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I recently came across a discussion of helpful Firefox Add-ons for web designers.  I’ve tried several out.  Some I’ve kept, others weren’t my thing.

I wanted to share some of them for anybody who might be interested.

Favorite Firefox Add-ons

These are my current favorites.  I keep these active at all times, and use most of them a fair amount.

Firebug:  My favorite and probably most used Add-on.  If you work on web pages at all, you probably already know about this one.  If not, get it.

Firefox Sync:  Syncs  your Firefox bookmarks between multiple computers.  I was a huge fan of Foxmarks (I think that’s what it was called), but switched to this when they died off.

WiseStamp:  Add signatures with links to your emails automatically.  Works great for gmail.

Web Developer Toolbar:  Great for web development and picking apart web pages.

MeasureIt:  Pixel ruler for web pages. Handy to check height and width of elements on web pages.

There When You Need Them…

I don’t use these often, but they’re nice when you need them.

IE NetRenderer:  Enables you to get a screen shot of any web page as it appears in the different versions of Internet Explorer.  Nice when checking compatibility of a new website.

Page Speed:  Measures performance of your webpages. Add-in for firebug.

YSlow: Another performance measurement add-in for firebug.

ColorZilla: Eye dropper to pull color values from webpages.

Worth a Look

Some I don’t use, but others enjoy…

Operator: Reads microformats in pages.

S3Fox: FTP-like Client for Amazon S3 cloud storage.

Firecookie:  Firecookie is an extension for Firebug that makes possible to view and manage cookies in your browser

Clear Cache Button:  Adds a cache clearing button to Firefox

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I routinely use two separate Google accounts.  One for personal use, and one for business.  This was a huge pain until just recently when I discovered a great way to switch from one to the other.  I now use a Greasemonkey script called “Google Account Multi-Login.”

This script basically replaces the “Sign Out” link on Google pages with a pull-down menu of your accounts. To change to a different account, you simply click the menu and select the account you’d like to switch to. A few seconds later your new page is loaded, and you’re in your other account. Simple as that!  Passwords are stored, and there are basic options to add or remove accounts.

If it’s purely Gmail accounts you’re concerned about, there may be a second option for you. There’s  a Firefox Add-on called Gmail Manager that lets you manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. It also allows you to view account details – including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.

I wasn’t as impressed with the Gmail Manager, but it mostly depends on your individual needs.  If you have more than one Google account, I’d highly recommend trying out the Google Account Multi-Login.

Related Links:

Lifehacker Article
Gmail Manager Article
Multi Login Home Page
Gmail Manager Addon