Top 35 Firefox Add-ons for Fun

Thursday Sep 20th 2007 by Cynthia Harvey
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Let’s face it: you’re too productive. These Firefox add-ons will help change that. The best add-ons for gaming, music, video, photos, and time wasting.

One of the great things about Firefox is the tremendous number of add-ons that can help you become more efficient, more productive, and more of an all-around fantastic human being.

But one of the even better things about Firefox is the tremendous number of add-ons that encourage creativity, laziness, and the joy of daily time wasting.

If you’re still using the standard version of the world’s most popular open-source browser, it’s time to customize. There are hundreds of add-ons that can help you make your browser your own. Here are 35 favorite extensions that can make your browser more colorful, more musical, more interesting, and – most important – more fun.

Firefox add-ons, by category:

Firefox appearance / Collaborative Search

Communications / Games / Misc.

Music / Photos / Printing / Shopping

Sports / Video / Weather

Firefox Appearance:

1. ColorfulTabs
As you might guess, ColorfulTabs turns each of your open browser tabs a different color. It can make it easier to find the tab you want, but mostly it just makes your screen pretty—like a rainbow.

2. FoxSaver
What do you get when you cross Firefox and a ScreenSaver? FoxSaver, of course. This add-on displays a series of non-offensive images in your browser window when Firefox is inactive. New images are added daily.

3. Tab Effect
Want to jazz up the process of switching from one tab to another? This extension gives you a special “cube” effect every time you switch to a different tab.

4. Firefox Showcase
If you’ve ever wished Firefox had a thumbnails feature like Internet Explorer, Firefox Showcase is for you. It displays miniature versions of all your open tabs in a single tab, window, or sidebar, so that you can easily navigate between them. You can also bookmark, reload, or close multiple sites at once.

5. Snap Shots
Snap Shots lets you preview links before you click on them. Simply mouse-over a link to see a thumbnail of the target page before you click on it.

6. STOP in the name of love!
The ordinary Stop button is just so…ordinary. This Firefox add-on gives you a heart-shaped icon, so you can STOP in the name of love!

Collaborative Search:

7. StumbleUpon
Ever wish you could channel surf on the Internet? This collaborative searching tool is for you. It connects you to some best stuff on the Web and recommends new sites based on your interests.

8. Shareaholic
Shareaholic makes it easy to submit links to digg, del.icio.us, facebook, google bookmarks, magnolia, reddit, stumbleupon, and twitter. Or e-mail the page with Bzzster.

9. Yoono
While you’re browsing, Yoono suggests other sites similar to the one you’re viewing. When you find something great, save it to your scrapbook and share it with others.

Firefox add-ons, by category:

Firefox appearance / Collaborative SearchCommunications / Games / Misc.Music / Photos / Printing / ShoppingSports / Video / Weather

Communication:

10. GroovyNotes
Why bother with a separate window for instant messages? GroovyNotes lets you IM directly from your browser, and it makes it easy to send links to your friends so that they can see what you’re seeing.

11. gTalk Sidebar
Use gTalk right from your Firefox sidebar. You can catch up with friends and keep browsing the Internet in the same window.

12. SiteSays
Surfing doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. SiteSays lets you read others’ comments on the sites you visit and add your own comments as well. The comments appear in a small window in the corner of Firefox, so they don’t take up too much screen space.

Games:

13. Gamer Tools
This add-on gives you three tools in one: a game server browser, the PunkBuster screenshot browser, and an information bar that shows the status of popular game servers. Currently supported games include Quake, Half-Life, Unreal Tournament, Counter-Strike, and others.

14. Cards
Play Solitaire and other single-player card games from your browser. Includes Aces Up, Freecell, Golf, Grounds for Divorce, Pyramid, Spider, and dozens more.

15. PagMan
Still miss the good old days of playing PacMan at the arcade while wearing parachute pants with a comb in the back pocket? PagMan brings a minimalist version of PacMan to your browser.

Miscellaneous:

16. Daily Dilbert
Daily Dilbert adds a small icon to your browser status bar. Click the icon to see a Dilbert cartoon for the day.

17. Mouse Gestures
Too lazy to move your hand from your mouse to your keyboard? Does it exhaust you to move the mouse all the way to the top of the screen? Mouse Gestures lets you execute common commands like page back, opening and closing tabs, and opening links by drawing a particular shape with your mouse.

18. Usage Counter
Ever wonder exactly how much time you waste surfing the Internet? Usage Counter will keep track of how much time you spend online and how much time you spend on each site.

19. Addictive Typing Lessons
Still using the “hunt-and-peck” method of keyboarding? The Addictive Typing Lessons extension can teach you to type without looking or help you improve your speed.

20. eQuake Alert
Was that a tremor? eQuake Alert displays data from the US Geological Survey every time there’s an earthquake. As an added bonus, your browser will also shake in proportion to the intensity of the quake.

Firefox add-ons, by category:

Firefox appearance / Collaborative SearchCommunications / Games / Misc.Music / Photos / Printing / ShoppingSports / Video / Weather

Music:

21. FoxyTunes
For those who like to listen to music while surfing (and who doesn’t), FoxyTunes lets you control your media player right from your browser. It supports all of the most popular players, including WinAmp, iTunes, Yahoo Music Engine, Pandora, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, and others.

22. Online Music Player
A more bare-bones music player option, Online Music Player plays MP3 files from the Web or your hard drive directly from your browser. Built-in functionality also allows you to display lyrics and create your own music lists.

23. KarClient
Love Karaoke? KarClient makes it possible to record yourself singing your favorite tunes and post audio or video files to Ksolo.com. Ksolo provides the lyrics and instrumental tracks—you just sing along.

Photos:

24. FotoFox
This add-on from Mozilla makes it easy to select, tag, title and upload pictures to the online photo service of your choice. Currently supported services include Flickr, Tabblo, 23hq, Smugmug, Marela, and Kodak EasyShare Gallery.

25. PicLens
PicLens turns your browser into a full-screen slide show. It works great for photo-intensive sites like Flickr, Facebook, Google Images Yahoo Images, Friendster, Picasa Web Albums, and others.

26. SaveImages
This handy add-on lets you save all the images on an active tab to a location of your choosing. You can re-name the files and/or alter the size and format of the images if you choose.

27. Send2Cellphone
Just right-click and follow the simple instructions to send Web images to your mobile phone. Then you can use the image as your wallpaper or send it to someone else via MMS.

Printing:

28. Nuke Anything Enhanced
Nuke Anything Enhanced temporarily hides items like graphics, menu bars, and advertisements so that you can print the good stuff without wasting a lot of ink and paper on things you didn’t need to print. You simply click on whatever you don’t want, and it disappears.

Shopping:

29. Pronto Shopping Messenger
Pronto compares prices from more than 60,000 online merchants while you are shopping, so that you can always be sure of getting the best deal. It also delivers instant coupons while you shop.

Firefox add-ons, by category:

Firefox appearance / Collaborative SearchCommunications / Games / Misc.Music / Photos / Printing / ShoppingSports / Video / Weather

Sports:

30. RUWT? Sports Toolbar
RUWT? not only scrolls through current box scores in your favorite sports, it also lets you know when sports history is in the making. An alert pops up when RUWT? spots a potential upset or other great game in the works—and it even tells you what channel the game’s on.

31. FootieFox
Keep up with the latest in international soccer—er, football. FootieFox provides real-time scores directly to your browser.

Video:

32. Video Downloader
Download the video you’re watching or all of the videos on a page with just the click of a button. VideoDownloader supports more than 60 of the most popular video sites, including Youtube, Google Video, iFilm, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Myspace, and many more.

33. Watch YouTube Toolbar
See the best YouTube videos with a single click on your toolbar. This add-on quickly connects you to the top viewed, top rated, most discussed this month, top favorites, most recently added, top viewed today, and most discussed today from YouTube.

Weather:

34. ForecastFox
ForecastFox adds weather predictions from Accuweather.com to your Firefox browser. You can customize which information is displayed and even display forecasts for multiple locations.

35. WindFox
Be the first to know when the surf’s up. WindFox displays wind and air temperature information for your favorite surfing spot on your browser.

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