Web browsers have become indispensable tools in our daily lives. We use them for work, entertainment, shopping, reference, etc. My choice for browsers has been Firefox for quite a few years now, mainly due to its rich collection of add-on or plugin support. I have come to rely on them so much that I will not even contemplate switching from it to something else.
Many of the add-on software I have added to Firefox are useful if you do Web development and design, so I will spare them from this post. However, there are some that I find very useful for any user and I would like to highlight them here. Read the description and then decide if you want to add a particular one or not. Of course, if you are not a Firefox user these will not mean much to you unless they offer similar plugins for Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Safari. I will not go into the installation process of add-ons to Firefox though.
Evernote Web Clipper requires an Evernote account to work. The good news is that it is free, go to EverNote.com and sign up for one. Even better news is that Evernote is a very useful software for keeping a bunch of random information from to-do lists to medicines I take (yes, it is an age thing), or photographs, or anything else that you may want to have at your finger tips. It works on Windows, Mac computers as well as on iPxx (well, it works with numbers!) and Android smart phones. After installing Evernote Web Clipper, you can clip selections or entire pages while you browse the Internet to your Evernote database. Then you can read it on any of your computers or smart phone. Very cool indeed.
FireGestures allows me to go back or forward in my browser’s history without reaching out to the buttons located on the toolbar. Although I use it mainly for flipping back and forth between pages, it can open new tabs, save the page, and many other tricks. A very handy addition to Firefox.
Readability (this seems to have become Evernote Clearly, and that is no longer available, 12/21/2016) is a relatively new one for me, I discovered it by accident but have found it to be extremely useful in reading articles on the Web. The problem with the Web is that content is generally cluttered. There is the article of interest you want to read but it is surrounded with ads, links to other content on the site, toolbars, etc. Take a look at the two images on the left showing the normal NY Times page and the article scrubbed from extra crud. They have a very uncluttered site too.
When I want to read an article in Ne York times, I simply click on the Readability button on the toolbar and everything else but the article I want to read disappear. The content is neatly formatted in single column with adjustable text size on top of that. I can print from it which produces clean, neat output. Highly recommend it.