A short-list of the most interesting and essential add-ons and extensions for Mozilla Firefox.
Internet browsers have become more competitive with the prominence of Mozilla’s Firefox, Opera, Apple’s Safari, and Google Chrome crowding the market formerly dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Aside from the maze technical benefits and advantages each browser claims to offer over the competition, most users choose their Internet browser through secondary features such as appearance and extensions. The latter is a particular strength for Firefox which, as an open source platform, has blossomed with thousands of add-ons from anyone under the sun. These are some of the best and most useful add-ons that you can find on Firefox:
A personal favourite and an incredibly addictive add-on that exposes users to new sites related to their interests and preferences. There really is a whole community that has developed around StumbleUpon and it can be seen as an alternative or complement to other social bookmarking sites such as digg and del.icio.us.
One of the most integral and popular add-ons on Firefox is Adblock Plus which cleans your surfing experience by blocking advertisements and malware. It is incredibly effective and customizable to tailor your specifications and should be first on your list of downloads. NoScript is also good protection from unsafe Java content and won the “2006 PC World World Class Award”.
These days almost all of our photos are digital and many of them are stored online on sites such as Flikr and Facebook. Aside from other add-ons that download entire items on a page (such as DownThemAll!, there really is no easy way to download an entire album from Facebook. FacePAD downloads entire albums easily into the designated folder for Firefox downloads. Makes transfering several albums onto your hard drive a snap.
FasterFox provides a suite of tweaks to streamline your user experience including page auto-loading, word definitions, and task repetition. Each of the tweaks provided with FasterFox can be disabled independently giving the user a full list of features to pick and choose from. This add-on has received a perfect 5 star rating from almost 200 reviewers and has been downloaded over 6 million times.
Despite the popularity of Firefox, there are still some sites that only work on Internet Explorer. For that reason, many converts still keep an old version of Explorer around for these kinds of sites. IE Tab solves this problem by opening an Internet Explorer tab within Firefox.
If you are in a field that requires a lot of copying and pasting – known to many as ctrl-c and ctrl-v – you may enjoy this small shortcut. Auto Copy automatically copies text that you select into the clipboard. To past that text, simply click the middle mouse button. This process is much more intuitive than highlighting, ctrl-c, clicking and ctrl-v.
Lastly, if you are one of those users who downloads all of the available internet browsers than Xmarks can help you seamlessly manage bookmarks over all of these browsers. Xmarks works with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari.
Head over to Firefox’s add-ons page to browse for yourself the billions of add-ons that have been downloaded.