|firefox extensions i'm using
||[May. 1st, 2007|05:36 pm]
Benjamin C. Wiley Sittler
i often feel chained to the firefox web browser due to reliance on some of the great add-on software available for it. this falls into three broad categories: ( enhanced browsing add-ons, development tools and security- and privacy-related add-ons.Collapse ) i also like the macfox theme, even on mac os x where it is not yet supported (some buttons do look wrong there.)
update: i use the Combine Stop/Reload buttons userstyle. i keep the platypus and web developer toolbars hidden during normal browsing, and i switch the web developer toolbar to show icons only, and move all its icons to the bookmarks toolbar. i also disable search suggestions, set all pages to open in tabs, and set the tab bar to always be shown.
update 2: macfox looks best with a rounded urlbar, in my opinion
update 3: on windows i also install ie tab so that microsoft's update service can be used from the comfort of firefox. i also disable or uninstall the various google-provided add-ons because they all seem to make firefox crash or misbehave. google toolbar and google browser sync misbehave by storing browsing details on google's central servers, and google photos screensaver breaks the firefox user interface (symptom: red caret of death.)
update 4: the camino theme for firefox looks nice on all platforms. on windows i also recommend IsAdmin to visually remind you when you are running the browser with administrative privileges (usually a bad thing, except when installing system updates.) this works well in conjunction with a tool like suDown which makes it easy to use administrative privileges only when they are needed.
update 5: the Text Shadow extension adds another missing part from css2, the Session Manager has some nice extras like encrypting your stored session, the Text size toolbar is handy for quickly zooming text, and the Link Widgets make it easy to navigate well-structured sites (of which there are surprisingly many.)
update 6: these days i disable the Firebug extension except while activily debugging, since it exposes some serious flaws in Firefox that lead to crashes on GMail and other sites. i've also been playing with betas of firefox 3 recently, and so in that version i switched from Adblock to Adblock Plus (with the huge ugly toolbar button disabled,) from Text size toolbar to Zoom toolbar, from CookieSafe to CS Lite, from MR Tech Local Install to MR Tech Toolkit, and (where available) use the new theme Proto for Mac OS X
update 7: oh, and anyone using Firefox 2 on a Mac should check out the Pinstripe theme too. it is beautiful.
update 8: It's All Text! makes it easy to use an external editor for text input fields. this is great for composing those long blog posts and webmail messages, and for reading the reams of fine print in some
license agreement disasters.
update 9: Flagfox shows you where a page is coming from using a built-in geolocation database. it's not perfect and doesn't seem to cover ipv6 at all, but it does work for many sites.
update 10: the MacOSX theme and older versions of CamiFox work well in firefox 3 on all platforms
update 11: i also recommend DownThemAll! for improved downloading.
update 12: if you use mac os x i also recommend Aronnax’s GrApple themes for Firefox 3, especially Yummy (blue) and Yummy (graphite), and for Firefox 2, especially Eos Pro; i also recommend FireGPG which allows use of GnuPG/PGP encryption with webmail systems (including Gmail)
update 13: i also recommend the PDF Plugin for Mac OS X for Firefox 3, and the ACE Safari Foxdie (blue and graphite) themes for Firefox 2
update 14: Ctrl-Tab makes many tabs really usable, and Taboo remembers them; Secure Login makes it a bit harder to accidentally send your credentials in the wrong form; Update Notifier tells you when add-ons have been updated
update 15: OPML support is nice for migrating bookmarks from one browser to another; Forecastfox is nice for checking the weather at a glance.
update 16: HTML Ruby works where XHTML Ruby Support does not; users of Firefox 2 on Mac OS X (are there any still?) might like Growl Notifications
update 17: in Firefox 3 i recommend a recent beta of Ubiquity for a more keyboard-friendly user interface; if you're trying to learn or read Japanese: Perapera-kun (additional dictionaries); for Mandarin Chinese: Chinese Perapera-kun; for Cantonese: experimental CantoFish
update 18: if you ever use Tor, i recommend Torbutton
update 19: i also recommend the secure wiki userscript for redirecting/rewriting to use an SSL-encrypted connection to wikimedia.org for wikipedia, wiktionary, etc.
update 20: for full-screen/small-screen use i recommend the Full Screen Status Bar extension, the Miint theme, and the Tiny Menu extension (with chrome://tinymenu/skin/tinymenu.png as the menu icon). It would also be nice to have more control over the bizarre auto-doubling of UI elements on high-DPI displays (192 dpi and above means images suddenly double in each dimension here on Ubuntu,) but I have yet to find a good resolution-independent browser set-up.
update 21: GrApple Yummy Graphite is gone, but GrApple Luscious is pretty nice on a Mac. There's also an updated Foxdie theme with a built-in sub-theme switcher.
update 22: the official version of Locationbar² now seems to include zestyping's fixes, so i recommend it.
(perhaps it's time for a new post, eh?)