5 + 1 FF Extensions

Just decided to share with you 5 + 1 Firefox Extensions I can’t do without :

  1. View Formatted Source by Felix Ritter

    Displays formatted and color-coded source and optional CSS information for each element.

    An invaluable extension. Featuring both on-demand loader and inline functionality, it can divide any page to logical “source” boxes, and with a click of your mouse, the preferred block of code is unfolded before your unbelieving eyes. Precious.

  2. Colorzilla by Alex Sirota

    Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies.

    Can any web designer live without this? Colour sample any page to get this precious colour you’re so fond of, while outlining the element below your cursor and displaying CSS info on your status bar. Used several times per day. Convenient.

  3. IEtab by PCMan (Hong Jen Yee), yuoo2k

    IE Tab – an extension from Taiwan, features: Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Mozilla/Firefox.

    Now that’s something useful IE can do. Because believe it or not, most people around the world still use IE (*gasp!*). IEtab is the reason why my IE launch icon is dustier than my french. Not without flaws, it provides you with an easy and fast way to check how your hardly-designed page will look in IE – like, literally.

  4. Web Developer Toolbar by Chris Pederick

    Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

    The above is clearly an understatement. It goes without saying that this toolbar is an essential tool for every designer/developer. Disable cookies, clear cache, show form details (my favourite), outline all kind of different page elements, all with a click. Amazing.

  5. MeasureIt by Kevin Freitas

    Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.

    One thing measures it all. Just click and drag : all size information on your fingetips. Really useful on some occasions. Dimensions shown in pixels, functionality to drag selected box around the page is included.

  6. ForecastFox by Richard Klein, Jon Stritar

    Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension.

    Because I’m a weather freak. No, really, I am. Despite the long hours in front of the screen, I always want to know what’s happening outside. Fully customizable and insanely accurate.

Feel free to share with me your favourite FF extensions. I’ll always be eager to give them a try!

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4 comments on this post

  1. Anthony #1

    IETab: I removed for 2 reasons: one is the known memory leak and two is that I was so used to the IE icon on the taskbar that I never used IETab anyway

    Forecastfox: I love it! And it’s so DAMN ACCURATE it’s amazing!

  2. Sugar #2

    I know about the memory leak of IEtab, but I can’t help it, it’s so dang useful. Plus, it loads IE faster than the standard program, for some reason.

    I’m ashamed over my weather addition. I have once installed a virtual desktop that connected real time to weather.com and changed wallpapers and ambient sounds according to the season, time of day and weather! Bliss.

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  4. Maria #4

    Colorzilla and Measure it are some of the more useful extensions for me. I don’t know how many times I’ve used Colorzilla for quick css editing/debugging.
    I removed IETab. I never really used it and it causes memeory leaks, as Anthony has already mentioned.
    I’ve never considered adding Forecastfox, but I know I belong to the minority.

    As for me I couldn’t possible live without mouse gestures. I’ve become addicted to moving between tabs by scrolling.


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