June 14, 2007

Five Awesome Firefox Extensions - Part I

Looking for a better way to blog or get things done online? Here are five awesome Firefox extensions that will definitely make your blogging life a whole lot easier. They'll save you a lot of time, they'll save you a lot of headaches, and they'll save you a lot of...well, just take a look and see!

Five Awesome Firefox Extensions
Part I


1. Split Browser - This Firefox extension is definitely my favorite Firefox add-on so far. The Split Browser extension lets you "split" the content area of your browser window any which way you like.

You can split content to the right, to the left, above and below. But the beauty of this is that it allows you to see more than just one web page at a time. So say goodbye to having to switch back and forth between tabs. Split Browser is the answer!


2. ScribeFire - ScribeFire is a fully-featured blog editor that integrates with your web browser and lets you easily post to your blog. With ScribeFire you can "drag-and-drop" formatted text from the web pages you're browsing, as well as take notes and post to your blog.

In addition, ScribeFire will allow you to easily create, edit and delete posts, along with creating drafts. You can also upload pictures and files via the built-in API or FTP if you wish. But the beauty of ScribeFire is that it remembers the text field...so you can close it out and resume writing your post later on.


3. Copy as HTML Link - This Firefox extension allows you to easily create HTML links for your posts. It creates an HTML link to the current page using the selected text, and then it copies it (into the clipboard) so you can past it into other applications. Use this Firefox extension along with the Copy Plain Text extension (featured below) to create links for your blog posts.


4. Copy Plain Text - I totally love this extension. It allows you to copy text from a website without bringing along that site's formatting (font size, links, etc.). No more having to copy the text, then paste it into notepad, and copy it all over again. With the Firefox Copy Plain Text extension you get exactly what you wanted in the first place - just the friggin' text!


5.
Picnik - The Picnik Firefox extension lets you seamlessly capture (and edit) web page screenshots. In addition, Picnik allows you to grab screenshots with just one click! And whether you want a screenshot of just the visible web page, or of the entire web page itself, Picnik will do.

Picnik is also great for editing images, regardless of where they come from. You can edit any photo you like. It doesn't matter if it's from the web, from your computer, from your Flickr account, etc. And Picnik even lets you edit images without having to download anything to your computer. Definitely good stuff.


Do you have a favorite Firefox extension? Leave a comment and let everyone know! And if you enjoyed this post, you can Digg it here. :)

Update: Here's a greatly detailed review of Picnik from Benedict Herold of the Tech Corner blog. Thanks for letting me know Benedict!

New update: Five Awesome Firefox Extensions Part II is now up!

22 comments:

  1. Awesome post man. I use Picnik all the time and love it. I didn't know about the Split Browser extension though. I can't wait to try that out.

    Peace,
    Justin

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  2. Thanks Justin. And yes, do try Split Browser. It's really an awesome extension. It definitely saves me a lot of time when I'm blogging, etc. Gotta love it.

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  3. AnonymousJune 15, 2007

    Hi, Nice stuff. I found a cool news widget for our blogs at www.widgetmate.com. Now I can show the latest news on my blog. Worked like a breeze.

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  4. I never heard about Picnik. This will definitely be my next download.

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  5. Nice find anonymous! I'm looking at it right now with the Split Browser extension as I type this. ;)

    I especially like how you can type in a search that the widget will display the news on that particular topic or region. Very cool. I typed in "blogging" and there's even news stories scrolling about that.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  6. Hi Brown Baron. Thanks for visiting! I'm enjoying your blog right now.

    And yes, do make sure to download Picnik. It's excellent little gem.

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  7. Wow, excellent post Aaron. The Wordpress extension I wrote about a while back is useless compared to that.

    Great blog by the way as well. Please stop by and check mine out when you get a chance. Try to top Brown in my Commentator list. ;)

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  8. Thanks Listikal! And I'd love to stop by your blog, but I don't know your URL!? I think you forgot to add it when you were commenting. :(

    Wait...scratch that! I just went to Brown Baron's blog and I see you there in the Top Commentators section: http://www.listikal.com

    I'm looking at your blog right now. And I'm putting your URL here in this comment reply because I think many of the Aaron Cook dot Com™ readers will find it very useful. :)

    Listikal's blog: http://listikal.com

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  9. Split Browser is a nice find, I would have to try that. I have used Picnik before and love it. But i'm think does an extension is really required for it.

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  10. Hi Benedict,

    Thanks for stopping by my friend! Glad you like Picnik so much. Between the comments here and the emails I've gotten recently, I'm finding that a lot of people love this one, myself included.

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  11. Picnik is great tool by itself!

    BTW, if you stop by my site you can see review on Picnik which I posted sometime back!

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  12. Benedict,

    Thanks for letting me know. I updated my post to include your Picnik review as well! Next time just feel free to include your link along with your comment. :)

    By the way, that was an excellent review. Very detailed, very precise, very clear and very in depth.

    Just the way we like it! :)

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  13. Thanks Aaron for the comments and Mention.!

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  14. Benedict Herold said: "Thanks Aaron for the comments and Mention.!"

    You bet Benedict! With a review like that, you deserve it.

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  15. Really good post. I really like! Sorry if my English is not so good. I'm from Germany but want to say we like you post!

    Verner

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  16. Why thanks Verner! And actually, your English is really quite good! So don't ever hold back from commenting. We're definitely glad to have you here!

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  17. Aaron, Great post, This can really save me some time! Have not been by in a while. Glad I stopped by!

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  18. Thanks Joe! I definitely appreciate your stopping by again. And yeah, these extensions are definitely really good time-savers. I wish I'd been using them all along!

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  19. Nice collection of extensions - none of which I'd seen before. I think I'll definitely be downloading the plain text and screenshot ones!

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  20. Thanks Tom. Hey, by the way, what happened to your Blogger profile? I think you may have it set to private and no one can see it. Good thing I know who you are. :)

    Feel free to share your blog link next time...
    http://www.distilled.co.uk/blog

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  21. I should thank Benedict for letting you know to let me know :)

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  22. Hi Hottest Girl Online,

    That sounds like a good plan to me! ;) Thanks for visiting and be sure to come back!

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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