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Use iPhone Applications in Firefox’s Sidebar

With the release of the iPhone, many software companies are releasing iPhone versions of their applications. Even though you might not have an iPhone, there is still a chance that you can use them with Firefox’s sidebar.

iPhone Firefox Sidebar

Firefox’s sidebar is and odd place to load a web page, however if you manage your bookmarks, there will be an option to load any bookmark in your sidebar. The good news is that some iPhone applications can load and work in Firefox’s sidebar!

A good example I came up with was the Facebook iPhone application. Simply bookmark the link in Firefox, then go in and “organize your bookmarks”, highlight it and click the options button, then you’ll see the “load in sidebar” option. Click that and save it. Now, whenever you load the bookmark, it’ll pop open in Firefox’s sidebar.

I tried a few other applications too with varied results. Netvibes iPhone portal sort of works. Lots of possibility but it ends up loading items in the main window. goMovies is a bit big, but works and iZoho also has a few font sizing issues too, but basically works.

Now, I think most of the issues with iPhone apps in Firefox’s sidebar surround either exclusive Safari 3 features or just some CSS font settings.

What I’d really like to see is developers keep the Firefox sidebar in mind. Do a little Javascript to detect one or the other and throw up a good style sheet. A nice version of Netbives in my sidebar would be awesome or, even better yet, Google Reader. Unfortunately the Google Reader iPhone application is Safari 3 only.

If you give iPhone applications in your Firefox’s sidebar a try, let me know what works and what doesn’t. That way I can find more sidebar applications too. 🙂

9 Responses

  1. 9/11/2007

    […] So Apple told developers interested in creating applications for the iPhone to have fun with the web. As a result, there are now hundreds of applications available. To make them more useful than just those who paid $600 feel less sorry, Thomas McMahon better known as TwisterMC, the prolific theme author, suggests to try some of them in Firefox’s sidebar. […]

  2. 9/11/2007

    […] 众多网站都设计了iPhone的专用接口或者应用,其实我们借助Firefox浏览器便也能够在侧边栏使用这些应用的。 比如图中Facebook的iPhone入口,只需要收藏此书签后,管理书签时右键选择属性后,选中“在侧边栏载入此书签”即可。同理也可以使用Digg, Netvibes, iZoho, goMovies, 或者在iPhone Application List中查找自己需要的应用,via。 […]

  3. 9/11/2007

    […] To make them more useful than just make those who paid $600 feel less sorry, Thomas McMahon better known as TwisterMC, the prolific theme author, suggests to try some of them in Firefox’s sidebar. […]

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