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Firefox, Screengrab and Save Google Maps


Screengrab is a Firefox add-in that captures (save or copy) anything in the Firefox browser as a picture. You can save an entire page, what is visible or select what you want to save. In this example we are going to save a Google map as an image.

Install Stronggrab

  1. To install go here
  2. Select Add to Firefox
  3. Select Install
  4. Select Restart Firefox
  5. Select Screengrab Options to specify whether you want to save it as .png or .jpeg
  6. Close the Add-ons window
  7. At the bottom right of the browser you will see an icon for Screengrab

Try It – Save large Google maps

  1. Go to Google Maps
  2. Open a map of the location you want
  3. Zoom in and out for the purpose you want the map for
  4. Select "link" at the top right of the map display
  5. Select "Customize and preview embedded map"in the pop-up window
  6. Google map Link

  7. Select "Custom"
  8. Specify the width and height you want
  9. Google map Custom size

  10. Scroll down and copy the html code
  11. Google map HTML Code

  12. Open your favourite text editor and paste the code in it
  13. Save the file in html format e.g. as maps.html
  14. Open this file in Firefox. Once loaded you will see the map in the size specified in Step 7.
  15. Click on the Screengrab icon at the bottom right of Firefox window
  16. Select Save > Complete Page/Frame…
  17. Screengrab

  18. A Save screenshot as… dialog box will appear soon. Save the image as JPG or PNG.


That’s it! The map is save.

25 June 2009 Posted by | Browsers | , , , | 2 Comments

How to save YouTube video from Firefox Cache

In Windows XP:
Open Windows Explorer
Make sure you can see hidden files and folders (Tools > Options > View > Show hidden files and folders)

Go to : "C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxltouxw.default"
Where xxxxx is your username and xxltouxw is your Firefox profile name

If you cannot see a directory called "Cache" you need to do the following:
Create a text file called "user.js"
Note: This file must be in the same directory as "prefs.js"
Copy the following into the file:

// Path to Cache folder:
user_pref(“browser.cache.disk.parent_directory”,”C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxltouxw.default”);

Where xxxxx is your username and xxltouxw is the Firefox profile name
Note: It might not be necessary to change xxltouxw if you do not use different Firefox profiles.
Save and close the file "user.js"

If you want to change how much MB Firefox caches, launch Firefox
From the menu select: Tools > Options > Advanced > Network tab page
Enter the amount you want.

OK, watch your YouTube video.
Go back to Windows Explorer
Go to : "C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxltouxw.default\Cache"
Where xxxxx is your username and xxltouxw is your Firefox profile name
Arrange the files by size (View > Arrange Icons by > Size)
Scroll down to the biggest file.

Windows Explorer - Firefox Cache Directory

Copy this file "8DDC0CB5d01" to a directory of your choice.
Rename it to "8DDC0CB5d01.flv"
Note:The filename "8DDC0CB5d01" will be different on your computer.

Now you can play it in your favourite flash player (E.g. Realplayer, Winamp or whatever you use)

24 June 2009 Posted by | Browsers | , , , | 2 Comments

I Hate Internet Explorer Viva Firefox

My favourite browser is Mozilla Firefox and I am devoted user of it like a lot of you.

So what now, there are certain sites that won’t except Firefox, e.g. the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) , not to mention Windows Update.

The solution: Install the IE Tab Add-on.

Long Live Firefox!

24 February 2009 Posted by | Browsers | , , | Leave a comment