Firefox 2.0 Feature Preview: Inline Spellcheck

Robert Strong created the SpellBound Spellchecker for Firefox and Mozilla Suite (now known as Sea Monkey) extension which enabled users to have a web based spell checker. He also part of the development team for Firefox 2.0. When Firefox 1.5 came out Robert created a ‘developmental version’ of SpellBound which was an inline or spell as you type of spell checker. The inline spellcheck is suppose to be one of the new features in FF 2.0. I’ve had an opportunity to try it out. Right now it is only working for pages that have a text-area fields such as Yahoo!Mail….

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Firefox 2.0 Feature Preview: Session Management

The next new feature for Firefox 2.0 is Session Management. First thing I noticed is this is NOT quite the same as the session management features available in Tab Mix Plus, Session Manager or SessionSaver. If anything it is more similar to Crash Recovery. So…what’s the difference? Well, Session Management like these above mentioned extensions will recover your browser (tabs & windows) session exactly as it was in the event the browser crashes. However, unlike the above (Crash Recovery excluded) it does not recover your browser if you accidentally (or intentionally) close it. That is what I liked about Session…

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Firefox 2.0 Feature Preview: New search engine infrastructure and UI

Continuing my previews of some the new features with FF 2.0, I will now take look at the ‘New search engine infrastructure and UI’. Firefox 2.0 will come preloaded with six popular search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, Answers.com, Creative Commons and eBay). You can easily add more and remove search engines. Click the arrow next to the magnifying glass will display all the installed search engines and give you the option to ‘Manage Search Engines…’ Click Image For Larger View New FF 2.0 Search Engine UI The Manage Search Engine List allows you to re-order your search engines, add more…

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A New Milestone for FF 2.0

On May 13th Bon Echo Alpha 2 was released. Now I am sure you are asking “Oh humble Guru what the heck is Bon Echo?”. Bon Echo is the project name for FF 2.0, named after the park in Ontario, Canada. I have yet to play with this release yet but do look forward to doing so tomorrow. Some of the new features in this release include (click links below to see Blog entries): Links default to opening in new tabs, not new windows New user interface for Add-Ons (extensions & themes) Close buttons now appear on every tab, and…

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Firefox 2.0 Feature Preview: Add-ons UI

On my May 1st entry: Excellent Move Mr. Schroepfer!, I listed some of new features for FF 2.0, including Extension/Themes UI (user interface) change. This new feature is part of the Bon Echo Alpha 2 milestone release. No more separate interfaces for extensions and themes. Instead there is a new Add-ons UI where the management of extensions and themes are integrated together into one simplified interface. Click Image For Larger View New FF 2.0 Add-Ons UI Some changes to this interface include listing installed extensions and themes in alphabetical order instead of the order they were installed in. Note: Adblock…

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about:config

As I’ve mentioned before, Firefox is highly customizable. You can add themes, extensions and plug-ins to add new features to your browser. But there are lots of configuration options that you can change as well. I am not just talking about those that you can get to via the Tools, Options…menu. Firefox has a ‘control panel’ of sorts, called about:config. To access, simply open a new tab and in the address bar type about:config.But wait, there is another and ‘easier’ way to get tot this ‘control panel’. It is the AboutConfig extension, once installed you can add a button to…

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InfoLister

One of the neat features of Firefox is the ability to customize the browser with Extensions, Themes and Plug-Ins. But sometimes there are problems a theme does something funky to your browser. Or may be an extension goes haywire and gets corrupted. Then there is the site you visit that just doesn’t behave or display the way it should (missing plug-in). Finally, lets add into the mix, multiple builds & versions of Firefox. There are so many possibilities of what could be the problem. If you have a lot of extensions (last count for me was 40) installed, it is…

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Maps+

The Maps+ Extension has quickly become one of my favorites. I use Yahoo!Maps quite frequently as I do many of the Yahoo! tools. Yahoo!Maps is great but when it comes to finding an address listed on a website it is a bit of pain: Copy the street address for the site Switch to the Yahoo!Maps tab and paste Switch back to the other tab and copy the city and state OR zip code. Switch back to Yahoo!Maps tab and paste Click get map. NO MORE! Once this extension is installed all you need to do is highlight the address (including…

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PoliticianSearch

NOTE: This extension works only with FF builds/version 1.5 and above. While looking around Mozilla Add-ons today I came across and interesting extension called PoliticianSearch. It was built off the DictionarySearch extension (advantages of open-source) and once installed will add an option to your context (right-click) menu to Search Project Vote Smart… To use, simply highlight the (US) Politician’s last name, right-click and select the ‘Search Project Vote Smart’ option. Once installed you can try it out now by doing a search on our Governor, Janet Napolitano. If you don’t have the extension installed yet, click here to open the…

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The Year of the Suns ~ Part 1

A little something different today. As I mentioned in my bio, I am originally from California, Los Angeles area to be more exact. The plays off between the (Los Angeles) Lakers and (Phoenix) Suns has been tough for me. Granted, The Lakers are not the same team they were from back in the 80’s, but then again neither are the Sun’s as they were in 1993 (remember Charles Barkley!). June 1993, ‘Suns Fever’ as they had made it all the way to the finals. However in 1993, the Chicago Bulls proved to be too much for the Suns. The play…

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