Firefox Extensions: Picks of the Week 08-04-10

Firefox 3 beta 5 has been in the wild for a few days. If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, you can snag this portable version of it and read this post to run Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 simultaneously. The advantage of the portable version is that there is no installation and you can even carry it in your usb flash drive. When the next beta/release candidate comes out, you can simply delete the Firefox directory and grab the new one.

Let’s look at some of the new Firefox extensions I came across in the last couple of weeks:

  • CraigsToolbox: If you are a heavy Craigslist user, you will appreciate the features this extension offers. One of the primary feature is that it loads thumbnails of pictures attached to a listing in the listing page. Saves you from clicking into every listing to see the pictures. Plus, it lets you save a dollar amount and a favorite search string to search by default. Check out this video to find out more.
  • Download Statusbar: A very nice download manager that can be run in full or mini mode. The full mode gives you a visual progress bar above the status bar of ongoing downloads. Also has a plenty options to set colors, etc.  No more annoying download window to manage.
  • OpenDownload: Ever been annoyed by the fact that when you download .exe files, Firefox doesn’t have an option to just run the .exe. Well, this extension gives that to you.
  • RetailMeNot: There are plenty of sites to find online coupons. With this extension, when you are on a site like Amazon you will automatically see if there are any coupons available. Your online shopping just got snazzier.
  • BuyLater: Another one for you online shoppers. If you find an item out of stock or would like to follow a price closely, this extension adds a ‘Buy This Later’ button. It’ll monitor for updates every minute and notify you by email or Twitter. I like the Twitter idea as you can get these updates as tweets without flooding your inbox.
  • FoxTor: If privacy and anonymity is in your radar when you are browsing for whatever reason, FoxTor gives you just that. Make your browsing anonymous with the touch of a button.

Hope you find an extension or two that you can use to make your daily browsing a little easier. Has anyone noticed the performance increase in Firefox 3 beta 5? I love it.

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11 Responses to “Firefox Extensions: Picks of the Week 08-04-10”

  1. Link Building Bible April 10, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks so much! The craigslist one looks awesome… and then open download one was awesome, i had an old version and it hasnt updated in forever… i was on 0.2.1… and this one was 1.0.0… so i am way happy to have that back.


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  2. Mark April 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    I highly recommend Download Statusbar. I’ve been using it for a while now and it’s definitely worth it.

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  3. K-IntheHouse April 11, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Hey Link Building.. I am going to install a plugin that will let you use your name as well as keyword as I would like to put a name to my readers but don’t want to take away any link juice you can get by commenting here. :-)

    This extension is awesome now that I am shopping for an used car.

    Mark.. it really is cool buddy. I can’t tell how pleasant it is to now have the download window open up. This is one of those things Firefox should adopt into their code. :-)

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  4. latif@hip hop jewelry August 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm #

    The default download status window is a headache. Thanks for sharing it.
    Running .exe is not a big deal though, if it saves on specified directory. But giving an option to run .exe is good.
    Allowing comments with name and keyword is cool. Thats generous.

  5. Don September 12, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    still crashing with my quicktime even after all the fixes

  6. gorge December 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    thank you very much .i download some of Firefox Extensions

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  7. aaron@best baby strollers December 31, 2008 at 7:37 pm #

    I love the retailmenot plugin. It’s a handy site, but I always forget to use it when just buying a few things. This should help me save some cash.

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  8. Adam February 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    CraigsToolbox works on Chrome also
    I can’t picture browsing craigslist without it now.

  9. phd dissertation September 2, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    very cool post! thnaks alot for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Craig Galway September 3, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Wow, a real blast from the past here.  Yeah, my Firefox 3 is zooming right along.  Can’t wait until it’s out of beta.

  11. resume writing September 7, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    very cool post! i like it!

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