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10 MORE outstanding Firefox extensions

The list of handy browser extensions just keeps growing. Here are a few good choices, including several of the new collections.

It's been a while since we last took a look at worthwhile Firefox extensions. Well, it's time again. But now, Firefox has added collections to the mix. Extension collections are exactly what they sound like -- collections of related extensions. In this list, we have a few worthwhile collections (since they're new, there aren't many) as well as some stand-alone extensions.

Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.

Collections

1: Reference Desk

Reference Desk is good for students or anyone who needs to research information. It installs: DeeperWeb (navigate through Google search results using tag-cloud technique), SimilarWeb (find related sites), Converter (unit, time zone, and currency converter), Merriam-Webster (dictionary), Wired-Marker (highlighter), ScrapBook (save and organize sites), Reframe It (connect and share your thoughts online), and Read It Later (save sites for later reading).

2: Web Developers Toolbox

Web Developers Toolbox will help speed up your development process with extensions for troubleshooting, editing, and debugging Web projects. This collection includes Test Pilot (test Firefox features), Pixlr Grabber (Screen grabs), iMacros for Firefox (macro recorder/player), Stylish (install themes for just about any site that is theme-able), Colorzilla (advanced eyedropper), ShowIP (show the IP address of the current page), Greasemonkey (customize the way a Web page displays), FireFTP (cross-platform FTP client), Web Developer (menu and toolbar with Web developer tools), Firebug (edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript), and FoxyProxy Standard (proxy management tool).

3: Traveler's Pack

Traveler's Pack is a great tool for those who are on the go. You can plan, book, and document your trips. This collection includes: BabelFish Instant Translation (translate language), FoxClocks (know what time it is no matter where you are), Flagfox (displays a country flag according to the site you are on), Deep Web Search Engine (share sites through Samucaya), ScribeFire Blog Editor (easily post to your blogs), Lonely Planet (Search travel guides), Fotofox (drag, drop, and arrange pictures; upload pictures to services without interrupting your browsing), Minimap Sidebar (maps and mapping tools), and Yapta (comparison shopping).

Stand-alones

4: IE Tab

IE Tab will embed Internet Explorer tabs within Firefox. With this extension, you can take advantage of the power of two browsers in one window. NOTE: This extension is not available for Linux.

5: Power Twitter

Power Twitter adds feature to the Twitter Web interface, such as inline YouTube and other sites, link to page title translation, specific user search scoping, status history on mouseover, AND link shrinking.

6: WOT Safe Browsing tool

WOT Safe Browsing tool will let you know if a Web site is safe to browse. Using a fairly universal traffic-light rating system, it shows you which sites are safe (green), questionable (yellow), or unsafe (red).

7: NewEgg Toolbar

NewEgg Toolbar allows you to easily navigate and shop on NewEgg. With this extension, you can browse bestsellers, most-gifted items, and more. You can also use it to sign in and to check order, status, history, and wishlists.

8: PDF Download

PDF Download is a handy PDF-centric tool that allows you to take whatever action you want/need on a PDF document. View PDF docs as HTML in Firefox or use the Web-to-PDF toolbar to share pages as high-quality PDF files.

9: RightToClick

RightToClick will stop JavaScript annoyances, such as the forbidden right-click (hence the name). This little beauty will also enable you to select text that is normally disabled by JavaScript.

10: Monkeysphere

Monkeysphere offers an alternative to the standard, centralized certificate authority scheme. With Monkeysphere, you can validate HTTPS-enabled Web sites using the OpenPGP Web of Trust instead of depending upon often-unreliable CAs.

What are your favorite extensions?

There you have it: Firefox Extensions II, Son of Firefox Extensions. I'm sure you can count on more popping up in the future. Have you come across an extension you can't work without? If so, share it with your fellow TechRepublic members.

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39 comments
ArrowIV
ArrowIV

You may be interested in "Encryption Wizard", available here: http://spi.dod.mil/ewizardaddon.htm It is a plugin for FF which will automatically encrypt files that you upload or download with AES128. Disclaimer: It's from the US DoD (although the actual encryption library is commercial)

EJon
EJon

Stylish and Greasemonkey

JonathanPDX
JonathanPDX

Enough with the Toolbars! Virtually everything you install nowadays tries to sneak in a toolbar. They're almost as bad as malware.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

NoScript FlashBlock AdBlock Plus FlagFox FormFox Better Privacy that's my list

mohamedgohary
mohamedgohary

XMarks, previously known as FoxMarks is an amazing tool to keep your bookmarks with you anyway you go and make them portable. I always invest heavily in my bookmarks and I tend to take backups of them from time to time and XMarks saved my life.

isedc
isedc

Not sure if anyone has mentioned it already, but Adblock Plus is my extension of choice when navigating web pages. Not only does it filter out iframes and flash, but you can filter by wildcards so if you get hung up on a page waiting for an ad to load from a third party domain, you can block it.

FlMCTRob
FlMCTRob

My favorite is Adblock Plus. Pages load much faster, you don't get the extra junk (unless you want it), and it is easy to configure. Who could want more in an extension!

jplaux
jplaux

My extensions are Download Status Bar Firebug WOT Cool Previews HTML Validator FireFTP 1-Click Weather

Norm Cimon
Norm Cimon

Zotero is one I can't live without. It's the best reference manager I've ever used, and it's open unlike all the others.

Kim SJ
Kim SJ

Here's my set.. Bookmark This Page Plus -- allows you to bookmark straight to a sub-menu. The add-on I use most! Echofon -- Twitter reader/poster Firebug -- web dev essential tool FireFTP -- Great GUI FTP client NoScript -- Essential security add-on, especially since I don't use AV software Save Complete -- saves a complete webpage correctly Web Developer -- adds various web dev tools Xmarks -- Bookmark backup/sync across multiple PCs Zotero -- Great academic reference generator/manager I have a few others installed, but don't really use them.

JCitizen
JCitizen

a good zoom feature is needed. I used to use Glazoom, but it is obsolete now; am trying to find an alternative. Trying Default Zoom for now.

Datacommguy
Datacommguy

Along with several of those already mentioned, add Download Status Bar to replace that native screen hog with a small status window in the status bar. And I do use both SiteAdvisor and WOT. Interesting to see the occasional times where they do not agree on whether or not you can trust a web site.

tjsherlock
tjsherlock

Monkeysphere doesn't appear to be a simple download and install. Also there does not appear to be a version available for the Mac.

alliancemillsoft
alliancemillsoft

These plugins I rely on too much. I did not upgrade to 3.5 until these plug ins were available for that version. Tab mix Plus should be the way FF works out of the box, IMO.

hwarnant
hwarnant

Problem with Firefox Firefox has certain advantages over Internet explorer and Firefox was my prefered browser. This is no longer the case, because I can no longer print with firefox. The printer starts and print a blank sheet. The online help and FAQ are useless. The only advice they give is to verify that the printer is part of the configuration file. Of course it is and the printer responds to the command but print a blank sheet. I would welcome some help from Firefox. An email address or a reply to this email or a phone number.. Thank you Hubert Warnant hwarnant@gmail.com

tekwizrd
tekwizrd

I have a few I just have to have .... 1. XMARKS - Bookmark sync. You can create separate profiles, like Home and Work and set which bookmarks you want in each profile. I have also used this add on when resetting up pc's for people. I install XMARKS and Firefox if they don't have before I wipe their current system. Perform a sync. Now I'm set for when I complete the new set up. 2. IE Tab 2 - IE Tabs no longer works with newer versions of Firefox and their are alot of IE Tab type add ons that do not work. This one does. 3. STUMBLEUPON - Awesome for when you have nothing better to do! 4. WEATHERBUG - Best weather app I've found. 5. WINDFOX - Gives live wind speeds for your area. 6. FIREFTP - Very nice and easy to use! 7. COOLPREVIEWS - Lets you preview a webpage just by hovering a link. These are my must haves. There are others I use, but this is a great essential starting for me. btw ... I have been messing a bit with Google Chrome. I am really impressed with what they did with it. Super fast and now you can get many of these extensions with it!

pharris25
pharris25

Tab SideBar FireFTP Download Statusbar X-Ray

trivers
trivers

I use: Photobucket Uploader HTML Validator Multiproxy switch (great for schools) Javascript Debugger All-In-One Gestures

dsteiner_kc
dsteiner_kc

Adblock Plus, AI Roboform Toolbar, All-in-One Sidebar, Colorful Tabs, Flagfox, Forecastfox, IE Tab, IE View, McAfee SiteAdvisor, NoScript, PDF Download, Save Session, and the US English Dictionary (spell-checker).

JCitizen
JCitizen

10 [u]MORE[/u] FireFox extensions. AdBlock was already mentioned in previous articles.

justagallopin
justagallopin

tab junkie here and limited to sat connection at home. This has made me a fan of BarTab. When I open FF my last session opens but only the last viewed tab loads, until I select another. Mouse over shows contents of tab, now I usually have a dozen tabs upon opening FF and no problems with speed. Of all the others my next favorite is xmarks. Mulit pc, mulit boot addict too and all my bookmarks are there when I need them.

RudHud
RudHud

I've used Web Developer for a while now, and like it. I've assumed that Firebug just duplicates it. What is the advantage of running both? PS. I tried watching the video but it uses formats not supported by Win Media Player. I refuse to download other players, each one of which is a potential malware vector.

PCW
PCW

I use many of the add-ons previously mentioned but here is one not mentioned. I live in OneNote, file everything there, correspondence, contract details, Pictures the works. "Clip to OneNote" needs to be force installed but has not failed me yet, even with Office 2010. It will copy, with all formatting, any selection on a page or the whole page and copy to the unfiled notes section. There are others such as screen clip or print to OneNote but they send an image and not HTML.

RudHud
RudHud

NoSquint not only lets you zoom text with or without graphics, it also lets you make the settings permanent for each site individually. I keep TechRep at 110% Text!

anicesteak
anicesteak

which allows you to zoom the text and images together, or text only. I like that it allows me to set the zoom increments too.

JCitizen
JCitizen

is another adviser that is highly rated by parents and organizations.

iansavell
iansavell

IE Tab is no longer available for FF3.6 onwards. There's a lot of controversy over which replacement to use. I've been using Coral IE Tab and haven't had any issues that I know of, but understand that others with different setups may be having nightmares. One of the drawbacks of open source development. My other add-ons: noscript, download statusbar, tab renamizer.

pdemaziere
pdemaziere

Adblock Plus, NoScript, PDF Download, Xmarks (IE, FF) with Remote Tab extension, Auto Dial, FireBug, Smart bookmarks Bar, Tab Mix Plus, Download Statusbar

eyesak
eyesak

Thanks justagallopin, May look into X-Marks - I missed the article that mentioned it. Thanks for BarTab as well - not sure if I will check that out. Thanks for posting your helpful thoughts and experiences. Thank You!

JCitizen
JCitizen

I got a 61" monitor, and with the 16:9 screen real estate, everything looks tiny! Good thing both FireFox and IE 8 are becoming more HDTV friendly! These add-ons really help! I keep TR at 150%

mckinnej
mckinnej

I switched to this one as well and it works fine. Haven't noticed the long delay some folks have mentioned in IE Tab 2.

bmc
bmc

I'm using IE Tab 2 and so far so good.

JimmyStarks
JimmyStarks

hey, I know this comment was from a while ago but I'm wondering if you still use Coral IE? I used to use chrome but now I'm a webmaster (my site is Train Horns) and I find it's not webmaster friendly so I've gone back to FF. I've been looking for good extensions and that's how I found this post. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

RudHud
RudHud

IETab has had a hard time getting upgrades out to match Firefox upgrades. A while ago posts on its download site implied, to me at least, that this was because its owners had abandoned it. Evidently this is not the case, or it has new owners. No matter. Coral IE upgrades match Firefox's, and I've been very pleased with it. Even better, it respects my AdBlock Plus settings, with IETab didn't. Maybe IETab 2 does this now as well, dunno, don't care.

TMahaffey
TMahaffey

I've been using Coral IE Tab since Firefox 3.x

elangomatt
elangomatt

I use Corel IE Tab on both my work and home computer and it works just fine for me. They have made it even better recently by allowing cookies and such to be used in the IE tab as well.