Gone are the days of being stuck with your Internet browser being locked down into a default set of tools. Welcome to today’s browsers that can allow plugins or add-ons customized for a variety of uses – run searches, view the weather, read documents without closing the window or going to a new site, and much more.
The following are a list of some of our favorites and why you might like them.
FireFTP – FTP powers right there in your browser
FireShot – take screenshots of a website (or maybe just a piece of it)
Adblock Plus – Does what it says on the box: blocks ads, banners and more
Weatherbug – View your weather info in a quick glance, rather than visiting a stand-alone website
PDF Download – Robust tool for handling PDFs rather than separate programs like Adobe’s Reader
Fox Splitter – View multiple sites, or parts of sites, in just one browser window
Aging Tabs – older and unused tabs fade out, which is great if you have lots of tabs open
Google’s Chrome extensions
AdThwart – more ad-blocking powers
ChromeSEO – provides search engine optimization stats and tools
Vitzo WHOIS – run WHOIS domain name searches while in the browser window