New Recomended Add-ons

Along with a new Mozilla Add-ons Web site, the folks behind the system have put together a new list of extensions that they suggest you check out, if you aren’t sure where to start out. TechCrunch has the latest about who made the list, who got dropped and who is still hanging on.

In anticipation of the imminent release of Firefox 2.0, Mozilla has relaunched its “recommended add-ons page” this afternoon. (Update: FF 2.0 has officially launched.) The page lost its beta status and gained a picture of a flaming motorcycle (see below). Out goes the old list of 11 recommendations and in comes a new list of 20. The lists are quite different and there are both winners and losers. One company just added to the list told us they saw 2,500 downloads in the first hour after the new add-ons page was quietly made available.

+ Read More About The List Over at TechCrunch!

Launch Day – Chris Beard Interview

Yes, by the end of this week you are probably going to be sick of hearing about the launch of Firefox 2. While we still have your attention though – let me point you towards a wonderful interview Read/Write Web did with Chris Beard about today’s release.

This afternoon Firefox 2 will be officially launched. In anticipation of the unveiling, here is an in-depth interview with Chris Beard (Mozilla Vice President of Products).

Subjects discussed in the interview include the growing enterprise usage of Firefox, the importance of user experience and security, Mozilla’s theory behind Web feeds and why they haven’t included an integrated RSS Reader, the growing add-on ecosystem, offline browsing, why this is a 2.0 release and not a 1.x one, and finally Chris tells us a little about the future of the browser.

+ Read the Full Interview With Chris Beard, Mozilla Vice President of Products!

Move Firefox Sidebar

Does it really bother you that the sidebar that comes up in Firefox is on the left side? Would you rather it would come up on the right side? If you are this picky – you need some help.

Since I am not in the place to give you the professional kind, I figured I would help you out with the technical kind. The Sidebar on Right Firefox extension should fix your annoyance and get you back to browsing.

+ Learn More About and Download the Sidebar on Right Extension!

Clippings

Do you find yourself typing the same thing over and over again? Maybe you want to save something you have written so you can post it over and over again in E-mails to all your friends. If you have found yourself in that boat, then Clippings is the Firefox extension you need to install.

+ Learn More About Clippings!

Saving SWF Files

Need a quick and painless way to save flash files in Firefox? Well this one doesn’t even need the help of an extention, if you know where to look.

Today i found a quick way to save flash files using firefox (once they are cached). I started using Immem (rox…lot of music and videos). Being behind a firewall i cant use the software they provide so my only way of accessing immem is through there web interface.

+ Learn More About Saving SWF and Other Media Files!

Stealther

Do you like to pretend that you are a super secret spy when browing the Web? Maybe you just don’t want that nosy brother or sister looking in on what you have been doing. No matter the situation, if you want to stay secret – the Stealther Firefox extension is for you.

If there are times you want to surf the web without leaving a trace in your local computer, then this is the right extension for you. What it does is temporarily disable the following:

  • Browsing History (also in Address bar)
  • Cookies
  • Downloaded Files History
  • Disk Cache
  • Saved Form Information
  • Sending of ReferrerHeader

+ Learn More About the Stealther Extension for Firefox!

Firefox 2 Comes Out Tuesday

If you watch as many Firefox RSS feeds as I do, you probably noticed about three dozen of them starting out with this same headline. Firefox 2 is coming out tomorrow! Finally all the folks that might have been holding out on downloading a release candidate can sink their teeth into the latest and greatest Mozilla offering.

In a quick Security Bits video, I think the guys over at Cnet have it summed up the best. Internet Explorer 7 is better than IE 6, but doesn’t beat Firefox.

+ Watch the Security Bites Video Segment!

Tab URL Copier

Some of the best tools out there you can use are the ones that are the most simple. Sure, you can download an extension that does ten things well, or you can download one extension that does one job better than the rest. That is the idea that comes into play when you see Tab URL Copier.

+ Learn More About and Download Tab URL Copier!

Swiss Knife Toolbar

Don’t you love how swiss knives seem to have a tool for every occasion? Well the WebSwissKnifeToolBar is a Greasemonkey script that does the same for your browser.

Brought to my attention by its creator, this user script adds a lot of functionality to Firefox. Here are just a few things it can do.

  • Easy an fast search for: Google, YouTube videos, and Wikipedia (Spanish and English)
  • Translator English<->Spanish, with just a click
  • Spanish dictionary (RAE), with just a click
  • Convert a long URL to a tiny URL, with just a click
  • Put and save sticky notes on the Web

You can install the Greasemonkey script here or check out the blog for more information on it.