Cream of the Crop Firefox Extensions
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.