November 14, 2004


Making Firefox widgets Apple-icious just got easier, thanks to Amake. His utility, Firefoxy, applies Kevin Gerich's Pretty Widgets using drag-and-drop.

Firefoxy 1.1 can be downloaded at MacUpdate. Below are the "couldn't-be-any-easier" instructions (to be followed after install):

Drag Firefox onto Firefoxy. To revert to the old widgets, drag Firefox onto Firefoxy again. Or, just open the app and it will prompt you to locate Firefox.

If you use OS X nightlies and find yourself re-applying Kevin's work often, this is the solution for you.

Posted by jonathan at 8:40 AM | Comments (2)

November 12, 2004

Suppress New Windows Revisited

If you're like me, then you hate it when people use target="_blank". If you've installed Firefox 1.0 and are wondering why the suppress new windows advanced pref no longer works, it's because it's been overridden by a new advanced pref.

To turn it on, go to about:config and set "browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs" to true. Or you can add user_pref("browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs", true); to your user.js file.

Then in Tools | Options | Advanced | Tab browsing, a new option appears. You can then force links that open in new windows to open in the current window or a new tab instead. It's an experimental option for now, so it might be a little buggy, but it works for the most part.

Update: The feature doesn't work on bookmarklets that open popup windows, like the bugmenot or Post to MT bookmarklets. It opens them in new tabs instead of as a new popup window.

Update to Update: There's a pref for diverting calls too.

Posted by pinder at 1:21 PM | Comments (9)

November 10, 2004

Firefox 1.0 and You

Now that Firefox 1.0 has been released, what enhancements, bug-fixes or general improvements to the browser have made surfing better for you? My most recent "how did I ever live without this?" feature:

The ability to configure where links from other applications are opened in Firefox. This option can be accessed via Preferences: Advanced: Tabbed Browsing. I've got Firefox set to open links in "a new tab in the most recent window."

Posted by jonathan at 12:03 PM | Comments (12)

November 9, 2004

Firefox 1.0

Firefox 1.0 is finally here. For those who have been following it's progress, it's been a long time coming. But your work is not done yet. Because it is now safe to recommend Firefox to non-geeks. Please do so. They need your help. Think of the children.

The Mozilla servers are currently getting hammered, but you can grab the installer in a few seconds using the torrents:

When you live on the west coast and stroll on into work at 10am, you usually miss these types of early morning announcements. I actually heard about it on the radio this morning. Then I hit the snooze button.

Oh yeah, check out the new default start page.

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