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Power browsing with the best Firefox add-ons

By   |  December 24, 2007

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 you’re reading and save it into any of a number of notes. To do this, highlight a block of text, right click and select “Send to QuickNote” … 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.”

Snap Links
“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. That’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.”

Have an extension you could not live without? Share the knowledge in the comments.

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7 Responses to “Power browsing with the best Firefox add-ons”

  1. Andy
    December 27th, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    How come that Adblock and Filterset.G Updater are not mentioned? I couldn’t browse without

  2. Soyapi
    December 27th, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    From those not in the list, I can’t browse without Translator and 2 other addons from Africa: SearchStatus and SearchWith

    Disclaimer: I’m the developer of SearchWith

  3. lenooh
    December 27th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    – adblock plus
    – noscript
    – tabbrowser preferences (or similar)

    these are must-haves.

  4. Jake
    December 27th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

    Colorful Tabs – Colors your tabs, when you have a lot of tabs it becomes easier to find the one you want

    Ad Block Plus- Blocks LOTS and LOTS of ads

    Faster Fox- Applies a lot of tweaks to firefox instead of doing them manualy. Also ads a little section to status bar the measure time to load the page

    IE Tab- For those damn pages that are IE only

    Unplug – See above

  5. Jonas
    December 29th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    My favorites:

    Update Notifier – Updates all add-ons automatically

    Tab Scope


    Add Bookmark Here 2

    Google Browser Sync

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    April 9th, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

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  7. lassar
    May 27th, 2008 @ 1:13 am

    My must haves are

    “Always Remember Password”
    Session Manager
    Tab Overflow Scrollbar

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