Must have FireFox Add-ons

11 10 2008

The following are the FireFox addons that I use and recommend everyone to have a look atleast. Yesterday I had to reinstall firefox and without these add-ons installed I felt lost. Only after installing them again I consider firefox installation as complete.

Foxmarks – Bookmarks Synchronizer

At work I use a Windows PC and a Linux box. At home I use my  MacBook. I want the bookmarks to be in sync across all these systems regardless of where I add a bookmark. My friend advised me to use Google toolbar which uploads your bookmarks to Google Notebook and you can either access it using Google Notebook or Google Toolbar with your google id. But for some reason I dint like the User Experience in Google Toolbar. And I definitely dint want another toolbar in my browser. Then I started using Google Browser Sync which worked perfectly but it doesn’t support FireFox 3 and hence my search for an add-on resumed. Then came Foxmarks in my life 😉 – The best way to sync your bookmarks. They also have a web version where you can login and access your bookmarks which is the best feature. Now I can access my bookmarks from anywhere.

Fire Gestures

This add-on has increased my productivity(atleast while browsing ;)) It will recognize mouse gestures and execute various browser commands such as closing a tab, opening a link in a new tab, unclosing a recently closed tab(which I do all the time). Almost everyone who saw me using this add-on asked me about it and they are also using it now. I strongly recommend this add-on.

Quick Proxy

A status bar button using which you can quickly switch between proxies. There are better proxy switching add-ons which provide more functionalities but this one is just perfect for me.

Fox Clocks

My manager is in US and one of my colleague is in UK. And I am very bad at mathematics esp. with calculating the time at various time zones. This little add-on which sits in the status bar will show the current time in various time zones.

Sxipper

This is not exactly a password management tool(I use KeePass and 1Password to manage my passwords). It sits on top of the Firefox’s password manager and helps you in filling the login forms. Its pretty fast and handles multiple accounts easily.

Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote is like OneNote provided by MicroSoft. This firefox add-on helps in adding notes to evernote quickly from my browser.

Twitterfox

Though I am very new to Twitter I like to tweet via Twitterfox. I tried a no of tools to access twitter from my desktop and browser but none was as good and neat as TwitterFox. Just in case if you want to follow me on twitter click here.

Cooliris

Its an amazing firefox add-on which allows you to browser through images and videos in a beautiful way. You have to use it to experience the magic. Let it be Google’s image search, picasa or youtube I only use cooliris to browse.

Google Gears

Provides offline support to services such as Remember the Milk, Google Reader, Google Docs, Zoho mail etc. And I usually use it for adding tasks to Remember the Milk offline and sync later with the server when I go online.

FireBug

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

FireFTP

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers. I prefer  FileZilla on Windows and Cyberduck on Mac over this addon but I like to have a light weight ftp addon to my browser just in case if I feel lazy to open the tool to upload/download only a single file.

If you are using any other interesting or useful firefox addon please mention it in the comments section so that I can give it a try.

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