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Print Edit for Firefox lets you easily format Web pages for printing

Some Web pages are easier to print than others. Some provide printer-friendly versions, or printer-friendly CSS, but what do you do when you need to print out a page that isn't so friendly? What if a Web page, printed as-is, would use up a ton of toner or would spread across multiple pages in a confusing hodgepodge of menu items, superfluous banners, and useless navigation links? Well, Print Edit...

Firefox Panorama about to get even cooler with tab search

I know, I know – today's the day when we're all agog over the new IE9. Well, I decided to buck the trend and show off a brand-new preview video from Mozilla's UI design guru, Aza Raskin. While you can just view the video after the fold, or directly on Aza's blog, I'll give you the highlights in a nutshell: Aza is showing off how simply typing in Panorama ("Tab Candy") mode highlights all...

Open With for Firefox lets you easily open pages in any other browser

Open With is a neat little Firefox add-on (from a developer with the interesting domain name DarkTrojan.net). Domain name notwithstanding, the add-on feels pretty solid (and has been tested by Mozilla). It adds a set of buttons to Firefox, which let you open the current page in any other browser that you've got installed. In terms of UI, it's very flexible; you can add entries to the View menu,...

Historious lets you easily recall where you browsed, but the price tag is a killer

Historious tries to fill an incredibly tiny niche in the world of online bookmarking, archiving, and saving text for later perusal. It's a browser bookmarklet, and its claim to fame is that it involves just a single click. There's no tagging or anything like that. Once you click the bookmarklet, Historious adds the site to your "personal history." You can then search your personal history for...

Three simple ways to watch YouTube (and other) videos with no distractions

It turns out people don't like clutter. Surprise! Not that YouTube's interface is all that cluttered, but sometimes I just want to watch my video without having to see it in full screen. Well, it turns out that there's a whole genre of websites which specialize in removing all the crud and leaving the video: in other words, they generate spartan pages with your video embedded right into them, on...

Which Loads Faster tells you, well, you know

Have you ever wanted to compare how fast one site loads against another one? Instead of futzing around with multiple browser windows or a stopwatch, just head over to Which Loads Faster, and load the URLs into the split window interface. When you hit the GO button, it will load both sites in side-by-side frames, then make a judgment. Keep in mind, there are a lot of variables at play, and you'll...

How to remove the Feedback button from Firefox 4

The new Firefox 4 Beta has a Feedback button; for some people, that may be an eyesore. Some people have worse problems, like the one shown in the screenshot above. That's my default FF4 installation, by the way; I just ran it and got this, and it wouldn't budge even when I tried to customize it. The four rows of buttons stay. Only when I run it in Safe Mode it looks fine. Interesting. Anyway,...

StayFocusd for Chrome helps you curb time-wasting websites

LeechBlock is one of the cornerstones of my online life; it is an add-on that lets me set up a list of "time-wasting" websites and forces me to stop using them after some time has elapsed. It's one of the main add-ons that's keeping me on Firefox (rather than Chrome or Opera, which I really do like). StayFocused tries to bring a very similar feature set to Chrome. I looked at this extension a...

How to make spelling errors more visible in Firefox

Firefox has a very nice built-in spellchecker; it's not as nice as After the Deadline, but it still gets the job done. One problem I've had with it, though, is that the squiggly line underneath misspelled words is very easy to miss; it's red, yes, but it's also super-thin and really tiny. If you've had a similar problem and, for some reason, don't feel like trying out After the Deadline, you will...

Instapaper Beyond is keyboard shortcut heaven for Instapaper users

I love Instapaper, and I love keyboard shortcuts. Instapaper, if you haven't come across it, is a tool that allows you to use a special bookmarklet to mark articles online that you'd like to read later. It has a website that is optimized for reading your saved articles, as well as a very good iPhone app so you can read those articles when you're not at your computer. The website is quite good for...

BashFlash keeps an eye on Flash and can kill it if it gets out of hand

Flash is a much-maligned technology as of late, but for good reason! In as much as it helped usher the web forward with a standard way to present streaming video, its performance issues are a huge step backwards, particularly for mobile users. A great solution that we've previously discussed is Click To Flash, but part of the reason it's a good solution is that it lets you start the embedded flash...

Remove comments from your web experience with shutup.css

I have a love/hate with blog comments... I love to hate them. (ba-dum tssss -- I'm here all week, folks. Don't forget to tip your waitress (Seb)) No, but seriously, there are times when the comment area of an otherwise useful blog post gets filled up with bluster and vitriol instead of helpful supportive comments. While I don't mind healthy debate, sometimes things get out of control, like they...

Fluidium lets developers create their own site-specific browsers

I've been using Fluid for a couple of years now to create site-specific browsers on my Mac for certain very useful web applications like Gmail, and Jay points out 10 web apps you should be running on your mac with Fluid. Though the current version of Fluid still works well, it hasn't updated in awhile and that got me curious as to what the developer behind Fuild, Todd Ditchendorf, was currently up...

Supercharge Remember the Milk task manager with browser plugins

Don't you just love it when you find a way to make something good even better? Remember the Milk is a fantastic online task management application, and here are a couple of browser extensions that make it even better if you're using Firefox or Chrome. Both of these extensions have existed in some form in Firefox for a while, but they have both recently been released for Chrome, and they're worth...

How to add command line switches to Google Chrome or Chromium

We've published a lot of posts about features in Google Chrome and Chromium which require you to add command line switches to activate them. So how exactly do you do that? Watch the video above, and refer to the notes below -- it's a simple process! Locate your Chrome or Chromium shortcut. There should be one on your desktop and one in your start menu - either one will work! Click the...