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Platypus Workaround for Firefox 3.6* – Use a Firefox 3.5 profile

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What Platypus is.

Platypus is a Firefox extension which lets you modify a Web page from your browser — A Tool to let you Hack out all the stuff that annoys you — and then save those changes as a Greasemonkey script so that they’ll be repeated the next time you visit the page. (here).


The Praise.

I have tried using the net without Platypus but it is just too painful.
None of the alternatives are anywhere near as easy to use or as powerful.
(One rather neat possibility is Readability, which I now use for day to day stuff).


The Problem.

What to do when Platypus will no longer work with Firefox 3.6?


The Solution.

  • Platypus works fine with Firefox 3.5.9.
  • So create a profile and install platypus with Firefox 3.5.9.
  • Now upgrade to Firefox 3.6.

Yeah! It still works!


Quick Hack Here.

Or you can just use the profile I have created for my own use here.
Then you can install whatever else you want on top :-)


The command below allows you to start up profile manger.

firefox -P


If you don’t see Platypus then check that the old firefox process isn’t still hanging round after you have closed it.

If it is kill it.


Platypus works fine with Firefox 3.5.9 so create a profile and install platypus and greasemonkey first, then upgrade to Firefox 3.6.

Use the 3.5.9 profile, then “make  compatible” with Mr Tech Toolkit)

Use the 3.5.9 profile, then “bump version to 3.6*” open the xpi (with a zip manager), alter the “max version” line in the file “intall.rdf” (with a text editor), then save changes, restart firefox.

Last Thoughts:

This is a workaround but it buys me some time.
Hopefully someone will update Platypus for Firefox 4.0 or I will need to run 3.6 in tandem just to create the scripts – ugh :-|

Written by SilverWav

June 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm


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