Power browsing with the best Firefox add-ons
At Tectonic we love Firefox (and so do most of our readers). Over the course of 2007 we reviewed many of the best Firefox extensions available and now, as the year-end closes in, we offer the top-five of these that we could simply not live without.
Tab Mix Plus
We initially recommended Tabs Open Relative as a great tool for managing all the Firefox tabs we have open every day. But readers quickly pointed out Tab Mix Plus and we haven’t looked back. Tab Mix Plus does pretty much anything you can think of but our favourites are the progress bar built into each tab, the ability to lock tabs so we don’t accidentally close that all important site, the tab history features and the many options available to configure how and where new tabs are opened.
“Once installed QuickNote allows you to select pieces of text from the page youâ€™re reading and save it into any of a number of notes. To do this, highlight a block of text, right click and select â€œSend to QuickNoteâ€ … The other thing that makes QuickNote a must have extension is that the QuickNotes can be edited offline as well.”
“Where Web Developer seems to focus more on refining the final site and checking its validity, Firebug is far better at doing major editing of sites or building them from scratch.”
“UnPlug is a handy FireFox extension for getting videos off the internet that are otherwise not possible to download. UnPlug does this by scanning the webpage to find out the source of the video. The source is then displayed as a hyperlink, with an option to save it.”
“Imagine a page-full of Google search results and having to right click … to open each one in a new Firefox tab. Now imagine clicking and dragging a selection box around them all and all the links being opened in tabs. Thatâ€™s Snap Links, a simple Firefox extension that makes this possible. And the real clincher is that Snap Links is able to recognise the primary links in selections. So instead of opening every link highlighted … it selects just the main links.”
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