Before Firefox 4, the menu items for the browser – such as File, Edit, View, History and more were all over the place. After Firefox 4 was released though, Mozilla simplified the menu toolbar and dumped everything under the Firefox button. What if you want things to be even more compact than that? Then you need to pick up Compact Menu 2.
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Want to personalize the content shown after you hit the new Firefox button in Firefox 4? With the Personal Menu add-on for Firefox, this is pretty easy to do. It allows you to strip or add features from the menu so that you can hopefully get a lot more use out of it.
Running Windows and want to make Firefox 4 start up faster? The add-on Start Faster enables some really nifty optimizations that Mozilla hasn’t done yet to the browser to give you a quicker launch time for your favorite browser.
Well, I have finally made the switch to Firefox 4 as my primary browser. (Firefox 4 – Beta 9 to be exact) I figured with the big Firefox 4 release date being next month, it was about time I got used to the new way of browsing with the latest incarnation of the Mozilla browser. So what are some of my initial thoughts?
Quickly create PDFs anywhere from any source on the Web. The add-on PDF Download will let you save just about any type of content from any webpage as a PDF file. The extension also promises to remove the pain you can experience when you encounter PDF files online too.
Want to know specific details about an image you are looking at? You can quickly find an image’s width and height with the Image Spider add-on for Firefox.
Now I can not see where this would be useful for your normal day to day Firefox users. I can see where it could serve as an important tool for web site designers. For any image on a website you can pull up details such as the width, height, natural width, natural height, and HTML elements such as the alt, title tag and border tags.
Do you remember Jetpack?
It has been a while since I checked out the New Tab King add-on for Firefox, and I have to say I am impressed with the progression of the Firefox extension. For those of you who don’t know, New Tab King replaces your blank new tab with a much more functional page of tools.
You get instant access to recently closed tabs, personalized suggested sites and even shortcuts to your desktop applications.
The most recent release also comes with 7 built in themes, so you have a few more ways to customize it to suit your needs.
There is no reason why, these days, your new tab should be empty and bland. With the New Tab King add-on for Firefox, you can make the new tab page and the Firefox browser even more functional than it was before.
Sage was once one of the more popular RSS feed reading add-ons for Firefox. However, time went by, years went on and these days it is not making much news. However, if you still need a lightweight feed reader, there is now Sage-Too. This is a continuation of the original project to keep it up to date with today’s Firefox browser versions.
Some of the features include:
- Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds
- Feed Discovery
- Integrates with Firefox’s bookmark storage and Live Bookmarks
- Imports and exports OPML feed lists
- Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets
- Technorati and RSS search engine integration
It also has support for the following locales: Argentine Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.
As they say in their own words, “It’s got more of what you need and not much of what you don’t.” You can give it another shot, or take your first trip down lightweight RSS reading road by downloading it on the Firefox Add-ons web site.
Also, don’t forget to start your RSS feed collection with the best Firefox feed out there today, http://feeds.feedburner.com/firefoxfacts. Never leave your RSS feed reader without it!
- My Initial Firefox 4 Thoughts Jan/18
- RSS Feed Change, Please Read! Nov/05
- Goodbye Status Bar, Hello Add-on Bar Jan/19
- Optimized Firefox for Windows? Oct/20
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