Saturday, July 28, 2007

My Favorite Firefox Extensions

Reasons that I like firefox in addition to security , stability and speed, is the wild selection of extensions that enhance functionality of the browser. With over 1800 extensions to date available for download, there are many that can be used to make your browsing experience fun and productive. Select only the ones you really need because using too many extensions could also affect the performance of firefox. Here is the list of extensions Im using:

  1. Cooliris Previews This extension gives you the power to browse and share links, images and videos faster. Just mouse over any link, and the Cooliris preview window immediately appears to show you the content.
  2. Tab Mix Plus This one enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combinations of opened tabs and windows.
  3. Tiny Menu This is useful for those who want to maximize their browser display window by minimizing the toolbar area. It replaces the standard menu toolbar with a single drop down menu. Set up is not a pain.. what set up? I just download it and instantly got what it says.
  4. DownloadHelper This is a tool for web content extraction or used to capture video and image files from many sites such as YouTube, MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost, tv-links, etc. When DownloadHelper detects something to capture, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item.
  5. Tab Effect This add-on just adds visual effect when current tab is changed. An eye candy that adds sweetness to your firefox.
  6. Ctrl Tab Preview This is an extension that replaces the behavior of Ctrl+Tab or Cmd+Option+Tab on Mac. You can preview all the accessed web pages and easily switch between them.
  7. Firefox Showcase It provides a new way to manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar. It also includes a find bar that will filter the thumbnails, and the capability to select the thumbnails in the same way you would select files in your system.


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