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  • Use FEBE to automatically generate a list of plugins I use for posting on the web?


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Implementation language: XUL, JavaScript, XML, ...

Extending FirePHP - Extending Firebug < Developers < Reference

The FirePHP extension uses the Firebug extension as its base and adds a new panel called "FirePHP" to it. The primary motivations for extending Firebug instead of publishing an independent extension without the requirement of needing Firebug installed are:

  • Firebug provides 95% of all functionality required to track and manage browser requests and contexts as needed by FirePHP
  • Firebug provides a large base of library functions
  • The user interface of Firebug is already used by many developers and FirePHP will attempt to stay as consistent with the existing UI as possible to minimize the adoption and learning curves of FirePHP
This tutorial focuses on how FirePHP is able to extend Firebug in an effort to help you make your own additions to Firebug.

(See XUL)


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Bookmark/source/snapshot collection/organization

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Zotero is a free, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather and organize resources (whether bibliography or the full text of articles), and then lets you annotate, organize, and share the results of your research. It includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)—the ability to store full reference information in author, title, and publication fields and to export that as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software such as or iTunes, like the ability to sort, tag, and search in advanced ways. Using its unique ability to sense when you are viewing a book, article, or other resource on the web, Zotero will—on many major research sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for you in the correct fields.

[Haven't tried yet (category)] Scrapbook

Scrapbook saves bits and pieces of the Web to your local disk, lets you add comments and annotations, arrange the content in folders, and makes it all fully searchable without ever leaving your browser. A must-have tool for Internet researchers, students, writers and voracious bookmarkers, Scrapbook could change how you save and search bookmarks and Web content forever. Seeing is believing with this nifty extension, so I've put together a 4 minute screencast demonstrating Scrapbook in action. This short video describes the basic functionality of the extension, and will get you started down the road to building your own offline Web scrapbook. Capture all tabs Save every web page you've got open in one browser window, perfect for when your latest Google session led to a bevy of tabs you want to check out offline, annotate and search later. In-depth capture Capture links out from a web page up to four levels deep. Save an entire web site to your scrapbook. Filter out URLs (like ads, for instance) by domain, directory or string. Links between the captured pages are preserved for offline surfing, and a site map document is automatically generated for a bird's eye view of the site structure. Download linked files Select a section of a web page that lists music tracks, for instance, and tell Scrapbook to download all the .MP3 files on the page only, and ignore all the .WAVs. Sticky notes Add a floating or position fixed sticky note directly on a captured page, referring to particular elements of that page. Inline comments Select a line of text and add an inline comment that appears as a tooltip annotation when you mouse over that text. Scrapbook's a powerful extension that turns Firefox into a feature-ful notes manager. For an in-depth look at all of its features, check out Andrew Giles-Peters Scrapbook tutorial (PDF).

Scrapbook saves blurbs from Web pages to your hard drive along with the URL of the originating Web site. It allows you to organize and categorize your blurbs in a format similar to your bookmarks so that when it comes to creating a bibliography or works cited, you won’t waste any time

[Haven't tried yet (category)] Slogger

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I've been using slogger since May 2005 and find it excellent. I've not used Scrapbook but I did read the 50 page manual that is available for it. Scrapbook appears to be much more of an all-in-one tool than slogger -- the sort of thing a Windows user would expect. slogger is a Unix-philosophy tool: do one thing, do it well, and do it in a way that allows it to be strung together with other such tools. In my case, slogger saves web pages directly to a subdirectory of the htdocs directory used by Apache on my intranet. These pages are then indexed, along with all the other web pages there, by swish. But slogger is very versatile and could be used in lots of other ways. The documentation available for slogger is pretty terse.

TiddlySnip TiddlySnip is a Firefox extension that lets you use your TiddlyWiki as a scrapbook! Simply select text, right click and choose 'TiddlySnip selection'. Next time you open your TiddlyWiki file, your snippets will be there, already tagged and organised.

  • Specify default tag(s) to add to each snippet tiddler, for easier management of snippets in TW.
  • Optionally create a link in each tiddler back to the source document.
  • Optionally preview tiddler title, text and tags and make any necessary changes before saving.
  • Offers the ability to overwrite or append text, when a tiddler with the chosen title already exists.
  • Save text from the clipboard.
  • "TiddlySnip this page" option to save bookmarks.
  • Optionally create backups before every save.
  • Optionally view TiddlyWiki after saving snippet, with the relevant tiddler open.
  • Optional advanced mode with multiple snippet categories:
    • Define snippet categories with corresponding tags, to enable saving snippets that are automatically tagged and sorted in TiddlyWiki according to content. For example, a category could be "JavaScript" and the corresponding tags could be something like: "Code JS Programming". That way when the snippet is saved as a tiddler, you don't need to go around tagging it in TiddlyWiki later. Similarly, use a category called "~TW plugin" to save tiddlers with the tag "systemConfig". One click TiddlyWiki plugin installation!
  • Creates extended fields in the snippet tiddlers, that could be used later for an alternative form of snippet management.
  • Compatibile with Bidix's UploadService, so you can save to TiddlyWiki files hosted online, ala TiddlySpot.



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I find that the download manager that comes with Firefox to be very intrusive. Download manager tucks your download progress bars into the generally unused status bar of Firefox. This lets you download care-free without the Firefox Download Manager popping up and interrupting you.

Customizing site content/styles

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As you glide the mouse over the page, you will see a red rectangle framing each element under the cursor. You will also see a little yellow caption showing the HTML element type and its class or id if they exist. The Keystrokes You can then press certain keys on the keyboard (as indicated below) to do various things, such as delete the selected element from the page, isolate the element, or move the selection rectangle outward to the containing element.

  • Clean up unwanted banners and surrounding "fluff," especially prior to printing a page
  • See how the page is created, block by block
  • View the source code of one or more elements

Can use as an alternative to "View selection source".


Ad blocking

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Settings sync/backup

FEBE (Firefox Extension Backup Extension)

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CLEO is a Firefox extension that works with FEBE to package any number of extensions/themes into a single, installable .xpi file. Why? Consider this: I, as an extension developer, have several different Firefox profiles. Whenever I start a new extension, I create a new profile for testing, debugging, etc. In this profile, I like to have a dozen or so developer related extensions installed. With CLEO, I can packaged all these extensions together into a single, installable xpi. You may have a list of your favorite extensions/themes that you would like to share with others. With CLEO, you can gather them all together into a single file (called, perhaps, "My favorite extensions.xpi") and post them on a webpage. Others can install the whole batch with a just a couple of clicks! In fact, if you have assembled a Cleopack you would like to share, see the Cleopack Blog.


IE Tab

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Resizeable Textarea extension

"A lot of forums and boards provide very small textareas for new postings. If you type a longer posting, you have to scroll up and down, to read, what you have written and to proceed. This situation is annoying. Now here is my solution: Resizeable Textarea extension."

MIME types / external file handlers

Mime Type Editor 0.2, Mozilla's Helper Application for Firefox

Firefox Extension Development How-to Firefox Extension Development Tutorial :: Overview Firefox Extension Development Tutorial :: Environment Extension development Getting started with extension development Mozilla + Firefox extension development

Watermelon (Firefox Extension Generator)


Implementation language: This Project Has Not Released Any Files, 2007-02-11 06:16, 2007-05-11 20:32


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