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smonkey
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Northumberland, England
Insane since: Apr 2003

posted posted 03-13-2004 21:52

Hi,

Now like any web developer I am consistently using a moz browser and IE for everything - I use both together all the time since it is the only way to see differences and bugs etc.

I have a nice little Firefox extension that lets me open pages or links in IE when I right click on the page or link respectively - it is extremely useful, trouble is there isn't one for IE that enables me to open pages in Firefox via a similar approach - OR IS THERE?

Please help if you know how this can be achieved or whether some smart guy has already made a plugin or whatever for IE.

Cheers my people of the Asylum,

Jon

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Ramasax
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: PA, US
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 03-13-2004 23:32

Only thing I know of that comes close is OpTool. Great little freeware program, and if you haven't checked it out I highly recommend it.

Ramasax

smonkey
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Northumberland, England
Insane since: Apr 2003

posted posted 03-13-2004 23:55

looks good - just about to try it

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smonkey
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Northumberland, England
Insane since: Apr 2003

posted posted 03-14-2004 00:28

ok well I didn't like it much - seems like overkill, so I made my own simply by ripping off the method used to add the 'Add to FeedDemon' thing - work a dream using Windows Scripting Host in a bit of JScript in a html page on my system.

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Ramasax
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: PA, US
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 03-14-2004 06:29

You lost me, probably why I am still using optool.

Ramasax

smonkey
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Northumberland, England
Insane since: Apr 2003

posted posted 03-14-2004 14:22

Ok firstly create a new html document called fopen.html, the contents of which should be this:

code:
<html>
<body>
<script language="javascript">
/*
This script is offered as-is, with no warranty , implied or otherwise.
This is to be used entirely at your own risk.

In other words, if you run this & it breaks your computer, it's not my fault.
*/
<!--
var gsNO_WCRIPT_ERROR='This requires the Windows Scripting Host, which is not installed on your System.\n'+
'You may download the Windows Scripting host from \n'+
'http://msdn.microsoft.com/scripting .'

var win = external.menuArguments;
var sFile;
var element = win.document.activeElement;
if (element.href)
{
sFile=element.href;
}
else
{
sFile=win.document.URL;
}

try
{
var WshShell = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");
var sFDPath = 'C:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe';
var oExec = WshShell.run('"' + sFDPath + '" "' + sFile + '"', 2);
}
catch(ex)
{
win.alert(gsNO_WCRIPT_ERROR)
}
-->
</script>
</body>
</html>

Then place this file in your main firefox directory (in fact you can put it anywhere but I figure there is most logical from my point of view).

Next is the more 'tricky' Regedit bit - if you aren't happy or confident about messing with registry don't do this - there is potential for you to completely bugger your computer when you start fiddling in the registry. So don't blame me! However the registry is also where a lot of the cool stuff hangs out so you might want to take a look anyhow.

1. Open Regedit.

2. Find HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/MenuExt

3. Right Click on MenuExt and create a new Key

4. Name this Key &Open in Firefox - the ampersand isn't required but it adds an 'alt underline value' to the item in the menu and makes it appear at the top of the menu extensions section.

5. In the right pane of Regedit where there should be a funny little 'ab' icon followed by (default), REG_SZ and (value not set) - Double click the icon and set the Value Data field to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\fopen.html , or whatever the correct path to the html document is on your system.

6. Restart Internet Explorer and Voila!

I wanted this because I'm sick of opening pages from feedDemon in IE and wanted to open them in Firefox, I tried the special 'patching' method to make FeedDemon use moz as it's internal renderer instead of IE but it didn't work so this was the next best thing since all Internet Explorer's right click menu commands are available in feedDemon too.

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InI
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Somewhere over the rainbow
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 03-14-2004 14:52

The poster has demanded we remove all his contributions, less he takes legal action.
We have done so.
Now Tyberius Prime expects him to start complaining that we removed his 'free speech' since this message will replace all of his posts, past and future.
Don't follow his example - seek real life help first.

smonkey
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Northumberland, England
Insane since: Apr 2003

posted posted 03-14-2004 16:21

InI, I didn't write the html code above, or develop this technique - the technique comes from a website that gave step by step instructions of enabling a 'Add to FeedDemon' menu item, also so does the html file code which I don't understand, but I could read it clear enough to see that it doesn't require any changes for it to work with any application, you just need to update the path to that application.

I have no idea when it comes to code apart from a little bit of JS and DOM manipulation, CSS and (X)HTML - I've been meaning to start on PHP for ages, and in fact I have ordered a book that will arrive tomorrow so I'll start to learn that too.

Obviously C , PHP, JS, ActionScript etc all look kinda similar so I am able to read through and just about figure out what they are doing, but I don't know where or how to start with anything aprt from JS.

Seriously InI, I wasn't just using you, our relationship isn't like that, you mean so much more to me... LOL

Ok that was a bit of a joke, honestly I asked for your help because I needed your help, if I was smarter I would have done it myself. It still isn't working great by the way

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InI
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Somewhere over the rainbow
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 03-14-2004 16:26

The poster has demanded we remove all his contributions, less he takes legal action.
We have done so.
Now Tyberius Prime expects him to start complaining that we removed his 'free speech' since this message will replace all of his posts, past and future.
Don't follow his example - seek real life help first.

InI
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Somewhere over the rainbow
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 03-14-2004 16:53

The poster has demanded we remove all his contributions, less he takes legal action.
We have done so.
Now Tyberius Prime expects him to start complaining that we removed his 'free speech' since this message will replace all of his posts, past and future.
Don't follow his example - seek real life help first.

Ramasax
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: PA, US
Insane since: Feb 2002

posted posted 03-14-2004 21:24

smonkey: Works like a charm. I was able to make it work for Opera and Netscape as well.

Thanks for sharing,

Ramasax

[This message has been edited by Ramasax (edited 03-14-2004).]

smonkey
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Northumberland, England
Insane since: Apr 2003

posted posted 03-14-2004 23:41

Hmmm, InI well it listed all the parsed fonts and teh total was 418 - however I have around 770 ttf fonts in that folder! the numbers in the log were all consecutive so it seemed to only find 418 fonts - why would that be?

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