With PeekURL you can see a preview of a shortened website address. This tool comes in handy because it can confirm that you are not being sent to a “bad” website.
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.
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:
Are you searching for a unique theme that doesn’t go over the top? Slickerfox might be your new favorite Firefox add-on then. It promises to be slicker, simpler, smaller, flatter, fuller and foxier. Can it live up to all that hype?
Here is a little more about Slickerfox from it’s creator:
There is a philosophy behind the shapes, colors and designs of all of the Slickerfox icons, which aspires to be user friendly as well as recall older Firefox designs. Simplicity and intuitive control is the overall goal of the theme. Slickerfox uses native OS Scheme settings just like the default Firefox theme, so it will follow the look of the rest of your OS.
Like what you see? You can pick up the experimental theme, Slickerfox for Firefox from the Firefox Add-ons web site.
The people at VideoSurf have developed a really nice addition to Firefox, for all of you out there who are fans of watching Online video. The VideoSurf Videos at a Glance add-on enhances your video playing experience with what they call video summaries.
This comes in handy because it allows you to check out scenes from a video before you watch it. It works with: YouTube Search, the YouTube Home Page, the YouTube Video Pages, and FriendFeed.
It also works for your search results too:
A few other features included are:
Now when you hear mashing or mashups of services, you think of wacky combinations like Yahoogle or Microdigg. A web site or service that awkwardly brings two or more services together. Ubiquity, a new Firefox add-on from Mozilla wants to turn mashing on it’s head. How? They are going to take a more natural approach to it.
Ubiquity takes language based instructions and turns them into action, right where you need them to be. This video goes a great job at explaining the add-on and showing it in action:
Here are a few more tutorials to get you started:
The initial prototype is a little rough, and not ready for prime time yet. It does show a lot of promise though, and with a little creativity this type of tool could go a long way. Ubiquity looks to be another amazing tool to add to the many that have come out of Mozilla Labs.
The Tab Sidebar add-on for Firefox does a simple change, but after I can promise you you’ll get a whole new perspective for the way Firefox works. It acts more like a replacement for the tab bar and includes an always visible thumbnail preview of all the tabs you may have loaded up.
Here are some of the other Tab Sidebar features:
To activate the extension, just go to View and then Tab Sidebar to see it. On the down side, some have complained that CPU usage goes way up when using this addition. On the good side though, hey – you get pretty thumbnails for all of your tabs! In the “what would I like to see” I would like to see if work flawlessly with the scroll wheel on your mouse.
According to Mozilla Links, the new line of Firefox 3 themes all have their own names now: Tango!, Strata, and Firelight.
Personally, I think I might like the Tango one the best. The other day played with Strata some but still not a big fan of it. I am sure it will also be only a matter of time before people release “classic” versions to make the theme look more like Firefox 2.
Tired of these themes? Try a few of the best new ones out there!
I shared a preview of it with you a few weeks back, and it looks like the Mozilla team has flipped the switch on the new Firefox add-ons web site. All your old favorite features are still there, the categories the search and the recommended extensions. They are all just displayed in an updated and prettier fashion.
At first glance, it didn’t really give me any shock and awe feeling or emotion but after navigating around it for a while it is an improvement over the older styled web site.
So What is New to Love?
They have made the "review and rate" box easier to reach when checking out add-ons one by one, which will encourage more feedback to be given. Also there are a few more related links on each add-on’s web page to give you that, "Well, if you like this then go check out that!" sort of feeling.
The larger search box at the top of all the pages is a welcome addition too. Not only does it give it that Web 2.0 feeling but it is handy to have it bold and in my face when looking where to search for more extensions.
Also when you are doing a search, you now have the option to "Add to Firefox" right from the search results. You no longer have to search, pull up the addon’s profile, and then add it to your browser. There are a lot of little things that just make this a really welcomed update I think for many Firefox users out there.
To get some more inside information about the back end of things be sure to check out Basil’s Bodacious Blog.