Feature-packing Firefox

One of the strongest features of Mozilla's Firefox browser, is the support for Add-ons extensions. This feature allows for an extensible feature rich .app that's tailored to your needs. Comparing Safari to Firefox (once again), I say this Add-on feature truly makes the 'fox stand above Apple's own Safari.

Here's a list of the extensions currently inhabiting within my Firefox:

  • BugMeNot 1.3 - We all love BugMeNot's service. Having to register just to read a random newspaper article sucks. BugMeNot's site offers a list of usernames and passwords to use on a give site, thus relieving you of a registering process just to read an article. This extension adds auto-fill of log-in forms using BugMeNot's data. All you need to do is right-click on that Username input field and select "Login with BugMeNot" and you are done.
  • Fission 0.8.6 - Using Safari for so long I grew accustomed to Safari's loading progress bar within the URL address bar. Well, this is just that with the possibility to customize the fill color to your fancy and some more.
  • Greasemonkey - Greasemonkey is a powerful site scripting utility. Downloading various Greasemonkey scripts you can add features to a web site. For example, I currently use a Technorati script to add a tag support input-field within Blogger.com's post creating page. The amount of userscripts available is amazing for a multiple array of sites, each adding different features.
  • PDF Download 0.7.6 - Firefox's default way of dealing with .pdf files is lackluster at best. This extension adds some options to deal with pdf documents, when you click on them. From good ol' downloading to even viewing it as an html document.
  • Stop-or-reload Button 0.2.2 - Another of those little Safari things that I can't let go. This makes your stop and reload button into one, just like it is in Safari. Not a whole to say really, but it's a nice little thing to have after using Safari for so long.
  • Viamatic foXpose 0.6 - Should you be an OSX user since 10.3, you probably have come to love and cherish exposé, foXpose adds that lovable feature to your Firefox in one convenient extension. When activated foXpose presents to you an exposé-ish view of all your current tabs open . The extensions come with some customizable options, keyboard shortcut, thumbnail sizing, etc. Pretty nice and handy, although the live resizing of window effect is not present like it is in OSX's exposé version.
So that's the list of all my current Firefox extensions. From an usability standpoint I say all of these extensions add something to the web browsing experience. The best part is that most of these extensions are just some Kbs. to download. No huge download, yet a huge gain in usability. I say, give them a try, you won't be disappointed.

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