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10 essential Firefox 2 extensions

Mainly for my own records, but I'd be interested to see what other Firefox users consider to be their must-have extensions.

Adblock Plus
Ad killer - must-have.
All-in-One Sidebar
Opera-style sidebar control for access to sidebar panels.
Excellent set of Web debugging utilities, integrating a javascript console, markup validation, document inspection and others.
Safari-style progress bar in address bar.
Manager and environment for client-side scripts. Usefl for fixing web annoyances or shoehorning extra functionality into third-party websites.
Live HTTP Headers
View HTTP headers of a page while loading. Essential for debugging protocol-level problems.
Utility for saving webpages in the browser. Useful for saving flight confirmation pages and the like.
Stop-or-Reload Button
Combined Safari-style stop and reload buttons.
View Cookies
Add cookie pane to page info window.
View Source Chart
Renders document structure in a nested hierarchical view.

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Adblock Plus, greasemonkey, google notebook. I don't like sidebar-y things, so don't really go in for them. I prefer to aggregate all my RSS on a personalised google homepage, and don't have much use for google toolbar either.

I tried Performancing but found I wasn't using it.

That's about it really.

I tried Google Notebook, but found it clunky compared to Scrapbook. On plus side, it's available from all my machines, but that's still not necessarily a good thing.

Still haven't found a good blog client.

The location-independence of google notebook is why I like it - if I see anything related to home interests at work or work interests at home I can just scribble it down and it'll be there! - same reason I prefer to have my RSS on a Google homepage. I don't necessarily like Google but they're convenient.

If I was doing web development, I might have more developer-oriented stuff as well, but fortunately I don't need to do that. (TBH I prefer using w3m in a FreeBSD console window to any graphical browser...)

For noting down things from work for home and vice versa, I tend to use del.icio.us; scrapbook is more useful for fragments of documents. I think my prejudices against Google Notebook are that it's a centralised service that leaves me to rely on a third party for storing my data. I'd happily use a Notebook-a-like that allowed me to sync my clients with a service on a machine that I administered.

Still haven't found a good blog client.

For LJ, Deepest Sender is very good, and it works with Wordpress and (technically) Blogger, depending on what you need to update. Fx plugin, completely integrated, can be used in sidebar or in pop-up window. I like.

Beyond that, Flashblock (I don't use adblock for below mentioned give the artist/writer their due reasons, plus I place ads on my site) is my favourite extension.

I've tried both Deepest Sender (a while back, it may have improved) and Performancing and neither of them seem to offer me anything over opening up a new tab and loading LJ.

I tried and hated Perfomancing, it's just not designed for LJ. But DS is, and is very good for link/quote/discuss posts, which I tend to do a lot of. Also since I installed it, I've been doing a lot of private locked braindump posts, interesting things I've found to research, etc.

With DS, I can highlight, right click, send to DS, and I've got a blockquote formatted with fully formatted link above it ready to type around. I normally go in and redo a lot of it, but the copy/paste mess has gone. It can handle multiple different added quotes from different pages as well. I really like it, but ultimately, we all like different things. I really like the new LJ update layout, for example. Apparently I'm in the minority...

OOOkaaay, who wants to run the book on garklet's first word being computer....and how old he will be when he says it ?

What is this Firefox of which you speak? IE7 feels much faster and has most of the features I need - tabbed browsing, draggable link bars, RSS feeds on the link bar.

(Except for mouse gestures, which, until all OS's & apps understand, is probably better not to have - when I was using FF at home & work, it became second nature to drag left to go back/up - this does nasty things in Windows Explorer, and the possibility of losing files became very real!)

I can't live without Adblock any more. Nor without NoScript.

I go to sites at work, where I have to use IE, and they're a mess of ads and popups. At home, where I can turn all that stuff off, they're clean and easy to use.

If we're going to do the browser wars thing,

Opera. 'Cause it actually works. ;)

I have given Firefscked far more chances than any other piece of software over the versions (and over different OSen and machines), and it has always been a slow, clunky, unstable, unfeatured, awkward beast compared to Opera.

Ad blocking be damned. Opera 9 has a generic content blocker, but I'm not about to cheat the webcomics I read out of what meagre fractions of hosting fees they can recoup that way. (Popups are far worse, and I note that the prevailance of popup blocking/control in Opera and IE7, and extensions which do it in Firefox, have just lead to an upsurge in DHTML "fake" popups, which are even worse. Woo.)

Re: If we're going to do the browser wars thing,

Is Opera still greedy of screen real-estate? I don't mean the embedded ads which I know have gone, I mean all the sidebars and tabs and toolbars....

I've tried it occasionally on PCs under Windows and proper operating systems, but it's never really made me love it. I did have an early version on my Psion Series 7 and that is still quite a classy piece of software.

Not sure what the default setup is these days,

because it's not Firefox and "delete your profile" isn't the answer to all bugs. ;) But, IIRC, they had a cleanup between 8 (stacks of giant buttons and panels) and 9, which is closer to my rather minimal setup: menu; tab bar (disappears when only the one) and trash; address bar/navigation, with the toggle for the view bar. Panel's completely disabled---not even the little toggle---because I've never liked the thing.

You are a troll, and I claim my five pounds.

When I've measured it, I've found IE7 to be slower than Firefox for things like opening new tabs. It isn't appreciably faster for page loads. Startup time is irrelevant because there's no meaningful comparison; IE7 is closely integrated with the OS, whereas Firefox isn't.

On the other hand, if you want to pay good money for inferior third party addons, then I guess that IE7 is clearly superior to Firefox.

While we're talking about measuring browser behaviour,

I'm going to pimp my JavaScript Torture Chamber again, if only because some flamebait (proprietary browsers and operating systems beat Firefox/Linux, I'm afraid) will make a nice change from outright trolling. ;)

There's also been some fairly comprehensive testing of browser speeds---Opera came out on top, beaten on startup times by Konqueror under KDE and Safari under MacOS X (amusingly, however, not MSIE under Windows). Rah-rah fox supporters should take note of the pretty horriffic loss of speed between FF 1.5 and 2.0.

(Yes, I know he says "stop linking this, it's old". He also went and updated it for Firefox 2.0, Opera 9.01, et. al., so I call shenanigans.)

Oh, and come on, I'm claiming five pounds too.

"If you want to pay good money for inferior third party addons"---one of the very extensions you linked, View Source Chart, costs money if you want the latest version. It's not alone in that regard.

Re: Oh, and come on, I'm claiming five pounds too.

View Source Chart costs $3, which isn't even beer money. In contrast, a lot of the IE7 addons cost at least an order of magnitude more; there's a less capable view source tool for IE7 that costs $25. Similarly, there's an equivalent to LiveHTTPHeaders costing $249, and a DOM inspector for $79.


Because the built in tab stuff is nice, but the finer control over what gets opened in a new tab and what doesn't is very nice to have.

TargetAlert. Lets you know that link you're clicking on will open a new window, or a PDF, or an email, before you click on it.

Oooh - I used to have that, and lost it during an upgrade gone wrong months ago, and could never work out which extension it was. Thanks!

Very nice. That goes on the list.

I find flashblock to be pretty much essential.

DownThemAll! Very handy for use with allofmp3 et al.

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