Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Firefox extension UrlbarExt adds 7 new buttons to the Awesome bar with a wide range of genuinely useful functionality to power up your browsing experience.
If you're one of the brave testers who dove into the first beta of Firefox 3.1 released yesterday, you already know about the Ctrl+Tab goodness and other neat features it offers. But there are two more features especially useful for keyboard lovers with a thick bookmarks and history file: Firefox 3.1 offers several special characters that filter the smart address bar's drop-down suggestions to page titles, your history, your bookmarks, or your tags. You can also preview any keyword searches you have set up as you type. Here's how it works.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Free Firefox extension CyberSearch, which Adam detailed earlier this month, has added a few new features that make the AwesomeBar-enhancing search tool much more convenient for avid Firefox users. The most noticeable upgrade is a keyword importer that will look through the search engines you've already assigned browser keywords to and bring them into CyberSearch, while avoiding duplicates already in the add-on. Also new are image icon previews for image searching, an icon to differentiate CyberSearch results from standard AwesomeBar returns, and many more tweaks. CyberSearch is a free extension for Firefox 3, and it requires, for the moment, a sign-up to download at Mozilla add-ons. Hit the link below for more details.CyberNotes Special: Introducing CyberSearch 1.0
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): The CyberSearch Firefox extension transforms Firefox 3's AwesomeBar into a dynamic search box capable of returning results from popular sites like Wikipedia, Google, and more. The extension is fully customisable, so you can define keyword shortcuts for just about any search you can think of. For example, you could create a Lifehacker-only Google site search so that typing something like lh gmail in your AwesomeBar would give you the first page of Google results directly in the AwesomeBar. Choosing a result will take you directly that page. Luckily you don't have to create the Lifehacker-only search if you don't want to, as the extension already includes a custom search using the keyword techy that searches only Lifehacker, CyberNet, and Download Squad. Hit the jump for a video of CyberSearch in action.
Firefox 3's Smart Location bar suggests URLs as you type based on an algorithm that combines both how often you've visited a web site before, and whether you've got it bookmarked. A combination of frequency and recency of visits, the Mozilla developers call the "AwesomeBar"'s suggestion algorithm "frecency"—but it's not set in stone or hidden away somewhere. In fact, the weight of each attribute is set inside your Firefox's about:config area. Let's take a look where they are, and how to adjust them.
Firefox 3's new Smart Location Bar earns its unofficial title of "AwesomeBar" right out of the box. The location bar suggests web site addresses as you type from your bookmarks and history, and learns as you surf, ranking pages you visit more often higher. Still, there aren't a whole lot of ways to configure the "AwesomeBar"'s behaviour in Firefox's default options dialog—but there are a few new Firefox extensions that can do it for you. Here are four Firefox 3 add-ons that adjust the smart location bar's behaviour in small but useful ways.