Thursday, June 26, 2008

Firefox addons

Firefox3 has been out for a few days now and the beta's and rc's have been out for a while now. Somewhere along, I went into a addon finding craze(nothing unusual) and now that the dust seems to have settled a little, I thought I'd document it. In between, I went ahead and created a new profile for myself (this was after firefox3 had already taken care of doing whatever it needs to go import a firefox2 profile directory_ and moved my extensions over by physically copying them (yes, that works, just copy the extensions directory). Other things I copied over were my saved passwords (key.db and signons3.txt) and my greasemonkey directory. Of my addons only tabmixplus had any real settings that I made and these I got over by using its simple export and import apparatus.
That's the background, not really relevant, and largely just a blob of text. Now the promised list without any more digressions. Turns out I have a lot of disabled extensions which I'll list at the end.
Will have to take some time and put in links to each of these. Not now though.

Enabled extensions:

British English Dictionary
No more color and humor, I want colour and humour
Download Statusbar
I never anyway have the download window popup when there is an active download. This addon makes that totally irrelevant now. Simple and concise in the statusbar.
DownloadHelper
One of the dozens of such addons for pulling stuff down from youtube and other sites for saving on your computer. Is effective, nothing else to be said.
dragdropupload
If you have to upload/attach files somewhere, simply drag and drop from your file manager. No more painful browsing.(don't know if this works on Linux though, I guess it should)
FireFTP
This one really shows Firefox off as a platform for applications rather than just being a web browser. A neat ftp client this is.
FireGPG
Sign and encrypt any text box, with special integration for gmail allowing for signed and encrypted attachments and simple buttons for the actual mail. Hail privacy!
Flashblock
Just what it says, block flash content and replaces by a button to turn on. Also supports url based whitelists. An essential addon.
Foxmarks
Excellent bookmark synchronizing addon. Essential if you have firefox running on multiple machines. And even otherwise, bookmarks are neatly backed up and accessible on their site once you login.
Greasemonkey
Greasemonkey scripts are awesome. And espcially within Amazon, we have loads to do neat little things the actual sites don't do.
IE Tab
An essential addon for you to view all those sites that dont work with Firefox right from within firefox. Microsoft sharepoint portals and exchange web mail are specially made for IE.
Indic Input
Awesome addon that lets you type in any of the Indian languages absolutely anywhere in firefox.
It's All Text!
It is so much more convenient to do text-editing from within vim. Used to use mozex earlier, but switched to this simpler addon.
PicLens
Another awesome cool addon. Turns firefox into an uber-cool 3d wall of images or videos when viewing picasa/flickr/youtube/google image search etc. Try it out, it will rock you.
Sage-Too
Most of my feedreading happens on google reader. But I've been a fan of Sage since IIT times when slashdot and digg were more important to me than email(sage-too is a fork of the original sage).
TabMixPlus
Brought the session manager to firefox ages ago and the tab and window features (and customizability) are something you can't live without after a while with this extension.
TinyMenu
The top menu bar in firefox is largely a waste except for the tools menu. This addon folds everything into a single list and lets you keep your chosen ones behind. And I've dropped my actual bookmarks bar and moved bookmarks into the menu bar.

Disabled extensions

All-in-one-Sidebar
This one is meant to be like opera's sidebar and is a huge hit. Maybe it works for others, but I didn't find much use for it.
Firebug
For the rainy day when I might need to do some web development. Not today though.
Flagfox
Knowing the whois information of the server and seeing the flag of the hosting country sounded like a cool idea.
NoScript
Meant to be the one-stop-shop for keeping your browser secure, and is a major hit addon. But I don't really visit too many strange sites that I don't trust. Or maybe I am not paranoid enough yet. Right now, it just seems to be a pain with having to click a button to whitelist each new site I go to.
SplitBrowser
Neat addon that does exactly what it says. Installed it at someone's suggestion. But didn't use it for a long time, so disabled it.
TamperData
Again for the rainy day when I might want to modify headers and data in my http or xmlhttp requests. Not today.

1 comment:

junkie said...

neat! im still living with firefox 2. will swtich today...