Tired of squinting at the screen when you see a picture? Sure, with most thumbnails you could click them to go see the picture at a better resolution. What if though, I could save you that step? Thumbnail Zoom Plus is a Firefox plug-in which shows a full-size image popup when you hover over a thumbnail or image link.
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Would you like to zoom in on a webpage with tiny text? Maybe you need to make a website with huge text a little smaller? Thankfully, Firefox makes it really easy to zoom in and out of a webpage to make it more readable. You can do it with the keyboard, your mouse, the menu or via the toolbar menus.
Looking for more options and tools when it comes to viewing pictures from within Firefox? The very obviously named Image Tools add-on for Firefox will give you a few more basic controls when it comes to viewing images from within the browser.
Want a quicker way to make that thumbnail just a little ‘bit bigger?
The Firefox add-on Thumbnail Zoom will do the work for you, and works with a lot of the popular image hosting websites out there. All you need to do is download it, and then get to zooming!
Page zooming is a Firefox feature that is often overlooked. It was a new feature added to Firefox 3, which in turn allowed you to increase or decrease the size of a web page to help improve the readability. So, how can you take advantage of this magnificent feature inside of Firefox?
Looking for a quick and easy way to enlarge thumbnails of photos you see on Facebook? Facebook PhotoZoom will do the trick. This simple add-on will bring simple photo magnification to your favorite social network.
One feature I really love in Firefox, that probably does not get the credit it deserves, is the smart zooming features. A feature that was new to Firefox 3, this allows you to zoom an entire page to make it larger or smaller. You may need to make a site larger to make it easier to read, or you might make it smaller to fit within the screen real estate of your smaller monitors (for examples, those people out there who may have netbooks).
There are several ways you can zoom into or out of the page you are on.
(make the page bigger) Ctrl and the + Key
(make the page smaller) Ctrl and the – Key
(make the page bigger) Hold the Ctrl Key and Scroll Up
(make the page smaller) Hold the Ctrl Key and Scroll Down
View > Zoom > Zoom In
View > Zoom > Zoom Out
One more zooming trick that Firefox has up its sleeve is the ability to only zoom in on text, leaving graphics their normal sizes. To do that, go to View > Zoom and select “Zoom Text Only”. To reset a page’s specific zoom level (large or small), go to View > Zoom > Reset or hit Ctrl and the 0 key. Firefox will remember which pages you have larger too. So for example, you could zoom into FirefoxFacts.com, but when you visit WebHostingShow.com, it would still be at its normal size. Your preferences are remembered for each site you visit.
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?
Ok, 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?
When 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?
There 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?
- Want to take detailed site screenshots? FireShots
- Miss the image toolbar from IE6? Image Toolbar
- Need a Bulk/Batch/Mass Image Uploader? ImageBot
What else do you do or need from you images?
It is safe to say that I have a pretty good set of eyes. I have never needed glasses and I can read even the smallest print. That doesn’t mean I want to though. When I find super tiny print on a Web site it is a real annoyance. Thankfully though, with the QuickZoom Firefox extension, now I have a quick and easy way of changing the font size.
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