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Any advice on switching? I think I'm deciding on firefox (though opera is a close second). I'm still hooked on those pretty green pixels, and "blogger" button of the G toolbar...is there any hope for me?
My other biggest frustrations seem to be managing my favorites, and the "links" bar that I use VERY often for quick access.
Since I moved to FireFox, I have NOT ONCE MISSED IE (believe me when I say I was a typical "stuck on IE" user prior). And I have all these wonderful folks here at WebmasterWorld to thank for helping me decide to switch!
I still remember thinking that I would never change from 800 x 600 resolution. I finally switched to 1024 x 768 for a few of FULL days. Now, outside of testing, I use 1280 x 1024 exclusively.
The bookmarks thing is killing me though...where do I import my bookmarks from IE? Can I drag and drop them somewhere? I can't seem to find the command, and the "import" under the bookmark manager doesn't seem to work for mass importing.
I love all the great developer extensions, and I'm sure they will be useful...must...stay...strong...
I'm real excited about the RSS plugin. Anybody else got any favorite plugins?
I guess the pretty green pixels are my only last hangup. There's just some type of warmth in good PR;)
The only thing I am missing is the devedge multibar that was offered by NN. I am in the process of retrofitting it to Firefox. Hopefully I can nail it down, I absolutely love that feature, especially the hotlinks to HTML and CSS specs.
Moving to Firefox amazed me when I did it after the last IE scare a couple of weeks ago. But it's miles ahead of any previous Mozilla (I was a loyal Netscaper from launch 'til 4.7).
Download a theme or two to get the right environment... sort the toolbar icons for comfort...
Don't know about you, but I really didn't check out the little green pixels that often during surfing - at least not with any intent. And PR is not as big a component in positioning as it was. I miss other G toolbar functions but there is a Firefox extension for some of these - I must try it.
I keep IE parked in the garage (not idling) for the occasional PR and layout check. My issue now is how to keep IE bookmarks, er Favorites updated (about 8,000 of them - NOT alphabetically ordered!) from Firefox without ruffling my feathers.
Hey now, if there was an OS as slim and efficient as Firefox....
Yes, I know it doesn't count as much anymore...I know all the reasons I SHOULDN'T want to see it...but more green pixels than white ones still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy;)BTW...Firefox is going great...pretty sure I'm officially goin' "cold turkey" (well mainly) off I.E.
Thank you for your support:) So far, I really like the:
*denotes previously been experimented with.
[edited by: stuntdubl at 3:20 am (utc) on July 6, 2004]
And the Googlebar is great...many items I've been using.
Little green pixels = PR gauge. Still missing that on Firefox.
Get the web developer tool bar, it lets you do a lot of stuff, including doing live editing of css from other webpages. too many features to list here, it's getting better all the time.
'Copy plain text' for copying and pasting from web pages to other documents without copying the formatting, very nice.
coopster: the webdeveloper toolbar has hotlinks to w3c specs, under 'miscellaneous -> w3c documents.
D_Blackwell: the mozex extension allows you to assign applications for things, like text editor, telnet client, etc. Once installed it's an option available a few ways, right click on screen, select editor from list of defaults, doesn't replace the default source viewer but adds program source options.
The IE favorites should have been imported automatically when you installed firefox, they are under something like 'imported IE favorites', if I remember right, same file structure is preserved, just use 'manage bookmarks' and pull your favorites out of that folder and back to the root favorites level.
I've been using the phoenix/firebird/firefox series since 0.5 or 0.6, can't remember when I did the full switch, plus no ads, no cost, open source, free software, where programming decisions are based on what the user community wants and needs, not what some company has decided you want or need. When I use IE I feel like I'm using very weak, dated technology, feels like crippleware, corporate computing at its blandest, it's supposed 'pluses' like active x junk are now finally becoming seen as what they are, security holes that just add more targets for the world's hackers to get into your box.
If you do advanced CSS stuff you will soon be cursing all other browsers, IE, Safari, even Opera, Firefox will spoil you with it's amazing CSS support, it's what the web could be if MS hadn't monopolized the browser/OS market then gotten lazy with their browser program, IE is fast becoming the NS 4 of our day, a browser you hate but have to use for testing pages. [hint: true full length 3 column div/css layout with no tweaks, no fake background images, just figured that one out, possible since gecko 0.9, Opera 7 was close second on that one but needs one tweak, but gecko is years ahead...]
Can't wait for the same choice to develop with Linux OS's, if those guys could just get the small/tight clean programming thing Mozilla finally figured out, windows would be in serious trouble, I'm still waiting though, gets closer then further, one of these years... sooner than later though.
[edited by: isitreal at 3:57 am (utc) on July 6, 2004]
Now that I'm in - under mozex preferences, commands, source - I am supposed to enter %t temporary file name. How do I know what this is for notepad (or in general)?
C:\Windows\notepad.exe %t [or c:\winnt\notepad.exe %t if you are using w2k or xp.]
for long file names do this:
that's just an example, in this case for:
c:\program files\editplus 2\editplus.exe [first 6 letters of name + '~1'
It doesn't accept long file name paths like c:\program files\... you have to change it to dos notation.
Mozex is a very ugly hack, in the most negative sense of the word. Its functions should be included in Mozilla/Firebird. Mozex is not intended to become a "standard" tool and it definitely should go away as soon as possible. mozex page [mozex.mozdev.org]
There seems to be a problem with how it translated linebreaks from unix to windows, unfortunately.
To speed up firefox read this recent thread [webmasterworld.com].
If you have firefox 0.9 you should have been able to install mozex as a normal extension, then once it's installed you just double click on it to modify it.
I'm a little closer now.
I used C:\Windows\NOTEPAD.EXE %t for the browser "Source" and it works perfectly.
My main goal, "Textareas", continues to elude me. I can't get it to work as an editor. I went back to the well with the same path as I used for the other, but it doesn't work.? (I'm in a bit over my head here too. Maybe too far:)
Yes, I was aware of that. I moreso was looking for the multibar though, so it could be viewed in the sidebar pane. Installing from here ( [devedge.netscape.com...] ) worked for me. (First run crashed me, but it seems to be working now).