Quickcast Special #9 – 3 Useful Firefox Add-ons

11Jul08

With the newest version of Firefox up and running, and only crashing about 4 times a week, I thought I would show you some Add-ons that are compatible with my record breaking browser of choice.

WikiLook is an Add-on that allows you to look up the definition of any word on a web page, without needing to open up new tabs or windows.  You don’t even need to click a button on your mouse because WikiLook knows what you want by the way you hover your cursor over words.

All you need to do is press the shift key and point your cursor over the word you want to look up.  WikiLook will wait a couple of seconds and then a window will pop open with a list of definitions from Wiktionary.  If at any time WikiLook gets in your way, you can easily toggle it off or on by pressing the “A” button in the lower right corner of your browser window.

ReminderFox is a really handy Add-on for anyone who is a fan of to-do lists and for those people who like to set reminders for everyday tasks.  It’s always there, in your browser, so if you spend a lot of time in front of your computer, ReminderFox isn’t going to let you forget about important tasks or appointments.

Once installed, you’ll see a little pink ribbon in the lower right corner of your browser window.  You can hover over that to see your most upcoming reminders and to-dos.  Double click on it to open up ReminderFox and set your reminders.  You can also add alarms to your reminders and to-dos which will pop open a window at the time you selected.  Your most important tasks will be kept visible in the lower right corner of your browser, so you’ll always see what needs immediate attention.

Panic is a Firefox Add-on that will help you get away with looking at naughty web pages while at work.  Naughty can be anything – YouTube videos, Craigslist, LOL cats, Twitter, or the more obvious, porn.

The way it works is simple – After you install Panic, you’ll want to go to the settings which is under “Tools” and “Add-ons”.  By default, when you enable Panic, it will close all of your naughty tabs and open up to a Google search about “increasing workplace productivity”.  You can change that to whatever you want though.  Then choose the key and modifier you want to use to enable Panic.  That’s pretty much it.  Whenever big bad boss-man sneaks up behind you, just hit the keys you chose and, almost instantly, all that will be on your screen is the website you chose in your Panic settings.  The only feature I’d like to see is a way to reopen your tabs that you closed.

If you’d like to see all of these Firefox Add-ons in action, check out the screencast below!

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3 Responses to “Quickcast Special #9 – 3 Useful Firefox Add-ons”

  1. Try other cool firefox add-on’s like Colorfultabs, Better Gmail Preview 2, Firegestures, Speed Dial and Sxipper

  2. 2 Gilad

    If you like wikilook you might also like Quick TransLation (qtl), Firefox’s best translation extension.

  3. Hi,
    I’m one of your regular readers. This is my first comment.

    I wander if there is any alternative to google browser sync extention for Firefox3. Google discontinued to support this extention. So we can no longer download it. This extention can synchronise your bookmarks and passwords of websites through multiple computers. It was one of my favorites….

    I found foxmarxs, but it doesn’t sync the online passwords though.
    If you find an alternative, i think many users would be very greatfull if you do a screencast about it.

    good luck.
    Vladan
    http://www.best-solar-energy.com



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