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Firefox extensions I use - and other info
Since Mozilla Suite is no longer being developed, and Firefox is where everything is going, I decided it was time for me to make the jump. In the process I picked up a number of extensions and thought I'd document them in one place.

Adblock - like the name says
Add Bookmark Here - improved bookmarking
AniDisable - control animated gifs
Bookmarks Synchronizer
BugMeNot - easy link to BugMeNot
Checky - links to validation services for XHTML, XML, CSS, etc.
ChromEdit - profile editor
ColorZilla - allows you to pick up a color from any element in the browser
Disable Targets For Downloads - prevents empty windows/tabs when you click a binary link
EditCSS - make realtime tweaks to a pages CSS
FirefoxView - adds a link to IE to open page in FF
FoxyTunes - control your media player (iTunes, WinAmp, etc) from the browser chrome
Html Validator (based on Tidy) - validate HTML right in the browser, locally
I must not fear! - OK, so this just adds the line from Dune to the Tools menu. I like it. ;-)
ieview - open the current page in ie, useful for development testing
Image Zoom - pretty much what it sounds like
JavaScript Debugger - what it says
Linkification - makes plaintext URLs links
Linky - adds options for handling links
ListZilla - generates a list of your installed extensions (wish I'd found this first...)
LiveHTTPHeaders - let's you look at the headers
Longdesc - let's you view the longdesc attribute on images
miniT (drag+indicator) - drag tabs to reorder
Nuke Anything - temporarily drop any object from a page
Plain Text Links - makes plain text links clickable
Preferential - advanced preferences editor
SessionSaver - saving session, even through a crash
Tabbrowser Preferences - provides a UI for editing hidden tab preferences
TinyUrl Creator - easily create a TinyURL from the current page
Tweak Network Settings - allows editing network settings
User Agent Switcher - lets you mimic other user agents
View Cookies - adds a tab to Page Info showing the cookies set by the page
Web Developer - adds a toolbar with web development tools

Anyone want to suggest something I should check out that I missed?

I also find this most useful - there are UIs in Firefox that aren't accessible. The chrome is there from the Suite, but the 'simplified' UI of FF has removed the links to the sub-elements: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Dev_:_FireFox_Chrome_URLs

For example: chrome://pippki/content/pref-ssl.xul - which also brings you here: chrome://pippki/content/pref-ciphers.xul - I like to disable weak ciphers.

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jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: March 29th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
*choke* Mozilla is no longer being developed? Damn.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 29th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
They've decided to stop maintaining the suite in favor of Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, etc.

Someone else could still pick up suite and maintain it.
jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: March 29th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm woefully behind on my Mozilla news (obviously), but that's what I figured. My main *choke* was just at the thought of the really cool, unsung parts of Mozilla that don't seem to have a home: HTML editor and IRC client specifically.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 29th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The HTML editor lives on as a standalone called NVu, and ChatZilla is available for Firefox as an extension.
jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: March 29th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Gosh, you're full of useful information.
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: March 29th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Adblock. Very cool.
kviri From: kviri Date: March 30th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you do lots of cross-browser testing (and I know you do :) then FirefoxView and ieview are useful. (ieview is also good for dealing with "that one page that doesn't work in Firefox" syndrome.)

Googlebar is my friend. It may or may not be yours, but if you liked the "official" one for IE, it's terrific.

I hate Firefox's download manager. I <heart> Download Statusbar.

If you're fond of autofill in general, Autofill is pretty cool.

Bookmarks Synchronizer has its quirks, but I can't live without it. And if you don't trust it, Bookmark Backup is there.

Wayback Link (scroll down for it) is slightly silly but occasionally useful. Minesweeper is very silly, and never useful. :)

Someone already mentioned BugMeNot, but it bears repeating.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 30th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
What server are you using for the Bookmarks Synchronizer?
kviri From: kviri Date: March 30th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm using my FTP space at comcast.net, since I don't know of any gweep servers that still allow FTP access. (And because I couldn't get HTTPS upload to work.)
fire_of_gold From: fire_of_gold Date: March 30th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
let's see, SessionSaver was already mentioned by someone else...
I use TabMix which rolls up several other extensions (including a few you listed)
Dictionary Search
ReloadEvery
Wayback
Context Highlight
and Flags is cute, but not terribly useful, really.

all the other ones I use have already been listed.
dariusk From: dariusk Date: March 30th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've been hearing lots of people talk about how awesome Greasemonkey is. It lets you add DHTML to customize any web page you visit. People have been making nifty things like Google Butler.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 30th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I just installed a bunch of them, and one or more of them REALLY slow down FireFox, and make the cursor flicker.
kviri From: kviri Date: March 30th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I haven't had that problem (and I have about twice as many as I listed in my reply to zoner's post), so I'm thinking you've got a buggy one in there somewhere.

(Come to think of it, I think I ran across one that did that when I first switched, as I was testing a whole slew of them. But damned if I can remember which it was.)
richspk From: richspk Date: March 30th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I like googlebar (which others have mentioned). It's got other useful functions, but the main thing I like is being able to type alt-d and tab and then type in my search.

I also like magpie for stepping through numbered images: shift-ctrl-x increments the image number and shift-ctrl-z decrements it. I think there are other extensions with similar functionality, but magpie's the one I installed.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: March 30th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I saw someone mention BugMeNot, but I also find Adblock and TinyURL creator very useful. The first will block any images you no longer want to see, be they ads or just annoying. It works for Flash images too. TinyURL will allow you to right click and convert any page or link into a TinyURL format for shorter display. It's useful if you post long links to people, especially Mapquest directions or maps.
rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: March 30th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The first ones that come to mind are: adblock, bugmenot, switchproxy, tabbrowser extensions, reload every, enhanced history manager, focus last selected tab, image-show-hide, flashblock.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 30th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
After all the feedback here and in communities, I added these:

Adblock - like the name says
Add Bookmark Here - improved bookmarking
Bookmarks Synchronizer
BugMeNot - easy link to BugMeNot
FirefoxView - adds a link to IE to open page in FF
ListZilla - generates a list of your installed extensions (wish I'd found this first...)
LiveHTTPHeaders - let's you look at the headers
Nuke Anything - temporarily drop any object from a page
Plain Text Links - makes plain text links clickable
SessionSaver - saving session, even through a crash
Tweak Network Settings - allows editing network settings
From: vibratorlover Date: March 30th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Is it really serious and worrying that I don't even know what you're talking about? I feel so ignorant :-(
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 30th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Web browsers - http://www.mozilla.org/ - te Firefox browser is designed to allow you to install extensions to add functionality not included in the base browser. We're talking about different extensions.
From: vibratorlover Date: March 30th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Thank you for the explanation :-)
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