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Save Text to File is a Firefox add-on that allows you to save highlighted text to an external text file. This is one of those features you never realize how handy it will be until you start using it. I often like to save ‘bits of articles and other things I read to go back to it later. This makes saving that information in a new location all that much easier.
Why read something now, when you can simply save it for later? I am always running across neat articles or reviews I want to read more in-depth, but I don’t have the time. That is where a service and add-on like Read it Later comes in handy.
The add-on in question will save pages for you to read later with just one click. When you have the time to check it out, you can access your Read it Later list from any computer or phone. As you save things, it syncs it to your profile on the Read it Later website.
Use the chat feature on Facebook? One thing that it really lacks is a way to keep a history of who you talked to and what was said. Thankfully though, this add-on – Facebook Chat History Manager – will give you a way to simply browse through your previous Facebook chats.
Oh undo function, what would I do without you?
Well, I would probably be forced to do it again – but that is beside the point. I love being able to reopen a closed tab or window in Firefox. It has saved my rear end many times. This is just one of those Firefox tips you really should memorize.
Sometimes the simple usability tips are the ones that people overlook the most. Creating a downloads folder not only keeps things organized when you download things from the Web in Firefox, it also will save you time too.
More About the Downloads Settings and Options
In the menu bar, go to Tools and then select Options. In the Main tab in the options menu, you should see an area where you can configure how Firefox handles your downloads.
I would recommend selecting the Save files to option and setting up a downloads folder where you can save all your downloaded files. Why? It makes it much easier to find them after you are done, and also it keeps your desktop clean – which often is the default place to dump things for many people out there. I have mine setup right inside of my documents in Windows XP and my profile folder inside of Vista. It doesn’t matter where you put it, as long as it is somewhere you can easily reach.
Show the Downloads window when downloading a file is pretty obvious, checked it will show the download manager box as your downloads progress and unchecked, it’ll keep the download information and alerts in your Firefox status bar. You can also select the option to close it when all downloads are finished. I don’t do this, cause I usually want to check out what I just downloaded after I downloaded it.
Always ask me where to save the files might be a good option for those of you out there that need to have everything in it’s specific spot, but often becomes a great time waster.
Just dump your downloads into a folder called, “Downloads” – it makes things much easier.
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.
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.
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.
With the economy taking a nose dive, people are looking for a way to save cash where ever they can find it. One good way would be to save on ink and paper for your printer by instead printing to PDF. That is only the start of it though. Here are six PDF power tools for the Firefox browser:
PDF Download – The most powerful of the bunch, PDF Download allows you to do just about anything imaginable. View PDFs in Firefox as HTML, automatically control how the browser handles the PDF format, and also convert any web page to a PDF you can save for later.
PrintPDF – Due to Apple people already having the “print to PDF” feature, this extension (which allows you to do just that) is for Windows and Linux users. Print any page to a PDF file, and save on some paper!
PDFescape Extension – Want to edit your PDF files from within the browser? PDFescape brings that functionality to Firefox. PDFescape enables you to open and edit PDF files & forms online.
LOOP to PDF for Firefox – Upload, convert and combine your files to PDF from a tidy toolbar, without the conversion getting in the way of your Web browsing. LOOP for Firefox allows you to convert and combine files to PDF with the click of a button.
pdfit – This oddly named add-on gives you the ability to convert the current page to an image or PDF formats. You can also apply some image filters, such as rotate or reflection, to give your conversion a little style.
Send to Google Docs – What does Google Docs have to do with PDF files? This extension for Firefox allows you to view web documents in Google Docs. It supports PDF files too. (as well as Microsoft Office and Open Office files)
Know of anymore PDF friendly alternatives for Firefox? How do you handle PDFs online these days?
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