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Matt’s Cuppa List of Essential Firefox Extensions

Posted by telecommatt on October 8, 2007

I’ve decided to compile a list of the Firefox browser extensions that I currently use. It’s not a list of the best or most promising or guaranteed-to-increase-your-productivity extensions, it’s just the ones that make my life easier at the moment.

Over the past few years, Firefox has become an indispensable application on any machine I spend a fair amount of time at. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer can’t match the flexibility and security and Opera’s web browser, which I believe is actually a better browser, doesn’t support browser extensions in the same way that Firefox does.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself needing the same Firefox browser extensions on three different machines. In the past, I’ve gotten around this by running PortableFirefox, a part of the equally-indispensable PortableApps.com Suite, from a USB drive. This time around I’m not allowed to connect my USB drive. So, since I have to take stock of my extensions anyway, it looked like a great time to post an article. And, since it was by reading articles like this one that I found  many of these extensions, it seemed like a good time to give back. Feel free to add comments or contact me.

Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies…

I use the eyedropper most. Great designing themes. I hate having a million little applications installed on my machine when I can get the same functionality from a Firefox extension.

** Add persistent highlights and sticky notes to anywhere on any webpage…

I do a lot with Diigo. I am four Diigo bookmarks short of 1000. I use Diigo to create short blog posts and to manage my Daily auto-posts. And it’s all done through this extension.

Shows
you a relevant Wikipedia article along with your search results.
Clicking links in the article will trigger new Google searches, making
it a very useful research tool…

I love this one! Search Wikipedia and Google at the same time. Do a Google search and on one side are your search results and on the other side is a Wikipedia article, if one’s available. If it can’t find a Wikipedia article for your search it comes up with some pretty strange stuff though.

Allows you to customize the way a webpage displays using small bits of JavaScript. …

I only use this for a few sites. This is a massively useful and flexible tool though. Libraries upon libraries of scripts to use with it as well.

The
quickest and easiest way to get things done on the Web: Search,
References, Conversion, Translation , Shopping, Blogging, Tagging,
Email & more in a single click. Over 200 quick commands available.

I wasn’t originally going to put this one on the list. I use it for only a handful of the apparently 200 some commands.

Have
you ever wished you could add your two cents to a site—anywhere
you wanted—not just in the itty bitty blog area?
Have you ever wished you could email a web page with your comments
inside it?

This is a really great tool for commenting on long articles and blog posts. You comment inline so it’s always relevant. Any page you comment on has a permalink that you can post or email.

ScribeFire
(previously Performancing for Firefox) is a full-featured blog editor
that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog.

ScribeFire is like an app inside an app. I use this extension for nearly all of my blog posts. It opens at the bottom of your browser screen and support drag and drop from the browser window to the ScribeFire pane.

TinyUrl
brings the http://tinyurl.com functionality into your browser. It takes
a long URL as input, and gives you a short URL to use in it’s…

A must have to Twitter, Facebook, etc. It eats big ugly URLs and spits out little short ones. Right mouse click on an URL and it can copy it’s TinyUrl into your clipboard.

Post to Twitter from your address bar

Twitterbar has a neat feature where if you Twitterbar hit the icon on the right side of your address bar, it’ll post “Currently browsing <whatever site you’re browsing>.

Google Gears (BETA)

Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline.

The reason I use this extension is so that I can view my Remember the Milk tasks offline.

Zoho Notebook plugin

Zoho Notebook

I’m just getting started with Zoho Notebook. I love the Zoho products, but there’s just so many of them that it’s hard to actually use all of them. Zoho Notebook is like the Adobe Photoshop of online note taking apps. It does pretty much everything, which means it can be almost overwhelming. This extension makes it easier to manage though.

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2 Responses to “Matt’s Cuppa List of Essential Firefox Extensions”

  1. Idetrorce said

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  2. Idetroce,

    I’m really glad that you posted instead of just thinking, “Oh, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” and moving on. Which point(s) do you not agree with?

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