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Quickly Access All the Other Browsers from Firefox

943948800 What are you to do when you need to switch to another internet browser in a hurry?  Sure we all love Firefox, but some of us use maybe two or three other browsers for the Web too.  How can you quickly leap into Safari, Opera, Chrome or even Internet Explorer from Firefox?  Very easily.

1221148333 Open Links in Chrome – As the new kid on the block, it took some hunting to find a good way to switch to Chrome in a hurry.  The Chrome View add-on for Firefox is what you need.  This extension lets you open the page your currently viewing in Firefox, via Google’s new Chrome browser.

ie_logo Open Links in Internet Explorer – Switching from Firefox to Internet Explorer is something we have been doing for some time now.  There are two great add-ons that allow you to do this.  The first is IE View.  This extension gives you the ability to open any page you have open in Firefox, in Internet Explorer.  An even better alternative though is IE Tab.  IE Tab will embed Internet Explorer inside of your Firefox tab, so you don’t really even have to switch browsers.

opera_logo Open Links in Opera – Ah, yes Opera.  The girl at the dance with all the features that nobody uses.  Just in case you might want to hop over to Opera usage for a while, there is OperaView.  This too will give you a new context menu item that will let you open the target link in Opera.  Great for web developers or people who just like to be “different”.  (don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody)

safari_logo Open Links in Safari – Lastly, the new pretty boy on the block (at least for Windows users) before Chrome took the spot, Safari switching can be done with an add-on too.  Safari View (mac) and Safari View (win) get you from Firefox to Apple’s browsing delight very quickly.

Firefox 2 Themes at Download.com

The folks over at Download.com have posted a pretty nice round up of the best themes out there for Firefox. Did they miss your favorite? Let me know!

Our first Firefox theme gallery offered new ways for surfing the Web with Firefox 1.5, but not all of those themes came along with the recent upgrade to Firefox 2. We’ve dug deep to find the best and the brightest themes for the new version of the open-source browser. A few are repeat performers, while others are fresh looks for enhancing your daily Web surfing. If you don’t have Firefox, download it now.

+ Check Out The Themes They Picked!

15 More Firefox Extensions

No list of Firefox extensions is any better than the next, but it seems like a new list comes out every day. It is an addiction I tell you! Everybody has their own opinion about what is the best and the worst out there, and the best thing you can do is look at all the lists, find how many extensions make it on all the lists, and go with those.

Here is one more fine example of lists in action from Download Squad on and about the 15 essential Firefox add-ons.

Optimized Firefox 2.0 for Macs

An optimized build of Firefox 2 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs is out in the wild now. Not only do they have the builds ready for all the Mac owning Firefox fans, they also have a good list of add-ons available as well. That is the end of my Apple knowledge -since I am more of a Windows guy, but I couldn’t pass on the chance to share this with those who might not have my same choice in operating systems.

+ Get the Optimized Download of Firefox 2 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs!

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!

Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons

Another Firefox top ten list. Yes, I said another, “top ten lists write my content for me” list.

With all this talk of the Web as a platform, it’s worth taking a closer look at what web apps are using Firefox as their platform. Firefox is regarded as the best Web browser in terms of extensions – i.e. small browser add-ons which modify or add to existing functionality. It has hundreds of add-ons, which can be downloaded from here. But which are the best ‘web 2.0′ add-ons for Firefox?

+ Check Out All 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons!

New Add-ons Manager for Firefox?

Making up for the fact that they had to drop Places for right now, it looks like all is not lost. Via CyberNetNews.com I read about a new “Add-ons Manager” that seems to be merging both the theme manager and the extension manager into one spot. Hey, the more simple you can make it, the better.

I wouldn’t mind seeing them put in a search engine manager there as well. Themes, extensions, and search engine plugins are the three major things folks add or delete from Firefox, so why not join them there in one window?

See the pictures of it over at CyberNetNews.com!