Addon's have been a major plus for Firefox web-browser enhancing the overall web-surfing experience, and brand new addon Firesay is going to make it even more interesting. Just imagine surfing the web hands-free without touching your keyboard showing off your geek smartness to your friends just via voice-commands - now possible using uber-cool and geeky Firesay addon.
Currently under beta Firesay allows you to control Firefox using voice-commands and supports navigation features like opening new tabs, launching websites, closing tabs and searching Google for specified terms - checkout the video below to see Firesay in action.
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites.
Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site. The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by rewriting all requests to these sites to HTTPS.
Firefox takes up too much system resources with multiple tabs open, there have been addons like RAMBack, Clusters, and TooManyTabs promising to take care of this but none of the above were practical to use and therefore did not remained on my computer after few days usage, however new addon BarTab is a perfect practical solution to the problem which works amazingly and I am definitely going to keep it - what BarTab does that it prevents loading tabs until needed saving system resources. Whenever you start Firefox instead of loading all the tabs BarTab puts all the tabs on your bartab and loads them only when you click on them.
Since there is no extra tab-bar this is very practical to use providing good results, my Firefox memory resources usage went down from 241 MB to just 82 MB that's an amazing 290% improvement.
Tab overload and its performance impact on system is a big annoyance most Firefox users experience, While there have been Firefox extensions like TooManyTabs to get rid of this tab-overload but none actually addressed the problem in a more practical way then the brand new Firefox addon Cluster Tabs for Firefox does, the addon allows users to easily create and save group of Firefox tabs as clusters unloading them from memory allowing easy retrieval later-on.
The best part is that every cluster has a unique anonymous cluster URL which can be shared with friends and published on internet like this.
There are numerous tricks, tools and online sites to download YouTube videos but this one is simplest of them all, just install the free Firefox addon 'Easy YouTube Video Downloader 1.1' and you can download videos in 3GP, MP4 and High-Definition quality (when available) right from the Youtube video page are browsing.
The latest update bring optimized code with new 3GP download option and graphical buttons for single-click direct downloads in format of your choice.
Firefox extensions like RSFind makes copying Rapidshare links from webpages fast and simple, but it lacks the essential feature to check Rapidshare link validity, but no worries as the new extension named Unofficial RapidShare Tool takes care of small annoyances related to copying and validation of Rapidshare links automatically, apart from copying Rapidshare links to Clipboard, Text File, HTML and XML formats the free Firefox addon can also check validity of the links automatically with fully customizable color coding options to distinguish working and non-working Rapidshare links on a webpage.
Rapidshare Link Copy Options
Automatic Link Checker With Customizable Color Codes
Having lots of tabs loaded in Firefox eats substantial amount of system resources and can make things pretty slow and unorganized, the guys at Visibo Limited seems to have developed a perfect solution for the problem, TooManyTabs 0.3.1 - the free Firefox add-on from Visibo allows users to save more then 50 tabs in multiple-rows as idle tabs, just above the real Firefox tabs in unloaded form saving memory and CPU cycles, furthermore the ability to color and create separate rows provides better tab-organization functionality.
At first instance it seemed no better then a Bookmark Manager like Read It Later, but further digging revealed this blog post at developers website, telling how TooManyTabs will try to load the restored tab from disk cache including the tab history and scroll position.
Few days ago my Firefox profile got corrupted and resulted in loss of essential data, Loosing your browser's saved passwords, bookmarks, settings and customizations can be very frustrating if a lot depends on it, While searching for Firefox profile backup solutions, I came across FEBE - A simple to use, highly customizable Firefox Environment Backup Extension, unlike other Firefox backup and restore solutions FEBE lets you automatically backup your browser data of choice to Box.Net free online storage service, allowing you to easily synchronize your office and home browsers.
Firefox 3 is released but most of the extensions are still not compatible with the new browser, here is a little hack to get your must have extensions work with the new browser, but before proceeding do keep in mind that this can be risky and may render your browser insecure, so proceed on your own risk, I tried it myself and everything works fine, All of my favorite addons like - Linkify, Rapidshare Link Finder, Remove Cookies etc. are working perfectly.
"Stop AutoPlay" is a free firefox extension to block annoying autoplay media on webpages like background sounds and auto-start movies, Stop Autoplay will stop the auto-loading media and allow you to control whether to play it or not.
To block the autoplay of the embedded media, you have two modes to choose:
- Disable only the autoplay of the embedded media. In this case, the media file will still be loaded and embedded when page is loading. Press the Play button of the controller when you want.
- Block the media when loading a page. It will be replaced by a red frame with a play button in the center. Click in the red frame to load and then play it.
It is advised not to use this extension with Flashblock extension for Firefox.