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Old 06-22-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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I'm trying to identify addons for Firefox to give it the same basic features as Opera. So far I have

All in One Sidebar: http://firefox.exxile.net/aios/features.php
All in One Gestures: http://marc.boullet.pagesperso-orang...nsions-en.html
Speed Dial [FVD] https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...vd-speed-dial/

Any suggestions, even if it goes beyond Opera?

   
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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Why do you need a sidebar if you've got a (classic) toolbar and/or the option to choose which icon/commands you want? I've never used gestures so I can't comment. As to Speed Dial, the rationale they give is convenience and quickness but if Mozilla had not screwed up the FF Location bar many versions ago, there'd be no/less of need for this. I use the "Old Location Bar" addon to bring back the lost functionality and basically, I generally only need to type 1 or 2 characters for the url to autofill to get to any of my reguarly visited sites.

The above stated, since I've not used Opera in eons, I'm not sure any of that is at all useful...'-}}


I consider the following FF add-ons essential:

1. AddBlock Plus--currently using older version 2.5.1 in FF (15.0.1), FF29 and Pale Moon because the newer versions are designed for use in FF29+ and they slow down/screw up FF

2. AdBlock Plus Pop-up

3. Better Privacy

4. Cookie Monster -- this allows me to set FF/Pale Moon to delete all cookies except those set using CM when I close FF/Pale Moon

5. Old Location Bar

6. Request Policy

7. Status-4-Evar -- not needed in Pale Moon but essential (in my opinion) for FF

8. Classic Theme Restorer -- only used for FF29+


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PS: My immediate reaction to the Speed Dial display is one of nausea but since I don't own a cell phone, I suspect that reaction is not common...'-}}
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The side bar is better for bookmarks, history, and downloads. Much easier than having to pop open a menu very time. And Opera also have the convenience of a bookmark bar and menu access if one wants that too.

But I just found with the FF addon. It forces parts of the interface in there that don't fit. Such as the add-on interface. And they remove access from the menu. And I see no option to control what's in it.

As for the speed dial, it's pretty clunky compared to Opera. The mouse gestures work okay, though.

   
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andrew: The side bar is better for bookmarks, history, and downloads.
While I have a very large number of bookmarks--divvied up into pertinent folders--I don't access bookmarked sites regularly so ctrl-b works nicely for access. For bookmarking a site, again a ctrl-b and I scroll to the appropriate folder before dragging to it or create a new folder and then drag. I have so many bookmarks within folders that I've never used the bookmark bar. Why do you like it?

I also don't access history all that often either, maybe 2-3 times a year, so clicking on the History menu works ok for me.

As far as downloads, while I keep a download history, I never look at it. What does the download sidebar option give you?

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It's not unusual for me to go to a folder in the bookmark sidebar and click on every link in that folder to be remind me of what different products look like, or which resource in a category best suits my current need. And although I don't use history as often, I sometimes click a dozen entries trying to find something I remember from the day before.

   
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You have to knock the speed dial into shape, but at least you can! I like having groups too.

I'm trying my best to keep the number of add-ons low, but here are the ones I don't want to be without:

Adblock+
ColorZilla
EditCSS
FireFTP
Flash Video Downloader
Pocket
Speed Dial FVD
Chris Pederick's Web Developer Toolbar
Firebug
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andrew: click on every link in that folder to be remind me of what different products look like
Ahhh...that makes a lot of sense...


>> I sometimes click a dozen entries trying to find something I remember from the day before.

Yeah...I do that too...'-}}

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Thanks for the list. I have a question. Firefox comes with an Inspect Element feature that lets me view and change CSS, plus perform other tasks. What advantage does Firebug and EditCSS give?

BTW, I figured out how to turn off the problematic features of the panel addon. So it's no longer annoying me.

   
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I just prefer Firebug and EditCSS, no other reason. Haven't really checked out Inspect Element, perhaps it's time now!

   
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Inspect element is on the right-click menu in Windows.

Have you seen a way to drag (or move another way) the dials in speed dial?

   
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