Posts Tagged ‘firefox add-ons’

How to Disable Strict Add-On Compatibility in Firefox

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Given the constant stream of Firefox updates, you’d think that they would have done a better job of addressing these compatibility issues before now.

One of the biggest issues that Firefox users have with the rapid release cycle introduced earlier this year is the fact that updates often disabled their add-ons in the browser due to incompatibilities. Most of the time though those incompatibilities can be attributed to the maximum compatible version number assigned to an add-on, and not to technical incompatibilities. Many Firefox users made use of Nightly Tester Tools or the Add-on Compatibility Reporter to force add-on compatibility.


Low Quality Flash – Improve Flash Performance in Firefox

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Here’s a Firefox extension that looks like it would be helpful for people with older systems or slow network connections …

Flash applications can be very taxing performance wise. If you ever had to run Flash apps on underpowered hardware, e.g. a netbook or tablet PC, then you know that you may experience frame drops and other performance related issues. Most performance issues are caused by games which can be very taxing. I remember that I once tried to play a shoot em up game on my Acer notebook only to find out that I could not play the game at all because of a low frame rate.


Translate This for Firefox – Translate Web Pages

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Translation programs have been around for years, but it’s still nice to see an official Firefox web translation add-on …

One of the features of the Google Chrome web browser that I really like is the option to translate foreign web pages automatically using Google’s Translate service. Firefox users can either use an Internet translation service manually or install an extension to add a similar functionality to the browser.


Firefox Preferences Monitor

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Here’s a handy add-on for Firefox; man, do I hate it when software tries to change my preferences!

Have you ever had a software modify your Firefox settings? It is for instance relatively common that software installations try to modify the homepage and search provider in the web browser. A core issue here from a security point of view is that Firefox – and other browsers as well – do not offer mechanisms to prevent the changes from being made. While you could say that users need to pay attention to installation dialogs, it can also happen that malware makes those modifications.


Firefox Feature Fix – Add-On to Resolve Browser Issues

Friday, October 21st, 2011

This is a neat idea; it sounds like it allows users to undo some of the interface changes that have been implemented in recent versions of Firefox …

If you look at the different versions of Firefox from say Firefox 2 to the very latest versions released recently, you will notice lots of changes. Not only design changes but also changes that removed or replaced specific features of the web browser.


Liquid Information for Firefox – Research Add-on

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

… And here’s yet another interesting add-on for Firefox.

Back in 2007 I reviewed the Firefox extension Hyperwords which gave you access to a research context menu after selecting text on a website. You could use it to search in various search engines, encyclopedias or news sites.

While I’m not 100% sure, I believe that the Liquid Information add-on is the successor of the Hyperwords extension created by the same company.


Relieve Stress with Destroy the Web for Firefox

Friday, October 14th, 2011

This seems kind of pointless and silly, but what the heck, it also looks fun … and today is Friday.

We have all been in the situation where something on the Internet is not working out as it should. Maybe it is that captcha that you read wrong for the fifth time, the long comment that you wrote that would not post or that darn website that just won’t open at all.

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Privacy Extension for Firefox – Priv3

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Here’s an interesting Firefox add-on for social media users …

All Internet users were recently made aware of the fact that social networking sites like Facebook, Google+ or Twitter had the power to track a user’s movement over the web. This is done with the help of scripts such as Facebook Like or Twitter buttons that webmasters add to their websites and pages. While it is not really clear if the social networking sites use the information to track users – and Facebook vehemently said they do not – it is clear that they have the capabilities to do so.


Configure Firefox to Install Add-Ons Faster

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

This looks like a helpful trick for Firefox users …

I install a lot of Firefox add-ons every week. First add-ons that I may use personally and then add-ons for review here on Ghacks or other sites. One of the things that bothered me for some time now is the artificial delay that Mozilla added to the installation process of extensions in the web browser.


Firefox Delete Download Button

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Privacy conscious Firefox users might want to check out this add-on …

If you are using the built-in Firefox download manager to download files from the Internet and have configured the browser to remember the browsing history, you may have noticed the absence of a delete button in the download window. While it is possible to remove individual files from the listing by selecting them first and pressing ESC or by right-clicking and selecting Remove from list, there is not an option to delete the file from the computer’s hard drive at the same time.