By Steve Bass | Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 11:31 pm
Clear the decks, I’m now an avid Firefox user. It took me a long time to give up my treasured Maxthon, an Internet Explorer shell that I truly loved. When Maxthon was first released, it had features years before they were added to IE8–tabs, multi-threading, groups, add-ons — things the kids at Microsoft should have copied eons ago, but didn’t.
When I first contemplated switching, my Firefox fanatic friends insisted it could do everything Maxthon did, only better. Firefox has a multitude of free add-ons, cool extras to whittle down your browser feature wish list. The add-ons let me modify Firefox to almost replicate Maxthon. (No matter what anyone says, Maxthon outshines Firefox in managing favorites, and saving sites and favorites in groups is wonderfully effortless.) The added bennie is that Firefox offers better security than Internet Explorer.
If you’re an Internet Explorer user, I encourage you to look at Firefox. It’s free; the transition for most people isn’t a big deal (see Switching is Easy); and you don’t have to give up IE to play around with it. (But I bet you will…)
Here are a few of the cooler Firefox add-ons I’m using. Give them a whirl and let me know what you think.
1. AutoPager does the clicking for you and automatically scrolls through those annoying multiple-page sites–way convenient.
2. If you’re an advanced user with lots of extensions, you’ll definitely want to install MR Tech Toolkit; it’s the tool for installing and managing extensions, add-ons and themes.
3. I use the Extended Cookie Manager to set cookie permissions. It’s great for when I want to allow a cookie to be set for a session — or for eternity.
The Extended Cookie Manager lets you change cookie permissions quickly and easily.
4. Grab Easy DragToGo and you’ll be able to drag and drop links from a tab and open them in new tabs–just like Maxthon does.
5. Like living on the Firefox edge? I have just the tool for you. Tweak Network gives you a way to fiddle with the number of simultaneous downloads from a site, and more important, speed up page loads using hidden network settings.
6. How many times have you had to wait 60 seconds when downloading a file from RapidShare or MegaUpload file sharing sites? There’s no more waiting if you install SkipScreen.
7. Tab Mix Plus is an essential add-on that lets you control every conceivable tab function.
Tab Mix Plus lets you tweak tab functions.
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