Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Firefox Extensions I use (2006-06-21)

Update from my previous post Firefox Extensions I use.

Anyway, here is a list of the current Extensions I am using in Firefox 1.5.0.4:

  • Aardvark v1.1 (homepage)
    Lets you point to sections of a web page and delete, isolate, de-widify etc. Great for pruning a page before printing.
  • Adblock Plus v0.7.0.2 (amo homepage)
    Couldn't live without. While I have maintained my block list of many years, when setting up for other people, I use FiltersetG list (usually via the updater extension).
  • AJAX Yahoo! Mail v0.6 (amo homepage)
    Modifies Y! Mail so that I can open messages inline (meaning I can open many at once and see them all on the one page). It also lets you download attachments with one click and "instant reply" without having to load a new page.
  • Console2 v0.3.5 (amo homepage)
    Replaces the inbuilt JavaScript Console with the "Error Console", makes the console very useful and adds advanced features.
  • Download Manager Tweak v0.7.1 (amo homepage)
    Seems to add nice little tweaks to the Download Manager. Not as useful as Download Statusbar for me.
  • Download Statusbar v0.9.4.1 (amo homepage)
    Very nice, download's popup just above the statusbar (like the find bar), and I changed it so they disappear after 10 seconds. Great for directly opening ZIP, exe and PDF files after downloading them (which download by default now).
  • DownThemAll! v0.9.9.5.1 (amo homepage)
    Great when downloading lots of the same type of file linked from a page (ZIP downloads, images etc.).
  • Enhanced History Manager v0.5.8.05 (amo homepage)
    Ok, so I'm an old Mozilla App Suite user, and like my advanced History manager to prune my huge history list.
    Update: I'm running a custom EHM version from AnonEmoose that let's you filter by referrer.
  • Favicon Picker v0.3.0 (amo homepage)
    This is great for fixing favicon issues in bookmarks, especially for adding custom one's for Bookmarklets on the Personal Toolbar (and can therefore get rid of the text, making more fit).
    Seems a little un-maintained, but someone updated it for Firefox 1.5 and it works a treat.
  • Grab and Drag v1.5.3 (amo homepage)
    Instead of the cursor being used for selecting text (except for links), it makes the mouse pointer act like Acrobat Readers', where you click and drag the page around to scroll. Feels weird using a browser without it.
    Note: Doesn't seem to be updated on AMO, goto the homepage instead.
  • Greasemonkey v0.6.4 (amo homepage)
    Uses JavaScript to modify a pages content. Many JS scripts are available from userscripts.org. Never got into it until I found a few useful scripts at Userscripts that make Y! default to secure login, remebers Y! account names, hides the search section on the Google Personalized page (redudant with FF searchbox) and makes some improvements to All music guide.
    I've also created a few of my own.
  • JavaScript Debugger v0.9.87 (amo homepage)
    Great for serious JavaScript development. Need to try Firebug as well.
  • Linky v2.7.1 (amo homepage)
    Lets you open multiple links in a variety of ways. I use it by selecting links I'm interested and opening them all in tabs.
  • Live HTTP Headers v0.12 (homepage)
    Works well to debugging what the browser is sending and what the server returns (especially for redirects).
  • Magpie v3.2.5 (amo old homepage new homepage)
    Great for downloading content/pictures from a series of open tabs. Hopefully DownThemAll! will be able to do this one day.
  • Menu Editor v1.2 (amo homepage)
    Don't use this that much anymore, but used to aggressively prune the context menu to make it faster to use (by getting rid of stuff I don't use).
    Maybe should again, extensions add a lot of crap to the context menu.
  • Mouse Gestures v1.5 (amo homepage)
    Lets me use gestures, which for me involves shortcuts for going Back and Closing a tab/window (customised to use a down stroke).
    Also added a custom gesture to Go to first page in the tab's history (Snapback??) as L,R
  • SmoothWheel 0.44.7.20050605 (amo homepage)
    Makes scrolling so nice and smooth (includes de-acceleration when getting to the top or bottom, sweet).
  • Stylish v0.3.2 (amo homepage)
    Uses CSS to change the style of a page, similair to Greasemonkey. Many styles are available from userstyles.org.
    I used to put customisations in my usercontent.css and userchrome.css files, but with Stylish, I can see the changes instantly and toggle on and off.
    I use it to increase the size of the Firefox search box (used to use the Resize Searchbox extension, should be in FF v2), show a crosshair when over a link that opens a new window. I created a few styles, for removing clutter from Yahoo! mail and yourTV.com.au TV guides (I should submit those to userstyles.org one day.
  • Tab Preview v0.3 (homepage)
    Great use of the new Canvas feature in Firefox 1.5, it shows a thumbnail of each page when you mouse over non-current tabs. There are a lot of tab preview extensions out there, no idea if how this compares.
  • View Source Chart v2.0.02 (amo homepage)
    Useful when trying to analyse how a website is structured, when checking out how it works or for customising.
  • Web Developer v1.0.2 (amo homepage)
    Analysis and debugging pages. I use mainly for outlining block elements in HTML, validation and resizing the window for common sizes.

Retired Extensions:

  • Adblock v0.5.3.042 (amo homepage)
    Couldn't live without. Need to check out Adblock Plus, with heaps of improvements like whitelisting. While I have maintained my block list of many years, when setting up for other people, I use FiltersetG list (usually via the updater extension).
    Switched to Adblock Plus mainly coz of the small icon on status bar.
  • Forecastfox v0.9.2 (amo homepage)
    Used to like a lot, but the weather date provider (Accuweather) is usually way off for Melbourne weather, so I use the Bureau of Meteorology's plain text based forecast.
  • Performancing v1.2 (amo homepage)
    New extension that adds a Blog poster to Firefox, for Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, WordPress & MoveableType. Seems very slick and I like the way it acts as a docked bar at the bottom of a FF window, allowing you to flick between normal tabs without losing the editing window. This is my first post with it, so lets see how it performs (no pun intended). Update: publishing failed for some reason, so having to cut-n-paste into Blogger's editor. Also ask's for the master password 4 times on start, still not fixed in v1.1 (not sure if publishing is fixed now).

Old retired list:

  • Google Suggest - adds "Suggest" to the Firefox Google searchbox
  • Hash Coloured Tabs - creates new tabs with colour coding
  • Link Visitor - lets you selectively mark links as visited or unvisited
  • Resize Searchbox - creates a grippy for the Firefox searchbox so it can be resized

1 comment:

matt said...

hey there, i was looking for a "snapback" type gesture and found your mention of it here, but the gesture exchange page is no more. care to share that gesture here?