A few new tab tricks for Firefox

Here are a few new tab tricks you may want to try and keep for Firefox.

  1. Double-click a tab to reload it. Created by Linh Phung, this Firefox extension does exactly as advertised: Double-click To Reload Tab.
  2. Need to display tab contents sequentially? Tab Cycler, developer by Greg Parris, transforms your Firefox into a web page slide show. Install it and right-click on  a tab to start automated tab switching. Right-click on the tab bar and select Cycle Tabs again to stop it.
  3. Need to quickly check for some change in your favorite web mail or social network site or  other pinned app tab? Peek, developed by Dietrich Ayala enables Alt + Shift + Number as hotkeys for a quick check of your app tabs.


Use your cell phone camera to get data from Firefox

Mobile Barcoder, a Firefox extension, brings you a quick cool way to transfer data and web addresses to your cell phone by just pointing its camera to the screen.

Visit a web page and hover the status bar icon to get a 2D bar code of the current web address. You will need  a 2D bar code scanner app in your cell phone. Load it and point your cell phone camera to the 2D code. Your scanner application will convert the code back to the web address which you can now use any way you want.

You can also create a 2D code of any text selection: right click on it and select Create bar code from selection. I was able to transfer between 50 and 60 words in a single code scan using the largest 2D bar code image size.

Mobile Barcoder can produce QR Code or Data Matrix 2D bar codes to suit your application capabilities.

For a quick cool way of transferring data to your phone, get Mobile Barcoder from Mozilla Add-ons.

Just in time for the World Cup: Firefox Cup!

32 national teams are ready to “take the field now, unify us, make as feel proud…” at the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010, and Mozilla is joining the celebration with the Firefox Cup.

The idea is pretty simple: use your favorite team persona on Firefox during the World Cup to be counted among the daily users. The team with the most persona users (aka fans) during the tournament wins!

Not only that, but once again, FootieFox is the featured Firefox extension that will give you the fixture, the results, and all teams’ statistics.

Enjoy reading the web again with Readability

I enjoy reading the web just like the next guy, but with web ads, comments, related links, featured articles, social network links, and so on sometimes it seems to be more noise than actual content in a web page.

To bring focus and peace back, try Readability, a very nice Firefox extension that takes away everything but the main content of a web page and reformats it with fancy styles, ready for you to enjoy your reading. As you can see below, the results are dramatic.

Web page with Readability before and after

Note that not all pages can be reformatted, nor it makes sense for them to be. Readability only works where significant amounts of text can be identified and focused.

Once added, click on the Readability icon to reformat the current page, or right click to set the desired font size, margins, and other styling. There is also an autoscroll feature which you can activate pressing Ctrl + Shift + A (customizable). Control scroll speed with + and -, and cancel pressing the Esc key.

I miss a multicolumn style, as well as an option to reformat several tabs’ content in a single reformatted page, and a way to collect all sections of multi page articles into a single one.

Readability is also available as a bookmarklet. If you don’t need the styling options and autoscroll, just bookmark this link (right click or drag it to the bookmarks toolbar or menu: Readability.

Get Readability from Mozilla Add-ons.

Go personas happy with Personas Rotator

Ready for some randomness in your browsing? Personas Rotator is a simple Firefox extension that changes the active persona as frequently as you want, picking one from the category you selected. If you are logged on to getpersonas.com you can pick from your saved favorite personas.

Personas Rotator options

Note that Personas Rotator requires Personas Plus to work, which you can get from Mozilla Add-ons as well.