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What Firefox Extensions do you use?

 9:35 am on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is a pretty useful thread idea I got from a forum I run, and I found an awesome screen capture plugin today...so I figure I would share my list:

searchstatus 1.15 - displays pagerank and alexa ranking
roboform - fills in forms/stores passwords (paid)
gmail manager - allows you to manage multiple gmail accounts and shows their status, also alerts you when you get new mail.
split link - supposedly shows you where a redirect link actually redirects you. If I really need to trace soemthing I use HTTP watch and open it in IE
IE Tab - allows you to open IE windows in firefox, good for adcenter
Duplicate tab - allows you to duplicate the current tab to a new tab or window and keeps the history
colorful tabs - ads some color to multiple tabs, a small but helpful change
tabbrowser preferences - control over tab usage, open tab in new window, merge tabs from open windows
bugmenot - fills some registration things with accounts other people created, good for newspaper sites
user agent switch - self explanitory
del.icio.us - portable bookmarking
sage - rss reader
ie view - launches the site in an IE browser
web developer - allows you to turn of css /java etc
pearl crescent page saver - allows you to capture the entire webpage (including things you have to scroll down to) as a png file.

What are your favorite firefox plugins?



 10:26 am on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

View Formatted Source - cleans it all up - indents nested DIV's etc. Very handy.
W3C compliance checker
User Agent Switcher (this is a must have in any SEM's toolbox in my opinion)
Live HTTP headers - great debugging tool


 12:02 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I found a couple of good ones I didn't have like gmail manager. Thanks.

Here are a few you don't have:

  • SpellBound - spell checking for forms
  • Always Remember Password - Now FF can remember all those pwds just like Opera
  • Paste and Go - makes FF's address bar act a bit more like Opera


 1:57 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

DOM Inspector
HTML Validator

+ most of the ones already mentioned.


 4:27 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

* User Agent Switcher
* Web Developer Toolbar
* Tabbed Browsing
* Session Saver
* Proxy Switcher
* Add Bookmark Here
* Search Status
* Live Headers
* EditCSS
* yExplore
* Fasterfox
* Mouse Gestures
* PDF Download
* Wayback Machine (with right click)

Synchronize bookmarks was another goodie, but not sure if it got updated yet.

I have a real knack for installing EVERY one I come accross and then screwing FF up beyond all recognition where about 3/4 of 'em work:)

Some of these save a ton of time though doing simple research stuff.


 9:10 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Anybody found a decent cache viewer? Yes, about:cache works, but has anybody found anything a bit more advanced that they like?


 9:49 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Extensions (enabled: 19, disabled: 1):

* Bookmark Backup 0.3.1
* ChromEdit
* ColorZilla
* DOM Inspector
* Fangs 0.9.4
* Furl Tools 0.6 [disabled]
* Greasemonkey 0.6.4
* IE View 1.2.7
* InfoLister 0.9c
* Link Toolbar
* LinkChecker 0.4.5
* Nightly Tester Tools 1.0.3b
* Performancing 1.2
* QuickNote
* Sage 1.3.6
* Screen grab! 0.6
* SearchStatus 1.15
* Talkback
* User Agent Switcher 0.6.8
* Web Developer 1.0.2

this list is courtesy of infolister plugin..

sometimes one bogs everything up.. but so far have managed to update most of the relegated ones myself if updates are not automatic.. also might be time for a spring clean as I've either forgotten some of them or maybe it's just that I use them so much I expect them to be there?


 10:21 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

*adblock -- makes the net a pleasant place again
*tabbrowser preferences
*web developer


 6:28 am on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Web Dev Toolbar
IE View
PDF Download
Link Checker
Viamatic Foxpose
Dummy Lipsum
Paypal Send Money

Coop, is this one any good?


[edited by: encyclo at 5:01 pm (utc) on May 13, 2006]
[edit reason] made link live [/edit]


 10:33 am on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Has no one mentioned Aardvark?

Trouble is, there are so many, and some duplicate/overlap. You could spend all day playing with them... and get no work done.


 12:55 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Disable targets for downloads
Web developer
Tabbrowser preferences
Add bookmark here
Customise Google
Loren Ipsum generator
Search status


 8:17 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

My must haves:

ScrapBook - very handy at capturing pages and adding notes & or highlights for later reference (captures as a web page so links and everything still work, great for keeping track of SERP's)

Search Engine Ordering - organize engines in the list as well as add ANY sites search to the bar

Html Validator - lets me see with a glance at the status bar if my pages validate

SpellBound - Very handy!

Tab Mix Plus - best tab enhancer IMHO

TargetAlert - no more surprise PDF, email or download links. Also can show which links are labeled rel=nofollow

Web Developer - a billion tools in one!

Mouse Gestures - I didn't think I'd like this at first, now I'm lost in IE, these make everything just a bit faster


 8:52 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Adblock Filterset.G Updater is a great addition to Adblock. Once a week it dl's freshly added common ads. I never have to add anything myself anymore - it seems to get tham all.

ReloadEvery is one I like a lot.

Google PageRank status, of course.

Redirect Remover.

Man, it took Flashblock long enough to show-up in the thread - I couldn't surf the net without it.


 8:59 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

One I like that I don't think anyone has mentioned is MeasureIt. You can quickly draw a rectangle on the screen and get the hight/width in pixels.


 9:28 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah, MeasureIt is neat.

dreamcatcher, I seen that one but wasn't quite what I was hoping for. There is one called "Cache View" that used to be freeware but is now shareware. Google that search phrase and you'll find it. I see another extension but it is so new I hesitate to install it:
I guess I'm just not as brave as SuzyUK ;)


 9:30 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Running 29 extensions right now. About a half dozen may get the boot next time I do house cleaning. Here are a few:

Pearl Crescent Page Saver - Really slick. Takes full page screenshots and saves as .png file.

Auto Copy - Must have.

ColorZilla - Really nice to have.

Context Hightlight

Vertigo - Must have for me. (Reduced width to minimum, which is 50px or so.) At least one of my other extensions make Vertigo scrollable. Love it.

All-in-one-Gestures - Handy; once you learn the gestures that you'll be using. I taped a list on the side of my box, forced myself to be diligent in use, and picked it up fast.

View Source Chart - Don't use it much, but nice to have.

Firesomething- Fun. Deleted defaults and customized.

Yellowpipe Lynx Viewer Tool

Aluminum Kai


 9:57 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

MeasureIt - Got it. Like it.

The latest version of Web Developer does this also.
Miscellaneous > Display Ruler

The Web Developer version will 'freeze' the page. Refreshing unlocks this. I much prefer MeasureIt, though don't actually use it much.


 2:04 pm on May 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

dreamcatcher, I seen that one but wasn't quite what I was hoping for.

Ok, coop, no problem. I like MeasureIt. Not seen that before. Very cool.



 3:44 pm on May 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

One that has not been mentioned is Text Size Toolbar. It adds 3 buttons to the toolbar - increase, decrease, normal - so changing text size is just one click away.


 3:49 pm on May 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Text Size Toolbar

I'm not familiar with that, but use keyboard shortcuts.

CTRL 0 = 'normal'


 4:54 pm on May 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, I know the keyboard shortcuts - and CTL-scroll wheel too, but when my fingers are on the mouse, I don't want to lift them off to hit the keyboard keys, or to click View>Text Size>Increase. That's an additonal useful option to have.

BTW, Synchronize Bookmarks works on the latest FF version.


 6:16 pm on May 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Nobody's mentioned ScrapBook? A superb extension. History Menu is a new discovery, but it works soooo much better than digging through the history sidebar.

Here's my current list:

* ScrapBook
* Download Statusbar
* Live HTTP Headers
* Web Developer
* LastTab
* Slashdotter
* Adblock Plus
* Adblock Filterset.G Updater
* History Menu
* Leak Monitor

The sheer breadth of customization you can apply to Firefox has to be one of its best features.


 4:33 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Has anyone ever heard of a great tool for Firefox (or any browser for that matter) that will check links after a page loads and display bad links right on the page (crossout line) to save the aggravation of clicking on a bad link just to be taken to another useless page? Seems so simple and convenient, yet I have never seen this great tool!


 4:52 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Disable Targets For Downloads - This is a workaround for a bug in firefox that opens blank windows when you try to download something.

WellRounded - This is a look-and-feel kind of thing.; It adds rounded edges to the location bar, search bar, find bar, and all manor of other toolbars on your browser.

BB Code - Adds BBCode/HTML/XHTML formating to the context menu for forums like www.webmasterworld.com. I can not stress how usefull this is if you post much on forums.

User Agent Switcher - There are many uses for this: 1) When sites won’t let you do something unless you are using IE 2) Impersonate googlebot to see cloaking and get access to sites that require you to be logged in. Impersonating googlebot does not always work but sometimes it does.

Print Image - Adds “Print Image…” when you right click on one.

Roboform - You can only get this extension if you buy Roboform. I love it. It keeps track of all my passwords for me. It can even generate passwords.

Web Developer - I had heard about this one for a long time and it is awsome. I use the disable javascript and resize the most

[edited by: ogletree at 4:53 pm (utc) on May 19, 2006]


 4:53 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)



[edited by: encyclo at 12:17 am (utc) on May 20, 2006]
[edit reason] made link live [/edit]


 5:27 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I like refspoof.

Allows you to spoof the referer. I find it useful for testing when a page acts disfferently depending on where you came from.


 5:34 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

funandgames.. not exactly what you're after I think
but LinkChecker 0.4.5 [addons.mozilla.org] does this, though you have to click one button to highlight good/bad links on a page, I suppose it would be too much spidering if all links were to be checked all the time?

Coop me not brave, if it's already broken I can't do it much more harm ;)
fangs for instance still works with a manual adjustment to the version number as do many others


 5:48 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

My personal favorite is the "Abe Vigoda current status." It puts a cute little picture of him at the bottom right of your browser and tells you he's still alive (for now).


 6:14 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Haven't seen this extension yet but one I know I couldn't live without.

Adsense Notifier


 6:38 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)


I can't believe I didn't know of this Adsense Notifier.


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