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Firefox Extension Guide and More 206

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Anonymous Coward writes "A comprehensive list of Firefox extensions geared for the average power user and web developer includes description and screenshots of featured extensions. Plus Firefox Hacks and keyboard command guide. Always updated with the latest Firefox extensions, and tweaks."
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Firefox Extension Guide and More

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  • by tomhudson (43916) <barbara...hudson@@@barbara-hudson...com> on Sunday April 09, 2006 @10:55AM (#15094802) Journal

    Always updated with the latest Firefox extensions, and tweaks."
    Should be: "One at a time, please ..."

    1 post and its already inaccessible.

    No wonder the guy submitted it anonymously.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 09, 2006 @10:57AM (#15094806)
    The coral cache has mirrored this site already and works beautifully. If you don't know the URL, it is http://willlangford.com.nyud.net:8090/geekpages/fi refox/ [nyud.net] Have fun.
  • 1. GreaseMonkey [mozdev.org].
    It's cool. Seriously! It's way, way cool. And I mean that. Totally.

    Best plugin evar.

    2. I forgot.

    • Yep, and this is the most useful script for it: QuickGallery [userscripts.org].

      Click here [userscripts.org] to install.
    • by crow (16139)
      Platypus! [mozdev.org]

      With Platypus, you can easily create Greasemonkey scripts to strip junk out of your favorite sites. You don't have to use JavaScript to strip out those unwanted sidebars at your favorite sites, and you don't have to search for scripts that others have written to see if someone else wanted to make the same changes.
  • My extensions (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lord Satri (609291) <{alexandreleroux} {at} {gmail.com}> on Sunday April 09, 2006 @11:03AM (#15094830) Homepage Journal
    Well.. while the linked site does not answer (/. effect probably), here's my favorite extensions. I try to install only those really useful to my efficiency. Right now, it's really hard to find the best extensions from Firefox's site.

    Adblock
    https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php ?id=10&application=firefox [mozilla.org]
    Needless to say, the most important extension to me. But even better with this one: Adblock Filterset.G Updater 0.3.0.3 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/ [mozilla.org]

    TabFX
    https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php ?id=1486&application=firefox [mozilla.org]
    while we wait for Firefox 2.0

    FlashGot
    https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php ?id=220&application=firefox [mozilla.org]
    but I never really used it on a regular basis

    Page Update Checker
    https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php ?id=920&application=firefox [mozilla.org]
    That one should be in the built-in features. Very useful.

    And not to forget (not listed on Firefox's website): Bug me not:
    http://roachfiend.com/archives/2005/02/07/bugmenot / [roachfiend.com]
    Very useful for the soul-sucking registration-required articles on slashdot ;-)

    Cheers.
  • Slashdot Extension (Score:5, Informative)

    by suv4x4 (956391) on Sunday April 09, 2006 @11:04AM (#15094831)
    The TFA is about Firefox Extensions.
    The TFA was quickly Slashdotted.

    The perfect moment to suggest the Slashdot Firefox Extension:

    Slashdot Extension [slashdot.org]

    Generates TFA mirror links and other handy features...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 09, 2006 @11:15AM (#15094870)
    My Firefox really needs a tweaking... This page is taking all day to load!
  • Average power user? (Score:4, Informative)

    by rossdee (243626) on Sunday April 09, 2006 @11:42AM (#15094945)
    So what is an average power user? Did somebody do a survey? (the term average implies some statistics have collected...)
    • by drDugan (219551)
      "average power user" -- oxymoron. If you're a power user, you are not average, and taking an average of the outliers doesn't make much sense.

      • Tell that to the complete and utter morons at my ex-university that figured out that you should normal distribute the grades no matter the intake cut-off. That means the basic math we shared with several "low-status" lines was a breeze, other subjects were completely impossible because only smart people with excellent grades from school took them. At the switch-over people that had never ever gotten less than a B in any subject at any school suddenly got D, E and even F! (A-F scale, C is "average", F is fai
  • by lightyear4 (852813) on Sunday April 09, 2006 @11:46AM (#15094953) Homepage

    Adblock may handle most everything else, but it is still lacking in its ability to handle {Macromedia|Adobe} flash.

    The solution is FlashBlock [mozilla.org], and it works incredibly well. Not only does it make browsing faster, it reduces the bright flashing 'bunch bush to win $10' ads to whitespace -- tis much easier on the eyes.

    For those rare occasions where you actually want to see the flash, just click on the play button that adblock substitutes for the embedded swf.

  • TFA (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 09, 2006 @12:14PM (#15095043)
    Plug-ins - General

    Forecastfox [mozdev.org] - Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or status bar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension.

    FlashGot [flashgot.net] - Download one link, selected links or all the links of a page at the maximum speed with a single click, using the most popular external download managers for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD (dozens currently supported products, see http://www.flashgot.net/ [flashgot.net] for details). FlashGot offers also a Build Gallery functionality which helps to synthesize full media galleries in one page, from serial contents previously scattered on several pages, for easy and fast download all.

    Adblock [mozdev.org] - One of the best plug-ins ever written. Adblack allows you to block elements of a web page, images, flash, i-frames, etc This will help make pages load faster and with zero ads!

    Adblock is a content filtering plug-in for the Mozilla and Firebird browsers. It is both more robust and more precise than the built-in image blocker.

    Adblock allows the user to specify filters, which remove unwanted content based on the source-address. If this sounds complicated, dont worry: its not.

    Just add a few filters. Every time a webpage loads, Adblock will intercept and disable the elements matching your filters. See?- nothing to it.

    Adblock Filterset.G Updater [pierceive.com] - This is a companion extension to Adblock and should be used in conjunction with it. This extension automatically downloads the latest version of Filterset.G every 4-7 days. Filterset.G is an excellent set of filters maintained by G for Adblock that blocks most ads on the internet. In addition, this extension allows you to define your own set of filters that you can add along with Filterset.G during an update.

    Tabbrowser Preferences [216.55.161.203] - This extension provides a comprehensive UI for changing a number of the hidden tabbed browsing preferences in Firefox. It also provides the ability to control how internal and external links are opened in the browser and how the browser will react when links are sent to it.

    IE Tab [mozdev.org] - IE Tab - an extension from Taiwan, features: Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Mozilla/Firefox. Note, this will also allow you to run Windows Update also.

    Wizz RSS News Reader [wizzcomputers.com] - News is the new frontier for the web. With the up-and-coming rss and atom technologies, news is becoming easier to read and more accessible, but Firefoxs livebookmarks are rather lacking when it comes to features.

    Wizz RSS News Reader is the solution. Over the past year, its evolved into a mature feed aggregator. Although the UI lacks polish, it includes a number of powerful features, such as the watch list, OPML support, and the ability to subscribe to podcasts. The documentation is extensive and the author maintains support forums, so its easy to get help too :)

    Viamatic foXpose [mozilla.org] - The Viamatic foXpose plugin is a tiny little extension that lets you view all your tabs inside a browser window.

    Duplicate Tab [mozdev.org] - Duplicate Tab allows you to clone a tab along with its history.

    SessionSaver [mozilla.org] - SessionSaver restores your browser -exactly- as you left it, every startup, every time. Not even a crash will phase it. Windows, tabs, even things you were typing theyre all saved. Use the menu to add + remove sessions; right, shift, or middle-clickin

    • Re:TFA (Score:3, Informative)

      by Glonoinha (587375)
      With the ability to manage / monitor more than one GMail account at the same time, I use GMail Manager instead of GMail Notifer.

      That said, changing the network.http.pipelining to true and network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 100 made an AMAZING difference in page render speeds.
      Thanks.
      • by XO (250276)
        ...until you run into the webservers that you suddenly can't get pages from anymore, because the servers can't deal with pipelined requests.

      • by radish (98371)
        changing the network.http.pipelining to true and network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 100 made an AMAZING difference in page render speeds
        It also used to break GoogleMaps - not sure if it's fixed yet but I disabled pipelining a while ago for that reason.
  • Oh Come On! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by acid_zebra (552109) <.acidzebra. .at. .gmail.com.> on Sunday April 09, 2006 @01:01PM (#15095187) Homepage Journal
    Aside from the fact that the server handling that page is obviously ill-equipped to handle any load the list itself starts out with "Forecastfox". Yay. Recommended only for those who want their browser decked out like a walking talking christmas tree complete with blinkenlights. Don't forget to complain about memory use on the forums later.

    Me, I like to keep it light:

    Adblock plus, Bugmenot, Downthemall, Sessionsaver, Greasemonkey, Tabmixplus.

    Optionally Aardvark, Del.icio.us, enhanced history manager, and IEtab.
  • Plug-ins to Avoid FasterFox [mozdev.org] - Over the last few months the amount of visitors using Mozilla Firefox has grown to about 25%. The amount of bandwidth being used has also increased a large amount. Part of the reason behind this is that many Firefox users use an extension called "Fasterfox". This extension "pre-fetches" links on a page so that if the user were to click on a link it would load much faster because its already been downloaded. This may be more convenient for viewer, but is a major pr

  • by moreati (119629) <alex@moreati.org.uk> on Sunday April 09, 2006 @02:29PM (#15095496) Homepage
    I came across this recently, similar to Aardvark. It's CSSViewer [mozilla.org] which shows in a (large) tooltip, the css applied to an element over which the mouse is hovering.

    I found it very useful for closing the loop between code and result.
  • It's nice that the guy mentions NoScript [noscript.net], but why does he mention it with the web developer tools? It's a very handy general purpose extension. By the way, it's amazing to see how many web developers can't use the <noscript> tags properly (or just don't care): lots of websites just break when you turn off Javascript--no error messages, no nothing.
    • This is the first mention of noscript I've run across in this discussion. IMHO, it is the very first thing that needs to be installed. It will block plugins, like flash automatically, and disable javascript by default. Then, if you actually want to use you can turn it on temporarily for the session, or whitelist the particular site permanently. It should certainly be moved into the core ASAP.

      Even my dad can work it. It was easy to explain. "If a site looks really funny, you probably need to tell the c
  • In my opinion, the one feature of Safari that almost kills Firefox is how good Safari Auto-fill is. I've tried a few FF auto fill extension, and they are not in the same ballpark at all. Anyone out there know one I'm missing? If not, could you make one?
  • I really like the All-in-one-gestures extension, but not for the reasons you might guess. At first I tried out using gestures for normal actions but found it generally more tedious than normal keyboard shortcuts. However, gestures includes one feature that cannot be done with the keyboard: removing specific portions of a webpage.

    I use Flashblock to eliminate most annoying flash advertisements, but so many webpages are just filled with so much crap that it's best to get rid of the clutter altogether. Even bl
  • by M0b1u5 (569472)
    I'm sorry, but ANY list of "good extensions" which doesn't include EASYGESTURES is simply some nerd's favourites - and not an ACTUAL list of good extensions.

    EASYGESTURES is the greatest aid to navigating the web since the invention of the hyperlink. There simply is no substitute for opening multiple tabs in the background: it improves the speed and amount of information available to you, in a way which does not cause any waiting.

    Every single person I have taught to use Easygestures (and this includes 8-year
  • The only thing that makes firefox usable, in my opion, is Mozex. It allows you to handle text areas, links to non-html URLs, and lots of other tasks using the external applications of your choosing.

    The official version is way of out date, since firefox keeps on changing the way extensions work... but there's an updated version here:

    http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/~iam23/code/mozex/ [ucl.ac.uk]

    Why one should need an extension to force a browser to do what should have been built in from the start is another matter.

    I can onl

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