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Fashion Your Firefox with new Mozilla app

New app offers Firefox 3.0 customisation

Mozilla has launched a new Firefox customisation tool which offer users several sets of pre-selected add-ons.

Fashion Your Firefox is an the online application that provides nine sets of Firefox extensions, each with a catchy label and some descriptive text.

'Digital Rat Pack', for example, touts itself as an add-on collection to "keep track of favourite sites, bookmarks and blogs". Other sets range from 'News Junkie' and 'Finder and Seeker' to 'Shutterbug' and 'Executive Assistant'.

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Each set includes between three and eight separate add-ons, which can be installed individually or as a group after checking boxes beside each desired extension. In the News Junkie group, Mozilla offers Forecastfox, which puts weather forecast information in the browser's toolbar or status bar; Wizz RSS News Reader; Morning Coffee, an add-on that automatically opens a user-defined set of sites; and Read It Later, a plug-in that lets users quickly save pages for later reading without having to clutter up Firefox's bookmarks.

"One of the best parts about Firefox is the amazing richness of our 5,000-plus free add-ons," Mike Shaver, vice president of engineering.

The Fashion Your Firefox application requires Firefox 3.0, and is currently available only in English; support for other languages is "in the works," however according to Mozilla.

In a post to his blog, David Rolnitzky, the add-ons programme manager, said Mozilla would probably add more collections later, and cited a trio of possibilities: 'News Hound', which would focus on news alerts; 'Web Monkey', a group of extension specifically for website developers; and 'Multi-media', which would concentrate on video-, music- and photo-related add-ons.

Also according to Rolnitzky, Firefox users have downloaded a total of 1 billion add-ons since the browser debuted in 2004.

More information about Fashion Your Firefox is available in a short FAQ on the Mozilla site.

www.computerworld.com


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