November 1, 2009
So we all know about AdBlock Plus, NoScript, Memory Fox, etc.
But what FF extensions do you use that you find useful or that just change the appearance of your browser to meet your preferences?
Here are some of mine. To give proper credit, I did get a lot of these ideas from the following CNET article: http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10433650-12.html
Theme: Strata40 – it helps mimic the aero glass effect that Vista and Win7 use and also makes FF look more like the mockups for 3.7 and 4.0.
App Tabs – shrinks your tabs down to their icon. You just Ctrl-click on a tab to make it into an “app tab”.
Download Statusbar – shows your downloads in the status bar area at the bottom of the browser rather than the default FF popup download manager
Fission – shows the progress bar in below the address bar (Safari style)
Personal Menu – allows you to create a customizeable menu to replace the menu bar. My entire menu now lives in a single icon to the right of my address bar
Read It Later – a great way to flag stuff you just don’t have time for now
Strata Home Tab – adds a Home button to the tab bar
StrataBuddy – an add-on that works with the Strata40 theme that makes FF look more like the 3.7 and 4.0 mockups.
Tab Progress Bar – adds a small progress bar for each tab
Here the end result:
Menu Editor (so I only need File, View, History, and Tools)
Private Browsing Window (it uses a new profile to make private browsing open at the same time as the rest of Firefox)
Stylish (the blue bookmark bar, a Facebook skin, a Google Reader skin, and the Remove Tab dropdown menu)
Tab Progress Bar (this shows the progress of a tab in the tab bar, so it doesn’t interfere with the URL bar and I don’t need to show the status bar)
URL Tooltip (because I have the status bar hidden, I can’t see where links go… unless I have this, which shows them using a mouse hover.)
May 6, 2009
Good topic! I’ll be interested to read what add-ons others use. Aside from the first couple that Karen mentioned, I have:
AFOM (instead of Memory Fox) – works perfectly
Clip to OneNote (after hunting around for a note program that did what I wanted for seemingly forever, a couple of weeks ago I checked out OneNote in my MS Office suite: how could I not have tried this earlier? It’s really good)
Copy Plain Text (I couldn’t live without this one now)
Customize Google – unfortunately not yet compatible with the latest FF 3.6 upgrade
FEBE – An essential add-on. ‘Nuff said.
NetVideoHunter – great add-on for downloading videos, etc
Open IT Online
SnagIt Firefox Extension – for my all-time favourite screen capture and edit program
Stylish – for customisations of all kinds
TinyEye Reverse Image Search
Toolbar Buttons - love being able to put all the needed buttons on my toolbar
TrashMail – so handy and so useful
UltraRecall Firefox Extension
Zotero – fantastic tool for students/researchers although unfortunately not yet compatible with the latest FF 3.6 upgrade
As you can see, I am a fan of the add-ons. And while this may seem a lot, I have actually whittled down the ridiculous amount I once had to settle on these (what are to me, anyway) core essentials. Eveything is at my fingertips, looking the way I want it to look and doing everything I want it to do. Ah, I do love Firefox!
November 15, 2009
Most of mine have been said already.
All-In-One Sidebar – Its so awesome! ^_^ It takes all those popup windows in firefox (lilke downloads, addons, history, etc.)and put them all in a customizable sidebar.
FireGestures – Adds gesture abilities, extremely useful and time saving.
FlashGot – Can download almost any type of media (flash videos etc.) and integrate almost every type of download manager righ tinto firefox. Also has tons of other download options.
Lazarus – If you’ve ever been typing something into a text box and then lost it for some reason (accidentally click a link, page refresh), Lazarus can recover it.
SkipScreen – Automates a lot of download sites to make downloading easier.
Sxipper - My favorite password / account manager. Can handle countless accounts for every site.
Yet Another Smooth Scrolling – Smooths the scrolling so its not as jerky; a lot easier on the eyes. Has several customizable profiles.
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