Firefox Extensions in PR1

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Back in April I posted an entry on the Firefox extensions I found most useful supplemented by instruction on safely installing new extensions. Since reaching Preview Release, the Extension Manager has made the later discussion redundant. At the same time, the new Extension Room and older repository has seen the number and variety of extensions for Firefox grow extensively. With my former post the top viewed page on this weblog, I decided it was time for a quick update.

Some of the extensions I recommended in April are no longer relevant while others can now be found under new project names. So here is my list:

  • Web Developer Toolbar - always first extension I install with any new release, can't do without it!
  • Mouse Gestures - slightly more lightweight than the AIO but the latest release offers superb customisation (with a little javascript knowledge).
  • Sage - this project has merged the RSS Reader to become the essential RSS syndication sidebar and I still find myself turning to this more often than Live Bookmarks.
  • Adblock - only started using this recently and couldn't believe what I was missing.
  • Link Toolbar - essential site navigation toolbar, but disable the slightly over eager link guesser!
  • Live HTTP Headers - very useful development utility.
  • Quick Note - good data collation tool.
  • Paste and Go - recent releases have developed intelligence to open paste URL or search in a new window if focused window is not blank.
  • BBCode - simplifies BBCode entry and now includes XHTML. Just waiting for toolbar functionality to be included.
  • GMail Notifier - only if you have it of course (see below)!
  • ConQuery - combined with inbuilt smart search features and Mycroft makes most other search extensions redundant. Just write your own queries to access advanced searches, caches, archives and validation tools.
  • Cookie Culler - quick access to cookie management with additional functionality.
  • - quickpost toolbar button via, sidebar and context menu integration for bookmarks sharing.
  • HTML Validator - enables quick access to page validation in the source viewer. Latest version offers accessibility checking but is currently a little limited, and it seems to crash the browser on a few complex form layouts.
  • Toolbar Enhancements - brings back toolbar buttons and allows creation of custom toolbars.
  • Tab Clicking Options - customise the behaviour for tab clicking.
  • Undo Close Tab - does what it says by adding additional functionality to Tab Clicking Options and context menus!
  • MiniT Drag with Indicator - reposition tabs in the tab bar.
  • Blank Last - without this the last tab closed continues to be displayed and the tab bar is hidden.

The last four replace some of the functionality of the Tabbrowser Extension which I chose to avoid this time round due to its resource consumption.

Feel free to recommend any other extensions you may have found useful that I have not mentioned above. And since I recommended Gmail Notifier, if anyone is still after a Gmail invite leave your email address in the comment with your recommendations and I will send you one (so long as my invites continue to top up). Just counting down the days now to the final release…

Posted on Saturday, Oct 16, 2004 at 22:46:04.

Comments on Firefox Extensions in PR1 (6)

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Two that i find quite helpful are: Compact Menu and Copy Plain Text. Given that i'm only missing a few of those you list here - and that mainly because i'm not a forum habitue - i'd say the chances are good you already have them?? cheers peter PS: still undecided about GMail but would appreciate an invite if you have one to spare - ipre at - thanks

Posted by Peter Elliott
Sunday, Oct 17, 2004 at 14:34:45

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Hi Peter, I tried Compact Menu back in 0.8, but have never got round to installing it for PR1. Since most of my toolbar buttons sit on the menu bar, would probably be a good idea - cheers for the reminder :)

Never found the need for Copy Plain Text but cheers too for recommendation.

Gmail on it's way…

Posted by Tom
Sunday, Oct 17, 2004 at 14:47:55

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Tom, Thanks for the GMail invite, i've signed on and am now thinking of rejoining all those developer mailing lists i pulled out of earlier this year - space and time considerations - gmail taking care of about one and of half of those ….. Copy Plain Text is handiest for when you just can't seem to shake the formatting out of cut'n'pastes from web pages. cheers peter

Posted by Peter Elliott
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2004 at 00:15:00

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I am looking for an extension which allows to save several open pages/tabs together as a group an open them together with one action. Does this exist ? Where could I find it ?

Posted by Stephan Wölfel
Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 14:17:40

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Stephen, the best option I know of would be the Session Saver feature that is integrated into the Tabbrowser Extension. I used to find this extension invaluable, however it is heavy weight and can slow down the browser, so I do not use it currently, opting for lightweight tab browsing extensions instead.

Session Saver does exist as a standalone extension, but this has not been updated for a long time and is only compatible upto Firefox 0.8 - so I wouldn't try installing it on version 1.0+ :(

If anyone knows of an alternative I would be very keen to hear about it also…

Posted by Tom
Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 23:49:22

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Stephan doesn't need an extension ? this has actually been built in to Firefox for a long time.

Open the pages you want in new tabs. Hit Ctrl-D. Check 'Bookmark all tabs in a folder.' Then, forevermore, you can hit Ctrl-B for the bookmarks sidebar, right click on the folder, and select 'open in tabs' Or drag the folder to your Bookmarks Toolbar, and left-click on it and select 'open in tabs.'

If you haven't tried it yet, check out the Tab Mix 2.0 extension ? it has a form of session saver and several other of the best features of TBE without the bulk and flakiness.

Posted by Zed Lopez
Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 21:08:52

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