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Fire Up Firefox: Our Favorite Extensions

Firefox extensions allow you to add a host of features to Mozilla's hot new browser. Here are six of the best.


Firefox's Extension Tool makes it simply to add or delete applets. (Click on image to expand.)

Mozilla's Firefox browser has spread through the Web-browsing community like, well, wildfire. While its current immunity to the malware afflicting Microsoft Internet Explorer may have sparked its popularity, one of the things that will keep Firefox in public favor is its use of extensions. These add-ons allow users to either keep browser lean and mean, or include a variety of utilitarian, interesting, or just plain fun features.

Mozilla has made it very simple for Firefox enthusiasts to install and uninstall extensions via its Firefox Extensions tool. By clicking on Tools/Extensions, a window comes up that offers a list of the installed add-ons and the ability to uninstall an extension, check for updates, access any options for the applet, or look for more.

Firefox Extension Reviews
Introduction
ForecastFox
FoxyTunes
Gnusto
McSearch
Nuke Anything
RadialContext
Sage



The problem -- or advantage, depending on your point of view -- is that there are already a couple of hundred extensions available, and more coming. As a result, it's going to become harder to pick out which you want to try out. So we thought we'd try to help.

Several of the Pipeline editors who have recently converted to Firefox have decided to check out some of the best and brightest Firefox extensions and report on which are worth adding. Over the next few months, we'll continue to add reviews of the Firefox extensions so that you can figure out which are truly the next best thing.

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