Firefox Extensions and tweaks

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Impotence, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. DavidNW

    DavidNW Big Geek

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    Great! thanks a lot for your help and I'll enable your latter suggestion.

    Dave.
     
  2. Impotence

    Impotence May the source be with u!

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    I would also follow the text for Blocking adverts and StumbleUpon, there 2 extensions that firefox just isnt the same without....

    also, you can add rss feeds for your faverite sites on the bookmarks toolbar, i'll add that into the guide soon...
     
  3. Matt555

    Matt555 iMod

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    ShowIP

    Show the IP address of the current page in the status bar. It also allows querying custom services by IP (right mouse button) and Hostname (left mouse button), like whois, netcraft. Additionally you can copy the IP address to the clipboard. This extension was formerly known as ipv6ident.

    X-Ray


    One installed the X-Ray command is available by right-clicking as well as in the Tools menu. When applied to a page it can help you see how the document was constructed without having to go back and forth between the sourcecode and the page in your browser. Is that list made of li, dd or p elements? Is that an h3 tag or just some bolded text? X-Ray shows you what's beneath the surface of the page.

    I like X-Ray, it's useful for quick-viewing of source and where it's positioned on the page.
     
  4. donkey42

    donkey42 plank

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    this extention is one of the best IMO, Foxmarks, this will keep your bookmarks syncronized (the same) over numerous OS's, you never have to add a bookmark again, but if you do it'll be there forever
     
  5. Karanislove

    Karanislove It's D Grav80 Of Luv

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    [link=https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/219/]FoxyTunes[/link]

    Do you listen to Music while surfing the Web?
    Now you can control your favorite media player without ever leaving the browser and more...

    Supports WinAmp, iTunes, Yahoo Music Engine, Pandora, foobar2000, Windows Media Player, Xbox Media Center, Musicmatch, Quintessential, J. River, jetAudio, XMPlay, MediaMonkey, Media Player Classic, Sonique, wxMusik, Real Player, XMMS, Noatun, Juk, Amarok, Music Player Daemon, Rhythmbox and many other players.

    Just click on the orange note and select your player.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. donkey42

    donkey42 plank

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    no, my sound doesn't work, i figured, sod it, i'll sort it later
     
  7. Crusha19

    Crusha19 Aspiring Poker Player

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    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/938/

    This is a virus scanner. If you right click on a download link it will scan it and see if it has a virus. It can only scan up to 10MB, so it may have limited uses. I dont know how reliable it is yet however
     
  8. megamaced

    megamaced Geek Geek Geek!

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    In my quest to make Firefox behave the way I want it (ie. more like Opera :) ), I've discovered two excellent plugins.

    NewsFox

    NewsFox is an embedded RSS news feeder. It opens inside Firefox as a tab and lets you view / manage all of your live bookmarks. It's similar to Opera's RSS handler and thats a very good thing indeed.

    New Tab Button On Tab Bar

    This is a really simple extension and it's a wonder why it isn't built into Firefox natively. Every tabbed browser should have a 'new tab' button by default :doh:
     
  9. Wolfeymole

    Wolfeymole Geek

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    Firetune is a nice little program that gets Firefox hoofing along even faster.
    See what you think.
     
  10. Impotence

    Impotence May the source be with u!

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    Thankyou Wolfeymole for your contribution, however, unfortunately i feel that i should not include your suggestion in the guide for two reasons.

    1. Firetune is windows only, currently the guide applies to Firefox on all operating systems (Linux, Apple OSX, windows etc).
    2. Firetune is a (windows) executable and really is not a tweak or a Firefox extension... i cant see any reason why this was not developed as an extension, something doesn't seem quite right.

    I would want to know the changes this program makes (and how it does them) and why it has to be an executable to do it and not a Firefox extension before considering adding it (so that the changes it makes can be written up for users of other operating systems, such as myself)

    Please don't let this put you off, there are alot of great extensions for firefox and I'm thankful for your help.
     
  11. Wolfeymole

    Wolfeymole Geek

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    I'll get back to you on this Imp as I'm halfway through making dinner for the wife and I.
    Wolfey

    EDIT:
    Ok basically it tweaks automatically, have a look;

    2.) What does FireTune do?

    Instead of changing all relevant preferences of FireFox manually as described in the TweakFactor tweaking guide for FireFox, you can use FireTune to automatically apply all the configuration changes to FireFox.

    Known problems:

    Some users of FireTune reported, that after running an optimization on Firefox with FireTune, all their extensions were disabled, cookies were cleared etc. We were not able to reproduce this problem on our machines. However - you should always create a backup of your configuration file BEFORE any optimization is applied in case something goes wrong, so that you can restore your settings easily.

    3.) How to tell whether Firefox is faster after optimizing it

    There's a simple way to tell whether Firefox works faster after optimizing it with FireTune. Just follow these instructions:

    · Clear the cache of Firefox from the Firefox settings dialog - this is very important!

    · Before you optimize Firefox, navigate to Stopwatch and do a speed test on Firefox - Rediscover the Web

    · The time needed to load the site completely will be displayed to you in the browser window. Write down the time

    · Clear the cache of Firefox from the Firefox settings dialog again - this is very important!

    · Now, close Firefox, and optimize it with FireTune

    · Start Firefox again, and repeat the speed test on Firefox - Rediscover the Web

    · Compare the displayed result with the result from the test before the optimization





    On our testmachine we noticed a speed improvement of 1.25 seconds - the loadtime was 3.99 seconds before optimizations, and 2.74 seconds after optimization.

    4.) What changes are applied by FireTune?

    Performance Settings

    One of the limitations of pretty much all computer applications is the need to target for a general audience because of the wide array of computer components and varied network infrastructure. This is where tweaking comes in. Firefox by default is aimed at a general audience too and hopefully we can tune it more to the needs of theindividual. The majority of the information comes from this excellent thread over at the MozillaZine Forum. The first post in particular goes through in great detail what each of the settings do. The thread however gets fairly long and convoluted and we attempt to summarize the contents of this thread along with a couple other sources into something that is easier to digest. As with the settings on the previous page, the contents are copied into the user.js file. We do not go into major detail about the setting as the thread goes into detailed explanations of what the settings mean in the first post. Instead, the configurations are culled from the thread of what people have reported to have worked for them along with some modifications on our end.

    Quick and Dirty Settings (part of the tweaks further below)

    user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true);
    user_pref("network.http.pipelining.firstrequest", true);
    user_pref("network.http.pipelining.maxrequests", 8);
    user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0);

    Pipelining does multiple data requests at once and should speed things up. I believe IE did this before and this was partially attributable to the speed advantage that IE had over older versions of Mozilla/Netscape. Initial Paint Delay actually slows down the rendering of the ENTIRE page but since users tend to start reading before the entire page is rendered, setting this to a low value gives the impression that the page loads faster.

    The following configurations are based off of recommendations off of the Mozillazine thread with some editing.

    These are the settings that seem to be common to all configuration files regardless of connection speed or computer speed with a couple of additions - plugin paths can be found with about:plugins and the bookmark menu delay is turned off.

    user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true);
    user_pref("network.http.proxy.pipelining", true);
    user_pref("network.http.pipelining.maxrequests", 8);
    user_pref("network.http.request.max-start-delay", 0);
    user_pref("content.notify.backoffcount", 5);
    user_pref("plugin.expose_full_path", true);
    user_pref("ui.submenuDelay", 0);
    user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0);

    Fast Computer, Fast Connection:

    Definitions:

    Fast Computer: is a machine with a CPU greater than 1.5Ghz and with memory installed of at least 512MB RAM

    Fast Connection: is a DSL, cable or a better connection




    According to the above, 'Slower' connections means slower DSL or cable connections as well as double line ISDN connections,

    and 'Slow' means all other analog modem connections.



    A 'Slow' computer is a computer with a CPU slower than 1.5Ghz, and with less memory than 512MB RAM.



    user_pref("content.interrupt.parsing", true);
    user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.time", 2250000);
    user_pref("content.notify.interval", 750000);
    user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true);
    user_pref("content.switch.threshold", 750000);
    user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8);
    user_pref("browser.cache.memory.capacity", 65536);

    A couple settings of note - Firefox is allocated 4096 KB of memory by default and in this configuration we give it roughly 65MB as denoted by the last line. This can be changed according to what is used.

    Fast Computer, Slower Connection:

    This configuration is more suited to people without ultra fast connections. We are talking about slower DSL / Cable connections as well as double line ISDN connections.

    user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.time", 2250000);
    user_pref("content.notify.interval", 750000);
    user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true);
    user_pref("content.switch.threshold", 750000);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8);
    user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0);
    user_pref("browser.cache.memory.capacity", 65536);

    Fast Computer, Slow Connection:

    Slow connection means connections through an analog 57k modem or slower.

    user_pref("browser.xul.error_pages.enabled", true);
    user_pref("content.interrupt.parsing", true);
    user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.time", 3000000);
    user_pref("content.maxtextrun", 8191);
    user_pref("content.notify.interval", 750000);
    user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true);
    user_pref("content.switch.threshold", 750000);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 32);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 8);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 8);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 4);
    user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0);
    user_pref("browser.cache.memory.capacity", 65536);

    Slow Computer, Fast Connection:

    user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.time", 3000000);
    user_pref("content.notify.backoffcount", 5);
    user_pref("content.notify.interval", 1000000);
    user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true);
    user_pref("content.switch.threshold", 1000000);
    user_pref("content.maxtextrun", 4095);
    user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 1000);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8);
    user_pref("dom.disable_window_status_change", true);

    One of the changes made for this particular configuration is the final line where the status bar is disabled for changing web pages to save processor time.

    Slow Computer, Slow Connection:

    We have entered the doldrums of the dial-up user

    user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.time", 2250000);
    user_pref("content.notify.interval", 750000);
    user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true);
    user_pref("content.switch.threshold", 750000);
    user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 750);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 32);
    user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 8);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 8);
    user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 4);
    user_pref("dom.disable_window_status_change", true);

    Some of the options we chose not to include as opposed to suggestions on the Mozillazine threads included the suggestion of catching SSL pages. Regardless of computer speed, one of the common trends is that pipelining is a good thing. Those with faster computers and gobs of memory may want to up the amount of memory available to Firefox while those with slower computers can still increase the default 4MB to something higher. This was not done in our configuration files however. Powerusers are also welcome to disable the status bar to eek out thatextra CPU cycle or two.
     
  12. DaRuSsIaMaN

    DaRuSsIaMaN Geek Comrade

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    Nuke Anything
    R.I.P. (Remove It Permanently)

    These two both perform about the same function. Very easy and convenient to use, just right click on an object in a web page and in the right click menu, click on "remove this object" or something like that, and it's removed from the page. Great for removing banner ads, except doesn't work on flash =\. Also I use it to remove pictures or other objects msnbc likes to place in their news stories which get in the way of the text a little bit. I've used NukeAnything for a while but only now just trying out RIP, so don't know which is better. RIP seems to be a bit more advanced though *shrug.

    Aardvark
    The same functionality as above extensions but WAY more powerful. The trade off is that you have to start it first. That is, you right click and in the right click menu click "start aardvark", only then can you use its removal features, and at the end you have to close it again. But when you have it going, it highlights each object you're mousing over with a bright red box so you can see and select very precisely the frame/object you want to remove.


    Flashblock
    Blocks all flash. But each flash object can still be clicked to be downloaded and played/displayed.


    Sorry if any of these have been mentioned already.
     
  13. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    Let firefox use less RAM when minimized:

    When firefox is minimized, it doesn't give back unused RAM to the OS. You can fix it by entering about:config.
    Right-click in the list, and choose New > Boolean. Name the new value config.trim_on_minimize. And then select True. Now restart Firefox. The RAM usage when minimized is now about 70% less.
     
  14. zxivate

    zxivate Geek Trainee

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    nice post, useful extensions, I would put No Script but I think some one mentioned that, and I also have forcastfox which shows me a daily forecast, I have fasterfox but not sure if it is actually useful
     
  15. Impotence

    Impotence May the source be with u!

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    thanks, i definitely need to get back to work on this article...

    i should probably post it in a few other forums when I'm done too :)
     
  16. Anti-Trend

    Anti-Trend Nonconformist Geek Staff Member

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    One important thing to note about Firefox plugins: only use trustworthy, well-written plugins! Plugins are essentially small programs, and like any programs, they are only as good as the quality of their underlying code. If there are memory leaks, bugs, etc. Firefox may be slow, or crash, or even cause your desktop to crash. 99% of Firefox problems I hear about are actually caused by naughty plugins, so keep that in mind when troubleshooting crashes or slowdowns.
     
  17. Impotence

    Impotence May the source be with u!

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    good point, I'll include that in the cleaned up version I'm still getting round to doing.
     
  18. Impotence

    Impotence May the source be with u!

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    the cleanup has started, you can preview the changes here but you wont be able to post in that thread as I'm keeping it locked (Platinum privilege :)) because I'm splitting the guide into multiple posts so i can have an index at the beginning.

    please post comments here or PM me

    Current progress
    - I think i have finished the make firefox faster section, other than a note as to why i'm NOT including fasterfox i'm happy with it (also, i need comments on the Caching DNS requests tweak)
     
  19. Net Jockey

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  20. BrightStar

    BrightStar Geek Trainee

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    Hi

    I am trying to download the plugin Screengrab with Firefox but i keep getting 203 error.
    Any ideas as to how i get Screengrab to download?

    thank you
     

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