Posted by Neil Crosby on February 16, 2006 08:10 PM
Since I started my new job (one of the reasons for the amazing lack of posts around here lately) I’ve been doing a lot more web development on a day to day basis than I have in a couple of years. Until recently, I’d been getting by using just a couple of Firefox extensions - really just because I was doing so little development that it didn’t make sense to spend the time going and looking for the ones which would actually increase my productivity. Since I started this job, however, it’s made sense to start collecting a few extensions to help me save a little time and get more done. Here are my favourite Firefox Entensions of the moment:
This is one that I’ve only just started using recently, but it’s already saved my bacon on more than one occasion. Basically, this extension keeps a record of the tabs that you have open, and re-opens them exactly as they were when you shutdown and then restart Firefox. It also lets you reopen a tab if you close it accidentally, which is fantastic news if you were in the middle of writing something when it happened.
This one’s a favourite of mine at work when I’m having to update pages which spew out a lot of data, since I can duplicate a tab, reload the duplicate and check the before and after pages for differences. Simple.
Another simple one, this opens the current page in Internet Explorer. Great for when you are developing a site and want to check what a page looks like in IE. Now, I wonder if there’s an Opera View or a Multi View extension?
Creates a screen capture of an entire web page. Very handy for when, well, you need a screen capture of a page. Not currently available for Firefox 1.5.01 though (but then, it does say that it expects the canvas element in Firefox 1.5 to supercede the need for it).
Handy to have, this extension will validate any page you visit giving you an instant icon in your toolbar to let you know if there are any problems with the page or not.
My final favourite sorts out one of my first annoyances with Firefox - the search box. Frankly, the default size is just a bit too small for me so being able to drag it a bit wider with this extension is a god-send for me.
So, those are my nine favourite Firefox extensions - what are yours?
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