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June 2, 2009

Firefox Add-ons for Research, Communication, Current Awareness, Privacy & More

On Thursday, June 18th, I'll be giving a talk at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing on Firefox Add-ons. Add-ons are extensions of the browser that add new functionality to Firefox or change its appearance.

In preparation, I've compiled a list of Firefox Add-ons which may be useful for the legal or library professional. Many of them were recommended to me by my law librarian colleagues.

The list appears below. It is also available on the AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section wiki.

Type Name Description
Citation Zotero Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research.
Citation Jureeka! Jureeka! transforms legal citations in web pages into hyperlinks that point to online source material.
Citation CiteGenie CiteGenie is a tool to copy and paste text with correctly formatted Bluebook citations from Westlaw, Lexis, and the Internet.
Copy & Save Evernote Web Clipper This extension provides a toolbar button and context menus to easily add a selection or an entire page to Evernote.
Library Book Burro This extension adds a small box to web pages when it determines you are viewing a book. Clicking the box gives you a list of prices at other sites, as well as checking if your library carries the book.
Search Add to Search Bar
Make any pages' search functionality available in the Search Bar (or "search box")...
Web Dev. FireFTP FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.
Current Awareness Morning Coffee Keeps track of daily routine websites and opens them in tabs.
Bookmarks & Links Xmarks Xmarks keeps your bookmarks and (optionally) passwords backed up and synchronized. Xmarks also helps you uncover the best of the web based on what millions of people are bookmarking.
Web Dev. IE View Lets you load pages in IE with a single right-click, or mark certain sites to always load in IE.
Browser Oldbar oldbar makes the location (URL) bar look like Firefox 2.
Browser

Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3

Full power of new gecko engine with a good old Firefox 2 face
Privacy & Security NoScript Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
Browser FEBE FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) backs up your extensions, themes, and (optionally) your bookmarks, preferences, passwords, cookies and just about everything else Firefox offers.
Download Mgmt. DownThemAll! Firefox download manager/accelerator lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more.
Web Dev. Greasemonkey Allows customization of webpages (e.g., Google, Facebook, Twitter) on Firefox through installation of Javascript scripts from Userscripts.org.
Copy & Save Copy Plain Text Copies text without formatting.
Language ABCTajpu Type in accented letters, international characters or symbols into Firefox or Thunderbird, either by using a context menu or keyboard macro.
Images Picnik This extension adds a menu option when you right click on images to make it easy to pull the image into Picnik for editing.
Bookmarks & Links Delicious Bookmarks Delicious Bookmarks integrates your bookmarks and tags with Firefox and keeps them in sync for easy, convenient access.
Browser All-in-One Sidebar All-in-One Sidebar lets you quickly switch between sidebar panels, view dialog windows such as downloads, extensions, and more in the sidebar, or view source or websites in the sidebar.
Communication TwitterFox TwitterFox is a Firefox extension that notifies you of your friends' status on Twitter.
Communication Better Gmail Add useful extra features to Gmail, like hierarchical labels, macros, file attachment icons, and more.
Privacy & Security Adblock Plus Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them.
Browser ErrorZilla Plus This extension is a replacement of Firefox official error page, which adds some useful tools to aid your troubleshooting.
Web Dev. IE Tab Easily see how your web page displayed in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.
Library LibX LibX is a browser plugin for Firefox and IE that provides direct access to your library's resources.  LibX is an open source framework from which editions for specific libraries can be built.
Browser Smart Stop/Reload Combines/merges the Stop and Reload toolbar buttons.
Bookmarks & Links TinyUrl Creator Shrink any long URL or link in the page to something you can email or Twitter using the TinyUrl service with a single click in your browser.
Communication YammerFox YammerFox puts a small yammer logo in the lower right corner of Firefox. When new messages arrive it pops up a small window with the message.
Bookmarks & Links Linky Open or download all or selected links, image links and even web addresses found in the text in separate or different tabs or windows.
Browser Check All Makes it possible to check/uncheck several checkboxes at the same time. Just select them, right-click and chose action.
Weather Forecastfox Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar.
Bookmarks & Links Diigo: Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes Seamlessly integrates your browser with Diigo.com, the next-generation social bookmarking and annotation service on the web.
Web Dev. ColorZilla With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.
Web Dev. Web Developer Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
Web Dev. Total Validator Perform multiple validations and take screen shots in one go. This 5-in-1 validator works with external, internal, or local web pages.
Current Awareness StockTicker Shows your favorite stocks in a customizable ticker.
Entertainment The Nethernet - game on the web The Nethernet is a free multiplayer online game you can play while surfing the web.
Web Dev. Firebug Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse.
Current Awareness Google Reader Watcher Checks your Google Reader for unread news.
Communication Meebo Instant messaging across all major IM networks built right into Firefox.
Web Dev. Aardvark Selector utility for selecting elements and doing various actions on them - cleaning up a page prior to printing it, making the page more readable, and analyzing the structure of a page.
Bookmarks & Links Text2Link Text2Link is a simple and easy-to-use way to copy the text of a link, or to open URLs and send emails to addresses not marked-up as HTML links.
Browser RubNub for YubNub A (Social) Command Bar for the Web.
Bookmarks & Links TinyURL Decoder Greasemonkey userscript which decodes shortened URLs to original URLs.
Citation Zotz Extends Zotero to upload data to the MIT Citeline web service
Search Westlaw Citation Search This search-engine add-on can be used to perform the Find Citation function in Westlaw.
Search
 
LexisNexis Citation Search This search-engine add-on can be used to perform the Find Citation function in LexisNexis.
Citation OpenURL Referrer Converts bibliographic citations to URLs. Compatible with Google Scholar, Google News Archive, and any site containing COinS.
Shopping PriceAdvance Price comparison while you shop! Automatically compare prices on over 150 different websites.
Search Wolfram Alpha Add Wolfram Alpha to Firefox search box.
Search Google Assistant - Surf Canyon Find info buried in the search results on Google, Yahoo!, Live Search, Lexis Web and Craigslist. Search as you always would and Surf Canyon automatically figures out what you need and then fetches it from as deep as page 100.
Images Cooliris Effortlessly scroll a "3D Wall" of your content from Facebook, Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, and hundreds more.
Bookmarks & Links Resurrect Pages When a webpage is not longer available, either because the content changed or the website no longer exists, Resurrect Pages searches caches and archives that mirrored the content while it was available.
Search Breadcrumbs Breadcumbs can search through the pages you recently visited so you can find the result you were looking for without retracing your steps by running the original search over again.
Archive Iterasi for Firefox iterasi is your personal Web archive, allowing you to snapshot exact copies of Web pages that will be there for you forever. Pages are kept in your secure account where they can be searched, shared via email and published via RSS or a widget.
Copy & Save Clipmarks Clipmarks allows you to save portions of webpages for future reference, print only the parts of pages you want, and email portions of pages to yourself or others.
Print PrintPDF This allows users on Windows and Linux to print web pages to PDF.

February 22, 2006

Maximizing Your Browsing Experience

In the recent edition of LLRX, Fred Faulkner has compiled a useful guide to Maximize Your Browsing Experience. In it, he explains how to make the most of toolbars, bookmarklets, and extensions. Very handy stuff.