While I need multiple browsers for my job, Chrome is my daily go-to choice. Its where I spend my days working, though I sometimes open Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera for certain tasks. Why? Well, its fast, handles multiple tabs easily and has a great selection of extensions that make my job easier.
Extensions may sound like icing on the cake to most people, but when you make your living in a web browser some of these little add-ons can become rather important parts of your life. I was recently asked by a colleague which ones I thought helped me the most and that I thought were essential to my daily functions as a tech writer, and I did not have much problem rattling off a few answers. So, with that said, here is a list of my five favorite extensions that I use every day.
Yahoo! hasn’t had a ton of good press in recent times, but yesterday, they introduced something pretty interesting: Yahoo! Axis. Axis is a browser “platform” that builds upon your existing app with new search tools on desktop, and a brand new app on iOS (both iPhone and iPad). Yahoo! claims Axis redefines “what it means to search and browse the web”, while its actually providing some similar tools to what Google’s offered in the search engine for some time. With Axis, you can access trending searches (through Yahoo!, of course), as well as start your own in an Google-style instant search.
In the iOS app, Yahoo! brings a completely independent browser app that features similar tools to Axis on the desktop, as well as all the standard functions of any browser app. While that exists, we’ll, of course, be focusing on the desktop browser extension today.
Even though they’ve been late to the game, Safari’s extension support has spread like wildfire. People who are passionate about Safari are also passionate about making it the best in can possibly be. A robust community has formed here. And it’s my pleasure to bring to you, dear reader, a sampling of some of the latest and greatest Safari extensions available today.
There’s no question that one of the premier features of the Firefox web browser is extensions. Since Firefox’s inception they’ve been a part of what differentiated it. And even now, when every major browser on the market offers some kind of plugin architecture, the depth and quality of Firefox’s add-on catalog still reigns supreme.
The best part of Firefox’s add-on community is its continued dedication to creating new and exciting things. We’ve rounded up 20 Firefox extensions you may not have heard of before. Perhaps a couple of perennial favorites made our list too, but for the most part we’ve culled together some of the latest and greatest that the add-on community has to offer.
Firefox is the king of add-ons and it’s proven to be popular and successful, helping users customize and enhance their browser and browsing experience. Chrome followed in Firefox’s steps, offering a growing selection of fantastic extensions. Safari may be late to the show, but better late than never!
Though Safari has a very limited selection of extensions available, a decent starting gallery launched with the release of Safari 5.0.1. Here are the top 15 new Safari 5 extensions.
Google Chrome is quickly become an ideal browser for web developers with more and more extensions being developed, making Chrome a powerhouse of tools. Here are some excellent extensions web developers might find useful for making work easier and increasing productivity.
Not a web developer? Check out our favorite Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions.
Ever since Firefox came on to the scene, its success was largely dependant on the community that sprung up around it. Developers took the browser to new levels by creating plug-ins and themes that extended the functionality and look of the browser itself.
Mozilla did well to embrace and encourage this community. And now they’ve taken another step forward by making it easier to create these plugins with the beta of a new Mozilla labs effort named Jetpack.
If you’re starting to tire of the Wave, not to worry. This will be our last post on the subject for a while.
So far we’ve looked at the basics of the application, toured through the interface, discussed what to do once you get your invite and even looked at a few good resources to read if you’re still waiting.
Today I’m sharing a list of the extensions and gadgets available for Wave that caught my attention.