If you hadn’t heard, Mozilla Firefox released another new update. I don’t mind updates, but this one forced me to complain a bit. As a pretty consistent blogger, I frequently will take pictures of sections of a website with an Add-On called Screengrabber. Screengrabber would allow me to simply copy a section of a page, copy the entire viewable page, or copy the entire screen and then paste it in an email to share with my team. It would also allow me to save those same images to my desktop easily for future blogging pleasure. The point is, most, if not all, of my blog posts that show images of how-to posts, step by step guides, or “check this out” ideas, were created thanks to Screengrabber. Until today. Due to the Firefox 8.0 upgrade, there are quite a few Firefox Add-on’s I’m used to using that are not compatible. Of course, Firefox has it’s reason for updating:
A Firefox software update is a quick download of small amounts of new code to your existing Firefox browser. These small patches can contain security fixes or other little changes to the browser to ensure that you are using the best version of Firefox available. Firefox is constantly evolving as our community finds ways to make it better, and as we adjust to the latest security threats. Keeping your Firefox up-to-date is the best way to make sure that you are using the smartest, fastest and most importantly safest version of Firefox available.So, I found a new tool that actually might even be better. It’s called Aviary. Here’s a screen shot I took while playing around. Not only does the tool allow me to take a picture of a section of a screen, but it also gives me the following options:
Will the update effect my settings and bookmarks?No. A Firefox update will not make any changes to your bookmarks, saved passwords or other settings. However, there is a possibility that some of your Add-ons wont be immediately compatible with new updates. (bold and italics added for emphasis)
- Capture the visible portion of the page
- Capture the entire page
- And BEST OF ALL, EDIT the image on the fly!