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Scabrous Birdseed
03-05-2005, 16:25:25
My copy of IE was getting so buggy (a gazillion little features gone awry, like no HTML source checking and saving all images as untitled.bmp) I decided to get off my lazy arse and install Firefox. Which I like, it has a nice crisp interface (unlike that monster Opera) and you can disable all the crap like tabs and shit if you want.

So, what plugins should I get?

Debaser
03-05-2005, 16:42:35
Tabs are really useful. I couldn't imagine not having them now (well I could, but you know what I mean).

Scabrous Birdseed
03-05-2005, 16:54:58
At 800x600 they take up a third of my screen or so.

I don't understand what the fuss is about. Isn't it just an additional click when the taskbar has the same functionality?

Asher
03-05-2005, 16:57:15
Plugins or extensions?

Plugins: Flash, Java, Real, Quicktime, WMP, etc.

Extensions:

Adblock: http://adblock.mozdev.org/

Greasemonkey: http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/

Paste Quote: https://addons.update.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&category=Top%20Rated&numpg=10&id=244

Scabrous Birdseed
03-05-2005, 17:03:13
Bla Bla Bla Non-standard terminology.

Extensions. Thanks anyway.

Scabrous Birdseed
03-05-2005, 17:36:53
Well thank you for those - I decided not to use the ad blocker and frankly it's almost faster to type in [quote] than to shift your hand off the keyboard, but Greasemonkey seems most excellent.

Lurker the Second
03-05-2005, 18:32:28
the highlight/auto copy thing is good.

Sir Penguin
03-05-2005, 18:59:40
ForecastFox, Foxytunes, IEView, SessionSaver, and some others that I can't remember.

SP

Asher
03-05-2005, 19:09:28
I love forecast fox, but it takes up space that is too valuable at 800x600 for him.

Scabrous Birdseed
03-05-2005, 21:50:27
Actually, ForecastFox is great, best one so far. Sits unobtrusively in my status bar or menu bar.

Trying the rest of Fve's now.

Sir Penguin
03-05-2005, 22:10:52
Is it ForecastFox that stretches my address bar?

SP

Deacon
03-05-2005, 23:09:54
Show Old Extensions, Mozex.

Sir Penguin
04-05-2005, 01:16:54
CuteMenus makes the context menu easier to use. MediaPlayerConnectivity opens media in outside applications instead of using browser plugins. TargetAlert puts little icons next to links that have certain target files (like PDFs, DOCs, etc.). Inline Autocomplete enables inline autocompletion in the address bar, like with IE. Linkification converts text URLs into hyperlinks. Redirect Remover strips the redirect from links (for example, when you click on an external link from Poly). Super DragAndGo would be good if you used tab browsing (lets you drag URLs to certain tabs), as would LastTab.

SP

Sir Penguin
04-05-2005, 01:24:08
And RiteOfTongue is very useful. It adds a lookup feature to the context menu that you can use to check spelling in text entry boxes on web forms.

SP

Nav
04-05-2005, 09:48:50
Syncronise bookmarks is a good one if you want to keep your bookmarks the same whereever you are.

Scabrous Birdseed
04-05-2005, 14:32:55
Right. Installed on my system are:

ieview
Greasemonkey
Paste Quote
Autocopy
ForecastFox
SessionSaver (though I'll likely never use it)
CuteMenus
TargetAlert
Inline Autocomplete
Redirect Remover
RiteofTongue

Now if there only was an extension that made the "open location" function be like IEs...

Sir Penguin
04-05-2005, 21:47:47
OpenDownload. :)

SP

Scabrous Birdseed
05-05-2005, 09:44:28
Also, wouldn't mind something that replaced the inexplicably-chosen "Standard Windows" icon on all Mozilla windows with womething a tad more descriptive. Or is that just a localised bug?

Sir Penguin
05-05-2005, 09:48:49
I don't know what that means.

SP

Scabrous Birdseed
05-05-2005, 10:04:11
Well, in Win98 (yes, my PC is old and crap) all windows have a little icon in the corner, replicated on the taskbar, which I suppose is meant to offer a visual clue as to what program you're in (this obviously matters most on the taskbar). IE windows, for instance, have a little IE HTML Document icon in this spot.

Mozilla for some reason displays the standard windows "I can't be arsed to pick an icon for my crap VisualBasic applet" icon. Which is ugly and gives you no clue as to what you're looking at.

Compare:

Sir Penguin
05-05-2005, 10:12:27
Are you using Mozilla, or Firefox? My copy of Firefox has an appropriate icon. Although Mozilla should, too.

SP

Sir Penguin
05-05-2005, 10:14:51
Thusly:

SP

Scabrous Birdseed
05-05-2005, 10:27:00
Firefox.

I knew it was something specific to my system - it's simply too silly and easy-to-fix to be a general problem.

LoD
06-05-2005, 09:24:49
I've seen on my old system, which is running Win 98, so that's probably that.

Returning to the topic: I'm surprised no one mentioned AllInOneGestures yet, does no one use them :confused:?

Asher
06-05-2005, 13:09:44
It is a known bug for Win9x.

How to fix it: http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/tips#app_icon

Here is the bug open for it: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=171349

If you want, create an account and vote for it. If you so choose, you can get email notifications on progress made on addressing it.

Link to the firefox icon to use: http://community.wvu.edu/~ast002/main-window.ico

Asher
06-05-2005, 13:11:20
Or try this: http://community.wvu.edu/~ast002/main-window.ico

Sir Penguin
06-05-2005, 20:29:18
Originally posted by LoD
I've seen on my old system, which is running Win 98, so that's probably that.

Returning to the topic: I'm surprised no one mentioned AllInOneGestures yet, does no one use them :confused:?
I use Mouse Gestures, but I just assumed Scabby wouldn't like it because it's cool and useful.

SP

Jeratain
08-05-2005, 09:00:08
I've got to have Cookie Culler installed - it lets you protect certain cookies for sites (such as CG and other forums), while letting you quickly and easily clear all other cookies in a more efficient manner than the basic FF cookie manager.

Scabrous Birdseed
08-05-2005, 10:49:04
Thanks for the bug fix, asher! Now I've got a better browser than IE any time.

Immortal Wombat
09-05-2005, 22:51:48
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
Redirect Remover strips the redirect from links (for example, when you click on an external link from Poly).
Wow, a useful extension. I am amazed and gladdened.

Immortal Wombat
10-05-2005, 04:12:33
No, wait, you have to actually follow a redirect link before it strips the redirects from the rest of the page. How peculiar.

Sir Penguin
10-05-2005, 04:28:03
Yeah. :\

SP

Deacon
13-05-2005, 07:42:03
Adblock is nifty. It has already saved me some headaches caused by the kind of ads that obscure the text. I add the offending object to the list, reload, and then I can actually see everything.

Funko
12-12-2005, 13:47:31
IE Tab. Brilliant. You can open IE windows as tabs within firefox.

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1419&application=firefox

TV4Fun
12-12-2005, 17:00:59
Flashblock. Very useful for websites overflowing with flash ads. https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&category=Web%20Annoyances&id=433

Googlebar: https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=33

LoD
16-12-2005, 15:36:55
Originally posted by Funko
IE Tab. Brilliant. You can open IE windows as tabs within firefox.

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1419&application=firefox

Thanks!

Scabrous Birdseed
27-12-2005, 15:31:15
Seven months on the only ones I still use are ForecastFox and IEView, the others have been uninstalled. Greasemonkey, for instance, was dormant 99% of the time cause it messed too much with the general surfing experience. There are a couple of decent ones that haven't yet been 1.5-ed...

Scabrous Birdseed
06-05-2006, 14:05:43
BugMeNot is a brilliant plugin, and StumbleUpon helps alleviate boredom by showing you pages you're already aware of.

Immortal Wombat
07-05-2006, 06:31:05
I've been picking up extensions again recently, after a lull.

Now using:
Word Count, BugMeNot, Session Saver, (mostly for it's SnapBack Tab thing), DownThemAll, (for mass downloading), Sage, (for RSS feeds), Menu Editor, AdBlock.

GreaseMonkey was only running a few minor scripts (directlink for videos, linkifying urls, and removing "_blank"s) until I discovered Platypus (http://platypus.mozdev.org/), which lets you add, remove or rearrange anything on a webpage, and then save the modifications as a GreaseMonkey script so that the changes are permanent. I am in awe.

Nav
08-05-2006, 16:16:56
I use a really cool sounding one called 'Fangs'. Unfortunately it only outputs what a screenreader would speak to the blind...

Other than that I use the Web Developer one which has loads of useful tools and an enhanced javascript bug tracker.