Super Cool Foxy Tools for Firefox 3

I usually wait for the public release of web browsers and so it was tough to wait for Firefox 3, but after installing it yesterday and “playing” a bit with it today. I LOVE IT!

Warning: Linux users DO NOT INSTALL FIREFOX 3 until we hear from some of our Linux experts out there. Last I heard there were big issues with Linux and Firefox 3 but I don't know enough to know if it is fixed in this release.

I've noticed that it is:

  • Faster (noticeably!)
  • The colors and graphics just pop a little more
  • The new add ons are stellar (see below)
  • Download is improved allowing you to pause and work with it more easily
  • Typing in URL's is improved with cool history look up features
  • When I restarted firefox after installing plug ins, the history in my back button was retained (maybe it did that before but I didn't remember it.)

Now, remember, that sometimes the add ons that you loved in Firefox 2 may not work, but for me the only ones with issues are cocomment (which never really works well anyway), my Technorati Tag editor doesn't (and I can't find a replacement), and the cool Real Player video downloader is not supported..

My most important add ons work just fine — these are in my list of Cool Foxy tools for Firefox 3 and I've noted them with an * (asterisk) so you know I've been using them a while.

Cool Foxy Tools for Firefox 3

  • Diigo* – The bookmarking service on steroids that gives you the ability to bookmark, annotate, share with groups with tag standards and send it to twitter and your blog all in one swoop. The active bloggers dream. (I set up my Diigo to send to delicious automatically so I maintain both accounts.)
  • Delicious* – For those using delicious, this is still a great add on.
  • Fireshot*
  • Gspace*
  • Google Gears*
  • ZohoNotebook

As I've played, I've come across some super cool plug ins that made me gasp:

Warning: If you don't have Firefox 3, you cannot use these, so download firefox 3 FIRST!

PicLens – Add On Download PageInformation Website
This takes finding pictures on the Internet into a Mac-like 3D wall of pictures. I had moved to istockphoto for my pictures but now, spent some time searching for pictures for the Google Teacher academy keynote next week and found some incredible pictures that Rock! I haven't figured out yet how to

Other tools I tested

FoxyTunes
Recommendation: For music buffs and music bloggers with a LOT of RAM!

I liked foxy tunes, but all of a sudden my computer got vvvveeerrrryyyyyy slllooooowwwwww! I checked my usage by firefox and then disabled and checked the usage. The additional 90+ MB of ram required to run it wasn't appreciated on my laptop with 1GB of RAM (50 MB for itunes and another 30 for Foxytunes as well as a few other little processes running) — I also had powerpoint running and a few other things and the slowdown was noticeable. Bloggers who like music may enjoy the little add in it popped into my blogger box that lets one add the digital signature of music. Not for me though.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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