Preferences Toolbar 2

Friday September 20th, 2002

Bill Lynch writes: "You mentioned the redesigned XulPlanet today [Thursday], but didn't mention the excellent Preferences Toolbar they have — I just installed it and it works great and is very helpful for developers."

The Preferences Toolbar allows you to quickly change many common user preferences without having to open a separate dialogue. It's recently been completely rewritten and a new version is now available. Preferences Toolbar 2 allows you to set even more prefs and adds user-agent string spoofing and several other useful features. This latest version is also completely customizable and can be easily toggled with a press of the F8 key. If that's not enough, there's also a button that takes you straight to MozillaZine. Go to the download page to install it now or get more information.

#39 Re: You seem to have missed some things

by robdogg

Sunday September 22nd, 2002 1:06 AM

You are replying to this message

Ok, I didn't realize I was talking to the creator of MultiZ

>>Why didn't you ask us to change that behaviour in the newsgroup? This kind of information will always be considered. In fact, we can a) make a backup of the original file or b) ask the users permission for it. <<

I didn't know there was a newsgroup devoted to MultiZ. But in general, as far as the bitmap is concerned, you shouldn't even be including it as part of the install. What's gonna happen when every applet on mozdev will replace the bitmap?

>>"the tabs have a look that's too active" You can simply change your userChrome.css. You obviously didn't ask for it in the newsgroup. in <<

This definetely should be a setting. By the way, telling users to change the UserChrome.css file is futile. I don't know the structure of the file and neither do I know how it interacts with Mozilla. It is like making me recompile linux kernel to add a sound card to the system.

IMO, you should provide a setting where the tabs are left as they look in Mozilla. The current setup where the active tab is higher than others, has a different font and so forth is superflous. It already obvious to me which tab is active without it having unique visual characteristics.

>>"I found that tabbing with MultiZilla is a tad bit slower that tabbing natively" How can that be? MultiZilla makes use of the same native tabbed UI as mozilla does. We only extend the basic features, and that can't slow things doen. <<

I think the problem may actually be the active look. Because it eats up extra cycles, it simply makes the feel of tab switching a bit slower.

>>mozilla and MultiZilla are testbeds only. It's not made for the general end-users.<<

That maybe theory but doesn't pan out in the real world. On my site the logs for the last month show that Mozilla has more users and NS 6.x and 7.x combined.

I hope this diatribe didn't sound harsh. MultiZ came to my attention after Moz changed the behavior of tabs after 1.1 alpha. Now it adds to the tabs instead of simply wiping them out.