Tag Archives | applications

Open Web Apps

Open Web Apps from MozillaMozilla’s open and free alternative to Chrome’s web store is up and running. It might not be much to look at just yet, but it does show a lot of promise when it comes to how Mozilla will handle it’s own open web apps store. Developers who are interested in developing apps for the browser can do so very easily.  The OWA Application Manifest is now stable, so there is no more worry about changing code or policy there.

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Filter Your Facebook Friend Updates

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Need to filter your Facebook information? 

Have to many friends, or do you just not care that Bobby ranked up in Mafia Wars or Julie found a cat in FarmVille? Thanks to the Facebook Filter add-on for Firefox, you can customize the kind of content you see from your Facebook friends.

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What is the Firefox Applications Tab?

To get to the Applications menu, you’ll want to go to Tools in the menu toolbar, then Options, then click on the Applications tab.

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From here you can change just about any way that Firefox relates to any other file, application or task out there.  Here are a few things I did to speed up my browser usage.

ARCHIVES: For archives (like .zip, .rar, ect) I set the action to “Save File”, that way I can skip Firefox asking me if I would like to open or save that type of file when I download it.

FEEDS: Since I am a Google Reader user when it comes to subscribing to feeds, I changed the Web Feed option from “Preview in Firefox” to “Use Google”.

MP3S: Another fix I like to do here is to set MP3 Format Found from the hijacking QuickTime (which like to take control of everything you do) to “Always Ask” cause sometimes I might want to stream it right there and other times, I might like to download it.

MAILTO: If you use Gmail a lot, you can also setup the mailto links to Use Gmail anytime you click a link that is formatted in that way.

I hope that handful of Application handling in Firefox is handy.  Just one more way Firefox lets you have the ultimate customized web browsing experience, if you you know where to look.

Firefox Plans to Turn Web Apps into Desktop Apps

Remember Prism?  It was the Mozilla powered application that let you turn any web page into a desktop application.  Not much has happened since it was released, however many other browsers have started looking in that direction (merging the web and the desktop program list).  So what about Firefox?

Turning Web Apps into Desktop Apps

It appears there are plans to include “Prism-like features” into a future release of Firefox.

The plan thus far is to help users discover when they might want to make a web application into a desktop application.  For example, if you use Google Reader a lot – after so many uses, Firefox may suggest to you, “Would you like to make Google Reader a desktop application?” or “Would you like to add Google Reader to your Quick Launch bar?”.

I like the idea – and I can’t wait to see it happen.  How about you?  (Source: Download Squad)

New Firefox Cousins – Instantbird and Webrunner

What, you didn’t know that Firefox had more than a few branches off from it’s Mozilla base? To keep things simple, we can think of them as cousins (just hope they don’t start kissing). Both the Webrunner and Instantbird projects show a lot of promise and might just be the next big thing for the Mozilla team.

Webrunner – WebRunner is based on a concept called Site Specific Browsers (SSB). The idea behind Webrunner is to make a super light weight browser that is stripped down of all the toolbars, user interface and more so you have a lighter memory footprint and more a a base around the web application you are pointing it at.

Instantbird – This instant messenger client will be Mozilla’s version of Trillian, Pidgin and others that have come before it. That alone should gain it a lot of traction. The basic backbone of the program is up and ready to download right now – but your not yet getting anything other than the ability to say, “I downloaded Instantbird back when it first came out!”. Bring AIM, Yahoo, MSN and others all together the Mozilla way.

I welcome both into the vaguely-related-to Firefox family. From personal use, Instantbird still has a ways to go but Webrunner is looking interesting right now for simple web applications you can’t do without.