Archive | January, 2011

Home Dash for Firefox 4

Home Dash for Firefox 4

Mozilla Labs has released a very interesting new browser interface you can try out in Firefox 4.  Home Dash for Firefox 4 removes a lot of the Firefox user interface and gives you what they call "Browse-Based Browsing".  It really does bring a radically different way to use Firefox right to your fingertips.  Is it worth using?

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Firefox 4 Beta 10 Adds Stability

Download Firefox 4 Beta 10

Firefox 4 Beta 10 has been released by Mozilla.  This update, on the heels of the Beta 9 release, really only brings more stability to an already amazing new browser interface.  The official release notes as far as changes go have been pretty sparse, but it seems stability is the big update this time around.

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Firefox 4 T-Shirt Design Challenge

Firefox 4 T-Shirt Designs

Are you a graphic designer looking for a new muse? Mozilla has a new contest going on for designing the new Firefox 4 launch t-shirt. All they need now is your submissions for some of the best and unique Firefox 4 logo designs.  The winning design will be printed as the official Firefox 4 launch t-shirt, a limited edition item featured in the Mozilla store and distributed to the world wide audience of Firefox fans.

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Google Shortener

Shrink Links with GoogleLooking for an add-on that will let you use the Google link shortener (goo.gl) right from your right-click menu inside of Firefox? Google Shortener will get the job done. This simple little add-on for the Firefox browser simply gives you a browser-based front end to shorten your own links using the goo.gl link shortening service.  Is there more under the hood though to this amazingly simple add-on?

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RSS Support Changed in Firefox 4

RSS Changes in Firefox 4

One more change to come in Firefox 4 is the removal of the RSS icon in the browser’s Awesome Bar (aka the Address Bar).  I am guessing this was done to reduce some of the clutter when it comes to the default look and feel of Firefox 4. The ability that made RSS feed so easy to subscribe to is not gone though.  It has simply been bumped down to being an additional button you can add to the interface.

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Goodbye Status Bar, Hello Add-on Bar

One of the biggest complaints I have read about Firefox 4 is that Mozilla has eliminated the status bar we have all grown to be accustom to. However, just to prove that Mozilla does listen to the fans – they have given us a replacement, sort of.  The status bar might be gone – but now we have the add-on bar.

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My Initial Firefox 4 Thoughts

Initial Review of Firefox 4

Well, I have finally made the switch to Firefox 4 as my primary browser. (Firefox 4 – Beta 9 to be exact) I figured with the big Firefox 4 release date being next month, it was about time I got used to the new way of browsing with the latest incarnation of the Mozilla browser.  So what are some of my initial thoughts?

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Sticky Notes for Firefox

Internotes for Firefox

Internote makes adding sticky note reminders to Firefox a fairly easy process. Need to note something about a website? Create a Internote and the next time you visit that website, the sticky note will return.  The add-on is also highly customizable and has tons of features.  It might be the most feature rich sticky note add-on I have seen for the Firefox browser.

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Apture Highlights

Apture HighlightsUntil now, every Firefox add-on that promises to give me awesome abilities to look things up when I highlight a word have been mediocre at best. The Apture Highlights add-on for Firefox really is a game changer.  It allows you to highlight a phrase and get background information from Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter and more – on the same page.  It also gives me this ability without looking tacky or sticking out like a sore thumb.

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