Throughout the year, we’ve looked at a number of what I call ”bulk downloaders” – services/applications that download and install multiple user selected applications, in one pass.
So far this year we’ve looked at Ninite, which provides a generous listing of freeware applications, LiberKey which installs up to 180+portable applications, and ZeuAPP, which makes it easy to download a host of freeware programs. As well, we looked at a number of others that, in the end, were not up to the task.
The basic premise with all these services/applications is – you choose your applications from a smorgasbord menu.
I must admit, that based on readers’ comments, these applications are not as popular as I expected. Who knew? Still, given that I perform an OS reinstall at six month intervals on each of my home machines, I find this type of application, especially Ninite, a valuable addition to my utility toolbox.
Linkular, has taking this multi download concept to another level by releasing AddonFox, which is described as “an install wizard for Firefox addons, enabling users to choose which categories they are interested in. The user is then presented with a list of extensions to choose from, which are then installed en masse.”
The following screen captures should give you a good feel for what you can expect if you choose to install this extension/wizard.
For illustrative purposes, I have chosen to display both the “Customization” and the “Media” add-on menus, only.
Clicking on any “More Info” link opens that particular add-on’s information page. In this representative example, I clicked on the Cooliris “More Info” link which then opened the appropriate page.
AddonFox includes over 100 add-ons in its smorgasbord style menu, neatly broken down into the following categories.
There’s not much point in reinventing the wheel, so the following information has been taken directly from the publisher’s Mozilla page.
✔ Multiple addons are installed automatically according to your choice (We have over a hundred in the collection)
✔ Each addon is accompanied by a concise description and a link for more information
✔ You can personalize AddonFox by adding or removing addons after initial installation
✔ Many addons are configurable for a better user experience
When initially installing AddonFox, not all the addons included are on by default. We started you off with our editors’ choices but you can always add or remove any addon to suit your personal needs.
The following categories and addons are included:
✔ Add to Search Bar – Make any pages’ search functionality available in the Search Bar
✔ Autofill Forms – Enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut
✔ Firefox Sync – Access your history, passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs across your devices
✔ Google Shortcuts – Display all of your Google Services as buttons anywhere you like
✔ Greasemonkey – Customize any site using thousands of user scripts
✔ Menu Editor – Rearrange menu items in the context menu and the main menu bar
✔ New Tab King – Adds most visited sites, recently closed tabs, and suggested sites to new tabs
✔ Organize Search Engines – Organize your search engines with separators and folders
✔ Organize Status Bar – Organize your status bar icons
✔ Samfind Bookmarks Bar – Quickest, easiest way to access your favorite websites
✔ Speed Dial – Direct access to your most visited websites
✔ Tab Mix Plus – Duplicate tabs, control tab focus, undo closed tabs and windows, etc.
✔ Download Manager Tweak – Open the download manager in a tab or sidebar, and get more info
✔ Download Statusbar – View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
✔ DownThemAll – Download manager and accelerator
✔ NetVideoHunter – Download videos and music from video sites like Youtube
✔ SkipScreen – Skips unnecessary pages on sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, zShare, etc.
✔ Destroy the Web – Turn any webpage into a shoot-em up video game
✔ FootieFox – Live soccer scores for over 200 leagues and cups of 60 countries
✔ Kidoz TV – Turn your browser into a safe kids Web TV, safe easy and fun
✔ KidZui – Turns Firefox into fun, kid-safe browser and online playground for kids 3-12
✔ Puzzle – Turn any image to puzzle pieces and play
✔ StumbleUpon – Get random websites suited to your tastes with one click
✔ Zoodles – Turn Firefox into a safe, virtual playground for kids 3-8
✔ Billeo – Flags your search results where discounts and promotions are available
✔ Context Search – Changes the context menu search into a menu with installed search engines
✔ Feedly – Organizes your favorite sources in a magazine-like start page
✔ Forecastfox – Adds live international weather forecast icons to the statusbar
✔ FoxClocks – Puts small world clocks in your statusbar
✔ Linkification – Converts text links into genuine, clickable links
✔ Open IT Online – Open documents and images online without the need of additional software
✔ PriceTrace – Do price comparison between online stores like Amazon, Newegg, Walmart, etc.
✔ ReloadEvery – Reloads web pages every so many seconds or minutes
✔ ReminderFox – Displays and manages lists of reminders and ToDo’s
✔ Resurrect Pages – When going to a missing page, easily search for cached version of it
✔ SimilarWeb – Instant access to the best sites related to the one you are browsing
✔ WindowShopper – Instantly compare prices, find deals, and see similar items as you shop
✔ Converter – Contextual unit, timezone, and currency converter on any web site
✔ Dictionary Switcher – Switch between installed dictionaries and the current one in the statusbar
✔ FoxLingo – Web page and text translator, dictionary, grammar checker, text-to-speech, etc.
✔ Quick Locale Switcher – Switch Firefox default language
✔ Cooliris – Scroll an infinite 3D Wall of content from Facebook, Google, YouTube, Flickr, etc.
✔ ImageZoom – Adds zoom and rotation functionality for images
✔ Fire.fm – Fire.fm gives you access to the extensive music library on Last.fm
✔ FireShot – Creates screenshots of web pages with editing and annotation tools
✔ Flash Game Maximizer – Click a button or hit the hot-key to maximize (almost) any Flash content
✔ FlashVideoReplacer – Replace embedded flash videos with mplayer compatible videos
✔ FoxyTunes – Control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios, etc.
✔ MediaPlayerConnectivity – Launch online videos in an external application
✔ Picnik – Add a menu options and a toolbar icon for editing images online
✔ Screengrab – Save webpages as images (saves an entire page, just a selection, or a frame)
✔ TinEye Reverse Image Search – Find where an image came from and if it has a better version
✔ TweakMDB – The Ultimate IMDB Enhancer, instantly add many tweaks to IMDB.com
✔ TweakTube – The Ultimate YouTube Enhancer, instantly add many tweaks to YouTube
✔ VideoSurf – Get visual video summaries and related videos on Twitter, Google, YouTube, etc.
✔ Addon Developer Helper – Restart Firefox, restart and clear XPCOM cache, or restart chrome
✔ Extended Statusbar – A Statusbar with speed, percentage, time and loaded size
✔ FireFTP – FTP client
✔ FoxyProxy – An advanced proxy management tool
✔ HttpFox – HTTP analyzer
✔ IE Tab – View sites in Internet Explorer within a Firefox tab
✔ Nightly Tester Tools – Use addons that don’t support the newest Firefox version
✔ Pixel Perfect – Overlay a webpage image on top of an actual webpage (requires Firebug)
✔ SQLite Manager – Manage any SQLite database on your computer
✔ Web Developer – Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools
✔ YSlow – Analyzes web pages and why they’re slow based on Yahoo!’s rules
Security & Privacy
✔ Adblock Plus – Blocks ads automatically on any web page
✔ BetterPrivacy – A safeguard which protects from LSO’s on Google, YouTube, Ebay, etc.
✔ BlockSite – BlockSite is an extension, which automagically blocks websites of your choice
✔ Flashblock – Blocks Flash from automatically playing
✔ Ghostery – Protect your privacy, see who’s tracking your web browsing and block them
✔ LastPass Password Manager – Online password manager and form filler
✔ LinkExtend – Provides meta-site-ratings for computer safety, child safety, popularity, etc.
✔ Password Exporter – Export your saved passwords to XML or CSV files that can be imported
✔ ProCon – Filter web pages containing explicit content based on text on websites
✔ Tamper Data – Use tamperdata to view and modify HTTP/HTTPS headers and post parameters
✔ Unhide Passwords – Shows passwords as you are typing them in password fields
✔ AddThis – Share any page using social networking, bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services
✔ Better Gmail – Extra features for Gmail including hierarchical labels, attachment icons, and more
✔ ChatZilla – A clean, easy to use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client
✔ Integrated Gmail – Combines Gmail with Google Calendar, Google Reader, Gmail Labs, and more
✔ Facebook Dislike – Add a Dislike feature on Facebook.
✔ Facebook Like – Share web pages you like and see how many people like the page you are on
✔ FaceMoods – Add animated smileys and crazy emoticons to your Facebook chat
✔ TwitterBar – Post to Twitter from your address bar
✔ WebMail Notifier – Checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails
✔ WiseStamp – Empower your email signatures in Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL, etc.
✔ Yoono – Get updates, update your status, and share across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
✔ ColorfulTabs – Colors every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish
✔ Default FullZoom Level – Change or reset zoom level of a page from the statusbar
✔ Fission – Combines address bar and progress bar (Safari style)
✔ FoxTab – Flip between open tabs with a 3D display
✔ Hide Caption Titlebar Plus – Maximize screen space by removing the Firefox window title-bar
✔ NoSquint – Change zoom levels and color settings for all sites or per site
✔ Personas Plus – Skins for Firefox (over 60,000 designs)
✔ Readability – Makes reading on the Web better by removing clutter around what you’re reading
✔ Searchbar Autosizer – Autosizes the searchbar as you type
✔ Smart Bookmarks Bar – Hide bookmark names from the bookmark bar
✔ Smart Stop/Reload – Combines the Stop and Reload toolbar buttons
✔ SmoothWheel – Scrolls the page smoothly when scrolling the mouse wheel
✔ Stylish – Install user generated themes and skins for any website
✔ Tab Progress Bar – Provides a progress meter for each tab
Overall, I think this add-on has value. Particularly for those techies who volunteer as the “IT department”, for friends and relatives. Or, for those users who want to quickly get an idea of the categories available in the ever expanding world of Firefox add-ons.
Download at: Mozilla
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