Tag Archives | Greasemonkey

Make Gmail Better

Want to make Gmail better? Well the folks over at Lifehacker have put together one heck of a nice Firefox extension – taking some of the best Greasemonkey scripts from around the Web. What does it do? It adds a menu of optional extra features to Gmail. To view the enabled features and get more information on each, in Firefox’s Add-ons dialog, click on Better Gmail’s Preferences dialog.

Better Gmail

Gmail’s good, but it could be better. We’ve featured several Greasemonkey scripts that enhance Gmail in lots of different ways – like adding saved searches, attachment icons, label colors, keyboard macros, a filter assistant and right-click conversation previews. But not everyone wants to install Greasemonkey and hunt down all those scripts.

+ Download and Install the Better Gmail Extension for Firefox!

3 Tips for Blogging With Firefox

Here are three of my most favorite tools to help you get your blogging on in Firefox.

Textarea Backup – This one is actually a Greasemonkey script that will backup what you type into any large text field, so you don’t have to worry about your message getting lost. The backup should be transparent so if the page is reloaded for whatever reason, be it browser crash, unintended exit or a forgetful website, the previously entered text will be restored.

StumbleUpon – Need something to write about or some random inspiration for your next big post? StumbleUpon can be your new best friend then when it comes to finding topics to write about or cover. Just start stumbling on a topic that interests you and let the creativity flow to you.

Dappad Notebook Sidebar – It is always good to have a few notes you have written to yourself while you are blogging away as well. This extension gives you access to an entire sidebar of personal notes you can store, edit, and save.

Have any other good blogging Firefox related tools?

20 Quality Greasemonkey Scripts

It has been a while since I went out and found a lot of useful Greasemonkey scripts. I was just about to do it myself here – but why go through all that testing when somebody has already beaten me to the punch and done it well?

Couple of months back I had covered Greasemonkey, a powerful and all-favorite firefox extension. Now I am taking it further and want to present some of the coolest greasemonkey addons(aka scripts) out there letting you do crazy things such as: downloading apple trailers and clips from popular video sites(Youtube, GoogleVideo….etc), integrating google reader into gmail, adding mirror links to digg listings and etc… No-technical knowledge required, guaranteed.

+ Check Out the Full List of 20 Great Greasemonkey Scripts!

Greasemonkey Help Need Help? Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey!

Oil Standard – Odd Extension

Now you want to talk about oddball extensions, I think this one takes the cake. Oil Standard is a tool that converts all prices from U.S. Dollars into the equivalent value in barrels of crude oil. Why would you need this? I have no clue at all. It is pretty fun to play with and to settle arguments with friends.

Come on, I know we have all argued that our stuff would convert to more oil than their stuff. When you load a web page, the script seamlessly inserts converted prices into the page. As the cost of oil fluctuates on the commodities exchange, prices rise and fall in real-time. Check it out and let me know what you think!

+ Check Out the Oil Standard Extension for Firefox!

Firefox Tools for Google Reader

Do you use Google Reader a lot?

Ever since Google moved Google Reader over to the newer, cleaner and better design I have been using it to handle all of my feed reading. I have gone from FeedBurner, to Newsgator, to Rojo to Google Reader – so I have tried a lot. Google Reader beats the rest of them hands down.

I just posted my big Google Reader Guide over at my personal blog, Mitchelaneous. There are a lot of Firefox and Greasemonkey goodies in there for you to check out, so please do so. If you know of any good ones that might have missed let me know as well. I did my best to find the best of the best.

Modify Any Web Site

Modifying the Web is one of those things you always dreamed would happen, but always seems to fall a little short. The Platypus Firefox extension is one of those tools that gives you the ability to modify any Web site from your browser. You can then turn around and save those changes for the next time you visit.

+ Learn More About Platypus!

Inline Google Player

Here is a neat Greasemonkey script that I ran across the other day.

The Digital Inspiration blog shows how to construct a URL that will play any MP3 file with Google’s player, which is nice, but it seems like a lot of work. So I’ve modified the auto inline MP3 player greasemonkey script to embed the Google Player in case you prefer the look and feel of Google’s player to the Musicplayer.

+ Read More About This at Lifehacker!
+ Read More About the Google MP3 Player!

Preview Your Links

I like getting a hint on what I might be seeing when I click that next link. Sure, there are a couple of different thumbnail preview tools out there, but the Thumbnail Link Preview Browser Tool might be my favorite.

Daily when you are surfing the web, you find lot of links on your favorite search engines and web directories. Then you try some of these links by reading the title or description about the link. Here comes the role of Link Preview to help you find what you want in faster and cooler way.

This helpful tool is available as both a bookmarklet and a Greasemonkey script. To pick up either one of those, make sure you check out Thumbnail Link Preview’s Web site.

The Best Greasemonkey Scripts

Here are some of the best user scripts that you can use with Greasemonkey. If you are new to using the Firefox Greasemonkey extension, this is a great place to get started looking for scripts to help you get more out of the World Wide Web we live in.

Greasemonkey Help New to Greasemonkey? Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey!

Greased Lightbox – Greased Lightbox is a Greasemonkey user script designed to enhance browsing on websites that link to images such as Google Image Search, Flickr, Gmail, and Facebook.

GoogleAutoPager – Add autoloading for next page to Google search result. DblClick to enable/disable it.

Toggle Recent Comments in Flickr Photostream – It can show your recent photo comments without going to an inner page.

Google Suggest – Adds Google Suggest dropdown to normal Google searches

GoogleX – MacOS X dock-like google home page.

Flickr Rich Edit – Add limited rich editing capabilities (italic, bold, blockquote, link) to any input textarea in Flickr where you can use HTML.

Wikipedia animate – Animate the history of changes in a Wikipedia article. Provides a timeline slider, highlights changes. Very powerful.

del.icio.us Prettifier – A modified version of Gina Trapani’€™s del.icio.us Prettifier.

Smooth scroll – When clicking a link in a page that moves focus to another part of the same page, this script will make the page scroll, rather than just snap into view. This gives a somewhat better perception of how the in-page links have moved you in the document.

Currency Convertion – Convert any currencies on the sites you visit into your prefered currency. Great for Ebay and Amazon but works everywhere.

Popup Alt – The Alt attribute is displayed same as the Title attribute.

delicious_blank – Adds a target _blank to links so that they can open in a new tab

fav.icio.us2 – The fav.icio.us hack adds the favicon of a site next to it’s bookmark on del.icio.us.

del.icio.us mp3 – This script adds the new del.icio.us flash mp3-player to every mp3 file.

Last Updated Oct 5, 2007Removed spam and dead links. Have a suggestion for the list? Drop me an e-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com!