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Mozilla Firebird Makes Installing Additional Search Engines Easier

Saturday August 9th, 2003

eiseli writes: "Yesterday, August 8, Blake Ross checked in a long awaited feature: Up to now, it was quite hard to discover the Mycroft website in order to add custom search engines to the search box in Mozilla Firebird. With the checkin, a new menu item 'Add engines...' has been added after the installed plugins. This kind of bookmark will take you to the Mycroft download page. See a screenshot here: http://mycroft.mozdev.org/images/fbshot04.png."

This change is just one of many recent enhancements made to Mozilla Firebird recently. Look out for an article tomorrow examining some of the other highlights.


#1 Link temporary

by Simplex

Sunday August 10th, 2003 12:22 AM

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I hope they know that the checkin had this to say:

"(links to mycroft page for now, we'll want a more friendly site later)"

#2 Re: Link temporary

by eiseli

Sunday August 10th, 2003 1:38 AM

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Yep, we know that. I've seen this comment and we will make all in order to make the site even more user friendly.

It's hard to keep up with updating the plugins, so the website suffers a little bit from that.

Anyways, if they make another page, it will necessarily lead to the mycroft download page, in one way or another, since that's where the plugins are all gathered and managed.

Oh, and did I mention this? "all help and contributions are always welcome" (TM). As usual.

#3 Default to a search engine, not find in page

by dave532

Sunday August 10th, 2003 3:27 AM

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With typeahead find I think there's no need to make the search bar default to find in page, and because it's not obvious to all users that clicking on the icon brings up a menu of things to choose from I believe they should default to a search engine (probably google)

#4 Re: Default to a search engine, not find in page

by erik <erik@eae.net>

Sunday August 10th, 2003 4:04 AM

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It does default to Google. I think that was changed a few days back.

#5 Should have a menu separator above the entry

by djst

Sunday August 10th, 2003 7:39 AM

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The "Add Engine" should have a menu separator above it. Otherwise it looks great.

#6 menu separator above the entry + rewording

by jrobbio

Sunday August 10th, 2003 11:07 AM

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Yeah definitely. I don't see what would be wrong with giving it some sort of icon like a + sign as well as saying "Add search engines" as "Add engines..." is a little dubious.

#7 What I'm waiting for....

by pkb351 <pbergsagel@shaw.ca>

Sunday August 10th, 2003 7:09 PM

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This is great, butr what I am waiting for is for the ability to search with more than one search engine at the same time as can be done in the Mozilla suite. I prefer to search using multiple engines at the same time. Since the Mozilla suite recognizes all my Sherlock search plugins on MacOS X I often search 50+ engines at the same time.

I am hoping this feature will come to firebird in the future (hopefully soon ;) ).

#10 I am hoping this feature will come to firebird

by met

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:02 AM

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I have the same feeling, with Webbar you can put Search panel (with multisearch) to FB sidebar. But it doesn't work - I think because code for Search Panel isn't completed in FB, but my bug #215520 about it was quickly closed INVALID ;-( It is sad. Search panel in the sidebar is great feature.

#8 What I'm waiting for....

by pkb351 <pbergsagel@shaw.ca>

Sunday August 10th, 2003 7:11 PM

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Is for Firebird to gain the ability to search using several search engines at the same time as can be done with the Mozilla suite. I regularly search using 50+ engines at the same time since the Moz Suite recogniZes all the Mac sherlock plugins.

#9 Excuse the double post on the same topic....grrr!!

by pkb351 <pbergsagel@shaw.ca>

Sunday August 10th, 2003 7:13 PM

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....

#11 change engine in Safari?

by pbreit

Monday August 11th, 2003 9:42 AM

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Does anyone know how to change the search engine in Safari? Seems like this would be a simple edit in a config or plist file, no?