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Cream of the Crop Firefox Extensions


One of the greatest features of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser is the heavy amount of customization available through add-on programs. With these extensions, themes and plug-ins, you can change the look of your browser and give it new abilities, which create a much more personalized browsing experience than is possible with Internet Explorer.

Self proclaimed "add-ons Junkie" Josh of Arc has posted his list of favorite extensions on Newsvine. Many of his picks are tied to his occupation as a Web developer, but there's plenty there that the average user will find useful.

  • Adblock Plus andFilterset.G -- Adblock, obviously enough, blocks ads. Filterset.G is an automatically updated blacklist that tells Adblock to ignore certain content without user input.
  • BugMeNot -- If you can't be bothered to enter in personal information to register with Web sites you don't use too often, BugMeNot is for you. BugMeNot shadily uses a database of 'recycled' usernames and passwords to log you into Web sites that require registration to read an article (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.).
  • FoxyTunes -- Control more than 30 media players (iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media Player, etc.) right from your browser window.
  • ScribeFire -- This is a blog editor for Firefox. It pops up a small HTML/Text editor at the bottom of the screen and is compatible with Wordpress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad and MSN Live Spaces.
  • StumbleUpon Toolbar -- If you get bored easily online, this roll-of-the-dice social bookmarking tool helps you find new sites based on user ratings.

Of course, we can't help but weigh in with our own suggestions:
  • Del.icio.us Toolbar -- If you use Del.icio.us to organize your bookmarks, there is no better extension for you.
  • Download Status Bar -- Replace the annoying pop-up download window with a more subtle progress bar at the bottom of the browser.
  • Sage -- This is a lightweight RSS feed reader that utilizes the built-in "live bookmark" feature of Firefox.
  • Mouse Gestures -- Why use toolbar buttons when you can simply click and move your mouse on the page to go forward/back, close tabs or open new ones?
  • Video Downloader -- Easily download embedded video files to your computer from more than 60 vid sites including YouTube, Google, Metacafe, iFilm and Dailymotion.
If you haven't used these extensions yet, give them a try -- you'll be instantly more productive. And if you haven't used Firefox yet, shame on you.

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