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Extend Firefox Contest Finalists Announced

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

The Finalists for the Extend Firefox Contest have been announced. Adblock, All-In-One Sidebar, Deepest Sender, DownThemAll!, Firefox Showcase, Forecastfox Enhanced, Groowe Search Toolbar, IE Tab, My Stickies, PDF Download, Platypus, Reveal, Sage, ScrapBook, Separe, Viamatic foXpose, Web Developer and Wizz RSS News Reader will be vying for awards in eleven categories, including Best New Extension, Best Upgraded Extension and Best Use of New Firefox 1.5 features. Winners will be announced mid-February.

Release: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

The Mozilla Thunderbird E-Mail Client v1.5 was released today, this client just rocks and I recommend it very much.

Here’s what’s new in Thunderbird 1.5:

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Thunderbird may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Sort address autocomplete results by how often you send e-mail to each recipient.
  • Spell check as you type.
  • Saved Search Folders can now search across multiple accounts.
  • Built in phishing detector to help protect users against email scams.
  • Podcasting and other RSS Improvements.
  • Deleting attachments from messages.
  • Integration with server side spam filtering.
  • Reply and forward actions for message filters.
  • Kerberos Authentication.
  • Auto save as draft for mail composition.
  • Message aging.
  • Filters for Global Inbox.
  • Improvements to product usability including redesigned options interface, and SMTP server management.
  • Many security enhancements.

The Rumbling Edge has more detailed lists of new features and notable bug fixes.

Download Mozilla Thunderbird.

CSS3: Multi-column Demo for Firefox

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Since the beginning of web design, there has always been a need to make multi-columned text pages. Sadly HTML and CSS 1+2 has rather weak support for this kind of wrapping techniques. Many workarounds have been created for this using JavaScript and server side pages. But the draft specification of “CSS3 module: Multi-column layout” promises to solve this “column problem” by adding a set of CSS properties.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 beta adds preliminary support for these properties, so that developer can begin playing with it, not however that the reason the properties begin with “-moz-” is that the CSS3 Multi-column specification is still a draft, so therefore they should not be used for real web design yet, unless it can make a clean fallback when meeting non-mozilla 1.5+ clients.

I have created CSS3: Multi-column module demo for Firefox 1.5 beta – which shows some of the wonders of the new multi-column features, as well a some other CSS properties to create a nice flowing page with highly dynamic columns, and pretty stable compared to many of the older methods, but you need to use Mozilla Firefox 1.5 beta – which I would only recommend to Web Developers.

You can also check some screenshots of the demo, showing it’s ability to create as many columns as it can, while maintaining nice readability thru limited line-width.

CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 001 CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 002
CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 003 CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.2b 004 CSS3 Multi-column demo 0.3b 001

Don’t believe the rumours, check the demo yourself here:

CSS3: Multi-column module demo for Firefox 1.5 beta

See more code samples at Mozilla Developer: CSS3 Columns.

A List Apart: Articles: Introducing the CSS3 Multi-Column Module

Berkun: Why I switched to Firefox

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Scott Berkun – a former Microsoft IE UI designer – has written a story with some points why he switched to Firefox, and a list of the UI problems he found within his first week of firefoxing..

Scott Berkun: “It’s a sad day and a good day. For years I’ve held onto my IE install out of love. I worked on IE 1.0 thru 5.0, and was one of the people that designed much of its UI. But my love for the past has faded. Last week I switched to Firefox: and I’ve been happy.”

Berkun blog: Why I switched to Firefox

Beta Release: Mozilla Firefox 1.5 B1

Friday, September 9th, 2005

mozillaZine: Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is now available for download. Also known as the 1.8 Beta 4 milestone, this is the first beta release of the next major Firefox update and is aimed at testers, extension/theme authors and Web developers. The final release of Firefox 1.5, which will be widely promoted to end-users, is scheduled for later this year.

Please note that this is NOT for normal users, it will replace the current Firefox and will disable most extensions. However for developers it’s great! Looking forward to doing more E4X stuff, as well as SVG demos!

Release Notes for Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 Released