What Firefox Extenstions do you Use?

I catch a new article every few weeks along the lines of “The Best Firefox Extensions for Doing ______.” Sometimes I see something cool that I end up downloading and using regularly, but most of the time I just stick with what I’ve got. I decided to share the list of extensions I have installed, and what I use them for.

Aardvark
This extension fits into the web developer category, and is really handy for quickly visualizing block elements in a website layout simply by hovering over the page.

BugMeNot
If you’ve never visited the site Bugmenot.com, you’re missing out. That site provides generic logins to those silly sites that make you create a login just to view things. This extension gives you an easy right-click option to pull a generic login from Bugmenot to the site you’re currently viewing.

Chatzilla
This one is simply an IRC client for Firefox. The main reason I installed it was for viewing Apple Keynotes chatted via IRC, so it isn’t an extension that I use regularly.

ColorZilla
This is another web developer extension. It gives you an eye-dropper tool that can be used to pull colors from any website, and copy them to your clipboard. I use this pretty regularly to quickly get hex colors from sites I like, or to remind me what color I used in a site I created.

Delicious Bookmarks
I’ve got a Del.icio.us account full of bookmarks, and this extension helps me to add/tag/sync those bookmarks with Firefox.

Firebug
Firebug is probably the most used extension in my collection. It fits into the web developer category, and allows you to rip up the code to just abou any website you can pull up in Firefox. I use it mainly for tweaking and viewing CSS issues in my sites, but it does a whole lot more.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer
This extension keeps my bookmarks in sync between my work and home computers. It also provides a hosting service allowing me access to my bookmarks via their website on any computer.

Greasemonkey
This extension allows you to customize the way webpages look and function by using scripts to do different tasks based on the sites you visit. One of my favorite scripts removes hose annoying text link ads from sites that use them.

IE Tab
This one does pretty much what the name implies. It shows you what your site would look like in Internet Explorer. It’s handy for testing sites, but also if someone has a poorly developed site, it will allow you to quickly view it using IE without leaving Firefox.

Link Alert
I use the Link Alerty extension to warn me before I click on a link to an outside document. Where this extension is most handy is for PDF’s, so I don’t mindlessly click, and then have to wait for Acrobat to open. It’s also handy for e-mail links warning me when it is going to pull up my email client.

MeasureIt
Yes, another web developer extension (I’ve got a lot of them). This one lets you draw boxes around elements on a site to see how larget they are. It’s handy when looking at page/element widths.

S3 Firefox Organizer
This is my newest extension, and was downloaded when I started using Amazon’s S3 for backups. This extension gives me access (FTP-like) to my S3 storage account from inside Firefox.

Sage
A simple in-browser RSS reader – I like this better than the live-bookmarks reader built into Firefox.

Translator
This extension does quick and easy translations of websites with one click, Every now and then, I’ll run across a site I need to see that isn’t in English – this extension saves me in those circumstances.

User Agent Switcher
Along the same lines of IE Tab, this extension lets you spoof your user agent for those poorly developed websites that only work well in a certain browser.

Web Developer
The Web Developer extension is a very handy extension for web developers (duh), that provides different break-downs of page elements on the site you have it. It also allows live manipulation of those page elements.

WebMail Notifier
The WebMail Notifier extension notifies you when you get new webmail (catchy name eh?) so you don’t have to keep visiting the webmail sites one by one to check mail status. I use this for my hotmail, yahoo and gmail accounts.

Work-Only Extensions:
There are a few additional extensions that I use only on my work computer for various reasons.

Quartz PDF Plugin
Since Preview is my PDF-viewer of choice on my Mac, Quartz lets me open PDF’s using Preview right inside the browser vs. firing up an external instance for each doc.

Simple Mail
This extensions is similar to WebMail Notifier, but is used to check my pop mail accounts at work. I like to keep my work and home email separate, so my home mail doesn’t go to my mail app at work. This extension check my multiple accounts and lets me view/edit/send mail from right inside the browser.

Well, there’s the list of all the extensions I use. What does your list look like? Is there anything I should be using that I don’t have right now? What is your favorite best-extension-since-sliced-bread?

6 Comments

gravatar bikB

Well lets see..first of all, your list looks quite sensible to me, I happen to use many of the ones you do (didn’t know about ‘link alert’ and ‘Simple Mail’ though, will try them).

Apart from that, my most notable ones seem to be ‘Adblock Plus’ (name says all) and ‘Firebug’, which is for developing and debugging web pages. ‘Zotero’ is a cool bibliography manager that integrates nicely with OpenOffice, using a separate extension for OO. ‘Lookpick’ is quite a nice upgrade to the search bar. Then, theres ‘Live PageRank’, which is pretty cool for checking the importance of a page (according to Google, that is). I have some more installed at home, but can’t really say much about them. Oh, just one more: ‘Mouse Gestures Redox’, I’m using it a lot.

gravatar Scott

Those look good… Zotero sounds cool if I were researching something. I’ve used EndNote in the past for doing that. I’ve tried the mouse gesture extensions before, but never really got into them.

gravatar Kieran

The only ones I use that you haven’t listed are:

Foxy Tunes – lets me navigate my iTunes without having to minimize and turn on the iTunes “Keep on top of other windows” clutter while I am web browsing. Plus, each song title/artist/album generates a link to a “Foxytunes Planet” articulated search for data on that tune – lyrics, youtube vids, wikipedia articles, etc. Great tool for researching your fav. bands. (sample)

ForecastFox – has developed a bit since I first started using it – it is a sleek unobtrusive weather extension that sits in the status bar. I particularly like the radar feature which is customizable to region/state. In severe weather I don’t have to open multiple sites to see the course of the front.

I am going to try out that bugmenot one – sure sounds useful. I usually just make up nonsense names or use famous names (bobdole@aol.com is a pretty common one for me), but this will probably work better.

gravatar Scott

I actually have ForecastFox on my work extension list, but don’t really use it as much in AZ. It just hurts me to look at it in the summertime and always see 100+ temps. I used it a lot in Iowa where the weather was much more unpredictable. I agree it has improved a lot since the first version was released.

gravatar Younger Brother (1)

1+ more for ad-block
Other then that, it’s standard stuff, firebug, gmail manager, google toolbar (i like clicking on a word and having it take me to it in a page)
And Grease Monkey which I think helps me to not have so many extensions as it does a little of everything

gravatar Jon

I’ll jump in…

*AdBlock
*Fire FTP
*Foxmarks
*NoScript
AdBlock Filterset.G Updater
Download Statusbar
Fission
McAfee SiteAdvisor
ReloadEvery

Extensions with a * I would consider essential. If Chrome would allow for these extensions I’d probably jump ship.

–Jon

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