Add-Ons that turn FireFox into the single most useful software application a professional writer can have. Battle-tested over years, I've tried the "other guys" and found these to be best.
The first and only download manager/accelerator built inside Firefox!
Collector's Note Great when faced with large numbers of web files that you want to save.
Collector's Note This add-on is precursor to some more sophisticated add-ons. Useful if want to get wild with Firefox.
Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager.
Collector's Note Gives you a lot of control over how tabs open, what they look like, and how they behave. Useful if you typically work with more than 5 open tabs.
Use the Evernote Web Clipper to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.
Collector's Note Evernote is the real gem here. The Web clipper just speeds up the formatting and transfer.
A customizable mouse gestures extension which enables to execute various commands and user scripts with six types of gestures.
Collector's Note Very useful for actions you repeat continuously, and easier on your hands. You can modify gestures to your own needs. I use this for Back, Forward, Jump to Top, Jump to Bottom, Close, Next Tab. I find it less helpful for the more exotic functions.
Xmarks is the #1 bookmarking and open tab add-on. Keep your bookmarks, and open tabs backed up and synchronized across computers and browsers. Mobile phones with Premium access. Utilize LastPass to sync passwords!
Collector's Note After gone through four or five computers that crashed and died, I find Xmarks to be invaluable at saving bookmarks in the cloud. Even better if you spend time organizing your bookmarks so you can find what you want.
Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Gradient Generator and other colorful goodies...
Collector's Note Useful for blog design.
When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection.
Collector's Note Using this requires an investment in developing a system that you will use continuously. I use Evernote now for keeping items I want to refer to later.
IE Tab - an extension from Taiwan, features: Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Mozilla/Firefox...
Collector's Note Helpful for those sites that insist on being optimized for Internet Explorer. I've found this can be a little glitchy so is best used only for viewing pages rather than doing serious work.
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.
Adds toolbar buttons to the customize toolbar window in several programs including Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey. Some of the buttons make commonly preformed actions quicker, others add new functionality.
Shareaholic is the easiest way to share & bookmark great content from anywhere on the web from one simple ALL-IN-ONE add-on. Works with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn, E-mail and 200+ additional services.
Permanently hide content from web pages using the Context Menu. Simply, click and "Remove it Permanently". Now includes previewing of items before removal, support for IFrame as well as lots of advanced features to make it easy for...
Collector's Note For sites you visit regularly that have ads or other content you don't want to see, I found this to be quite helpful.
Screengrab! saves webpages as images... but not for new versions of Firefox.
FF changes too fast and I don't have the time to maintain it anymore. Bugs have developed that I am not in a position to investigate.
Therefore, Screengrab is EOL.
Collector's Note Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
Select text and it's automatically copied to the clipboard. Also pastes on middle click.
Collector's Note Good add-on for doing research. I find it works best when you have a program like NoteTab, an amazing text processing program, that allows you to automatically paste into a document.
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