Review: Splash

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2007 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0

Firefox, especially if you have lots of extensions, does take sometime to start up. There are times I wonder is it loading? So I click the icon again thinking may be it didn’t work the first time around. Then I end up with Fx opened up in two windows. This is not a big deal, I just closed the extra browser window.

Then I discovered a simple and customizable solution, the Splash extension. When you start Firefox a “Splash” (loading) screen will appear when Firefox is starting up. The default image is taken from the graphic that is displayed on your About Firefox screen. However, you can customize and make your own “Splash” Screen as seen below:


Default Fx Splash Screen


My Custom Fx Splash Screen
(image courtesy of Mr Tech’s Firefox Splash Screens)

The extension is really simple to setup via its Options menu:
Tools >> Add-ons (or Extensions), Splash and then click Options.
Note: If you are having trouble with Splash’s Options window “rolling-up” this can be fixed via about:config by changing browser.preferences.animateFadeIn to False.

The options screen allows the following customizations:

  • Choose the image to be displayed
  • Add background text
  • Choose the size of the splash screen
  • Specify how long the screen will be displayed
  • Play a sound file on start-up
  • plus more

Splash is about 24K and works with Firefox 1.5 – 3.0a2 and does create the illusion Firefox is loading quicker!


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Comments
  1. funTomas says:

    No illusion here, although I find it gorgeous.

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  3. […] 보통 확장기능이 많이 깔리면 파이어폭스 시작할때 기다려야하는 시간이 시간이 조금 답답한데요. 이럴때 Splash 확장기능을 사용하면 파이어폭스 로딩할때 걸리는 과정을 비쥬얼하게 지켜 볼 수 있습니다. (via Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog) […]

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  5. review Windows Vista

    no kidding!

  6. I need a software that will make browse faster on the net

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