December 01, 2005
One of my favorite extensions for FireFox is FireTitle.
FireTitle was written by Jon Nowitz, a Google colleague, and it lets you name
your FireFox windows in very flexible ways. If you do a lot of tab
browsing, it's nice to be able to keep a consistent title for one window
regardless of which tab it is currently displaying (e.g. "weblogs", "email").
Press Ctrl-; and you can name the current window (which will be preserved for
future FireFox invocations). The version on mozilla.org is still for
pre-1.5 FireFox but Jon already has updated it to 1.5 (I'm running it as we
speak) and it will be uploaded there very soon.
I also just found a pretty neat extension:
foXpose. Just press Ctrl-Shift-x (or click on the icon in the lower
left corner) and it will show you an "Exposé-like" view of your tabs. I
don't know yet if I will find that more useful than just the titles of my tabs,
but the idea is very cool.
How about you? What are the first extensions you install one after
installing a brand new FireFox?
Posted by cedric at December 1, 2005 09:13 AM
The main ones I can't live without:
* Tab-x to add the close button right on the tabs. I think they are adding this soon to the stock FF. Having one close button on the far right just doesn't make sense to me.
* Web developer toolbar, of course
* IE View, for lame sites that demand IE or for testing cross-browser issues.
* Venkmann (duh), though if I'm using it too much I realize I should be writing more tests.
* Dom inspector, for figuring out dom update weirdness
Others extensions not already mentioned:
* Sage (RSS feed reader)
* Flashblock (blocks annoying Flash ads)
Tabmix Plus (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&id=1122&page=releases) is seriously the best thing to happen Firefox... I almost didn't switch to Firefox from Mozilla because there wasn't decent tabbed browser support comparable to Multizilla, but TabMix Plus is GREAT!
google toolbar for firefox
I feel like I browsing naked in front of a crowd when using a non-adblocked browser.
Very useful if you're often offline, always grab a few intranet pages with me and save other 'must carry-around' pages (like an open DNS servers list). Many features I don't use, frequent updates.
- PDF Download
I get to choose whether Acrobat Reader should start within FF or not, more power always helps my ego.
Only use it to have a delete button in gmail :)
- IE Tab
Better than IEView IMO, will load an embedded IE component in the current tab and load the current page in it.
- Bookmarks Synchronizer
With a webdav server at home, I get the same bookmark on any machine I surf from. Works with FTP too.
The 4 I can't really work without are:
the Google toolbar (formerly used googlebar)
and ForecastFox is a great one too.
I used to use:
"InLine AutoComplete" until I found that you can create a new preference (about:config) called 'browser.urlbar.autoFill' and set it to 'true'.
"MiniT (drag+indicator)" to move tabs around but FF 1.5 integrated that functionality.
Some of the above plus:
Resize Search Box
Add Bookmark here
My main ones :
SessionSaver (saves browser sessions even when ff crashes, very handy if like me you keep lots of tabs open)
Bugmenot (easy logins)
WebDeveloper toolbar (e.g. edit css on the fly)
Nightly tester tools (easy way to make extensions compatible for beta versions of FF)
Resize search box
I don't get tabx, I just close tabs by middleclicking on them (this is on Windows, don't know if this works on other OS's)
Tabbrowser prefs is too large (and sometimes buggy) an extension
My favourite ones are:
. Adblock (filter ads from web pages)
. Gmail Notifier (a notifier for Gmail accounts)
. HTML Validator (add HTML validation by Tidy from W3C)
. Session Saver (saves your browser last session)
. Web Developer ToolBar
. Wikipedia Lookup Extension