I told Dave that I’d post a list of add-ons I use with Firefox.
That was about ten months ago, so I figured it was probably time to write the list. If you don’t use Firefox (and you really should), then expect this to mean even less to you than my normal drivel . If you do use Firefox, consider any add-ons on this list to come stamped with my approval.
Tiny Menu – shrinks the menubar into one or two top-level menus. I use this and then put all the other buttons on the menubar too.
Restart Firefox – adds a button/menu item allowing you to restart firefox with a single click. I use it a fair bit when firefox gets all bogged down.
Flashblock – blocks all Flash movies until you give the go-ahead to download them. This is handy in preventing ads popping up all over your screen too.
ScribeFire – a blog editor that I am using right now to write this entry up. Lets you save drafts locally as well as posting to different blogs etc. Handy.
Duplicate Tab – duplicates tabs. Duh!
BugMeNot – accesses (non-paid) websites with a shared username/password. Helps prevent loads of advertising and assists in privacy.
English (Australian) Dictionary – gives little squigglies under misspelled words, but not under words like ‘colour’ and ‘favourite’.
SubmitToTab – submit forms to new tabs.
del.icio.us – I use the del.icio.us plugin to quickly mark interesting sites, that I then post to my blog every now and again.
Adblock Plus – blocks ads.
Nuke Anything Enhanced – right click on stuff and remove it from the page. I normally use this to pull ads or pictures out of articles I want to read.
OpenBook – customises the ‘Add Bookmark’ dialog, I use this to add the keyword field to the pop-up, so I can get back to sites really quickly.
Screen grab! – takes a screen shot of a web page, scrolling automatically so you get an image of the entire page. This was made by my buddy Andy, who I used to sit next to at work.
Fasterfox – performance/network tweaks for Firefox. Can’t say I’ve seen much difference, but it could well be helping, so I leave it there.
Popup ALT Attribute – Firefox doesn’t show ALT tags by default (because you should be using TITLE tags instead). But most sites use alt tags still, and lots of my favourite webcomics have extra jokes in there, so this is a must for me.
Download Statusbar – adds a little status bar for managing downloads. Really neat.
Colorful Tabs – makes each tab a different pastel colour. Helps me keep track of what tabs I have open and where they are (I often have over 20/30 tabs open at once).
IE Tab – allows you to open tabs as Internet Explorer. Handy for those sites that expect you to use IE when you don’t want to.
TabGroups – adds groups of tabs, so I can have several groups, one for work, one for stuff to read on the train and so on.
BlockSite – (I don’t have a URL for this one, just do a search for it) I use this to block youTube, so I don’t do anything stupid like looking at not-quite-nude girls dancing to pathetic music.
Autohide – options for running firefox in maximised mode (F11). Adds a bit more screen real-estate. Nice for my little-screened laptop.
*This list is probably not complete. I use lots of add-ons, and I add and remove them from time to time.