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Firefox’s Best Map Extensions

Firefox Map ToolsI dare you – no I triple Firefox dare you to find a better list of map related extentions and tools for any browser out there. Thanks to Firefox and some creative map loving developers there is no way you could ever get lost as long as you had a laptop, an internet connection and that lovable Firefox.

Map+ – View the Yahoo Map of any address without having to open a new tab or window.

Get directions from Google Maps – Highlight any address on the web and get directions.

PackageMapping.com Extension – Track your shipments via a map to see where exactly that electric toothbrush you ordered is.

Map This – Launch a Google Map for any address you select on the Web.

All Your Maps Are Belong To Us – convert any mapping service URL or address to Google Maps. Good one for the Google Map fan boys.

Mini Map Sidebar – Mapping sidebar suite for Mozilla Firefox.

GDirections – Find where your going or where you have been on Google and Yahoo Maps based on your selected text and one of various home addresses.

Shazou – A unique Japanese mapping service and tool that enables the user with one-click to map and geo-locate any website they are currently viewing.

GeoLocateFox – Find where any web site’s HQ is with this tool. It tells you the location if contains GeoLocation metadata within the HTML on the web page.

GMiF – An addon for Flickr that will tell you exactly where those photos were taken via Google Maps.

Locator – Finds any location via Google Maps.

Geo – Another extension that opens a Google Map for a web site’s location if it contains GeoLocation meta data or is geographically marked with ICBM.

Know of another I might have missed? Leave a comment and share!

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.

Firefox Rumors, Hearsay and Links

Since it is the end of the year, Firefox news is hard to find. I went out and did the almost impossible though, and found a handful of goodies worth checking into. On with the linkage…

Have more Firefox linking love to share? Send it in – that is how these made their way to your eyeballs.

Google Calendar in Your Sidebar (again!)

Update – looks like this is no longer working. As an alternative, I would suggest using this: Google Calendar in Your Sidebar (iPhone Version)

I love my Google Calendar, but loading up the official web site each time I want to check it out is sometimes a burden.

Since I use it much more as a to-do list rather than actually setting up events and times I needed a quicker way to access. So I thought, why not figure out a way to open it in the sidebar in Firefox?

Google Calendar in Firefox Sidebar

Here are the steps to get it done:

  1. Create a new bookmark (right-click and select “Bookmark this link…”) for this address or drag it to your bookmarks toolbar:

    Mini Google Calendar

  2. Right-click on that bookmark and select “Properties”.

    Step 2
  3. Check the box that says, “Load this bookmark in sidebar” and you are good to go! I promise you this is a tip that is easy enough for anybody to use and setup.

Now you can access your Google Calendar and upcoming events on your agenda without pulling up a new web page.

Bonus: Check out my previous Google Calendar/Sidebar hack using the iPhone friendly version of Google Calendar. Also you can open Google Notebook to your sidebar too. Don’t forget about adding Google Talk to your sidebar!

Top 5 Links of the Week

There has been a lot of cool tools, tweaks, links and news to fall through the cracks this week so let me get you caught up to date with a little round up of my top five stories of the week. Well, top five that didn’t start at FirefoxFacts.com anyways, Hehe…

5. Wrap Firefox’s Bookmarks Toolbar – Neat tweak to make that toolbar wrap onto multiple lines instead of scrolling off the right side.

4. Meet the Firefox Marketing Team – Check out the folks who’s job it is to spread the word about Firefox to all. Plus, you can get a little more information behind them too.

3. First Look at Firefox 3.0 – A series of screen shots of what you can expect to see in Firefox 3. If your just itching to see what it looks like, this is the link for you. They get two thumbs up from me thus far.

2. Gmail Greasemonkey API – The recent Gmail updates broke a lot of Greasemonkey tweaks – and now it looks like the Google Gmail team are offering an olive branch to the create scripters.

1. Better Gmail is Back – Gina over at Lifehacker has updated the Better Gmail extension to work with some of the recent changes to the Gmail system. All your old favorites might not be enabled in the extension just yet – but I am sure with time this extension will become as good (if not better) than Better Gmail 1.

Have a link suggestion? Pass it to me at mitch@mitchkeeler.com!

Google Calendar in Your Sidebar

I like to use Google Calendar much less as a time organizer and more as a big to do list. Now I hadn’t really given two thoughts to the mobile version because I don’t really browse the Web on too many mobile devices. After having a look though – I thought to myself – this would make the perfect sidebar for Firefox.

Google Calendar in Your Sidebar

This is how you can get it added to your own browser:

1. Browse to http://calendar.google.com/m

2. Bookmark that web page, or drag the link to your links toolbar.

3. Right-click on the bookmark, select “properties” and then click the checkmark for “load this bookmark in sidebar”.

I don’t know about you but this just makes the application a little more usable for me. Big fonts, big colors and a guide of what I need to do over the next few days. Also it acts as a great reminder tool for folks who like to make sure they are getting things done.

Tweak Google Calendar

Google Calendar TweaksGina is at it again with one of those “Better” Firefox extensions. This time around she tackles Google Calendar. As a big user of the other extensions she has released (plus I use Google Calendar too) I couldn’t pass up on the chance to try this one out.

The Better GCal extension for Firefox wraps some of the best Greasemonkey scripts into one easy to install extension. Editing the options of the extension allows you to also turn certain features on and off. Here are some of my favorite Greasemonkey scripts that have been included:

Plus a lot more tweaks and edits you can do.

If you use Google Calendar (or you think you might if a few things were changed around) then I would suggest giving this extension a shot.

Add Google Reader to Gmail

Do you like to multi-task? Why check your e-mail and read your feeds in two different web applications when you can get it all done in one by combining the power of Google Reader and Gmail.

Google Reader + Gmail

Now I have talked before about the Gmail + Google Reader greasemonkey script before. After giving it another shot the other day though I noticed the experience is much more polished. What does that mean? Well looking at it right now it really looks like it belongs there – and doesn’t just look like an out of place web page stuck on another web page.

If you haven’t given this greasemonkey script a try in a while, it might be time to do so. Also if Google Reader isn’t your thing – you can do the same thing with Google Calendar too.

Add to del.icio.us from Google Reader

Google Reader + Del.icio.usOne thing I have been looking for, for a while is a way to add del.icio.us link saving to Google Reader. I use both products, and they just seem like they should merge together nicely. Thanks to the Google Reader + del.icio.us Greasemonkey script now I can.

This script adds the “Add to del.icio.us” button to the bottom of each post and then gives you all the regular fields, so you can edit the extended info, description and tags before sending it to your del.icio.us list.

Google Define Tool Set

DartI often use Google’s “define:” search tag to find definitions of things from various different sources. It is a good way to find several points of view and not just one dictionary definition. That is why I was happy to find the Define extension for Firefox.

Search the definition of the highlighted text at Google. If there is highlighted text, a new option is added to the context menu. This option search the definition of the highlighted text at Google (like searching “define:some_text”).

To use it, all you need to do is highlight a word in your browser, right-click on it and select Define “yourword”. That’s it. Sometimes the more simple extensions out there are my absolute favorite.