I’ve posted numerous times before about how strongly I feel about Firefox. And I’ve even tried to “Jedi Mind Trick” IE users away from their far inferior browser to the Firefox team. I’m gonna try to pickup more Firefox users listing extensions I’ve evaluated recently.
Firefox “as is” is a rather “bare bones” browser. I like it that way. I don’t want to have to download, install and run a mail client to do web browsing. But, if you like “bells and whistles” there are hundreds of extensions you can add to Firefox. Lately, I’ve spent some time evaluating the various extensions. Some I’m using daily, over and over. Others, I just use “as needed”. Some got uninstalled. Because I didn’t need them, I choose another one that offered very similar behavior, or I just didn’t like it.
Here is what I’m currently using. They are listed in the order that they were added to my Firefox installation (I wish Firefox listed them in alphabetical order, but you get chronological order)
Firesomething (1.5.2) – I love this extension. It does nothing, but makes fun of the Mozilla people and the problems they’ve had with picking/keeping a name for Firefox. They must find the joke in good fun because they have recently highlighted the extension on their site.
DictionarySearch (0.6.2) – This is another “must have” for me. I use online dictionaries often throughout my day and this extension makes the process extremely easy.
Web Developer (0.8) – If you use a browser, you will have a need for this extension. It has SO many features that simple web “surfers” will find a use as well as serious web developers.
Copy Plain Text (0.1) – This helps with the problem of copy/pasting html and getting the html formatting, when you didn’t want it. It’s a simple extension, but it has its uses.
BugMeNot (0.3) – Go get this right now! It brings the features of bugmenot.com into your browser.
JavaDeveloper (0.1) – This is an extension I’m writing. It should be listed as (alpha) but I put 0.1. It’s too “early access” for me to even go into any more detail. I’ll blog more on the extension when it’s appropiate.
MiniT (drag+indicator) (0.2) – Another “must have”. This allows you to rearrange your tabs. Great extension.
QuickNote (0.5.9.2) – This is an interesting extension. I want to find a use for it, and will. But, now I’m not sure how I’m gonna use it with my day-to-day computer/browser use.
Sage (1.1) – This is an extension that adds a feed-reader to your browser. I had a problem importing my feed list. As soon as that bug is resolved I’ll seriously give this a try. For now I’m still a die-hard Bloglines user.
TinyUrl Creator (0.6) – This is for all the TinyUrl users out there. Works great.
StockTicker (0.3) – This is my newest extension, and one of my new favorites. No more alt-tab, refresh browser, alt-tab back to what you were doing to find out how the markets are doing. You add stock symbols you have interest in, you specify how often you want them cycled, and that’s it. The quotes will be displayed in the status bar of the browser. I love this. You can set a color to a performance, also. So as long as I’m seeing green in the bottom corner of my browser…… the kids will be going to college.
Well, that’s my list. I’ll revisit this every month or so and add/ delete extension as I find new and improved extensions. If you know of any “must haves” please let me know.