Mozilla Firefox browser addons for communicators, journalists, and writers: Part I

Update: This list is now curated, is social, is shareable, and is embeddable. See it and contribute to it at


Being a long-time power user of various browsers, you can safely believe me when I swear by Mozilla Firefox 🙂 Sure it is a tad bit slower to start, but once it is up and running, Fx is quite a power horse. And the browser itself is just a framework, or a platform on top of which the community has created plugins, popularly called addons, which are the real power horses.

In this series of blog posts I shall present consolidate and categorize the various addons for writers, communicators, journalists, Information architects, and others. From gaining control of your text to keeping your work safe and sound, all the essential Fx addons are compiled here. No fillers. Just the real juice!

For first part I am covering below, the addons helpful in handling content.

Fx Addon Description
PageZipper Clicking ‘Next’ and waiting takes longer than actually reading the page. PageZipper automatically merges all the ‘Next’ pages into one, so you can skip directly to the stuff you want.
EPUBReader With EPUBReader you can read ePub files just in Firefox. No additional software needed! When you click an ePub file, it is presented for reading.
CoLT CoLT (short for “Copy Link Text”) makes it easy to copy either a link’s text, or both the link text and its URL in a format you specify. This non-invasive extension simply appears as context menu items when you right-click a link. Fully customizable!
Unwrap Text Unwraps a multi-line URL and opens it in a new tab.
QuickNote QuickNote is a simplistic, tabbed note-taking extension, for Firefox and Thunderbird.
AutoCopy Select text on any web page and it will be automatically copied to the clipboard. Paste on middle click.
Link Gopher Extracts all links from web page, sorts them, removes duplicates, and displays them in a new tab for inspection or copy and paste into other systems.
Word Count Plus Counts number of words in selected text. Can add the count to a running total. You don’t have to copy and paste everything to MSWord.
Text Formatting Toolbar As the name indicates, this gives you an extra toolbar on your browser, but you can of course switch it off via the View menu when you don’t need it. This toolbar lets you quickly format text in bulletin-board code, HTML or Wiki code. I use it mainly for formatting forum messages, but it’s also useful for creating hyperlinks in blog comments, and in other cases where you need to create a quick bit of HTML on the fly.
ScribeFire Blog Editor Allows you to write blog posts and upload photos which you can then drag to several blogs or text editors.
Toodledo Helps you group and organize pieces of text, links and photos (like article photos) for a quick grab, re-using and sharing. Saves loads of time, too.
Copy Plain Text This extension gives you complete control over rich text by stripping it plain. Perfect for research or quoting other sources without links and formatting you don’t want or need.
Split Browser Pasting from one tab to another can be cumbersome. This extension makes the process a breeze by splitting your browser window into two (or three, or four) panels, allowing for instant copying and pasting between pages.
Resizable Text Area This extension makes text input areas flexible by allowing you to resize them as you like. Give your writing the room it needs to breathe.
AutoCopy Clever little time-saver which automatically adds text to the clip-board as soon as you select it.
ScrapBook When gathering research for an article you’ll often find yourself cutting and saving snippets of text from various websites. ScrapBook is a simple, bookmarks-style interface designed to make this process quick and painless.
Signature Every web writer finds themselves re-using certain snippets of text again and again — whether it’s your byline or the HTML code you use for that image in every article. Signature allows you to save these snippets and access them at any time via the right-click menu. Lovely.
Text Area Word Counter An extension for freelance web writers by, arguably, one of the best: Gina Trapani. Instantly retrieve the word count of text in any web form. Perfect for paid bloggers with a word quota to meet.
Dummy Lipsum Dummy text generator.

Which is your favorite addon? What did I miss? Thanks to the creators of these addons!


Author: AshishG


Let's talk

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.