8 FireFox Extensions That Are New To Me


With a new job came a new computer, new work OS, new Screen resolution, and a new number of screens.  So a new computer and OS includes a fresh Firefox install.

In this post I will describe my current Firefox extensions.  In my new job I am currently doing web development primarily.

Some of these addons are very new to me.  A new Firefox install is a good opportunity to find out which extensions you can not live without.  I will always install Tab Mix Plus.  It is the first extension I install.  The very first one.

Please do not forget about other gems like Ad-Block plus, Copy Plain Text, and Feedly.    First here is my list of new extensions to me.  These are new ones that I have personally used only in the last couple of months.  My total list of installed addons totals 24.  As always the lists are easily generated with InfoLister.

New To Me Extensions

  • All-in-One Sidebar (Gives the sidebar power.  It has made me use the sidebar more and not neglect its power.)
  • ColorZilla (For Web Dev – Very popular.  Makes It easy to view colors on any page.)
  • FaviconizeTab (Tab customization. Shrink tab to favicon width only.)
  • Firebug (For Web Dev – Very popular.  I now know why.)
  • MeasureIt (For Web Dev – Measure anything on your screen in pixels.  Cool.)
  • Searchbar Autosizer (Puts the Searchbar very small out of the way and then auto-expands as needed.)
  • Split Browser (Great for a wide screen monitor like I now have.  Gives you the ability to see 2 tabs at once.)
  • Web Developer (For Web Dev – Very popular.   More web dev functions.   Try it you will like.)

Other Addons Installed

What am I missing?  These are just some tools I have been using.  Help me out!

What tools make life in Windows Vista on a wide screen monitor complete?

What other important web developer extensions am I missing?

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Firefox How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count My Add-Ons

Foxkeh Mozilla annouced today that FireFox 3 Download day was a success.  A world record was set with 8,002,530 downloads in a 24 hour period.

The much hyped download day was not without its problems as we remember.  But the record was set and FireFox 3 is great.

If you do not use FireFox click the button above and download it now.  I will admit I was a little late to the FireFox party.  Although probably still qualifying as an early adopter I did hesitate switching from IE.

The reason to switch is addons.  The FireFox wealth of browser extensions make it the must use browser for Windows.

The following is my everyday list of addons that I run.  If I had to pick one and only one it would be Tab Mix Plus.  I can not run FireFox without it. Tab Mix Plus gives you total control over your Tab behavior.

Here is my list of the current addons I am running.  Info Lister does a great job of listing the extensions and plugins you have installed.  As a result it was very easy to produce this list.

I love FireFox 3 but unfortunately some of my favorite extensions from the list have not been updated yet.  FireFox without the extensions is still a great browser but the addons make it the only one I ever use.

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Firefox 3 Goes Live and Mozilla’s Site Goes Down

This is Firefox 3 live day. They have been promoting Download day for a while. At this time though it looks like the mozilla’s website has gone under due to the traffic volume. I can not get the site to load. I will try later. Download here.

Update: I got the site to load but the download link is still for Firefox 2.

Update 2: Try this direct download link for the Windows version of firefox 3Bwana McCall posted links over on FriendFeed for Linux and MAC as well.

Is An IFrame Integration?

What constitutes real integration and what is just silly? Integration to provide additional functionality is great. But my question is that really being done. The following are 3 examples using 3 different methods of so called integration all using iframes.

Readburner recently released an update that combines Google Reader into the ReadBurner site. It is being called Google Reader integration. It is actually no more than a tab with an iframe for the google reader site.
As I said before I am using FFapps.com to expand the FriendFeed functionality. One of the Greasemonkey scripts they have released is called FF Tabs. It adds a tab to FriendFeed called Techmeme and when clicked on simply embeds Techmeme into FriendFeed as an IFrame.
The third is a bookmarklet I read about today on Louis Gray’s blog that combines Google Reader into friendfeed via simple bookmarklet. When FriendFeed is open you click the bookmarklet and Google Reader is pulled in.

Readburner coded this iframe as functionality into their site, the second is a user created Greasemonkey script, and the third example is a user generated bookmarklet all created to add functionality via IFrame.

We all use tabbed browsers correct? What are we really gaining? I always have multiple tabs opens that include Google Reader and FriendFeed. Are these IFrames true functionality? I would say NO. They are nice but not really that helpful.

I am all for true innovation and integration this just is not it.