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

Last week I wrote about a Ghostery, 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 about how Pixlr, 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, Picnik, Snipshot, and Bilder Editieren for the images:




Internet Explorer



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

[Firefox add-on direct download]

[Internet Explorer plugin direct download]

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