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My Firefox Add-ons

One thing I like very much about firefox is its extensibility. I like to read about add-on recommendations to find new, good add-ons, so why not write about the ones I use myself. Maybe you’ll find something new:

  • Adblock Plus
    An ad blocker is imho one of the most important features any browser should offer. When using someone’s browser without any sort of ad blocking, internet is just pure horror.
  • BugMeNot
    Pretty useful when encountering one of those “only registered users can view this, though you don’t have to pay and we just want to annoy the heck out of you” web sites. BugMeNot stores passwords for several free-login web sites.
  • CS Lite
    Probably not important for >95% of the users out there, but I like to keep my system clean and don’t want to have unwanted cookies permanently. This add-on removes all cookies when exiting the browser (except for pages that have been whitelisted)
  • Download Statusbar
    Displays all downloads in a small bar at the bottom, instead of opening the download window.
  • Firebug
    Seems to be very useful for debugging web sites, can display serves states etc. I never really used it myself, but looks promising.
  • FireGestures
    Integrates mouse gestures, like formerly introduced in Opera.
  • GooglePreview
    Adds a preview page to every google search result. Same functionality available also with greasemonkey afaik.
  • Html Validator
    Displays a small icon at the lower right to check whether a page is valid html.
  • NoScript
    I liked this, because it removed all those pesky JavaScript and flash ads, as well as some other JavaScript annoyances. But since it’s not so necessary and the developers tampered with ad block, I cannot truly recommend this one any more.
  • Locationbar²
    Highlights the current domain in the address bar and enables fast browsing through different levels of the url by pressing ctrl and clicking on the part of the path you want to go to.
  • Tiny Menu
    I like my browser neat and clean, and this one helps a lot. This way, I could put menu, buttons, address, and search in one bar at the top, have one bar for the bookmarks and the rest for browsing. The more view space for web pages, the better.
  • Zemanta
    I haven’t made up my mind about this one yet, but it shows potential for enriching word press articles.

If you think I’m missing a good add-on, please let me know.

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  1. May 20th, 2009 at 05:30 | #1

    I really like that TinyMenu and the DownloadBar … thanks for sharing that addon-config! Actually Ad-Block Plus and FireGestures are superb. I also like TwitterFox (in case you use Twitter), Ubiquity (comand line for Firefox with many features) and Brief (in case you want to feed feeds in Firefox). Zemanta is just (install) and (watch it work) while you write a blog post.

  2. May 20th, 2009 at 09:13 | #2

    @ithoughts.de
    Happy to read you found something useful! I just had a look at Ubiquity and have to say wow… looks cool and, as Linux user, I like command lines anyway 😉 . The map feature is not working on my computer, but the picture retrieval and many others are. Can’t wait to see the development of this tool, thanks for the recommendation!

  3. ArchitecTonic
    May 21st, 2009 at 00:28 | #3

    Hey, thanks Daniel, Firefox add-ons are like gadgets, who doesn’t like gadgets??
    I would definitely try the Download Statusbar and the Tiny Menu.
    I’d like to add Foxmarks, very handy when you work on more than one PC,and want to have your bookmarks synchronized (however it penetrates your privacy 😉 )
    I have used GooglePreview once, but greasemonkey with Google FX script is waaaay better, you have to give it a shot 😉
    well greasemonkey is a theme in itself..

  4. May 21st, 2009 at 11:54 | #4

    @ArchitecTonic
    Thanks for the hint with Greasemonkey, I’ll give it a try! About Foxmarks: I automatically synchronise my computers via an rsync-script, so I don’t need to worry about the privacy problem 😉

  5. Fritte
    May 30th, 2009 at 11:49 | #5

    “Colourful Tabs” is a must-have. ;D

  6. May 31st, 2009 at 15:33 | #6

    Of course! 😉

  7. June 12th, 2009 at 14:32 | #7

    In order to make things like this easier you can use the new “collections” that Mozilla added: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/editors_picks

    It gives everybody the opportunity to define a set of extensions that can be easily installed by a new user. The “Web Developer” set that Mozilla defined is a good example. With the “Addon Collector” Extension (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/pages/collector) you can stay “subscribed” to a set of extensions and get automatic updates when the set changes.

    Another useful trick is to use it to duplicate your firefox setup to another computer: Just install your own set and you’re good to go 🙂

    btw. my collection is available, too: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collection/tante

  8. June 15th, 2009 at 12:51 | #8

    @tante
    Thanks, I read about the collections, but didn’t know that you could use it so easily to store your own addons. That’s a good way for synchronisation and backup.

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