Firefox. Love it. Hate it. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Remember back when Firefox 3.5.17 came out? I’ll give you a clue; it was 2011.
It’s just a year later and the latest version of Firefox (15.0) ships with new features under the hood, including better memory handling for plugins and new “Silent, background updates,” but it’s not enough. When Mozilla switched Firefox to a faster release cycle in 2011, users relying on extensions and plugins suffered. Many jumped ship for Chrome and Safari. Those of us who have stayed either suffer or update extensions on our own. I’m in the latter camp.
Head here to download a zip containing the following usability extensions updated for the current Firefox release:
- Duplicate Tab – keystroke or context menu to dupe a tab
- Quick Restart – without shutting down Firefox!
- Show Go! – Always show the go arrow in the URL window/bar
I’ve posted links to other updated Firefox plugins in the past but I don’t make a habit of it. If you’d like updated versions for any of those, drop me a note in the comments.
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I’m mostly a fan of the new firefox 3.5, but some of my favorite extensions haven’t been updated. Or at least they hadn’t until I updated them.
SEOpen for Firefox 3.5 – (right-click, save as, then drag into ff 3.5)
Duplicate Tab for Firefox 3.5 – (right-click, save as, then drag into ff 3.5)
Google Pagerank Status for Firefox 3.5 – (right-click, save as, then drag into ff 3.5)
Updating the extensions is really easy. I just changed one line in the install.rdf of each extension. Got one you want to update to work with firefox 3.5? Get a good extraction app like 7zip. Right click on the old xpi file and select open archive from the 7zip sub-menu. Double click the .rdf in 7zip. Change the em:maxVersion tag to >/= 3.5. Save the file, updating the archive. And reinstall the addon by dragging it into Firefox 3.5. Natch, I’ve already done that for the three addons above. So if you’re looking for updates, there you go. But it really only takes about ten seconds to update each addon by yourself… and then you don’t have to worry about grabbing files from a stranger!
What else about Firefox 3.5? Love it, except for the fact that it’s all of a sudden opening links from external apps (like Thunderbird) in new windows instead of new tabs. Really annoying. I want firefox 3.5 to open all links in new tabs. Never in a new window. Any ideas?