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Death to the Multi-paged Article or Post?

combine-multiple-pages Repagination is an add-on for Firefox that promises to end the need to click here to go to part two, part three and part four. At the end of some articles, you often see the links to more pages and for some people, that is a bothersome trait of Online publishing.

They want to see everything all at once. That is what Repagination has come to the dance to do.

For example, here is how you would use it on a Google search:

To use, right-click on a “Next” link (it works with other languages, too) or a “2” link, select Re-Pagination, All. Or select Re-pagination, Limited and the number of pages to append. For an example, see the previews of this extension. For photos, right-click on the “Next” link, select Re-pagination, Slideshow and the duration in seconds of each page display. The pages will replace each other instead of appending.

So if your looking for an easy way to combine a multi-paged article into one single web page, give Repagination a shot.

Open Links in the Next Tab Over

Open in the Next Tab Over... The Next Tab add-on for Firefox solves an issues I deal with everyday. We have all run into the situation where we are opening up a link and we have many tabs open already. Now to see that new link would you rather scroll sideways all the way to the end of the list of have it open up beside your current tab? Most people would say, “Hey Mitch, open that link up beside of course!”.

According to the developer, Next Tab is…

An add-on that improves the tabbed browsing. Naturally, we want all related tabs grouped together. So when you are a opening a new tab, you might want to open it right next to the current tab. This is a small, light weight extension that does the same. Usage: When you right click on a link, you will get an option to “open the link next to current tab” in the context menu. Click on it and the tab will be opened right next to the current tab.

So for those of use who spend our time browsing back and forth through multiple tabs, there is now an easier way to open the next link in a tab right next to your first one.

Save Yourself from NSFW Links

NSFW Firefox Add-on Browsing the Web from work or with the chance that somebody might catch a passing glance at your screen can sometimes be like playing Russian roulette.  You might get caught, you might not.  Now if your not one who seeks the thrill of outsmarting the boss you may wish to play it a ‘bit on the safer side with No-NSFW.

The No-NSFW add-on for Firefox will warn you whenever you are about to view a page that may not be suitable for all ages.  It is a tiny addition to the browser that lives in your statusbar.  You can vote too, when you reach an unrated page to determine if it is safe for work or not.

For more information, they do have a blog setup, and you can pickup the extension at nonsfw.com.

Browse Through Only the Images

Wish to access only the images on a page and none of the clutter – like those annoying big words, style and layout? For those out there who want the images and the images only the Browse Images add-on should get the job done.

Once installed you can browse all linked images of a page one after another or all at once.

The Browse Images add-on at Work!

On the positive side of things, Browse Images does make it rather easy to browse through multiple images when a web site might not make the job all that fun to do (thanks to bad design or bad organization of the links. On the negative side, I really could do without having yet another toolbar in Firefox. I think a lot of this functionality could have been kept in a statusbar icon.

Undock the Firefox Sidebar

Ez Sidebar in Action! Want to separate the Firefox sidebar window that comes up when you browse your bookmarks or history into it’s own separate window?  We all have plenty of desktop space right?  Why not spread things out a little?  If your desktop space is just itching for another window then you too might want to pick up the Ez Sidebar add-on.

Once installed, you can easily undock and unlock the sidebar in Firefox from the Firefox browser window.  You can then move it around the the position where it might be best for you.  The undocked sidebar can raise on top always, and collapse or expand itself automatically by mousing over it.

Here is a little more about the extension from the developer:

This provides the “Sidebar” toggle button to the toolbar. It shows/hides the Sidebar on click. And, you can switch the sidebar panels from the dropdown list of the button directly.  This allows to take web pages into sidebar panels directly like Mozilla Seamonkey. They will be listed in the “Sidebar” menu and the list of the “Sidebar” button, same as built-in panels, Bookmarks, History, or others. (Firefox can load bookmarks into the Sidebar, so this feature will be no use for some people.)

If you have been searching for a way to separate your sidebar from your browser, Ez Sidebar will do the trick.

Using Firefox as a Daily Deal Finder

shopping-with-firefox In the Online world, the idea of shopping alone with no help at all is more than a little out dated.  If you take a look around there are so many services and add-ons for Firefox that will turn you into a shopping and deal finding juggernaut.

You just have to know where to look and which are the best of the best.

Shopping Bag – This add-on promises to help you never miss a deal again.  It is a free add-on that works with Firefox to help you find deals via iBakeSale.com.  Cash-back at hundreds of online stores?  Sounds interesting to me.

Pronto Shopping Messenger – The next extension on the list here brings you instant price comparisons when you shop online via a small message window that alerts you of potential savings.

Shopzilla – Easy search and save tool that makes Online shopping a little easier and cheaper too, if you use the tool correctly.  Browse through sites like eBay and Amazon to find the best deal possible on the product you most desire.

Grocery List Generator – This add-on would be more helpful for “real world” shopping and hunting down of deals.  The Grocery List Generator helps store your lists you need regularly.

Coupon Craze – This is one of the many coupon alerters out there that will help you keep track of the latest coupons, deals and offers when visiting your favorite shopping sites.

RetailMeNot 2.0 – Shopping has gone Web 2.0!  If you find yourself always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to finding deals, RetailMeNot is the addon for you.  It automatically informs you of sites its’ users have shared discount coupon codes for.

Woot Watcher – We all love Woot, right?  I just feel silly typing that, but they do find some great deals.  Woot Watcher monitors the Woot web site and keeps you updated on the current item, price and if it is sold out yet or not.

As you can see Firefox can be turned from a normal everyday browser into a shopper’s best friend.  Toss in a few add-ons, and you can then brag to your friends that you too are saving money and finding the best deals on the Web.

Hey! Just Blog It Already!

screenshot3 Want to just blog it?  There is a neat new Firefox addon that you might be interested in.  The addon, rightfully named JustBlogIt lets you blog from Firefox using a plethora of different blogging methods.  The promise here is to blog anything from Firefox’s right-click context menu.

Which blogging scripts and services are supported?

Blogger, Drupal, LiveJournal, Movable Type, Radio Userland, TextPattern, TypePad, WordPress, journalspace, b2evolution and BLOG:CMS and more!

If you want the latest and greatest version, pick it up from the add-on’s official web site. You can also find the latest “Mozilla tested, mother approved” version on Mozilla’s own add-on site.

Research Better with Wired-Marker

The Wired-Marker add-on for Firefox gives you access to one of the best virtual highlighters I have seen thus far.  Being able to highlight on web pages in various styles and colors can really help you in a number of ways when doing research or working Online.

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You can think of it as an electronic bookmarker that services as a guide with you go back to that specific web page.  Another neat feature is it also automatically records and saves your highlighted info in a scrapbook for later.

Here are some of the ways you can use this handy extension:

  • As a highlighter to help you mark material on a web site
  • Save specific positions in a web page by marking it with the highlighter tool
  • Use as a scrapbook to collect a lot of data from different pages or locations
  • Organize your thoughts, but using different colors and styles for different occasions or tasks

So next time you have a research paper due, you need to compare prices, you need to collect various stats for your boss or you have a school project your working on, try working with the Wired-Marker.  This is thus far the king of the digital highlighters.

Monitor Everything with StatusbarEx

The web browser is a handy thing to have your monitoring tools in because it is open a lot of the time, and so then the information is always there and in your face. One of the monitoring tools that has caught my eye the most these days is StatusbarEx. It will show you a little ‘bit of everything.

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It shows tons of useful information right inside of your Firefox status bar. You can find out the memory usage (of the system and Firefox), the network speed, CPU details and more. You can also select which details you would like to have shown and the text color that it uses to do so.

As you can tell from the above screenshot – you’ll also look like a real geek when doing so (which is what we love to do) and impress your non-geeky friends. How many add-ons can do that?

Make Menus Stay Open!

It can become a nuisance when you want to click on multiple items in a menu inside of Firefox and right before you get to click that second or third link, the menu disappears and you have to go hunt it down again. If you want to make your menus stay open then you need to pick up the Stay-Open Menu add-on for Firefox.

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With this addon you can lock your menus in place so you can go in and select multiple items before you are ready to close. Here are a few additional notes from the developer:

  • Middle-clicking each Bookmarked item in the Bookmarks Menu will open it in a tab, while leaving the menu open for further selections. (Left-click the desired menu to open it, find the items you wish to open, then middle-click each desired item to open it in a tab.) When you are done making selections, click somewhere outside the menu (or press ESC) to close the menu.
  • Also works in the same way with the Bookmarks Toolbar. This applies to the new ‘Smart Bookmarks’ as well, since by default it is a folder residing in the Bookmarks Toolbar.
  • Same functionality in History Menu (added in version 0.5).
  • The Bookmarks Sidebar stays open by default even without this extension, but I prefer the Bookmarks Menu because I like the way the folders automatically open when hovered.

You can pickup Stay-Open menu on the developer’s web site or if you have a login to Mozilla’s Add-on site you can pick it up there too.