Top 10 Firefox Super Extensions

Everyone uses Firefox extensions, but sometimes you need super extensions.

August 4th, 2006 at 4:00am — Comments: (18) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

Everyone uses Firefox extensions, but sometimes you need super extensions. Super extensions are extensions that could be considered standalone applications, but instead integrate seamlessly into Firefox, showing the extendability and strength of the Firefox's extension architecture.

Check out these top extensions that could be their own application.

  1. Codetch Editor - http://www.codetch.com/
    To those who remember, the Codetch Editor extension is similar to the Netscape Composer back in the Netscape days...only better. The extension is an IDE itself. It contains a File Explorer, Snippits and Bookmarks Panel, and the familiar JavaScript Error panel. For simple editing of pages, this extension provides an environment for beginning and intermediate webmasters alike.

  2. Google Notebook - http://www.google.com/notebook/
    Not only did Google put out a Notebook application, but they also created an extension to complement the website. This extension is a pack rats dream come true. The web site is meant for researchers who collect data through the Internet and file it into their "notebooks." Google created an extension specifically meant for the Google Notebook site. Future extensions should be developed this way to allow multiple ways to access your data in case one option isn't available.

  3. Sage RSS Reader - http://sage.mozdev.org/
    The Sage RSS Reader is one of the top RSS readers out there with customizable CSS "newspapers", RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds, a number of locales, and, like Firefox, provides RSS Feed discovery. Next to FeedDemon (which is a full application), this lightweight solution is probably the best way to handle RSS feeds in a browser.

  4. Venkman's JavaScript Debugger - http://www.mozilla.org/projects/venkman/
    The
    way to debug JavaScript web applications. The Venkman JavaScript Debugger is similar to the Codetch Editor in the sense that its an IDE in itself. The extension provides a way to watch local variables, move through the JavaScript source, set breakpoints, and step through each line of code. An excellent tool for web developers of JavaScript.

  5. FireFTPhttp://fireftp.mozdev.org/
    For Internet Explorer users, you can use the FTP capabilities in the browser. Now, Firefox users have an easier, more manageable way of using FTP: FireFTP. FireFTP is a simple client that shows the local folders on the left and remote folders on the right, reminiscent of <insert your favorite FTP application here>. Uploading files in a browser couldn't be any simpler.

  6. Firefoxit - http://firefoxit.mozdev.org/
    FirefoxIt is an extension that has an identity crisis. It thinks its an operating system. The extension is in beta, but if its extended even more, it could show promise in the future. It has custom components called widgets (a fitting term) and you can create your own. It almost acts like ActiveDesktop using Firefox.

  7. Web Developer toolbar - http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/
    This extension incorporates so much functionality that it is a combination of three or more of my tools that I use for client web sites. The web developer extension takes all of the common tools of a developer and encapsulates all of it into one toolbar. This is just another location where the exceptional Web Developer extension is listed, meaning it is a very powerful extension.

  8. ForecastFox Enhanced - http://users.rcn.com/shoofy/forecastfox_enhanced/
    If you have the WeatherBug installed in your system tray in the bottom right-hand corner, uninstall it and install this weather application...errr...extension. After you enter in your zipcode, ForecastFox Enhanced displays an indicator on the status bar of Firefox. If you roll your mouse over the radar, you are presented with a radar view of the current weather in your area. Click on the radar to be taken to AccuWeather.com for more details. It is always updated and even provides a 2-3 day forecast.

  9. Selenium IDE - http://www.openqa.org/selenium-ide/
    Quality Assurrance on a web site has its drawback, but the Selenium extension makes testing web sites all the easier. The extension provides an IDE where you can record, edit, and debug tests geared towards your web site. You can record the scripts if you want, but you can also edit the scripts by hand to provide even more detailed testing on a tough web page. The Selenium IDE extension is invaluable to QA and testers.

  10. FireBug - http://www.joehewitt.com/software/firebug/
    In this day and age, everyone is talking about AJAX. Joe Hewitt developed the FireBug extension, which is an IDE in itself. It provides a way to monitor your CSS, JavaScript, HTML, and AJAX. The FireBug also contains a JavaScript Debugger, an Error Console, a command line, and an AJAX Request Spy to track your AJAX requests.

Most of these extensions were previously reviewed in my weekly column called Fireday.

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18 Comments

  1. August 15th, 2006 at 4:34am
    I think you may have forgotten one of the most important for a blogger: the Performancing blog editor.

    Even if you have a desktop blog editor, it never hurts to have this one in your arsenal.
  2. August 15th, 2006 at 6:35am
    I have #5, #7 & #10 and love them ;). Our list is up if you’d like to look - http://lilduckduck.com/ducky-moments-in-time/240

    Have a great day!

  3. August 15th, 2006 at 9:09am
    I've read so much about firefox, I feel behind the times...I guess it's time to check it out! I always get nervous before making a change..
  4. August 15th, 2006 at 2:37pm
  5. August 15th, 2006 at 5:09pm
    Excellent list! I love Firefox and am glad to find out more ways to enhance it.
  6. August 16th, 2006 at 9:56am
    Great list and one I'll have to come back to in the coming months as I start working on some websites again!
  7. August 16th, 2006 at 11:27am
    Wow, I can't believe that I've never heard of Selenium before, it looks like it will be a huge help.

    Thank's for the tip and list!
  8. August 16th, 2006 at 11:33pm
    Great list! I rely heavily on the Web Developer toolbar and can't imagine getting work done without it. I'll have to check out some of these other extensions.
  9. August 17th, 2006 at 7:02am
    Sage and FireFTP are truly excellent extensions. I'm going to try out Google Notebook. It looks like it might be helpful for blogging.
  10. August 18th, 2006 at 3:26pm
    I'm using 2, 7, and 8. I love the Google Notebook.  It comes in handy when I search for new art festivals and artists.  I'll have to try some of the others.
  11. Peng
    September 4th, 2006 at 9:07am
    Funny that you rate Sage 4/5 and Wizz RSS 5/5, yet Wizz RSS isn't on your list of Super Extensions.
  12. October 5th, 2007 at 5:24pm
    Nice list . Firebug is cool . Even Adblock plus , IE tab , cooliris previews are my favourite .
  13. May 21st, 2008 at 6:16pm
    Sweet list Jonathan, a personal favorite of mine though, is the web developer toolbar. As a designer I couldn’t live without it.
  14. May 22nd, 2008 at 12:58pm
    Sweet list Jonathan, a personal favorite of mine though, is the Firefox 2 web developer toolbar. As a designer I couldn’t live without it.
  15. January 19th, 2009 at 12:52am
    I would suggest also:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9508

    Enables multisearch via google, yahoo and msn
  16. joey
    May 11th, 2009 at 11:15pm
    I would add also umibozu

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9508

    mutli-search tool to search on google, yahoo and msn live simultaneously, with user feedback on results
  17. Joe Brown
    August 7th, 2009 at 1:41pm
    why isn't multi links on that list:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13494/

    I did use snap links but multi links is better
  18. November 15th, 2010 at 9:16pm
    Yes! The way to debug JavaScript web applications. The Venkman JavaScript Debugger is similar to the Codetch Editor in the sense that its an IDE in itself.

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