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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Firefox extensions that make my browsing much easier

Firefox has establish itself as a good replacement for Internet Explorer(IE),  it’s a fact.  But what sets it apart from all other browsers is the ability to add extensions. You have a very wide selection of them, but I found that there are some that make my life much easier, and I consider them as a killer-app extension, which made me forsake IE for good.  Here are my favorite extensions.
1.       FEBE
FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. Now you can easily synchronize your office and home browsers.

2.       IE Tab 2
Updated and enhanced version of the classic IE Tab that features embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of  Mozilla/Firefox (Note that it works only on Windows OS). Most useful if you use SharePoint or other Microsoft sites, and retires the use of IE altogether.

3.       Adblock Plus
Annoyed by adverts? Troubled by tracking? Bothered by banners? Install Adblock Plus now to regain control of the internet and change the way that you view the web. A short video overview is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNvb2SjVjjI

4.       Gmail Manager
Allows you to receive new mail notifications along with viewing account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets..

5.       Speed Dial
With Speed Dial, you can easily access your most used websites. To show the Speed Dial tab, use the Speed Dial button (which can be added to the toolbar)

6.       GBookmarks
This extension allows you to access Google Bookmarks. It creates a menu in Firefox using which you can add, edit and remove bookmarks. So, you can access your bookmarks from any computer. You don't have to mail a link if you want to save or access bookmarks across computers, just use this extension...

7.       Greasemonkey
Allows you to customize the way a webpage displays using small bits of JavaScript. Hundreds of scripts, for a wide variety of popular sites, are already available at http://userscripts.org.  you can use Greasefire Add-on too and when you visit a web page that has compatible user scripts on Userscripts.org, this extension will highlight the Greasemonkey icon in the status bar. Right click the Greasemonkey icon and choose the "X scripts available" item to see and install the scripts available for the current page. (requires Greasemonkey)

8.       Better Gmail
Add useful extra features to Gmail, like hierarchical labels, an unread message icon on your browser tab, file attachment icons, and more.

9.       Better YouTube
A compilation of some of the best Greasemonkey user scripts for YouTube in one interface

10.       Securelogin
Secure Login is a login extension for Mozilla Firefox integrated password manager.
Its main feature is similar to Opera's (the browser) Wand login.


Unknown said...

I thought you might be interested in Zotero.

It is an extension for firefox to keep a personalized reference list of links, articles (pdf, doc, etc), adding personal comments
to the literature

Unknown said...

regarding FEBE - that's a very useful extension when you know that you only surf at home and at the office.
Is there an extension that can save all your FF settings including extensions and enables you to run it from any firefox (i.e any random public computer?)

Unknown said...

Yes FEBE is the one.
In your case I would suggest using portable apps as your "floating" FireFox platform. and you may sync your desktop and the portable FireFox with FEBE.
I will write one of my next post about portable apps.
in the mean time take a look at http://portableapps.com/news/2010-04-02_-_firefox_portable_3.6.3

let me know if you still need help.

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