Ever missed a feature that was Opera-only? Do you often see the banner “This site is only viewable in Internet Explorer”? Do advertisements freaks you out?(Especially the smiley shouting: “no way!!!!!”). Fear not surfers, Firefox with all its massive extensions comes to rescue. Firefox is a great browser by itself. But extensions make it a lot bigger and better!
Extensions can perform a lot of things, Block popups, notifies you of email, customize websites etc! They can make Firefox a versatile and customizable platform for your browsing activities. But with thousand of extensions available, the user has to make a smart choice. Fear not surfers (again!).We at technoNix tested hundreds of extensions and present here a list of 20 MOST USEFUL FIREFOX EXTENSIONS. Although this list is not exhaustive, itâ€™ll satisfy the hunger of many Firefox enthusiasts. Of course you are welcome to contribute to this ever growing list by commenting below! Here goes the list in no particular order:
1. All-in-One Gestures: This extension allows you to execute common commands using mouse gestures, rocker navigation, scroll wheel navigation and page scrolling.
2. IE Tab: One of the Best Extensions of Firefox. This extension lets you view a website instantly in Internet explorer with single click. And all this takes place inside Firefox!
3. DownThemAll: A Powerful yet easy Firefox extension that adds advanced download capabilities to firefox. It has all the features of a Download Manager: Faster downloads in multiple chunks, Resume support etc!
4. FlashGot: This extension integrates most of the popular Download managers with firefox. Supports Bitcomet, DAP, FDM, FlashGet etc. Also supports for various Linux and Mac download managers also available. Must have if you donâ€™t use DownThemAll.
6.Fasterfox: This dynamically Increases the performance of Firefox and speeds up browsing by significant levels.
7.Adblock Plus: Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? This extension can block virtually any advertisement on internet. Just subscribe with a “filter subscriptionâ€ and all the ads will be gone without any effort. Also blocks all the popups! Recommended for all the power surfers.
8. Reload Every: Reloads web pages every so many seconds or minutes. The function is accessible via the context menu (menu you get when you right click on a web page) or via a drop down menu on the reload button..
9.gTranslate: With gTranslate you can translate any text in a webpage just by selecting and right-clicking over it. The extension uses the Google translation services to translate the text.
11. Google Toolbar for Firefox: All the google services under one toolbar. Check gmail, get pagerank, search Google, and do numerous other tasks with this all in one toolbar!
12. Gmail Notifier: Notifies gmail users when a new email arrives. Now you won’t miss the next mail!
13. StumbleUpon : Toolbar of the popular website Stumbleupon.com. Allows you to rank pages as well as discover new pages as per your interests!
14.Web Developer: Great for all the Webmasters out there! Can Change CSS ,HTML code etc in real Time. Also lots of validation tools are integrated! Has numerous other features for web Developers.
15. Scribefire: A full featured blog editor that integrates well with blogger, wordpress, live spaces etc! Can drop formatted text with images into text area. Handy for bloggers like me!
16. FoxyTunes: Are you a music Freak? Bring on the Singer Inside you with FoxyTunes. FoxyTunes lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, and much more with a click right from your browser.
17. iMacro: Automate every task that you do wth Firefox.One of the most powerful extension available. Can do anything from logging into a website to adding friends in orkut to data scraping!
18. Video Download: Downloads videos form all your favorite sites like youtube, metacafe etc.
19. Clipmarks: Clipmarks lets you clip and share pieces of web pages. Instead of having to bookmark entire pages, this Firefox add-on lets you “clip” the best parts of a website. The “best part” can include text, images videos etc! You can also share them on various social networking sites.
20. Download Embedded: Download almost any content embedded into a webpage. Downloads flash, PDF, video files etc!