October 15, 2006

top ten add-ons

I've had this post in draft for about 3 months now and just can't seem to finish it. I can't finish it because I honestly haven't found 10 add-ons that I've kept installed for any length of time. Now that Robert's posted his list, I feel like I should get mine up.

  1. Resizeable Textarea: This is one of those rare cases when I think an extension should just be built in to Firefox. It's a simple, out of the way when not in use, extremely useful add-on that makes text areas resizeable. You just grab the corner and drag -- just like you do to resize windows. No preferences. No bells and whistles. No keyboard modifiers. Just a simple little utility that makes the web work better.
  2. FireBug: If you've played around with the DOM Inspector extension, you'll love Joe Hewitt's second generation debugger. "FireBug lets you explore the far corners of the DOM by keyboard or mouse. All of the tools you need to poke, prod, and monitor your JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax are brought together into one seamless experience, including a debugger, error console, command line, and a variety of fun inspectors." If you're not into or interested in getting into any kind of Web development, you can skip this one (until you want to make the world flat.)
  3. Google Browser Sync: It's not something I need often, but it's been extremely helpful when I want to move my Firefox profile from one machine to another (especially from one platform to another.) I also use it as a sort of profile backup tool.
  4. Pinstripe for Firefox: Kevin Gerich has updated Pinstripe for Firefox 2 and it looks great. The thing I like most about this theme is the tab strip. I'm actually rotating between the new Firefox 2 theme and Kevin's updated Pinstripe theme but even though I've only had the updated Pinstripe for just under 3 weeks, I'm quite sure that I'm going to keep it around.
  5. Wikipedia (EN) Search Plug-in: I can't understand why we're shipping a Creative Commons search plug-in and we're not shipping Wikipedia. It's a shame -- but an easily remedied one :-)
And that's it: A "top five" list.

What add-ons do you use regularly? What add-ons would you like to see developed? How many add-ons do you have installed total? When you tell others about Firefox, do you tell them about add-ons too?

Posted by asa at 10:49 PM