Featured Projects in 2004
December. 2004/January, 2005 Habari Xenu is a News Aggregator that is built on top of the powerful Mozilla web platform. It runs on Mozilla and Firefox web browsers. Habari Xenu supports news feeds in RSS and Atom formats. It uses a folder under boookmarks to store links to the user's feeds. Features include the ability to check all feeds for new items, Catchup, custom stylesheets through userContent.css, OPML support and much more.
October/November, 2004 Getting started with fireFTP is a snap. Just type the server, along with your login details into the connection bar. Each subsequent server added is remembered in the dropdown list, requiring no extra steps to hunt down connections to access. This application has the look and feel of traditional FTP UI clients. The advantage it has is it's tight integration with the Firefox browser. You can choose to open it in a new window, or in a browser tab. The most convenient view is to have the locale and remote file trees side by side, enabling you to Drag & Drop files to the server. The other views are local files only or remote files only. fireFTP is a functional and easy-to-use FTP client.
September, 2004: All you weather buffs out there will love Forecastfox. This is a simple yet flexible extension (currently only for Firefox) that shows you the forecast for your location. Setting up takes a snip, all you have to do is type in your location code, or if you don't know it, the software will find it for you. The weather data is provided by weather.com and is global. You can choose to locate the UI in the menubar, the main toolbar, the personal toolbar or the statusbar. You can have night and/or day forecasts, and display custom label and/or image for them. Double click and it will open the Weather Channel's full forecast. It's packed full of other nice features, so if you like to track the weather changes in your area or travel destinations, this is for you.
August, 2004: Der Browser Timer is a timer/clock/alarm add-on for the Mozilla FireFox browser. It allows you to set an audible and/or visual alarm by specifying the alarm time in one of three ways: as a relative count down time (e.g. set the alarm to go off in thirty minutes), as an absolute target time (e.g. set the alarm to go off at 7:45 am), or as a regular interval (e.g. set the alarm to go off hourly at five minutes before the hour). In addition, Der Browser Timer can be set to signal the hour and/or half hour with an alternate tone like a cuckoo clock. Visual icons are included in the UI when you have the cuckoo and/or alarm on, and there is integrated Help to get you on your way. It's a small but indespensible extension. When you come across the alarm sound option from one of the greatest tennis players in recent history, you will be thinking to yourself "you can not be serious", this is a great extension!
July, 2004: The Copy URL+ extension enables you to copy to the clipboard the current document's address along with additional information such as the document's title, the current selection or both. You might find this behavior useful when you want to send (IM, email) an interesting link to a friend and out of laziness convenience you don't want to copy the link and an explanation of what the link is in a single step. The explanation can be as short as the document's title or it can be a descriptive text from the document.
10 June, 2004: wmlbrowser allows the user to view Wireless Markup Language pages in Mozilla and Firefox. It uses an XPCOM component implementing nsIStreamConverter to intercept content with a type of "text/vnd.wap.wml", and uses an XSLT stylesheet to convert the page to HTML before displaying it to the user. There is also an option to load files with a ".wml" extension from the filesystem. Once you are up and running (install instructions are available), you can view and test your WML pages in the browser. Examples are available on the test page.
20 May, 2004: lookAhead provides additional search functionality to the search bar of Firefox. Resources from Google search results are automatically retrieved by opening multiple tabs with the URLs (web pages) returned from a search on the given string. Search result URLs are returned via the Google Web API Service. Think "I'm Feeling Lucky", but with more than just the first search result. This is configurable for up to 10 search results per activation. It is not applicable to all searches, but can be used for fun searching of the web and for "stream of consciousness" random wandering. After reviewing the first set of results from a search, hit "alt-=" for the next results. Using lookahead, you can see a lot of content you might otherwise never see.
23 April, 2004: easyGestures is a popup pie menu that lets you perform simple straight mouse gestures within a circular UI. It's greatly customizable as it lets you place any action in any direction, change the size of the pie menu (use of small icons and/or use of large pie with more actions) and change the parameters of special actions like searching the web, running a locale file or loading a specific web page (or script). easyGestures requires a short period of adaptation but in return, gives to both novice or expert users a better comfort and a real boost of speed in the interaction with Firefox. It's an original and a very addictive experience.
12 April, 2004: OneClick is a sidebar that contains many different applications in one. Features that used to require separate extensions can now be accessed in one program with nothing to install. Current applications bundled with the sidebar include a calculator, and the games Battle Ship and Minesweeper. There is also access to run an online version of the cuneForm HTML Editor. In other tabs on the sidebar, you get News and useful Mozilla Tips courtesy of the TipBar project. The OneClick homepage is worth a visit not only because of its unique design, but because you can try a demo of the sidebar and read the "Have you Heard?" section which features a worthwhile Mozilla extension. OneClick is currently only available for the Mozilla browser.
Week of 29 March, 2004: With Email Vault for Mozilla (EVM) you can store your Mozilla emails in a database. Instead of the known Mozilla folders of the Mozilla MailNews client, you will find 'categories' which can be linked with the mails. One mail can be linked to several categories or even its subcategories. The mail itself is stored only once in the database. EVM provides a nice user interface similar on top of the known Mozilla MailNews client design. When you, for example, want to answer to a mail in EVM, the normal Mozilla reply window will be opened, so it is intuitive to use. You can also search for mails in EVM, and will find a useful help file. The current version, 1.4. It does not yet run on a Mac, but this is being worked on.
Week of 15 March, 2004: CuteMenus is just the thing you need if you want to jazz up the menus in your Mozilla Suite or Firefox browser. After install and restart, you will find icons on all the main menus and the content context menu. Not all tasks have icons, but many common ones do such as Find, Reload, Home, Print, and so on. You may be used to seeing icons in the Bookmarks menu (site favicons), the Window menu, and in the Personal Toolbar. CuteMenus broadens the range and livens up your Mozilla browsing experience. Included in the latest in-development release is the ability to change icon sets and the choosing of different themes for the menu. Themes currently include an Office XP skin and the default Firefox Qute theme. To access these settings, pop the context-menu and then hold shift and move to configure.
Week of February 16, 2004: Dictionary Search provides a very easy way to lookup or translate a word on a webpage in an online dictionary of your choice such as dictionary.com. Simply select the word that you want to lookup, then context click and select "Dictionary Search for ...". A new tab will open with the meaning of the word you selected. It works for both the Mozilla Suite and Mozilla Firefox.
Week of February 2, 2004: QuickNote is a compact but very useful extension. According to the author, it is loosely modeled after 'Post-It', 'Sticky', and the "Quick Notepad" plugin for jedit. With a list of features, it's goal is to be unintrusive yet at the same time adding to productivity. You can lauch it in it's own window, in the sidebar, or in a window tab. Whichever method you choose, contained within you can have up to 4 tabs for your notes. There is an autosave option, or the option to Save As to store the note for use elsewhere. Perhaps the nicest feature so far is the ability to send selected text from the browser to QuickNote. This is available as a context menu item, and one of the preferences will allow you to include the page URL when you do this action. At version 0.5 at the time of writing, it is very much usable and worth checking out.
Week of January 19, 2004: This week sees a great tool with multiple purposes. It enables you to interact with web services and send data to web applications, for example to a blog or a translation service, with just a context click. ConQuery has many features including sending selected text to a search engine, seeing the host where a page comes from, and URL querying. The project has already in place a plugin architecture where you can write your own query plugins. There is compatibility with Mycroft plugins. HTTP POST/GET is supported and you can piece together individual queries with a specially designed configuration dialog. The screenshots illustate some features and documentation is available for plugin writers.
Week of January 5, 2004: MozManual (An Introduction to Mozilla) is an introductory text (in PDF format) to the most useful features and capabilities of the Mozilla 1.5 suite, with an emphasis on the Browser, Mail, and Address Book components. This copiously illustrated 55 page manual provides an overview of the Mozilla suite with the goal of enabling new users of Mozilla to quickly and easily understand what Mozilla is, learn fundamental Mozilla terminology, and learn how to access and use the most useful features and functions of the suite. The PDF file can be used as is, or the source files can be downloaded and further edited as necessary.