Archive for Saturday, June 21, 2008

Firefox 2.0.0.15 DELAYED

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2008 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 2.0, Mozilla News

There had already been talks about a delay of a day or two from the planned June 24th release date for Firefox 2.0.0.15. Originally this was due to slow check-in on patches which had delayed the initial code freeze.  However, because of the Firefox 3 Vulnerability from earlier this week (that also affects Firefox 2), the release schedule for Firefox 2.0.0.15 now has the final release as July 1st.

A re-spin was done on Friday (June 20th) and the new version will go back to Builds and QA on Monday (June 23rd).  If all goes well it should be out on the Beta Channel sometime Wednesday (June 25th) and released on July 1st.

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100 Essential Firefox Add-Ons for Librarians

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2008 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Other

It amazes me, just how many add-ons there are now for Firefox. Because of these add-ons is one of the reasons Firefox has become so popular. Even if you are not a librarian, this article is worth reviewing as you could easily find some very useful add-ons that you didn’t know existed. The 100 add-ons are divided into these 10 categories:

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Research & Citation
  • Bookmarking
  • Development
  • Media
  • Search
  • Supercharged Browsing
  • Privacy & Security
  • Patrons

The article was published on June 18th so most all of these add-ons will work with Firefox 2 as well as with Firefox 3 (though may not be right-away). There are a few add-ons I’ll be looking into more very soon.

100 Essential Firefox Add-Ons for Librarians

Tip Source: Fiona King via Contact Us.

On Thursday, June 12th two new versions (3.4.3 & 3.4.4) of AMO were pushed out. As mentioned in the Releases Recap: June Week 2 post, these new versions would have improved search capabilities. I did not have a chance to take a look at the new AMO site until recently. This had kinda gotten pushed back on my to-do list because of the (then upcoming) Firefox 3 release.

The Guru and scores of other AMO users have complained about the lack of an Advanced Search feature in the new AMO 3.0.X releases. I mentioned this when I looked at the Preview back in February, when AMO 3.0 launched in March and again in April with the upcoming AMO 3.2.1 launch. Earlier this week I did have a chance to take a look at the new (and much needed) Advanced Search feature:

To access the Advanced Search feature click the ‘Advanced’ button at the bottom right of the search box (note: the arrow next to ‘Advanced’ will be pointing down). With the new Advanced Search allows you to specify many search options:

  • Application: Firefox, SeaMonkey, Sunbird or Thunderbird
  • Version: Options will be based on the Application selected
  • Type: Any, Extension, Theme, Search Engine, Dictionary, Language Pack (Application)
  • Per Page: 5, 10, 20, 50 or 100
  • Platform: ALL, Linux, MacOSX, BSD, Windows, Solaris
  • Sort By: Keyword Match, Newest, Name, Rating, Popularity
  • Last Updated: Any time, Past Day, Past week, Past month, Past 3 months, Past 6 months, Past year

This is a huge and long awaited improvement to the AMO site. Heck, just being able to do a search by application version is an extremely handy and time saving improvement. Kudos to the AMO team for all their hard work into this new version of AMO.

News Source: CyberNet News

Show Go!

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2008 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 3.0

This extension is for those who always want the ‘Go’ button visible in Firefox 3 address bar, but don’t want to be bothered with editing their UserChrome.css as described in the Fx 3: Always Display ‘Go’ Button post. The extension is only for Firefox 3 and is 3 KB (my entire UserChrome.css file is smaller than this extension).

Get Show Go!