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The 15 best Firefox 3.0 add-ons

Downloads to improve your browsing experience


Improve your experience with Firefox by downloading these 15 terrific add-ons that make many routine tasks easier and increase the browser's power many times over.

Better Gmail 2

From my point of view, Gmail has one primary drawback - it gives you little that you can customise. Basically, what Google gives you is what you get and nothing more. This add-on changes that. It lets you customise Gmail in a variety of ways including skinning it to change its colours and appearance, customising the sidebar (for example, hiding the spam count), adding HTML signatures automatically to your mail, and more.

Adblock Plus

Does it seem as if the internet has become the equivalent of a digital Las Vegas with flashing neon ads wherever you look? Banner ads, ads that are placed willy-nilly, videos that start without your permission - these are just some of the things can distract you and make pages load more slowly.

The answer? Adblock Plus. This add-on blocks just about any ad, but still lets you view the content you want. It claims to eliminate 99 percent of ads on the web, and that just might be true. When you first start the program, you have your choice of filters to use. If you're the extremely adventurous type, you can try to build your own, but you'll be much better off picking one that already exists. If you browse primarily English-language sites, just choose the EasyList (USA) option. If a banner somehow manages to make it through, right-click it, select Adblock from the context menu, and you won't see it again.

But do remember: sites such as PC Advisor couldn't survive without advertising.

Sage-Too

Looking to keep up with your favourite blogs, news sites, and other fast-changing information resources? You need an RSS reader, which grabs feeds in RSS formats, then lets you browse through and read only what you want. Sage-Too, an update of the venerable Sage reader, makes subscribing to, managing, and reading RSS feeds exceptionally easy. When you're on a page with an RSS feed, click a button, and Sage will find the feed for you and subscribe to it.

The reader itself is very slick, and displays the feeds inside Firefox, including graphics. You'll see a summary of each posting; to get to the full posting, click it. It is also easy to reorganise and automatically update your feeds. Plenty of display options exist, as well.

Google Preview

Google may be the best search tool on the planet, but it's still missing a very useful feature, the ability to preview a site before you visit it. A simple text listing and site description usually isn't enough.

Google Preview adds such a previewing capability to Google search results by displaying a thumbnail image of each site to the left of its description. That way, you can better see whether it's a site you want to go to. The add-on also offers site thumbnails when you search using Yahoo.

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