Browser add-ons/extensions that will improve your web experience

Web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are loved by most due to their ability to extend their functionality with the use of third party applications known as browser add-ons or extensions. Both Mozilla and Chrome have web portals where you will find thousands of free add-ons.

Here are 5 browser add-ons worth a mention:


DownThemAll (Mozilla)
DownThemAll (or just dTa) is a powerful yet easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension that adds new advanced download capabilities to your browser.
DownThemAll lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more: you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want.
DownThemAll is all you can desire from a download manager: it features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400%, it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time and, last but not least, it's fully integrated into your favorite browser!
Download page (Mozilla)


This is probably the best Mozilla add-on out there that easily lets you download streaming video from just about any website. Once you have the add-on installed it will place an icon on a browser toolbar and once you open a webpage with either streaming video or audio, the add-on will automatically detect it and change its state from a gray icon to an animated colour icon.
To download video or audio available in the webpage, simply click on the small arrow besid the icon and it will show you a list of video or audio streams that have been detected on that particular page. Click on the one you want and start downlading right away. On a YouTube page however, since each page only has one video stream, on clicking the arrow next to the icon you will be presented with all the available video formats and resolutions which you can download the video in.
Download page (Mozilla)

The video download helper icon as seen on Mozilla with a list of video formats and resolutions available for a YouTube video[/caption]

page context menu on Mozilla with the MAFF add-on[/caption]
The Mozilla Archive Format (MAFF) is a web page archiving format add-on that can be used to save one or more web pages together with all their associated resources (audio, video, etc) to a single file.

This is a very effective and more organized method of saving webpages to disk as opposed to the default file saving method by Mozilla which will save the web page and its resources independently. In which case all resources will be contained in a separate folder. This can get very messy when you are out to save a number of webpages not forgetting you are never assured of getting a proper saved copy.
Download page (Mozilla)
Mozilla Archive Format creates a ZIP container which holds the webpage and all its associated resources while the likes of MHTML (another single file webpage saving format used by Internet Explorer and Safari browsers) use MIME encoding to save the data within a single HTML file.


Adblock Plus (Mozilla & Chrome)
If you are sick and tired of all the intrusive and flashy Ad banners that seem to dance their way in every single webpage you visit then Adblock plus is the solution to fixing this menace once and for all.
Download page (Mozilla)
Download page (Chrome)
Adblock Plus not only blocks Ad banners across webpages but also goes ahead to block out Facebook Ads, YouTube video ads and pop up windows.

iReader (Mozilla & Chrome)
iReader allows you to view news stories and other articles in a single clutter-free page, discarding all the unnecessary distractions on the page and presenting the article in an easy and pleasing to read format which one can further customise to suit his/her needs.
[caption id="attachment_335" align="alignnone" width="700"] iReader in action on Google Chrome.[/caption]
Download page (Mozilla)
Download page (Chrome)

How it works
When you come to a web page that is identified as an article, iReader icon will appears on the address bar.
Click the icon (or use the hotkey if enabled) to open iReader window.
To close iReader and return to the webpage, click anywhere in the background or click iReader icon again.


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