Barlesque, Minimize Firefox 4's New Add-on Bar
Firefox 4's new add-on bar and the removal of the old status bar has caused some controversy and quite a misunderstanding amongst Firefox users. The new add-on bar basically integrates the icons that are placed by Firefox add-ons in it or the old status bar. It does lack the ability to display link information when the mouse hovers over a link though.
Barlesque is a new add-on for Firefox 4 that may be useful for users who want more screen-estate but have icons in the add-on bar that they need to access every now and then at least. Barlesque minimizes the Firefox add-on bar to the rightmost or leftmost position so that only the icons of it are displayed.
Even better, there is an option to minimize it further so that only a small icon indicates that the add-on bar is still there and ready for access.
The minimized add-on bar hides the website's contents in that position, which can be inconvenient sometimes. Worse is the fact that it is not fully compatible with some add-ons, like NoScript or Status 4 Evar. The NoScript bar for instance that is sometimes displayed appears beneath the add-on bar which means that it is more difficulty to interact with it.
Status 4 Evar users will notice that the address of a link is not displayed fully, and that there is no way of changing that.
This means that Barlesque is mainly for Firefox users who use add-ons that do not expand the status bar when they display information and for add-ons that do not place notifications at the bottom of the screen. Button interaction on the bar however works as usual.
As mentioned before, Barlesque offers a second mode to minimize the display further. A click on the down arrow in the bar reduces the display to a single arrow in the lower left corner.
The add-on's options contain settings to configure the position of the Barlesque bar, and shortcuts to hide and display the add-on bar.