Hooeey Webprint Builds An Offline Archive Of Webpages You Visit In Firefox

Do you need to automatically capture snapshots of webpages you visit, without having to bookmark them manually or having to search them later from the browser’s browsing history ?

Hooeey Webprint, an Adobe air app keeps a closer eye on the pages you visit in Firefox and automatically captures a full page snapshot so that you can quickly find the websites you visited in a given time period.

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The best thing regarding Hooeey Webprint is that all the data is stored locally on your computer so that you can quickly view the full page screenshot of earlier visited pages, when no internet connection is available.

This is extremely useful for designers and developers who need a better way to archive screen mockups, design prototypes on which they were working through out the day.

Since the app runs on the Adobe Air platform, the program works with Windows, Linux and MAC computers. Following are some of the nifty features of Hooeey webprint:

Real Time Web Page Capture: Hooeey webprint captures the snapshots automatically in the background. There are no settings to configure and absolutely nothing to tweak. Once the browser extension is in place, the add-on automatically keeps recording the snapshots in the background and archives them for later viewing.

Tagging And Searching: The app contains a useful Search pagesfeature which allows you to filter webpages by keywords and tags. So if you want to filter archived pages from a particular website, simply type the domain name in the search box and hit the Returnkey

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Otherwise, you can also use the auto generated tag cloud on the left sidebar, which filters archived pages according to keywords.

Sharing Screenshots: Sharing a particular screenshot is easy, double click the thumbnail to expand it into the full view. Then you can share the screenshot on Twitter, Facebook or open the link in your browser.

There is also a printoption which can be used to print out the complete full page screenshot of a webpage you had previously visited.

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Complete Privacy Control: Worried that your 7 year old kid who knows a thing or two regarding apps can spy on your browsing activities ? Hooeey webprint allows you to password protect your offline archive so that only you can open the local snapshots and no other shared users of the same   computer has access to the local archive.

Custom Blocklists: Sometimes you might want to prevent specific webpages from being recorded e.g search results, Facebook news feed and so on. In those situations, you can define a custom block list of URL’s in the blocklist settingspanel.

This includes private IP’s, custom FTP addresses or secure sites (https).

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In addition, Hooeey webprint lets you completely export all the data to a custom email address or you can also export all the snapshots, meta tags and full text archive to your local computer.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Hooeey Webprint is very useful when you want an easier way to archive all the webpages for later viewing. The extension is available only for Internet Explorer and Firefox, which seems to be the only downside of the application.

Techie Buzz Verdict: 3.5 (Very Good).

Firefox 5 Concepts Revealed; More Site Specific Features For Apps

Mozilla will be releasing in the next few weeks. 4 sports a complete overhaul from the previous versions and is very similar to . However, Mozilla is now working on the next version Firefox 5 which might be released in late 2011.

Firefox 5 Desktop Apps

CNET got hold of some concept pictures which show the future of the browser. The concept pictures can be seen at http://areweprettyyet.com/5/. One of the main  focus of Firefox 5 will be desktop apps which will contain site specific features in them.

For example, if you use the app, you will see options such as creating a new tweet, checking your direct messages and more. This feature will also be available for other sites like and IMDb.

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Internet Explorer 9 has a similar feature where they allow websites to define tasks when a website is pinned to the taskbar. It is not  yet known whether the site specific features in Firefox 5 will have their own tasks or rely on websites to define those tasks.

Firefox 5 Search Box

In addition to the site specific features, Firefox 5 will also have a new visual appearance for the search box, where the color of the button would change based on the search engine the user is using. This color could either be specified by the search engines themselves or will be fetched from the favicon of the search engine.

Firefox 5 will also promote the Firefox Sync option to users so that they can sync their passwords, bookmarks and more in the cloud and use it on any mobile device or PC.

Firefox 5 Add-on Manager

Mozilla will also be revamping it’s add-on manager which is used to install and manage in the browser. Firefox 4 introduced a new add-on manager, but it looks like they will be revamping it again in Firefox 5.

These are just some of the key features from Firefox 5 which are available as concepts. It looks like Mozilla will continue building on Firefox 4 and add these new features to it, so the look and feel of Firefox 5 may not be any different than Firefox 4.

So what do you think about the new Firefox 5 concepts? Do you like them? What else would you want to see in Firefox 5? Do share your opinions and views about it.

How To Disable Facebook New Photo Theatre Viewer

recently rolled out a new Photo viewer which provided users with a theatre like view for viewing photo albums. Though the new Theatre view for Facebook works well, it is definitely not liked by everyone.

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So what if you don’t want to view photos using the new Facebook Theatre view? Well, you cannot disable it directly using Facebook but you could use a userscript for and to disable the theatre view in Facebook.

The "Facebook Photo Theater Killer" userscript kills the annoying new photo theater on Facebook and allows you to browse the photos the old way. This script works on Google Chrome and Firefox only for now.

So go ahead and install the script to get rid of the new annoyance created by Facebook. Thanks Binoy.

Update: If you use Google Chrome, you can also use these extensions to disable the new Facebook photo viewer.

Firefox Planning to go on Steroids, Versions 4, 5, 6 and 7 Coming in 2011

After seeing a sluggish development and embarrassing speed improvements over time, Firefox has finally set its biggest overhaul plan ever, this time. This 2011, Firefox is planning to go right from version 3 to 7.

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The entire roadmap of Firefox for 2011 has been laid out and it stands as,

  • Ship Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011 calendar year
  • Always respond to a user action within 50 ms
  • Never lose user data or state
  • Build Web Apps, Identity and Social into the Open Web Platform
  • Support new operating systems and hardware
  • Polish the user experience for common interaction tasks
  • Plan and architect for a future of a common platform on which the desktop and mobile products will be built and run Web Apps

The disgustingly slow speed on Firefox has led many users to move to better alternatives like Chrome and Opera. This problem will be resolved with the 50 ms response time.

Apart from this, other features like saving of sessions and states will prevent users from losing important work. With the recent beta of Firefox 4, Android support has also improved drastically.

The sole reason for users to stick to Firefox was the support for add-ons. Now that has been incorporated into both Google Chrome and Opera, Firefox is losing users gradually. In short, users have no reason to stick to Firefox as most other browsers offer what it has to offer. However, what is disturbing, is that users do have a definite reason not to use Firefox anymore, as it is slower than both Chrome and Opera.

The roadmap is only as far as paperwork goes. We expect the developers to follow the roadmap too, and get back a significant number of users Firefox lost to its competitors over time.

Microsoft: Take That Google, We Just Added H.264 Support For Chrome Users

Yesterday would have been a very eventful day at Google and Microsoft after Google accused Microsoft of stealing their search results and displaying it in the competitive search engine Bing. The day was filled with accusations and defense galore and lot of Google-and-Microsoft haters had a really big field day.

Day 2: Microsoft just did something that would irk Google even more, they rolled out a new Windows Media Player plugin for Chrome which supports the H.264 code. In a blog post, Microsoft said that they are rolling out these plugin which is also part of Internet Explorer so that Google Chrome customers on would be able to continue to play the H.264 video in spite of Chrome not supporting it.

Today, as part of the interoperability bridges work we do on this team, we are making available the Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome, which is an extension for Google Chrome to enable Windows 7 customers who use Chrome to continue to play H.264 video.

We believe that Windows customers should be able to play mainstream HTML5 video and, as we’ve described in previous posts, Internet Explorer 9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has installed a VP8 codec.

The announcement could just be a right hand jab from Microsoft on Google’s chin after they had earlier declared to drop support for the H.264 codec in because of lack of openness and could fuel a much more deeper war amongst these two tech giants.

It also gives consumers of Google Chrome a chance to view the videos encoded with H.264 codec which they could not have done otherwise. In a battle of browsers Google Chrome, and have openly said that they would not support the H.264 codec because of royalty issues and would instead rely on the WebM codec, which is still not the best codec out there. Currently, it lacks hardware support and there is still a lot of work to be done with it. Microsoft and Apple on the other hand support the H.264 codec in the Internet Explorer and Safari browsers.

The said plugin is also available for Firefox but the main jabs taken by the article was at Google Chrome which is rapidly gaining more users from both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

So will this war continue to rage along? Will these competitors try to go down the throats of each other in the future too? Well, as per me they will. They will not let go off a chance to bring each other down. The wars had already begun, someone just put more fuel in the fire. What do you think?

Firefox 4 Beta 4 For Android And Maemo Released; Is ‘Faster Than Ever’

It was more than a month ago that Mozilla had released the last update for Firefox 4 for mobile for both Android and Maemo. Until the last beta, Firefox 4 for Android more of a bloat ware than a decent third party browser.

The Mozilla Firefox team listened to all the feedbacks they got from the previous beta release and today, they released a new Beta of the app. The Beta 4 of Firefox for Android is now much, much better than the previous beta versions. The application boot up time has been heavily reduced and so has the page-load times. The Mozilla teams says that their benchmarks shows that this new beta of Firefox Mobile is faster than the stock Android browser in all the benchmarks they concluded.

On my Desire Z running on CM6.1.1 and OC’ed to 900MHz, Firefox Mobile did not seem to load pages faster than the stock Android browser. It was slower than the stock Android browser but not by a huge margin. Firefox Mobile was also not able to render some sites properly unlike the stock Android browser.

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Performance wise, the stock Android browser is still way faster and smoother than Firefox 4. For me, the UI response and the overall speed of the Firefox 4 needs some improvements before it can replace the stock Android browser.

The APK of Firefox 4 is a whopping 13.5MB and after installation the app footprint increases to 30MB! This won’t go down well with people who are using Android phones with low internal memory. Thankfully, the app can be moved to SD card. One big advantage of Firefox 4 over the stock Android browser is the support for plug-ins. Right now, the Mobile Add-ons gallery for Firefox 4 features more than 100 useful plug-ins.

Hopefully, with the next beta of Firefox for Mobile most of these issues would be solved. Looks like we Android users will soon have a decent alternative to the stock Android browser.

Android owners can download Firefox 4 for Mobile from the Android Market.

Firefox and Chrome Browsers to Offer “Do Not Track” Options

Is it broke? Does it need Fixed?

Last month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a consumer privacy report. The commission is apparently concerned about advertising and tracking cookies, which many consider to be intrusive, but not dangerous. Tracking allows advertisers to target users with custom or localized advertisements. In hopes of fixing this issue, the report suggested that web browser makers should add a Do Not Trackmechanism.

It’s not surprising that the FTC would suggest something like this. Government bureaucrats are always offering suggestions on how free market economies should be fixed, even when they aren’t broken. However, it is surprising that only a few weeks later, Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome developers have already announced that they’ll be offering Do Not Trackin future versions of their browsers.

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Firefox Support

Alex Fowler, at Mozilla, announced support for Mozilla’s Do Not Track at his blog the other day. He said, we’re seeking ways to provide Firefox users a deeper understanding of and control over the flow of personal information online. We’re pleased to be able to share one of these efforts today ….

When a web browser visits a web site, the site asks the web browser for some basic information before displaying the page. This information is transmitted in the HTTP header, and the new DNT (Do Not Track) warning will be added to this header. Once this warning is received by a web site, it’s up to them to decide whether or not to attempt to read and place tracking cookies in the browser’s cookie cache.

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This feature isn’t available yet, however, you can get an addon with the DNT header. Here are some frequently asked questions about DNT at Mozilla.

Chrome Support

Two days ago, the Google Public Policy blog posted an article telling us how they are handling the FTC request for a Do Not Trackfeature in Chrome. They said, Today we are building on this work, and that of others, by allowing you to permanently opt out of ad tracking from all companies that offer opt-outs through the industry self-regulation programs.

The Keep My Opt-Outs extension takes advantage of already existing opt-out programs offered by the Network Advertising   Initiative, which includes 50 different web tracking services. Later, an option will be added to the Chrome browser, with no need for an extension.

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Conclusions

hangman-logoAs usual, a Government agency is looking for problems to fix so they’ll be able to brag that they are useful sometimes. Nobody’s going to dispute their suggestions in this case, and paranoid consumers may actually benefit from this initiative.

It’s not surprising that the browser developers would jump onto the band-wagon. They’ll do anything to avoid provoking government agencies from putting a collar (or noose) around their necks. These browser changes are a cheap solution to a problem that many people didn’t consider as being serious.

Sometimes, an action like this can have unintended consequences. This time, it might be a win for everyone except the advertisers. What effect will these changes have on the web sites which depend on the advertising revenue?

Skype Toolbar Crashes Firefox; Mozilla Blocks It

Looks like several people have been facing frequent crashes with and the team is on the case. The Skype Toolbar for Firefox is an extension that detects phone numbers on webpages and allows you to call them using Skype desktop application.

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The add-on is bundled with Skype desktop and is automatically installed in Firefox. Mozilla has pinpointed that the current version of Skype toolbar is one of the main culprits behind Firefox crashes. For instance, according to data collected by Mozilla (when users send crash reports to them), the Skype toolbar accounted for 40,000 crashes last week.

Additionally, depending on the version of the Skype Toolbar you’re using, the methods it uses to detect and re-render phone numbers can make DOM manipulation up to 300 times slower, which drastically affects the page rendering times of a large percentage of web content served today (plain English: to the user, it appears that Firefox is slow loading web pages). We believe that both of these items constitute a major, user-facing issue, and meet our established criteria for blocklisting an add-on.

Starting today, Mozilla will add the Skype Toolbar to their blacklist and soft block it. With soft blocking they will automatically disable the extension while giving users an option to re-enable it. Mozilla has already blocked several add-ons in the past, some of them include the Bing Bar, Apple QuickTime Plugin, AVG SafeSearch and more. You can view the entire list of blocked add-ons.

Back in 2009, Mozilla had blocked Microsoft .NET and WPF extensions terming them as unsafe for Firefox. Unlike the Skype block, the Microsoft block was hard block, wherein users were not given an option to turn it on. There are only a few extensions which have been hard blocked since then.

There is no official statement or update on this issue from Skype. We will keep you posted when more information becomes available.

Firefox 4 Beta 9 Released, Inching Closer to Release Candidate

Mozilla has released the beta 9 version of , bringing them closer to a release candidate and final version release in February 2011. Mozilla has been working on 4 for quite some time now and the numerous delays have been costing them.

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Mozilla has overhauled the bookmarks and history code in Firefox 4 enabling for faster bookmarking and startup performance. They have also improved performance for complex animations. Firefox 4 also has the JaegerMonkey engine for JavaScript which is supposedly very fast. Firefox 4 Beta 9 also uses hardware acceleration on and using Direct X.

Mozilla has also added support for 7 new languages for Firefox 4 taking the total supported languages to 76. To view the complete list of changes visit this page. You can download Firefox 4 Beta 9 from here or visit this post to learn what has changed in this beta.

Firefox has been losing market share in the past few months because is stealing their thunder. However, the good news for Mozilla is that Firefox just became the most used browser in European countries.  Hopefully the release of Firefox 4 might turn things around for Mozilla.

(h/t arpitnext)

Firefox On Top in Europe; Thanks To Google Chrome And European Union

Earlier today, Clif wrote on how Chrome and Safari are stealing users from IE globally, however, here comes more bad news for Internet Explorer. According to stats released by website tracking firm Stat Counter, has overtaken Internet Explorer as the most used browser in European countries.

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According to Stat Counter, Firefox now has 38.11% share in the European market as compared to IE’s 37.52%. However, here’s the catch. Firefox is not gaining users from Internet Explorer, instead is the one that is making dents into their market share. According to the Stat Counter CEO, Firefox has more or less been stable, whereas IE has been the one losing market share.

Google Chrome has about 14.8% market share as compared to 5.06% in December last year. That itself is a huge gain. Firefox on the other hand have lost market share since last year.

In addition to Google Chrome, this feat can also be credited to the new browser ballot system for browsers that was enforced on all new Windows PCs by law of the European Union.

However, IE is still one of the top browsers in North America, but that crown could soon be placed on top of Firefox’s head too. Google Chrome is by far one of the best browsers available today. However, with around the corner and the new 11 browser it will be very hard for Internet Explorer to overcome the competition.

My prediction is that Google Chrome will own around 25-35% market share by end of 2011 and Opera should end up with 5-7% while Firefox remains stable or sheds some more users.