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Essential List and Resources on Firefox Extensions

Essential List and Resources on Firefox Extensions


Update (2005/10/26): Added Download Manager Tweak.
Update (2005/10/22): Thanks for those readers who introduced Tab Mix Plus. It is quite a powerful tab extension. I am using it instead of Tabbrowser Preferences.

The best feature I ever wanted in a browser is the ability to load extensions which can do some little wonderful things. Firefox is the browser that give me this feature – in any platforms that it supports (Linux, Mac, Windows). I wanted to recommend some extensions that I frequently use here. Those are the extensions that I spared them from the fate of uninstallation.

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Some of the extensions do slow down the Firefox browser, so I recommend only keep the one that you are using it, and uninstall the one that you find it less useful. Second, check and see if there are any updates for your extension by going to Tools -> Extensions -> Update.

Must Have:

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  • Gmail Notifier – Check Gmail for new emails and notify you on status bar with a nice little icon.
  • Tab Mix Plus – I feel unorganize if I have new link opened in a new window. This extension help me to overcome that.
  • delicious – Provides very quick short cut key (Ctrl-Shift-S) of adding a site to your del.icio.us bookmark. Highly recommended.
  • GreaseMonkey – Able you to install user scripts to change any web sites’ behavior
  • Google Toolbar – Provides feature like PageRank, dictionary and spelling check. Spelling check provides similar function in Gmail to check spelling in any web forms.
  • FlashGot – Integrates Firefox to your existing download manager.

Should Have:

  • ForecastFox – Weather information at the corner of your Firefox browser.
  • ScrapBook – Save web pages to your local disk in a easy accessible collection format.
  • Sessionsaver – Restores your browser exactly you left it when startup with all loaded web sites. There are some problems of the extension where loading form data – The data in fields will be mixed up sometimes.
  • ScreenGrab – This is a very cool extension that can screenshot the whole web page into PNG file. Required Java 1.4+.
  • Foxylicious – Sync your del.icio.us bookmark to your firefox bookmark.
  • LiveLines – Modifies the Firefox RSS icon in the status bar to add RSS feed to services such as Bloglines.


Good to Have:

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  • mozCC – Let you know if the page is distrubuted in Creative Commons license.
  • WebMailCompose – Redirect mailto: links to load your preferred Webmail Compose page.
  • StumbleUpon – Suggest and find web sites quickly among community.
  • FireFTP – A free FTP client in your Firefox! It is a bit slow but does the job well.
  • Download Manager Tweak – Tweak your Download Manager into separate window, the sidebar, or a tab. Tidy up your task list.

Want to showcase your favorite Firefox extension? Drop us a comment here! If you have a page which shows your extension, I am happy to link it below.

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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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