MediaFox: A Firefox Build with Media on the Mind [Downloads]

16 Mar/09

Windows only: If you’re considering ditching your cable television altogether and partaking of the buffet of free media available online, you definitely want to check out MediaFox, a custom version of Firefox Portable.

Lifehacker reader Andrew Royce decided to stop paying for cable service and start using the web to get his television fix. He wanted a way to centralize his media experience and make the interface less like staring at his web browser and more like using a polished media client. Using a copy of Firefox Portable from PortableApps as his framework he dialed down the brightness and customized the appearance of Firefox with the Pitchdark theme. From there he added in various extensions to make his viewing more enjoyable like Autohide, which adds the handy fullscreen button to the toolbar, and FoxyTunes for controlling his music. Next to the button for Autohide is a quick launch button for Cooliris which displays videos and pictures in a cool cover-flow style scrolling wall. Andrew also tweaked Firefox to not launch common media formats in a separate player, but to keep everything within Firefox itself for a more streamline experience. Finally to actually keep track of all his favorite shows and media he created a custom bookmarks toolbar with links to the different television networks and their most popular shows. Check out the photos below for screenshots and closeups of his tweaks.

While all the pieces of Andrew’s modification are publicly available and you could recreate the build with a few minutes of tinkering, he was courteous enough to create a virgin build with all the modifications ready for you to enjoy. Below is the a link to the build at Dropbox. If you have your own awesome tweaks or tricks for making internet-based media more enjoyable, sound off in the comments below. Thanks for sharing Andrew!

(Fonte: Lifehacker)

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