Want to create your own Firefox search plugin? The steps on how to do this used to be a lot easier back in the early days of Firefox, but now with the OpenSearch protocol in all modern browsers – the steps are a little more difficult. Have no fear though, because I have found a resource that will make creating your own Firefox search plugin easy again and it takes only a few simple steps.
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Mozilla is getting into the world of social link sharing. With F1, you can add the functionality of sharing a link on Twitter, Gmail or Facebook into the Firefox browser. This neat add-on has a lot of potential, and is simple enough for anybody to pick up and use.
In a day where we have fantastic website designs, terrific layouts and tons of stuff to check out on the web – we sometimes forget that some people have more readability problems than most. The Readability add-on for Firefox looks to change that. It strips all the fluff from the webpage you are looking at – and delivers pure content.
What if translating text to a different language was as easy as highlighting text in your browser? It can be, if you pick up the gTranslate add-on for Firefox. With gTranslate installed, you can quickly translate any text on any webpage just by selecting the text you want to translate and right-clicking on it with your mouse.
Sometimes we all go a little tab-happy when it comes to our Internet browsing ways. You might be browsing around, one lazy Friday afternoon, and before you know it – you have twenty open tabs and then decide, "hey, maybe I should get back to work!". Well, have no fear, because I can get all your tabs closed in one click or two.
Every so often, you might need to find your Firefox profile folder to do some tweaking or maintenance of your own. In the past, this has lead to diving through your operating system’s folders and after twenty clicks, finding the information you need. Since Firefox 3.6 there is a much easier way to open your profile folder, with no additional extensions installed.
Want to remove all the clutter from your favorite site to read, and get right to the text? TidyRead, an extension for Firefox, removes all the extra stuff from a web page or article that can make reading on the Web difficult at times.
This browser add-on does a simple, yet effective, job of stripping away the extra content from news or blog article pages, leaving you with nicely formatted text to enjoy. Since the new version is overlaid on top of the old version, switch between the two is very easy. You also have the options to customize it to suit your own reading style too (white on black, black on white, white on green, ect).
Well worth trying out, if you find some of the content on the Web a little hard on your eyes. You can pick up TidyRead on the Firefox Add-ons web site.
Nobody likes having to click on checkboxes, in our e-mail or on the online forms we might need to fill out. It is a pain in the rear process, that I wish sometimes I did not have to do. With that said, I have found one experimental add-on that promises to make the pain go away.
CheckBoxMate, an add-on for Firefox, allows you to check multiple checkboxes with ease by drawing a box around them to automatically select them all. Here is what the developer of the extension had to say about it:
This tool is great for sites that use lots of checkboxes like a registration form or your Hotmail or Yahoo! inbox. Imagine this: Your Hotmail inbox has 10 spam messages and you don’t want to click on 10 separate checkboxes just to select them all. Now you can select them all just by drawing a box around them! To begin drawing a box, your mouse MUST first be positioned over one checkbox. Then drag to activate this tool.
As another Extend Firefox 3 contest winner, HandyTag deserves a look. This add-on for Firefox provides a complete set of the most relevant keywords when you bookmark a page. Where do these keywords come from? Many different sources from around the Web.
This comes in handy when you bookmark a page, and your not sure exactly with what words it should be tagged with (or you don’t want to take the time to think it out). There is no need for straining your brain to think of descriptive tags any longer with this extension.
You can pick HandyTag up on the Firefox Add-ons web site and learn more about HandyTag on the official web site. It is still sandboxed on Firefox’s web site, so if you need a login to try it out, be sure to checkout these bugmenot username and password combinations.
Want to make tagging your bookmarks as easy as clicking an icon? Tagmarks, the add-on for Firefox, hopes to do just that. The idea here is to bring one-click bookmarking in Firefox together with the tagging power of the browser.
With Tagmarks, you have a lot of different icons that popup whenever you hover over the traditional bookmarking star you see in the Firefox 3 address bar. When you click in each icon, it will add the page to the bookmarks and associate that icon with that page, through the use of tags.
Selecting one icon has the same effect as clicking on the bookmarking star. It will add the page to the bookmark. The perk here is that it will also apply a tag to the page and always remember and show that icon when you are at that page. Think of it as a visual tool for you too, to say for example, “oh that is a search magnifying glass, this must be a search site”.
You can pickup Tagmarks on the Firefox Add-ons site. It is still sandboxed, so if you need a login to download it, check out this list of user names and passwords you can use. Also check out the author of the add-on’s web site for more information on how to get the most out of Tagmarks.
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