Category: firefox

Excellent Firefox Plugins and Greasemonkey Scripts for September, 2008

Here is my current list of Firefox Plugins and Greasemonkey Scripts. If there are some essential ones I have missed, please add them in the comments below. Students of mine have as mandatory the items labelled __-s-__.

## Browsers
* [Firefox](http://www.mozilla.com/) __-s-__
* [Flock](http://flock.com/)
* [Opera](http://www.opera.com/)
* [Seamonkey](http://www.seamonkey-project.org/)

__Of the following extensions, all work in Firefox, and many (most) work in Flock and Seamonkey.__

## Improve Firefox Functionality
* [Adblock Filterset.G Updater](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1136) __-s-__
* [Adblock Plus](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865) __-s-__
* [Autohide](http://www.krickelkrackel.de/autohide/) – improved F11/fullscreen __-s-__
* [Tab Mix Plus](http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9178) – improved tab management

## Improved Web Applications
* [Better Flickr](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8010)
* [Better GCal](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5299) __-s-__
* [Better Gmail 2](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6076) __-s-__
* [Better GReader](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6424) __-s-__
* [CustomizeGoogle](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/743) __-s-__
* [Google Gears](http://gears.google.com) __-s-__

## Integrating apps with Firefox
* [Delicious Bookmarks](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addons/versions/3615#version-2.0.64) – note v. 2.0.64 only
* [Goolge Earth Plugin](http://code.google.com/apis/earth/)
* [Google Gears](http://gears.google.com/) __-s-__
* [Google Toolbar for Firefox](http://toolbar.google.com/) __-s-__
* [Mobile Barcoder](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2780) – QR codes for mobile phones to read
* [Picnik](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4889) – online image editor
* [Remember the Milk for Gmail](http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/gmail/)

## Greasemonkey Scripts
* [Greasemonkey](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748) __-s-__
* [Clean Gmail Print](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/26189)
* [GMail GTD Tickler](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/7676) __-s-__
* [Flickr AllSizes+](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/6178)
* [Flickr Groups Organiser](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/4131)
* [Flickrati](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/6273)
* [WikED](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/12529) – mediawiki enhanced editor __-s-__
* [Download YouTube Videos as MP4](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/25105) __-s-__
* [Youtube High Quality](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/23702) __-s-__

## Development Tools
* [ColorZilla](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/271)
* [Firebug](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843)
* [Live HTTP headers](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3829)
* [SQLite Manager](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5817)
* [YSlow](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5369)

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Software and Priorities (Open and Other)

Just a quick note about software and priorities. I am continually looking to change the software I use to reach the most desirable set of criteria (if I am using software that does not yet embrace those criteria). Here are the criteria, in alphabetical order:

* Active developer community
* API
* Cross platform
* Extensible (plug-ins, etc.)
* Free
* Functionality
* Large user base
* Open source
* Simplicity
* Stability

There are a few pieces of software that more or less meet these criteria, such as:

* [Apache](http://apache.org/)
* [MySQL](http://mysql.com/)
* [PHP](http://php.net/)
* [Python](http://python.org/)
* [Ruby](http://ruby-lang.org/)
* [Firefox](http://mozilla.com/)
* [Open Office](http://openoffice.org/)
* [Pidgin](http://pidgin.im/)
* [Blender](http://blender.org/)
* [VLC](http://videolan.org/)
* [FileZilla](http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/)
* [Gimp](http://gimp.org/), especially the [GimpShop](http://plasticbugs.com/?page_id=294)
* [MediaWiki](http://mediawiki.org/)
* [WordPress](http://wordpress.org/)

Some software I like to use might violate these criteria, such as [notepad2](http://notepad2.com/) (no development, windows only) and [iconforge](http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_if.html) (not free, windows only), but they are simple and good at what they do, so I stick with them. However, over the long run, I see open source, cross platform as winning. I believe I will be cutting over to Ubuntu around 2009 or 2010. Here are my current reservations:

* [Cinelerra](http://heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php3) is not cross platform, plus drivers!
* Open Office Impress sucks compared with Powerpoint
* [Second Life](http://secondlife.com/) client for linux is in alpha

So, the way I look at it, as soon as I can move over to a new operating system while maintaining my current set of software tools (which have been slowly migrating to linux supported options), then I can make the move.

I look forward to the transition.