If you haven’t heard of Mozilla Firefox by now you really should visit civilization more often. As many of you know, Firefox is the browser of the future. Free of all the issues and vulnerabilities that is Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox has slowly eaten into the browser market, taking away a significant percentage of IE‘s user base in the past few months. And it hasn’t showed signs of slowing down.
A lot of people have written about Firefox’s features and advantages, so I’ll spare you that. Personally, one of the reasons I really like this browser is tabbed browsing and extensions. An MDI approach in browsers benefits users significantly, and Firefox put to good use this feature pioneered by Opera a few years ago.
Tabbrowser extensions is one of the most useful extensions I’ve ever gotten across, and enhances the already great tabbed browsing experience. However, as development continued and features crept in, it turned the once nimble browser into a somewhat sluggish and crash–prone tool. And so I tried Firefox without TBE, but the functionality was never the same. The only option was to go out looking for an extension (or combination of extensions) that would provide the functionality I missed.
And yes I found them! MiniT solves my need for a scrollable tab bar with draggable tabs for rearrangement and bookmarking, and a modified version called miniT+ (listed on the extension’s homepage) allows for configuration of behaviors for clicks and double–clicks on the browser’s tabs and tab bar. Undoclosetab works as the name suggests — it allows you to undo (or reopen) recently closed tabs. Lastly, SessionSaver is used to save currently open tabs, so you can restore your session after accomplishing the work you should’ve finished hours ago! 🙂
Now it wouldn’t hurt if I share other extensions I’ve recently discovered or have been using before, right? Bookmark Backup saves copies of your bookmarks.html, so you can restore your bookmarks even after a crash or corruption of the bookmarks file. Digger adds a context menu to the toolbar’s Go button with several functions for navigation. Configuration Mania provides a configuration panel for editing several of the browser’s hidden options. Gcache is handy for viewing a page’s version in the google cache, in case it has been slashdotted or just plain unavailable. Google Pagerank Status shows a site’s Google Pagerank, handy for knowing just how much “Don’t be evil” credits the site has. 🙂 EditCSS and Web Developer are necessities for all web developers. Launchy enables you to open pages and links in other applications, much like a specialized tool for configuring file associations in the browser. Linky adds several functionality to links, allowing you to open all links in a page in new tabs — when you *stumble* upon pages with multiple links, like *photography* sites. 🙂 Hehehe. Image Toolbar somehow duplicates IE’s image toolbar for easy saving/copying of images to your desktop.
Now you’ve got the perfect browser!