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Old 7th July 2006, 05:31 PM   #1
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Question Which Firefox Extensions Can You Absolutely NOT Live Without?

Here's my list:
-Hit-a-Hint: when I hold down the spacebar it puts a small visual keyboard shortcut (user-specified) by each visible link on the page. Mouse-free browsing

-Searchbar autosizer: ever annoyed with the somewhat tiny built-in search box of firefox? This extension makes it larger as your query grows.

-Flashblock: get rid of annoying flash media all over the place. You click the play button if you want to see it.

-Greasemonkey: a no-brainer, especially if you want to use gmail macros and the gmail conversation preview scripts

-Xray: great for webdevelopment, a simple right-click shows you the html on the page - so you don't have to toggle back and forth between the page and the source.

-minimize to tray: minimizes firefox to the system tray

-Foxpose: quickly get a thumbnail gallery look at your open tabs, gives a numbered keyboard shortcut to select which thumbnail you'd like to go to

-sessionsaver: brings firefox back to where you were when you closed it. a great time saver! Also, can reopen previously closed tabs or windows

-Searchstatus: handy for scoping out the SEO competition and digging a bit into a site w/ a few clicks

-Menu Editor: make a lot of firefox menu options no longer visible for cleaner menus (I eliminate most of the stuff where I use the keyboard shortcut anyway).

Those are mine. What about you?

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Old 7th July 2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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Oh, you have some cool ones I haven't heard of. Here are mine:

Mouse Gestures
Allows you to execute common commands using mouse gestures. For example, hold the right mouse button down and drag it to the left on a page to go back one page. Drag to the right to go forward a page. Absolutely, positively have to have this one. I got used to this using the Opera browser.

Paste and Go
Lets you paste an URL from the clipboard and directly load it. Works with search too. As often as I cut and paste a search term or URL the time savings adds up.

IE Tab
Enables you to use the embedded IE engine within Firefox. Great for loading pages that require IE.

Copy Plain Text
Copies text without formatting. This is really helpful when copying stuff to drop into a forum post. For example, if you copy a bold title but don't want it to appear bold in your post this will do the job.

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Since I've been working sans mouse for a while now, I forgot about mouse gestures.

The paste and go ext. sounds very cool.

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Old 10th July 2006, 10:13 AM   #4
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working without a mouse? I don't get it... sounds like eating, only without the taste!

I'm going to download X-ray.

Here is my list:

Web Developer: Lets you edit CSS and see the results in the browser right away, validate HTML and TONS of other cool stuff that I barely use.

Google Toolbar: Self explanetory

Tabbrowsing: lots of cool tab stuff

AI Roboform: auto form fill-ins, including CC info and all passwords.

ColorZilla: Lets you select a color on your browser and copy the code to past wherever you need it.

PDF Download: lets you view pdfs in html

Search Status: noted above

Copy plain text: noted above

SEO for FireFox: SEOBooks toolbar

FireBug: helps debugging site problems.

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Erm, I suppose I should clarify. I use a touchpad laptop So being able to do as much on the keyboard as possible is nice - though I'm quite (perhaps 'as') proficient with the touchpad than with a standard mouse.

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A couple of ones that I really like are the:
  • Faster Firefox: A millisecond accurate page load timer tests the effectiveness of your settings.
  • HTML Validator
  • PDF Download: Allows to choose if you want to view a PDF file inside the browser (as PDF or HTML), if you want to view it outside Firefox with your default or custom PDF reader, or if you want to download it
  • Measure It: Draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels.
  • Web Developer: adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools.
  • Google Advanced Operations Toolbar: This toolbar provides a shortcut to some of Google's advanced search functions
What really gets me a lot of times is actually finding these after I install them - sometimes they are in the right click menu, sometimes they are in the tools and sometimes they add a little icon. I sometimes spend longer than what I would want trying to locate my new toy LOL

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Y'all have already hit some of my favorites (web developer, search status, etc.) but I've got two more:

Yellowpipe Lynx Viewer Tool - lets you view a page as it would appear in Lynx (a text based browser for those who aren't familiar with it). This is really handy for doing a quick "idiot check" of one of my page's accessibility.

Surfulater integration - since I can't live without Surfulater, I obviously can't live without the tool that enables me to add articles and pages from the web to my Surfulater database with a quick right-click.

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Not sure what I did, exactly, but you're certainly welcome!

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