Open In FireFox

My favorite browser in the whole world is OmniWeb. But it ain’t all there. There are a number of pages it doesn’t render right or at all. Sometimes these same pages are screwed up in Safari, as well. Normally everything works in FireFox, but FireFox is ugly and doesn’t have a tab drawer.

Of course if I need to see the site, I need to open it in FireFox. So I wrote an AppleScript to open the currently URL in OmniWeb in FireFox. It is brain dead simple.

tell application “OmniWeb”
set theURL to address of front browser
end tell
tell application “Firefox”
Get URL theURL
end tell

If you don’t want FireFox to come to the front immediately, take out the activate line

The interesting thing is you don’t always realize when a page isn’t rendering right. For instance I decided just to try out the script. So I’m looking at this page in OmniWeb. Looks like this:
Picture 6

Run the script and it looks like this in FireFox.
Picture 1

I didn’t really notice the lack of white background. Kind of makes me wonder what I’m missing on other pages.

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  1. Drew says:

    The images aren’t working, 404’s

  2. Ron says:

    Thanks for the heads up. This was the first post I ever let ecto handle uploading the images. It uses relative URLs and those don’t work on the individual item page with fancy URLs turned on.

    Changed the URLs to be absolute.

  3. Drew says:

    Hey thats interesting, I don’t know if it’s worth fixing for all the OmniWeb users out there, but it’s interesting to see. (I actually thought that OmniWeb died with NeXT/OpenStep)

  4. Ron says:

    No its alive and well. It uses the same engine as Apple’s Safari, just a couple revs behind now. Safari does show the background.

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