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Firefox Add-ons

Postby sehku17 on Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:16 pm

Firefox: we know it, we love it. Most of us have a lot of add-ons installed to make the browsing experience better. And after all: the idea of Mint is to provide a more full-featured experience for the user, right?

So I had the idea, why not make Mint come with some add-ons pre-installed. I don't nessicarily need everything, but here are some great add-ons which many users have rated well, which I would like to see included in Mint:

1. Tab Scope -- Displays a preview of a tab when the tab is moused over, without having to switch to the tab.
2. Download Statusbar -- A better way to manage downloads without needing a new window.
3. Snap Links -- Opens multiple links in a single swipe (hold right click)
4. Zotero -- Great tool for research, indexes sites, creates bibliographies in multiple formats, etc.
5. Hyperwords -- Provides an intuitive way to search words, just by highlighting them (Google, Wikipedia, etc. ) [REQUIRES ACCEPTANCE OF LICENCE AGREEMENT]
6. Tor Button -- Configures tor within Firefox.

These are all great plug-ins. I have put them in order from my favourite to my least favourite, but they are all good. The ones I most want are the ones at the top of this list.
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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby JAK on Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:25 pm

Not everyone will find the same FIrefox addons useful to them. For instance, the only one I use in common from your list is the Download Statusbar (if "downloadthemall" is blocked from being used). Also, I use an extension called Showcase to preview my tabs. It lines up previews in a grid fashion and you can select from there where you want to go. Nicely done and easy to use.

Coming up with a list of common programs that pleases everyone is not an easy task, but the developers of LM have done a great job of it. Even then, I don't use everything they've loaded and like everyone I'm sure, we've deleted and added some programs to suit our own tastes.

Some programs are absolutely necessary for an out-of-the-box experience, and some are just fluff :wink:
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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby Fred on Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:06 am

See, I am a perfect example. I don't use any of the plug-ins you mentioned.

Also, every plug-in you have slows down Firefox. It is already slow enough. You certainly wouldn't want to have it default with a bunch of plug-ins you didn't want/use.

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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby atlef on Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:11 am

Well, here is my list, not sure if it is of interest. :D

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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby Fred on Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:22 am

atlef,

Wow, You must have a much faster computer than I have. Have you tried Grease Monkey? There are some really nice scripts floating around for it.

I do use the Adblock plus extension. I find it is worth the small speed cost. In fact sometimes I think it actually makes it a bit faster, but that could be just my imagination. :-)

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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby atlef on Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:14 am

My life would crash and burn if I did not have these extenions. :lol:

I tried FF 3 but threw it out faster then you can say blueberry pie. To few of them worked, and could not find replacement's.

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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby JAK on Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:27 pm

Fred wrote:See, I am a perfect example. I don't use any of the plug-ins you mentioned.

Also, every plug-in you have slows down Firefox. It is already slow enough. You certainly wouldn't want to have it default with a bunch of plug-ins you didn't want/use.

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I agree. I try to keep my Firefox plug-in count to a minimum. Firefox has become bloated and slow enough over the years. Sad to say, IE is whole lot faster, but I don't use it.
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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby JAK on Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:31 pm

atlef wrote:Well, here is my list, not sure if it is of interest. :D


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That's quite a list of plug-ins, and I don't use any of them. I think we just proved that pre-loaded Firefox plug-ins would not be necessary.
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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby sehku17 on Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:51 pm

I was not suggesting that every Firefox add-on be included, or even a majority of the ones listed. I want a few of the most-used, best-rated add-ons to make a more full-featured experience for the user. I am open to things I don't have on this list, also. How about this?

We take a poll. The most important add-ons to users. Then vote on the best, and take only the top three. Most add-ons don't make Firefox noticeably slower, and take up hardly any space. They make browsing a better experience, and make Firefox friendlier. If you only take a few, the difference in technical aspects would be virtually none, and the user will have a better browser for it.

I've had a lot of people complain about this, but I believe that this is a feasible way to make this idea work.
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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby exploder on Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:47 pm

The Better YouTube plugin might be a good one to include.
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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby atlef on Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:54 am

I have grown to a costumed to these after using first firebird 0.3 or 0.4 and upwards have waded through extensions, searching for the right combo. Now that I am this close to nirvana, nothing will change my mind about which are necessary or not. If you use firefox extensively, you might have similar setups.

I also share these files across OS.

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Re: Firefox Add-ons

Postby Zwopper on Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:12 am

...just to make a case...
Everybody has different needs, here are mine:
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