Posted by Dickey on Feb 18th, 08 | Filed under Cool Stuff
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There are few plugins that will help users to manage their Firefox tab pages. If you like to open more than ten tab pages at the same time, i think you need these plugins.
- Tab Mix Plus is a Firefox plugin which include a lot of features such as undo closed tabs, tab clicking options, and much more. The main feature that attract me is it enable multi-row tab display. Go to your Tab Mix Plus Options -> Display -> Tab Bar -> When tabs don’t fit width, choose Multi-row.
- Tab Scope and Tab Preview show a pop-up on tabs so that you can view the contents of the tab through pop-up.
- Vertigo moves the tab bar to the left side of the browser. It is recommended for users who open a lot of tab pages at the same time.
- IE Tab let users switch between IE and Firefox engine with single click. Some websites are only compatible to IE, but you may wish to use Firefox to open it. Click on the Firefox icon at the bottom-right corner to switch to IE engine.
- Tab Groups is a Firefox plugin that let users organize tab pages into groups.
- Send Tab URLs add a File menu command so that you can easily create an email message which contains the list of open tab URL. You can use this plugin to share URLs with your friends.
- FaviconizeTab adds option to the context menu so that you can minimize the width of the tab to the size of favicon.
There are too many plugins to manage your Firefox tab pages. But, i don’t think you need all of them. Choose 1 or 2 that suite your needs. Install too many plugins will slow down your Firefox speed and it may crash your Firefox if these plugins are not compatible to each others.
If you wish to have multiple feature in single plugin, go for Tab Mix Plus.
Posted by Dickey on Feb 15th, 08 | Filed under Firefox
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This tutorial will discuss on how to set the limit of suggestions for the address bar. It is very annoying if the suggestion list is too long. So, we try to limit the number of suggestion URL.
Steps to follow
- Open your Firefox 3 and type about:config in the address bar and hit enter.
- Unlike Firefox 2, there is a warning message before you can enter the configuration list. Press the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button to continue.
- Type browser.urlbar.maxRichResults in the Filter bar and press enter.
- Double-click the browser.urlbar.maxRichResults and set the value to 3 (you can put any value, this is the maximum suggestions that Firefox 3 will gives you).
- RestartFirefox to take effect.
Below is the screenshots for both before and after the configuration change:
As you can see, the address suggestion become 3. I don’t know how they sort the suggestion list. If you want to have more control over the suggestion, you can try Autocomplete Manager.
Posted by Dickey on Feb 12th, 08 | Filed under Firefox
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Autocomplete Manager is a Firefox plugin which provide advance features for your Firefox address bar.
The original Firefox address bar will try search from the history when we type. For example, when i type ‘tech’, it may shows me a list of URL which start from ‘tech’. But, it can’t provide me the URL that contains ‘tech’ in the middle of the string. With Autocomplete Manager extension, you can do so.
As shown in the screenshot above, when i type ’snack’, the address bar will get a list of URL that contains ’snack’, when the ’snack’ is in the middle of URL. Beside this feature, Autocomplete Manager allow users to search from bookmark, change the sort criterion, and also how the pop up list look like. You can access the settings through Tools -> Autocomplete Manager, and then choose Enhanced Component Options.
This extension is very useful especially for those websites which don’t have an easy-to-remember URL. But i personally feel that the better way to remember such URL is put them in the “Bookmarks Toolbar Folder” so that you can access them in just one-click.
Autocomplete Manager extension page
Posted by Dickey on Feb 11th, 08 | Filed under Firefox
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Firefly is a Firefox extension that can turn Firefox into Windows file manager.
There are many features which Windows file manager can’t provide. For example, Firefly allow user to split/add the view for more comfortable work. You can use Firefly to copy, paste, and cut your files from one folder to another folder. Rename/create new folders can also be done through Firefly.
Firefly allow user to preview audio/video, pdf, and image, but you need to install the VLC player plugin. You are not advised to open more preview because this will crash your Firefox (VLC player problem).
I like this plugin because i can use Firefox to perform more tasks as i don’t need to open another window (file manager) for just to manage my files. But, this plugin’s size is quite big (more than 2MB). Such a heavy plugin will crash your Firefox if your system memory not enough. So, i advice you to create another profile before you install this plugin, so that you can switch to your original profile if anything happen to your Firefox.
Firefly extension page
Posted by Dickey on Feb 10th, 08 | Filed under Design
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FireShot is a Firefox plugin which let you capture any website shapshot and you are able to perform simple editing to it.
I had go through SuperScreenshot, which is a screenshot generator for website. But, if i want to add some text or comments on the image, i have to download the image and use any image editing tools, which take longer time for me to perform such simple works. So, i try to google any Firefox plugin which can capture website screenshot and perform simple image editing features. Finally, i found FireShot, a great plugin but simple to use.
First of all, you can choose either capture the visible area or the entire page. After that, you can start edit the image capture using the tools provide. For example, you can draw lines or add text. The other editing tools which provided are Crop, Fill, Blur, Glow, Invert and much more.
The screenshot can be saved into PNG, JPEG, or BMP formats. Furthermore, you have options to export this image to your external image editing tools or email it immediately.
Note: If you like Firefox plugin which can capture screenshot without perform any editing tools, you can refer to Screengrab! and Pearl Crescent Page Saver
FireShot extension page