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2nd Look at Better GReader

Better GReader = A+ ExtentionI have gotten a few e-mails lately wanting me to give Better GReader a second look. Maybe I didn’t give off enough of an ecstatic glow with my last look, but this time I promise to do better!

For those of you who are not familiar with the idea, Gina at Lifehacker is a master at rolling up a lot of great Greasemonkey hacks into one big extension for Firefox adding form, functionality and style to various Google services.

Here are some of the Greasemonkey Google Reader scripts that got rolled up into Better GReader:

I always look forward to seeing what they do with their “Better” Firefox series of extensions at Lifehacker and this one is no different. Pick it up for yourself and let me know what you like or don’t like about it.

Mouseless Browsing with Firefox

Mouseless Web SurfingWho needs a mouse? The real hardcore Firefox users can get it all done with just a few clicks on the keyboard – yo. Oh you didn’t know? Using a mouse with Firefox is so old school now. With the help of the Mouseless Browsing extention for Firefox all you need is a keyboard, a browser and some fingers that are ready for game time!

The major goal of this tool is to make it where you can browse through the Web using the number pad to navigate through links. You would hit “1″ to go to the first link, “2″ to go to the second, and so on and so forth. Here is a little more on the process from the extension developer.

You can configure to use the numpad exclusively for Mouseless Browsing. In that mode you can trigger actions even the focus is on a textfield or selectbox. The output is suppressed. If you not use the exclusive mode then triggering actions by typing ids don’t work if the focus is on a textfield or a selectbox. Entering the id while holding the CTRL-Key triggers the action in any case. You can toggle between the two modes by pressing the num-key twice within 1 sec.

It might take a little ‘bit of time to configure the extension to your liking but once you do I could see anybody using this as an alternative way to browse around any web page. Also be sure to check out the official site for Mouseless Browsing to get some more configuration help and advice.

gDocsBar – Perfect Sidebar for Google Docs

Google Docs BarYou can’t get a neater and more functional companion to Google Docs than the gDocsBar extension for Firefox. Other than giving you a cool sidebar to work with your Google documents in – it also supports both search and filter from the sidebar interface.

With how well this blends right into the Google Docs interface, you would expect it was released by Google themselves. Also I could see this being a reason for some people to give Google Docs a second shot – due to the fact that it makes it even easier to view your documents you have stored there.

To get a preview of the interface before installing – you can check out their official site for the extension at gdocsbar.com.

StatusBars Cures Your S.O.L.-ness

Multiple Status Bars for FirefoxToo many icons down there in your statusbar?

Let me just tell you – your not alone. Firefox fans usually call this deadly addition S.O.L. otherwise known as statusbar over load. There is a cure. The solution to your problem, is to install one more Firefox extension named StatusBars.

I promise you, there will be no side effects and you will be able to continue to use Firefox without the shame of your peers. This extension gives you the ability to switch between multiple status bars with different content. You can then customize your statusbars icon, name and arrange the icons the way you want.

You can set up your statusbars so you have one for the site you are on (greasemonkey, adblock, rip, etc), one for general information (forcastfox, gmail notifier, stock ticker, etc) and one for webdesign (tidy, web developer, firebug, etc).

You too can once again have a status bar in Firefox that is neat, tidy and organized.  Don’t kick the habit – feed the need!

eBay Trackers, Sorters and Tools for Firefox

eBay Firefox Tips and Tools Am I weird? I never fell victim to becoming obsessive compulsive about eBay so maybe a lot of these tools fell under the radar for me before, but after taking a look there are a slew of Firefox extensions to help you get the most out of your online auctions.

Firefox Companion for eBay – The official Firefox and eBay extension. It keep an eye on your eBay trading wherever you are on the web.

eBayCaptcha Populator – Promises to fill in the captchas for you on the eBay web site. Yes, those boxes where you have to type in ridiculous phrases to show your human.

myibay eBay bid sniper – linking to myibay.com eBay bid sniper will help you snipe and monitor your auctions.

ShortShip Pro – Adds real-time sorting of eBay listings by total and shipping, and so much more! We do everything we can to make eBay a better place to shop.

myTimeZone for eBay – Automatically converts times on eBay pages to your local time zone and custom formats dates/times to be more readable.

eBay Buddy – This is a small extension for quick navigation of eBay and other related tools through the right-click context menu or toolbar button.

Know of anymore good eBay tools for Firefox?

Social Media – your top news tipster

For those of you who like to keep tabs on the popular kids in the Internet class we all sit in day after day, Social Media promises to bring together stories to let you know what place a page has on the social news networks.

Giving You the Leg Up in Social News…

This extension for Firefox wants to be your tipster when it comes to if a story is good or not. If you find out one story is doing great and it hasn’t hit the other social news site yet – nows your chance to grab it from one source and go post it somewhere else.

Social Media on the Web

Confused on how to use it? Here is how the developers explain:

To make sure it works, go to any web page and hit the manual button, it should then load how many votes that page has had across all the featured social sites, which currently includes: Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and del.icio.us.

I like the fact they are not doing the same ol’ stuff when it comes to rolling out yet another social network extension. I think they will need to find a better hook though to capture regular users who probably don’t exactly understand why you would want to use Social Media on a day to day basis.

Firefox Facts Weekly Links-o-plenty

Time to dive through some of my saved Firefox links of the week – think of this as the best of the best posted somewhere else:

Have an interesting link to share or pass my way? Leave a comment or drop me an e-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com and I’ll be more than happy to share it with the masses.

Problem Solver: Opening Plain Text Links

Your problem? Making none clickable links clickable again!

The solution? The Plain Text Links extension for Firefox solves a problem that many of us run into. With any text that can be treated as a URL, while using this extension you can right click on the text and select “Open this URL”.

This one simple tool will make Firefox smart enough to know what to do with that link when you want to click on it. Now if it doesn’t do what you need it to do – I have an alternative.

Another Fix! Plain Text to Link is a totally different extension, no matter how similar you think the name is. This handy helper is able to select plain text in a page and save it in a text file. It can also open links written in plain text.

Here are a few more suggestions that do pretty much the same job:

Hey Mitch, what about a non-extension fix? For that, give Linkrr a whirl.

More Than 6 Ways to Make Images Better

Without images on the Web, we would be filled with a black and white text bonanza. Boring, dull and without personality and flair. So pictures, graphics – stupid kung-fu fighing kittens with even stupider sayings attached to you, I salute you. With Firefox you can get a little more out of your images other than just viewing them. Any browser could do that, but can your browser…

Zoom into images?

Image Zooming in FirefoxOk, maybe image zoom isn’t the hardest thing to do. With the use of either the Image Zoom or zoomFox extentions you can get up close and personal with any images you find on the Internet. With zoomFox the image is opened in a new tab which also contains a thumbnail view of the image used to scroll around more easily, zoom controls with various zoom levels. Image Zoom goes for a much more traditional way of doing things by letting you click to zoom in. Either are great extensions for browsing really big pictures or graphics.

Allow you to edit photos?

Picture Editing in FirefoxWhen it comes to photo editing, both Picture2Life and Picnik come to mind. These two extensions export your find to an Online image editor that will give you even more creative control than MS Paint. (like that was a hard thing to do) In all honesty though it is amazing how these Web 2.0 online applications stand up against some of the basic photo editor competition out there. With the resources they have it is hard to see how anybody else could do better than what these two extentions (+ services) offer.

Change the way you view your images?

Slideshow Pictures in FirefoxThere has been a lot of innovation when it comes to graphics and pictures via the browser too. FoxSaver is an extension that we have tackled here before that turns Firefox into a screen saver and photo viewer. Tossing in their support for media RSS and you have a winner. Another unique image extension out there is PicLens. It instantly transforms your browser into an full-screen slideshow experience.

Need a few more tasks for images that you can only get done with the help of an extension?

What else do you do or need from you images?

CookiePie – Multiple Cookies for the Same Site

I know of several people out there that have multiple profiles for the same web site. For example, if Tom wanted to be able to have two different e-mail accounts at Gmail instead of one. Before you would have to use multiple browsers or do the logout and login dance to check them both. CookiePie looks to allow you to manage multiple cookies in one browser window.

The CookiePie extension enables you to maintain different cookies storage in different tabs and windows. To give you a better idea of what that would look like in action the creators of the extension have put together a video of CookiePie in action.

All in all, I would say this extension looks very promising for those who need to do multiple logins to the same service with little to no problems at all. If you are interested, I would encourage you all to check out the official site for the extension so you can learn more about what CoookiePie could do for you.