The 16 Most Essential Firefox 3.5 Add-ons

41

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

Philips

Thank you for providing the list of the essential Firefox add-ons. These are a lot of knowledge. This is a great way.

synology ds211 review

avatar

Philips

The browser firefox, is cool. These add-ons are relevant to experience the browser in the highest level. This post is so informative. A lot of thanks!

lego mindstorms nxt 2.0 best price

avatar

DanielDAZ

avatar

DanielDAZ

On Linux you get free conversions with videodownloadhelper.  In windows, use a program like Format Factory.

avatar

kobo

I have used a Mozilla browsers pretty much since they first came out. What had been a browser of choice and often recommended has become to me a royal PIA; most certianly after v3 came out.

 

Yes, many of the ad-ons are great, but this bloated resource hog p.o.s can drive me nutts at times.

 

My biggest peeve right now is how, even after I close a tab, it does not return the resources it used for that tab, each tab I open and close just keeps taking more and more till the system starts to crawl.

 

On my desktops it is bad enough, but on my old laptop, with only 1.4 ghz cpu & 512 RAM, this happens fairly quick; task mgr often shows FF cpu usage at 400k and climbing. I am getting tired of constantly doing ctrl-alt-dlt to shut it down when it locks up and start over again

 

Personally, I have been removing the few ad-ons I did have; reluctant to add anything else to this bloatware and give it permission to chomp more resources. I'd just rather try and find something less frustrating.

 

JMHO

 

 

avatar

lance

how in the world could you put any add-on on your list and not use ad block? if anything makes a page open quickly, it is getting rd of the annoying ads.

Flash block should also be on the list too!

avatar

skydivedad

Come on guys we know they left off AdBlock Plus... Isn't 1 remender enough. If your serious about using Firefox as a research tool the most essential add-ons.

1. Zotero: Organize all your research. This is absolutely the most Robust Research Tool available for Firefox

2.AutoPager: No more clicking to get page 2, 3, 4, of the SERP's (Search Engine Results Page) or anyother website for that matter. Essential Oh Yea!

3.Read it Later: Store a page page you don't have time for now but you can check it out later without over loading your bookmarks.

 

Honorable Mention (S3Fox) The Amazon S3 (simple storage solution) Firefox Organizer. Access your buckets and keys from within the FireFox Browser. Don't know what Buckets and Keys are? Are you sure your a Geek?

 

Now those are "Serious" and essential FireFox Add-ons and extensions for the True Uber Geek

Seriously guys No More "I can't beleive you forgot AdBlock Plus" Yish...

Blue Skies 

 

 

 

Always Remeber "Gravity Sucks"

avatar

danathompson

Nice list you've there. I also like Billeo. It’s a free browser plug-in that manages passwords, saves receipts and auto fills forms. The tool is VeriSign secured and TRUSTe certified, so no security issues. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/12715

avatar

Cache

So when does the article comparison between XMarks and Weave begin? 

avatar

strykr

I think everyone should also check out Kallout. By simply selecting any text, a (small) menu icon pops up. If you hover over the icon you are given the options of searching your selection using things such as maps, images, news, shopping, reference, social networks, etc... all with only your mouse.

 

 

avatar

strykr

They are "essentials", meaning that once you have them and use them, you hate anytime you dont have them. How bout you give things a try before you comment? Don't knock it till you know better.

avatar

deject

That is the dumbest definition for essential I have ever heard.

 

Like I said, they might be cool and all, but calling them essential is stupid.  Heck I am not even denying they could be very useful and might make my Firefox experience better, but essential is not the right adjective for them.

avatar

strykr

(meant in response to deject below)

avatar

deject

They are never, ever lists of things that are actually essential, just things that whoever is writing the list likes.  I have no need for any sidebar.  I don't want them, and most certainly do not need them.  Stop calling them "essentials."

avatar

deject

oh yeah and mousse gestures?  I don't need those, nor do I need something to post links of facebook for me or colored tabs or music controls.  Sure they might make your setup easier to deal with, but they are not essential by any means.

avatar

dankers

i use dos on my black and white monitor derp

avatar

bluejayjou@hotm...

Highly recommend these:

WebMail Ad Blocker: Make Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail ads disappear

FEBE: Back up Firefox bookmark, extension, history, profile, etc.  Automatic scheduled backup available.

Firefox Ad Killer: Choose to block any flash ads

Site Launcher: Super quick way to open your favorite websites.

Undo Closed Tab Button: Ever struggled to find that tab you just closed in the sea of history bookmarks?

The rest of my add-on collection: <https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collection/jou>

JC

avatar

Cache

Two must-haves for me include Image Zoom, and Download Statusbar.

Image Zoom gives you the ability to enlarge/shrink an image on a webpage--particularly good when you get those cell phone pictures that were formatted in 200x300 pixels and you can't tell WHO your sister was dating now.

Download Statusbar is a very attractive add-on that does away with the pesky and cumbersome default window when downloading files with something sleeker and far more user-friendly.  It adds a small bar graph in the bottom bar of FireFox showing how much of the file has been (and needs to be) downloaded.  You can customize it to show the current download speed, percentage complete/remaining, and a few other minor tweaks.  This takes file downloads to a much more managable level, as you don't require another window (the default FireFox downloader) and can observe at a glance the status of any number of downloads.

There's certainly more I love, but I thought I'd mention two that don't get enough face time with the public at large.  

avatar

philippecote3

Very helpful, thank you.

avatar

mkarias1

I have Ctrl-Tab, DownloadHelper, Companion for eBay (this is great for those who buy and/or sell alot), Redirect Remover (although I don't know if this really works), refspoof, skipScreen, WOT & Xmarks.  I had NoScripts but it was very annoying. 

avatar

jac_goudsmit

AdBlock Plus should be on top of the list. Its omission lets me know I did the right thing by canceling my paper subscription a while ago. Eejits.

At least FireGestures is in the article; I got used to gestures in Maxthon and can't do without them.

Another one that I can't do without is Tab Mix Plus: too bad that it needs a lot of config tweaks after installing, but fortunately it can export and import its configuration to/from a text file.

I also use FlashGot because i've been using GetRight for over 10 years and I don't want to get rid of it.

 

===Jac

avatar

Dynotaku

I can't live without faviconize tab. I have 16 tabs open right now, all set to collapse, except my Gmail tab so I can keep an eye on IMs and mail. For every other tab, the icon tells me all I need to know about it.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3780

avatar

DogPatch1149

You can pimp out things like Foxy Tunes and Video DownloadHelper as "essential", but yet completely ignore NoScript and Adblock Plus?

OMGWTFBBQ.

Kind of ironic when one of MPC's taglines is "Maximum PC, minimum BS".

avatar

Roykirk

TabMixPlus is definitely needed, so add my vote to the others.  I have been using AdBlock Plus for a while now, but am trying Foof, which is based on AdBlock, but allows you more options for dealing with ads.

I can't believe Greasemonkey isn't on this list, though.  That's extremely essential.

avatar

murixbob

NoScript is a must for any tech enthausit.

Also Tabscope lets you easily look at a real-time thumb of any tab and interact with that thumbnail. (I can click on a link in the thumbnail and the tab will follow it.)

avatar

grayscare0

NoScript
Adblock Plus
WOT
Speed Dial
New Tab Homepage
Stay-Open Menu

avatar

Block_Dude

hmmmm, NoScript is pretty much ESSENTIAL in these XSS days of late, especially with sites you may already trust. Not fun when you get s'kiddied from a compromised mcafee site. True story, look here: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/05/0221215

Will claims it's "annoying," but better to be annoyed then have your Windows box pwned embarrassingly.

BatchDownload is good if you wanna be a leecher and dl multiple images with one click. (if you know the defined urls.)

avatar

Blaze589

Adblock Plus - Blocks next to all website ads.

All-in-One Gestures - Navigate Firefox with mouse gestures. I find this extention to be more useful than Firegestures.

BetterPrivacy - Removes stored flash cookies that are usually never removed from browser.

DownloadHelper - Download flash movies from popular sites.

DownThemAll! - Download all images on a site in one click.

Greasemonkey - Add custom scripts to make sites behave and sometimes look differently.

Hide Menubar - Hides the menubar; ALT key toggles it on and off just like in Vista.

MinimizeToTray - Never close Firefox again; just minimize it to tray and have it ready to use in an instant.

NoScript - Have absolute control over the scripts sites run.

PDF Download - PDFs tend to freeze Firefox if it's ever initialized within the browser. This extention gives you the choice to abort  or continue with the in browser view or to download it to disk.

SkipScreen - Depending on the file hoster this extention will skip the countdown and download it or download it once the timer's up or both if you're doing a batch download.

Yes popups - Block ALL popups.

 

avatar

DriZzLe

Measure It
Screengrab!
Coolpreviews- this being my fave. It opens a preview screen of any link & is fully surfable from the preview.

Oh, & No Script & Adblock Plus are a must...without even thinking about it.

avatar

Digital-Storm

No Adblock Plus? I think Maximum PC wants to keep there advertisement revenue.

avatar

dag1992

No personas?  GASP

avatar

jrocknyc

have you found any *good* ones yet? all the ones i tried were ugly and made using FF more difficult.

avatar

dag1992

I use Opera so it really doesn't matter in my opinion, but the standard persona with the firefox logo does add some color.

avatar

SillyElf74

I second the motion for adding Adblock Plus to the list. Top 5 in my book.

avatar

savage4naves

Adblock plus, WOT (Website of Trust), Smarterfox, and Skipscreen are worthy add-ons.
 A day without laughter is a day wasted...

avatar

watsi

I think these are also great add-ons: Tab Mix Plus, NoScript

avatar

TheMurph

Don't forget the, er, power-downloading extensions too...  ; )

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/five_musthave_firefox_extensions_mpc_powerdownloader

avatar

whelderwheels613

I didn't see Adblock Plus anywhere there.

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.