One of the features that has always made Firefox an attractive choice is the number of extensions or add-ons available, and their usefulness and quality too.
The latest incarnation is no different either. One of the most useful is AdBlock Plus, which is claimed to stop nearly all internet advertising.
How to use:
Right-click on a banner and choose Adblock from the context menu – the banner won’t be downloaded again. Or click Adblock Plus icon in the toolbar to see all elements of the page and block the banners. You can use filters with wildcards or even regular expressions to block complete banner factories.
Version 0.7.5.4 locales added Hebrew and Malay; improved Firefox 3 compatibility; changed default keyboard shortcuts to Ctrl+Shift+E (preferences) and Ctrl+Shift+V (blockable items); and removed Check banner links option.
CNET gives AdBlock Plus 4 stars out of 5. Users give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5 (based on 41 votes at time of writing).
Another of my favourite add-ons is FoxyTunes, which I use all the time to listen to my iTunes Library withut leaving my browser to pause or fast forward tracks. This has been updated for FF3 and introduces a few improvements. You can now turn any page into a playlist, as long as the site’s page has music embedded into it. As well iTunes, FoxyTunes supports Pandora and Last.fm amongst others.
Anotehr very useful add-on is Gmail Space, at least if you have a Gmail account. With Gmail Space you can use your 6+ Gigabytes of space (free!) for something other than emails. You get to use an FTP-style interface and email notifications too of when your upload is complete.
For my money, these three must be at the top of everyone’s list of add-ons. Without a doubt, Firefox 3 continues to offer the best all-round package as far as browsers go and I run it alongside my current favourite, Flock 2 most days.