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Building a Better Mozilla With Plugins

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the halt-and-catch-fire dept.

Mozilla 429

Ant writes "Wired has a story on how to improve Mozilla and Firefox web browsers with various plugins/extensions (XPI installations). It lists some of the extensions that have been rated highly by Mozilla users like BugMeNot. One of them not listed and my favorite is PrefBar."

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Finally! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641487)

We're back on track with a good Mozilla article. Now I can get some decent Slashdotting done. Well, that and switching my PC over to Gentoo.

I mean, all these articles about TV and movies this morning? Bring on the Mozilla, Linux, and Mac articles. Let's get some good Microsoft bashing going! Daddy needs his fix!

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641490)

first!!

At least (2, Insightful)

arieswind (789699) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641498)

It may be slightly inconvenient, but at least the Mozilla extension system isn't a blank check to hackers like IE's ActiveX system.

Re:At least (5, Funny)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641529)

It may be slightly inconvenient, but at least the Mozilla extension system isn't a blank check to hackers like IE's ActiveX system.

How about a ... plugin [www.iol.ie] to fix that? :-)

Re:At least (5, Interesting)

PeterPumpkin (777678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641547)

The latest version is pretty good. If you click on a malformed link like http://www@.cnet.com [google.com] it warns you. I thought that was pretty cool.

Re:At least (2, Informative)

PeterPumpkin (777678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641572)

Oops! You have to type it in manually to see the warning message for some reason. http://www.@google.com

I guess its not completely implemented yet.

Re:At least (1)

PeterPumpkin (777678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641705)

Hah I figured it out - Slashdot strips out link garbage automatically. Go Slashdot! :D

Re:At least (0)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641656)

IE6 use is starting to decline [w3schools.com]!!

Meanwhile, IE5 usage is increasing quite rapidly.

Weird.

It's not declining because Mozilla or Opera usage is dramatically increasing anyway.

Re:At least (1)

legoburner (702695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641837)

check out http://www.thecounter.com/stats/ [thecounter.com]

for some other good browser stats. See the decline of netscape as these stats go back to the year 2000. They represent a more generic class of user (home users who visit websites with crappy counters) than most stats too so I find using these stats useful when evaluating target audiences for generic sites.

Re:At least (1, Informative)

tomknight (190939) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641596)

Yup, and even the MS owned Slate carries an article (http://slate.msn.com/id/2103152/ [msn.com] ) saying how Firefox is a more secure alternative to IE.

Tom.

Re:At least (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641728)

Maybe you could explain why it isn't a "blank check" -- seems to be the same thing as ActiveX.

Why prefbar is not listed (5, Informative)

Enry (630) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641502)

From the prefbar web site:

It does not work with Mozilla Firefox

Re:Why prefbar is not listed (1)

xOleanderx (794187) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641546)

It looks like a good extension... But unfortunately it doesnt work with firefox.

Re:Why prefbar is not listed (4, Informative)

the unbeliever (201915) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641574)

er.

I'm running PrefBar in FireFox .9.1...

PrefBar 2.3 RC2 - works with Firefox, and has many new features

Granted, it's a "release candidate" but it works just fine..

Re:Why prefbar is not listed (4, Informative)

Stibbons (597095) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641575)

PrefBar 2.3 works with Firefox: installer link [mozdev.org]

Re:Why prefbar is not listed (1)

krisp (59093) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641626)

I'd like a plugin that allows cookie modification on the fly. Now that'd be useful!

Re:Why prefbar is not listed (1)

JohnFluxx (413620) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641780)

I did this using konqueror, and using dcop to manipulate the kcookiejar.

Re:Why prefbar is not listed (2, Informative)

His name cannot be s (16831) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641650)

From the prefbar site: (LOOK FURTHUR DOWN!)

PrefBar 2.3 RC2 [mozdev.org] - works with Firefox, and has many new features

Re:Why prefbar is not listed (1)

Enry (630) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641662)

Oops. Guess it does work. Thanks for the correct link (the one on prefbar's site didn't install at first).

RC2 works in FireFox (5, Informative)

smoking2000 (611012) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641669)

Also from the Prefbar Website [mozdev.org] (near bottom of the page):

PrefBar 2.3 RC2 [mozdev.org] - works with Firefox, and has many new features

IE (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641504)

Hasn't IE taught us that a browser should just be a browser?

Re:IE (5, Insightful)

Vilim (615798) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641817)

Unless (as in the case with Firefox) you explicitly tell it to do slightly more

With IE its the opposite, it is more than a browser unless you explicitly castrate its overzealous (and insecure) functionality

My two cents (2, Interesting)

sanosuke001 (640243) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641505)

Well, one thing I do like about IE is that is DOESN'T have a download manager. I hate that damn thing. I want to be able to see each window for a download so I know exactly when each finishes. Maybe put a way to have both? That would be cool...

Re:My two cents (5, Informative)

Dios (83038) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641642)

You know.. its easy really

Go to
Edit - Preferences - Navigator - Downloads.

Select the option to open a progress dialog.

Then works just about like IE.

Re:My two cents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641703)

Firefox doesn't seem to have Edit -> Preferences, and the only option in Tools -> Options -> Downloads is whether or not to display the Download Manager. Kind of a wrinkle...

Another post points to a Firefox extension that acts as a toolbar. Maybe that will work.

Re:My two cents (2, Funny)

sanosuke001 (640243) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641731)

Thanks.... now I feel like a moron.. I guess that "you learn something new everyday" is done for me! Now I can rest assured that if I sleep the rest of the day, I've still learned something.... I guess

Re:My two cents (1)

N3Z (746334) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641805)

Then works just about like IE.

unless you long for the security holes...

Re:My two cents (2, Informative)

mopslik (688435) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641661)

I want to be able to see each window for a download so I know exactly when each finishes.

Perhaps you'd like this [mozdev.org] then?

Re:My two cents (1)

Hakubi_Washu (594267) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641671)

I haven't used Mozilla for downloading in a long time, so I don't know about it's manager, but:
Have you thought about Opera? It uses a download manager as well, but you can watch all progress bars in a neat side-bar (the hotlist, which also displays Bookmarks, History, Links in the current page, Information about the current page, notes and every page you choose as "panel" on request...) I consider that good enough, except when you want to see all your downloads in the taskbar...

Re:My two cents (1)

VitaminB52 (550802) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641707)

I want to be able to see each window for a download so I know exactly when each finishes.

What about Edit --> Preferences ... --> Navigator --> Downloads. Here you can choose between the download manager and a progress-dialog-per-download.

Re:My two cents (2, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641768)

My beef with the download manager is it puts everythign in the same spot. I'd like to filter by extension, mime type, etc.. Put all the .zips and .exes here, all the .jpgs there, all the .avis hither and yonder.

I hate sorting through a pile of crap to find the pdf howto I downloaded a month ago. And I hate software that makes me act like it's filing clerk.

It's a simple modification, mozilla boys.. Hop to it!

Re:My two cents (1)

Biogenesis (670772) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641796)

Doesn't Firefox just have both? Look in (with version 0.8, I'm a lazy bum I know) Tools menu-> Options-> Downloads (icon on left) -> Download Manager

There are 2 tick boxes, one to make it open in the first place and another to make it close when all downloads are complete.

Well, I'd rather have.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641509)

...hot pr0n [xtinaspussy.tk] .

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641512)

see subject

Re:first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641526)

You're a little late to the party, asshat...

RadialContext (4, Informative)

MORTAR_COMBAT! (589963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641518)

my favorite extension is RadialContext [radialthinking.de] , basically gives you mouse gestures for Mozilla and Firefox.

Re:RadialContext (1)

jadenyk (764614) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641580)

Why not use StrokeIt! [tcbmi.com] and have them everywhere?

Re:RadialContext (1)

Rydain (783069) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641670)

I can't speak for the parent poster, but I prefer RadialContext to standard mouse gestures because the pie menu always indicates what you're doing, which makes it easier to learn the gestures and more difficult to accidentally execute the wrong one. Plus, I already learned RadialContext's gesture set, and I'm happy with its functionality, so I don't see the point in learning a different scheme. I should also mention that I run Linux at home, and StrokeIt! isn't exactly helpful in that context. ^_^

Re:RadialContext (1)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641742)

Add that to tabbrowser extensions [sakura.ne.jp] , to get the tabs reacting the way I want(i.e everything in the same browser window, middle mouse click on the tabbar opens an accidently closed tab). And you almost have my perfect browser.

Now if only Sage [mozdev.org] would accept OPML properly, with the option of organizing all the RSS feeds within a given folder into a newspaper like format(Sort of like how feedDemon [bradsoft.com] works) I would be in heaven.

Re:RadialContext (1)

Misch (158807) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641820)

Umm... RadialContext != mouse gestures. Kinda, sorta, I think. I'm just thinking of Mozgest [mozdev.org] , the sister project to RadialContext. That's the one with the in-browser mouse gestures. RadialContext is more of a replacement for the context menus.

Corporate Acceptance? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641519)

I think all this add-ins are fine and dandy for the typical home user, but where are the plug-ins that will improve productivity for the Corporate user?

IE blends easily with M$'s large arsenal of server-side applications, which the execs just to love to see. Easy integration.

What can Mozilla offer that will aid its cause in the enterprise environment. They added Integrated Authentication in v1.6 which was brilliant, but what else?

How about some add-in for policies?

Re:Corporate Acceptance? (3, Insightful)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641579)

Large Corperations with loads of money just seem to go fo M$ software. Doesn't matter how good it is or if it gets the job done they just use it. That is the problem I run into.

There seems to be a lack of knowledge where I work in general about such things and that is the problem.

Re:Corporate Acceptance? (1)

spacefight (577141) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641601)

Prefbar improves my productivity at work because I can browse certain intranet sites which require IE with the faked user agent set to IE by prefbar. I don't need to switch to IE for browsing that type of site, time is money, productivity improves. Oh shit, there's still slashdot...

Re:Corporate Acceptance? (1)

Azrael Newtype (688138) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641618)

The problem with integrated authentication is that it starts shooting out your login credentials to anyone who asks for any credentials, meaning you could potentially be giving people access to your account information. I don't think I need to explain why this can be bad. That said, I'm actually working on a intranet site that uses this exact technology, which is fine and dandy for something only accessible from inside the network that you had to supply credentials to, but still, that doesn't mean that people couldn't do requests and just log credentials invisibly to the user. If security isn't an issue, go right ahead with this insecure auto-verification. If it is...

Re:Corporate Acceptance? (2, Informative)

PeterPumpkin (777678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641668)

What can Mozilla offer that will aid its cause in the enterprise environment.

Rapid Application Development with Mozilla [informit.com] ;) You can download the .pdf of the book there.

Re:Corporate Acceptance? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641726)

What can Mozilla offer that will aid its cause in the enterprise environment.

A swift kick in the nuts to the C[E|I|T]O. OK, that wouldn't really be helping its cause, but it would make me feel better.

Re:Corporate Acceptance? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641766)

What can Mozilla offer that will aid its cause in the enterprise environment.

More coffee breaks while you wait for it to start up.

Re:Corporate Acceptance? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641802)

HAA HAA HAA ohhhhhhh lordy that's funny!!! You're a clever one aren't you. Do us all a favor and die, ok?

mozilla lacking features (3, Insightful)

shackma2 (685062) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641520)

The Wired article calls Mozilla stripped dows and lacking features, but isn't that the point of Mozilla, to be faster by getting rid of the bells and whistles?

Re:mozilla lacking features (1)

paul.dunne (5922) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641562)

Yes. What's your point?

Re:mozilla lacking features (1)

lambent (234167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641565)

No, that's the point of firefox.

Mozilla has a ton of features, especially when you install the entire suite of applications (chat, e-mail, etc).

Re:mozilla lacking features (5, Insightful)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641578)

That's the point of FireFox. Think of it this way: Mozilla gives you the whole package, whether you want/need it or not. Firefox gives you the bare-bones essentials, then lets you add only what you need/want, ala carte. Analogize with Linux distros. The only weak point is that many people don't realize that they need/want a certain feature until they use it by accident and fall in love with it.

Re:mozilla lacking features (1)

der_joachim (590045) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641755)

Does IE have tabbed browsing? Does it have a good interface for blocking cookies? Does it have a transparent extension interface? No.

When the author says that either Mozilla or Firefox are slim and/or lacking features, he is clearly talking out of his arse.

der Joachim

Tabextension (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641532)

I for one cannot live without the tabextension plugin. It really enhances the Firefox interface.
Mainly because I don't like to have lots of new windows popping up all the time filling up my desktops.

Don't forget about tabbrowser extensions! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641538)

Tabbrowser extensions is a wet dream for those of us who like tabs!

Oh, also, adblock and flashblock are great tools!

magpie (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641539)

Magpie also includes tools for adjusting a site's URL by incrementing or decrementing the numbers in it ... This is a good extension for those who do a lot of research online.
Yup. I find this priceless while "researching" the webs many sequentially numbered jpegs.

Especially as I can now do it one-handed.

Re:magpie (2, Informative)

tomknight (190939) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641637)

Heh....

You also get this with Opera, just hit "Fast Forward", or the space bar, or use the right mouse gesture and you're away. Not that I'd know about this in your particular sceanario, of course ;-)

Tom.

Re:magpie (5, Informative)

Alranor (472986) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641653)

Also useful for those onehanded browsing sessions are

Linky [extensionsmirror.nl]

Extension is a very simple addon to the context menu that provide you with the following:


* Opens all links in a selection in new tabs or windows
* Finds and opens link in plain text in a new tab or window
* Opens all links on page in new tabs or windows, etc.

and

JumpLink [extensionsmirror.nl]

The Jumplink extension allows you to skip through redirect links and jump directly to the target link


Why do I get the feeling the Slashdot community may find these of some assistance ;)

Re:magpie (4, Informative)

wfberg (24378) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641716)

Magpie also includes tools for adjusting a site's URL by incrementing or decrementing the numbers in it ... This is a good extension for those who do a lot of research online.

Yup. I find this priceless while "researching" the webs many sequentially numbered jpegs.


If you're stuck browsing sequentially numbered jpegs at work using internet explorer (or you just don't use extensions), you can also use Jesse's bookmarklets [squarefree.com] .
Just drag them to your bookmark bar!

actually (3, Interesting)

not_a_product_id (604278) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641769)

I use them for moving between pages of on-line cartoons... erm... as well as...you know...

What? No Adblock? (3, Informative)

FeetOfStinky (669511) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641548)

I can't believe Adblock isn't listed. It even works with Firefox 0.9, despite rumblings I've heard to the contrary.

Re:What? No Adblock? (5, Insightful)

AllUsernamesAreGone (688381) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641674)

Why would a site that uses adverts, and is owned by a company that makes money off web adverts, tell you how to avoid them?

Run without compiling - blessing or curse? (1)

SpooForBrains (771537) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641549)

Most people who switch to Mozilla or Mozilla's Firefox browser quickly notice that the browser is pretty bare
Hmm, yes? What about all the extra stuff needed to make Firefox run without compiling? Makes it a whole lot heftier than it needs to be.

missing adblock (5, Informative)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641550)

any article about firefox that doesn't mention adblock [mozdev.org] and the best filters to use [aasted.org] is seriously lacking.

Mouse Gestures (4, Informative)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641557)

By far, I find the mouse gestures [mozdev.org] extension to be the greatest addition to Mozilla. This borrowed feature of Opera will certainly and permanently change the way you browse websites.

frist psot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641569)

i mdae frits pots

Re:frist psot (3, Funny)

FosterKanig (645454) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641630)

If you hadn't spent so much time spell-checking your post, you might have gotten it.

My personal favourite... (5, Interesting)

Masa (74401) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641570)

...is Enigmail [mozdev.org] . A GPG/PGP plug-in for Mozilla. It integrates GnuPG commandline tools seamlessly into the browser. It's easiest to use encryption/signing tool I've seen so far.

I don't get it (1, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641571)

They make installing plugins easy but installing the program itself on linux requires compliation. The windows version has an installer exe, so where's the linux rpm? They won't get many *nix newbies with this attitude. I want off Konquerer!!

Re:I don't get it (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641743)

er, last 10 or 20 times I installed it on linux all I had to do was unzip and run.

Re:I don't get it (1)

Xerotope (777662) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641749)

I don't know, installing it was pretty easy on my Debian box. I just typed "apt-get install mozilla-firefox". Piece of cake really.

Re:I don't get it (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641804)

I tried that as well, but yum is on the blink. I just found it unfortunate that mozilla only give linux users a source file, just assumming that everyone wants to compile their apps.

Sometimes I just want a nice dependancy free rpm please.

All-in-One Gestures (2, Interesting)

tmhsiao (47750) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641573)

I loves me some All-in-One Gestures [mozilla.org] . There's a big list of configurable actions you can take with gestures, not the least of which is "Open selection in new window" for when people don't link URLs in web forums.

my first Mozilla (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641583)

as someone using XP on my desktop and having no logical reason to run linux-crap as an OS, I figured I should give this "mozilla" a spin.

well, IE might security problems, but frankly, Mozilla really sucked. Got awful slow even on a pretty good machine. Interface was akward, not to say a little rough.

oh well, yet another linux "product" that does not live up to the hype.

The best of the bunch... (4, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641589)

... is in my opinion Adblock [mozdev.org] . I really like the full regular expression support!

But of course she didn't mention that one, since it would be too efficient against Wired News' own ads. :-)

Disabling my Adblock showed ads on their page at least.

Why no adblock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641590)

No mention of adblock [mozdev.org] conveniently since Wired lives or dies by ads. Also note that adblock has been removed from Mozilla Update [mozilla.org] also likely due to pressure from web devs concerned about loss of revenue.

W0t? (4, Informative)

tanveer1979 (530624) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641591)

Slow news day, eh? The Article is low on substance. This [mozilla.org] page has much more details. Looks like the wired article has copy-pasted and not done any real work. The actual article should have had listed quirks, what do the extentions actually do, rather than pasting text from mozilla extention page.

Adblock. Simply amazing. (4, Informative)

Tuxedo Jack (648130) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641592)

Works with 0.9, blocks anything (hate to admit it, but I've used it on OSDN for Doubleclick crap), and allows for selectivity in blocking.

http://adblock.mozdev.org

Lean-n-mean (1)

GICodeWarrior (794483) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641599)

The browser may be lean but that is the way I like it. Something as simple as a web browser shouldn't be eating my system resources.

fav ext (5, Interesting)

Dreadlord (671979) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641604)

My fav extension at the moment is GmailCompose [mozilla.org] , combined with Gmail's great interface, it feels like a real email app, and not just web mail.

Do these work in Camino (OS X) ? (1, Interesting)

zerosignal (222614) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641614)

(As subject.)

What they really need... (4, Interesting)

mpath (555000) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641625)

Is something like Safari's or Google's AutoFill form feature. Yes, there are some plug-ins (WebDeveloper has an Enable Auto-Completion, but I can't get it to work) that do this, but not as suavely as the aforementioned products. Something that caches form field names and commonly used values and at a push of a button or keystroke, it fills out all of the form based on what the most popular values that are cached for the field names.

My browsing habits are different (2, Interesting)

spineboy (22918) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641632)

My browsing habits are probably very different than most peoples, and that's why I like FIrefox. It kinda avoids the one-size fits all and can provide you with a more "tailored" application. I can also envision download "packs" specialized for individual companies that have a particular need for certain features. I've been showing people this stuff, who've never seen Mo?Fire before, and they're like "Wow!" Of course it's still a pain in the neck when I have to use Active X sites, and can't, but I think people are realising slowly that, this should be looked at (and avoided).

And this is why I still have to use Opera (0, Flamebait)

loomis (141922) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641638)

I have done the Firefox dance since the beginning--installing many builds and major releases and plugins, using these for awhile, growing frustrated, and then uninstalling and reverting back to Opera.

Consistently I find myself bewildered at the lack of a single browser (tab mode) in Firefox. And to add insult to injury, there is always this running battle in progress about the Tab Prowser extension. In fact, with 0.9 of Firefox, the Tab Browser extension wasn't even available from the extensions page, even though it worked fine for me. It just seemed like Firefox developers tried to censor the plugin. Very strange.

Why the Firefox developers refuse to make a functional, option-laden one-window tab-based option available without a plugin is beyond me. For now, I'll keep on using Opera.

Loomis

Re:And this is why I still have to use Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641722)

What? Download the standard build of 0.9.1 and it has tab browsing out-the-box. Middle click to open a link in a new tab.

Re:And this is why I still have to use Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9641781)

Ummm, maybe you just don't know about it. Use your middle button (in my case, I push in my scroll wheel) and it opens any link in a new tab. At this point I almost never use the left mouse button to open a link. Another great extension is IE View for those websites that don't meet standards. It adds a "Open this page in IE" to the right click menu.

Huh? (1)

FullCircle (643323) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641828)

There are tabs in Firefox, I use them all the time.

The new tab button isn't on the interface by default, so you have to add it with the view/customize menu option. (Sorry if that isn't exactly right, I'm on a Mozilla system ATM)

Even without it, you can still middle-click or right click for open link in new tab.

I'm sorry if I don't understand what is missing.

Flash Click to View (5, Informative)

Spoons (26950) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641639)

My favortie Mozilla plug-in is Flash Click to view [mozdev.org] . It blocks all those annoying flash ads and puts an icon in its place. If you want to view the Flash ad/game/movie whatever, you just click the icon and it loads. It makes browsing the web just a little more bearable.

Re:Flash Click to View (4, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641687)

Also by the same author is the really cool nuke anything [mielczarek.org] plugin. It allows you to remove any HTML element from the currently rendered page.

Launchy not mentioned (5, Informative)

gemal (530553) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641643)

Launchy [gemal.dk] enables you to open links and mailto's with external applications like IE, Opera, Outlook, GetRight.
Works in: Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird Launchy Homepage [gemal.dk]

Upgrade firefox == downgrade (2, Interesting)

startxxx (733595) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641694)

each time i upgrade firefox i actually downgrade it. the google bar entension works on windows every second release only. with the latest 0.9.1 on windows i.e. i can't get the google bar to appear although the extension is installed correctly. still, better the IE for sure.

BugMeNot (4, Interesting)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641701)

After installation, BugMeNot supplies an appropriate name and password from a database that seems to include registration info for the vast majority of websites that request registration. The BugMeNot developers note that most people enter false information on registration forms to protect their privacy, so BugMeNot actually cuts down on database pollution. The only problem is that The New York Times may wonder what happened to all those 86-year-old Albanian grandmothers who head up huge technology firms that used to sign up to read the NYT website.

... well, the other problem is: Now that the slashdot crowd has become aware of BugMeNot, NYT will need to prepare for Attack of the Clones: Geek Edition! :P

Mozilla as primary web-development platform (3, Informative)

Zeroth_darkos (311840) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641715)

The ieview extension [mozdev.org] could be used for getting your web developer friends to code the web-pages for mozilla first and then check if it works ok with IE. (You just right-click the URL and choose "Open link target in IE".)
The web developers I know sadly just use IE and then ignores the other browsers.

Wait... (5, Informative)

KillaKen187 (794540) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641721)

noone has mentioned Aaron Spuler's Single window [mozthemes.tk] which puts all those annoying pages that spawn a new window into a tab instead... just a wonderful plug-in

Re: Single window only partially works (1)

guidryp (702488) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641776)

I have tried but went backed to Tabbed Browsers Extension. As Single Window opens many windows in new browsers and TBE can actually force them all to tabs.

Super DragAndGo (4, Informative)

Kupek (75469) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641732)

I've just started using Firefox, and the best plugin I know of for it is Super DragAndGo [mozilla.org] . If you drag a link to empty space on the webpage, that link is opened in a new tab. It's so simple, but it's the best new web browsing feature I've seen in a long time.

flash click to play (5, Informative)

fermion (181285) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641746)

The most useful xpi I have found is Flash Click to Play [mozdev.org] , formally and still listed as Flashblock. It lets me install Flash, which is becoming increasingly necessary in this image driven world, while letting me filter out the 99% of flash content that are gratuitous, ads, or simply bad animation.

BTW, Camino does not install this automatically, but is relatively simple to go into your chrome folder and hack it yourself.

Mozilla Extensions & MacOS 1-9 (3, Interesting)

Schlemphfer (556732) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641779)

I'm lacking a technical background and I grew up using Macs. With that in mind, the idea of adding tons of extensions to Mozilla doesn't thrill me. I can't help but be reminded of pre OS-X Macintoshes, where it got to the point that Macs shipped with a half-dozen extensions. And it was impossible to put the computer to any serious use without accumulating a dozen more.

Naturally, the more extensions you loaded, the more time it took your computer to boot and the more system crashes and incompatibilities occurred. It got to the point that I spent significant time enabling and disabling extensions to try to identify incompatibilities and the sources of my computer crashes. I don't know anything about Mozilla architecture, but might an extension-based Firefox be edging us down that same path?

I know I'd personally prefer it if the Firefox team evaluated the best extensions, and incorporated them into the main code for optimum compatibility.

So here's my question to people familiar with the Mozilla codebase: is my comparison between Pre-OSX Macs and Firefox valid?

Bookmarklets (5, Informative)

Robotron2084 (262343) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641808)

Bookmarklets are an underrated way to extend the usability of Mozilla, Firefox and even IE.

http://www.squarefree.com/bookmarklets/zap.html

I have 'zap plugins' and 'zap images' in my personal toolbar to stop strobing ads and flash on a page-by-page basis. Works great!

FlashBlock (3, Informative)

Dalroth (85450) | more than 10 years ago | (#9641819)

FlashBlock [mozdev.org] ! That is the BEST plugin EVER created! Everybody who has Firefox installed should also have this plugin installed.

Bryan
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