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Move Tabs to the Sidebar

thumbnails-in-sidebar 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:

  • Provides navigation options for each tab including history, stop and reload
  • Allows you to move tabs around with drag and drop
  • You can drop links, local files and bookmarks anywhere you like
  • Displays the security status of tabs
  • Automatically refreshes the tab preview whenever the page changes

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. 

There is a lot of promise and a lot to already love, so give Tab Sidebar a download either via the Firefox Add-ons site or the official web page for the extension.

Firefox 3 Themes Get Named

According to Mozilla Links, the new line of Firefox 3 themes all have their own names now:  Tango!, Strata, and Firelight.

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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!

New Firefox Add-ons Site Goes Live

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. 

New Firefox Add-ons Site

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?

reviews-for-firefox-addonsThey 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

New Look for Firefox Add-ons Site

Along with Firefox 3 , it looks like Mozilla will be giving a refresh to the Add-ons web site as well. Out of a one to ten score, I would give it myself a 8.5.

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I like it – but the middle seems unorganized some. Not sure if I am in love with it 100%. The far right column I think needs some color too.

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For the single review pages, I do like they added the comment and review box a little higher so it is more noticeable. I don’t know, still rubs me as a little “vanilla” though. Vanilla isn’t a bad thing though. What do you think, good change or bad? Get the preview here!

Mobile Firefox – First Look

Firefox MobileNice to see that the development of the mobile Firefox browser is really starting to gain some steam.  From the look of things, they are branching this project into two directions – one for touch screens and one for what I guess you would call “not” touch screens.

It shares some of the look and feel of Firefox 3 so you have to believe that with that being said that the gui-feeling they are delivering with the new browser will be used maybe for a few more versions down the road.

As long as they can keep it simple – and functional Mozilla will have yet another winner on their hands.  I am curious to see though what will be that one feature that really draws mobile surfers in.  The one thing that nobody else does right that Mozilla does do.

More info on the Mobile Firefox Previews:

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.

New Thumbnail Previews

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?

Tab Previews

I am secure enough in my own manhood to say that I like pretty things. When it comes to something I have to look at for many hours of my day, I want it to look nice as well. The Ctrl Tab Preview extension for Firefox makes scrolling through tabs a better looking experience.

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Floating Link Preview

I like any tool that can help me see where I am going. You wouldn’t walk into a haunted house without a flash light, right? Well, think of the Internet as your haunted house, and Floating Link Preview as your flash light. This Greasemonkey script gives you a nice thumbnail image whenever you hover over any link to let you know what is behind that link.

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