Transform The Location Bar Into A Breadcrumb Display [Firefox]

Location Bar Enhancer changes the location bar of Firefox into a Breadcrumb display, with rich and interactive features. This handy add-on displays the URL in a Breadcrumb trail manner, with visual tags for easy identification, and also provides an easy to access context menu for each part. With it, you can quickly access the original URL in plain text, either by clicking the right of the last part, or Ctrl+ hover your mouse over any part. Moreover, each part can be dragged and dropped to any location, for instance, the Bookmarks toolbar, Bookmarks folder, tab, desktop or any other folder. The add-on also Includes a feature for detecting and replacing gibberish parts of the URL with meaningful text. Furthermore, the options allow you to fully customize the add-on according to your preference. Read More

Set Default Browser In Windows 8 For Links From 3rd Party/Desktop Apps

If you’ve decided to take Windows 8 for a spin, but aren’t up for using Internet Explorer as your default web browser, then you can download whichever browser you were using in Windows 7, set it as your default browser and all should be right with the world. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, as Internet Explorer will remain the default browser for links opened via external applications. If you receive a new email notification on Gtalk, clicking it will open Gmail in Internet Explorer. Although whichever browser you set as the default browser will appear so in its own settings, the default behavior will be limited to all actions done within the browser. This post looks at how you can set a browser as the default program when opening links from external applications. Read More

Switch To Different Screen Modes With Full Screen Plus [Firefox]

Full Screen Plus, a Firefox add-on, allows you to switch between full-screen, full-screen with navigator bar, maximized window or restored window from any other window state. If you like to have your web browser at a certain size for certain tasks, then this add-on can be quite useful. The add-on adds eight small buttons right next to the address bar, but users can also add a one large button to switch between the two different full screen modes. After installing this add-on, right-click the six buttons to change the pattern and layout. You can either display four buttons or one large button at a time. It also allows you to move a particular Firefox window to another monitor without having to drag it. Read More

FDock: Group Similar Tabs & Quickly Launch Bookmarks [Firefox]

FDock is a Firefox add-on that adds a tab dock to your browser window. The dock houses bookmarks and the tabs you have open. Instead of going through the Tab bar which gets cluttered when you have too many tabs open, you can use the dock to preview your tabs and switch to them. It groups tabs from the same website into a single icon and if there are multiple items in a group, clicking the button in the toolbar opens a menu, listing the open tabs. The dock can be positioned to any side of the browser window and also has an autohide feature. Groups of tabs come with three basic colors, yellow for a tab that is currently selected, green for a tab that has been opened in the background but has not been visited and blue for a tab that has changed title. Read More

Image Resizer/Scaler: Drag To Resize Images On Websites [Firefox]

Images available on the internet come in different sizes and resolutions and should the size of the image be too small, you have to zoom in a web page to get a better look. Although a simple solution, it also means the rest of the content on the web page will be enlarged and take up space. Image Resizer is a simple Firefox add-on that provides users the ability to resize or scale images on any website by simply dragging them. The extension is basically built to help those who often come across websites, which have either very small or very large images. Using Image Resizer, you don't have to manually zoom in/out the page; it resizes only images without changing the default size or view mode of the page. To increase the size of the image, hold the left mouse button on the image, and start moving the mouse outward towards the bottom-right to increase the size. To return the image to its original size, right click it. You can also maximize the image by double-clicking it. Details to follow after the jump. Read More

MultiFirefox: Run Multiple Versions Of Firefox At Once [Mac]

Around the mid of 2010, we reviewed Utilu Mozilla Firefox Collection, a windows application that allowed you to run multiple versions of Firefox at the same time. Normally, it isn’t possible to install and use more than one version unless you are on the Nightly or Beta channel. MultiFirefox is a Mac app that functions similarly on Mac; it allows you to create profiles and run any number of different Firefox versions at the same time. The app has both a Dutch and an English version, and occasionally, the Dutch bits leak over and show up on the English version, but other than that, the app works without a glitch. Read More

Firefox 10: Now With Add-on Compatibility, Full-Screen Web Apps, UI Tweaks & More [Download]

Firefox 10 is now available for download, with some major improvements and changes. The new version automatically hides the Forward button until you navigate back, and supports full-screen APIs for web apps and utilities that can use the entire display. Moreover, add-on compatibility is now supported by default. Mozilla has also designed the ESR feature (Extended Support Release) for companies and organizations that can not keep up with the rapid new version release, after every six weeks. The ESR releases will only increase by a minor version, whenever Firefox’s standard version goes through a major version update. Read More

Search For Similar Images On Google By Drawing Them [Web]

Unofficial Google Image Search By Drawing is a web application that allows you to search Google Images by drawing shapes and anything else you like. You can perform Google Image Search by drawing anything in the box, take pictures from your webcam, or simply drag & drop images from your computer into the box.  Click the Search by Drawing button and results will instantly be displayed. The service offers users with multiple colors and different pencil sizes, which can be changed by moving the slider. Read More

Side Tabs Arranges Tabs In A Vertical Toolbar [Firefox]

Side Tabs is a Firefox add-on that arranges tabs in a vertical rather than horizontal fashion. It’s a cosmetic change for those of you who prefer to have tabs cascaded along the side of the browser window. You might not favor it if you’re working on a small or relatively small screen but for larger screens, it’s better than having the tabs at the top where the title, at some point, will be truncated. It simply moves your tabs to the left side of your browser, and is great for widescreen monitors or for people who keep many tabs open at the same time. Using the default tabs in Firefox can be frustrating when you have 20 or more open tabs, and have to scroll back and forth in the tab bar to find the right one. With Side Tabs, tab management and access is easier. Recently, we covered a similar add-on, Tab Sidebar Reloaded, which was more advanced and had more features, giving each tab history, reload and stop options, and displaying website thumbnails in the sidebar. Side Tabs provides the same functionality but with fewer options; however, it should be noted that the add-on is intentionally very minimalistic, and is intended for users who want to keep things simple. The add-on provides the option to position the tabs at the right of the screen but it defaults to the right. Read More

Best 150 Browser Extensions And Web Apps Of 2011 [Editor’s Pick]

Whether you use a Mac or a Windows PC, you’re still using the same internet. Your online peeves, annoyances and frustrations are similar, and you are likely to look for the same kind of services and apps. In 2011, we covered hundreds of web apps, and extensions for Chrome and Firefox. Some aimed to help you find simple solutions, like printing only relevant parts of a web page, while others helped you design webpage mockups. Here’s a round up of the best web apps and extensions we covered last year. Read More

Play All YouTube Videos In A Specified Default Quality [Firefox]

YouTube plays videos in 360p by default, and in 480p when videos are viewed in full screen. Some users with limited bandwidth might prefer to view YouTube videos in low quality, while others may always like to watch their videos in HD. Users who want to watch videos in a different resolution have to change the quality every time they watch a new video. This whole process involves a lot of unnecessary clicking. Youtube Video Quality Manager, an add-on for Firefox, can be of great help for all such users, as it allows them to set a different default quality, and this pre-specified quality is then automatically set on all YouTube videos, provided that the particular resolution is available. All you have to do is click the Q icon in the status bar and, select a your desired, predefined quality. Read More

Tabsflip: Switch Between Multiple Tabs In Windows Flip 3D Style [Extension]

Working with several tabs in Firefox can become quite confusing, and if you find it difficult to remember all your opened websites, then a browser extension, Tabsflip, provides users with an instant thumbnail preview of all the opened tabs in a pop-up menu, which conveniently allows you to switch between multiple tabs. Once you’ve installed the extension, you can easily switch between tabs using Shift+A and Shift+S button combination to access a preview pop-up, which displays thumbnails of all your open tabs. The Shift+A combination pops out a preview panel, whereas the Shift+S combination lets you scroll between the tab thumbnails, so you can select one and focus on it. TabsFlip gives Chrome and Firefox browsers a new way to switch between browser tabs. Read More

What Causes Web Browser Loyalty & Browser Betrayal In People?

Some common questions that can stir up a war in the most peaceful of situations are; iPhone or Android? Mac or Windows? Cats or Dogs? Why do these simple and harmless questions cause us to argue as if the life of a loved one depends on us being right and the other person being wrong? Possibly because it is our conviction that we’re using the best product there is. Something very similar happens if you try and tell someone they use an inferior web browser and that they should switch over to a better one aka the one you use. This post discusses what might be going on in a person’s head when they choose to stick to a web browser. People have been known to switch browsers and if you’ve been following recent stats, you’ll know that Chrome has beaten Firefox and that Internet Explorer is losing its user base. The question is what makes a person switch from one browser to another and what earns a browser a user’s loyalty? Read More

Surfon: Send/Sync Tabs Across Browsers & Computers [Browser Extension]

If you regularly switch computers or browsers, and don’t want to lose your open tabs, then Surfon, a browser extension, can be the perfect solution for you. It lets users save tabs on one browser or computer, and access them from another. The extension uses the Surfon web service, and is available for major browsers such as, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. It can especially come in handy when you’re short on time, and want to view webpages later, on a different computer or browser. Save pages by accessing the right-click context menu, or click the button in the toolbar to save multiple tabs. Once you’ve saved your tabs, open all of them in a different browser or computer with only a single click. Read More

Visual Hashing Adds Incorrect Password Detection In Firefox & Chrome

Do you often find yourself mistyping your passwords, especially when you’re in a hurry? Mistyping a password is more likely to occur when you’re in a hurry but it can also happen if you’re trying to multi-tasking, if you have recently changed your password and keep entering the old one or, if you have multiple accounts on the same website. With Visual Hashing, an extension for Chrome & Firefox, you no longer need to worry about typing wrong passwords. After you’ve installed the add-on/extension, you'll be able to see a four-color visual hash in every password field, and the hash will change colors as you type. You can think of the hash as being a color impression of your password. Somewhat like a fingerprint for the characters you type, each character has a corresponding color to it that identifies it. When you’ve correctly typed your password, the final color hash is the unique combination for it. With time, you'll remember the colors associated with each password, enabling you to detect mistyped passwords and prevent you from entering wrong ones. Read More

Firefox 9 Available For Download, JavaScript Performance Increased By 20-30%

Firefox 9 is now available for download, with some huge performance improvements. One of the features Firefox 9 has introduced, is the Type Inference, which basically improves the JavaScript performance. This new feature can speed up the browser’s JavaScript performance by up to 30%, and comes with better integration with OS X and lots of stability enhancements. Also, many other stability enhancements and bug fixes have been added to the new version. Firefox 9 is not yet available through the official update channel, but you can easily download it from official Mozilla website. Read More

Mind iT Is Online Bookmarking Service With Mind-Map Arrangement [Web]

Mind iT is an online bookmarking tool which organizes bookmarks in a graphical, mind-map like representation. This web application can come in particularly handy when you are researching a topic, or when you’ve got multiple bookmarks related to the same subject. The app is free, and only requires a simple sign up. The visual representations that Mind iT creates are known as LinkMaps, and you can add up to 25 maps, which should be more than enough for most users. Read More

Restore Twitter Timeline To The Left With User Script

Twitter just revamped their web layout and it is definitely appealing. As opposed to text links, they have gone with buttons and they’ve also flipped things over, literally. Before the revamp, suggested users to follow, trending topics and your account summary appeared in a column on the right while the column on the left was made up entirely of your Timeline. The new design has moved the Timeline to the right and not everyone might be comfortable with it. Fellow geeks at How-To Geek have created a user script Fix Twitter for Chrome and Firefox  that should put the Timeline back where it belongs. Read More