where we are opening up a link and we have many tabs open already. Now to see that new link would you rather scroll sideways all the way to the end of the list of have it open up beside your current tab? Most people would say, “Hey Mitch, open that link up beside of course!”.

According to the developer, Next Tab is…

An add-on that improves the tabbed browsing. Naturally, we want all related tabs grouped together. So when you are a opening a new tab, you might want to open it right next to the current tab. This is a small, light weight extension that does the same. Usage: When you right click on a link, you will get an option to “open the link next to current tab” in the context menu. Click on it and the tab will be opened right next to the current tab.

So for those of use who spend our time browsing back and forth through multiple tabs, there is now an easier way to open the next link in a tab right next to your first one.

7 Ways to Copy Successfully in Firefox

Sure, you can highlight with your mouse, right-click and copy – but why do that when there are so many awesome add-ons for Firefox that will help you get it done better and faster?  If your looking for an extension to help power up your browser’s copying of links, information and more I have seven of them that should help you get the job done.

Copy All Urls – This copies and pastes all urls of open tabs inclusive history in structured and well defined form to and from clipboard.

AutoCopy – Want to just highlight to copy text, links and more?  That is what AutoCopy will help you do.

Copy Link Name – This add-on for Firefox will copy the name of the link, so you don’t have to.

Extended Copy Menu – Provides the option to copy selection as plain text or HTML.

Copy Links – With this extension you can copy multiple links from Firefox in a single bound.

Copy Plain Text – Copies the content without picking up any of the formatting.

Copy as HTML Link – Creates an HTML link to the current page using the selected text and copies it (into the clipboard) for pasting.

So who, what, when, where and why are you copying?  Via my own day job, I have to send a lot of information back and forth from my own documents to the web and visa versa – so the idea of super charging my copying is a blessing I can not live without.

Asa Addresses Holes in PC World

Firefox Security Fight? One of my favorite Mozilla personalities, Asa Dotzler posted an article the other day debunking a lot of F.U.D. about Firefox and how it is the “new security threat” we should all be worried about, according to an article on PC World’s web site.  Not often do I sit and read, thinking to myself, “Haha, yeah booyyy!” and “Take that!” but Asa did a great job at taking apart this guy’s argument.

You can check out Asa’s thoughts and the PC World article and make your own decision though.  In the red corner from PC World we have Stuart J. Johnson…

“Many people are switching from Internet Explorer to alternative browsers such as Firefox and Safari. Though that might make them feel more secure, the shift has also opened new doors for bad guys.”

In the blue corner, from Mozilla we have Asa Dotzler!

“Stuart J. Johnston, over at PC World’s Bugs and Fixes column, does a fabulous job confusing and unnecessarily alarming Firefox users, while at the same time conflating the valuable contributions being made by the ethical security researcher community with the malicious activities of “bad guy” hackers. That’s quite an accomplishment in just 500 words.”

Who is your money on? 

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Chatting About Theme Design with TwisterMc

Interview with TwisterMc

It isn’t every day that we get the chance to pick the brain and converse with probably one of the most popular Firefox theme designers (and all around pretty cool guy) TwisterMc.  He is best known for the iPox series of themes he has done for Firefox, but also has several other projects worth checking into when you get the time.

To many you are only known as TwisterMc, the brilliant designer that does all those iPox themes for Firefox. Where did the nickname come from?

TwisterMc: I’ve always been fascinated with the weather and especially tornados; even though I’ve never seen one. When it came time to get my own domain, I wanted something that had to do with weather. Since twister was already taken, I added Mc from my last name and came up with TwisterMc.

Where do you draw your inspiration or ideas from when it comes to sitting down and designing a theme from scratch?

TwisterMc: I get inspiration from everything. It could be a web site I came across, cool packaging or just the result of trying a few designs and seeing what I like.

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Save Yourself from NSFW Links

NSFW Firefox Add-on Browsing the Web from work or with the chance that somebody might catch a passing glance at your screen can sometimes be like playing Russian roulette.  You might get caught, you might not.  Now if your not one who seeks the thrill of outsmarting the boss you may wish to play it a ‘bit on the safer side with No-NSFW.

The No-NSFW add-on for Firefox will warn you whenever you are about to view a page that may not be suitable for all ages.  It is a tiny addition to the browser that lives in your statusbar.  You can vote too, when you reach an unrated page to determine if it is safe for work or not.

For more information, they do have a blog setup, and you can pickup the extension at nonsfw.com.

The Awesome Bar Excites Me!

I’ve been doing some additional reading this morning about Firefox’s address bar – which seems to be slowly converting over in the minds of the public to being renamed the awesome bar.

One of the features that makes the new address bar system really awesome is that it will match what your typing against the URLs, page titles and tags in your bookmarks and history – in turn giving you what you have been looking for.

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The best news is that in Firefox 3 Beta 5, they have cut down a lot in the CPU power that is used when searching via the bar of awesomeness.

If you want more insight into the awesome bar and it’s development, go check out Edward Lee’s web site. Now I haven’t really been a huge bookmarker in the past, but with Firefox’s new address bar and bookmarking system I might have to rethink the way I browse the Web.

Update: If you find yourself not so happy with the new awesome bar here is how you can get rid of it:

The easy way woudl be grab the Old Bar Addon for Firefox 3

The hard way would be to type about:config into the address bar, and type this into the filter box (or scroll down to look for it) browser.urlbar.maxRichResults . Set the value of that to be “0” and then restart Firefox.

Browse Through Only the Images

Wish to access only the images on a page and none of the clutter – like those annoying big words, style and layout? For those out there who want the images and the images only the Browse Images add-on should get the job done.

Once installed you can browse all linked images of a page one after another or all at once.

The Browse Images add-on at Work!

On the positive side of things, Browse Images does make it rather easy to browse through multiple images when a web site might not make the job all that fun to do (thanks to bad design or bad organization of the links. On the negative side, I really could do without having yet another toolbar in Firefox. I think a lot of this functionality could have been kept in a statusbar icon.

Firefox Tab-a-mania!

There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that tabs are a big part of the success of Firefox. So to pay homage to that trait that we all know and love I pulled out some of the most popular tab tips to date that I have posted here on Firefox Facts. Some of them you remember, and some you may have missed.

Here we have 40 A+ tips though that will make your tabs even more terrific!

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Hyperwords – Interact with ANY Text on the Web

The best way I can describe Hyperwords is a way to super charge your searching via your right-click menu in Firefox. Think of being able to select any word on a page and being able to search for images of that word. You could be looking at this article here, select the word “Mozilla” and go to their Wikipedia entry.

There are so many different word interactions and lookups you can do (plus you can add your own) this is really a power tool that ads much to the Firefox experience. Here is a video demo of some of the features that the Hyperwords extension adds:

To learn more, be sure to check out their handy user guide they have posted, as it covers many of the basic questions you might have about it. Hyperwords is quickly becoming one of my favorite Firefox additions.