iGoogleBar: Google Apps Bar with iGoogle Gadgets
Install the iGoogleBar Firefox Extension
What is this?
iGoogleBar is a Firefox extension that
adds Google Apps favicons to the Google Apps Bar,
using them as triggers for the Apps' respective iGoogle Gadgets.
In the screenshot below, you can see how this can be used
to check your calendar from inside Docs.
It also shows unread counts
from Gmail and Reader!
Can I customize which Apps are displayed in the bar?
Yes, to some extent.
You need to go to about:config in Firefox,
right-click on the list of preferences and choose
New > String.
The name of the preference must be bolinfest.igooglebar
and the value must be a comma-delimited list from the following set:
Personally, my value for this preference is
Features you probably wish I would add
but likely won't because I don't have time:
- Provide a nicer customization interface than about:config.
- Include your favorite Google product as an option for the bar
- Let you add your own links and specify your own gadgets
- Support Google Apps – currently, this only works
correctly in personalized Gmail, Calendar, etc.
- Provide the option for the iGoogle gadgets to be tear-offs instead
of simply pop-ups
- Include the "more" dropdown in the bar.
(Sorry, it was easier to clobber the contents of the bar rather
than preserve the "more" link.)
- Add a dropshadow to the popup
How did you create iGoogleBar?
I created iGoogleBar using
Chickenfoot has a packaging tool built-in so it is easy to create
a Firefox extension from a Chickenfoot script.
Feel free to take a look at the
for the iGoogleBar and
then fire up Chickenfoot and make whatever modifications you like!
If you already have Chickenfoot installed, you can just add the
iGoogleBar Chickenfoot script as a "trigger" inside Chickenfoot
rather than installing the standalone extension.
- The Calendar gadget does not refresh itself periodically to check for
updates or to reflect day changes. You can always right-click and hit refresh
to get it to update.
- If you are logged into some Google properties other than Gmail,
you may get a dialog to enter your username and password for your Google
Account because iGoogleBar is trying to load the RSS feed for your Gmail
- Loading a PicasaWeb album from the Gadget in Gmail borks Gmail.
This could probably be fixed if the href was rewritten to use "target='_top'".