The standard version of Firefox 2 is an improvement over Internet Explorer, in my opinion. When they add the ability for me to pick and choose any number of Add-ons for additional functions, I think it is a great improvement.
The Mozilla web site (mozilla.org) hosts a large number of independently developed add-ons for Firefox.
To find Add-ons, your first step is to open the Add-ons dialog box in Firefox. You’ll find it via the Firefox menu bar, then Tools, Add-ons.
Some add-ons that I use are useful for almost any type of user:
- Google Photos Screensaver – allows you to add feeds to the Google Photos Screensaver through the Firefox right-click menu.
- Image Zoom – adds zoom functionality for images (I use this frequently)
- OpenBook – allows for customization of the Add Bookmark dialog box.
- Tab Mix Plus – one of my favorite Firefox extensions. I used a different tab extension until Clif (Clif’s Notes Newsletter) told me about Tab Mix Plus
- TinyURL Creator – easy access to the tinyurl.com site’s tool for creating small URLs to replace long ones
A lot of the add-ons that I use are related to web design. These are:
- Colorzilla – Advanced eyedropper, color picker, page zoomer and more
- DOM Inspector – inspects the structure and properties of a window and its contents
- Live HTTP Headers – view HTTP headers of a page and while browsing
- Search Status – display the Google PageRank and Alexa ranking with search-related tools
- SEO for Firefox – SEO Information inline with Google and Yahoo! search results
- Squidoo – an extension fro Squidoo Lensmasters
- View Source Chart – one of my most recent finds, this creates a colorful chart to help with understanding a web page’s source code
- Web Developer – indispensible! Plenty of tools in one easy-to-use toolbar.
- Whois – get the whois data on domains – who owns them, etc.
That’s the list of Firefox Add-ons / Firefox Extensions that I have installed.
If you’re using Firefox, give some of these a try. If you’re not using Firefox, get it!