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The extension manager or add-on manager in Firefox has gone through some changes over the different versions of Firefox, however, it has not changed as much as people would have wanted it to. However, it looks like the next version of Firefox, which will be Firefox 4.0 instead of Firefox 3.7, will have a redesigned Extensions/add-ons Manager.
A new Wireframe for the extensions manager is being discussed at the Mozilla wiki. The new add-ons manager will have a sidebar which will provide easy access to installed add-ons, and also allow users to quickly search and browse other add-ons in the Mozilla repo.
The new UI for the add-ons manager is definitely refreshing, and having something like this in the next version of Firefox would definitely be great. If you want to take a look at how the Wireframes and other design related changes in the new extension manager which is being planned, head over to this page at the Mozilla wiki.
Do let me know what you think about the new wireframes for the extension manager? Do you think it will improve your experience while dealing with add-ons in Firefox?
Dropbox – as you may know, lets you upload and store files in your Dropbox account from any computer. You can use Dropbox to sync folders on different computers, share files with your friends and so much more.
The Google Chrome extension for Dropbox lets you quickly access the folders and files of your Dropbox account from the browser. You do not need to open your Dropbox account in the browser every other minute.
Once the extension is installed, you will see a dropbox icon added next to the address bar as shown below:
Clicking the icon opens a new panel where you can see the entire list of files and folders of your Dropbox account. The “Recent Events’ tab shows which files were recently uploaded or modified.
The folders are arranged exactly in the same way as it appears in your Dropbox account and you can click a file to download it in your computer. The extension does not support downloading files by drag and drop and you have to use the desktop tool to upload files any way. (Tip: How to send email attachements to Dropbox automatically)
Techie Buzz Verdict
The extension provides easy access to your Dropbox account but it has no options to configure (don’t click the optons button, it doesn’t works). If you love Google Chrome and upload a lot at Dropbox, this extension is worth a try.
This would suggest that support for extensions and bookmark syncing will be available in the stable version of Chrome for Mac in the next few weeks.
Using bookmark sync you can synchronize your bookmarks across platforms including on Windows, Linux and Mac. So if you are not afraid of using beta software, go ahead and download Google Chrome Beta for Mac. You can also watch a video of the new beta in action on a Mac in the meantime.
View Selection Source is a very handy feature in Firefox, which allows you to view the HTML source code for only the selected content. This can come in pretty handy, when you want to view the HTML source for only a certain part of the page, or want to view HTML source of AJAX content without having to view the entire source or debugging AJAX requests using another add-on.
If you are Google Chrome user, you can use a new Google Chrome Extension called View Selection Source to get the same functionality in Chrome. To view selection source, just select the area for which you want to view the source for and click on the "View Selection Source" icon in the toolbar.
Techie Buzz Verdict
View Selection Source is definitely a handy extension for developers and designers. It will save you time when you want to see the style used for only a section. However, this add-on does not work for AJAX content, so it would be good if the developer would add support to view source for dynamic content on a webpage.
While browsing the web, sometimes you would like to capture a screenshot from the browser itself. If you love using Google Chrome and want to capture a screenshot without using any other utility, Webpage Screenshot extension will be useful.
This extension provides three preset options – capture the visible region, capture entire page and capture after resizing the browser window. After installing the extension, you will see an icon placed just to the right of the address bar as shown below:
You have the following three options to take the screenshot from Google Chrome:
Capture screenshot of the whole page: Click the “All page screenshot” button and the extension captures the full screenshot and opens the image in a new tab.
From the new tab, you can select to zoom into the image and save it in PNG format.
Resize the image before the capture: This feature lets you first resize the browser tab and then capture the screenshot. To do that, select the desired width and height of the image that you want from the drop down menu.
Capture screenshot of only visible region of a page: This feature is unique and I haven’t seen the same in other browser extensions or Firefox add-ons. You can click the “Visible screenshot” button to capture only the portion of the webpage which is visible in the screen. So if you want to capture an area which lies in the bottom of the page, scroll down and hit the”Visible region” button. (also read: Aviary Google Chrome extension for capturing screenshots)
Techie Buzz Verdict
The extension is good since it comes with preset options but you cannot select a region using your mouse and capture an area. This is the most desirable feature required in a screenshot application, which is missing.
You may know about web services that lets you see who favorited your tweets. But what about reading all the tweets, RT’s about a particular page from Google Chrome? What if you could see who first retweeted a page? Twitter Reactions, an extension for Google Chrome let’s you achieve the same with almost zero effort.
Once the extension is installed, click the small Twitter button placed at the right of the Chrome address bar. You will see a vertical grid consisting of all the Twitter juice about the current page.
The tweets are arranged in ascending order, which means the recent tweets are thrown at the top. Apart from reading the tweet, you can click through the links in the Twitter reaction grid to open the profile of the person who twitted that link.
But how many tweets? Well, I tried the extension on this page and found more than 20 tweets stacked in the order they were tweeted. Twitter reactions is a great way to see the archive of tweets that have gathered over time on any given web page. If you have a blog and want to know which of the pages in your site gets Twitter attention, this tool is a must use.
Techie Buzz Verdict
The extension solves the problem of manual checking, but a little more creativity would have been perfect. I would love to see a counter showing the number of tweets so that I do not have to reload the grid and count the retweets on my own.
You can also control your content settings from the address bar. If there is any blocked item on the current web page, a small icon will appear in the address bar, and users can manage settings by clicking on it. This feature is similar to NoScript, where you can control settings from the status bar icon.
I hope to see this feature in stable version of Chrome soon. :)
Here at Techie Buzz, we are always in the look out for new Google chrome extensions releasing every day. VerticalTabs the name itself is self explanatory, is a new extension which shows all the active tabs in a vertical grid layout.
Earlier we have seen Tabjump, a similar extension which lets you jump to different tabs from a vertical grid layout. Vertical Tabs works much the same way as Tabjump but it has some additional features which are worth a try.
Features of Vertical Tabs
Quick navigation: All the open tabs are arranged in order and you can quickly jump to an active tab by clicking the extension button placed next to the address bar. Tabs can also be closed from the grid by clicking the small cross placed at the right top in the vertical list.
Search for tabs and filter: Just type a few words which you think is present in a tab title and the extension can filter the list of tabs to match with your search.
Set tab width and title size: This extension can help you reduce the width of tabs, if you think they are too wide. You can also limit the title text of tabs from the extension options. A tab counter showing the count of the currently open tabs is placed next to the address bar.
Techie buzz Verdict
Vertical tabs is easy to use and does what is says. One thing I would want in the next release is the implementation of keyboard shortcuts. This will reduce the effort of using our mouse and we can quickly switch to a tab by spotting the favicon.
Some good news for Greasemonkey Fans! Google Chrome 4 now supports userscripts for Greasemonkey, one of the most popular Firefox extension of all times. Aaron Boodman, the man who created Greasemonkey for Firefox in 2004 has added support for Greasemonkey scripts in Google Chrome as well.
Note: The Greasemonkey extension for Google Chrome isn’t stable yet and 15-25 % of userscripts might not work.
How to Install Greasemonkey Scripts in Google chrome
Installing the extension is fairly easy because the userscript is converted into an extension in the background. The installation and management is just the same as other Chrome extensions. Following is a begineers guide on installing Greasemonkey scripts in Google chrome:
1. On any userscript page, click the Install” button.
2. You will immediately notice that Google chrome promps you with a security alert at the left corner of the status bar. Click continue.
3. Hit the install button and you are done. Enjoy!
4. To manage or uninstall the script, type chrome://extensions/ in the browser address bar.
Mozilla has started taking Firefox for mobile seriously and wants to server the fastest growing and the most potential platforms first. It started with Maemo and now it is Android.
Firefox for Maemo saw its final version 1.0 release a few days back and now, Firefox for Android pre-alpha screenshots have been released to prove that work is in fast progress for the Android platform. We have already covered the news of the possible release and the ongoing development. Firefox for Mobile is currently available for Nokia 900 and other Maemo powered devices. It is also available for Windows Mobile. But, the plan of including it in Android will offer a powerful and feature rich browser to the vast and tech-savvy Android users base.
Firefox for mobile sports add-ons – the power of Firefox, a touch interface, tabbed browsing, security and an enhanced overall performance. This makes it a browser of choice for many platforms. The presence of add-ons brings the best features form the desktop version to this mobile version as well.
A Mozilla developer Vladimir VukiÄ‡eviÄ‡ has reported on his blog, saying,
mouse events sort of work, toplevel windows sort of work, keyboard doesn’t work yet but shouldn’t be hard to hook up. This is running in an emulator at the moment for ease of debugging, but it’s working just fine on physical hardware as well.
Guessing from the development speed, we can safely expect Fennec to come on Android by the end of this year. [ Via: Androidcentral ]