Like many of the bloggers I read, I became infatuated by Flock, a Firefox derivative browser assembled and maintained by a talented group of programmers and designed to incorporate the new web, Web 2.0, into a single browser. It is an amazing piece of software. However, I never came to grips with the way that it hands the links bar. Flock allows you to create additional links bars which you can toggle between. I had a basic links bar, a presentation bar, a projects bar, and an entertainment bar. Flock, and most other browsers allow you to put folders in your links bar, creating drop down menus, so that I can have a presentations and projects menu in my single links bar.
In addition, a continuing nuisance to me was the lag that occurred every time I clicked to a popout page. I stayed because of its integration of flickr, and how well flickr pictures could be integrated into the browsers wonderful blog editor. But the lag finally drove me to investigate Firefox 2.0 — and I’m back with the fox.
With the addition of a number of extensions, I now have very close to the functionality that I had with Flock, but with a faster browser, Firefox. Flickrfox gives me a side bar where I can scan through my flickr photos, those of my contacts, and even search for tagged photos. I can’t drag them directly into my editor, like I could with Flock, but just a couple of mouse clicks gave me access to the 240 x 180 version of the image in flickr, which was draggable.
For blogging, I am using Deepest Sender 0.7.8, which cleaned up a lot of the quirkiness of the earlier version, includes inline spell checking (a must for me), and, by switching something on in my Mac’s Accessibility preferences, I can highlight text in my blog, and have the computer read it to me (another necessity for me).
So I’m as happy as a tick on a hound dog, and will probably hope back over to Flock, after the new year, when they’ve unleashed their new version.