I can’t remember where I came across this yesterday, but I somehow stumbled upon the foXposé Firefox extension. It basically tiles all your tabs inside of a single window, and lets you click on one to select it. Very cool. I’ve never been a big fan of Exposé on OS X, but I’m testing this extension to see if I find it useful as it is impressive.
I’ve also started pulling all the essential Firefox hacks and extensions together under a Firefox del.icio.us tag. Expect it to continue to grow.
One of the primary reasons I love Firefox so much is the all the extensions that are available. Here’s a list of all the extensions I have installed, and that I use on a regular basis:
- Feed Your Reader: Lets external
applications and web based aggregators use RSS autodscovery (extremely useful).
- HTML Validator: Adds HTML validation to the View Page Source of the browser.
- MeasureIt: Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements
on a webpage.
- Scribe: Ads Word Processor like functionality to web forms, including opening
and saving for entries as files. (Good for weblog posting.)
- Aardvark: Allows cleaning up a page prior to printing it. Also has page analysis
tools for web developers (which is mainly what I use it for — I hate printers).
- Web Developer: Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
- Live HTTP Headers: View HTTP headers of a page and while browsing.
- SpellBound: Adds spell checker support to web forms and extensions.
What extensions am I missing that you can’t live without?
By now, I’m sure all you Firefox users have seen how you can tweak Firefox so that it loads and renders pages faster by configuring it to open more simultaneous connections. (If not, check out the post on Hack A Day). But did you know that you can optimize Firefox further by downloading optimized builds? At least Mac users can. I assume the PC builds are already pretty well optimized, but I definitely noticed a difference with the optimized PowerPC build.
If you use Firefox (which you should), and you like to keep up with Macromedia news (which you should), check out Mike Chambers’ new Macromedia News Firefox Extension. I’ve been using it in various forms for about the last week, and I’m totally addicted to it.
I’m a big Firefox fan, but recently, I was forced to downgrade from .9x to .8 because of certain bugs that had been introduced (OS X version). Even though it was frustrating to have to roll back, Firefox is still my favorite browser, so I’m really hoping for a better experience with the 1.0 preview release. It’s still a “technology release,” which means “While this software works well enough to be relied upon as your primary browser in most cases, we [the Firefox team] make no guarantees of its performance or stability,” but it has enough interesting new features (Live Bookmarks, improved find, Password Manager encryption), that I’m very curious, and anxious to give it a try. All we need now is for Firefox to come with Flash!
You can check out the new 1.0 preview release at the Firefox page on mozilla.org.