The extension for Firefox, Copy Urls Expert, provides options to ‘Copy Urls of All Opened Tabs in Current Window’, ‘Copy Urls of Tabs in All Windows’, ‘Copy Urls of All Links in Selected Text’ and ‘Copy Urls of All Images in Selection’. Allows to open multiple tabs.
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Need a new way to shorten your links? Foxy URL hopes to be the extension you turn to, in that situation. This add-on for Firefox keeps it nice and simple. After you install it, you just add the icon for it to your navigation toolbar. Once that is done, click on the icon and your link is shortened.
Click the “copy to clipboard” button and you are ready to share your link with the world. That is it. No fancy features, no unwanted fuss. You can pick up the Foxy URL add-on for Firefox at the Firefox Add-ons site or via their own web site at FoxyURL.com.
In need of shortening a long URL into a short one? Now, I don’t have to tell you that there are a plethora of services out there to do this for you, however I think I may have found my new favorite way of doing so in Firefox.
Shorten URL, an extension for Firefox will do this for you. From the context menu, you can quickly shorten any link or web page’s URL into one that is easier to share. Once installed, you can launch the link shortener in a number of different ways. Right-clicking any link will give you the “Shorten this link URL” in the context menu. Also right-clicking on any page will do the same. You can even even launch the link shortener for a specific frame too.
Here are some of the other Shorten URL features:
- Automatically copy to clipboard (disabled by default)
- Automatically post to Twitter (disabled by default)
- Supports 35 URL shortening services
We all love using Greasemonkey to help customize the Web or Firefox itself to our liking. There is a problem though when it comes to finding scripts based around a certain URL. It is not an easy thing to do. That is where Greasefire, an add-on for Firefox, comes into play.
As a companion extension to Greasemonkey, Greasefire automatically find Greasemonkey scripts on Userscripts.org for the URL you are looking for. When you are browsing a web site that does have user scripts available, Greasefire will light up the Greasemonkey icon in the status bar. Then, right-click the Greasemonkey icon and choose the “X scripts available” item to see and install the scripts available for the current page.
So, if this is always looking for user scripts, isn’t that going to slow down your browsing? Not exactly. Greasefire works with a local level index to search for scripts that apply to the page you are on. The local index updates periodically, so you shouldn’t be too out of the loop when doing lookups either.
You can pick up Greasefire on the Firefox Add-ons site.
User Script Trouble? Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey!
One of those pesky things that bug me is when somebody writes a link in that I want to click, but there is no HTML code included to make it into a click-able link. Thankfully several add-ons for Firefox have figured out how to turn URLs and e-mail addresses not marked up as a link into things I can click on.
There are eight add-ons for Firefox that do this job very well. The only problem is that there is not that much difference between them.
Know of a number nine I might have missed? I wouldn’t be surprised. This seems like a very popular idea to do for a Firefox extension for some reason. Since today is my birthday, just consider these eight gems your present from me.
A few weeks back, I posted about a new service named TinyPaste over on Mitchelaneous, which made it easy to copy blocks of text, paste them into a box and then get a short URL so you could share that text with your friends.
What makes this service even cooler, is they have a Firefox extension to help you speed up the link generating process. Using the Quick Paste add-on, you can highlight text then grab your URL. Not much rocket science behind it.
Here is a little more about the Firefox extension from the developer:
Have you ever wanted to send a article or long conversation over IM or post to twitter, only to have it be over the limit on size? What about a cool way to share data without the fuss? Thats what TinyPaste is! Its like TinyURL but for text!
There are a lot of URL shortener services out there. They take that really super long URL from a place like Amazon.com and make it into something that is easy to cut and paste into a blog post or a Twitter even. Shrinkify is another awesome answer to this problem that gives you that ability to shrink URLs right from Firefox.
Here is a little more about the Shrinkify extension from the developers:
The Shinkify Firefox extension makes long, unwieldy URLs shorter with the Shrinkify.com web service. Using either a toolbar button, right-click menu item, or tools menu item, you can submit your current url to the Shrinkify web service. The shrinkified URL will then be copied into your clipboard.
Also might be worth noting that the Shrinkify extension came in 8th in this year’s extend Firefox competition. So if you are looking for a simple way to shrink your URLs built right into the browser, Shrinkify is your best solution.
I have never seen much editing or tweaking done with the address bar inside of Firefox. Maybe people are afraid of messing with what works? Maybe folks just like it the way it is? No matter what the reason might be – it has not been done before till now. I have been playing with Locationbar 2 today and I have to say it is pretty neat. Some of the features include:
- Decodes URLs for better readability
- Hides featureless parts of URLs
- Reduces the spoofing risks of URLs
Some of the best tools out there you can use are the ones that are the most simple. Sure, you can download an extension that does ten things well, or you can download one extension that does one job better than the rest. That is the idea that comes into play when you see Tab URL Copier.
Don’t be fooled by the name, this extension has nothing to do with Digg.com. It is though a great tool to actually make that “Go” button a little more useful!
Allows you to navigate to parent directories in a URL and climb through subdomains (e.g. go to http://example.com/ from http://sub.example.com/), all from a context menu on the Go button (and on the toolbar button provided by Go Up, if you have that extension installed).