Acts of Volition


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David Schontzler -

You forgot miniT and Linkification.

Chris Messina -

I bet that this post will turn into a list of favorite extensions (I mean, there's so many choice nuggets to choose from!) so I'll drop my favs now:

I agree, Web Developer is must.

AdBlock is genius.

CuteMenus are... cute!

Download Manager Tweak is really powerful.

Not really an extension, but FireFoxy for the Mac makes form elements actually look nice!

Oh and what the heck, Homeland Security Threat Level Extension

Rob -

I like having ForecastFox in my corner too, since those of us stuck with a foot in Win32 and don't have a nice free Weather-in-the-tray tool like OS X's Weatherpop or that nifty Gnome one. Unless I've been living under a rock.

Will Pate -

SpellBound is essential for spell checking.

BugMeNot for bypassing silly newspaper registration.

tozé -

other than those you guys mentioned, i also use scribe, pretty good for saving forms and ie view, useful when designing webpages and for when that website just won't render right in firefox

Gary -

I really like the McSearchPreview extension. I now use this with ieview, BugMeNot, and Weatherfox.

AkaXakA -

I've got a few pretty essential extentions to add to that list:

Scrollbar Anywhere - Makes holding down your rightmouse button act like an adobe had, except it scrolls the other way around. This keeps you from going back and forth to the scrollbar all the time.

Add live Bookmark - Adds an "add as livebookmark" option to the context menu for RSS/Atom links.

Gmal notifier - Makes so much sense to have the notifier as part of the browser. Also reduces your systemload as it's lighter than google's notifier.

I also use <b>Zoomy</b> and <b>Toolbar Enhancements</b> from Clav for text-size buttons and a fullscreen button on my toolbar.

Mha -

<a href=>Webdeveoper</a>, <a href=>Adblock</a> and
<a href=>Paste and go</a>
are my favourite ones.

Gmal notifier sounds nice. I have to test it.

Lou Quillio -

Beyond those mentioned, these two are essential:

FLTS (Focus Last Tab Selected)
Close a tab and the focus returns to the last tab you were viewing. This should be the default behavior, but it's not. You'll hate being without this extension once you try it.

<a href="">Nuke Anything</a>
Adds a content menu selection "Remove this item." Right-click on an offensive image and nuke it. Reload the page to undo. Sometimes you want Adblock; more often you want NukeAnything.

Both of these are lightweight and behave perfectly in FF 1.0 on Win, OS X, and desktop Linux.

On the heavier side there's FireFTP. We shouldn't use FTP any more, but having an FTP client in your browser's hip pocket for times when you can't SSH covers the waterfront. Ditch the others. Travel light. Feel the XUL.


James -

Awxome! Now my browser has more funtionality then my operating system!
I suppose I should contribute Gnusto to the list. It's Javascript Z-Machine Emulator for playing text adventure games

Matt -

I use many of the extensions already mentioned, but the one I can't believe hasn't been mentioned is AutoFill. It's very well designed, featuring primary/billing address and secondary/shipping address fields and password-protected credit card info fields; it also allows for creating multiple profiles and it highlights fields on a form that it will fill. Finally, it adds a nice drag-and-drop element for the toolbar that adds one-click form-filling joy.

I also really like FoxyTunes, a very flexible media player control panel that can have as many or as few controls on the bar as you want, can be set to collapse into a single icon when not in use, and is compatable with every major media player.

Finally, I'd always found the search bar to be a bit on the stubby side, and the Resize Search Bar extension adds a toolbar item that allows easy resizing of search bar.

jankowski -

How do you have the web developer extension NOT showing all of the top-level icons on its toolbar? Am I missing something obvious here?

It looks like you've got disable, css, validation, outline, information - which means you have forms, images, miscellaneous, resize, view source and options hidden?

I don't even know if this is particulary valuable, I just didn't know it was possible.

Steven Garrity -

jankowski: If you hide the Web Developer Toolbar ("View" -> "Toolbars", then un-check "Web Developer Toolbar"), then customize the toolbars (right click on the main toolbar and choose "Customize", you can drag the Web Developer toolbar options into the other toolbars as you like.

AkaXakA -

Hehe, it seems my comments have not gone unnoticed thanks to Charles Collis, who emailed me that the new Scrollbar Anywhere extention supports AdobeTypeDrag(tm).

To quote the install page:

"Scrollbar Anywhere version 0.7 adds the ability to perform "Grab and Drag" scrolling, thus enabling the emulation of Acrobat Reader scrolling. Scrollbar Anywhere has now 3 hidden preferences:

1. scrollbarAnywhere.button which defines the button that triggers the scrolling (0: left, 1: middle, 2: right). Default is 2.
2. scrollbarAnywhere.grabNDrag which, when set to true, enables the "Grab and Drag" mode. Default is false.
3. scrollbarAnywhere.reverse which defines the direction of scrolling (same as the mouse or opposite to the mouse). Default is false.

Notice that to emulate Acrobat Reader scrolling, you need to set both grabNDrag and reverse preferences to true."

Nice! Many thanks to Marc Boullet and Charles Collis!