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Learn More About Firefox 3′s Site Identification Button

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Taking a deeper look at the new site identification button inside of Firefox 3, dria.org does a good job at taking it apart and showing you what it is all about.  Honestly, it takes the padlock in browsers past and puts a whole new useful spin on it.   No longer is it just a yes or no answer on if a site is safe.  You get all kinds of useful information delivered right to you in a way you have yet to see in a next generation browser.

Check out more about Firefox 3: Site Identification button!

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.

Why Does Firefox 3 Deserve the Hype?

For a while now since December 18th the world was graced with Firefox 3.0 beta 2 release – the possible final release before a Release Candidate (features locked down, stability updates issued) is launched according to the Mozilla Firefox 3.0 schedule.

Beta 2 addresses over 900 memory issues as well as various stability issues within the Gecko core itself with Mozilla migrating over to the 1.9 platform for Firefox 3.0 and the new Mozilla 2.0 platform for Firefox 4.0 and other issues like XSS (Cross Site Scripting) leaks through JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) which is used as a data interchange format.

Also making an appearance is the new highly touted download manager, and the awesome bar AKA the new location bar.

The browser also features a complete backend rewrite for using the SQL engine and garbage collection (software memory usage). Now that Firefox could also support offline applications like the ever popular Google Reader through its own built in functionality or through the usage of Google Gears which has also been in use for ZohoWriter – an online word processor and competitor of Google’s.

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Mozilla Addons – Updated Thumbnail Preview

Not sure how long this update has been out there, but Mozilla has done something really neat with their addons web site. Right now, when your looking at an extension, you know you can click on the screen shot to see it a little bigger and by itself – right?

Well now when you click on a thumbnail, and the extension has more than one preview you can browse through them using the right arrow button or the thumbnails underneath.

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For an example, try checking out the entry for Flagfox on their web site, and click where it says “See all preview images”. I wonder if this is just something out of the blue – or maybe a update preview to the Mozilla addons site getting ready for Firefox 3?

Download Manager Tweak

Download ManagerFirefox’s download manager by default is a little light in the loafers. It is nice to look at. It gets the job done. It could do a better job though. If you want a few extra features on the download manager too give Download Manager Tweak.

This extension changes its appearance and allows it to be opened in a separate window, a new tab, or the sidebar. Now after hearing that, even the doubters would have to say they’d like to see those details in with the current download managing services Firefox provides.

Feature Request: Minimize to Taskbar

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Well I got my first request, and I am going to do my best to get it answered. Chris in Georgia writes:

When I’m forced to use IE, I use a ‘skin’ called Greenbrowser. It includes a great feature that allows me to hotkey it to minimized, using “CTRL `” I’ve searched and searched for something like it for Firefox (including searching on Firefox Facts). I’ve also searched for the ability to set up custom hotkeys in FF, to no avail. Do you know if this exists? If not, where could I put this as an extension suggestion for those out there who do extensions?

Yes, this can be done with the Firefox extension MinimizeToTray. Install this into your browser and you will be able to send Firefox down to the system tray to keep it from taking up task bar space. How can you bring it back up? Well you could use your mouse and click on the icon or you could use the keyboard combo Ctrl+Shift+M.

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).

Firefox Most Wanted

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I want to start up something new here. With all the Firefox Facts fans out there and myself, I think we can do some good and help some folks.

Are you looking for Firefox to do something that it has not done before? Are you having trouble finding the perfect extension to fix your issue? Do you have a request for a Firefox feature that has not been seen before? If you fall into any of these camps – drop me an E-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com or use our “submit a tip” link and let me know.

If we get enough, I might make the Firefox Most Wanted a regular feature here on the Web site. Get to it, send me your most wanted requests from the folks at Mozilla and I’ll do my best to either let the world know about it or find a solution for your problem.

Looking at Firefox 3

Firefox 3 might not exactly be right around the corner, but it is getting closer each and every day. Here is a look at some of the inside details on it’s developement.

Regarding Gecko more tweaks for better standards support have been confirmed. Most notably, the option to save documents as PDFs is still present and even more, it is targeted for Firefox 3 Alpha 3 (expected for March 19). According to the meeting notes this functionality is already available in Macs, though I am not clear if it refers to Mac OS X PDF virtual printer or true Firefox provided PDF export. Windows Vista (Business Edition at least) already includes an XPS (Microsoft’s alternative to PDF) virtual printer, but PDF should remain the main document exchange format for years to come, so I am eagerly looking forward for the progress of this particular feature.

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12 New Firefox Features

We all know that Firefox 2 is going to be packed full of a lot of goodies. How many? It is hard to tell the exact number, but I have found a Web site that goes through at least twelve of them.

Firefox 2.0, RC2 was recently made available to the general public. While there have been some rumbles about the “2.0″ moniker – with some saying the new feature set only warrants a “1.5.x” badging – there, are several new tools and features in this latest release.

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eWeek Creates Firefox FUD

Yes, it looks like even the folks over at eWeek are trying to spread the fear, uncertainty and doubt about Firefox 2 RC2 with their latest article titled, “Firefox 2.0 RC2 Is a Step… Backwards?“. Now with a title like that, you would expect to hear they took out tabbed browsing, or the new styled RSS feeds. No, they moan about a couple of features I didn’t even know Firefox 2 had – over I never used.

Shame on Jim Rapoza and eWeek.com for trying to get more eyeballs with a Chicken Little headline.