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  1. Firefox add-on behind! lets you download any image that is behind the cursor It is sometimes difficult to download certain elements from websites. Some sites use code that actively prevents the use of save options of the browser that is being used; many use Javascript for that, others try to force you to sign-up for an account before some functionality becomes available. The new Firefox add-on behind! has been designed as a workaround. It allows you to display and then download any image that is behind the cursor, even on sites that try to prevent this from happening. All you need to do is install the extension in the browser, right-click on the image that you want to display fully or download, and select the behind! option of the right-click context menu. The extension opens a new tab and loads the selected image in that tab. The extension may display multiple versions of the image on the opening page; this is the case if the site uses multiple versions, e.g. a small resolution one that it displays on the page and a larger one that it links to. You can look at the images and use built-in functionality to zoom the content or to save it. To save one of the images, right-click on the image and select the "save image as" option of the context menu to do so. The developer of the extension lists a number of cases where the extension may help users. It can reveal: Background images Images under layers of nonsense (e.g. clickable surfaces designed to hide the image from you) Embedded images / base64-encoded image chunks Alternative resolutions Vector images (even when they are inlined) Images in shadow DOM The extension has no options at the time of writing. It worked really well on all tested websites but a set of options would certainly make it more useful or flexible. An option to select the target action when selecting the behind! option comes into mind, e.g. to open the image in a foreground tab instead of a background tab, or to download all images or the smallest/largest right away. Other than that, it is a great extension for Firefox users who sometimes or often encounter sites that somehow block them from displaying or downloading images. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/behind/ Firefox add-on behind! lets you download any image that is behind the cursor
  2. Copy the URLs of every tab in Firefox with a single click using Copy All Tab URLs Do you have a lot of tabs open and don't know which ones to close? That's not unusual, most of us don't want to lose our browsing sessions. There could be some important tabs hiding here and there. If you want to use the old-school technique, you can save a list of all your tabs in a text file. While that may be simple to say, it could be a time-consuming task if you have dozens or hundreds of tabs open. You can quickly start fresh without losing the session using various add-ons. Copy All Tab URLs is a Firefox extension that can help you save all the links with a single-click of the mouse. The extension may also be useful if you want to process the links in a different application, e.g. a website downloader, third-party bookmarks manager or other tool that accepts links. How to use the add-on The extension places a button on the toolbar. All you have to do is click on it. The URLs of every single tab will be copied to the clipboard in plain text format. It's done in a split-second, that's what I call user-friendly. You can paste the list in any text editor to save it for future use. Copy All Tab URLs displays a notification in the bottom right corner, when you click on its button, to indicate the copy action has been completed. The notification contains some useful information such as the number of links that were copied, it also indicates which capturing method was used, and the format that the content has been saved to. I'll explain what these are in a bit. Right-click on the add-on's icon and select "Options" to manage its settings. There are just three options to choose from to modify the URL capturing method. Tabs to Copy This option changes the behavior of the extension; by default, the setting that Copy All Tab URLs follows is to only capture the links from the current window. You can toggle the setting, if you want to capture URLs from all windows that you have opened. URLs to Copy The default copy method is to save the URLs from all tabs. Enable the "Only Web" option to force the add-on to only copy those links which begin with http or https. This is useful if you don't want to save local links (about:addons or local HTML, images, PDFs etc), ftp links, etc. Format Copy All Tab URLs can save the links in one of 3 available text formats. The format that's used by default is URL, i.e. the add-on saves the web addresses to the clipboard. e.g. https://www.ghacks.net/2020/05/05/here-is-what-is-new-and-changed-in-firefox-76-0/ Select the "Title and URL" option and the extension will save the title of each tab in addition to the URLs. Copy All Tab URLs adds a line break after the title, and this is followed by the URL of the tab. This format makes the list of tabs clean and easy to read, especially you have many tabs loaded. e.g. Mozilla implements experimental AVIF image support in Firefox Nightly - gHacks Tech News https://www.ghacks.net/2020/05/04/mozilla-implements-experimental-avif-image-support-in-firefox-nightly/ The last option is Markdown, which saves the title and the URL of each tab in the following format: [Title](Link). For e.g. [Dark Background and Light Text is probably the best dark Firefox add-on - gHacks Tech News](https://www.ghacks.net/2020/05/04/dark-background-and-light-text-is-probably-the-best-dark-firefox-add-on/) Personally, I liked the default option as it can be used with extensions such as OneTab that allow you to import URLs from a plain text list. Of course, you could use OneTab, Tabs Aside, Tab Session Manager which offer easier options to backup and restore sessions. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/copy-all-tab-urls-we/ Source: Copy the URLs of every tab in Firefox with a single click using Copy All Tab URLs (gHacks - Ashwin)
  3. Quick Dial is a new tab replacement add-on for Firefox As someone who has been using Firefox for close to two decades, one of my favorite add-ons for the browser was Speed Dial (by Josep Del Rio). It was superseded by Group Speed Dial when Firefox Quantum was released. If for some reason you don't like the extension, Quick Dial is a nice new tab replacement add-on. Install it, and open a new tab. The extension starts with a blank page with a gray background. This is in my opinion could be the biggest con of Quick Dial for the layman, it needs to point the user how to use it. Right-click anywhere on the screen and select the "New" menu. It has two options: Add bookmark or folder. Select the former and enter a URL of the web page that you wish to add. Another way to add a new Quick dial is to right-click the extension's icon on the toolbar and selecting "Add to Quick Dial". This option is also available in the Firefox context menu. Left-clicking the toolbar button opens a new tab, those are the only things it can do, so I feel the button is somewhat unnecessary. Anyway, the new bookmark will be added to the Quick Dial, and the extension generates a thumbnail preview of the site. Sometimes the preview isn't generated. If this is the case, right click on a dial and select refresh. You may also try the "Capture in new tab" option, which makes the extension loads the page in a new tab and when it finishes loading, a thumbnail is generated. It might take a few tries to get this working, I couldn't get it to work correctly with Twitter and Reddit, even though I was logged in to both social networks. There are 2 more options available when you right-click on a dial. Selecting the "Properties" menu item opens a pop-up window that allows you to edit the dial's Title and the URL. Use the browse button to load an image as the thumbnail. The other option in the context menu is Delete, which you can use to remove unwanted dials and folders. Speaking of which, use the Add folder option to create a directory. Use it to store and organize your bookmarks. You can create sub-folders in the parent folders. Bookmarks and Folders can be dragged and rearranged. Let's go back to the context menu. It has a shortcut labeled "Quick Dial Settings", click it to open a pop-up window. It has 3 tabs. The Page tab has customization options for the background color, mode, image. The preview pane displays the changes that you make. Modify the number of rows, columns, set the ratio, margins, from the Grid tab. You can set the default tab behavior for opening bookmarks and folders, i.e. to open in the current tab or a new tab. Don't like the icons for the folder and back button? Use your own. The Cells tab contains settings for customizing the layout, i.e., the margin size, opacity, border size, radius, and also allows you to change the background color of the margins and borders. The final set of options are for editing the title height, font size, border size, text color and background transparency. Unlike some speed-dial add-ons, Quick Dial does not have any cloud features. It is an open source extension. The add-on hasn't been updated in a while, but the developer is active on the GitHub project page. Though it lacks the advanced features (backup, restore, hotkeys, etc.) of Group Speed-Dial, Quick Dial is a good new tab replacement extension. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/quick-dial/ Source: Quick Dial is a new tab replacement add-on for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  4. Dark Background and Light Text is probably the best dark Firefox add-on Dark Background and Light Text is a dark theme add-on for the Firefox web browser that converts the color scheme of webpages to a black background and light text by default; it comes with support for different styles, and can be disabled on individual sites. Some users prefer dark themes or websites; operating system developers such as Google or Microsoft have launched support for dark themes in recent years, and browsers like Firefox or Chrome support extensions that can change the color scheme of webpages to make them darker. Some add-ons cause readability issues and require manual adjustments; Dark Background and Light Text is a popular browser extension for Firefox that is considered by many the best extension of its kind for the browser. Note that we have reviewed several dark theme extensions for Firefox in the past; you may want to check out reviews of automaticDark and Dark Reader as well. All you have to do is install the extension in Firefox to start using it. Any site you visit, with the notable exception of internal pages and some Mozilla domains, will be converted to a dark color scheme automatically. You can click on the icon that the extension places in the Firefox address bar to disable its functionality on the active page or to change the algorithm that is used to change the color scheme. One of the main goals of the extension is to ensure that text, including links, is readable when dark mode is active. The extension does a good job at that by default but you can change the colors that it uses for certain elements to customize the look and feel. Options to change the processing, e.g. to invert, are also available. A click on the settings option displays the colors that are used for elements; there you also find the default processing option and the list of custom configurations for individual sites. You may change the following colors in the settings: Default foreground color. Default background color. Default link color. Default visited link color. Default active link color. Default selection color. Just click on the color or edit the Hex code directly; a reset option is available as well. Dark Background and Light Text comes with two hotkeys that you may use to toggle its functionality. F2 works only on the active tab and enables or disables the functionality on it. Ctrl-Shift-D toggles Enabled globally instead. Closing Words A dark theme extension is a good addition to the web browser of choice if you prefer black or darker themes on your devices. Dark Background and Light Text worked well during tests and unlike some other extensions, did not make sites unreadable. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/dark-background-light-text/ Source: Dark Background and Light Text is probably the best dark Firefox add-on (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  5. Manage your tabs, bookmarks, downloads with the Sidebar+ extension for Firefox All-in-One Sidebar was an amazing extension, which was ultimately abandoned by its developer when WebExtensions were introduced. Though nowhere close to AiOS, there are a few sidebar extensions which are worth trying. Sidebar+ is one such add-on. Click on the extension's toolbar icon to view a mini-interface. It allows you to set the location of Sidebar+. Options for these include setting it as a native element (not collapsible), a pop-up window, iframe (collapsible panel), or to disable it completely. I recommend using the left iframe setting, as keeping it on the right and trying to use the scroll bar is a headache, unless you've set the scroll bar to be on the left of course. The gear icon is a shortcut to the add-on's options. The side-bar is visible in full-screen mode, which can be annoying if you're watching videos. But you can quickly toggle it using the F8 hotkey. Another option is to enable the "Collapse to thin-line" option from the sidebar. Now to the side bar itself. It uses auto-hide to collapse itself when you mouse away from it. Clicking the pin-icon can make it sticky, but this uses up quite a bit of the screen's real estate, you can resize it though. There are a bunch of icons at the top of Sidebar+. The Tabs section is essentially a nice tab management tool. It displays a list of all your tabs including the favicon and title of each tab. Click on a tab to jump to its position. Mouse over a tab to bookmark, move, reload or close the tab. The "Bookmarks" section contains the Bookmarks Menu, Bookmarks Toolbar and all other folders that you created. It has 2 buttons that you can use to bookmark the current tab or to create a new bookmark folder. View all your visited tabs from the History section. The Downloads tab is handy for managing ongoing downloads (pause, resume or cancel). Sidebar+ has a built-in RSS Reader. Hit the + button to add a new feed, paste the feed's URL and give it a name. It displays a badge on the RSS icon indicating the number of unread articles. You'll need to resize the sidebar to view the full titles of articles, and to mark posts as read. But that's just about it, the extension doesn't have a built-in article viewer. If you click on a blog post's title, it opens a new tab to load the article. The Pocket tab when authorized to work with your account, displays content that you've saved. The Search tab is pretty useful, as you can look up information and view the results from the sidebar. You can choose from a few search engines (explained in the next section). A persistent search bar appears at the bottom in all tabs, this one's a local search tool that you can use to quickly find a tab. Click the three dot menu icon in the bottom right corner of the sidebar to open the "Configure mouse actions" screen. You can set an action for the following: Left click, middle button click, alt + click, ctrl + click and shift + click. Actions that you can choose are: Open, Open in New Tab, Open in New Inactive Tab or Add to bookmarks. Startpage This is a new tab replacement that Sidebar+ comes with. It can be customized to some extent. Note: This has nothing to do with the "StartPage" search engine. The Startpage is basically a set of tiles which act as speed-dials. The add-on seems to pull the most visited websites and generates shortcuts to those. You can edit them by mousing over to the top right edge and clicking the gear icon. This allows you to change the URL, text (displayed on the tile) and the color of the tile. You can add more tiles to the screen, and rearrange the order of tiles. The Search bar at the top of the startpage is nice. It can search using multiple engines at the same time, though you can pick the ones you want to use from DuckDuckGo, Google, Yandex, Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia. There's no way to resize the tiles, nor can you modify the size of the text. Setting a tile to use a single word makes the font gigantic. Personally, I disabled the startpage because I'm accustomed to GroupSpeedDial. Head to the add-on's options to disable any of the extra features that you don't like. The extension is open source. If you want a jack of all trades solution, Sidebar+ is a good option. But some of the features aren't as refined as those offered by dedicated extensions (for e.g. GroupSpeedDial, Tab Manager Plus, Smart RSS). Interestingly, the add-on's GitHub page says that it mas removed from the Chrome store by Google. I wonder why. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/sidebar_plus/ Source: Manage your tabs, bookmarks, downloads with the Sidebar+ extension for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  6. View thumbnails of your tabs and organize them with Panorama Tab Groups for Firefox Tab Management in Firefox and other web browsers is not overly comfortable by default. That's why some use add-ons to improve tab management in the browser. Who remembers Panorama in Firefox? Mozilla removed it for economic reasons, but an add-on brought the feature back, before it was inevitably killed when WebExtensions replaced "legacy add-ons". Panorama Tab Groups is the perfect alternative for a feature long-lost to us. The extension places an icon on the Toolbar, clicking on which switches to a speed dial-like interface. This shows you every tab in that window, it displays the website's favicon, a mini-preview (of active tabs), and the partial title of each tab; this is the Panorama view. The visual representation of each tab is the reason why the add-on is named Panorama Tab Groups. This is a lot more convenient than just having a list of tabs. Mouse over a tab to view the tab's full title. If you don't want to switch tabs, hit the toolbar icon again to return to the normal view. You can switch to and from the Panorama View using the hotkey Ctrl + Shift + F. Selecting a tab in Panorama Tab Groups jumps to the tab's position (and loads it if it was idle). You can close tabs by using the x button in the tab's dial. Rearrange tabs by clicking and dragging them. The + button inside a tab group can be used to open a new tab. Managing Tab Groups Panorama Tab Groups allows you to create new tab groups, this can be done by using on the + button in the extension's interface. To name a group, click on the text at the top of the tab dials to name your group. You can have several tab groups, but remember that tab groups are stored in the window you opened them in. Say for example, you have a few tab groups, and the current active group has four tabs. Just because you see a single tab group in a window doesn't mean that the window contains only the four from that group. The point is, when you close the window, all tab groups created in it are lost. Also, if you opened two windows and created one tab group in each, you can't access them together. You'll have to switch windows to manage/view the other group. To create a new group, click the + button on the add-on's toolbar. You can drag it to an empty space in the Panorama View to place it. See that blank space in the corner? You can drag a new tab group there. The second button on the toolbar is a shortcut to the extension's Settings page. It allows you to change the hotkeys for switching to Panorama View, and to activate the next Tab Group. Panorama Tab Groups has an optional dark theme to choose from. The add-on has a backup option that lets you save your tab groups (as a JSON file). You can import saved backups to restore them. There is a message that says the backup feature could be removed when proper session management is available in Firefox. Click the third icon on the toolbar to resize the tab groups. Personally, I liked manually resizing the groups. To do so, mouse over a corner of the tab group and drag it to the size you want it to. Not sure where the tab you want is? Use the search box in the toolbar to enter the name of the website or a word in the title of the tab, and hit enter. The extension will switch to the corresponding tab if a match is found. Panorama Tab Groups is an open source extension. Do I have to create new tab groups to use the add-on? No, you can use Firefox with a single window and still use Panorama Tab Groups. If you don't like the add-on, but want a similar and minimal alternative, you might want to try Tab Manager Plus. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/panorama-tab-groups/ Source: View thumbnails of your tabs and organize them with Panorama Tab Groups for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  7. Speed up downloads in Firefox with Multithreaded Download Manager Multithreaded Download Manager is an extension for the Firefox web browser that may speed up file downloads in the browser thanks to the use of download threads. Download manager extension require a scary number of permissions and Multithreaded Download Manager is no exception to that. The developer explains the permissions on the project's GitHub repository; the extension is open source which means that anyone may check the source code to analyze the functionality. The main feature that the add-on adds to Firefox is that file downloads may be downloaded in threads to speed things up; this works only if the server supports this and if the Internet connection allows it. The extension uses four download threads by default but you may increase the number in the options. Firefox does not allow more than 6 threads by default but you may increase that limit by changing the values of network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server and network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy accordingly. The extension adds an icon to the main Firefox toolbar during installation that you may interact with. Downloads are listed in the interface when you click on it. Each download is listed with its name, speed, completion percentage and other information. There are also options to pause downloads or to cancel them at any time. Multithreaded Download Manager picks up downloads in Firefox automatically but you may start manual download processes as well either by pasting a URL or URLs into the download form or by having it already in the Clipboard as the URL is used then automatically by the extension. The referring page is always the URL and title of the active tab. You may change that manually as well as the address. A click on link or media displays all links and all media files found on the active page to download these directly. You may also add checksum information for verification and change network options including the number of threads, minimum chunk size, and maximum retries before the download is canceled. The extension's options are quite extensive. You may change network, interface, and other preferences, e.g. to automate the download process further, to automatically removed completed or failed downloads, to change several network preferences, or to modify the interface to better reflect what you need. There is even an option to add custom CSS snippets. Closing Words Multithreaded Download Manager may offer a good compromise between using a full download manager such as Internet Download Manager, HTTP Downloader, or uGet, and using a browser's built-in download capabilities. It lacks some of the advanced options that desktop download managers offer, e.g. better management of downloaded files, but not everyone needs these. Landing Page: https://github.com/jingyu9575/multithreaded-download-manager Source: Speed up downloads in Firefox with Multithreaded Download Manager (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  8. Jot down notes quickly in a sidebar with the Nine Notes extension for Firefox Note taking programs are always useful for saving ideas, thoughts, etc for later use. If you use the browser as a tool for work, you might as well use a notes add-on as it integrates notes taking in the browser. While some browsers support note taking by default, e.g. Vivaldi does, others come without such functionality and rely on extensions instead. Nine Notes is an extension for Firefox that can help you jot down notes quickly. When you install the add-on, it places an icon on the toolbar. Clicking it opens a sidebar, this is the extension's interface. It is quite minimalistic. You'll see 5 tabs in the sidebar, one for each note. To close the sidebar hit the X button in the top right corner of the panel. Head to the add-on's options to enable up to nine note tabs. There is no way to rename or rearrange the tabs. The settings page also houses options to toggle a Dark theme, set the font size and type. The Nine Notes text pane is just a large text field. You can type anything in it to save it. There is no support for formatting text or adding images. The add-on has soft wrap (word wrap) enabled by default; you can toggle it from the settings. Highlight text on web pages and right-click on the selection to open the browser's context menu. You will see an option that says "Send to 9 Notes". This sub-menu has its own child menu, that can be used to select the "note number" that you wish to send the content to. For e.g. Sent to 9 Notes > #5. This option saves the selected text in a new line at the end of the selected note. Sadly, this method doesn't work with links, emails (basically any clickable text). Speaking of, links that you save in the notes (by pasting the URL) are not clickable, but you can highlight them and use Firefox's open in new tab option. Nine Notes does not have a search option, so if you jot down something in one of the notes and don't remember where you saved it, there is no direct way of finding it. You can paste the content in a text editor to find the content you were searching for. Alternatively, you can use the "Save' button in the bottom left corner of the sidebar, to save it in a text document which makes it easy to search, and this also lets you backup your notes. Each note tab is saved in its own text file, so remember to save all your note tabs. This is isn't necessary, since the content that you save in Nine Notes are persistent, i.e., they are retained even after you exit the browser or reboot the computer. The extension seems to have been inspired by an old add-on called QuickNote. Though, unlike it Nine Notes cannot be used from a pop-up window, i.e., it works as a sidebar tool. The extension does not support sticky notes or reminders. One of the comments by the developer on the add-on's reviews page mentioned that Nine Notes supports a hotkey on Ubuntu: Shift + Alt + N. It works fine on Windows as well. Nine Notes is not open source. On the bright side, the extension does not require any special permissions to run. The restriction to only have 9 note tabs can be a downside for some. There doesn't seem to be a word limit per tab, so theoretically you could have endless notes. But this is a note taking program, not a text editor, though you can use it as one. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/nine-notes/ Source: Jot down notes quickly in a sidebar with the Nine Notes extension for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  9. Speed up the loading of webpages in Firefox with Faster Pageload Faster Pageload is a browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that may speed up the loading of webpages in the browser. The extension uses preloading and lazy loading to speed up the loading of pages in Firefox. Installation should not pose any difficulties; it requires access to all websites since it speeds up the loading of all sites encountered in the browser. Users need to modify two Firefox preferences before they may use the extension to its fullest extent. The process is explained on a help page that is loaded automatically after the installation of the extension completes. The two preferences in question need to be modified on Firefox's about:config page: Search for network.dns.disablePrefetchFromHTTPS and set the preference to FALSE (this enables prefetching of DNS on HTTPS sites) Search for network.predictor.enable-prefetch and set the preference to TRUE (lets Firefox predict which links users will click on next to preload them). The extension adds an icon to Firefox's address bar that acts as a toggle for the extension's functionality. The colorful icon indicates that the extension's functionality is turned on, the gray icon that it has been disabled. Faster Pageload works automatically from that moment on. It will preload resources when you hover over a link to speed up the loading if you actually click on that link. According to the developer, it takes an average of 400ms from hovering over a link to clicking it. The time is used to load the resource to speed up the loading. The lazy loading works as expected; it loads images only when they are in view and will pause the loading of images that are not in view. Once images are about to come into view, e.g. by scrolling, they will be loaded as well so that they display normally. Note that it needs to be enabled in the options (see below) The extension comes with two options that you may control on about:addons. The first enables the preloading of every visible link, the second enables the lazy loading of images in Firefox. Closing Words The extension may speed up the loading of webpages if these are loaded via clicks on links. It does not help if the webpages are loaded automatically, e.g. on browser start or through external applications. Mileage may vary as the effectiveness of the preloading depends on a number of factors including the speed and latency of the Internet connection, the time it takes to click on links, and the linked resource itself. If link loading is particularly slow on your end, you may want to give this a try to see if the extension speeds things up noticeably. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/faster-pageload/ Source: Speed up the loading of webpages in Firefox with Faster Pageload (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  10. Tabs Aside is a Firefox extension that lets you save and restore browser sessions Microsoft Edge (not the Chromium one) has a cool feature that lets you set tabs aside. Basically, it saves your session and lets you restore it at a later time. Tabs Aside is a web extension that can do the same for Firefox. The add-on needs to be setup before it can be used for the purpose. Click on the toolbar icon to get started. A side-panel opens and the setup wizard explains how the add-on works. Tabs Aside saves tabs as bookmarks in its folder. Every session is saved in its own sub-folder. You may choose to create a new folder called 'Tabs Aside' or create a custom folder. The next step in the wizard lets you choose the session saving behavior. You can pick from three options. The default setting is "Active Sessions" that updates bookmarks as you open or close tabs, and each session is saved it is own window. The "Tabs Aside 2" method disables Windowed mode. Or you can choose the "Like Microsoft Edge" option, that disables both Windowed mode and Active Sessions. Note: The current iteration of the extension is called Tabs Aside 3 on GitHub. How to set aside tabs in Tabs Aside Click on the toolbar icon, it has three options. Select the Tabs Aside option, it opens a new window and begins saving each tab to the session. When it's done, a side-panel opens on the left edge of the screen. This is the "Tabs you've set aside panel", technically it's the bookmark folder's title. Note: If you have a lot of tabs, you may notice a slight delay in the process. Let's call this sidebar the sessions panel, because this is where you can view, restore or search sessions. Select the restore option next to a session, and Tabs Aside opens a new window and restores your tabs. It uses lazy loading (only loads the first tab), so don't worry about the browser or the add-on using up too much memory or slowing down the browser while tabs are loading. Sessions that you've saved remain even after you have restored them (since they are saved as bookmarks). Clicking the three dot menu next to a session lets you rename or remove the session. Click on the arrow icon in the left edge of the screen. This makes the add-on list all tabs that were set aside during the selected session. The list displays the title of each tab. You may click on a title to switch to the corresponding tab. Right-click on a listing to copy it's URL to the clipboard. Once you've named a session, it's title will also be displayed in the toolbar icon's menu. Options Page The Tabs Aside settings allows you set the session's root folder, enable or disable Active Sessions, open sessions in a new window, lazy loading. You can change the way tab closing behavior is handled: remove from session or set aside. The add-on does not set aside pinned tabs by default, but there is an option that lets it save pinned tabs. I was looking for a OneTab replacement (hasn't been updated in months, and I wanted an alternative just in case) and stumbled across Better OneTab which sadly doesn't have a Firefox version. So, I continued my search and eventually found Tabs Aside. The extension is open source. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tabs-aside/ Source: Tabs Aside is a Firefox extension that lets you save and restore browser sessions (gHacks - Ashwin)
  11. Open in Browser is a Firefox extension that opens PDFs, images directly instead of downloading them Firefox as you know, has built-in support for viewing some document formats like TXT, PDF, XML and image formats. But sometimes you get a download dialog open up, instead of the content being displayed. That's not convenient if you prefer that the content is opened in the browser, and is precisely what the Open In Browser extension for Firefox is meant to fix. How does it work? When you click on URLs that contain a file, websites return a MIME type (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) to your browser; these contain something called a "content-type" header. Sometimes, the data that is provideds may not work as intended, for e.g. you might have clicked on an image to view the full-size version, but instead Firefox shows you a download option instead of opening it right away in the browser. Example 1: The browser will directly download the PDF. Example 2: Clicking a document's (or image's) URL prompts the download dialog instead of allowing the browser to view it. Surprisingly both links didn't open the documents, despite the fact that the "Preview in Firefox" option for PDF had been enabled. I tested other PDFs from my inbox, Internet Archive, etc and they all opened directly. I installed the add-on and tried accessing the same URLs. A new prompt appeared and Open in Browser detected them as "server sent MIME". It had an option to open it with Firefox. This saves you the trouble of downloading and opening it. Another advantage is that your downloads folder doesn't get cluttered. The extension also allows you to select the way the download should be handled; it can be used to open web files in five ways: As a text, a web page, an XML, an image or a PDF. This is of course limited to the browser's capabilities. Obviously, you will need compatible content as well for this to work. e.g. text documents, PDFs or PNGs. Other file types will be downloaded as they're normally handled by the browser. There is a caveat, you will see the download dialog twice anytime you try to download something (EXEs, ZIPs, MSIs etc) when you have the extension installed. There is a fix for this as well: head to the about:addons page, click on Open In Browser > Options. Enable the setting that reads "Never ask to confirm "Save File" action". You will notice it has a link next to it that says "application/prs.oib-ask-once", click on it and you will see a download dialog pop-up. Enable the "Do this automatically for files like this from now on" option for it, and the extension won't bother you with double download dialogs. If the extension is not working with a particular file, try forcing it by going to the Tools menu (F10 or Alt) > Open in Browser > Enable for next request. Warning: Never set the "Open with Firefox" option and then enable "Do this automatically for files like this from now on" option. Doing that will open blank tabs endlessly, thus crashing your session. This is not related to the add-on, but an issue with Firefox. Open in Browser is an open source extension, the source code is available on GitHub. The add-on improves the browsing experience a bit, and saves some precious time. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/open-in-browser/ Source: Open in Browser is a Firefox extension that opens PDFs, images directly instead of downloading them (gHacks)
  12. Eyes Alarm is a nice take-a-break add-on for Firefox and Chrome We discuss many Firefox add-ons and Chrome extensions here on gHacks, but the majority of those are either related to security or productivity. Today we take a look at a different category: health. More specifically, eye care. A lot of users work in front of a computer for long hours every day and unless precautions are taken to take enough breaks, it can lead to health issues. Try to observe (or ask someone) how often you blink naturally, you may be surprised by the result. This is a result of too much time spent staring at a monitor. To counter this, you should look away from the screen from time to time as it relaxes the eyes and helps prevent the issue. Tip: we reviewed several programs for Windows that assist you in taking breaks and prevent eye strain. To name just a few: Eye Guardian, Eyecare, and Eyes Relax. Eye Alarm Eyes Alarm is an add-on for Firefox and Chrome that can help you with this. You can also use it as a break reminder to stretch your legs or maybe get a glass of water to drink. It's very user-friendly and has a few options that you can customize. When it is time for you to take a break, the add-on will display a notification on your desktop that informs you about it. Coming to the add-on’s UI, Eyes Alarm adds a clock icon to the toolbar that you may click on to display a pop-up menu. It has a timer (explained below), a reset switch and a gear icon. The reset switch can be used to restart the timer and the gear icon lets you access Eyes Alarm's settings. By default, Eyes Alarm reminds you to take a break once every 50 minutes. That's what the "timer" is for, it displays the time that has passed since the previous break. You can set it to as low as 1 minute or as high as 180 minutes. Next you have the break timer which is set to 10 minutes. And just like the reminder timer, this too can be configured from 1 to 120 minutes. There is an option to change the notification title which reads “Time to break” by default but you can set it to anything you want to. You can also modify the notification content. The default line is “How about a cup of tea?”. This feature allows you to use the add-on for reminders for things to do (on a short-time basis) as well. I don't think it is a good idea to use it for medical purposes like taking pills. Note: Once the break timer runs out, it starts the alarm timer automatically. What if you miss the notification though? Eyes Alarm has an optional notification sound setting which is disabled by default. It allows you to set a custom volume level for the sound. As for the sound itself, it does ship with one (a gentle bell chime). You can use custom sounds too by pasting a URL into the field. I tried setting it to use a different local audio but it didn’t work for me in Firefox or Chrome (Microsoft Edge Chromium Beta). What did work was setting a direct URL to an mp3 audio file. One issue which I was concerned about was the "access your data for all websites". The developer's note at the add-on's page state that permission is required as you can put in any path for custom sounds. That does make sense but these global permissions are still nerve wrecking in my opinion. Note: Modifying any of the settings restarts the alarm timer even if you didn’t alter the timer’s settings. Closing Words Eyes Alarm is an open source project; you can find the source code on GitHub. Apart from the odd grammatical error or two, the add-on is quite good. You can also use programs like F.lux or Lightbulb to reduce eye strain in all applications and not just your browser. These programs are not break reminders though but they change the light of the computer screen instead. Eyes Alarm worked well during tests. Source: Eyes Alarm is a nice take-a-break add-on for Firefox and Chrome (gHacks)
  13. Prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook. What does it do? Facebook Container works by isolating your Facebook identity into a separate container that makes it harder for Facebook to track your visits to other websites with third-party cookies. How does it work? Installing this extension closes your Facebook tabs, deletes your Facebook cookies, and logs you out of Facebook. The next time you navigate to Facebook it will load in a new blue colored browser tab (the “Container”). You can log in and use Facebook normally when in the Facebook Container. If you click on a non-Facebook link or navigate to a non-Facebook website in the URL bar, these pages will load outside of the container. Clicking Facebook Share buttons on other browser tabs will load them within the Facebook Container. You should know that using these buttons passes information to Facebook about the website that you shared from. Which website features will not function? Because you will be logged into Facebook only in the Container, embedded Facebook comments and Like buttons in tabs outside the Facebook Container will not work. This prevents Facebook from associating information about your activity on websites outside of Facebook to your Facebook identity. In addition, websites that allow you to create an account or log in using your Facebook credentials will generally not work properly. Because this extension is designed to separate Facebook use from use of other websites, this behavior is expected. What does Facebook Container NOT protect against? It is important to know that this extension doesn’t prevent Facebook from mishandling the data that it already has, or permitted others to obtain, about you. Facebook still will have access to everything that you do while you are on facebook.com, including your Facebook comments, photo uploads, likes, any data you share with Facebook connected apps, etc. Rather than stop using a service you find valuable, we think you should have tools to limit what data others can obtain. This extension focuses on limiting Facebook tracking, but other ad networks may try to correlate your Facebook activities with your regular browsing. In addition to this extension, you can change your Facebook settings, use Private Browsing, enable Tracking Protection, block third-party cookies, and/or use Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension to further limit tracking. What data does Mozilla receive from this extension? Mozilla does not collect data from your use of the Facebook Container extension. We do receive the number of times the extension is installed or removed. Learn more Other Containers Facebook Container leverages the Containers feature that is already built in to Firefox. When you enable Facebook Container, you may also see Containers named Personal, Work, Shopping, and Banking while you browse. If you wish to use multiple Containers, you’ll have the best user experience if you install the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension. Learn more about Containers on our support site. Known Issues When Facebook is open and you navigate to another website using the same tab (by entering an address, doing a search, or clicking a bookmark), the new website will be loaded outside of the Container and you will not be able to navigate back to Facebook using the back button in the browser. NOTE: If you are a Multi-Account Containers user who has already assigned Facebook to a Container, this extension will not work. In an effort to preserve your existing Container set up and logins, this add-on will not include the additional protection to keep other sites out of your Facebook Container. If you would like this additional protection, first unassign facebook.com in the Multi-Account Container extension, and then install this extension. What version of Firefox do I need for this? This extension works with Firefox 57 and higher on Desktop. Note that it does not work on other browsers and it does not work on Firefox for mobile. If you believe you are using Firefox 57+, but the install page is telling you that you are not on a supported browser, you can try installing by selecting or copying and pasting this link. (This may be occurring because you have set a preference or installed an extension that causes your browser to obscure its user agent for privacy or other reasons.) How does this compare to the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension? Facebook Container specifically isolates Facebook and works automatically. Firefox Multi-Account Containers is a more general extension that allows you to create containers and determine which sites open in each container. You can use Multi-Account Containers to create a container for Facebook and assign facebook.com to it. Multi-Account Containers will then make sure to only open facebook.com in the Facebook Container. However, unlike Facebook Container, Multi-Account Containers doesn’t prevent you from opening non-Facebook sites in your Facebook Container. So users of Multi-Account Containers need to take a bit extra care to make sure they leave the Facebook Container when navigating to other sites. In addition, Facebook Container assigns some Facebook-owned sites like Instagram and Messenger to the Facebook Container. With Multi-Account Containers, you will have to assign these in addition to facebook.com. Facebook Container also deletes Facebook cookies from your other containers on install and when you restart the browser, to clean up any potential Facebook trackers. Multi-Account Containers does not do that for you. Report Issues If you come across any issues with this extension, please let us know by filing an issue here. Thank you! ----- Release Notes: This release also asks for permission to clear recent browsing history, so we can improve its protection and its integration with Multi-Account Containers. 83ae8bf fix #183: Can't search Google/other sites with string "fbclid". Add-on's Permissions: This add-on can: Access your data for all websites Clear recent browsing history, cookies, and related data Monitor extension usage and manage themes Access browser tabs ----- Homepage/Download https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/facebook-container/
  14. Classic Theme Restorer Add-on developer promised he will offer a userChrome.CSS file that will allow to modify Photon UI when Firefox 57 release gets near. Classic Theme Restorer add-on which used by Firefox users to revert from Australis to classic UI, will be dead when Firefox 57 aka Firefox Quantum arrives with Photon UI on November 14, 2017. Currently, CTR add-on which uses legacy technology has more than 3 lakh users. Classic Theme Restorer add-on developers’s UserChrome.css file modifies Firefox 57 Photon UI like before CTR developer, Aris says Photon UI can be modified using CSS tweaks, but confirms the new CSS code he is going to offer, cannot create new items or toolbars or buttons. The UserChrome.CSS file will contain most of the code from his two add-ons: Classic Theme Restrorer and Classic Toolbar buttons. Screenshots posted by Aris confirms modifying the Firefox Photon UI is very much possible. Check the below screenshot for the proof. Changing Firefox 57 Photon UI using userChrome.css file When UserChrome.CSS file is available, you can to do the following Install Firefox 57 on your computer Visit about:support page and open the Profile folder Create a new folder called ‘Chrome’ and drag and drop or copy and paste the userChrome.css file to it. Reopen Firefox browser to see UI changes. Tested / confirmed working in userChrome.css (at the moment) [Tabs] squared tabs (with rounded top corners), Read: Firefox 57 : Photon Rectangular Tabs, New Icons and more [Tabs] custom tab height [Tabs] (old) tab appearance/colors for active/non-active/hovered/pending/unread tabs [Tabs] remove ridiculous tab toolbar gap before first tab (in normal window mode without menubar) [Tabs] tabs not on top: tabs toolbar after navigation and bookmarks toolbars [Tabs] empty tab favicon: tab icon for tabs without favicons [Tabs] hide tabs toolbar for tab sidebar WEs (not visible on screenshots) [Buttons] navigation toolbar buttons: ‘classic’ button appearance (like offered by Classic Toolbar Buttons add-on) [Buttons] bookmarks toolbar buttons: ‘default’ button appearance [Buttons] default browser buttons: custom icon colors [Buttons] application/hamburger button: move button to the left [Buttons] application/hamburger button: cheat button into tabs toolbar [Buttons] application/hamburger button: custom label (“Firefox” on screenshots) [Buttons] application/hamburger button: different colors (Default, Aurora, Nightly, Transparent…) [Buttons] bookmarks menu button: label on bookmarks toolbar [Buttons] bookmarks menu popup: classic appearance [Buttons] custom images for toolbar buttons (like offered by Classic Toolbar Buttons add-on) [Buttons] downloads button: always visible (there is also an option for that in ‘Customize…’ mode) [Buttons] ‘more’ compact navigation toolbar buttons [Location Bar] location bar and search bar text size [Location Bar] location bars dropmarker at the end [Location Bar] change location bars icon padding [Location Bar] identity box colors for secure/valid connections [Location Bar] width/height tweaks to location bar popup [Location Bar] location bar popup: two lined results (buggy in some cases) [General] hiding ui elements not removable by default (e.g. action menu in location bar, private mask) Firefox 57: First Look At Page Action Menu [General] context menu item labels instead of icons for back, forward, reload, bookmark this page [General] lw-theme support for squared tabs and ‘tabs not on top’ appearance [General] bookmarks toolbar: old padding [General] bookmarks toolbar: old height Notes [Buttons] application/hamburger button ‘in titlebar’: space before tabs has to be adjusted manually (depends on custom button title length), ‘Titlebar’ and ‘Drag Space’ checkboxes have to be disabled ‘Customize…’ area) [Buttons] application/hamburger button jumps back to nav-bar, if menubar is visible (prevents overlapping glitches) [Location Bar] popup width has to be adjusted manually to match location bars width for normal, maximized and fullscreen window modes Already in Firefox 57+ without installing WebExtensions (compared to Firefox 56 or older) [Buttons] star/bookmark button: button in location bar [Buttons] bookmarks menu button: disconnected from star button (see ‘Customize…’ area) [Buttons] back and forward buttons: disconnected from location bar [Buttons] back and forward buttons: separately movable within navigation toolbar bar [Buttons] stop and reload buttons: buttons combined and outside location bar [Buttons] sidebar button: one button for bookmarks, history and synced tabs [Buttons] application/hamburger button: popup ‘closer’ to the old one (no huge icons) [Buttons] downloads button: progress indicator below icon [General] flexible spaces (see ‘Customize…’ area) [General] drag space: space above tabs toolbar (see ‘Customize…’ area) [General] toolbar modes: compact, normal, large (see ‘Customize…’ area) Things possible by installing WebExtensions [Buttons] Old ‘Firefox’ menu (WIP): Application Menu [Buttons] RSS button in location bar: Awesome RSS [General] custom ‘about:newtab’ page: New Tab Override [Tabs] Sidebar tabs: Tabs Center Redux (additional CSS code in userChrome.css required to hide default tabs toolbar for now) Not properly working using CSS tweaks [Tabs] custom tab widths: issues with overflow mode like on previous Fx versions, if modified through custom CSS areas Not possible ‘real’ buttons in titlebar (moving buttons to a toolbar and cheating them into titlebar is possible) Actually/manually moving existing buttons to different locations than toolbars (e.g. feed button in location bar, Application/hamburger button to tabs toolbar) Additional toolbars, add-ons bar, status bar Custom scrollbars (Re)binding xml code: ‘old search’, autoresizing autocomplete popup
  15. The WebExtension version of the popular content blocker uBlock Origin has landed on Mozilla's official Add-ons website for the Firefox web browser. A big upcoming shift from legacy add-ons to WebExtensions forces add-on developers to port their legacy add-ons to ensure compatibility with Firefox 57 and newer versions of the browser. Mozilla plans to cut off legacy support in Firefox 57 Stable which means essentially that add-ons that are not WebExtensions by the time won't work anymore in the web browser. Legacy add-on developers face three major issues: first that Mozilla is still working on WebExtension APIs, second that WebExtensions will be limited in what developers can do with them when compared to legacy add-ons, and third that it is just a couple of months before the switch happens. uBlock Origin WebExtension on Firefox AMO Work on a WebExtension version of uBlock Origin began back in October 2016. The extension was released on GitHub back then which meant that it was not signed at that point in time. Users who were interested in the new version were only able to install it as a temporary add-on. Good for testing, but not really practicable for every day use. The move to being distributed through Mozilla's official add-on repository takes care of the issue. The WebExtension version of uBlock Origin is available on the development channel on AMO currently. Firefox users who want to install the extension can do so in the following way: Advertisement Load the official uBlock Origin page on the Mozilla website. Scroll down on the page until you find the Development Channel section on it. Click on Development Channel to expand it. Either click directly on the "add to Firefox" link to install the latest build -- which is the WebExtension version of uBlock Origin", or click on "see complete development channel history" to list previous versions as well. Note: Existing uBlock Origin users will notice a delay during the process. This is caused by the importing of data from legacy storage to WebExtension storage. The process may take up to five minutes. The legacy storage won't be touched during the process so that it is possible to return to the legacy extension at a later point in time. The WebExtension storage will be deleted however when you uninstall the uBlock Origin WebExtension. Other things worth noting are: The new version is a hybrid extension right now. It will show up as legacy in about:addons. script:contains filter do not work. cosmetic filters are limited as the browser's user styles cannot be used for that anymore. Users who are on the "legacy" dev channel will notice that the "dev channel will cease to work". These users need to install the new version manually it appears. Closing Words The publication of the WebExtension version of uBlock Origin on Mozilla AMO marks the next step in the development of the new version of the popular add-on for Firefox. There is work to be done for sure, but Gorhill still has several months before the change hits Firefox. The first version is less powerful right now than the current legacy add-on version for Firefox. Most Firefox users may want to stick with the legacy add-on version for now because of that. Article source
  16. When it comes to adding userscript support to Firefox, Greasemonkey is still the number one extension trusted by the majority of users. While there are alternatives such as Scriptish, they pale in terms of raw user numbers when compared to Greasemonkey. The development team behind Greasemonkey has just released version 2.0 of the extension. As always, it takes time before the new version is made available to all existing users and users who visit the Greasemonkey page on the website. Interested users can install the new version of the extension on the "versions" page of it on the website where it is already made available. The new version introduces several changes that may make some scripts incompatible with version 2.0 of Greasemonkey. One of the changes affects the @grant mode that scripts use. It allows scripts to specify which API methods they want to have access to. Up until now, Greasemonkey tried to auto-detect the right settings when grant was not used by a script. The new version changes this by assigning @grant none mode to any script that does not specifically request API methods using the feature. It is interesting to note that the change affects only scripts that you install new, update, edit or reinstall. Existing scripts that you leave untouched are not affected by the change according to the announcement. The second change that may break compatibility with some scripts is that Greasemonkey's privileged sandbox has been updated to match changes made to unsafeWindow in Mozilla's Add-on SDK. What this means is that scripts need to use the new methods cloneInto(), exportFunction() and createObjectIn() to write values to unsafeWindow. According to the developers, this improves the extension's stability, reliability and security. The consequence is that the changes may break some scripts unless they are updated by their authors to correct the issues. It is unclear how many scripts will be affected by this but the team believes that the benefits outweigh compatibility issues. A couple of additional changes and fixes are introduced in Greasemonkey 2.0. Firefox Sync support is turned on by default for instance which means that it is enabled by default now. If a user has activated Firefox Sync, userscripts will be synchronized automatically once Greasemonkey 2.0 has been installed. You can change that behavior in the extension's options where you need to uncheck the "Enable Firefox Sync for User Scripts" box. Another interesting change is that all references to userscripts.org have been removed from the extension. The repository has been down for some time now and while there is an option to access it, as outlined here, it is unclear if it will return fully or vanish into oblivion. You can read up on the remaining changes and fixes -- mostly coding related -- on the official Greasepot website. Source: ghacks.net
  17. Cerberus

    XBMC Addon Pack v1.0.8

    XBMC Addon Pack v1.0.8 for Windows: This Pack is not made by XBMC or XBMCHUB. I wanted to make the install and enable addon feature easier. If a Addon doesnt work, give it time and when fix is released, XBMC will auto. update the Addon to fix the issue. This feature is nice. Changes: Video Addons 115 (updated as of 10.23.2013) Music Addons 10 (updated as of 10.23.2013) Programs 35 (updated and added new programs as of 10.23.2013) old Make sure to uncheck so not to use BillionUploads Download Manager. Note: Some AV's (AVG AV) for some reason doesnt like the sfx file. It is clean and nothing harmful included. I made this for myself and I am just sharing. Hope everyone enjoys.
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