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sleipner
02-13-2006, 05:25 AM
Startin a thread on my favorite firefox ::EDIT:: extensions (for now, before it said themes) ::END EDIT::, add whichever favorites you have (if they arent here already)

NOTE: Links go to the mozilla firefox extensions download page for that extension

My ESSENTIAL extensions (must... have... for... decent... browsing... experience...)
::Tab Mix Plus (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1122&application=firefox) lots of customization options for tabs, puts an "X" (close tab) on each, a session saver (computer crash?)
::Menu X (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=786&application=firefox) - lots of menu button improvements (new buttons, example: toggle tool bars=click it and hide the bookmarks tab (also where I put my history, downloads, search bar)
::Mouse Gestures (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=39&application=firefox) - for people like me that occasionally feel too lazy to move the mouse all the way up to the URL bar - just make a short little right mouse drag(customize which button) in a direction (say, left=back, right=forward, up=new tab, down=new window)
::Image Zoom (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=139&application=firefox) - right click/context menu > hover on "Zoom Image" and zoom in on that nice high rez image that they put a low size attribute on
::MeasureIt (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=539&application=firefox) - click on the ruler down by the status bar to bring up an overlay on the webpage and drag a box to measure pixels - great for telling the overzealous gaming clan members that, no, my awesome sig does not break the size limits...

Non-essentials (but they are still great)
::Nuke Anything Enhanced (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=951&application=firefox) - right click/context menu "Remove this object" - reparses the webpage without whatever you selected (bye-bye pesky ads that ruin printer friendly-ness, just takes time to get all the ads off, often not worth it, too bad it doesnt keep em off (refresh the page and they're back))
::Colorzilla (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=271&application=firefox) - works the same way as MeasureIt, give you an eyedropper to find out the hex colors for pictures and page elements without having to open image programs or look at code
::FoxClocks (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1117&application=firefox) - great for keeping track of what time it is for people you know in other time zones (shoutbox and VOIP with anyway)
::gTranslate (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=918&application=firefox) - uses "Google translation services" to let you select text on a page > right click/context menu >> see what it is in other languages OR select language (make sure you have it in the right language you are translating to and from)
::FoxyTunes (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=219&application=firefox) - great for when you dont feel like switching over to iTunes (or any of the (what 10?) other media players it supports)
::InFormEnter (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=673&application=firefox) - keeps track of all those usernames (all fields actually, from user names to comment boxes)
::PDF Download (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=636&application=firefox) - not the greatest conversion, but rather effectively lets you view non-selectable PDFs as if it were HTML formatted text (not the greatest bout alignments and spacing, but the key is it lets you select text)

I've probably got a few more extensions, but those are the useful ones I got.

jscheuer1
02-13-2006, 06:09 AM
I just snagged colorzilla and measureit, two tools I've been wanting for some time. My current favorite is Web Developer (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=60&application=firefox) with tools too numerous to mention, all very useful in developing and troubleshooting pages. Particularly handy is the live css editing tool. Of note - html and css validation, many many more.

esteban
03-01-2006, 05:03 PM
Well, it looks like I'll have to try some of these extensions ( Web Developer is very tempting! ). However, I feared that using too many extensions would slow down FF (either when launching or during browsing) -- is there any validity to this notion?

Twey
03-01-2006, 05:06 PM
They do, but I found you need a massive number of extensions installed to do so. Mine started slowing down noticeably at 100 (dummy extensions, obviously real extensions may be more memory-intensive). Anyway, I run about 30 real extensions with no noticeable slowdown.

esteban
03-01-2006, 05:09 PM
They do, but I found you need a massive number of extensions installed to do so. Mine started slowing down noticeably at 100 (dummy extensions, obviously real extensions may be more memory-intensive). Anyway, I run about 30 real extensions with no noticeable slowdown.Well, that's quite nice. Thanks for the info.

Twey
03-01-2006, 05:35 PM
Tab Mix always messed up my tab layout when the tabs reached the edge of the screen. Maybe that's been fixed now, I'll give it a go.

/EDIT: Or maybe not... the extensions site seems to be broken.

mwinter
03-01-2006, 06:44 PM
Web Developer (http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/) from Chris Pederick.
Adblock (http://adblock.mozdev.org/) (though one should be careful not to make the filters too general).
Tabbrowser Preferences (http://216.55.161.203/theonekea/tabprefs/) from Bradley Chapman (aka The One KEA), and Chris Cook previously.

Mike

ddadmin
03-02-2006, 01:12 PM
I use FireFTP, (http://fireftp.mozdev.org/) a FTP extension for Mozilla when I quickly need to ftp something and don't have access to an actual program. Quite nice.

Twey
03-02-2006, 02:45 PM
Graphical FTP clients irritate me.

ddadmin
03-02-2006, 02:55 PM
Graphical FTP clients irritate me.

Versus what though? My favorite FTP program is WS_FTP lite. Very simple, non cluttered interface.

Twey
03-02-2006, 03:00 PM
ncftp is a nice one. lftp is said to be good, although I never tried it. Most of the time, though, if I don't need any odd features, I just use normal netkit ftp. Graphical FTP clients over-simplify things, and the time it takes me to click all the buttons, navigate through all the directories, find the files I want, and drag them onto the server, I could've uploaded three files via CLI ftp using mput. Some things need a graphical interface; some are better with a graphical interface. FTP clients fit into neither category. :)

sleipner
03-02-2006, 03:36 PM
I heard about/found another extension the other day - Remove It Permanently (https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=521&application=firefox) works much in the same manner as Nuke Anything Enhanced (I mentioned in my initial list), it's not quite as versatile (neither let you select >> remove flash elements, but with Nuke Anything you can select the usual "Advertisement" text and the ad bound to be after the flash, and remove selection, taking the flash out with it, but I value permanently removing things more than the occaisional flash object I remove) - you cant select things and remove the selection - still temp downloads elements and reparses the page without em like Nuke Anything Enhanced, but it gets rid of the element permanently

Personally, I like it for the overly large site banners on places like gaming forums/sites where they have a great graphics guy, but he doesnt realize that no, I don't need to see the same 300x700 site banner on every page - also usefull for making Yahoo less of a portal, except for the fact that I dont even touch Yahoo now unless I have to...

Twey
03-02-2006, 03:53 PM
I think Greasemonkey and Platypus would more-or-less replace that.

sleipner
03-02-2006, 04:47 PM
I had Greasemonkey installed, but never bothered to look for user scripts, and that I find it easier to use the context menu with this one versus searching for a user script or writing one myself for some out of the way small gaming community or easy customization/removing portal junk on Yahoo since I might still want to keep one or 2 of the portal things they have like Services on the odd occaision I get *really* bored and play a webgame

my point is, it seems easier for people to customize removing things with a context menu than searching/writing a script

also, the way I read the Greasemonkey description, it sounds more like it and userscripts are more for adding things to pages than removing - such as adding one of the dynamic drive script menus or AJAX view and threading to Yahoo Mail and the like...

on an entirely unrelated note - my little green light telling if I'm on these forums seems to have stopped working - wonder if that makes me a dead-man-walking/zombie?

esteban
03-02-2006, 04:52 PM
OK, the Web Developer extension is brilliant. I am totally a newbie to web design, but even I can appreciate all of the tools packed into this program. I wish I had taken the time to download it a few months ago -- it would have made life much easier!

Twey
03-02-2006, 04:54 PM
on an entirely unrelated note - my little green light telling if I'm on these forums seems to have stopped working - wonder if that makes me a dead-man-walking/zombie?No, it's working. I've noticed they seem to be a little unreliable.
the way I read the Greasemonkey description, it sounds more like it and userscripts are more for adding things to pages than removingIt uses scripting to let you make whatever modifications to the page you like.