Textify v1.8 can now use Chrome or Firefox for web popups

About two years ago I introduced the so-called “web buttons” in Textify in the Textify v1.6 meets the web post. In the original implementation, you could configure a button to open a link in one of the following two ways: in a popup window which hosts an IE control, or in the default browser. Using the feature for a while, I discovered that each option has its own drawbacks.

The IE control popup was often slow to load, especially for the Google Translate website. Also, several websites (again, Google Translate is an example) showed an offer to upgrade to a better browser right in the popup. Finally, you had to login to websites separately, since IE is probably not the browser you use daily.

Using the default browser solves the issues above, but the website opens in a new tab for most browsers. That’s too distracting, at least for me, especially when I’m already using the browser and need a quick translation or search.

Textify v1.8 improves the situation by opening the website in a new popup window while using the default browser. Currently, Chrome and Firefox are supported. Chrome provides an option to create a new minimalistic window without the URL bar by using the --app command line switch. Firefox doesn’t provide such an option, but it provides the -width, -height, -new-window command line options which allow to create a small popup window, albeit with the URL bar and the rest of the UI.

In addition to that, it’s now simpler to configure a button to launch a custom command, be it a URL or a program on your computer. Use the “More settings” button in Textify for details.

Posted in Software, Updates by Michael (Ramen Software) on November 7th, 2019.

16 Responses to “Textify v1.8 can now use Chrome or Firefox for web popups”

  1. Melvin says:

    I have been using 7+ Taskbar tweaker for years, I recently upgraded to 10 and have the your lastest version but I can’t seem to make one feature work.
    I want to be able to open a new window on my taskbar without holding down shift yet in only min and max the windows instead of making a new windows each time.

    Thanks so much for help!

    • Hi,
      I’m not sure why you posted your comment here, under the Textify update announcement. Anyway, I’m not sure I understand what you’re looking for, but perhaps referring to the advanced options (specifically mouse button control options) in the help file will help you achieve what you need.

  2. Stamimail says:

    Congratulations for the new version.

    I have 2 editions of Firefox installed: Release (=default) and Dev.
    Textify opens the Dev edition instead of the Release edition. Do you know why?
    Regarding Google Translate, I have these two im my bookmarks:

    Translate page/selection in new window


    Translate page/selection in current tab


  3. Aphotic says:

    Greetings, long time user of tweak7+
    now i am textifying
    i just wanna know how to make google search feature use my firefox instead of internet explorer of windows 10
    and yes firefox is set as default.

    • Hi Aphotic,
      It should be detected automatically, strange that it opens IE on your computer. You can configure it to open Firefox explicitly by changing the advanced configuration (“More settings” button) – replace popup-web! with popup-firefox!in the button sections at the bottom of the configuration text.

  4. Akatsuki says:

    Hi, Thank you for make 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
    It’s very useful and I like so much.

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker can’t be use on Windows10 2004.
    It’s well be update?
    Thank you.:)

  5. Jeffrey Karasik says:

    Is there a method to add MS Edge Chromium as a web popup?

    • It will be detected automatically in the next version. For now, you can change to commands in the configuration (“More settings” button) like this:
      command=msedge.exe --app="https://translate.google.com/m/translate#auto/en/%s"

  6. Jeffrey Karasik says:

    Thanks for the reply! Looking forward to your next update.

  7. Lev says:

    Two ways to launch Vivaldi browser:
    command=vivaldi.exe –app=”https://translate.google.com/m/translate#auto/ru/%s”
    command=vivaldi.exe –new-window “https://www.google.com/search?q=%s”

    window size options for chrome don’t work:

    Textify window size options, don’t work Vivaldi too:

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