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Open It Online: Handy Firefox and Internet Explorer add-on/plugin allows users to open and edit files online

Posted By Ashraf On November 22, 2009 @ 7:24 PM In Freeware Reviews,Tips 'n Tricks | 4 Comments

Last week I wrote about a Ghostery [1], a Firefox add-on aimed at helping users protect their privacy. Well in the comments section of Ghostery, there was an excellent discussion going on about Firefox add-ons (I am still surprised by how many privacy related add-ons I learned about by reading the comments). As part of that discussion, OldElmerFudd commented [2] about how Pixlr [3], an online image editor, has a Firefox add-on. I knew about Pixlr but I did not know it had a Firefox add-on. Well one thing let to another and while researching the Pixlr Firefox add-on I discovered Open It Online, a Firefox and Internet Explorer (and Flock) add-on/plugin that allows users to open and edit online files directly with online files editors.

Essentially instead of users downloading files to their computer and using a local, offline based editor to view and edit the files, Open It Online redirects the files to an online editor. Open It Online allows users to open and edit

  • Documents (*.doc, *.docx, *.rtf, *.odt, *.sxw)
  • Spreadsheets (*.xls, *.xlsx, *.csv, *.ods, *.sxc)
  • Presentations (*.ppt, *.pptx, *.pps, *.odp, *.sxi)
  • Images (*.jpg, *.gif, *.png)

in Google Docs, Zoho, View Docs Online, and Vuzit for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and Pixlr [3], Picnik [3], Snipshot, and Bilder Editieren for the images:


2009-11-22_190819 [4]

2009-11-22_190705 [5]

Internet Explorer

2009-11-22_190257 [6]

2009-11-22_190434 [7]

Take note of the fact that Open It Online operates a bit differently in Firefox and Internet Explorer:

  • In Internet Explorer, Open It Online does not support Google Docs (Firefox version does).
  • In Internet Explorer, you must right click on a document/spreadsheet/presentation to use Open It Online (Firefox version users don’t need to right click – they can use Open It Online at the download dialog box).
  • The Internet Explorer version supports ThinkFree instead of View Docs Online like the Firefox version.

One drawback of Open It Online is it doesn’t support PDFs; I would like this feature to be added in future version.

Nonetheless, Open It Online can be a very handy tool to keep in your arsenal. You can download Open It Online from the following links:

Version reviewed: v2.6

Supported browsers: Firefox 2 & 3, Internet Explorer 6 & 7 & 8, Flock 1 & 2

Open It Online homepage [8]

[Firefox add-on direct download [9]]

[Internet Explorer plugin direct download [10]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Ghostery: http://dottech.org/freewaresr/12145

[2] commented: http://dottech.org/freewaresr/12145/comment-page-1#comment-18168

[3] Pixlr: http://dottech.org/headline/12196

[4] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009-11-22_190819.png

[5] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009-11-22_190705.png

[6] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009-11-22_190257.png

[7] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009-11-22_190434.png

[8] Open It Online homepage: http://www.openitonline.com/

[9] Firefox add-on direct download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/latest/6350/addon-6350-latest.xpi?src=addondetail

[10] Internet Explorer plugin direct download: http://downloads.ieaddons.com/Files/OpenITOnlineLite_en10_Setup.exe

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