By adding Biobar to Firefox, you can get quick access to searching more than 45 biological data collections via a drop-down menus on your web browser. Click on the Biobar link, you’ll be taken to the Mozilla Add-ons page for Biobar, click on the big green ‘+ Add to FireFox’ button. Wait for the download (it won’t take long), then press ‘Install Now’. You’ll need to restart the browser for the new add-on to be taken up.

Once you’re done you’ll see a new bar added to the browser (boxed):

The search menu on the left gives you access to a wide range of databases,

Have fun! It looks a nifty little tool.

According to the add-on page, Biobar was developed by Jawahar Swaminathan, based in Cambridge (UK), of the PDBe development team. He writes that he “developed biobar out of my own frustration in having to bookmark a 100 different sites for searching data from various sources.” PDBe are on Facebook and Twitter.

PDBe also tell us we can also add quick access to PDBe and EBI services to IE7/8, Google Chrome or Firefox:

It’s a pity these things aren’t available for Opera, or Safari or whatever, but then I did advocate that people use a range of browsers for their different strengths…*


H/T: @PDBEurope

* One day I ought to update coverage of that. I still find to many bugs or ‘gotachas’ to be happy with any one of the browsers.

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