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Ffcli

February 16th, 2007 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

I'm always looking for a quicker way to get around on the Internet with Firefox. FFcli allows you to jump to a web site using pre-canned one or two-letter commands to speed up searching.

FFcli, or Firefox command-line interface, doesn't take up any space on the statusbar or toolbar. When installed, it's completely hidden until you press Ctrl-; (the control key and semi-colon). A command line statusbar appears on your browser to start searching the web.

My advice is to type 'help' to see all of your commands that are available to you in this extension. My favorite is the creativity tips (type 'creat'). Very inspirational.

FFcli is a great tool, but I feel it could've been enhanced even more. Maybe in the next version? For example, I was really excited when I typed help and noticed the total keywords available in the extension. I immediately went to the add-ons dialog box and realized there were no options for the extension. If FFcli had the ability to incorporate custom commands in the command line interface, this extension would've received a higher rating.

FFcli appears to have the same functionality as the custom search engine in the top right corner of Firefox. If the dialog box had a listbox with all of the "web site" commands containing editable shortcuts and site destinations, FFcli would be an exceptionally power-user tool for surfing, as the site describes, without a mouse.

I'm eagerly awaiting version 2.0.