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Firefox extension wishlist

Fantasy Firefox extensions

This is just a bit of speculative fantasy on my part but if you could have an extension for the brilliant Firefox browser what would it be?

There are already a bunch of Extensions that I cannot do without when developing for the web or simply browsing around;

  • Web Developer - the web designers toolbox
  • ViewSourceWith - view page source in your text editor of choice (works on images into PhotoShop too)
  • Googlebar - all the google you need right in your toolbar
  • ColorZilla - find out what that lovely shade of brown is ;)
  • Checky - check standards and accessability conformance
  • InfoLister - Keeps all of the above up to date

I was looking through my collection of 20 odd extension and I got to thinking, what am I missing? What extensions would I use if someone was kind enough to build it for us creative types? So I came up with 4 (see image) that I think would be a good addition to the designers toolbox :)

1. Picture Store
How about a way of storing and browsing images that you like right from within Firefox? You would be able to keep them in catogarised folders a bit like you can normal bookmarks only you get a thumbnail of the image as a reference and details of size, format, file name. Much better than downloading to you harddrive for later use, chances are that it will be a while before you ever get round to using it and will probably have forgotton where you put it by then.

2. Slice and dice
A bit like the bastard child pressing Apple/Shift/4 and slicing and dicing in Imageready/Fireworks. This would allow you to download a site for rebuilding in one go by slicing the page up then saving the bits into seperate files.

3. Colour combo
See a group of colours that work nicely together? why not use a tool a bit like ColorZilla to keep them as a group. You could then build up some color combos like a crazy color anthropologist.

4. DotMac bookmarks
I love the fact that all my computers have their Safari bookmarks syncronised through my dotmac account. I wish I could use the same bookmarks in Firefox too but have yet to find a way to keep them up to date without lots of faffing about.

So there ya go some ideas to get you started. What would you want given the choice?

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Paul D's picture
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1. Picture Store
I think I'd much prefer an "add to iPhoto library" option that also allowed you to add keywords, and lumped all images from a session into one roll.

2. Slice and Dice
I don't understand why this would be better than Cmd-shift-4.

3. Colour Combo
Awesome idea! Make and save a palette of all CSS colours used on a page.

4. Dot-Mac syncing
Another good idea.

mijlee's picture
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Picture Store
Think of this as more of a picture bookmark tool rather than a storage device. This would have the added advantage of working on any platform as there are many misguided fools who design and use PCs ;)

Slice and Dice
The advantage this would have over Cmd-shift-4 would be that you split the page up into a grid before outputting the images speeding up the process. The output could also be specified to be either gif, jpeg or PNG rather than PDF (Panther or Tiff (Tiger) as the Mac does so there would be no need to reformat the image before use. Again it would also make it platform independant :)

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Paul D's picture
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Tiger takes PNG screenshots by default, but I see your point with slicing guides and such.

mijlee's picture
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This is almost identicle but has a slightly more sorted interface.

http://www.netvibes.com/

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huyaroo's picture
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Wow thanks for linking me to this. I was using protopage before but this looks way better.

smellvetica's picture
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Hi Mart,
I thought I'd just add to this, I don't use .mac anymore as I deemed it uneccessary after getting some hosting sorted, but stumbled accross this..
Which is incredibly handy as I use 2 macs at home and a Windoze machine in work.. Bookmarks are all sorted accross three machines, lovely job.

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http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/more-info/booksync
Bookmarks Synchronizer is a Mozilla Firefox extension that let you connect to an FTP server and synchronize your bookmarks that are stored in an XML file. Setup is easy; just write in your FTP server address, username, password and a name for the XML file (by default called xbel.xml). To start, press Upload to create the file on the server and set if you want to automatically download the file on startup or upload it when you close your browser.
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afterglow's picture
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I really want to use Firefox based on the goodies floating around for it (reminds me of Dreamweaver Extensions) but it takes an ice age to load for me on the Powerbook, renders boxes and forms in a cruddy Netscape style and falls over quite a bit in the course of a normal browsing day.

So I've moved most of my browsing over to NetNewsWire with the occasional jaunt into Safari for e-commerce.
www.afterglow.ie

mijlee's picture
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I've been using version 1.5 for a little while now and it is generally more sorted and stable, especially on the Mac where there were a few issues. The Flash playback even seem slightly improved although still not perfect.

I think when this get's a final release it will be a real winner :)

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