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Copy Text In Firefox Without Formatting, Spaces and Links

There is often a need to copy text from a web page and even though Ctrl + C works wonders, it often includes unnecessary formatting like links, spaces and font sizes. For example, during writing articles I often have to copy quotations from a web page, but to get rid of the formatting, I have to first copy it in notepad and then copy it back again to where I want.

This is a hassle. Thankfully there is an add-on that can save us from this drill. The Copy Plain Text extension for Firefox removes all the layout and formatting when you copy text from a webpage. Once installed, the add-on will give you an option of copy as plain text when you right-click on a piece of text.

You can also customize the options for the add-on and select whether to trim spaces around text, remove extra spaces and/or remove extra empty lines.


Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Copy Plain Text is a wonderful text tool that can save you a lot of time when copying from a webpage. It takes less than a minute to install and the fact that it is such a light-weight yet value-adding add-on, makes it even better.

[Via HowToGeek]

Internet Explorer 9 Coming At CES 2010

Microsoft’s next generation web browser Internet Explorer 9, will make its debut at CES 2010, according to reports from Neowin and CNET. The browser which will be the successor to will include several exciting features including HTML5 support, according to Ray Ozzie, the Chief Software Architect at Microsoft.

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IE8 improvised and added several new features including multiple processes and developer tools. Even with that they are still lagging behind Mozilla’s . Firefox 3.6 is scheduled for release this December, however, it still lacks several features already existing in IE8 and .

It will be interesting to see where the browser war is headed. Considering that more and more people are now living in the cloud and performing much of their work in a web browser, having the biggest browser market share is of utmost importance to everyone including Mozilla, Microsoft and Google.

Configuration Mania: a better UI for Firefox ‘about:config’

Firefox has a lot of configuration settings to tweak and mod. Though, ‘about:config’ lands you to this screen first.

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about-config

When was the last time you planned on changing some settings on your Firefox and got scared away by this screen?

Well, Firefox is a totally customizable browser and these options are there for a reason. The build available for download has many settings set to a basic level for all system types, but if your hardware can take it, I recommend tweaking Firefox.

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about-config-settings

However, Firefox tweaks and settings found on the ‘about:config’ make little or no-sense to first time visitors to the page unless of course, you are really smart.

Configuration Mania is a Firefox add-on to make things easy.

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configuration-mania

Configuration Mania allows us to change settings in an organized manner. The different settings from ‘about:config’ have been divided into five easy sections namely: Browser, Security, Network, UI and Debug. Each section has sub sections and drop-down menus to make almost all the ‘about:config’ settings self-explanatory.

Techie Buzz Verdict

ScreenFix-Techie-Buzz-RecommendedThe add-on makes configuring Firefox much easier and a lot more comprehensive than before. It does not override any ‘about:config’ behavior which is still completely accessible. With a wide range of settings to play around with, the add-on will let Firefox beginners tweak Firefox easily and in an enhanced way. This add-on will also enlighten the user about the changes being made to the browser, unlike changing settings with ‘about:config. Although, all those tutorials giving out ways to speed up Firefox will not be completely applicable through the add-on, it will always be possible through ‘about:config’.

Techie Buzz Rating : 4.5/5 ( Excellent )

Mozilla Jetpack Gallery for Developers

The Mozilla blog recently announced the release of the Jetpack Gallery. Add-on developers can now host and promote their add-ons at the Jetpack gallery. On the other hand, add-on users can easily browse through the add-ons in development and can use those add-ons, right from the Jetpack gallery.

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Jetpack-Gallery

According to the Jetpack website, :

The Jetpack Gallery is a community for developers and add-on users: Users get innovative add-ons that add functionality to Firefox, while developers receive valuable feedback and visibility in the Jetpack community.

The Jetpak gallery features a properly customized and organized add-on gallery where add-ons are tagged and categorized by author, reviews, popularity and alike. Also, Jetpack featured add-ons will install without a browser restart.

The site includes a Jetpack search and sections like popular tags ratings and bar indicators, top downloads, top contributors and similar ones. A section at the end offers developers an easy way to upload their creations as well. Mozilla Jetpack has made Firefox add-on development easier. The launch of the Jetpack Gallery narrows the bridge between the Jetpack developers and add-on users.

Fifefox 3.6 beta 2: Released with 190 Bug Fixes

Firefox 3.6 saw another beta early morning today, PST. The Firefox 3.6 beta 2 has been released with more than 190 bug fixes over the last Firefox 3.6 beta 1.

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Firefox_3.6_beta_2

Firefox 3.6 features a new and improved rendering engine, a better JavaScript performance, full-screen videos, support for WOFF and a lot more. You can see more on Firefox 3.6 beta 1 in this earlier post.

The fixes in Firefox 3.6 beta 2 include:

  • Better support for mobile devices, specially on Windows CE.
  • Better support for WOFF on Linux and Solaris, bug fix of some characters not showing on these platforms.
  • Undo support for Personas.
  • Some minor UI fixes, like broken text in dialogues, windows and components being displaced on certain actions, etc.
  • Fix for full-screen mode, Mac problem of missing window title on returning from full-screen mode.
  • Resolving problems with lost focus of component windows.
  • Resolving maximize and restore window size.

These 190 fixes coming in less than 2 weeks proves that things are really moving fast at the Mozilla development front. With every beta release, we will move closer to a better Firefox.

Firefox Celebrates Its 5th Birthday with “Light the World with Firefox” Campaign

Today is Firefox’s 5th birthday and Mozilla is celebrating with its Light the World with Firefoxcampaign. Firefox 1.0 was released on 9 November 2004. It was a tiny browser which dared to dream big. And today, it is well on its way to realize its ambition. Firefox currently has more than 330 million users and is the second most popular browser (behind Microsoft Internet Explorer).

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Mozilla communities are hosting parties all over the world to mark this occasion. As a part of the Light the World with Firefoxcampaign, they will be shining the Firefox logo from Tokyo to Rome, from Paris to San Francisco, and more. For information on the planned celebrations head over to www.spreadfirefox.com/5years/.

Firefox has certainly accomplished a lot. It has managed to snag nearly 25% market share, is available in more than 70 languages and has more than 70,000 extensions. Most importantly, it succeeded in breaking Microsoft’s slumber and forced them to improve Internet Explorer.

What about the next 5 years? Christopher Blizzard shared some of his ideas at hacks.mozilla.org:

We’ll continue to make competitive browser releases and improve people’s experiences on the web. We’ll continue to innovate on behalf of developers and bring those improvements to the standards space. And we’ll continue to grow our amazing global community of users, developers and activists.

Happy Birthday Firefox and thanks for promoting web standards and trying to fix the broken web.

Make Your New Tab Page More Useful With New Tab King Extension for Firefox

The days of bland and useless new tab pages are long gone. Opera kick started the evolution of new tab pages by introducing Speed Dials and was soon followed by other browser manufacturers. Mozilla has been playing around with various concepts for a long time. However, they are yet to implement any of the proposed changes. In case you are tired of waiting, New Tab King extension for Firefox may be just the extension you need.

New Tab King is a powerhouse when it comes to features. Here are some of the stuff that New Tab King adds to your New Tab page:

  • Most used websites list.
  • List of recently closed tabs.
  • Shortcuts to your favorite applications like Windows Media Player, Calculator or Notepad.
  • To-Do List, which help you in getting things done.
  • Personalized website recommendations based on your surfing habits.
  • Search bar, which supports dozens of websites including Rapidshare, eBay, Facebook, Flickr and NY Times.

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Although New Tab King requires minimal intervention on your part to get started, it provides plenty of configuration options for the advanced user. You can create search and applications shortcuts, build website exclusion lists and even change the page background.

Techie Buzz Verdict

New Tab King Safari may have a more glamorous new tab page, but New Tab King takes the crown for being the most useful one. The latest beta of New Tab King also adds an Opera like thumbnail mode along with a cool looking (but rather pointless) analytics mode. New Tab King converts Firefox’s bland New Tab page into an awesome start page. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

[ Download New Tab King ]

Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Mozilla Jetpack 0.6 Release

MozillaLabs has announced the release of Jetpack 0.6 earlier today through its official blog.

Jetpack is a Mozilla Labs project which makes it possible for anyone who knows standard web skills (HTML, Javascript, CSS) to make Firefox add-ons.

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Mozilla-jetpack

Jetpack 0.6 has added two major APIs to its base.They are :

  • Ability to add to and edit existing menus, which includes both system-specific menus and the right-click context menu on individual objects.
  • A secure preferences system, which lets you select what secure fields you need to display in your UI, like user-name, password and alike.

Apart from these there are innumerable bug fixes. The blog also features video tutorials; on how to use the new APIs when creating your next add-on with Jetpack.

A more technical and detailed information is available at the blog here.

The download is available at this page.

Mozilla Jetpack Contest 0.5: Winner Declared

Mozilla Jetpack Contest declared their winner for Jetpack 0.5. Alexander Miltsev, the declared winner, did much more than just develop an add-on for Firefox. Alexander created a script which uses the GPU to process large amounts of data. His work has been marked as creative and unusual. Through his work, Mozilla will be able to deliver a high-performance browser in Firefox, which will use the available GPU processing power as well.

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Mozilla-jetpack

[ The Jetpack is a Mozilla Labs project which allows people with knowledge of basic web-technologies like HTML, JavaScript and CSS to make Firefox add-ons. ]

Alexander’s add-on was named jetpack to CUDA. Clearly evident from the name, it uses the CUDA parallel computing architecture to perform complex calculations and computations a lot faster than the CPU. CUDA supports C, C++ and Fortran. This makes it a widely accepted architecture. CUDA enabled GPUs are present on .1 billion+ computers worldwide. The add-on will be a breakthrough in Firefox addon development and open doors to possibilities of richer design elements on web-pages.

The runner-ups creations included Google translate related add-ons, add-ons related to live editing of pages and many more.

Google Wave Add-on for Firefox Alerts You to Unread Wavelets

Google Wave has been making quite a splash. Only time will tell if Wave really has what it takes to change the way we communicate. But, people are certainly anxious to try it out. Wave invitations have been in great demand ever since its launch. So, it’s no wonder that someone has already developed a Firefox extension for Wave.

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Google Wave Add-on for Firefox is a simple extension, which automatically checks your Wave account at a specified interval of time and notifies you if there are any unread wavelets. It sits quietly in the right hand corner of Firefox’s status bar and displays the number of currently unread wavelets. You can also get a quick preview of unread wavelets by hovering the mouse pointer over the status bar icon.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

One of the major complaints against Wave has been that it is incredibly heavy. Having Wave always open in a background tab is a prospect that most users don’t relish. Google Wave Notifier allows you to close Google Wave when not required without missing out on any of the action.

Techie Buzz Verdict: 3/5 (Good)

[ Download Google Wave Add-on for Firefox ]

Pin Tabs in Firefox With Pin Tab Extension

Opera has had the ability to lock tabs for a long time. Recently, Google Chrome added the option to Pin Tabs. And now you can do the same in Firefox, thanks to an extension called Pin Tab.

Pin Tab closely emulates Google Chrome’s implementation. Pinning a tab removes the close button and faviconizes it, i.e. page title is hidden. If you click on a link or type a URL in the awesome bar of a pinned tab, the requested page will be automatically opened in a new tab. You can also pin tabs by simply dragging them to the left of already pinned tabs.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

The ability to lock tabs is one of the basic features Firefox should have out of the box. Pin Tab works mostly as advertised. The only problem I encountered while testing was that, pinned tabs weren’t automatically shifted to the left, as promised. However, bugs are to be expected, since Pin Tabs is currently an experimental add-on which is still in early phases of its development.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

[ Download Pin Tab ]

Web Open Font Format in Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Firefox 3.6 beta 1 was reviewed by Kaushik a few days back. You can see this post for a list of new features.

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firefox-logo

Firefox 3.6 has brought new features to the web browser. Firefox 3.6 will have support for full screen videos, improved JavaScript rendering and support for restart-less extension installation.

Another important and unique feature that has been added is support for WOFF or the Web Open Font Format.

WOFF has its own advantages over TrueType or OpenType fonts:

  • WOFF font format is compressed. This reduces the size of pages to a huge extent.
  • The compression is lossless so there are absolutely no changes in the way fonts will rendered at both ends, before compression and after decompressing.
  • The compression can be achieved with general HTTP compression and no server specific scripts are required.
  • Font vendors can tag their fonts making it easy to track usage.
  • Font tags can also be helpful to web-developers to a huge extent.
  • Smaller page size makes pages load faster.
  • Network bandwidth is saved both for the client and the server ends.
  • WOFF is supported by a large number of font creators and foundries like Adobe, Fontsmith, Monotype and many more.

Currently, Firefox 3.6 will be the first browser to support Web Open Font Family. For more information on the Web Open Font Format, see this post by John Daggett at the Mozilla Blog.

Matt Monkey Tries to Emulate Greasemonkey in Google Chrome

already supports user scripts. However, installing scripts is not that pleasant in Chrome and there is no guarantee that all the scripts will work.

Matt Monkey is a , which wants to become the Greasemonkey add-on for Chrome, by trying to make it easier for you to add scripts. However, I found it to be much more complicated than using this simple copy to user scripts folder.

Once you install the extension, you have to go to the extensions page, either by typing chrome://extensions/ in the location bar, or selecting extensions from the wrench menu.

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In the extensions page, find the extension and click on the options button to add a Greasemonkey script to Google Chrome. Clicking on the options button will launch a interface to add a Greasemonkey script to Chrome.

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The interface provides users with several input areas to fill in information about the Greasemonkey script, sadly you have to manually copy each of these fields from the user scripts into the input area.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Matt Monkey is definitely promising when it comes to adding Greasemonkey scripts to Google Chrome, however, it makes it much more complicated than the regular method. We spotted a few problems in the extension, if these are tackled it might be a very useful tool for Chrome users.

Problem Number 1: You need to visit the extensions page every time you want to add a Greasemonkey script to Chrome. The developer could easily provide the same option through the toolstrip.

Problem Number 2: It would be good if the developer could just provide a single input area to copy the script and then copy it over to User Scripts folder (which may not be possible). However, the developer could also parse the data and auto-generate all the fields. Greasemonkey scripts follow a standard for the fields the developer is prompting us to input manually, it would not be hard for him to parse the data.

Problem Number 3: Most of the information provided is not in English, which makes it really hard to understand what the options are.

Hopefully these problems will be sorted out by the developer, and we will have a good enough greasemonkey user scripts manager for Chrome.

Rating: 0.5/5 (Poor)

Matt Monkey [English Translation]

Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 Review

Namoroka or Firefox 3.6 has been unleashed for the developers with its first Beta version out. This version of the popular open source web browser (the current iteration of which is named after the Namoroka National Park, Madagascar) supports many new features. From built in support for Personas to WOFF font support to full screen native video support, this new Firefox (sometimes referred to as Firefox.next) is built atop the Gecko 1.9.2 rendering engine. While the general public release is due this November, in this review we will see how this update will perform.

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Let’s start with one of the most widely used beautifyingtools for Firefox. Yes, Personas! In this version of Firefox, there is no visible fox button anywhere. However, if you navigate to the Personas webpage and just hover your mouse over a persona, your browser will change to give you an instant preview of the skin.

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Click Wear thisand you are done! Very simple and super-slick.

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Support for the Web Open Font Format (WOFF), the compressed but lossless font format with built-in source information, is a new feature for this version and when 3.6 is available for download, it will be the first web browser to completely support the WOFF format.

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The rendering on Firefox…

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…as opposed to Chrome. Notice the bond typeface lost when the browser does not understand the font type (it reverts to a compressed format).

Next up is the most anticipated: native full screen video support. If you know what this means, you stream your videos from open source sites such as TinyVid or The Video Bay. Opening a video from these providers and right clicking on said video allows for an option called Full Screen

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And well, clicking on it renders the video throughout your screen. Sure the frame-rate is not the same as the original, sure there is a half-minute pause before the video plays again, but this is definitely the direction the internet needs to take!

Namoroka also has an integrated outdated plugin alerter. Whenever any plugin is out of date, Fx will politely let you know that such-and-such plugin is out of date along with a button to update those plugins.

(Screenshot from Blair’s Brain)

Also included on the release notes are words such as Improved Javascript performance, overall browser responsiveness and startup timealong with support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 technologies. Since all of this cannot be measured by this reviewer, this has been taken at face value.

A Firefox Experiment-Possible Bug found in 3.4.5

This was more of an accident than an experiment.

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Firefox-3.4.5

So, I had just installed Firefox 3.5.4 and was so exhausted, I dozed off a bit with my fingers on the ctrl+t. Now, when I woke up after a few seconds, I saw a thousand tabs lined up in the window.
Next, I pressed ctrl+w and waited. As the tabs were closing down, I saw a few flashes. Then as I reached the last tab, I saw no page in it! The last tab, which was my first tab with Google opened in it, was not there anymore. To the best of my knowledge, Firefox opens tabs to the extreme right.

Not believing what happened, I decided to try it once more. Started a new instance of Firefox, opened Google in the first tab and opened a number of tabs after that by holding down ctrl+t. Now, after around 20 seconds, I started closing them down with ctrl+w. This time too, amazingly I saw a page flash by among the tabs I was closing. Aren’t all tabs supposed to be empty?

And when I reached the last tab, I could see my Google page open in it. But this time though, it closed down automatically after sometime and took down the Firefox instance with it. That is obvious because I did not tweak Firefox to stay even if the last tab was closed but the rest!

Is this some bug? Might be some limit with the data type they are using to keep track of the tabs.