daddydave Power Pack
About this Collection
A collection of addons that I need, but John McCain probably doesn't need. If you install all these along with the other daddydave collections, you will "be" daddydave.
16 Add-ons in this Collection
Greasemonkey by Anthony Lieuallen, Aaron Boodman, others
Collector's Note Greasemonkey allows Greasemonkey scripts to run. A Greasemonkey script is like a mini-addon. Treat a Greasemonkey script like an .exe in the sense that you should only install scripts from developers you trust. Much like add-ons.
Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager. Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, and many, many other sites. You can even customize Firefox and other programs themselves.
Collector's Note userstyles.org has been down for a few weeks, I hope it comes back up soon making this useful again. I'll put in a new comment then.
Use the Evernote Web Clipper to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.
FEBE by Chuck_Baker
FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files.
Collector's Note If you get this, be sure to get CLEO. Together these programs let you save your extensions into a single xpi that makes it easy for anyone to install all of your extensions in one go. I have more to say in my CLEO comment.
A productive way to organize, read and share the content of your favorite feeds, blogs and news sites. Feedly offers a seamless transition from Google Reader.
Collector's Note This is great if you have more RSS feeds in Google Reader than you know what to do with. Instead of trying to read every article of every feed, you can "create your own newspaper" in the words of a venerable old web site from the Netscape 2 era, or rather, Feedly creates it for you. When you save or mark a favorite, the changes carry over to Google Reader. Feedly gives you several different views of your Google Reader feeds, you are bound to find at least a few useful. Feedly will even pop-up articles relevant to the page you are currently viewing (I know you are skeptical because you remember old Internet Explorer 4 era junk like Alexa Toolbar, but Feedly bases it on actual page content, not the domain). Feedly is highly configurable, but you don't have to configure it all to get benefits from it. It also integrates Twitter and Friendfeed by default if you are into that sort of thing, as well as Youtube and Delicious.
CacheViewer by benki
This extenion is GUI Front-end of "about:cache"...
Collector's Note I don't use CacheViewer everyday, but say you are on a particularly hard-to-navigate web site looking for printable coloring pages for your kids. It may be better to just grab those pictures from the browser cache, which is what this add-on allows you to do easily.
Automatically find user scripts on Userscripts.org (requires Greasemonkey or Scriptish)
Collector's Note Greasefire works in conjunction with Greasemonkey to quickly let you find Greasemonkey scripts that work on the page you are on.
CLEO by Chuck_Baker
CLEO (Compact Library Extension Organizer) is a Firefox extension that works with FEBE* to package any number of extensions/themes into a single, installable .xpi file.
Collector's Note If you get this, be sure to get FEBE. CLEO and FEBE together are the real add-on collector. They consolidate a group of extensions into a single .xpi. When you install it, all the extensions appear separately as if you had installed them one-by-one. An impressive trick, a lot cleaner than the collections model here where people have to install an add-on to install your add-ons. Although as you can tell, I find the Firefox Collections feature useful as well.
Provides feature to close multiple tabs.
Collector's Note This does a lot more than just closing multiple tabs. Ever wanted to use Ctrl-Click or Shift-Click to select multiple tabs? With Multiple Tab Handler, after selecting multiple tabs, you can do things like closing the other tabs, saving the selected tabs to a bookmark folder, or copying the URLs of the tabs. Extremely configurable.
Linkification by y5
Converts text links into genuine, clickable links...
Collector's Note The most common use for Linkification is for web pages that show a URL for another site but for some reason, they neglected to make it into a link. Linkification makes it clickable.
Linky will increase your power to handle links. ...
Collector's Note This is one of those extensions that is utterly useless up until the day you need it! You can among other things open up a whole lot of links selected from a web page at once. When you use this, it is handy to have multiple rows of tabs enabled. (I use Tab Mix Plus for this but there are a lot of other ways, too.)
Get rid of that clumsy context menu, and search the web using up to 100 stylish Drag & DropZones
Collector's Note Drag and drop selected text to any searchbar based search engine, not just the default one.
Add useful extra features to Gmail, like hierarchical labels, an unread message icon on your browser tab, file attachment icons, and more.
Collector's Note Although it shows the little Greasemonkey icon, Greasemonkey is not required for Better Gmail 2. Gina Trapani of Lifehacker has bunched up a bunch of scripts into a single configurable add-on that gives some subtle tweaks to the Gmail interface. I am currently not using this and I don't seem to be missing it too much. I will reevaluate it soon.
Allows you to search highlighted text with any of the installed search engines. It also allow you to use IE8 accelerators to preview or search highlighted text.
Collector's Note My main use for this is to make it easy to run your favorite searches on selected text. Drag & DropZones does something like this too on a larger scale, but it pays to put a few favorites close to the cursor as well
The most IE8-like theme with Vista Aero style!
Collector's Note I think the IE8 concept of color tabs, where color is an indicator of where a link is clicked from, not the domain, is very functional and something Microsoft got right. I couldn't find exactly this functionality in ChromaTabs or ColorfulTabs and ironically I found it in the Vista-aero theme, with the side effect that it does go a little overboard in copying the IE8 look. (Slight incompatibility with Firefox 3.5 was fixed on the day of Firefox 3.5's official release, fantastic!) I currently am not using it, because although I like the IE8 implementation of color tabs, I don't want my Firefox to look like IE. One of these days, I am going to ask the author if he would consider extracting out the color tabs feature into its own addon.