Firefox has been indispensable to me for quite sometime now. First for its better security compared to Internet Explorer. When my friends’ computers where infected by viruses & trojans, mine was safe. Now it’s because of its add-ons (also called plugins or extensions by some).
My criteria for choosing a Firefox add-ons are :
- Stable : I’ve got rid of those which makes Firefox shaky
- Works cross-platform : I regularly work on Mac, Linux and Windows, and I want to have similar add-ons setup on them all
- As little as possible : I try to install only the ones that’s absolutely useful. More add-ons tend to make Firefox to become unstable. 3.x is much better though than 2.x in this regard. Some have reported to install over 100 add-ons with no ill effect. Anyway, I like to play it safe.
Here’s a list of the add-ons that I regularly use :
- AdBlock : Ad. Blocked.
- HttpFox : enable you to mess around with the communications between browser & webserver. I’ve replaced Livehttpheaders with this, it’s much more robust compared to it.
- Tab Mix Plus : I like to open tens of tabs at the same time and do various advanced tabs operations. This is among the first plugin I put in everytime I do a fresh install of Firefox.
- ScribeFire : I like to blog (thank you Captain Obvious! 🙂 ), and ScribeFire helps with this
- AdBlock Filterset : keep AdBlock’s list up to date easily
- ScreenGrab : Take screenshot of websites. Screengrab was chosen because it works on all platforms, not just Windows. Also for its simplicity.
- Flashblock : sometimes I connect to Internet via slow links, and I don’t like flash contents hogging it.
- ColorZilla : quickly find out the colors on a website. Very helpful for web developers
- ChatZilla : sometimes I need to do a quick chat on IRC, and chatzilla enable me to do so without leaving my browser.
- SwitchProxy : on slow links, I browse the Internet via compressed SSH tunnels. SwitchProxy makes this less painful.
- DownThemAll : THE download manager for Firefox, it works on all platforms (not just Windows), and with no external software required.
- Poster : make custom HTTP requests easily
- Gspace : use your Gmail account as online disk drive
- Scrapbook : Very useful, it will save current page into local copy on your hard disk AND help you manage it easily. I’ve benefited from it numerous times already.
- Kamus Pemeriksa Ejaan Indonesia : as it says 🙂
Here are some which I install on occasions, depending on the needs :
- Glubble : parental control for Firefox
- SeoQuake : probably the best SEO-related plugin out there
- Pencil : Sketching & GUI prototyping
- Table2Clipboard : converts tables in the web pages into the clipboard’s table format – ready to be pasted into Excel
- Cooliris (PicLens) : If you use a supported platform (Mac & Windows), try this ! Your flickr photostream will suddenly look VERY gorgeous.
This post also makes it easy for me to install my favorite add-ons whenever I do a fresh install of Firefox.
Anyway, what’s YOUR favorite Firefox plugin? Let us know !