Back in 2007 I posted My Essential Firefox Extentions, I thought it was about time I revisted this essential list to see what’s changed in two years.
- Better Gmail 2 – Still using it 2 years on. A great collection of userscript modifications to Gmail. Mainly used for attachment icons and making the labels collaspable like folders.
- Delicious Bookmarks – A new addition to the list, as I’ve started to use delicious a whole lot more . Have been collecting a whole lot of useful tech reference articles, basically a nice clean library of quick fixes.
- Australian English Dictionary – I didn’t have this extension installed until writing this post, how could I have forgotten! Stupid US English…
- Firebug – A great tool for the web developer, great for debugging. Admittedly I don’t do a great deal of web dev and usually have this extension disabled.
- DownThemAll! – Can’t be without this extension, found it back in 2007 and just can’t let go of it. Multi threaded downloads ftw!
- FireGestures – Replaced the extension MouseGestures from 2007. Adds Mouse Gestures to Firefox, allowing speedier control of the browser.
- Greasemonkey – The monkey is still sitting in my status bar. Not often I have a userscript loaded (thanks to extensions like Better Gmail above). Only recently installed the Twitter Fantastico user script and it remains my only one, for now.
- IE Tab – The last keeper from 2007. Basically allows quick launching of sites in IE, keeping it in Firefox as a new tab. Also keeps a list of sites to always display in an IE tab.
- Lazarus: Form Recovery – This extension is a god send. Keeps a backup copy of any form you fill in, allowing you easy right click recovery in case FF crashes or you close a tab by accident. A must have!
- Remember The Milk for Gmail - Started using RTM this year to keep track of personal projects having migrated from Outlook to Google Apps. This extension adds RTM as a sidebar to Gmail, very handy.
- UrlbarExt – Adds shortcuts in the address bar with functions like ‘Make TinyURL’, ‘Search Site’, ‘Go up one folder’, ‘Sequential Navigation’, ‘Surf Annoymously’. Rather handy
Which extensions didn’t make the cut from 2007?
Join the fight to stop Internet Censorship in Australia. I’m all for getting rid of the crap and highly illegal material on the web, but I do not want to be told what I can an can’t view on the Internet. Not to mention suffer a 20%+ drop in performance just to stop child molestors and un-parented children from viewing bad things. Any ‘pro’ for the filter that talks about protecting the children with this national filter is bullshit, it should be the responsibilty of the parents. Here’s a crazy thought, educate the parents on how to look after there children when using the Internet. You wouldn’t leave your child in the City would you? So why leave them to browse the world from their computer alone? Ugh, people are stupid and mostly it’s the Politians when it comes to technology…
Some other links:
My favourite and essential FireFox Extensions listed in no particular order.
Combines a swag of tweaks to Google Gmail in one FireFox extension. Just provides some nice tweaks to Gmail that makes it a little easier to use.
English (Australian) Dictionary
So FireFox know what the hell I’m on about mate!
Hate it when the posted URL or email is plain text and not clickable? This little baby will change that for you automagically!
Because some people just have to be stupid and make life hard by requiring IE. Haven’t they heard of standards?! This will save you the trouble of having to open IE for those one off websites, by loading IE into a tab. Can also set a list of sites to force load into an IE tab.
Without this I’d likely still be using Opera. Being able to open, close and reload with the click’n’flick of the mouse saves me a great deal of time everyday.
Restore Scroll Position
I was so glad when I finally found this extension. It was bugging me for ages that Firefox would not remember where I was on the page when I flicked back to it in the history. This solves that little annoying bug.
Power of the people :) Greasemonkey to power those user tweaks to existing websites. read more
Download manager that also supports multi threaded downloads. Makes handling all the crazy downloading I do easier to manage and faster when multiple thread transfers are supported.