Not long ago here at Raynet we did a staff survey to find out which browser add-ons and extensions our team members like to use. Most of them were connected to our work – developing and testing the RAYNET CRM. But we also found a few really interesting ideas which we’ve decided to share with you – we hope they’ll help you get more out of the internet!
Google Chrome extensions
#1 Smooth Gestures Plus
This is a great little extension. Instead of mouse clicks or keyboard shortcuts, it lets you use simple, smooth gestures with the mouse. Just hold the right mouse button and move the mouse to trigger all kinds of actions – go back a step, close a tab, and much more. There’s only one downside – once you get used to it, you’ll try to use the smooth gestures even on computers which don’t have this extension installed!
Free alternative: Gestures for Google Chrome
Equivalent for Mozilla Firefox: FireGestures
Do you need to log in to your e-mail, CRM or any other service using more than one account at the same time? If you do, then MultiLogin will be ideal for you. You can be logged in to three Google accounts at once, on three separate tabs, without the service logging you out or giving you any other problems. Just click on the MultiLogin logo and a special tab will open; you can use the new tab to log in separately to a different account, without having to open up new browser windows.
#3 Evernote Web Clipper
A while ago we told you that we really like Evernote. So you won’t be surprised to learn that we also like using the Evernote Web Clipper extension on Google Chrome. It’s so easy. With just a couple of clicks we can add texts, images or links to Evernote at any time. So we never forget :)
#4 LastPass: Free Password Manager
Yeah, we know that using the same password for everything is risky. But who can remember a load of different passwords? Well, now we don’t have to, because we use a cloud service called LastPass. All we need to remember is one password, which gets us into LastPass. We don’t need to worry about the other passwords, because LastPass remembers them for us – and it will log us in automatically too. Here’s how it works: whenever you log in to any service, LastPass asks you if you want it to remember the login details. When you save the login details you can also add comments or give the login a special name, and you can organize it in your file system. Whenever you go back to that page, LastPass will automatically fill in the login details for you (or it will log you in automatically).
Equivalent for Mozilla Firefox: LastPass Password Manager
You have a load of tabs open in your browser, and it’s slowing your computer down. We all know how annoying it is. And that’s why we use OneTab. With just one click, it lets you tidy away all your tabs into a single page, freeing up your computer’s memory. You can open up the tabs again whenever you want – either one tab or all of them.
Other things we like to use
|Easy Auto Refresh||auto page refresher||Anki Adder||teaching foreign language vocabulary||Notifier for Twitter||Pin It Button|
Mozilla Firefox add-ons
#1 Tab Mix Plus
We really love this add-on. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for Firefox – you can use it to define almost all the settings of the browser tabs - how the tabs behave and how you display them.
So what kind of things can you set up with Tab Mix Plus?
- You can use CTRL+TAB to cycle between the most recently displayed tabs.
- You can choose how to open new pages (at the end, after the current tab, or in a particular order).
- You can put a “trash” icon at the top of the browser window so you can easily re-open any tabs you may have shut by mistake.
#2 Google Translator for Firefox
Thanks to Google Translator for Firefox, you’ll never have any problem reading websites in foreign languages. With this add-on, just press the preset key - eg. F2 - to open a new tab where you’ll find the entire page translated into whatever language you choose. Or just select part of the text, hit F2 and you’ll see the translation on the page.
#3 Xmarks Sync
Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can do basic bookmark syncing, but with Xmarks Sync you can sync between different browsers. And you can access your bookmarks remotely, via a website – so they’ll always be available even if you’re working on a different computer.
#4 Download Status Bar
With this clever add-on you’ll always have your downloads under control. It shows you how long is left until the download is complete, you can copy the source URL for the file, and you can open it or delete it immediately. All via a toolbar that appears at the bottom of the browser window when you start a download.
Other things we like to use
|Gmail Watcher||an icon notifies you when you receive a new e-mail||Nimbus Screen Capture - editable screenshots||create and edit screenshots||Tile Tabs||display more than one page at the same time |
(including joint scrolling)
So those are our star tips for extensions and add-ons. Do you have any favourites you’d like to tell us about? If you do, we’d love to hear them – and to try them out. And who knows – if we like them, we might do a follow-up to this article ;-)