Personas Interactive

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 in Commentary, News
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Reposted from Mike’s Musings

Brand Thunder released a new theme for the Goblins web comic today. While it’s a great theme and I’m excited to have it out there, I’m more excited about how we’re delivering it. Goblins is the first theme we are delivering on our new Personas Interactive platform.

Personas Interactive is a new add-on that allows us to deliver all of our interactive themes with one click in the same way that Personas works. In the next week or so, it will be available as a standalone download. Right now you can get it by downloading the Goblins theme.

But Personas Interactive isn’t just about interactive themes. It provides major enhancements to Personas within Firefox and adds support for Enhanced Personas (more on that later). I’d like to take a few posts to talk about what we’ve done with Personas Interactive. First we’re going to talk about what we’ve done to Personas; then we’re going to talk about Enhanced Personas and Interactive Themes/Interactive Personas. We’ll finish the series up by going into details about how web developers can use our new features.

Let’s start with what we’ve done to Personas within Firefox.

We’ve removed the limits

Firefox currently has a limit of eight Personas. We’ve completely removed that limit. You can have as many Personas installed as you would like.

We’ve removed the limitations

Firefox prevented Personas from working with any theme but the default theme. We’ve removed that limitation. They don’t always work right, but at least you can try.

We’ve removed the lock-in

Firefox uses the same permission model for Personas that it does for the installation of extensions. What this means is that if you give a site permission to install Personas, you’re also giving it permission to install extensions. For this reason, Firefox does not make it easy for you to enable other sites to provide previews and host Personas. We’ve created a new permission model for Personas so you can give a site permission to preview Personas knowing that all they can do is preview and install Personas. Now any site can host a Personas gallery! We’ll be providing more detail in the next week on how to do this or if you want to get started now, send me an email. And if you want to see this in action, check out design noir.

We’ve updated the look (on Windows)

Personas on Windows just don’t look right. With the gray tab and the extra dark tab strip, they just don’t pop like they do on the Mac. We’ve updated the Personas look on Windows to be more consistent.

We’ve given you the choice

We’ve added additional configuration options so that you can make your Personas look the way you want them. If you wish you could see just a little more of your Persona, add some space. If you don’t want the titlebar to change color on Mac, turn it off. If text shadows make your Persona look bad, turn them off.

We’ve added some really cool stuff

We’ve enabled site specific Personas. Any website can put one line in their HTML so that people see a Persona when they viewing that site. Of course they have to ask your permission! If you want to check this out, you can load my blog with Personas Interactive installed.

In my next post, I’ll be covering Enhanced Personas. The best analogy I can give is that Personas are like a bumper sticker on your browser. For the artist, Enhanced Personas give you a palette so you can size, position and repeat any number of images on the background to create a design that’s exactly what you want and that resizes with the browser. I think you’ll like it.

One more note – Brand Thunder brings you VERY cool themes and extensions for FREE, but each takes a team of designers and developers. Brand Thunder themes include Bing as the default search engine since our primary revenue source is our search partners, Bing and Ask, so please give them a try.

And before you ask, we’re hard at work on Firefox 4 support. We hope to have something in the next few weeks.

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10 Comments

  1. Personas Interactive Is An Improved Version Of Firefox’s Theme Switcher | Lifehacker Australia
    July 8, 2010

    [...] it to install Personas Interactive), but they’ll be rolling out some other ones soon. Click here to read a more detailed list of features, and hit the link below to try it [...]

  2. Personas Interactive Is an Improved Version of Firefox’s Theme Switcher [Downloads]
    July 8, 2010

    [...] it to install Personas Interactive), but they’ll be rolling out some other ones soon. Click here to read a more detailed list of features, and hit the link below to try it [...]

  3. Dave
    July 8, 2010

    it’s NOT compatible with firefox 3.5.6 and won’t install.

  4. Brand Thunder
    July 8, 2010

    That is correct Dave – Personas Interactive only works with 3.6 and up

  5. Heather
    December 2, 2010

    When is firefox 3.6.12 or higher gonna work with 64 bit version of windows 7? Had to remove it from newest laptop because it caused system crashes and flash player didn’t work either!

  6. juno
    January 19, 2012

    I really want to get rid of personas interactive but it keeps coming back.

    Please do ssomething about this rogue add-on.

  7. Kevin Dwinnell
    January 20, 2012

    Sorry to hear you’re having a bad experience. I’m assuming you’re in Firefox. To remove, simply go to Firefox menu and select Tools –> Add-ons. Find the Extensions tab and next to Personas Interactive click on Remove. It won’t comeback after that.

    Personas Interactive is a theme engine, that hundreds of sports teams, musicians and others use for their official themes. If you only remove the theme, the engine remains. If there is something I didn’t address here, you can get full support at support.brandthunder.com and we can troubleshoot, in-depth, any problems you may be encountering.

  8. ijah
    March 16, 2012

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is wonderful, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about Personas Interactive .

  9. Bill
    March 22, 2012

    I have it installed on Firefox 3.6.8 I am trying to remove it since I do not like the Weather Bug program too much spyware on it from what I remember being stated by other people.
    I tried the un install per your advise only trouble still have the persona stuff at the top of my Firefox top right side.

  10. Kevin Dwinnell
    March 25, 2012

    Bill:

    Sorry there’s a problem with the uninstall. If it’s the Weather theme you’re running, you won’t have the same experience as the WeatherBug desktop app (and even that has gotten much better over the years).

    I don’t recall the exact experience for the Firefox 3.6.x client, but go to Tools –> Add-ons and look under both Extensions and Appearance. Because we have both a theme and the weather information, our products used to appear under both locations. I’d also reboot the browser, in case there’s any weird caching going on.

    If you’ve already done that, and have the issues, please visit our support area at http://support.brandthunder.com/brandthunder so our whole team can see and respond to your question. Some things that will help troubleshoot are the OS you’re running (Win or Mac), version and if there are other extensions installed.

    Keep us posted. We’ll get it fixed for you.

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