Firefox Extensions: Picks of the Week Aug 7 2007

I can tell some of you are just waiting for the Picks of Week post to try out Firefox Extensions. Here is this week’s load of extensions you might find useful or just fun to try.

  • Stylish: Stylish is for CSS as GreaseMonkey is for JavaScript. Stylish is a user styles manager lets you customize the look of applications and websites. You can get styles for apps and website at UserStyles.org. Just look at the number of styles available for various aspects of GMail!
  • Speed Dial: Add your most visited websites to Speed Dial and get quick access to them in a variety of ways. Hotkeys, Speed Dial in a new tab, a Speed Dial for your toolbar. Assign Speed Dial from bookmarks or by right clicking a tab. I used a bookmark toolbar folder to achieve the same result but this is much easier and intuitive to assign and unassign. [via Shankar Ganesh]
  • FaviconizeTab: As I am working, I tend to open dozens of tabs and it just becomes unwieldy managing them. Now, this extension adds a menu to the tab context, by choosing FaviconizeTab, it shrinks the tab to just the Favicon saving space! Lovely. I just have to hurry up and get a Favicon for ShanKri-la so you can FaviconizeTab me.
  • Favicon Picker 2: Tired of looking at the default icon next to 100s of your bookmarks? Now, you can assign or remove favicons based on URL, Name or Last Visit Date. Makes your bookmarks visually easy to scan and pick the ones you need!
  • FoxLingo: It’s going to be your best friend if you look up translations for web sites or blogs often. It’s the Ultimate Language Tool and supports 45 languages. It also does translated searches, auto translation based on domain name, text translation entered/selected in a web page, links to over 100 language learning sites, etc. Just install it, will ya?

Hope you enjoyed these extensions. My usual word of caution, remember to weed out the extensions you don’t use anymore to keep your Firefox zippy.

If you are afraid of trying new Extensions for fear of breaking your Firefox, consider reading my post on How to Safely Try New Firefox Extensions?

Explore Tags: , ,

15 Responses to “Firefox Extensions: Picks of the Week Aug 7 2007”

  1. charles August 8, 2007 at 2:22 am #

    very nice site will def. have two write about it.

  2. K-IntheHouse August 8, 2007 at 2:49 am #

    Welcome to ShanKri-la and thanks a lot, Charles! Will definitely look forward to that..

  3. Brown Baron August 8, 2007 at 6:38 pm #

    Aha! You knew I was waiting for this right? Hehehe now to try them out.

  4. Kyle Eslick August 8, 2007 at 7:50 pm #

    I’m a big Stylish fan. I think I’ve written about it once or twice on my site.

    Speed Dial is the Opera feature, right? I haven’t found much use for that yet, but I’ve heard others like the feature.

  5. K-IntheHouse August 8, 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    I knew it was you, Baron. Thanks for the confession though.. :-)

    Kyle, Stylish is awesome and I just found it a couple of months back. When I looked back I realized I haven’t posted about it.

    You are right about Speed Dial. Sometimes when I hit Ctrl T for a new tab, it is nice to see the thumbnails of my fav sites to choose from. But, nothing I couldn’t live without!

  6. Nirmal August 10, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    Great list again. :-)

  7. K-IntheHouse August 11, 2007 at 10:20 pm #

    Nirmal, thanks man!

  8. Blogging Tips August 15, 2007 at 5:30 pm #

    stopping by and stumblin’ ya

  9. K-IntheHouse August 16, 2007 at 12:52 am #

    Appreciate it, Matt.

  10. Stephen Cronin August 28, 2007 at 6:50 am #

    K-IntheHouse, Another great list – thanks! I am definitely going to check out Stylish and FoxLingo (if it can do a decent job of translating Chinese sites, this will be fabulous for me).

  11. K-IntheHouse August 28, 2007 at 11:48 am #

    Stephen, let me know how you like the translations by this extension. If it’s any good I will add it to the Top Firefox extensions in my Resources page. Stylish is great too.. I just wish there were more work on styles for various sites like Greasemonkey.

  12. Stephen Cronin August 29, 2007 at 2:38 am #

    K-IntheHouse, actually FoxLingo lets you choose which service you want to use for the translation. It includes Google and AltaVista and a whole heap of other ones I’d never heard of. They are all about as effective as each other from what I can see (translating from Chinese to English which is pretty hard).

    So really this doesn’t give you anything new that you can’t already do, but it does put it at your fingertips – no need to go Google’s website, go to the language tools page, enter the URL to tranlsate etc – just click a button. I’m sure there are other toolbars that do this, but this one gives you the option of lots of different services, so if the first one you try can’t make sense of the page, you can quickly try another.

  13. K-IntheHouse August 29, 2007 at 12:57 pm #

    Stephen.. you are probably tired writing K-IntheHouse.. Just call me K. :-)

    Thanks for that excellent clarification of how that extension works. Sounds like a real time saver to me if it can bring those translation services to your fingertips. I am all about using technology to increase productivity although the very thirst for it makes me waste time online. :-)

    I subscribed to your blog ad looking forward to that next CSS article.

  14. Stephen Cronin August 29, 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    K (Yes that is much easier :) ),

    If you are talking about the Rounded Text Boxes in Posts article, I wrote it months ago – I just didn’t link to it in the post you read (I’ve done so now!). I also wrote a color selector for both types of text boxes, which creates the code for (so you don’t have to use my boring grey).

  15. K-IntheHouse August 30, 2007 at 3:07 pm #

    Stephen, I must have thought that was your current post.. stupid of me! :-) I am heading over there to read your posts. Thanks for the mention.

Leave a Reply