Independent Status Reports (7 February, 2005)
By Brian King

Mozilla, and in particular Firefox, continues to get good press coverage. The vast majority has been positive. Following hot on the heels of the New York Times ad in December, comes a cover story in Wired's February issue. This story focuses on the project leads, Ben Goodger and Blake Ross, who have undoubtedly done great work. Yet there are many unsung heroes in the Mozilla world, and that might include you. These are the people who use cutting-edge Mozilla products, and extension authors that adopt the platform and make available a wide variety of tools to make it more attractive to others. PC Magazine recently reviewed 15 Firefox Extensions. Great choices one and all, but these are just a drop in the ocean. Below are some more great extensions in the big wave that is causing ripples throughout the world.

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Journal - 0.1

(A place to write, to keep, to read)

For: Mozilla, Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

Alpha release 0.1 of Journal is now available. This is a demo version. It implements some basic features, but many other features do not work yet. Download this alpha release to get an idea of how you will be able to use Journal when development is more complete.

Notable Highlights

LinkVisitor - 1.1

(Mark links as visited or unvisited.)

For: Mozilla, Firefox

Platform: All.

Now it has keyboard shortcuts and menu item access keys.

Link Visitor is a simple extension to the context menu in your browser. With this extension, you can:

Spurlbar - v0.3

(Use the bookmarking service easily)

For: Firefox

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, (add / delete as appropriate)

Highly anticipated toolbar buttons and preferences are the latest noticable improvements.

Notable Highlights

biobar - 1.2.3

(A power browsing toolbar for bioinformatics database searches)

For: Mozilla, Firefox and Netscape 7+

Platform: All platforms

The present version has added more biological resources that are searchable from the browser. These include a) aMAZE b) KEGG (Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes) bringing the total number of Databases accessible to a biologist/biochemist/bioinformatician to 34.

Notable Highlights

cuneAform - 0.3.1

(The community built editor anyone can use!)

For: Mozilla, Firefox

Platform: Any

cuneAform's internet home has be redesigned to be even more user friendly and give users a better sneak preview of the Editor.
We are also looking for some developers with experience in XUL and Composer/Nvu/Mozile to enhance cuneAform even more.

Notable Highlights

Figaro - v0.1.1

(Opera features for Firefox)

For: Firefox

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

Version 0.1.1 released. If you ever enjoyed using Opera but had to move to Firefox due to its superiority and extensibility, please give this extension a try.

ResearchBuddy - v1.01

(a firefox plugin to assist with web research: bibliographies!)

For: Mozilla, Firefox

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

Researchbuddy is awesome! Still some problems with people's installations just plain not working (citations not being added), but overall the project is pretty stable. New developments on the horizon include internationalization, and some presets for format strings.

Notable Highlights

Abacus MathML Editor - 0.1.2

(Abacus 0.1.2 has been released)

For: Mozilla

Platform: All

Abacus 0.1.2, a MathML editor for Mozilla, had a maintenance release on January 31, 2005. The previous version had been non-operational in recent Mozilla builds. No new features have been added in the new release.

IE View - v0.86

(View nonstandard pages in Internet Explorer with a click)

For: Mozilla, Firefox

Platform: Windows

Added Russian, Polish, Traditional Chinese, French, Spanish, German and Italian translations.

ConQuery - 1.5.2

(28 Dec 2004)

For: Mozilla, Firefox, Thunderbird

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

Few usability and interface improvements makes your search experience more natural and pleasant in everyday tasks.

Notable Highlights for versions from 28 Dec 2004

Launchy - 3.9.0

(Launch links from Mozilla Clients in external applications)

For: Mozilla Suite, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape 7.x, Nvu

Platform: All

Better, faster, cooler.


viewbgplus - v0.9

(Opens/saves all kinds of background images, not only those in BODY-tag)

For: Firefox, Mozillla (untested)

Platform: any

Initial public release, not very widely tested, some bugs and incompatibilities, but main functionality works

Notable Highlights

Searchsidebar - v0.1.4

(Bringing advanced searching capability back to life for Firefox users)

For: Firefox

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

This is our first new release in almost a year. Version 0.1.4 is more than an overlay, it is a rebuild of the SearchSidebar extension. Help is wanted with testing and bug fixes.

Notable Highlights

Flashblock - 1.2.8

(Blocks flash content from showing on webpages)

For: Mozilla, Firefox, Camino, K-Meleon

Platform: All

Version 1.3.0alpha now has experimental support for Mozilla Suite.

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