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Close Button on the Last Tab in Firefox

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Miss having that close button on your last open tab in Firefox? 

Miss it no longer, because of the help of a creative add-on writer and – well, yeah that is it.  The Last Tab Close Button add-on for Firefox will show the close button on the last tab in Firefox, which closes that specific tab, and not the entire browser.

This seems to be a functionality that some were missing, so happy to see it back (for those who might need it).  You can pick up the Last Tab Close Button add-on for Firefox, on the Firefox Add-ons web site.

Most Downloaded Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

Popular Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

So which bookmark add-ons for Firefox are downloaded most often?  Here are the top ten most downloaded bookmark extensions for the browser.

    • SmarterFox – Browse faster by speeding up common tasks – faster downloading, searching, visiting favorites, copy & paste, and more.
    • Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) – Xmarks is the #1 bookmarking add-on. Install it on all your computers to keep your bookmarks and (optionally) passwords backed up and synchronized.
    • Delicious Bookmarks – Delicious Bookmarks is the official Firefox add-on for Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service.
    • StumbleUpon– StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more.
    • Speed Dial – Quicker direct access to your most visited web sites and saved links.
    • Google Toolbar – Not sure why people are still using this, however it did make it on my list of non-evil toolbars, so go figure.
    • Brief -  Brief makes reading RSS feeds as easy and intuitive as it gets. Designed to have exactly the right set of features, it is powerful and simple at the same time.
    • Fast Dial – Much like Speed Dial, this add-on gives you a quick visual way to access a number of web sites all from one page; showing thumbnails for each.
    • iMacros – Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords, then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of!
    • Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar – This add-on does exactly what you would expect, it gives you multiple bookmark rows.  Yes, I like it when they name add-ons about what they do. 

    There you have it, these add-ons have been downloaded more times than any other, and all will help you in one way, shape, or form with your bookmarks.  Have another favorite that you think deserves to be on the list?  Leave a comment, and tell me why.

    Remember the Sage RSS Reader for Firefox?

    Sage-Too - the RSS Browsing Return?

    Sage was once one of the more popular RSS feed reading add-ons for Firefox.  However, time went by, years went on and these days it is not making much news.  However, if you still need a lightweight feed reader, there is now Sage-Too.  This is a continuation of the original project to keep it up to date with today’s Firefox browser versions. 

    Some of the features include:

    • Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds
    • Feed Discovery
    • Integrates with Firefox’s bookmark storage and Live Bookmarks
    • Imports and exports OPML feed lists
    • Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets
    • Technorati and RSS search engine integration

    It also has support for the following locales: Argentine Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.

    As they say in their own words, “It’s got more of what you need and not much of what you don’t.”  You can give it another shot, or take your first trip down lightweight RSS reading road by downloading it on the Firefox Add-ons web site.

    Also, don’t forget to start your RSS feed collection with the best Firefox feed out there today, http://feeds.feedburner.com/firefoxfacts.  Never leave your RSS feed reader without it!

    Give Back to Firefox Add-on Developers

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    Haven’t you always wanted to give back to those Firefox add-on developers that have made your life easier?  Well, even if the thought hadn’t crossed your mind – you do have the ability to do so thanks to the new contributions feature on the Firefox Add-ons site.

    How it works is a small widget gets shown on the specific add-on’s page and says something like, “The developer of this add-on asks that you help support its continued development by making a small contribution” then you can donate the suggested price or a different amount. 

    Nothing wrong with giving back a little to those out there who have made your browsing experience even better. 

    Not All Toolbars Are Evil

    Toolbars Can Be Good

    Having seen the phase of toolbar upon toolbar come our way in this browsing generation, many have been labeled as evil space wasters that must be done away with.  However, I do have to say not ever toolbar out there is evil.  Now I don’t think you should ever become this crazy, but used in the right way they can be handy. 

    Look at these handy toolbars you can add to Firefox:

    • Forecastfox – Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension.
    • Google Toolbar – Ok, I haven’t really used the Google Toolbar in half a decade, however it does still have a few handy things about it.
    • Fire.fm – It gives you access to the extensive music library on Last.fm. Last.fm gives free radio to the US, UK, and Germany, plus subscriber-based service to the rest of the world. Listen to your favorite music and discover new artists in the process.
    • Web Developer Toolbar – The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

    So see – not every toolbar is bad.  Are there any more toolbars you really enjoy?  Don’t be afraid, share with the rest of us in the comments.

    Show the Status Bar in Full Screen Mode

    See the Status Bar in Full Screen Firefox

    Ever needed to see your Firefox status bar when browsing in full screen mode (you can get into full screen mode by hitting the F11 key on your keyboard).  If you answered, “Yes, tell me more!” do I ever have that add-on of your dreams.

    Simply called Full Screen Status Bar, this add-on for Firefox shows the status bar in full screen mode.  It is a very simple tweak that should make many full screen web browser users very happy.

    Pick it up for yourself, and give it a shot at the Mozilla add-ons web site.

    Challenge Issued to Extend Firefox 3.5

    Extend Firefox 3.5 Coming back after a one year hiatus, the Extend Firefox contest is ready to make you into the next great Firefox extender?  A personal favorite of mine, the global developer contest for Firefox always brings in a lot of cool, unique and fun extensions for people like me to use and review.  

    What are the prizes this time around?  Here are just a few:

    • Development gear, including a brand new 15" MacBook Pro
    • A license for the TextMate IDE by MacroMates
    • A license for the Versions SVN client by Sofa
    • A license for ExpanDrive by ExpanDrive
    • Firefox Ogio Metro Backpack stuffed with t-shirts, stickers, and more

    Sure, I got passed up for being a judge again this year, but hey… can’t argue the fact they do have a nice selection of judges to choose from.

    Last year’s contest received over 100 add-on submissions, which will be a hard record to beat.  However, with some hard work I think that record can be broken.  Extend Firefox 3.5 is open now and runs through October 2nd, 2009.  Good luck to all that enter!

    Firefox Add-on Collector

    Firefox's Add-on Collector It would not make any sense to have an add-on collection without having a collector to collect them with.  Alongside the new collections feature on the Firefox Add-ons site – there is an extension to go with it.  The Mozilla Firefox Add-on Collector will help you discover and organize your favorites into easy to manage collections.

    How can you access them?  Well, collections that you have marked as favorites in the Collection Dire4ctory will show up in a special section of the Add-ons Manager.  That way, you can stay up to date with each collection.  Also with it installed, each add-on you install can be easily shared with a friend or published to one of your own collections.  So this makes testing and using add-ons for Firefox a much more social experience than it was before.

    Go here to download the add-on and get started with your own collection.

    If you have posted your own collection for the public to see using the Firefox Add-on Collector, post it in the comments.  Would really love to see what you have all come up with.

    Collections of Add-ons

    Firefox Collections Along with the new Firefox Add-ons web site, the people at Mozilla also treated us to a new feature called collections.  What are they?  Well, they are a group of related add-ons that are assembled for easy sharing. 

    Here are some of my favorites I have found thus far:

    • Web Developer’s Toolbox
      12 add-ons to help you speed up the development process when it comes to web development and managing the ins and outs of your own web site.
    • Downloadsquad Pack
      Soup up your browser with selections from the Downloadsquad.com staff and some of our readers’ favorite add-ons. They’ll help make your browsing safer, more hassle free, and more productive!
    • Traveler’s Pack
      When the travel bug bites, these add-ons make it easy to plan, book and document your trip — without getting lost along the way.

    That is just a small sample of what is out there, and who know – I might be working on a Firefox Facts Pack in the near future.  Creating your own pack is easy to do.  All you have to do is login to the addons.mozilla.org web site, and then visit the create a collection page.  From there, you give it a name, description, decide if you want your pack to be public or private, then start naming off your add-ons that will be included. 

    What have been your favorite add-on collections, so far?

    Firefox Add-ons Site Gets a Makeover

    New Firefox Add-on Love!

    Today is the day that Firefox’s new add-on site has gone live.  You can check it all out at addons.mozilla.org.  The new look and feel does look nice, and there is a lot to love here.  For example, on the main page you have  rotating list of suggestions based on categories like web development, family, social, travel and more.  Each category on the left-side menu also has a number count – so you can see exactly how many extensions there are.  My favorite new feature might be the listing of recommended, popular, just added and updated extensions all right on the front page.  No more hunting around link to link to find them all. 

    So, what is your general feeling for the new Firefox add-ons site?  Love it or hate it?  I’ll be sure to be diving into more features from this new site later on – but till then I want to hear what you think about it.