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Posted
26 May 2008 @ 6am

Tagged
Firefox, Mozilla

Add-ons I can’t roll without

Deb posted an excellent run-down the other day about 20 top-notch add-ons ready for Firefox 3. I thought I’d do a quick write-up about a few of the add-ons I find invaluable too (and more-or-less ready for Firefox 3.0). Note that there may be some overlap here and that some of these add-ons are considered to be “beta” versions and come with all the warranties that term implies. Without further a-do, I present the add-ons!

Scribefire

This post is written in it. Over the past few weeks I’ve been using this blogging extension more and more often. It’s been getting updated frequently as Firefox has shuffled through the beta cycle and feels ready to go now that they’re up to version 2.2.5. It also includes a number of other useful features including some features like the award-winning Share-o-holic for posting pages to Digg, Reddit and Magnolia, to name a few. The best part of Scribefire is that it keeps my blogging right in my webbrowser. This feels right to me.

Twitterfox

My favorite way to twitter (when twitter is working)*.

Delicious

At long last, the del.icio.us add-on has been released for Firefox 3. It’s still in beta, but I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and feel that it’s an integral part of my browser.

eBay Companion

Hardcore eBay addicts will appreciate this. It lets you keep an eye on your watched items and provides a little extra security when logging into an eBay or Paypal site. It has helped me acquire many tiki mugs this weekend at some expense. I considered that “doing my part for Firefox 3″.

Lastly, I’ll mention a few quickies that I really like. It’s time for…

Robcee’s Add-ons Honor Roll!

Fission – progress bar in the title bar. Safari-style.
QuickRestart – restart your browser. Quickly!.
CustomizeGoogle – modify how you work with Google. Force https connections for mail, etc.
Adblock Plus – ads were 10 years ago.

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4 Comments

Posted by
Christopher Finke
26 May 2008 @ 10am

Thanks for the (ScribeFire) mention. If you ever encounter any bugs or have a feature request, you can submit it at http://code.google.com/p/scribefire/issues/entry


Posted by
robcee
26 May 2008 @ 11am

my pleasure! Great work, Christopher.


Posted by
robcee
26 May 2008 @ 2pm

pd, compatibility layers are a huge pain to maintain. With one in place, we’d have to potentially update 2 or more separate code paths on every change. Security vulnerabilities might require patching in multiple locations. And then, down the road if we ever wanted to remove a compatibility layer, we’d run into the whole problem of people refusing to update all over again.

It’s sad, but this is the price of progress.

As for Sage, there are some alternatives. Wizz RSS news reader, came up on a search for RSS. I haven’t tried it myself, but the screens look nice.


Posted by
Jay Meattle
27 May 2008 @ 2pm

Thanks for the (Shareaholic) mention :)