Downloads in Tabs – Add On For Firefox

We all know, firefox is a memory hogger, takes up a lot of system memory every time you use it. Here’s a simple add on that might help you a little. This little add on open the “Downloads” in the form of  a tab whenever you start with a download.

Download in Tabs Forefox Addon

The firefox “Downloads” pop up certainly lacked chrome’s ease, but this little add on will make your  downloads easier and simpler.

Features:

  1. Opens tabs automatically on start of a download.

  2. You have option to choose when a tab opens, only when chosen from menu (when opened from tools menu), automatically when download starts (if a Downloads tab isn’t already open plus previous, default) or anytime when a download starts.
  3. Option to let the tab remain open (default), close automatically after download finishes, active window(tab only in active window) or all windows (that have downloads tab).

Works with Firefox 2.0 – 4.2a1pre

Try it now ! Download here.

Best Firefox Add-On

Firefox is undoubtedly the best browser and to make it more user friendly, developers all around the world continue to add value to Firefox. Just a couple of days back I came across two add-ons that I would like to share with you all. Here they are:

  • Text to Speech

This is a very great tool to convert text to speech. The best thing about this is it is too simple to use. I have also written one post on converting the text to audio. Here is that post. But this one is different, one just have to select the text that one wishes to convert to audio, and then just click the button. You will hear about the audio and even have the option to download it in .mp3 format. It is developed by an Indian Vikram Joshi.

text to speech

Another amazing feature of this add-on is its vulnerability to read text in many languages. Below is the screenshot showing the options :

text to voice preferences  But the thing which I don’t like is that it can’t be used offline. But I’m sure that the developers are working on it and soon we can convert the text to audio offline also. But this is not the thing that will stop you from downloading this add-on. Here is the link to download Text To Speech.

  • Fission

Another great add-on that I came across is Fission. This add-on makes your browser Safari style and makes it more stylish. This will show the loading of the page in the address bar and change the cosmetics of your browser. Beautiful, compact and stylish are the words that are best used to describe the add-on.

fission addon

But this add-on has a bug. It is not compatible with all the themes. Therefore, one has to check the compatibility before using. Here is the link to download the Fission.

Tab Previews in Firefox

With latest version of Firefox (Firefox 3.6) you can get previews of tabs while switching between them. These tab previews are just like Alt – Tab Previews in Windows. Moreover, these are having extra feature of searching between tabs too… and most importantly, you don’t have to install any extension for enabling this feature.


Search Option in Tab switching

You can also get this type of previews in Firefox, by pressing Ctrl + Tab, after enabling “browser.ctrlTab.previews”, in about:config. To do this, just open about:config in your Firefox browser window, click on the button, “I’ll be careful,I promise!”about:config

This will open Firefox configuration window, from where you can set the value of “browser.ctrlTab.previews” as true. Just type “browser.ctrlTab.previews” as filter and double click to set as true, and you are done! Give it a try by pressing Ctrl + TabPreviews as true

You can always set back the value to “false” if you don’t like the changes.Previews as false

Autocopy Add-on

AutocopyWhenever you prepare for a presentation or report, you Google it, copy from different sources and then paste it. It took a considerable amount of time to copy and paste the data if you have large number of sources. Also it would be a great help for bloggers .Select text on any web page and it will be automatically copied to the clipboard. It works in much the same way as does Trillian or mIrc. Paste on middle click into textboxes, the url bar, and the search bar.

Select some text. Right click on it and see the autocopy content area context menu item filled with usefull features. (old users of autocopy will want to turn this on. In the options page look for "Content Area Context Menu Item"). You can undo a copy; there is a clipboard history of up to 10 items; paste to the search or location box with a click of the button; search for and open in new tab for when you select a text only url. Plus a handy append url to clipboard feature that will make sure your quotes can always have a reference. 

Here is the link to add it in firefox

Protect your Firefox Profile

It happens with me, when I use my Laptop in my hostel, my web browsing habits gets exposed. All of my saved passwords are reveled. So, to come up with this problem I started using Profile Password add-on for my Firefox web browser. This add-on protects the profile with a password. So, if password is entered by a user only then that Firefox Profile will open up.




You can easily create multiple profiles in Firefox, this will help you to create password for any of your profiles and get any other profile for general use, or use for your friends. To password protect your Firefox profiles, follow the video shown at end.

Creating Profiles in Firefox

Here are the steps to create multiple profiles in Firefox-Run

  1. Open Run Dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R.
  2. Now type Firefox –profilemanager, and press Enter.
  3. This will open Firefox Profile manager, where you can create, rename or delete a profile.
  4. Open the Profile for which you want to set up the password.

Firefox Profile Manager

Set up Password to Firefox

You can now setup the password to protect your Firefox profile by adding Profile Password add-on, and doing the necessary settings.

  1. Download
  2. Profile Password Add-on and Install it.
  3. Go to Tools menu, and click Profile Password.
  4. Click Set/ Change Password, and password will be set for your profile.

I’ve added a video on implementing this to your Firefox web browser. You can checkout this video below-

Set Password to firefox

Create Search Plugin for your Blog

Many of us must be using Mozilla Firefox, So I’ve created a search engine extension which works on Mozilla Firefox and searches with in Chill Geeks. You could also create a similar extension for your blog. Creating Search engine plug-in for Firefox web browser is very easy. Some of the prerequisites to make your search addon,is that, you should have a little idea about working with XML. You can start making your own blog Search Engine using the template below-
<OpenSearchDescription xmlns=”http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/”
                       xmlns:moz=”http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/”>
<ShortName>engineName</ShortName>
<Description>engineDescription</Description>
<InputEncoding>inputEncoding</InputEncoding>
<Image width=”16″ height=”16″ type=”image/x-icon”>data:image/x-icon;base64,imageData</Image>
<Url type=”text/html” method=”method” template=”searchURL”>
  <Param name=”paramName1″ value=”paramValue1″/>
  …
  <Param name=”paramNameN” value=”paramValueN”/>
</Url>
<Url type=”application/x-suggestions+json” template=”suggestionURL”/>
<moz:SearchForm>searchFormURL</moz:SearchForm>
</OpenSearchDescription>



I’ve got this template from Mozilla Developer Center. Various terms used in above template are described at Mozilla Developer’s Center
I’ll explain how I created search engine plug-in for Chill Geeks.WithoutImage

  • Open C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxsearchplugins
  • There you’ll see all search engine plug-in’s xml files, open up any file using Notepad++ or any text Editor and you will get an idea about the working of various search engine addons
  • Now create a new file over there, name it as yoursite.xml
  • Use the template above and make the required changes.

See the example below, which I’ve made for Chill Geeks
<SearchPlugin xmlns=”http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/”>
<ShortName>Chill Geeks</ShortName>
<Description>Chill Geeks Google Search</Description>
<InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>
<Image height=”16″ width=”16″ type=”image/x-icon”>
http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww248/chillgeeks/flex.gif</Image>
<Url type=”application/x-suggestions+json” method=”GET” template=”
http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?output=firefox&amp;client=firefox&amp;hl={moz:locale}&amp;q={searchTerms}”/>
<Url type=”text/html” method=”GET” template=”
http://www.chillgeeks.com/search”>
  <Param name=”q” value=”{searchTerms}”/>
</Url>
</SearchPlugin>

DetailsSuggest

  • Searchplugin is used to define starting of plugin xml
  • Shortname is used to display name in search bar
  • InputEncoding, keep it UTF-8
  • Image, specifies the path of favicon of your site.
  • Url type JSON, fetches Suggestion quiries from Google.
  • Url type html, specifies site to search within.
  • Param (Parameters), vairable seach term.

If you want to get above xml file, please click here.Now you can easily create your blog’s plugin just by modifying this file and changing www.chillgeeks.com to yourblogname.blogspot.com or www.yourcustomdomain.com
You could also specify Image that will appear in search bar by replacing http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww248/chillgeeks/flex.gif with your own favicon image URL.
You can also submit your extension to Mozilla Add-ons, which will increase the popularity of your website. Please let me know by comments, if you get any difficulty in making your search engine extension.

Orca Browser-Simple, Safe, Fast

orcalogo Days are gone when people rely on Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Today people want something new, something safe at which they can rely upon and something fast.
 ORCA Browser is yet another powerful browser which is based on the patterns of Mozilla Firefox but far more better than Firefox. Not only does Orca Browser contains all the features, such as security, low memory usage, spell-checker, built-in download manager, etc. from a typical Gecko based browser, it also improves the speed, adds built-in features like an AD Blocker, Flash Blocker, Online Profile Storage, auto Form-Filler, and a Outlook-Style RSS Reader. The auto Form-Filler helps to memorize or fill different types of web forms and passwords. It can also protect them with a master security password. Online Profile Storage allows users to create their own account. With their username and password, users can choose to save or access their personal data such as bookmarks, Auto Fills, and RSS feeds remotely from any computer.

Orca Preview
Here is the list of extensions that work with Orca Browser

Open any WAP / WML Site in Firefox

Firstly I am very sorry friends, I am unable to post because of my end semesters going on. I got 4 days holiday in between, so I wanted to share information about “How you can run WAP or WML site in Firefox web browser”.

WAP WMLWe usually run WAP or WML site on our mobile browser, but now you can use your Firefox browser for the same purpose by adding a small add-on to it, named as Wml Browser . Just install this plug-in and restart Firefox to see that now you can open a wapsite too!. Check out the screenshot below, how will it look after running http://wap.ebuddy.com , I use this site on my mobile to be online.

ebuddy

To download this add-on to your browser, visit here.

Links:-

Create Multiple Profiles in FireFox

If you are wondering how to switch between different accounts on same site using Firefox only, then here is its way out. I am explaining the way by which one can switch between various Accounts on Net services such as Orkut, Gmail, Facebook, etc.Various Advantages of having multiple profiles are –

  1. This can be extremely useful if you want to test out extensions more easily.
  2. Create a web development profile.
  3. If you just want to have a clean profile. 
  4. If you want to save system resources.


To make your Firefox use Profile system right click on desktop. Go to “New” => “Shortcut”.

Give the following location in textbox

“C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe” -profilemanager

Name the shortcut by clicking Next.


Now, doubleclick the recently made shortcut and now you can create and manage your firefox Profiles.

Use Gmail as default email client for firefox

Now you can use gmail as your default E-mail client for any kind of e-mail writing in Firefox by following two simple steps


Go to Tools => Options => Application Tab
and see for content type “mailto”.
Change this to Gmail, and now whenever you will click for a mailto protocol it will automatically open Gmail.
Try it over here by sending me feedback at singla.prateek@gmail.com
Wishing you all my Best Wishes for Diwali