10 Newest Firefox Add-ons for 2009

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Despite continuous threats from the likes of Google Chrome and IE 8 and others to come, Firefox is growing on over its niche it had created right from the time it became popular. One of the main reasons behind Firefox’s incredible success trends have been the add-ons. While you know most of them, here are 10 of the newest add-ons for you to get yourself updated right from the first half of new year.

1. Obama Bundle 1.0.1

Are you really inspired by Obama’s philosophies. Do you want to keep a track of his latest ventures? Follow new President Obama with this Brand Thunder bundle! Comes with a video-based sidebar to keep on top of all Obama news.

Here’s the quick summary of a Brand Thunder Boom:

1. Booms are lightweight active customizations including theming, toolbars, sidebars and more
2. Users can dynamically switch between Booms without restarting their browser
3. Integration of multiple Brand Thunder Booms into a single Boom Pack for a single location for managing all Booms

For more detail on the new Boom concept from Brand Thunder, please read this.

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2. Photobucket Uploader 1.1.0

This is a simple extension for Firefox that allows a user to right-click on an image that appears on a web page and upload it directly to their Photobucket account. So if you are a keen picture sharer in the internet, then you gotta like this.

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3. Search Cloudlet

One of the most useful features provided by Search Cloudlet is Tag Cloud for search results. Now there is no need to look through results list to understand what it’s all about. Tag Cloud will show you all the keywords relevant to your search results. And you can easily narrow your search by clicking keywords on the cloud and adding them to your query. It’s very simple!

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4. Power Twitter

We realize the importance of twitter. So here is an appfor twitter to add these features
-search scoped to a specific user
-status history peeking on mouseover
-Facebook status updates
-inline YouTube, Flickr, and TwitPic
-url expansion
-url translation to page titles
-open web update (news feed) mapping

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5. Juice

Juice is an intelligent discovery engine that integrates seamlessly with your browser. Highlight and move a chunk of text, and Juice directly delivers a set of rich, relevant content (e.g. news, blog posts, photos, videos etc.) to a sidebar area of your browser. You can bookmark and organize your content for current or time-shifted consumption.

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6. Too Many Tabs

its an awesome feature for Firefox users. TooManyTabs 0.4.0 allows you to store as many tabs as you like by adding extra rows in the Firefox! It saves your browser’s space and memory as idle tabs are put aside. The extra rows also help to better prioritize and visualize your tabs.

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7. Green

Green lets you fight global warming while you browse the web. Just install and browse as usual — it’s easy and free. You can check your progress anytime by mousing-over the little Green leaf in the status bar. Green has been installed by thousands of people in 36 countries worldwide.

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8. Firefox Ad Killer

An easy-to-use tool to permanently ban specific annoying ads from your web experience. No typing required - just point and click. If you kill an ad by mistake, and want to get it back, just click in the blank space where the ad used to be. You’ll be prompted to get it back.

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9. Pencil

This is a very useful tool if you are a blogger. Suppose you want to sketch and put up some diagram or a model architecture for the sake of concepts. You don’t need a specific software for that from now on. Pencil is a free and opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use.

Top features

* Built-in stencils for diagraming and prototyping
* Multi-page document with background page
* On-screen text editing with rich-text supports
* PNG rasterizing
* Undo/redo supports
* Installing user-defined stencils
* Standard drawing operations: aligning, z-ordering, scaling, rotating…
* Cross-platforms

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10. Related How-To Videos Sidebar

The Related How-To Videos Sidebar shows you a list of free how-to videos related to the web pages you browse. For extra wonderment, try using it along-side the StumbleUpon toolbar!

As you browse the internet, the sidebar will bring up a selection of free how-to videos from WonderHowTo.com that relate to the web page you’re currently browsing.

You might be looking at Home Depot for carpet and find Carpeting How-To videos, or looking up the Dark Knight on YouTube and discovering how-to create your own Joker makeup. Perhaps you’re shopping for something on E-Bay and want to learn how to use it first. The sidebar instantly shows you how. There are even videos to teach you how to get the most out of Firefox!

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January 28, 2009: 2:33 pm

Thanks for including Brand Thunder’s Obama Boom and including it among some excellent company. Also appreciate the intro to the Boom concept. We excited about the real-time switching of theme, extensions and sidebars. This year will be fun as we build this out.

January 28, 2009: 5:21 am

Interesting selection of addons for firefox. The Cloudlet and Powertwitter definitely look interesting! I may install them pretty soon. I didn’t get how “green” helps one to fight global warming.

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