I have recently taken the plunge and updated to Firefox v3. This is the latest and greatest release of Firefox and a dramatic improvement over previous versions. After using it for a few weeks, I have to say that I enjoy it, but notice all that much of a difference. Not sure if this sacrilege, but I really liked Firefox v2 and this just seems to be more of the same which is not a bad thing.
As part of the installing the new Firefox, I also reviewed all of the plugins available and decided to implement many more. My current favorites include:
|Adblock||An excellent tool which removes ads from websites. It is simple and transparent.|
|Chatzilla||A lightweight IRC client. Why is this needed? You never know when you need it and it is just nice to have it.|
|Cooliris||This provides quick page previews. It is helpful, but not one that I cannot live without.|
|Download Status Bar||This is a great plugin that simplifies how Firefox handles downloads. It puts the download in the footer bar instead of spawning a new window.|
|Firefox Showcase||This is a tool that allows you to view thumbnail images of all open tabs. Cool, but not a neccessity in my mind.|
|Fisheye Tabs||This add-on makes tabs dynamically expand when you mouse over. It is very helpful when you have many tabs open and allows you to avoid scrolling. Highly recommended.|
|FXIF||A simple tool for viewing EXIF data on any picture. Simple and reasonably useful.|
|IE Tab||This is by far the coolest and most useful plugin. I effectively integrates Firefox and IE browsers and allows you to open a page inside Firefoxwith IE. This is particularly useful for those sites that require IE or don’t work well with Firefox. It is highly recommended.|
|Image Zoom||This allows you to easil zoom in and out of large images.|
|Scribefire||This add-on is new to my collection and I am testin it out. It allows you to post to blogs remotely via the plugin. You literally open the plugin and start tying away. It works quite well and I plan on keeping it.|
I definitely recommend that you check these out. The most compelling ones are IE Tab and Download Status Bar.