Archive | July, 2009

Chromifox Extreme 3

I have really liked using some of the former Google Chrome-like themes for Firefox, so coming across Chromifox Extreme 3, I just had to give it a shot.  If you were one that was tempted to give Chrome a shot, but didn’t want to leave Firefox behind, this theme is for you.

Chromifox Extreme 3 in Action

As you can see, the idea here is to make it look as much like Google’s browser as possible.  You have tabs on top, you have those happy go lucky chrome icons, what else could a Google loving web citizen want?  I also highly suggest you pick up the Chromifox Companion add-on for Firefox if you want to be able to customize the interface and get that real Chrome look and feel. 

By far, Chromifox Extreme 3 has to win praise for being one of the best browser interface translations from one browser to another, don’t you think?

Create a Link List from Your Open Tabs

The URL Lister add-on for Firefox gives you the ability to grab all the open tabs you have, and collect them as a series of links, formatted in three different formats, so that they can be copied easily.

Instant Link List from Your Open Tabs

To use, all you need to do is right-click on one of the tabs, and select URL Lister.  Next, you will see a box (like the one above) that will give you URLs (one per line) for each tab you have open.  This makes it super easy to copy and save the links for later. You also have the choice to save the list as plain text URLs, a HTML coded list (for use in a web page), or a Linked List, which would give you the list of links with both HTML code around them an the traditional “list” HTML tags too. 

This extension will also open a number of links.  So if you have a list of links you need to open in bulk, paste them into the text box, and hit the “OK” button. After doing so, you should have each URL open up in its own tab.

You can grab the URL Lister add-on at the Firefox Add-ons site or learn more about it at the author’s official site.  If you love lists and links, you will love this browser link lister.

The “Better” Firefox Add-on Collection

Better Firefox Addons

It is no secret I am a big fan of Gina Trapani’s line of “better” add-ons for Firefox, so I can tell you I was more than excited to see that they had been rolled together as an add-on collection, so you can grab them all at once. 

Which extensions make the list?

Better Gmail 2 – Add useful extra features to Gmail, like hierarchical labels, an unread message icon on your browser tab, file attachment icons, and more.

Better Amazon -  Highlight Amazon listings with free shipping, automatically enlarge product images, clean up book pages, shorten URLs and more on Amazon.com. Enhances Amazon.com with a compilation of user scripts and styles. All scripts copyright their original authors. Click on the script homepage in the Help tab for more information.

Better Flickr -  Adds collapsible header and sidebar, event title text wrap, colored weekend days, week numbers, and skins to Google Calendar.

Better GReader -  Preview web pages inline in Google Reader, collapse the header and sidebar for more reading area, add favicons to feed subscriptions and more with Better GReader.

Better YouTube – A compilation of some of the best Greasemonkey user scripts for YouTube in one interface.

Go pick up the Better Pack of Firefox Add-ons and find out what is so great about them yourself.

Drag and Load Content Quicker in Firefox

Looking to make drag and dropping a little more functional in Firefox?  The Firefox add-on QuickDrag will let you load URLs, do web searches and more just by highlighting text, grabbing it and dragging it to the right location. 

Here is what QuickDrag looks like in action, as well as more details on how you can use this great extension for Firefox to speed up your browsing.

How to Use QuickDrag in Firefox

Now, some might look at this add-on and say that is not much, however after you start using it, you really start to realize how much more functionality this adds – just be adding a few tweaks to the browser.  For more help, you might also check out the author’s FAQ.

You can pick up the QuickDrag add-on via the Firefox Add-ons web site.

This Firefox Theme is SoCool!

Based on a custom theme that was originally made for the Maxthon browser, SoCool-Calx brings a colorful, yet simple design refresh for Firefox.

SoCool-Calx theme for Firefox

I am afraid there isn’t much more of  back story about it that I could find, because much of the conversation about it on the Web is all in like Chinese, so enjoy it for what it is – a great looking theme for Firefox.  I also found another theme by the same name, (SoCool) however couldn’t get it to install correctly after downloading it via Mozilla’s site. 

Go download the SoCool-Calx theme for Firefox, and let me know what you like (or dislike) about it.

Firefox 3.7 First Screenshots Maybe?

With Firefox 3.5 out the door, the Mozilla guys are hard at work brainstorming around what Firefox 3.7 might look like.  To help with the brainstorming, they have released a few mock-up screenshots of what Firefox 3.7 might look like.  There has been nothing finalized thus far, but it is still fun to check out and see what they have in mind for the next big design refresh of our favorite browser.

Firefox 3.7 Mock Screenshot

  1. Embracing Glass: Toolbar and Tabs using Glass. Buttons translucent and slightly glossy to meld with the toolbar. Raised 3D lookachieve tactile "feel".
  2. Page Button: Connect the Page button to the left side of the tab area. Directly connected to the Page.
  3. Tools/Bookmark Bar: Connecting the Tools button to the side of the Window to emphasize the fact that it is used for customizing and changing the UI. Adding a button next to that to toggle the Bookmarks Bar which is turned off by default.

What do you think thus far?  I kind of like the idea of removing the menu bar, as long as all the important aspects are still easily reached (maybe via “tools”).  However, not sure if I want everything to be as see-through as it is in the example.  Here are two more screenshots:

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Give Firefox a Highlighter

There have been several highlighter extensions I have seen over the years for Firefox, however this one might be my favorite.  The ultra light-weight Highlights add-on for Firefox simply highlights selected text on web pages with a right-click of the mouse.

Highlighter for Firefox

To highlight text on a web page, select the text, right-click (‘Ctrl+Click’, on Mac OS X) and select ‘Highlight’ menu from the popup.  The default yellow highlight color can easily be changed, by clicking the “Highlights” icon on the status bar, and choosing the color picker.  To remove the highlights, simply refresh the page.

No matter if you are doing research or you just like to highlight interesting points while you read, the Highlights extension is an excellent way to mark your spot on the Web.

Instant Google Shortcuts with GButts

Do you use a lot of Google services?  The Firefox add-on, GButts, will help you get quick and easy access to any Google service you want, next to your address bar or anywhere else you might need it.

Here are all the Google services you can quickly show or hide via the extension.

Add a Google Service Button, Anywhere!

You can customize how much space you want to save with the options across the bottom (by making the menu a toolbar or a drop down menu).  You also have the option of a horizontal or vertical menu.  You can then right-click on your toolbar, go to “Customize” and then drag and drop the GButts Toolbar you created on to your toolbar layout – anywhere you might need it.

If you are a heavy Google user – the GButts add-on should be right up your alley.

Update: Firefox 3.5 First Fixes Are Ready

Firefox 3.5.1 Released

The first update to Firefox 3.5 has just been released.  To get the update right now, all you need to do is go to Help > “Check for Updates…” in your browser.  So what exactly is this new update fixing? 

Both the slow startups for Windows users and the JavaScript memory corruption flaws have been fixed.  After the update is in place, if you set javascript.options.jit.content to false via about:config, you can now go back in and set it to true again.

For more changes and updates in Firefox 3.5.1 – be sure to check out the release notes.

Hillary Clinton Asked Why No Firefox in the State Department?

During a recent State Department town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked the following question:

I just moved to the State Department from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and was surprised that State doesn’t use this browser. It was approved for the entire intelligence community, so I don’t understand why State can’t use it. It’s a much safer program.

Apparently it is a cost issue.  Although Firefox is free; Under Secretary Pat Kennedy says the cost of deploying, training and supporting a new piece of software would cost too much.  Should the US State Department get a bail out for their browser?