Friday, March 17th, 2006
List of Essential Firefox Plug-ins (Add-ons)
Firefox kicks Internet Explorer around the block, up the stairs, and off the roof. Why?
Sure, Microsoft’s ineptness is legendary, but I dumped IE for one main reason: plug-ins (extensions, add-ons, name has changed a few times). The killer-app of plug-ins, the singulary sufficient reason to install Firefox would have to be WebDevleoper (about 280% better than the similarly named, but featurely-challenged IE Web Developer)
Below are my standard fresh-Firefox-install plugins. Note some overlap functionalities, for example WebDeveloper has equivalents for ViewSourceWith and MeasureIt — however, those include nifty buttons for your toolbar and that’s worth the intsall right there and WebDeveloper’s are somewhat buried. (yeah, that IS lazy of me)
- ColorzillaEyedropper for lifting colors from pages
- CSS ViewerHover over any page element to see basic CSS attributes
- downThemAllMuch improved download manager
- flashblockControl when Flash plays on pages
- measureItSimple ruler
- Pearl Crescent Page SaverSeveral options for screen snapshots to PNG
- ScreenGrab!Basic screen snapshots
- Tab EffectSpin-transition between web page tabs
- URL ParamsGreat debugging by editing get and post params
- viewSourceWithChoose how you View page source
- Web DeveloperMUST HAVE! For all web development. The King!
- ySlowShows page loading bottlenecks
Like I said, together this represents “can’t live without” them level of devotion.
Firebug is much like Fiddler but simplier