Niceties to spice up your firefox

Posted: April 3, 2008 by ralliart12 in 1-hour notebook
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Firefox is my web browser of choice, though recently, it has appeared to be more of a memory hog(on my system). Nonetheless, it is still incredibly flexible & extensible to its integrated support for add-ons. I’m gonna share some of the wonderful add-ons I stumbled upon(no pun intended) over my trawl across the worldwide web. Let’s begin with the ones to increase your productivity, and slowly end off with one that makes you look cool!

#1 – FasterFox

Performance and network tweaks for Firefox.

Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay. Dynamic speed increases can be obtained with the unique prefetching mechanism, which recycles idle bandwidth by silently loading and caching all of the links on the page you are browsing.

Okay, for non-techie folks, basically there are hidden settings(about:config) you can tweak to make the work your Firefox browser retrieve and render websites faster. FasterFox gives you a friendly one-touch sorta GUI to configure your browser’s underlying settings without breaking a sweat.

#2 – Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus 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 – Download Statusbar

View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing. Despite its compact size, Download Statusbar packs in more useful features than the standard download window. The fully customizable interface auto-hides when not in use, allowing full control without interruption.

#4 – Image Toolbar

Single-click access to common actions for images (e.g. saving, copying, printing). This extension is intended to provide a replacement for the equivalent toolbar in Internet Explorer, which appears when you hover your mouse cursor over an image.

#5 – Link Alert

Changes the cursor to indicate the target of a link. Never worry about accidentally clicking on a PDF or Doc link again and wait slowly for your processor to crunch.

#6 – Back to Top

Go to the top or bottom of a page with a single click. Using right clicks and control clicks you can scroll a page or line at a time. You can map the clicks any way you like. With drag and drop, the statusbar icons can be ergonomically arranged.

#7 – Video DownloadHelper

DownloadHelper is a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites. Just surf the Web as you are used to, when DownloadHelper detects it can do something for you, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item.

For instance, if you go to a YouTube page, you’ll be able to download the video directly on your file system. It also works with MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost and others. When you are on a page containing links to images or movies, you can download some or all of them at once. Moving the mouse over the items in the menu will highlights the links directly in the page to make sure they are the ones you want to pick up.

DownloadHelper also allows you to download files one by one, so that you keep bandwidth to surf for other stuff to download.

#8 – Speed Dial

Direct access to your most visited websites. With Speed Dial, you can easily access your most used websites. To show the Speed Dial tab, use the Speed Dial button (which can be added to the toolbar), or enter “chrome://speeddial/content” in your location bar.

#9 – PicLens.

This have gotta be the coolest add-on ever. Period. PicLens instantly transforms your browser into a full-screen 3D experience for viewing images across the web. The new interactive “3D Wall” and built-in search function lets you effortlessly drag, click, zoom, and zip your way around a wall of pictures for an extraordinary viewing experience.

Downside? Works on limited pool of image sites and not available for Linux.

Well, that’s about all! I’m using a few others, but they’re for more niche purposes. If you come across any cool ones, please give back to the cyber surfing community and share ’em!

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