Favorite Firefox Extensions and Tricks

My current list of Firefox Extensions and Add-ons. After multiple performance and stability issues, I am being far less trigger-happy in installing these so this pared-down list is what I am using at the moment.

AdBlock Plus + Filterset.G Updater + Element Hiding Helper – safer surfing

All-in-One Gestures – highly touted but I haven’t honestly had the time to really mess with it

All-in-One Sidebar – Nice add-on for getting better visibility on various Firefox things like history, bookmarks, extensions, etc.

Auto Dial – Nice add-on for Ctrl/Cmd+T access to commonly accessed sites (thanks to ShriNagesh!)

Download Statusbar – easy way to check on how downloads are progressing

Firebug + YSlow – method for checking on performance issues with webpages. (NOTE: On Internet Explorer the equivalent is HTTPWatch)

Foxmarks – keep bookmarks backed-up and consistent across multiple platforms

IE Tab (Windows only) – for avoiding use of IE as much as possible
Google Gears – for off-line management of Remember-The-Milk, Google Calendar and not enough other apps

Google Gears – for off-line access to Google Apps (hopefully they’ll get mail up here soon!)

Google Notebook – great extension for editing Notebooks fast

Google Preview – get a preview of the search results before the click

Greasemonkey – scripting foundation for lots of the Firefox plugins – lots of great scripts for GMail such as Remember The  Milk for Gmail and GTDinbox

Live HTTP Headers – for more URL analysis (thanks to the comment registered below!)

ScribeFire – Quick blog-posting software

Stylish – thanks to this Lifehacker article, this one tunes the interface of Firefox – I especially like setting the address bar in yellow when using https sites

TagSifter – for getting a quick cloud of all your bookmark tags

TinyURL Creator – a Java script for the Bookmark Bar to quickly get tinyurl’s generated for posting to blog entries, twitter, etc. Also works on iPhone.

Notes: slowdowns on Leopard 10.5.4 with latest patches: use latest Flash plugin and try new profile
Profiles quite useful for swapping proxy configurations

Add the following javascript to your Bookmark Bar to quickly post to del.icio.us with one click: javascript:location.href=’http://del.icio.us/post?v=4;url=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’;title=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title)


About mfinocchiaro

IT Architecture Guru for large PLM software company but dabbling in Web 2.0 and other stuff.
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3 Responses to Favorite Firefox Extensions and Tricks

  1. Pat says:

    Fino – check out Live HTTP Headers

  2. Pingback: Chrome vs Firefox vs Safari vs Internet Explorer vs Opera… | Fino's Weblog

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