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Quickly Capture and Save Screenshots

Pict Uploader for Firefox

I am always taking screenshots of this, that and the other for all the various writing projects I have going on the Web.  For me, finding something that makes that job even a little ‘bit easier, is a great thing indeed.  This is where the Pict Uploader comes into play.

This Firefox add-on integrates with your browser to provide a way to make screenshots with one click, and if you wish upload them to the Pict.com image hosting service. 

Here are some of the other features Pict Uploader will provide:

  • Capture screenshots of websites
  • Capture screenshot of whole website
  • Capture screenshot of visible area
  • Capture screenshot of custom selected area
  • Edit screenshots
  • Save screenshots in jpg/png formats

Well worth trying out, especially if you do any daily screen captures.  You can pick up the Pict Uploader on the Firefox add-ons web site.

Xoopit for Gmail

Need a personal assistant for your Gmail account?  It might not make you coffee, but Xoopit is the next best thing.  Xoopit for Gmail gives you the ability to get a lot more out of your e-mail inbox.  For example, you can quickly browse photos, files and videos. 

Xoopit for Gmail

That is the only places where Xoopit for Gmail shines.  It also lets you:

  • Search your stuff, not your messages. Xoopit upgrades Gmail search to show you the photos, videos and files that match what you are looking for.
  • Browse photos and videos from YouTube, Flickr, Shutterfly, Kodak and Picasa. Links sent to your Gmail account are automatically collected, saving you the hassle of going to these sites.
  • Easily find and access your files in Gmail. Never misplace an attachment again.
  • Quick share to friends, Facebook or your blog.
  • Do a web search while composing a mail in Gmail and add results directly to your message.
  • Get information, contact details and more about the people in Gmail’s conversation view.

All this from your Gmail inbox.  In the long haul, this add-on will not only make your inbox more social, but will also make it more useful as well.  You can learn more about the service at xoopit.com or pick up the add-on directly on Firefox’s Add-on web site.

Create, Save and Share Your Image Collections

There are several add-ons for Firefox that will change the way you can interact with images and galleries, and joining that clan of extensions is OutWit Images.  It is a simple, straight to the point image browser for the browser.  It does all the catching, saving and auto-browsing for you.

Image Browser for Firefox

The thing that makes OutWit Images different than other image browsers, is it allows user to save images right to the hard drive and browse from there.  From within Firefox, you can collect images from various web sources  with just a simple click of the button. 

The sleek design (as you can see above) is also worth pointing out.  It can also be personalized by selecting different background colors and views for the thumbnails themselves.  Here is a little more about this extension from the developers:

The images can be dragged and dropped into the collection basket, “the catch,” from which they can be saved directly onto the computer, displayed in a slideshow, or shared with others. It also offers a variety of other options including filters for viewing and saving the images, as well as, visible source information.

OutWit Images is designed for the collection of images, plain and simple.  You can pickup this add-on for Firefox on the Firefox Add-ons site or the official OutWit site too.

Browse Through Only the Images

Wish to access only the images on a page and none of the clutter – like those annoying big words, style and layout? For those out there who want the images and the images only the Browse Images add-on should get the job done.

Once installed you can browse all linked images of a page one after another or all at once.

The Browse Images add-on at Work!

On the positive side of things, Browse Images does make it rather easy to browse through multiple images when a web site might not make the job all that fun to do (thanks to bad design or bad organization of the links. On the negative side, I really could do without having yet another toolbar in Firefox. I think a lot of this functionality could have been kept in a statusbar icon.

Best Screen Grabs Come From FireShot

I’m back to using FireShot. This extension that allows you to take screenshots of what is inside your browser window enticed me to no end when it first came out – but with it’s lack of features I had to let it go. Here is a little more about the extension just in case you missed it the first time around…

What is FireShot and Why Do I Need It?

FireShot is a Firefox extension that creates screenshots of web pages. Unlike other extensions, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify captures and insert text and graphical annotations. Such functionality will be especially useful for web designers, testers and content reviewers.

FireShot in Action

Some of these newest features include:

  • Screenshot can be uploaded to server for resizing, commenting and blogging.
  • Added Undo/Redo feature
  • Added “Resume editing” option
  • Line width can be specified
  • Improved page extents detection mechanism (now supports GMail, E-Bay and other frame-based sites)
  • Improved memory management routines and error handling messages.
  • Added MS Outlook support
  • Working folder can be set up and periodically erased.

As you can see there is even more to love here. More now than ever before! Give the FireShot extension another shot. It is the perfect compainion for anybody who works with screen grabs a lot.

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?

Firefox Images Helpers and Tweaks

Firefox Image ToolbeltWith Firefox and a few handy extensions, you can take any gallery of photos or images and get more out of them. Where other browser might fall a little short, Firefox knows how to treat the image loving freaks out there. Need some help with your digital images? Firefox has you covered.

Image Toolbar – get that old IE6 hover-over toolbar on Firefox. You know the one that used to let you save, coy, print and more? Yeah I try to block using Internet Explorer out of my mind too.

Image Zoom – Allows you to zoom in on images to get a closer look. Of course, you still face the eventual pixelation of the image, but nice to have if you don’t want to export the image to an image editor.

PicLens – This is my favorite of the “view your images in a new way” extensions. PicLens instantly transforms your browser into an full-screen slideshow experience. It also comes with support for Flickr, Facebook and Google Images right out of the box.

Open Image In New Tab – I bet you can’t figure out what this extension does. If you said “washes the car” you would be wrong my friend. Get a new right-click menu option to open your images in a new tab. Yes, it really is that simple.

Have any other image extensions that deserve my attention?

Put My Image Here!

My Image HereEver thought your own image would look better on a favorite Web site of yours? Well now you can with the Firefox extension My Image Here. This browser goody replaces images on Web sites with images you select from your local computer.

Now this is a customization tool that is easy to use and fun as well. If you are feeling like the old Google logo just is not doing it for you, all you need to do is right click on the image, select “My Image Here” and then “Load My Image Here”. No rocket science needed.

+ Download and Install the My Image Here Extension for Firefox!

Firefox Splash Screen

I don’t know about you, but splash screen have always kind of annoyed me a little. Maybe I am just a guy who likes to get down to business. Love them or hate them though, I have to say adding one to Firefox is pretty interesting.

The Firefox Extension Guru took a deeper look for himself at the practice and how it all looks:

Firefox, especially if you have lots of extensions, does take sometime to start up. There are times I wonder is it loading? So I click the icon again thinking may be it didn’t work the first time around. Then I end up with Fx opened up in two windows. This is not a big deal, I just closed the extra browser window.

So do you love them or hate them?

Stop Automatic Image Resizing

Alright, so it is not the biggest Firefox annoyance, I will give you that. Sometimes though I don’t want to have my photos resized to fit inside of the browser window. Call me crazy, but I think it distorts the picture in most cases and I still have to end up resizing it to full view to fully enjoy it. Well here is how you can get rid of that auto resizing “feature” in Firefox.

First thing you need to do is type in about:config inside of your address bar. Once you have made it there, you need to look for:

browser.enable_automatic_image_resizing

If you can’t find it, just enter that into your filter box and you should be good to go. Now here is where the magic happens! Double click that entry in about:config to set it to false. Now every time you see a picture on the Web you will be enjoying it in full view. No more resizing for you!