Welcome to Foxden
If you’re reading this you have probably just installed Foxden. If the Foxden window opened up too small, remember that in most operating systems you can double-click on the title bar of a window to make it full screen. Thanks, welcome, here’s how Foxden wants to help you live your life.
Foxden is a personal information radiator. It allows you to split Firefox into several panes so that your important information is always visible to you. You can have your email, calendar, todo list, bug list, feeds, news, whatever matters to you, all on one page.
Click here to open the Foxden tutorial in a different window so that you can experiment with the layout of this window.
In Firefox, select Tools, then Foxden, and finally Configure…. This opens the configuration window. Click the Add… button, name your new layout ‘Search Engines’ and paste this into the layout box:
rows http://www.google.com http://mail.yahoo.com :rows
Click OK in both windows, and in Firefox select Tools / Foxden / Search Engines.
You should see a layout like this:
Pretty simple, right? Try adding a different URL on a new row, between yahoo and :rows. That should give you three rows.
Between each pane there should be a bar you can drag to resize the panes. Firefox remembers their size for you, so next time you open Foxden the panes are as you left them.
Now try some columns. Paste this into the layout box:
columns http://www.google.com http://www.yahoo.com http://www.msn.com :columns
That’s all there is to the configuration language: rows and columns. Let’s start our information radiator.
Rows in columns, and so on
columns http://mail.google.com rows http://calendar.google.com http://reader.google.com :rows :columns
Not just http
Here is the setup I use every day:
columns rows http://mail.google.com http://calendar.google.com :rows rows columns file:///home/graham/Desktop/SCRATCH.txt http://www.tadalist.com/ :columns http://reader.google.com :rows :columns
Notice the file URL. Foxden automatically makes any local file editable.
columns rows http://www.google.com chrome://browser/content/browser.xul :rows ftp://mirrors.usc.edu/pub/gnu/ :columns
On the right is an FTP site. Any URL that Firefox understands you can put into Foxden.
Notice the chrome URL? That’s a Firefox internal scheme, and gives you a browser in a pane. Other chrome URLs you might want to try are:
- Bookmarks: chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksPanel.xul
- History: chrome://browser/content/history/history-panel.xul
- Del.icio.us bookmarks (if you have the extension): chrome://ybookmarks/content/ybsidebar.xul
I hope Foxden is useful to you. Please send all questions / problems / suggestions to the user group: http://groups.google.com/group/foxden-users
If you’d like to contribute to the project, it is hosted at foxden.mozdev.org. Thanks!