Featured Projects in 2003
Week of December 29, 2003: l10nzilla is a tool to help in localising Mozilla or any XUL based application. It's a combination of a MySQL database where all your translations are stored, a PHP based front end for editing and a Java based command line interface for automatic translation new JAR files for inclusion in your language packs. It allows a team or an individual to do the translation work in the php front end or offline in Unicode text editor. l10nzilla supports utf-8 and can store translations from multiple languages. l10nzilla can produce statistics from the translations you store in the database.
Week of December 22, 2003: Launchy will enable you to open links and mailto's with external applications like Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, Mozilla Firebird, Netscape, Outlook, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player and others. Launchy will auto detect all applications. Wanna open a link with Winamp? Just right click and say "Open link with Winamp". Wanna send en email to the selected mailto link using Outlook? Just right click and say "Send email using Outlook". I think you get the picture. It's great for testing and also for using external mail and media applications. Currently it's a Windows only extension! More details here.
Week of December 8, 2003: Fast Component is a script that makes painless the process of creating all the required project stub and build files and get you on your way with an actual working XPCOM component in a few simple steps. Whether you are creating a Mozilla extension to share with others, or do so on a regular basis for work purposes, this tool is for you. Other files produced include a script for building an XPI file, and a script to test the new component. Long term plans include creating template chrome files for a project UI. See the documentation for more details.
Week of November 30, 2003: Deepest Sender is a LiveJournal client for Mozilla and Firebird, originally based on the now-defunct LiveLizard project. It features a basic WYSIWYG editor, with source code view, moods, current music detection, security levels (including groups), post editing (still early in development, but it works) and most of the other features that a LiveJournal client should contain. It can connect to any server running the LiveJournal server software.
Week of November 17, 2003: Adblock is a content-blocking module for the Mozilla and Firebird browsers. It is both more robust and more precise than the built-in image blocker. Once installed, it's a snap to filter elements at their source-address. Just right-click: Adblock: done. Filters use either the wildcard character (*) or full Regular Expression syntax. A list pane shows at-a-glance what has or hasn't been blocked. Scripts, backgrounds, even Flash -- anything can be caught. Plugin-media sport floating tabs for one-click filtering. A special shortcut quick-hides any element on the page. And, if you need to, just tap the keys and Adblock toggles off.
Week of November 10, 2003: The aim of the dictionaries project is to gather together in one place all dictionaries for the Mozilla Spell Checking Component (which uses the myspell spell checker). It provides easy one click installation for Mozilla and instructions on how to add them as extensions for Mozilla Thunderbird. Currently there are over 40 dictionaries available, with that number set to get bigger as the project matures.
Week of November 3, 2003: Mozilla Links is a biweekly newsletter contributed by several Mozilla related projects like mozdev.org, mozillazine.org, moztips.com, Mozilla Firebird Help and several other individuals from the Mozilla community, providing the latest Mozilla news, tips & tricks, and project status reports. It is available in English, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, German and Polish. To subscribe, visit the project website.
Week of October 27, 2003: Are you missing integrated Help in Firebird? Firebird Help is a project aimed to fill this void by releasing an extension with a separate Help Window and extensive content. Once installed, you can access it in Firebird at the Help->Help Contents menu item. Features include a Glossary, an Index, and a built in Search, all available from a Sidebar. This is similar to the Mozilla Help window. Plans are in place to create a similar extension for Thunderbird.
Week of October 13, 2003: The QuickManager project aims to develop a tool to easily install and manage Extensions and Themes. It lists all popular Extensions and Themes with a description, update time, version and preview if available. The user may also manually enter the URL or file name to install an extension. Presently QuickManager is available for Thunderbird only, but future versions will be available for Mozilla and Firebird, along with more features.
Week of September 29, 2003: The Uzilla project exists to increase the adoption of user centered design techniques in software development as well as improve Mozilla usability. Recently released, uzReview facilitates expert evaluation of websites while uzCardSort facilitates assessing user models of a domain through a process known as card sorting. A third component aims to provide screen capture functionality via XPCOM. These projects are supported by Uzilla, LLC, "Tools for a Usable Web".
Week of September 22, 2003: mozdev.org turns 3 this week. As part of the celebrations we are featuring it (yes, self-referential we know) as project of the week. But we think it deserves the accolade. mozdev.org has been crucial in many areas of the Mozilla community over those 3 years. This included the organisation of developer meetings, evangelism, pushing Mozilla as a platform as opposed to just a browser suite. Yet most of all, through its hosting capabilities and set of tools, mozdev.org empowers developers who are passionate about creating next-generation open source web applications. Here's to another 3 thriving years and more!
Week of September 8, 2003: Have you ever came across a great Web site (or bad one) that you want to tell others about? Or perhaps you want recommendation of sites. Then the StumbleUpon toolbar is the tool for you. Features include browsing of sites based on topic, the ability to rate sites, contact others who "stumbled" upon the same site and rated it, and more. After installation, all you have to do to get started is restart your browser and click "Stumble!". If you are active in the community, you have the chance of becoming a top stumbler through a ratings system.
Week of September 1, 2003: Download Statusbar is a browser extension for both Mozilla and Firebird. Its aim is to streamline the way downloads are presented, while at the same time giving increased functionality. Downloads are tracked in a separate, hide-away statusbar at the bottom of your browser window, so that the current webpage never loses focus. Also check out Download Sort, an extension that allows you to automatically send downloads to specific folders depending on the file extension or a keyword in the URL.
Week of August 11, 2003: Macro editor was created with the aim of providing a simple tool to write and test macros for Mozilla, Firebird, and Thunderbird. Following on from this, it would like to promote increasing participation of more developers, thus accelerating development of more extensions and programs for Mozilla and related products. Features include a macro window for viewing and editing, and a menu overlay in the Tools menu for quick access to created macros.
Week of August 4, 2003: The Mozilla Amazon Browser (MAB) is a tool with a rich user interface for browsing the amazon.com (.co.uk, .de, .jp) online catalog. Just type in your query, narrow down the search type via fields like author, artist, ASIN/ISBN, and so on, and have all your results listed in an easy to navigate tree. Click on a result to retrieve information about the selected product, including image if available. You can read reviews, and if you like what you see, there is a button to go to amazon to buy it. Run it directly now or install it to check out these and other features.
Week of July 28, 2003: Bugxula is a XUL interface to Bugzilla that intends to make it easier to search and manage bugs in Bugzilla installations. Bugxula has a three pane interface displaying saved searches, search results, and individual bugs along with a quick search toolbar. The application works with most modern Bugzilla installations including bugzilla.mozilla.org, and instructions are available for making Bugxula work with your installation of Bugzilla.
Week of July 21, 2003: Enigmail is an extension for the mail&newsgroups client of Mozilla and Thunderbird which handles OpenPGP encrypted or signed messages. It is the only graphical multi-platform PGP mail tool that supports both, inline PGP messages and the newer RFC compliant PGP/MIME standard. In addition, basic support for importing and exporting keys is available. Enigmail is a frontend to GnuPG for encrpytion/signing and decryption/authentication..
Week of July 14, 2003: The Bayes Junk Tool allows you to unlock the mysteries of Mozilla's junk mail filter, and also allows you to train it instantly rather than with hundreds of emails by importing training data. It is written in Java, and will work on all platforms. For more details, visit the Project website!.
Week of June 16, 2003: Extension Room hosts all types of add-ons for Mozilla, Mozilla Firebird and Thunderbird, from big projects like Chatzilla and Calendar to smaller functionality for bookmarks and other browser features. There is a quick install link for each extension, and links to find out more information and the project page. This reference will become more and more important as the Mozilla suite breaks up and the development framework becomes more extensible based on other changes planned in the latest roadmap.
Week of May 26, 2003: There is an excellent demo on the Mozile home page that allows you to start editing by clicking in a page section. a toolbar appears and all you have to do after that is hit F7 to enable caret browsing. Full usage is explained here. Features include ENTER for new paragraphs that handles inline and block level tags, bold - italic - colour formatting, list handling, and paragraph alignment.
Week of May 12, 2003: CardGames is a single extension that includes a number of card games for you to play. These include Aces Up, Gypsy, Mod 3 and Yukon. After installation and restart, you type chrome://cards/content/ in the location bar and away you go. Switching between games is easy from a menu bar, and features include undoing a move, hints, and choosing different levels of difficulty per game as it allows.
Week of April 28, 2003: Version 1.5.0 of linky for Mozilla and Firebird is a complete rewrite of the previous versions. It has some really nice features including the ability to only open unvisisted links, a count if the number of images and links in a page, and the opening of all links in a page in new tabs or windows. The installation routine gives a choice to users to install in the mozilla chrome for all profiles, or in the user chrome.
Week of April 21, 2003: The blozom project is a standalone application for weblogging and note management. It uses plain text files for storing content and associated XML files for for metadata. Everything happens on the client, a good thing if you don't have a server available to you. Have a look at some of the screenshots. Two components of Blozom are available as standalone sidebars integrating bookmark and history data.
Week of April 7, 2003: The bookie project is an attempt to synchronise your bookmarks between home, work, and other locations you find yourself in. As web surfing becomes a more common and mature activity in peoples daily lives, this aims to improve the task of bookmark management. Have a look at the setup page to see how to get it up and running.
Week of March 24, 2003: Available in 5 languages, the NeedleSearch project allows you to bookmark search engines, and enter your search text directly from a toolbar add-on. It supports all encoding types, thus mimicing all the major search engines. Other features include a search history, highlightling, and search in page. A must install for those who search alot.
Week of March 17, 2003: The cdn project is a collection of extensions created by Chris Neale for Phoenix and Mozilla. You will find XPIs to add extra useful buttons to the browser toolbar, a themes extension to allow installation of .jar packaged themes, a menu compactor to reduce the size to just the items you use, and miscellaneous other handy utilities.
Week of March 10, 2003: The Iconpacks project is a hosting project for new icon sets for Mozilla and Phoenix. There is some imaginary art to choose from to make your browsing experience that bit more personalised. Included is a handy tutorial for creating your own icons for any Mozilla based distribution.
Week of February 10, 2003: The EU project is a central location for information and organizing events in the European Mozilla community. The third Mozilla Developers Meeting in Europe was just held during FOSDEM and was a great success. Slides of presentations from the meeting are available. There is also information available on the first and second European meetings.
Week of January 27, 2003: The Themes project hosts a number of different browser themes for Mozilla, Netscape and Phoenix. Take a look through the different themes available ranging from Blue to Wood and everything in between.
Week of January 13, 2003: XULmaker is a XUL application used to design and construct XUL based applications and web pages. The project has recently been picked up by a new lead developer and is under construction. Take a look at the roadmap to see what is coming up and install the latest release to see where the project is now.
Week of January 6, 2003: Checky is a browser add-on that provides easy access to numerous free and commercial online validator and checker services. Use Checky to validate HTML, XHTML, CSS, RDF, RSS, XML, and more. Take a look at Checky in action and install the latest version.