6 New Features In Firefox 13 That You Should Know About

Firefox 13 is out as we announced just two days ago, and is, by far, one of the most feature rich releases that Mozilla has rolled out since it went on a rapid release channel. Many of its previous versions didn’t really enjoy as much love as the old ones, with users adamantly sticking to Firefox 3, 3.5 and 4. The new version, however, is not only faster (seriously, it’s noticeably faster), but also has cosmetic changes that most end users had been looking for. Additionally, developers have been given serious attention, as always. The new release seems to pack something for just about everyone, and here are the top 6 features you should know about. Read More

Firefox 13 Now Available For Download, Brings A New Tab Page & SPDY Support

With Mozilla’s release schedule, most Firefox updates we’ve seen in the past have been quite slow, but this time around, things are a bit different. Firefox 13, which is now available for download, actually introduces some major improvements, including a redesigned Homepage and a New Tab page. When you first start up the browser, the Firefox new Start Page gives you easy access to Settings, along with Downloads, Bookmarks, History, Add-ons, Sync, and Restore Previous Session options. That’s not all; the new version finally offers the long-promised New Tab page, which comes with thumbnails of often-viewed sites. This page automatically loads thumbnails for your pinned tabs/frequently visited websites, but you can always remove unwanted pages and drag bookmarks for your favorite websites on to the page. Additionally, Firefox now supports the SPDY protocol, which will improve performance and load times. Read More

Enjoy Clutter-Free Reading On The Web With InstaRead [Chrome, Firefox]

For someone who regularly reads online, be it articles, blogs, news websites, or even Wikipedia, chances are slim that Instapaper would be an unfamiliar name. The remarkable service goes a great distance to make your online reading experience enjoyable and smooth, removing all the clutter (ads, buttons, sidebars et all) and giving a customizable text and image view that goes easy on the reader's eyes. Instapaper offers a bookmarklet to achieve said purpose with ease, but if you are a user of Chrome or Firefox, InstaRead is perhaps a more convenient option. It's a browser extension/add-on that is built around the Instapaper bookmarklet, and enables its reading mode with just a click, making online reading much easier than it would've been otherwise. Furthermore, you may also customize the background color, font size and other attributes to your liking. Read More

OpinionCloud Creates A Word Cloud To Summarize YouTube & Flickr Comments [Chrome, Firefox]

Comments on popular services like Flickr and YouTube can be quite useful when you want to find out what the crowd thinks about a particular video or photo, but at the same time, too many comments can make things complicated, especially if they span multiple pages. OpinionCloud, a Chrome extension and Firefox Add-on, changes the way you read user comments on YouTube and Flickr. It does this by summarizing comments into a negative and positive word cloud of sorts, providing an overview of the overall public opinion. The bigger the word, the more common its occurrence is, and the colors denote positive or negative points of view. Moreover, clicking one of the words pulls up a list of related comments. All of this appears underneath the video, and you can easily toggle the keywords on and off by clicking the OpinionCloud button. With it, you can simply  and look at decent videos and photos that actually interest you. Read More

CloudMagic: Unified Real-Time Search For Twitter, Gmail, Contacts, Google Docs & More [Extension]

CloudMagic is a Chrome and Firefox extension that lets you search across multiple services, such as Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, Docs, Twitter and more. The extension lets you speedily search all your registered services and presents unified results. It also offers instant email message previews, as well as drag-and-drop feature for search results. CloudMagic lists relevant tweets, emails, docs, calendar events and contacts instantly as you type, and works across multiple services. Moreover, the Quick Preview feature allows you to quickly view and copy data from existing emails while composing new ones. The extension is easy-to-use and integrates seamlessly with your Gmail and Twitter interface. Read More

FVD Speed Dial: Customizable New Tab Page With Powerful Options [Firefox/ Chrome]

FVD Speed Dial gives your new tab page a gorgeous layout consisting of bookmarks, custom background, custom dials, groups, most visited links and much more. The extension is highly customizable and allows you create your own speed dials, along with a Most Visited category that automatically populates the sites you visit most often. Each dial contains a group with the full list of URLs visited by you, related to that domain. Additionally, you can add any dial from the Most Visited category. Another great feature of the extension is that if you’ve closed a page or multiple pages earlier, you can always reopen them by clicking the Recently Closed category. You can block URLs from the speed dial, change the background color and more. Also, you can group speed dials in to different groups, such as default, work, home etc. Read More

Briteclick: Search, Reference & Shopping Through A Customizable Sidebar [Extension]

Wouldn’t it be great if we never had to leave our email or current webpage to access relevant information from various sources? Briteclick is an innovative search tool that makes finding information and completing tasks on the internet much easier and faster. After installing the extension, all you have to do is highlight keywords and get intelligent search results, neatly organized in a slick sidebar. This Chrome and Firefox extension lets you instantly view results from popular sources, like Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, eBay and much more. Briteclick tailors results based on the keywords you search and presents them in a convenient sidebar, so you never have to leave the current page to open multiple tabs. Read More

Tab Badge: View Count Of Unread Items For Pinned Tabs In Firefox

Recently, we covered a Chrome extension called Icon Badger that displays a count of unread messages or items on the favicons of various popular websites for pinned tabs. Tab Badge is a similar add-on for Firefox that adds a small badge to your tabs to alert you, for instance, when you have new messages and notifications on websites like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and others. The add-on makes the badge visible even when the tab is pinned, so you can always see when something new comes up. Moreover, you can access the Options to change the background and foreground color for the badge. Read More

Switch: Transfer All Tabs In Current Window To Another Browser [Mac]

We’ve covered quite a few extensions that allow you to send your currently open tabs from one browser to another. These extensions, although not for the general web surfer, are nonetheless useful for developers and designers who need to check how their developments are rendered across different browsers. The slight drawback with these extensions is that not all browsers have one such extension available, not all extensions work the same, and you might have compatibility issues if any one of the browsers is updated. Switch is a free Mac app that goes above and beyond all this, (literally - it sits in the Menu bar) and allows you to send all open tabs in the current window to anyone of the browsers that you have installed. Read More

Cinetonic: Watch YouTube Videos With Theater Effects [Firefox/ Chrome]

If you're bored of watching YouTube videos in the same old interface and want to experience the infamous video service in a different way, then Cinetonic is a Chrome and Firefox extension that you need. This handy tool lets you search YouTube videos right from your toolbar and displays them in a slick, cinema-like interface. Moreover, you can apply different color schemes to the interface and auto-replay videos. Additionally, you can increase or decrease the player's volume by rolling the mouse wheel over the video. Video search results can also be sorted by Relevance, Upload date, View Count, Rating, HD and 3D. Read More

Print/ Convert Multiple Websites As Single PDF Document In Firefox

There are many add-ons available for Firefox that let you convert single webpages to PDF documents, but if you want to create a PDF document from multiple webpages, tabs or bookmarks, then Print pages to Pdf is just what you need. This Firefox add-on can be fully customized, including the layout of the PDF that is created, such as its paper size, margins and more. The add-on allows automatic creation of outlines, as well as doing so manually, and headers or footers for every page can be provided. Websites can be edited prior to conversion, so that they contain only text, or both text and images. Read More

Waveface Brings Together Your Photos & Notes From Multiple Devices

In today’s digital age, we use several devices to capture and save information that we come up with or come across. We use our phone cameras to capture images, and our computers, phones and tablets to jot down notes. There are several web services available that help us keep this information in sync and available across multiple devices. However, most of the time, such services are either a part of a larger service (like Facebook) or too laden with features that many users might simply not require (think Picasa or Flickr). For the minimalists amongst us that need just one stream of all their notes and photos readily available across all their devices in a simple interface, there is Waveface. Read More

Browse Internet In 3D Using Mozilla Firefox 11 [Tip]

Not everything on the internet is there for productivity – sometimes you just do things because they’re fun, and because you can do them. Firefox browser has never been my personal favorite when it comes to picking the best (it’s just a personal preference for Chrome – I don’t have any facts to back it up with), but Firefox 11 came with a very intriguing aesthetic tool that is pure fun to play with, even if not that useful. Most of the seasoned Firefox users should already be familiar with the rather extensive Web Developer tools that come with Firefox, but with the 11th iteration of the browser, Mozilla has included an experimental 3D browsing view, enabling you to explore the internet in 3D! Read on to find out more. Read More

Browsizer: Customize & Switch Between Different Window Sizes [Firefox]

Browsizer allows you to switch between different window sizes and positions through the toolbar. If you like to have your web browser at a certain size for certain tasks, then this add-on can be quite useful.  By default, this Firefox add-on has three preconfigured dimensions, viz., 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768. These can either be deleted, or you can add new ones. The add-on is fully customizable, and the dimensions are displayed right next to the address bar. Simply right-click the dimension in the toolbar to access all other dimensions in a tiny pop-up, select one, and the browser window will instantly switch to the selected size. Read More

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