I liked the three new Firefox experiments this week so much that I’m willing to switch browsers just for them.
The current situation of the browser market has to chop a little in Mozilla; After so many years fighting against the hegemony of Internet Explorer, Chrome came and took the glory.
And meanwhile, Firefox has remained in place, stable but without being a substantial danger to the rest. Personally, I use both Chrome and Firefox, but I recognize that most of the time I am with the first one.
The Firefox experiments I want to use every day
However, the new Firefox experiments introduced this week are making me change my mind. And yes, there are only three minor details, which probably will not be of equal use to everyone, and you may even consider them useless, but given the daily use of the browser, they are proving essential.
But first things first, how do you install Firefox experiments? It is not necessary to install any previous version of the browser, since Mozilla has an extension called Test Pilot that allows us test functionalities before they are available for everyone.
Be careful, it is possible that what you can activate in Test Pilot never reach the final version of the programThat depends on many aspects such as the opinion of the users, so it is perfectly possible that these three functionalities that I am talking about are lost in oblivion, but I am optimistic that in Mozilla they will focus on this type of exclusive elements that we did not find in other browsers.
Installing Test Pilot is very simple, we just have to go to the official page and click on Install the Test Pilot Add-On.
When finished, ask us to restart the browser and we will see that a new icon has appeared in the interface. This is where we have to click to activate new Firefox experiments; I recommend that you try the ones that most attract your attention, but here we will review the last three that have appeared.
Test Pilot for Firefox
Min Vid, plays picture-in-picture videos
Rare are the occasions when I can relax and devote my full attention to a YouTube video, and in the end the videos on my subscription list go unseen.
So for a long time I have looked with envy at the YouTube app for Android, which allows displaying a video in a mini-window while we continue browsing. This is called picture-in-picture.
It seems that in Mozilla you have heard my pleas, because Min Vid does exactly that, put the video playing in a corner while we keep doing things. We just have to press a button on the compatible videos, and drag the video to where we want to leave it.
Hovering over we will see the controls, and it is appreciated that we can change the volume directly from here. We can even work outside the browser and the video will always be in the foreground.
Page Shot, captures web pages
At Omicrono we talk about interesting web pages constantly, and therefore it is logical that we have the screen capture button worn out; but that is not the most effective way to capture an entire page, really, and none of the extensions that I have found have convinced me at all.
Instead, Page Shot offers me everything I could possibly need. When we activate it, the page is captured in its entirety, and we only have to select the part that we want to save in an image; And yes, we can capture the entire web simply using the mouse wheel.
The screenshots are automatically saved on pageshot.net, where we will be offered a link to share; will be available in the cloud for 14 days, or we can save it on our computer.
Tracking Protection, protect yourself on the web
There has been a lot of talk about pages and services that track us on the web, but what can we do to avoid it? In Firefox we can start a private window session (like Chrome incognito mode) and automatically Firefox block this type of tracking.
But what if we want the same thing in our normal session? That is what this experiment does. As soon as we activate it, a small shield will appear in the address bar, on those websites that use trackers of all kinds, either for advertising or for any other reason.
At any time we can add a page to the white list by disabling the protection, as well as tell Mozilla that this page works fine. However, maybe you are missing the ability to see a list of blocked trackers, or at least one figure.
Could you achieve the same thing that these three Firefox experiments do with extensions? Yes, but with this I am sure they are developed by Mozilla, one of the most trusted organizations out there, and they perform exceptionally well, too, perhaps with the exception of trace protection that is upgradeable.
I hope that future versions of Firefox will include these standard features, because These types of developments can help distinguish it from the rest.
Test Pilot for Firefox