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Video Downloads Without the 3rd Party

Video DownloaderI have had a few people ask me how to download flash or embedded movies without having to use extensions that push you through a third party.

There are a lot of extensions out there that will open up a pop up window, and if they support the site you want to download from there should be no mess. People want to cut out the middle man though and go right to downloading what they want. For those people I have a solution.

Although it might be a little more on the geekier side than some might like the UnPlug extension is what you are looking for. It goes right to the source, digging through the web site code and turns up what will most likely be the file you want to download.

Unlike the extensions people have problems with, UnPlug scans the page, and if it doesn’t know there the data comes from it can guess. I would say nine times out of ten it guesses the correct one too.

Can Firefox Fix JavaScript Issues?

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I really hate it when JavaScript goes bad. Here is an E-mail I got from Sal last week. Seems he is having some JavaScript woes of his own.

Hi Mitch, love the Web site. I want to switch to Firefox, but is there any way it can keep all these resizing windows and JavaScript tricks people do cut down to a minimum at least. I really hate them and wish I could browse without them. Thanks!

Sure Sal, the first thing I would have you do is go into Options menu and then click on the content tab. There you can see there is a check mark to enable or disable JavaScript. I would leave it enabled for now, but if you click on the “Advanced” button right next to it you should be able to customize what exactly you allow JavaScript to do (or not do) via the browser.

As far as extensions saving the day, there is always the NoScript extension for Firefox. It allows you to turn on JavaScript permissions on a per-page basis. This might be the best way to go if you want to make sure you don’t have unwanted JavaScript woes from specific Web sites out there.

A Most Wanted Monday

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I figured today I would post some of the most wanted Firefox Facts that I have gotten and have not been able to answer. This way at least, we can get the ideas out there so that if there is a solution – we can find an answer. On the other hand, if there isn’t a solution, then at least we have created a place for extension writers to gain some inspiration.

Bob – how about being able to type an email now for a specified later delivery? (via Google’s gMail)

Ken – This is a simple one, but… I’d love it if the mouse-over tab color were different than the active tab color. Right now they’re the same. And if the mouse is over the [X], then it’s lit up the same way. I keep closing what I think is the active tab I’m currently looking at when it’s merely the one my mouse happens to be over. Frustrating.

Zeke – Need an easy way to resize the font for the “bookmarks” sidebar.

Evgeny – I would really like to have an extension for quick sending e-mail from GMail.

Jens – I want to know what week it is, in my statusbar. That feature is for some reason not included in “date & time” in Windows, not even in Google calendar, and not in my mobile phone. Why?

Seymour – What I would love to find is an extension that would display Bookmark folders in several columns next to each-other even filling up the whole screen; then I could more easily mouse over to the appropriate folder which then would expand when I moused over to it.

Have an answer to any of these requests? Leave a comment!

Quicker Searching in Firefox

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This week, Roman writes in and wants to know of a way to do quicker searching via Firefox and not have to start at the beginning of the document to do it.

In IE, because it doesn’t search as you type, you can highlight a piece of text, and then press ctrl-F and have it search below your selection first, then it gets to the bottom of the page and searches the part of the page before your selection. in firefox, i find that the search as you type feature always starts at the top of the page. Is there a workaround?

For the quick searching that you need, I have found that using Firefox’s quick search would be the best way to go. It isn’t the same as the search that you get with Ctrl+F though. For this one all you need to hit is the / key.

Quick Finder

This one will give you the search you need to start where you are on the page. Also after you are done with it, it disappears out of sight. Hope that helps!

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).