Fox on fire
With all these choices in the browser world nowadays it's hard for a browser to stand out from the rest.
In my opinion FireFox still has an edge on the competition. Mainly because of the vibrant community and all the awesome add-ons they create.
In this article I will discuss 20 add-ons that will set your fox on fire.
We start off with some add-ons that you can use on a daily basis. Following up on the next page with some add-ons that make your browsing experience a lot better on a HTPC type of setup. The final page will be about some cool add-ons you can use for webdevelopment.
All add-on headers are links, so go and grab some if you like 'em!
The internet is littered with commercials allover nowadays. Some of them more annoying than others. Adblock Plus will try and block those ads for you so you never have to look at one of those flashy banners again.
Getting annoyed by that downloadmanager always popping up whenever you're downloading something? This add-on will show you your current downloads in FireFox's statusbar, which makes for a nice integrated look.
Ever since I'm an HTPC user I started to appreciate the scrolling news tickers out there a lot more (as you can see from the looks of my personal homepage for example). Never want to miss a thing out there on the interwebs then grab RSS Ticker. It will scroll through RSS feeds you pick; you can click on one of them to continue reading.
This add-on will help you out if you want to grab some video of some site. Ever wanted to grab that YouTube video and edit it a little for your own use, or just stash it away in your media archive? Video DownloadHelper is the add-on to look at!
Checking your webmail can be a cumbersome task if you do it often. WebMail Notifier makes things easier for you. This add-on will check you webmail accounts every so often and notifies you if some new mail popped in.
The default functionality of the add-on already provides you with the most popular webmail services out there but since it has a plugin architecture you can easily extend it. Like checking your Facebook or twitter accounts for new activity. Got your curiousity? Take a look over at WebMail Notifier Scripts to find out what other scripts are available for this nice little add-on.
With those FullHD widescreens becoming cheaper and more popular then ever before the web sometimes feels kinda empty when you open up a browser on such a screen. Tree Style Tab makes use of the horizontal space a little better by adjusting the tab bar to a vertical layout.
With the grouping of tabs it's clearer which tabs belong together, definitely recommended for all you web addicts out there.
FireFox's new release cycle is a little tough on the add-on developers out there since the authors now need to check their add-on's compatibility against the latest version more often.
Of course some of these add-ons never get updated and therefore won't install on newer FireFox versions. There are some ways around this however and one of those is Disable Add-on Compatibility Checks. Just install this add-on and you can install every add-on out there, no matter how old. It does not guaranty it will work (but from my experience most will).
The add-on's supposed to keep working even when new FireFox releases come around.