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February 06 2014

06:01

10 Free Parental Control Plugins For Chrome And Firefox

If you want to block some websites that you do not want your children to access then use these Parental control plugins for the Google Chrome. The meaning of Parental control is “to have a control on the web content that you would like to see or hide”. With this Parental control you can easily hide or block your unwanted contents on web. In the twenty first century you can easily access almost everything through internet at anywhere. So these parental control plugins will help you in this case.

In this post, we are presenting 10 free and amazing parental control plugins for the Google Chrome and Firefox. All these Parental control plugins will provide you the full control on the web content. Have a look at these Parental control plugins and download your favorite one which suite your requirement.

Parental Control App

Parental Control App is a Free extension that enables safe browsing on the web. PC app makes sure your children practice safe browsing.

TinyFilter

The tinyFilter extension is a tiny Web content filtering tool. As any other content filter, it uses predefined rules to filter a variety of Web sites. Additionally, tinyFilter provides a profanity filter to mask words that may be offensive to the user.

Nanny for Google Chrome

Nanny for Google Chrome allows you to be more productive and less distracted by blocking sites.

WebFilter Pro

Cloudacl WebFilter is cloud based content filtering application which monitoring several million websites and billion of web pages to keep you family especially your kids have a safer internet surfing environment.

Website Blocker

Website Blocker is useful when you want to concentrate on work.

Blocksi

Web Filter and Parental Control application. Protects your employees, students and family from inappropriate content.

BlockSite

BlockSite is an extension, which automagically blocks websites of your choice. Additionally, this extension will disable all hyperlinks to these websites, by just displaying the link text without the clicking functionality.

FoxFilter

FoxFilter is a personal content filter that helps block pornographic and other inappropriate content. All filtering features are free! Premium features available with small support fee.

Anti-Porn Pro

Cloudacl WebFilter is cloud based porn content filtering application monitoring millions web sites and billion of web pages to keep you family especially your kids away from sex, nudity and adult content.

ProCon Latte Content Filter

LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them.

December 24 2013

13:32

45+ Must-Have Chrome Extensions For Web Designers & Developers

Another amazing and wonderful collection for the web designers and web developers is presented here. In this collection we are showcasing 45+ Google Chrome Extension for the web designers and developers. As we all know that Google Chrome is not only an old browser but it is also a very popular and famous browser. Google Chrome is an open source browser that’s why you can easily modify it when where you want. Google Chrome also provides to their users a huge list of powerful and free extensions.

So, here is the complete list of Google Chrome extensions for your use. We hope that this collection proves to be the best and will help you. Check out these Google Chrome extensions and download your best pick. Do let us know what do you think about this collection. Feel free to share your opinions and comments with us via comment section below.

Palette for Chrome

Creates a color palette from any image. Just right-click on the image and select the ‘Palette for Chrome’ option.

ColorPicker 0.9

Web developer color picker / eye dropper. Pick color from current web page or change color(s) of any element in DOM.

Diigo

Bookmark, Archive, Screenshot & Markup – All-In-One Web Collector, must-have research tool.

Pendule

Extended web developer tools for Chrome. Use this extension in addition to the built-in Developer Tools (Ctrl+Shift+I).

Firebug Lite for Google Chrome™

Firebug Lite is not a substitute for Firebug, or Chrome Developer Tools. It is a tool to be used in conjunction with these tools. Firebug Lite provides the rich visual representation we are used to see in Firebug when it comes to HTML elements, DOM elements, and Box Model shading. It provides also some cool features like inspecting HTML elemements with your mouse, and live editing CSS properties.

CSSViewer

CSSViewer is a simple CSS property viewer for Google chrome originally made by Nicolas Huon as a FireFox addon.

BuiltWith Technology Profiler

The BuiltWith Chrome Extension lets you find out what a website is built with by a simple click on the builtwith icon!

Microstock Photo Power Search

The Microstock Photo Power Search Tool makes searching multiple libraries for the best microstock stock photos easier than ever.

MyNotes

Automatically creates a note when you select a text and bookmarks it. Search on Google and export to a Google document your notes.

Clip To Evernote

Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.

Similar Pages

Discover webpages similar to the page you’re currently browsing.

AppJump

Quickly launch Apps from browser toolbar. Organize Apps and Extensions into Groups. Manage Apps and Extensions with ease.

Ananke Timer

Ananke Timer is a simple task timer extension.

Todoist: To-Do list and Task Manager

Todoist is the leading online to-do list and task manager. We manage millions of to-dos and we are ready to manage yours as well!

PopChrom

Save time and effort with Popchrom by creating your own shortcuts for text phrases! Whether it’s a simple email signature or…

Speed Dial

Speed Dial for Chrome – replace Chrome new tab with your predefined visual bookmarks.

Resolution Test

An extension for developers to test web pages in different screen resolutions, with an option to define your own resolutions.

Speed Tracer (by Google)

Get insight into the performance of your web applications.

SEO Site Tools

On-Page / External metrics, Social Media info, PR / numbering on Yahoo, Bing, Google SERPs.Extends WMT, YSE and GA with metrics

SEO for Chrome

SEO for Chrome provides SEO Stats and Tools that make your daily SEO tasks easier. The MOST popular Google Chrome SEO Plugin!

Eye Dropper

Eye Dropper is open source extension which allows you to pick colors from web pages, color picker and your personal color history.

Image Cropper

Image Cropper lets you crop images in any website on the fly.

Webpage Screenshot Capture

The most powerful and freeware app for capture entire page, Save & Edit & Annotate & Print & Share.

iMacros for Chrome

Automate your web browser. Record and replay repetitious work.

Frame two pages

Merge the active tab and the previous one into a frameset.

Session Buddy

Manage Your Browser Sessions.

Window Resizer

Resize browser window to emulate various screen resolutions.

Ruul. Screen ruler

A fantastically simple on-screen ruler for lining up and measuring type, line height, strokes and just about anything on the web.

Tape

Tape is a tool for pixel-perfect website development. It lets you put down guides that snap intelligently to the page content (and stick to it if it moves on scroll or resize), and helps you easily measure positions and sizes of elements.

WhatFont

The easiest way to identify fonts on web pages.

Web Developer

Adds a toolbar button with various web developer tools. The official port of the Web Developer extension for Firefox.

QrURL

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) designed to be read by smartphones. Using QRUrl you can translate any literal URI to a QR code and then use it to share your site in the physical world.

Save my Tabs

The Save my Tabs is an extension that with one click can save all open tabs in your browser.

Alexa Traffic Rank

The Official Alexa Traffic Rank Extension, providing Alexa Traffic Rank and site Information when clicked.

WordPress Stats

Addicted to numbers? Get the daily statistics of your blog in your chrome browser.

Domain Availability Checker and Whois

This plugin checks a domains availability straight from your toolbar. Perfect for web designers/developers.

Forget Me – Clean History, Cookies & m

Delete everything about a website. Cookies, History, localStorage, sessionStorage…everything!

Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Anno

Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate screenshot, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.

Drag2up

Drag files to text boxes on any site to upload and share.

HTML Instant

Edit HTML code in real-time. Just enter HTML, CSS, or Javascript in the left pane and you will get instant results as you type in the right pane. Great for editing on the fly and for teaching/learning HTML.

Image Properties Context Menu

A simple context menu extension to show the properties of an image.

MeasureIt!

Draw out a ruler that will help you get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.

TabJump – Intelligent Tab Navigator

A new way to navigate your tabs. Easily access most used tabs, associated tabs, and closed tabs. Allows tab locking too.

TooManyTabs for Chrome

Manage your tabs, improve your browsing, and maintain your sanity when you have many tabs open.

Session Manager

Session Manager lets you save sessions of your opened tabs and windows, and to quickly re-open them whenever you like.

Google Font Previewer for Chrome

Lets you choose a font from the Google Font directory with a few text styling options, and preview them on the current tab.

Stylebot

Change the appearance of websites instantly. Preview and install styles created by users for your favorite websites.

IE Tab Multi (Enhance)

MultiTab type IE inside Chrome. This is the neatest one among other IE extensions.

December 03 2013

15:36

11 Excellent Google Chrome Games You Might Not Have Tried

In 2009 Google launched Chrome Experiments to test the power or check the capability of browsers. When Chrome Experiments joint with JavaScript, it become a source of Web games so, you do not have to download or install any file before playing web games in your smart phone, tablet or computer. All these wonderful Google Chromo games are created by using use of open web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript, Canvas, SVG and WebGL.

There is no doubt that Google Chrome is simply awesome when it comes to speed. Because Google Chrome provide to the browser outstanding support and stability for running games that’s why Google Chrome is stand in the top of the modern browsers list. In this collection you will see the list of 11 wonderful and interesting Google Chrome games. Come and check out these Google games that will surely excite you. So, grab this amazing chance and start browsing through this cool collection. Enjoy and have fun everyone!!!

Racer

Line up your phones and tablets to create a race track across up to five screens. No apps. No downloads. Just start a race, sync up and tap your screens to rev your engines. Multiplayer games for the mobile browser are here.

Build with Chrome

Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.

Free Running 2

Free Running 2 is the sequel to our smash-hit parkour game, Free Running, featuring stunning 3D graphics, new moves and game modes.

Z-Type

A Space Shoot’em’Up where you type to shoot.

CrossCode

An Action-Role-Playing-Game (RPG) with lots of puzzles and a futuristic Sci Fi scenario. Written entirely in HTML5.

Poppit

The prickly puzzle game where popping balloons has never been so much fun! Pop colorful strings of balloons to earn a bonus!

Bastion

Bastion is an action RPG experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move.

GeoGuessr

GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

Lord of Ultima

Lord of Ultima is EA’s popular browser based strategy game that simulates an immersive medieval civilization.

Need for Speed World

Need for Speed World is a FREE to play online racing game where you can compete with millions of players around the World.

BeGone

BeGone (© NPlay.com) – browser based online multiplayer first/third person shooter with realistic themes and beautifully rendered maps.

August 13 2013

17:12

19 Must-Have Chrome Extensions For Designers And Developers

Here, we have come up with another interesting collection of Chrome apps and this time we are focusing on 19 most essential apps for web designers and developers. Google Chrome is a powerful web browser and because of its simplicity many of us prefer it over many traditional web browsers. We have previously presented some Chrome extensions that are helpful for the web developers and designers and this time we are showcasing a useful collection of some Chrome apps.

With this collection, we are showcasing a fresh assortment of some free and fresh Chrome apps for you so that you can use them and simplify your work process. Resources such as Chrome apps are meant to expedite your work flow by allowing you carry out certain actions quickly thus helping you to improve your productivity as well.

Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Anno

Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click.

Window Resizer

Resize browser window to emulate various screen resolutions.

CSS Grady

Generating CSS Gradients was never this easy,autogenerate multibrowser css3 code in a snap.

ColorPicker 0.9

Web developer color picker/eye dropper. Pick color from current web page or change color(s) of any element in DOM.

Pixlr Express

Pixlr express is a smooth and modern photo editor, with all the effects, overlays and borders from the popular pixlr-o-matic but with more control. There are also lots of adjustments, stickers and a text tool.

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr presents a full featured photo editor direct in your browser, no download, no wait and 100% free.

CSS-Shack

CSS-Shack allows you to create Layers Styles (just like you would in any other image editing software), and export them into a single CSS file, or copy them to the clipboard.

Balsamiq Mockups

Balsamiq Mockups for Google Drive allows you to create, edit and share sketch-quality wireframes, all within Drive.

ShiftEdit

ShiftEdit is an online IDE for developing PHP, Ruby, HTML, CSS and JavaScript using (S)FTP, Dropbox or Google Drive.

Moqups

The best HTML5 app for creating crisp mockups, wireframes & interactive prototypes.

Palette for Chrome

Creates a color palette from any image. Just right-click on the image and select the ‘Palette for Chrome’ option.

Web Developer

The Web Developer extension adds a toolbar button to the browser with various web developer tools. This is the official port of the Web Developer extension for Firefox.

BuiltWith Technology Profiler

The BuiltWith Chrome Extension lets you find out what a website is built with by a simple click on the builtwith icon!

Sight

Sight is the Syntax Highlighter Chrome extension that makes reading code on the browser a joy. You can choose the theme, font and enable line numbers on the options page. To force a specific syntax pass #ft=[syntax] on the url of the file.

Stylebot

Stylebot allows you to quickly manipulate the appearance of any website (using custom CSS).

Google Font Previewer for Chrome

Lets you choose a font from the Google Font directory with a few text styling options, and preview them on the current tab.

CSSViewer

CSSViewer is a simple CSS property viewer for Google chrome originally made by Nicolas Huon as a FireFox addon.

Speed Tracer (by Google)

Speed Tracer is a tool to help you identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. It visualizes metrics that are taken from low level instrumentation points inside of the browser and analyzes them as your application runs.

Chrome Flags

Porting of FlagFox to Chrome. Displays a country flag indicating the location of the websites you’re visiting.

December 22 2012

12:00

Unwrapping the Wii U Browser

Anna Debenham harnesses the console browser huskies to the sled of web design and races off into the deeply forested landscape, leaving in her wake only an in-depth analysis of the new Wii U and its internet capabilities.

Tags: browsers

August 22 2012

18:24

13 Essential Firefox Add-ons To Enhance Your Browsing

Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular and most widely used web browsers. It is especially popular among the web designers and developers because of the available add-ons that they can integrate with the Firefox in order to simplify their design and development work. So, we thought to compile some essential Firefox add-ons that every web designer needs.

Therefore, here we have compiled this list of 13 essential Firefox add-ons and extensions that every web designer needs because these add-ons are designed to make website development easier. We hope that you will like this collection and find these add-one valuable for you. Feel free to share your opinion with us. Enjoy!

Pixel Perfect

Pixel Perfect is a Firefox/Firebug extension that allows web developers and designers to easily overlay a web composition over top of the developed HTML.

FireShot

FireShot creates screenshots of web pages entirely.

Web Developer

The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to the browser.

Greasemonkey

Customize the way a web page displays or behaves, by using small bits of JavaScript.

SeoQuake

Seoquake is a Firefox SEO extension aimed primarily at helping web masters who deal with search engine optimization (SEO), social media optimization (SMO) and internet promotion. Seoquake allows to investigate many important SEO parameters.

Total Validator

All new HTML5 and XHTML5 validation. Provides true HTML validation for HTML 2.0 through to XHTML 1.1 using the official DTDs, plus added attribute and other tests. So you no longer have to put up with the limitations of the W3C validator (no type checking) and tools like HTML Tidy which interpret the standards incorrectly as they don’t use the official DTDs.

Aardvark

Cool utility for cleaning up a page (for printing or better viewing) as well as for web development. Displays a red rectangle on the element under the mouse — hit “w” to go wider (get the containing element), then hit other keystrokes to remove, etc

Measure It

Draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels.

Codetch

Get the feel of Dreamweaver in a Firefox extension. Edit your documents right next to your web pages as you surf.

ScreenGrab!

Screengrab! it does save webpages as images.

FireFTP

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP/SFTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP/SFTP servers.

FireRainbow

Javascript syntax highlighting for Firebug.

YSlow

YSlow analyzes web pages and why they’re slow based on Yahoo!’s rules for high performance web sites.

May 03 2012

16:41

15 Useful Chrome Extensions For Designers And Developers

Google Chrome is the most favorite web browser not only for the developers and designers but also for the general public because it is simple, fast and provides enjoyable browsing session. Since it is the product of Google, you can expect extraordinary and high quality upgrades and improvements.

Here we have put together 15 useful and exceptionally versatile Chrome extensions that are of great interest for the designers and developers but practically can be used by almost every user. Chrome is the most preferred web browser for the developers and designers because it comes with plenty of built-in developer tools making it unbelievably versatile and fast to use. Check out this collection and get to pick one. Do let us know what you feel about this round up.

Image Cropper

Window Resizer

Speed Tracer

CSSViewer

Jsshell

Builtwith Technology Profiler

MeasureIt

ColorPicker

Colour Tweaker

Web Developer

PopChrom

Diigo Bookmark, Archive, Highlight and Sticky Note

Image Properties Context Menu

Bookmark Bar Switcher

Similar Pages

January 15 2012

04:01

Shim uses node.js to test sites on multiple browsers

Shim was developed within the Boston Globe’s media lab as a way to study how Web sites look on various devices and browsers. A laptop intercepts all wifi traffic – this is redirected to a custom node.js server – which inserts a javascript, or “shim,” at the head of each web page that is visited.

The shim, once loaded in a device’s browser, opens and maintains a socket connection to the server, according to to Shim’s developers. Shim was written in 2011 by Chris Marstall, Creative Technologist at the Boston Globe. The software has been open sourced. Write the Shim originators on git.hub:

Whenever a new page is requested, the page’s URL is broadcast to all connected browsers, which then redirect themselves to that URL, keeping all devices in sync. Shim info is available on git.hub.

January 04 2012

15:46

Coolest Apps From 2011 You Would Never Want To Miss In 2012

The year 2011 has ended. We have explored and reviewed so many useful tools and resources for you all the year. Today, we are going to take a look on few of the web apps we have featured that we think you would like bookmark for 2012. I hope designers, developers and programmers will like this list, but you can also use them and will love them whether you are an office worker, a manager, a supervisor, a student, a home user, etc. They are really amazing in respect to their features. This is the list of Coolest Apps Of 2011 You Would Never Want To Miss In 2012. We have categorized them as Web Apps, Desktop Apps and Smartphone/Tablet PC Apps. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.

You are welcome if you want to share more cool apps that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

Web Apps

Screenfly

Screenfly allows you to view your website on a variety of device screens and resolutions. It makes testing your online content, mobile designs, and responsive layouts a cinch. Choose common browsers, screen resolutions, and even mimic mobile phone and tablet devices.

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Really Simple System

It has all the features and functionality you need to keep track of your customers and prospects – their names, when to call them back, what you said to them last, what they bought, what they might buy. And as the name implies, Free Edition is a completely free CRM system. You can also upload documents such as letters, faxes, spreadsheets and keep them on the system. In CRM jargon, it is a complete Sales Force Automation system: Account Management, Contact Management and Opportunity Management with Sales Forecasting.

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IdentyMe

IdentyMe is a service for making of virtual business cards. You can collect all your contacts in one place and create a portfolio. It will helps you share information with new people, find new friends and business partners.

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LiveGO

LiveGO is an all-in-one solution enabling Internet users to stay connected to their social networks as Facebook and Twitter accounts, InstantMessengers as MSN Messenger, Yahoo and Gtalk, and email accounts as Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo!.

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Wix

You can create your own free website that looks and functions the way you want. Wix is an online editor with a drag and drop interface that lets you learn how to make a website without the need to bother with any code or web programming. To build your site, use the free design elements found inside the Wix website builder. Add pictures, text, contact forms, Google maps, social network icons and links, music, video files and more, in just a few simple clicks. You can also upload your own content, to add your own photos, animation files, text and more.

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moneytrackin

moneytrackin‘ is a free online webapp that allows you to track all your expenses and incomes easily and without effort, thus allowing you to have a clear view of your financial situation. It intends to be a simple yet powerful online budget management tool.

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Logotype Maker

This is a dead simple yet free logo maker web tool which can helps you create a logo in just few easy steps.

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CrocoDoc

CrocoDoc is an excellent online tool to share and annotate PDF files. If your friends do not have PDF file reader, you can upload the file to CrocoDoc and it will become viewable in the site’s HTML5 interface. The PDF file can also be annotated. The original and annotated versions can be downloaded separately by visitors to the PDF’s URL.

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Dialawg

The astonishingly simple way to share, track, protect, and control your files, messages…and relationships. Dialawg is a secure conversation, accessible from anywhere, where parties may exchange messages, share files and collaborate on documents.

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vintageJS

vintageJS is a tool where you can upload your images and apply a custom retro, vintage look to them for free. Just try it out: upload your photo, apply the vintage effect and share the retro image it with your friends via twitter or different social networks.

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TitanPad

TitanPad lets people work on one document simultaneously. While working on this app, you may do infinite undo and everyone gets their own color.

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TagCrowd

TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any text by creating what is popularly known as a word cloud, text cloud or tag cloud. It specializes in making word clouds easy to read, analyze and compare, for a variety of useful purposes.

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Virustotal

Virustotal is a service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines.

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CSS Pivot

This is a great website that can allow you to add CSS styles to any website, and share the result with a short link. You can also invite others to submit
improvements for your website.

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AgileWrap

AgileWrap is a simple, elegant, agile lean product lifecycle management solution to enhance product development, and realize faster time to market. It helps organizations optimize the product development process by enabling effective planning, providing visibility in real-time, incorporating customers feedback sooner, and facilitating collaboration easily in distributed teams.

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MeetMe

Business partners and friends want to meet with you. Show them when you’re busy and available and let them submit meeting requests to get on your calendar. MeetMe is your central hub for scheduling.

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Webplanner

Webplanner is an online collaborative project management tool. You can use the power of the cloud to brainstorm project goals, phases, tasks, and multiple levels of subtasks with your team. Assign responsibility for tasks to team members, who will be notified automatically, and then work out task details through comments. Upload and share project-related files. Print reports. Schedule your project using a dynamic Gantt chart with dependencies and a critical path view. It will help you track the progress of your project using the Overscreen screen (at left), which includes a project status pie chart, a list of approaching tasks for the whole project and individual team members, a project activity feed,
and a team status list.

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Moably

You can create your free mobile website in minutes with Moably. It works seamlessly on the iPhone, Android, BalckBerry, and the majority of other major mobile operating systems.

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SnatchCode

SnatchCode is a one click website backup solution. They help webmaster’s get rid of complicated backup solutions by replacing with their robust service.

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EmailTheWeb

EmailTheWeb

EmailTheWeb is the only web-based service that allows you to email any web page to any one. The entire web page is emailed in a flash and is captured as it is now. Your recipient will see the same exact page as you.

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LayerStyles

LayerStyles v 0.1 is just like your favorite graphics editor but in your browser. You can use it to create css code of the special effect you would like to give on your web design.

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SlideBomb

This is absolutely not your typical slideshow. With SlideBomb, You can add Youtube videos, Google Maps, images, links to images, text, and more to your slides for sharing and embedding anywhere.

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Twileshare

Twileshare assists you in uploading and sharing PNG, GIF, JPG, DOC or PDF files on Twitter.

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Lubith

You can now drag, drop, a few clicks and you can have the WordPress theme you wanted with Lubith. It has very intuitive interface that helps you move and resize the theme elements just by dragging the two knobs.

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Otipo

Otipo is a web-based application which provides a new and fun way for scheduling shifts. With Otipo, all the required information is in one place, and all the team members can access it from anywhere, anytime. It’s time to say goodbye to the pen and paper and let Otipo schedule like a pro.

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Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator

The Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator is a free online tool which you can use to generate scripted preloaders (spinners or throbblers) for your HTML projects. The Creator is using the CanvasLoader UI Library.

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Rapid  Searchmetrics: Website Speed Test

The website speedtester shows the duration of a given website. This value can be used for showing how long a website take to load and if it is better to optimize the website or change a (slow) ISP.

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Doocuments

Doocuments is about people exchanging VIP documents. Doocuments technology is perfect for sending VIP files through the Internet without being afraid of the final destination or usage of the VIP information. This is designed both for individual use or company-wide deployments, Doocuments is a Cloud Computing tool that integrates seamlessly into user and corporations workflows with a suite of plug-ins for the main office software suites.

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YAML Builder

The Builder is designed for rapid development of CSS layouts, that are based on YAML.

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FindFiles

FindFiles.net is a rapidly developing search engine for files of all types, operating its own crawler. FindFiles database currently contains links to 732,941,672 files. FindFiles supports all existing Mime Types (apart from standard html text-pages) like jpeg, gif, png and tiff images, Microsoft doc and Excel documents and exe executables, pdf and plain text documents, dwg AutoCAD and wrl virtual reality data files, archives like zip, gzip and jar, apps for smartphones like apk for Android and sis for Symbian etc.

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Manifested

Manifested is a new utility for getting a jump start on converting your existing web site to work offline using HTML5′s cache manifest. Manifested scrapes a website for images, stylesheets, and JavaScripts that you may want to cache. Manifested then gives you a custom cache manifest file as a starting point for upgrading your website to support offline functionality.

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Flowchart

You can collaborate with your colleagues in real-time. All collaborating parties can chat and design flow charts at the same time. Flowchart.com does not require any software download, it works with your favorite browser such as: Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Konqueror, Google Chrome.

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PDF to Word Online Converter

You will find numerous Word-to-PDF converters online but something that does the reverse is not that abundant. This is why many people will find PDF to Word Online Converter valuable – because it converts PDF files into Word documents.

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Free online file converter

This free online file converter lets you convert media easy and fast from one format to another. They support a lot of different source formats, just try. If you can’t find the conversion you need, you can contact them. They will try to help you.

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PrivNote

PrivNote is a free online note taking applications which you can use to jot down ideas or for any other reason. The best thing about PrivNote is that it generates a specific link for the Notes you create so that you can share them with your friends and family. Once the recipient read the note, it will be deleted automatically. It even notifies you once the recipient has read the note.

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CSS3 Generator

With this tool, you can choose CSS properties from the list and fill in your required parameters and get the code with a live preview.

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QuickForget

Uploading and saving files online is commonplace today. However, most online storage services require lengthy signup procedures and configurations before you can actually save a file. If you are in need of a quick way to store files online temporarily, QuickForget is the place to go. It lets users to upload files quickly and set the limit (time or views) after which the file will be removed from storage. A great website to store those important files securely.

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WorldCat

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WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat is one of the largest network of library content and services which students can use to complete their projects, essays and other school/university related work.

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Join.me

Join.me is an impromptu meeting space that happens wherever, whenever. It’s getting a second or third pair of eyes on your presentation from across the hall or across the continent. It’s sharing your screen instantly with anyone or everyone to get stuff done, quickly.

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GplusTo

GplusTo is a free to use web tool that lets you easily create a Google+ nickname. Based on your nickname it gives you a shortened URL that redirects to your original Google+ profile. Your shortened URL appears as a subdomain of GplusTo with your nickname added.

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Eightbit.Me

Do you remember the Atari days when the graphics came in eight bit? well Eightbit.Me is a website on which you will be able to create an eight bit avatar of yourself. You just need to sign-in with your twitter account and visit the website on your iPhone and the website will walk you through easy steps to make a cool eight bit avatar of your choice. It’s for FREE.

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QuickMaps

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With QuickMaps, users can easily create a map of places they are planning to visits and put different markers on specific places, draw lines, mention details and work they are going for and much more. After creating the map, users can easily post it on their websites or save it so that they can carry it while travelling.

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flickrSLiDR

FlickrSLiDR allows you to easily embed the classic flickr slideshows on your website or blog. All you need to do is enter the flickr URL address of the user, photo set or group you would like to embed along with some options.

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Chop

Chop is a quick and easy way to let the offending engineer know the error of their ways. Just copy and paste the lines in question, add your notes and share
them with a unique URL.

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Billable

Billable is much like the first entry on this list. This web app lets you create an invoice by editing the fields on a template loaded up when you visit the site. Your finished invoice can be downloaded as a PDF file.

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X-Icon Editor

X-Icon Editor is an HTML5 application (based on <Canvas>) that allows you to create high resolution icons that lets your sites shine with IE9. With X-Icon Editor you can quickly get your site ready with a large icon which will be available for pinned sites and the new tab page.

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About.com Find By Error Message

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A service provided by the popular website About.com, this Find By Error Message page lets users browse common error messages seen on PCs. The list is pretty huge and if you face a problem while using your PC, there is a very likely chance that you can find the error details on this webpage.

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Meetin.gs

Meetin.gs can organize meetings easily without participants having to remember passwords or fill out registration forms.

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FotoFuze

FotoFuze lets you make professional product photography out of ordinary photographs from ordinary cameras at absolutely no cost.

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Cacoo

Cocoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts. Cacoo can be used free of charge.

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HideMyAss

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With HidemyAss, you can surf the web anonymously, hide your IP address, secure your internet connection, hide your internet history, and protect your online identity. All you have to do is paste the URL of the website you want to visit and click on HideMyAss button.

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Enloop

Enloop lets you autowrite your business plans in which Enloop helps you easily develop a bank and investor ready business plan, complete with all text and financial forecasts, for free. Then you can measure the success of your business (on a scale of 0-1,000) before or after you start the business. You also get automated financial forecasts with this service that is based on your input. The service automatically generates a 3-year bank and investor ready financial forecast for sales, profit and loss, cash flow, balance sheet forecasts and financial ratios. The forecasts are bank and investor ready to help loan underwriters evaluate your business for risk. This amazing service does all the technical stuff for you.

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i2type

This website gives you access to a virtual keyboard that can adapt into 67 different languages. So if you are looking to type in a different language this is the best solution for you. It also lets you directly use famous search engines and websites to put your text in. You can also save your file in a word document.

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tempalias

tempalias helps you out by providing temporary, anonymous email addresses, also called “aliases”. Any message sent to the tempalias address will be forwarded anonymously to your real email address. You can set a maximum number of days or messages for which the tempalias will be valid. When either limit has been reached, your temporary address will automatically be deleted.

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Page Speed from Google Labs

This new experimental tool from Google Labs examines your website or personal blog and then gives you a deep insight into what can be done to improve the loading performance of your page. It is a very useful tool for all web masters as it gives users actions to perform based on a priority list. A must try free tool for use for all who want to improve their website performance.

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Sketchpad

Another robust example of html5 based application where you can paint any color in any shade or opacity. You can even play with patterns and “Spirographs,”.

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Desktop Apps

Instant WordPress

Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB key.

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Remind Me Later

Remind Me Later adds events to iCal in two clicks. Type “Buy groceries at 4pm tomorrow”, and it will add “Buy groceries” to iCal at 4pm tomorrow.

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Recovery Toolbox File Undelete Free

Recovery Toolbox File Undelete Free is an efficient recovery tool for the NTFS file system. The program can be used free of charge, but it’s not limited in any way – it provides all the recovery features usually found in popular commercial products. The software has a very clear, straightforward and easy to use wizard-based interface that turns the entire recovery process into a chain of interconnected steps. In fact, the program is so easy to understand that anyone can use it, even if they have no recovery experience and possess a bare minimum of computer skills. All you need to do to get from point A to point B is to follow on-screen instructions and make your choices.

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Advanced SystemCare Free

Advanced SystemCare Free (formerly Advanced WindowsCare Personal) has a one-click approach to help protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. This free PC repair software is a “must-have” tool for your computer.

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SiteSucker

SiteSucker is an Macintosh application that automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by copying the site’s Web pages, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive. SiteSucker can be used to make local copies of Web sites. It can download files unmodified or “localize” the files it downloads, allowing you to browse a site offline.

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ScreenSh00ter

ScreenSh00ter creates a screenshot of what is visible on the entire screen, inside ScreenSh00ters frame or a rectangular area you draw on your screen by clicking and dragging your mouse.

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VirtuaWin

VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’). Virtual desktops are very common in Unix/Linux, and once you get accustomed to using them, they become an essential part of a productive workflow.

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iConify

Are tired of exporting different sizes for different iOS devices? Fear not, iConify is a quick and easy app to generate assets for your iOS app. With iConify, you can generate all these images straight from your PSD files.

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Disk Defrag

Disk Defrag will speed up your computer by optimizing file system. It can defragment files, consolidate free space and move system files to the faster part of the disk. With AML Free Disk Defrag you’ll get the maximum out of your hard drive performance. It is supplied with a powerful engine and smart algorithms which allow Disk Defrag to run much faster than similar tools.

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Safecopy

Safecopy is another file recovery tool that is best suited to extracting data from external sources such as floppies, CDs, etc. The app “includes a low level IO layer to read CDROM disks in raw mode.”

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Zip2Fix

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Zip2Fix is a free portable tool to extract undamaged data from damaged Zip archive. The undamaged files are extracted into a new zip file.

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File Repair

File Repair software is a powerful tool to repair your corrupted files. It scans the damaged file and extracts maximum data from it to a new usable file. You can repair word documents, excel spreadsheets, zip, rar, selected video formats, pdf, etc.

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FocusWriter

FocusWriter is a desktop application that comes in different versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This desktop app lets you setup a black background and green text combination much like Darkcopy. Additionally it can set a transparent writing screen with a custom background. You can start using whichever writing canvas you prefer.

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Apture Highlights

Apture Highlights is a free tool, built from the ground up to let you take the power of Google search, and the richness YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and Wikipedia with you to any site. Just highlight a phrase on any site to reveal the web’s best content without ever leaving the page. It’s fast, powerful, and fun to use.

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ZenKEY

ZenKEY allows you to control all aspects of your computer via keystrokes. Using the configuration utility of the ZenKEY Wizard, you can create menus, each containing items which perform “actions”.

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Synalyze It

Synalyze It! is a free and simple to use Mac OS X app which lets you easily edit and analyze binary files of any size. Synalyze It! features enhanced support for many character encodings and it will allow you to interactively define grammars for various file formats.

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Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer

It will help you automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer.

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Image Tricks Lite

Image Tricks Lite is a freeware photo editing application that utilizes Mac OS X Core Image filters and Quartz Compositions to transform your favorite photos. Image Tricks Lite also contains a powerful image generator for creating unique images at random.

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Smartphone And Tablet PC Apps

Salesforce Mobile

Salesforce Mobile gives you instant access to your Salesforce information on your iPhone.

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HTMLeditor

A simple HTML,ASP,JS and CSS editor for your coding on the road, use menu to >”save and view file” to preview.

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Ice Cream Maker

Ice cream Maker is here! where you can whip up any kind of Ice Cream for any occasion.

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Maverick

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Maverick is an off road GPS navigation application with offline maps support, compass and track recording. With Maverick app, users can automatically use Bing, Google and many other Maps, and they are cached so that they can be used offline, share your current position, navigate to different places easily and much more.

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DocScan

DocScan lets you instantly scan multi-pages document and send out when there is no scanner nearby. By having it, you can scan not only documents in sight, but also whiteboards, receipts, business cards, posters, coupons, books …etc.

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Free Data Vault

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Free Data Vault is an excellent free android app which can help users hide any data type including photos and other media files. This application is different from other applications which allow users to set a password on different folders as it allow users to hide one photo in another and store the fake image on the sd card.

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USB Disk

USB Disk lets you store and view documents on your iPhone and iPod. It has an amazing built in document viewer and is very easy to use, with a simple and intuitive interface, yet it contains many powerful features. Drag and drop files in iTunes to transfer them to your iPhone / iPod, then view them anywhere.

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Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD, most popular and powerful browser on Android Market, is built on Android 2.0+ platform. Beside some basic features, like gesture commands, multi-touch zooming, bookmarking (that syncs to Google bookmarks), Dolphin HD supports more powerful features such as versatile add-ons, better HTML5 support, customizable bookmarks sorting, innovative UI, Download Directory changing, and etc.

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Fuze Messenger

Fuze Messengers supports messaging across various networks with added feature of SSL encryption to secure your conversations.

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Planets

A 3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers. You can discover when you can see your favorite planet, and where to look in the sky in relation to the stars and so much more.

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Dictionary & Thesaurus

The free Dictionary.com app delivers trusted reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. No internet internet connection is needed to search words. The app includes nearly 2,000,000 words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It also features audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search and Dictionary.com’s popular Word of the Day and Hot Word blog.

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Memory Trainer

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Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. No matter how many books you study, if you don’t have a sharp memory its as good as its in drain. Memory Trainer is an app to exercise your nerve muscles and train them to remember intense amount of data. It works out your spatial and working memory, focus, chunking and concentration skills.

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Mirror in your pocket

We all need to check our hair or makeup sometimes and this application is here to help. Just tilt the mirror properly so that you can get a good light from behind, you will then be able to perfectly see your reflection in the black background of the mirror.

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Tic Tac Toe Free

Now you can play Tic Tac Toe on your iPhone or iPod Touch for free. Tic Tac Toe Free is the first full-featured, free Tic-Tac-Toe game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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December 20 2011

10:00

The Grim Future of Web Browsers

Nothing new appearing today in the IT world is labelled as a surprise, because everything moves so fast and at some point in time you start to know when the big news hit the market. With the technology advancing so fast, especially all the mobile devices we call smartphones today part of the mainstream and are, maybe, the most important thing in our lives. So by sending a message from your QWERTY Android device or by playing Fruit Ninja on your latest iPhone, have you ever thought that you yourself are changing the IT world?

Well if you haven’t, I can tell you for sure that you do. By using portable devices more often and desktop computers less the latest gadgets quickly become out of date. Without realizing we have become unplugged and do not need computers anymore – which also means we do not need browsers anymore. And why would we? At the end of the day we have our smartphones filled with apps that can keep us busy for a long time. Sometimes I don’t even check my Facebook from my computer, even if I am close to it, because it is much easier to do it from the phone. Ever since the IT world made it possible to connect to the internet wirelessly, nobody has looked back. People invest much more money today in phones and portable devices like tablets or eBook Readers than in computers.

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Internet without a Browser


It is easy to see how we’ve become unplugged. Apple’s iOS and Android do it; Adobe Flash Player 10.2 and AIR technologies as well. HTML5 starts becoming more popular and supported on many portable platforms and other companies like Blackberry or Nokia follow in close. There are over 400,000 applications in the App Store, an incredible growth from 500 in the beginning. Android has around 400,000 applications and the numbers are increasing. The year started with around 300,000 apps for both platforms and ends with, very possibly, close to 1 million of them. Android included Flash from the 2.2 Froyo version and this made the portable devices running on the open-source platform even more popular. And you know what the good part of this is? That you don’t need anything besides a WiFi or 3G/4G connection to access them from all over the World.

Why do we talk about apps when we’re talking about browsers? Because if you think about it, the applications are nothing less than websites which are accessed without a browser. And more than 10 million of them were downloaded in 2011. That’s a huge amount of users who accessed this information from a portable device, avoiding using a browser. And it should be a clear sign about the future of the web. The apps are more intuitive, faster and easier to use, therefore they are preferred to Chrome, Mozilla, Safari or any other application. Another advantage is that the apps can be accessed from everywhere, while for a browser you not only need internet, but also a computer.

Smartphone and the Internet


A smartphone will also always allow you access to the internet, so why have a big laptop when you can have a pocket device that can do the same? A study made two years ago concluded that by 2013 mobile browsing will be more popular than desktop browsing. With the usage of smartphones growing by 110% in the US in 2009 and by 148% all over the world, this seems quite possible. Also, the younger internet users get educated in the world of smartphones, meaning that the computer will mean even less for them than it does for us.

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This could be great news for designers – up til now everybody had to have a webpage, soon everybody will have to have a mobile device version as well. More work, more money for the design industry. China for example is a huge industry with tremendous potential. Not many people there have tablets or smartphones, but many say in 3-4 years everyone there will own one. With a market of almost 1 billion mobile subscribers, there will be a huge need for mobile websites for the companies and business individuals. So, bottom line, the fact that web browsers are on a downhill is not that bad for us – we will still have a lot of work anyway.

Right now there are more than 300 million mobile internet users in China and this is around 60% of all mobile and desktop internet users all over Europe – we’re talking huge numbers here. We’re talking about the Chinese equivalent of eBay, Taobao on which the transactions for the last year totaled roughly $60 billion; and this is while eBay was delighted with a total of only $2 billion. All of these things happen while the major internet providers already update the speeds to 4G. You see where I’m heading? As designers, we might be concerned that our jobs will disappear in 15 years but really, who knows how many other challenges will appear for us by then?

However, the truth is that it always takes up to five years after a new web technology appears until people get a hold of it and learn how it really works. Smartphones are huge today, but I don’t think they reached their maximum potential yet. There is still a lot yet to come and just because we think we know everything, it doesn’t mean we actually do. Web browsers are still popular and widely used, but they will be a thing of the past at some point in time, because nothing lives forever on the web. There is no such thing as a technology which didn’t improve since it was released (unless it was released recently).

Conclusion


The bottom line of this article is that even if the browsers disappear in several years (or at least their use will decrease), there will still be a lot of work for designers and developers. The internet is almost fed up with designs and experts, in five years time it will all move on portable devices. This means, as stated before, much more work for us, both for desktop and portable devices. All the technologies will be available on portable devices as well at some point in time and designing for them will be maybe even more challenging than designing for desktop use.

The beginners of today are the experts of tomorrow. We all know what’s coming in the short term, so why not try to become better at this while letting the current experts do their work? Who knows, in five years it might be you who earns the big bucks from all kind of clients and, as its normal, there will be others taking your place in the “follower seat”. The increasing use of smartphones and tablets bring a new taste in the design industry, with many new challenges yet to come. Get ready to take on all of them!

November 03 2011

17:01

Nine Excellent Online Apps For Web Designers And Developers

There are many useful apps and tools out there for web developers, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. Today, we are sharing Nine Excellent Online Apps For Web Designers And Developers. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best.

You are welcome if you want to share more online apps for designers and developers that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  SmashingApps.com, just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and follow us on Digg as well to get updated.

WhatFont Tool

WhatFont is a great tool, with which you can easily get font information about the text you are hovering on. To embrace the new web font era, WhatFont also detects services used for serving the font. Now supports Typekit and Google Font API.

Cssizer

Cssizer is a simple tool to let you edit the design of an html page in real time. You can then use the url you are given to share your design with others.

Clickable Mockups

Clickdummy is about communicating your designs better. ClickDummy turns your website, mobile and software mockups into clickable prototypes with room for annotation and feedback from your clients, friends, and co-workers. No more emailing .PDFs, trying to trace feedback through message threads, or worrying about putting Photoshop images into an HTML container. Clickdummy puts your designs and feedback in context.

CSS Pivot

This is a great website that can allow you to add CSS styles to any website, and share the result with a short link. You can also invite others to submit
improvements for your website.

Prefixr

This tool can automatically update CSS3 properties with the necessary browser prefixes.

Screenfly

Screenfly allows you to view your website on a variety of device screens and resolutions.

CoderDeck

CoderDeck can help you create interactive live-coding presentations.

Patternizer

Patternizer is an easy to use stripe pattern generator.

alphaPun.ch

alphaPun.ch will trace the opaque part of your PNG or GIF image. It will then punch through the alpha channel (i.e. the transparent bit), so you can click on things behind it.

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October 06 2011

07:23

What Do You Think is the Ultimate Browser Feature?


  

The web plays such a large role in our modern lives, even for those of us not working in one of the many industries which are based there. Be we users, web workers or both, internet browsers are a major part of how that experience all goes down. For designers and developers, browsers help steer the directions that our industries tend to make strides in.

So when it comes to the numerous inconsistencies and daily browser related battles that we face, we begin to long for some ultimate browsing experience that we have yet to find. That pieced together Frankenstein monster of compatibility and user-focused features that would make the most of everyone’s internet experience across the board. Knowing that these common fantasies find those in the design and development field almost daily, we turned to that reliable Smashing network that is our online friends and followers for help.

We asked if they were to build this proverbial dream browser what would be their ultimate, most innovative and/or anticipated browser features that they would include? The must-haves! Where would they focus their efforts? And below is the result. Their answers explored and dissected for a look at what kind of browser the design and development community would put together.

From the User’s Perspective

Whenever you start looking at building the ultimate browsing experience, you have to consider multiple perspectives. With this breakdown, we have a few different viewpoints that we have divided the responses into. This first section looks at those features that would most impact the users of this wonder browser. The Usability and UX side of the coin.

Performance

Naturally, one of the first areas that answers began to focus was on the performance of the browser. When it comes to the end users, bells and whistles are nice so long as they do not interfere with this important area. User’s want performance that doesn’t come with a heavy tax on the system running it.

Process Handling

One popular feature that we see in some of the major browsers that our followers would like across the board is in terms of process handling. This aspect of the browser performance is the root cause of many a user headache indeed. With Firefox’s latest versions, they have joined Chrome, Safari and IE in taking on this challenge efficiently by having each open tab run as a separate process. However, users who are for now stuck with the older versions still face these headaches.


Users want a browser that can juggle whatever processes they throw at it. Without any dropped balls. Photo by Simon Law.

For now if they are running older Firefox and IE browsers, then until the updates and patches they still receive for legacy versions pump this new process handling performance tweak into their frameworks, frustration awaits. In the interest of always moving forwards, it is unlikely those patches will be passed on to legacy browsers, but that does not stop our followers from wishing that they would.

Energy Efficiency: Wishlist

One area which does impact performance and remains something of a wishlist item from the community, is a much more energy effecient browser. Perhaps with the growing number of demands that we continue placing on browsers and their performance, this is a dream that may never fully actualize. With all of the customization options that browsers provide us through add-ons and plugins, having a browser that is light on our battery does not seem to be much of a focus for all users. But mobile is changing that.

As the mobile market grows, so does the demand for a more compact, light-weight browser for those users who wish to surf the web as they have grown accustomed to it on their other devices (such as their PC’s and laptops). So much of the mobile web browsing that takes place these days is handled via apps and not a full browser. And until browser supplies can meet this demand (and others), the energy equation is going to drive them farther from the mobile market.

Browsing Ease

The answers we were getting also made one thing abundantly clear right off the bat, users want an easy browsing experience. And as we see many plugins and services coming to the aid of users across the web catering to this desire for ease, it seems that this message is being heard on some level. But there are still browser features that could be improved or created to make browsing the web even better.

Synchronization

Being able to sync your browsers across devices (especially to mobile devices) is a feature that many users long to have. Since Firefox 4 two-way syncing of browser settings, passwords and even open tabs from computers to mobile devices has been possible, but others have yet to fully catch up. Chrome lets the user access sync data using a Google account, provided the same browser is used on the mobile device, but this is still somewhat lacking.


Bottom line, there are so many aspects of our online / digital lives that we feel requires more synchronization. Image by Andrew Currie

While some kind of full scale implementation of browser synchronization (even across platforms) may be a little more than a pipe-dream, it seems that the online community would still like more steps in that direction. As close as the developers can carry us to this dream will be fine, as the ground we have already covered is promising and growing more user-friendly with each step. And with Chrome’s widening syncing capabilities of the Omnibox across device platforms, things are looking up more and more.

Better Bookmarking: Wishlist

Bookmarks, tabs, and bookmark tags have made browsing a lot more user-friendly through the years, and that experience seems to continue to evolve. Bookmarklets, jump lists and site pinning are steps in that evolution that have all been well received. But from the responses that we got from our followers, there are some places they would like to see this evolution end up as it continues.

Users would like to see some sort of one button bookmarking with a built-in ratings systems for the sites that they are adding in the future. Allowing for bookmarks to be arranged in order of the ratings we give them without having to rearrange them or organize them into groups. They would also like to see this rating system allow for image captures of the sites, so as we scroll through our bookmarks the images would pop-up for easier recognition. Much like some browsers already do with tabs.

Readability: Wishlist

One of the areas where users tend to always be looking for assistance from outside sources, is readability. In fact, there are numerous readability add-ons being used such as Readability or Notforest, which are offered for multiple platforms today. This had some of our followers asking, why not just integrate a native readability function into browsers? Go ahead and cut out the proverbial middle man.

As the add-ons’ functionality and customization options grow, giving the users more and more power to control the visual presentations of any site they visit, the more it seems at home as a native function of any browser that focuses on the user.

Social Browsing

One important feature that many users are looking for these days from their browser is connectivity. The web is a social environment, and as such, its inhabitants are extremely social creatures. Users would like to see more catering to this need and their networking built right into their browsers. With the demise of Flock, users who were hoping this sort of social media integration into the browsing experience would become more standard were left thinking perhaps this would not be the case. Especially when new versions from the main vendors had none.

However, now with RockMelt on the landscape, hopes are once more reviving that more social media integration will take root with other vendors. By allowing users’ various social media outlets to be easily accessed, and alerted when new activity in their feeds occurs built right into the browser, a much more complete and connected experience takes shape.

From the Designer’s Perspective

Designer’s look at the web a little bit differently than most. Like developers, our work shapes the way we browse, and so when the designer’s perpsective began taking shape from the responses we received, it was clear that their ultimate browsing experience was built largely on the potential we see from where we are at currently; and our imaginations of what could be. So it was more of wishlist that we gained from this perspective.

SPeeDY: Wishlist

One of the areas that was touched on by several of our followers, was the adoption of the SPDY protocol to replace the much slower HTTP. If you are not familiar with Google’s SPeeDY new protocol, that may be because it has not gotten that wide a reach so far, but that is changing. Not sure if it will catch on the way it seems the design community would like (or Google for that matter), but given Mozilla’s recent integration of Google’s SPDY protocol things are looking up. Or should we say, speeding up? No, probably, not. Sorry, ineffective pun attempt.


To get a little more specific into exactly what this protocol is all about, check out this info sheet.

Given that the HTTP protocol has been criticized for its inability to properly handle the complex content that we are creating in an efficient, fast way, many designers have been looking for a better way forward. Since the beginning of 2011, Google has seemingly been leading the way. Designers have seen that this new protocol can process and load more than one resource at a time, unlike HTTP, and they want it.

However, given that this protocol requires more than just browser acceptance, it also requires the server’s that sites are hosted on to be compliant and integrate SPDY as well, look for a slower adoption of this wishlist item than perhaps some of the others. But with Firefox now turning this direction also, folks in the community are hopeful that the domino’s are lining up to fall in SDPY’s favor. If more browsers support the protocol then it is thought more sites and servers will begin falling in suite as well. Opening the doors for a speedier future.

From the Developer’s Perspective

As mentioned, developers also browse the web through a different lens than the average user, and when the answers from the dev side of the community started coming in, it was clear where their sites were set. They all tended to focus on efficient cross-browser development. Which is pretty much where you would expect the largest percentage of answers to fall, as the lack of this is responsible for the largest percentage of headaches that developers face when coding a site.

Standardization: Wishlist

Can you imagine what a wonderful world it would be if the standards were adopted so much quicker and with less picking and choosing? The developers that we heard from can imagine such a place, and they wish it would get here now! From the current processes in place for new standards to be decided on to the ways that the specific vendors go about ‘choosing’ which ones to integrate, so much needs to be revamped that this item had to be wishlisted.

Excerpt from The Web Standards Project Mission Statement:

Though leading browser makers have been involved in the creation of web standards since W3C was formed, for many years compliance was observed in the breach. By releasing browsers that failed to uniformly support standards, manufacturers needlessly fragmented the Web, injuring designers, developers, users, and businesses alike.

Perhaps we will get there one day, but for now, the day of complete cross-browser standards compliance and integration is something of a distant dream.

Cross-Browser Checking

Until this magic day arrives and we no longer have to perform the achingly repetitive and frustrating cross-browser checks on our websites, users would like the ability to run this check via their single browser of choice. So they are looking to the creators to work on developing this sort of option as a native function of the browser itself.

Firefox has attempted to provide such a feature with the IE-Tab. Developing it further to support different browser families and at least cover the past three versions of IE is a capability many would appreciate. So this is perhaps not that far from being seen in variations from multiple vendors as is often the case with these new developments.

HTML5

Since it burst onto the scene, HTML5 has been converting developers and designers over to its simple and concise framework, but that has not sped up the integration and adoption like many would have hoped. In fact, many are resistant to the push to use this new standard as using HTML5 may still cause problems in certain browsers. To check how your site or app works in a browser or which extension might be missing, apply The HTML5 Test and check your browser score.


HTML5 is a major game changer, but still has miles to go before it’s fully implemented. Til then, we have to roll with the punches. Image by Justin Watt

Editing and Debugging

The Firefox add-on Firebug includes a powerful coding, debugging and monitoring feature readily at your fingertips while browsing. Decent cross-browser DOM inspection tools as well as script debugging with easy CSS editing capabilities are greatly missed in many browsers. While others have some level of these capabilities, Firebug has already set the bar so high that, according to our replies, many are longing for comparable functionality where sadly it is lacking.

Not only do they want all browsers to offer developers real-time editing possibilities as well as quick statistical analysis tools, but they want them to be offered natively. Having that functionality right out of the box for a browser may be something that most would have wishlisted, but given where we are already at with regards to this (look at Chrome for example), it may not be that much of a stretch. But then again, maybe we’re just dreamers.

Ultimate Dream Features

Speaking of dreamers, we come to their section of the post. Here we have a shortlist of features that we couldn’t ignore. Features that many of our followers believed were long overdue.

Built-In Browser Sound Controls


Take over those controls. Image by Alex McCabe

With so many online apps and sites that unexpectedly take over your devices sound functions, to the aggravation of many a user, there are lots of people that we heard from who would like this addressed. With some sort of built-in browser sound controls, users could prevent these oft surprising system hijackings from ever taking place again. Or at least, that seems to be the instigation behind this dreamer’s addition to our list.

Native FTPs

Another area that our followers felt had been lacking, is a native FTP program along the lines of FireFTP across the vast spectrum of browsers. Several of our users singled out Chrome specifically here as it ranks so high in other areas with regards to both developers and users, but this one desired element has left something of a gaping void in many’s eyes that vendors should all seek to correct.

Native Multiple-Language IDEs

With more and more users actively looking to further design and develop from right there in their browsers versus separate applications, having native IDEs built into every browser would be a total dream come true. Integrated Development Environments (also known as Integrated Design Environments, Integrated Debugging Environments or even Interactive Development Environments) as built-in browser functions would effectively take designers and developers one step closer to a state of nirvana.

Effectively turning our browsers into one of our most powerful tools defining our trades. Though they tend to come with a steep learning curve, once we were passed that, we would have a streamlined workflow that put nearly all of the necessary development features in one place. Now as mentioned in the header, for this to work, they could not be dedicated to a single programming language as some IDEs are. With the prevalence of multiple-language IDEs available today, perhaps this dream could be reached one day soon.

Built-in Browser Based Text Editor

Though IDEs tend to come with a source code editor, there are still users who have called for a built-in text editor to come standard in their browsers. This would come in handy for a number of users, not just those necessarily in the design and development community. Once again, this is a matter of improved workflow, wherein users get more out of their browser and are having to switch back and forth between programs less while working on a project. Therefore, this small addition to all browsers would still be a dream come true.

Browser Auto-Save

Having extra backups in place to safeguard against any sort of information loss is always dreamed of by users. And while the process handling has improved on newer browsers, there is still an issue with any tab instability that can cause us to lose whatever information we are typing into any areas of that crashing tab. This is part of the frustration that helps to fuel calls for browsers to have an auto-save function that will protect whatever information we are entering from being lost. Whatever the cause. Even a power disruption would not cause total loss of our data, as long as the browser was watching our backs and automatically saving our entries every so often.

More Macros

The final dream feature mentioned by our followers has to do with the lack of macro support across the browser board. Wishing to significantly improve workflow, productivity and reduce frustration, users are calling for more native macro functioning to automate those more repetitive tasks we ask of our browsers daily. iMacros for Firefox is a great example of what they are looking for. However, they would like to see more vendors climbing on board, and this functionality going native.

A Mention of Mobile Microbrowsers

We thought it wouldn’t be right to leave the post without a quick mention of mobile browsers as we had a couple of mentions of those. The largest crux with current mobile browsing technology is undoubtedly its platform dependency. Something our followers would certainly like to see change. The Mobile Market Overview shows that mobile versions of today’s top market share web browsers are tied to specific brands or models.

Internet Explorer Mobile is constrained to the Windows 7 operating system, Firefox for mobile has only been released for Nokia Maemo and Android, Safari is exclusive to Mac mobile products, and so on. Not only do users want that to change, but they would also like better performance from the mobile browsers virtually all around. A factsheet featuring the prevalent browsers yields some interesting insights. Only two major mobile browsers currently pass the Acid3-Performance-Test , whereas the rather fameless surf engines Iris and Skyfire score 100/100.

In Conclusion

We know that with the levels of customization offered via plugins and add-ons, browsers can reach so many of these heights already. However, the with the vendors working them into the initial browser, hopes are that these often costly (with regards to system resources and more) features would find more light-weight integrations. Not to mention the amount of time and searching it could potentially save in the end.

As always we appreciate all of the wonderful responses that we received from our friends and followers, which provided the insights for putting this post together. And while we were not able to shine a light on all of the answers we got in, we are now turning the post over to you. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the must-have features mentioned, or what features you would include in your browser.

By Stephan Poppe:
Stephan has been part of the Smashing Team for some time now. Every once in a while he takes his time to put a useful piece together himself. He loves digging into the newest developments around the web and hopes you enjoy his discoveries.

(rb)

September 29 2011

18:27

10 Strong Reasons To Switch Over To Firefox 7

As we know Firefox has changed the way we browse the internet. To make it sure they always stay a step ahead from its competitors. Firefox continuously release updates to fix bugs and any other known issues. Their recent release is the new Firefox 7 which brought exciting new features and updates to the browser. After testing it out we have come up with at least 10 solid reasons why you should get Firefox 7 right away.

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Completely Free

Firefox is completely free. You don’t have to pay even a single penny to download and use the service. Mozilla is a completely non-profit organization whose aim is to improve browsing experience of readers.

Cross-Platform

Mozilla Firefox works on all operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux) and mobile devices as well.

Bookmarks Manager

Firefox is highly customizable. If you are switching from any other browser, you can import your bookmarks without any problem using the built in bookmarks manager.

Memory And PC Resources Management

Firefox users had complains before that the software uses too much memory and PC resources. Now, Firefox 7 manages memory in an efficient manner and reduces memory usage by almost 20%-30% and in some times as much as 50%, even if you have many tabs opened.

HTML5 Support

Firefox 7 is equipped with an improved rendering Canvas application which speeds up HTML5 objects, animations and games, which allows developers to work on tools to improve browsing experience of users.

Page Loading Speed Checker

Firefox 7 also supports W3C navigation timing specification allowing developers to test their page load speed easily.

Performance Feedback Tool

Another reason which might make you switch to Firefox is the newly introduced telemetry feature, which prompts users to opt-in reporting performance data to Mozilla. This will help Firefox team to optimize and make improvements in future Firefox releases.

Add-ons Compatibility 

One issue many people had before was that as soon as a new version of Firefox is released, it’s old add-ons become useless till they are updated by developers and made compatible with the latest releases. With Firefox 7 release, Firefox team claims that 99% of Firefox 6 add-ons will be compatible with Firefox 7. If you want to test add-ons compatibility, you can install Add-on Compatibility Reporter to check which plugins are compatible and which are not.

Simple To Use

It’s small and easy to install for a person who don’t know anything about computers.

Easily Customizable

Its highly customizable and you can change the look of it according to your own preferences by applying different themes.

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May 03 2011

01:18

Top Ten Of The Best Add-ons That Can (REALLY) Rock Your Firefox 4

There are many Firefox add-ons out there for designers and developers, but getting by good ones (which works with Firefox 4)  is not that easy. That is why I am sharing Top Ten Of The Best Add-ons That Can Rock Your Firefox 4. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best.

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KwiClick

KwiClick delivers search results from your favorite services directly to you, so there is no need to open new tabs or go back and forth between pages. KwiClick helps you complete tasks more efficiently.

Awesome Screenshot

You can capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info and it has one-click upload feature to share.

Tab Scope

Tab Scope shows a popup on tabs and enables you to preview and navigate tab contents through popup. It’s major features are real-time preview of tab contents, navigate (Back/Forward/Reload/Stop) through popup, scroll pages or frames in preview with mouse wheel, click links or buttons directly in preview, automatically show preview for tabs opened in background.

Apture Highlights

Apture Highlights is a free tool, built from the ground up to let you take the power of Google search, and the richness YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and Wikipedia with you to any site. Just highlight a phrase on any site to reveal the web’s best content without ever leaving the page. It’s fast, powerful, and fun to use.

InstantFox

You can sSearch via your addressbar with shortcuts – e.g. simply enter g searchword to search with Google (instant results appear as you type!), g » Google (or try “i” or “m”), e » eBay, a » Amazon, y » Youtube, w » Wikipedia, c » Calculator, f » Weather.

Thumbnail Zoom

It’s a free browser add-on that shows a floating panel with the full size of a thumbnail when hovering over an image or thumbnail from the sites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Amazon, Picasa, Flickr, LinkedIn, Hi5, Twitpic, deviantART, PhotoBucket, Tagged, Last.fm, Wikipedia, YouTube, DailyMile, IMDb, Imgur, Photosight.ru, Google Images and few more.

MouseControl

This was created to allow easy tab switching in full screen mode and in Firefox 4 with tabs all the way at top. You can switch, close, undo close, jump, new, duplicate, and zoom tab control all through just your left, right, and scroll mouse buttons.

FoxySpider

FoxySpider is your personal web crawler. It can crawl into a given web site and retrieve what you really want (video clips, images, music files, etc.). FoxySpider displays the located items in a well-structured thumbnail gallery for ease of use.

QuickFox

QuickFox Notes is a multi-tab note taking add-on for Firefox that uses the integrated bookmarks system or a single sqlite database to store notes. Therefore, if you already have either a bookmarks synchronization add-on (e.g: XMarks) or a file synchronization software (e.g: Dropbox, SugarSync, Syncplicity), your notes will be synchronized automatically.

Drag & DropZones

Drag & DropZones is a brand new and innovative way to search the internet. Extending the Firefox Search Engine manager window, you simply drag a Search Engine onto 1 (or more) DropZones to link them. Once you are all set up, you can just drag some text or a link on any website to activate the Drag & DropZones. A stylish transparent grid (in the color of your choice) with all your Search Engines will be displayed over the site you where viewing, and the DropZone you are currently hovering above will be highlighted. Just Drop the text on any of the DropZones and your search will be performed the way you where used to.

April 28 2011

17:21

The Statistical Journey Of Mozilla Firefox So Far (Infographic)

As we know web browsers are a necessity for us to browse the world wide web and web browser isn’t just a software which was once created and we have been using that same application today. Like technology, it has evolved from time to time, and there are a few big companies who are constantly participating and struggling in the browser’s war. Mozilla Firefox is one of those browsers which is growing everyday. They launched Firefox 4 in March 2011 that was downloaded 7.1 million times in the first 24 hours, and is now more than 100 million downloads and counting. Below you can find a great statistics of the journey of Mozilla Firefox so far.

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March 27 2011

22:19

The Evolution Of Web Browsers (Infographic)

As we know web browsers are a necessity for us to browse the world wide web and web browser isn’t just a software which was once created and we have been using that same application today. Like technology, it has evolved from time to time, and there are a few big companies who are constantly participating and struggling in the browser’s war. This infographic shows us the perfect comparison over different web browsers from 1994 to 2011. Some of these browsers perished with time while some are still competing.

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March 25 2011

16:01

Six Browsers For Most Intuitive Web Surfing Experience On Your Android Phone

There are many apps out there for android phones, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing The Six Browsers For Most Intuitive Web Surfing Experience On Android. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.

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Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD, most popular and powerful browser on Android Market, is built on Android 2.0+ platform. Beside some basic features, like gesture commands, multi-touch zooming, bookmarking (that syncs to Google bookmarks), Dolphin HD supports more powerful features such as versatile add-ons, better HTML5 support, customizable bookmarks sorting, innovative UI, Download Directory changing, and etc.

Opera Mobile Web Browser

It is fast, smooth, and makes surfing the Web on a mobile device more fun and efficient than ever. A refreshed user interface looks better with your device and gives Opera Mobile a sleek, modern appearance. Pinch zoom and smooth panning let you surf in a natural and intuitive way. You can also share web content with others on popular social networks. Opera Mobile is the ultimate browser when connected over WiFi or wireless broadband.

Miren Browser

Miren browser brings you the most intuitive browsing experience with full tabbed browser with smart full-screen mode, top site navigation and smart suggestions. It has a Flash support with multi-touch Pinch zoom. You will have excellent bookmark management with folders as well as you can export/import bookmarks via SD.

Skyfire

Skyfire Browser makes your mobile web experience richer, smarter and more fun. It also makes browsing more social. You may have easy access to Facebook and Twitter news feeds, profiles, friends, inbox, events and places. Find popular pages your friends have shared based on the sites you are visiting. Explore related ideas to the pages you browse. And see more from your searches with video and social results.

Opera Mini Web Browser

By compressing pages with Opera’s servers, Opera Mini not only loads webpages faster, but it saves on data charges since it uses about a tenth of the data of normal browsers. Opera Mini is the ultimate browser for browsing on slow
Internet connections or while paying per megabyte of data used.

Boat Browser

Boat Browser is a fast,clean and ease of use android browser. This is a fast, simple and pretty web browser, which will bring you the greatest user experience on Android.

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February 10 2011

19:40

14 Great Extensions Provided By Google To Supercharge Your Chrome Browser

As you might have been using Chrome for a quite some time now but there is a good chance you are not taking its full advantage. You would be happy to know that Google Chrome extensions are a great way to add more features and functionality to your browser. Below we have gathered 14 Great Extensions Developed By Google To Supercharge Your Chrome Browser. You will not find these extensions in similar lists on other websites; I hope you find them to be useful to your computer usage.

Give the list a thorough reading, try out any extension you are interested in, and let me know in the comments how they worked out for you. You are welcome to share if you know more useful chrome extension which our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well.

Screen Capture

Capture visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page as a PNG image. Support horizontal and vertical scroll when capturing whole page, with an all new autosave capability.

Google Dictionary

You can view definitions easily as you browse the web. This extension also supports translation. If you’re on a website that’s detected to be in a foreign language, foreign words on that page will be translated to your language if available.

Shopping Buddy

The Shopping Buddy displays the rating of stores you are currently visiting right in the omnibar, you can also read reviews by clicking directly on the rating icon. The Shopping Buddy will also let you know if the store you’re browsing
is offering a discount for purchases made through Google Checkout. With this Chrome extension you won’t miss another Google Checkout deal.

Send from Gmail

This extension will open a Compose window in Gmail when you click any email address on a webpage. It also provides a button that will create a Gmail message when clicked, using the page title as the subject and selected page text and
link address as the message.

Google Reader Notifier

It displays the Google Reader unread count. Clicking the icon shows a preview of your reading list in a popup or it can open Reader in a new tab.

Google Voice

You can make calls, send SMS, preview Inbox, and get notified of new messages. It works for US only.

News Reader

This extension adds a button to your browser toolbar that you can click to view the most recent stories from Google News on topics you are interested in. Click any story’s link to expand the story and see more details — right within
the popup.

Google Calendar Checker

You can quickly see the time until your next meeting from any of your calendars. Just cick on the button to be taken to your Google calendar.

RSS Subscription Extension

This extension auto-detects RSS feeds on the page you are reading and upon finding one will display an RSS icon in the Omnibox, allowing you to click on it to preview the feed content and subscribe.

Download Helper

This extension allows you to download links on a web page with your favorite downloader. Now they support FlashGet, FlashGet Mini, Thunder and Mini Thunder
too.

Virtual Keyboard

Virtual Keyboard lets you type in your language using the keyboard layout familiar to you. It pops up on every page with input text boxes and text areas.

Chrome Toolbox

A quick access tool that allows you to put your favorite browser commands in one drop down menu, save unsubmitted form data, magnify images, view videos in standalone windows, and define shortcuts to open all links in any bookmark
folder.

Highlight to Search

Google Highlight to Search is a browser extension that helps you search keywords easily. After you highlight keywords within a web page, you’ll see magnifying-glass icon appear below the highlighted keywords.

Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer

It will help you automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer.

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February 03 2011

10:00

Introducing Google Chrome: All In One Super Charged Guide

Google Chrome is the most fastest browser anyone could ever use. It has lived up to most people’s expectations with its speed, security, innovative navigations, ease of usage and very cool extensions. And because it uses WebKit as a rendering engine, it’s completely web developer-friendly.  So, let those HTML5, CSS3 & Flash-less designs come rolling in.

In this article we aim to deliver an All in one resource guide for Google Chrome users. From extensions to some advanced tricks we got it covered for you. So Fasten your seat belts and lets check out more than 90 kick ass extensions, themes, web apps and tips to customize your Google Chrome.

Extensions:

People who are shifting from Mozilla Firefox should must have this in mind that Google Chrome’s extensions repository is relevantly new and its a child as compared Firefox’s huge extension library. But let’s not get sad because of this as the repository is getting cool extensions day by day with the release of new APIs by Google chrome developer team.

Can’t get enough of Google Chrome extensions? They’re too good to be true and they make things easier and convenient for users. Good thing these goodies are easy to install and only takes seconds to download.

Below we have collected 60 extensions for every day use and we are hopeful they will help you a lot in changing Chrome according to your needs.

Productivity

1. StayFocusd

This extension will help you focus and stop wasting time on irrelevant web activities. It will help you manage your time better by giving you limited time on opening or block distracting websites.

2. Meeting Scheduler for Google Calendar

You can now schedule meetings without having to worry about double booking. This extension will look into your Google calendar and sets tentative availability, evaluates invitee replies and schedules the meeting.

3. TabJump – Intelligent Tab Navigator

Navigate through your tabs faster & easier. Talk about multi-tasking, tabs may just be your new bestfriend. This extension will surely be a big help to make it through multiple-tab tasks.

4. DayHiker

Keep track of the date & schedules. There’s nothing worse than to get double-booking. This extension will help you manage and organize your schedule.

5. Lazarus: Form Recovery

Filling in long forms may be a pain in the neck, back and arms. But it gets really agonizing when you could lose all you have typed in because of browser crash. Getting this extension is a good solution for those bad scenarios. This awsome extension will store your input.

Writing

1. Blog This! (by Google)

Get blogging in just a click. Install this extension to open an application window and blog. It’s a very handy extension for regular bloggers.

2. Clip to Evernote

This extension makes it easier to remember your favorites, better than the bookmark button. You can categorize your favorites so it’s easier to find them.

3. Webpage Screenshot

Make easier and faster screenshots with this extension. You can explain and point out details using arrows and other indicators.

4. After the Deadline

This extension works perfectly with 10.0.634.0 beta. It checks grammar and spelling on emails, tweets, documents & messages.

5. StumbleUpon

Stumbled on a very interesting page you would like to share on stumble upon? Install this extension to make it easier. Now you don’t have to open the stumble upon page, just click on the extension button and you have it.

Photos

1. Cooliris

The coolest search extension that speeds up search on Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, and more. Get a 3D view on images and videos with an infinite scroll that makes it easier. Now you wont have to click from one page to another.

2. Hover Zoom

Now you wont have to click on the link and go to the page just to see the image clearly. Just hover your mouse on the thumbnail, and you can see a good view on the photo.

3.EXIF Reader

Photography enthusiasts and fans, extracting EXIF is made easy just for you. Find out the Exposure Time, Aperture Value, Focal Length and more. There’s no need to download a photo for view its EXIF information, With EXIF Reader, you can view EXIF information in your Chrome in an instant.

4.Instant Image Editor

A quick retouch is now made easy with this extension. You wont have to open your Photoshop software. With in your chrome browser, you can edit your photos fast & easy.

5.Explain and Send Screenshots

Share and send your screenshots with this extension. You can explain and point out with arrows as well.

Web Development

1. csscan

Inspired by the CSS Viewer by Firefox, this extension will allow you to see the CSS properties of the element. This is a very handy extension for web developers.

2. Measureit!

Another great extension. This will help in measuring pixel sizes on any web element.

3. JavaScript Tester

After installing this extension, you wont find a button. Rather, you’ll using keyboard shortcuts to type in and test the javascript.

4. Pendule

This is an ultimate extension for web developers. Find all your tools in one button, install this.

5. SpeedTracer

This extension will identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. Get a better picture of where time is being spent in your application.

Browsing & Searching

1. Google Quick Scroll

The name itself is self explanatory. Browse through the page easier and faster. But don’t worry, Quick Scroll tries to stay out of your way, and shows up only when it is likely to be useful.

2. WOT

Browse safely with this cool extension. WOT ratings will help you determine which sites are to be trusted and which are not. The ratings are powered by millions of experienced users that are trustworthy.

3. GoMBox

With this extension your image search is made easy. You just click on the thumbnail and it brings up a lighbox viewer. This way, you can get a good look on the image without having to go away from your search.

4. FastestChrome

This extension can make browsing easier and faster with less clicks. Searching in multiple pages can be tiring, but with this you just keep scrolling down and you are being taken to the next pages.

5.Google Similar Pages

If you want multiple opinions and views on your research, this extension is perfect for you. This will allow you to open related articles or searches with what you currently have on your screen with a click on the button.

Customization & Navigation

1. Keyboard Navigation

Keyboard shortcuts always gets you around faster than having to move your cursor everywhere. This extension will give you shortcut keys on your browser to get you moving quick & easy.

2. Smooth Gestures

If you prefer moving the cursor than pressing on keyboard shortcuts, not to worry here’s an option for you. With this extension, you can customize your cursor gestures by using both left and right mouse keys. It allows you to move the cursor faster with a smoother flow.

3. Minimum Font

This extension is very useful for users who has a problem in reading small fonts. This extension changes the current smaller font to a more easier to read font. Which means, less eye strain and faster browsing.

4. Apture Highlights

Google searching made better. With this extension, you will be able to search just by highlighting a phrase on any site to reveal the web’s most relevant content without ever leaving the page.

5. browseFrame

Browsing can now be done in a small frame to fit in your current open browser. Now you don’t have to navigate away just to do multiple browsing.

News & Weather Updates

1. Feedly

Compile all your favorite online news and magazine sites in one. With this extension, you will have all updates on everything that goes on without having to go each  website.

2. NPR: News, Music and Books

Listen to News, Music & Stories while browsing. This extension will deliver your daily dose of audio needs.

3.1-ClickWeather for Chrome

Get your weather updates straight from your chrome browser. This extension will give you updates and alert on the latest weather report in your area.

4.Financial Times News

Keep track of the world’s economic & financial status. Install this extension to get regular alerts and reports on the world market.

5. TIME.com Top News

The most renowned News and documentary magazine is now on chrome. Install this extension to get access to top rating stories and articles. You can even go as far back as 1923.

Shopping

1.eBay extension for Google Chrome

Online shoppers’ bestfriend. Get lesser chance of getting outbid by keeping this extension up and running on your browser. Get alerts on your watch lists, bids & won items.

2. PriceTrace

Compare prices from major shops online. Get the best bargain and shop hassle free online. This extension will help you there.

3.Price Blink

Find the lowest prices possible online. Get the best and most outrageous bargains you can ever have and install this awesome extension on your chrome browser. The best shopping experience is at your finger tips!

4.Shopping Buddy

Shopping online is now made safer with this new extension that gives the buyers the ratings of online shops.

5.Chrome Currency Converter

Shopping online, you may have international transactions in different currencies from around the world. This extension will automatically convert to your preferred currency without having to manually compute.

Social Networking

1. AddThis

If you’re addicted to sharing anything and everything you like or dislike from websites, you can do it in just one click. Install this extension and this will make it possible for you.

2. Chromed Bird

Post your tweets straight from your chrome browser, without having to open your twitter webpage.

3. Social Plus!

Customize and play around with your Facebook profile and layout. With the cool themes are offered from this extension, your Facebook experience will be taken to another level.

4.Yoono

You can get connected on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, GoogleBuzz, Yammer, Friendfeed, AIM, Yahoo IM and more…all in one place.

5. Glue

Install Glue, and get updates for the hottest and high rated movies, music & books. Having this on your browser is the ultimate tool to getting the latest and best stuff in entertainment.

Sports Alerts

1.Sports Scoreboard

Get reliable updates on your team scores and install this cool extension on your chrome browser.

2.Are You Watching This?!

Install this well rounded sports extension on Chrome. This will give your the hottest updates on every game, every sport.

3.Advanced F1 Countdown

F1 enthusiasts should follow the latest news and updates on races. Install this on your chrome browser and feel the rush!

4. Ultimate Football Results

Football fans, here’s a Google Chrome extension made just for you. Get the latest news and updates on your favorite teams.

5. Event Ticket Finder

Buying tickets for your favorite sports, theater or concert event is now made easier! Get alerts on events and tournaments with this awesome extension.

Entertainment

1. Avalanche!!

Play this fun game to kill time while waiting for a page to open. Simply install the extension, and you’re ready to go.

2. Scramble

This fun extension can also test your reading ability. Even if you get the words scrambled.

3. Fast Typer

A bit rusty in typing? Test and practice your typing speed with this cool extension.

4. Flixster Movies

Watch cool trailers and read reviews on the latest movies. This extension will surely kill boredom while you wait.

5. SHOUTcast

Install an FM radio on your Google Chrome to listen to music while browsing the web. Isn’t it just awesome?!

Google Essentials

1. Minimalist Gmail

Get a faster Gmail experience by customizing your Gmail app.

2. Send from Gmail

Send emails with your browser without navigating away from your window.

3. Google Voice

Get Google Voice running on your browser with just one click.

4.Google Dictionary

This extension is a very handy tool for students and readers. One more fascinating feature is that it also supports translations.

Still not enough? Check out these previous articles written by us

Awesome Google Chrome Themes

Another great thing about Google Chrome are the stylish themes which gives your browser a new, fresh look.  There are so many choices to choose from but we have collected those which look great.

1. Elegante V2 – 2.0

2. Aero Theme – 1.5

3.Night Spidey – v.01

4. Dark Green – 1.0

5. Blond-Amsterdam

6. Ella Moss

7.Lilly Pulitzer

8.Bayonetta

9.Marc Ecko

10.Charlotte Ronson

11.Koji NISHIDA

12.HIFANA X W+K TOKYO LAB

13.Kid Robot

14.Super Monkey Ball

15. Porsche

Google Chrome Web Apps:

Installable web apps are a way of making Google Chrome treat certain websites like apps. People can find installable web apps using the Chrome Web Store.

Many installable web apps are hosted apps—normal websites with a bit of extra metadata. You can build and deploy hosted apps exactly as you would build and deploy any web app, using any server-side or client-side technologies you like. The only difference is that you must provide a small manifest file that describes the app.

1. Tweetdeck

Get your updates for Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz & Foursquare with one Application.

2.Autodesk Homestyler

One of the many awesome Google Chrome apps to have. You can play around and make floor plans, design and choose your own furniture, it’s simply amazing!

3.Remember The Milk

Keep track of your tasks and schedule with Remember the Milk. The most popular online organizer is now on Chrome.

4.deviantART muro

Going on deviantART is now just a click away. Create masterpieces and graphic designs with this cool Chrome app.

5.Write Space

Want to get a writing experience without destructions? Install this Google Chrome app and you’ll see what it is I’m telling about.

6. Read Later Fast

You may have run into something interesting but got no time to read at the moment. Don’t worry, install this app and you can add the page on your list to read later.

7. MomoNote

Another awesome organizer for people always on the go. Momo will keep you posted on your tasks and schedules without hassle.

8. imo Instant Messenger

Sign-in on all of your Instant Messengers in one window.

9.Pivotal Tracker

A story-based project management tool that allows software development teams to collaborate and react to feedback in real time. Simple and easy to use.

10.ChromaPaper

Read your articles, news & stories with this application. It allows offline reading as well!

Handy Shortcuts, Tips & Tricks

Learn how to navigate, manage and go around your Google Chrome browser faster and easier. There are lots of tips, tricks and shortcuts you could do to cut short your effort and time. In this part of the article I will gladly share with you the easiest and most useful shortcuts.

Chrome’s Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. (Chrome only) Ctrl+B toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
  2. (Chrome only) Shift+Escape opens Google Chrome’s Task Manager.
  3. Ctrl+L to move your cursor to the address bar.
  4. Ctrl+K moves your cursor to the address bar to enter a Google search.
  5. Ctrl+T opens a new tab.
  6. Ctrl+N opens a new window.
  7. Ctrl+Shift+T opens the last closed tab.
  8. (Chrome only) Ctrl+Shift+N opens a new window in “Incognito Mode.”
  9. Ctrl+Tab cycles through open tabs; Ctrl+Shift+Tab reverse cycles through open tabs.
  10. Ctrl+J opens the Downloads tab.
  11. Ctrl+W closes the current tab.
  12. Ctrl+R refreshes the current page.
  13. Ctrl+H opens the History tab.
  14. Alt+Home loads your homepage.
  15. Ctrl+1 through 9 switches to a particular open tab position.
  16. Ctrl++, Ctrl+-, Ctrl+0 Enlarges, reduces, and restores default text sizes, respectively.
  17. Ctrl+Shift+T (PC/Linux) or Cmd+Shift+T (Mac) Reopen your last tab with.
  18. Ctrl+P (PC/Linux) or Cmd+P (Mac) to print your current page.
  19. Ctrl+Shift+D (PC) or Cmd+Shift+D (Mac) to save all open web pages as bookmarks in a new folder

-via: Lifehacker.com & Twitter

Tips and Tricks

1. Google Chrome Portable: Browse anywhere with Google Chrome Portable. Just download the software, and save it in your USB device. This is available in  Google Chrome 9.0.597.67 BetaGoogle Chrome 10.0.642.2 Dev for web developers and advanced users.
2. Google Account Synchronization: If you don’t want to carry a Portable Google chrome with you, there is another remedy  that is built right into the browser . You can synchronize your profile data with your Google account and whenever you want to synchronize a Chrome on other computer, just login to your account and resynchronize. You can do so in Options menu.

3. Check Memory Usage: this may help you browse faster by limiting your browser’s memory usage. Right-click on the browser tab in the start bar select ‘Task Manager’. You will get a window showing how much memory is being used by each tab in the browser.

4. Google Chrome Labs (Experiments): Flags in your address bar and enjoy some exciting experiments like side tabs which is a very useful feature for widescreen monitors. Very cool experiments are being showcased just to fit your taste.

5. Clear Selective Browsing History and Downloads: Browse faster by clearing up unwanted or heavy load in your browsing history. Click on the settings icon (wrench icon)>History or you can simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+H (Win) / Cmd+H (Mac). Then click on Edit Items. Put a check on the boxes by clicking which you want to remove from your browsing history.

6. Google Chrome BackupYou can use this tool to backup, restore and manage more than one profile for your Google Chrome. A very handy tool for those who are obsessed with Firefox Profile Manager

Please let us know your feedback and yes if we missed something awesome please feel free to shout out and we will update the article :)

January 05 2011

17:44

21 Insanely Cool Add-ons To Rock Your Firefox

You might have been using Firefox from a long time but there is a good chance you are not taking its full advantage. Firefox’s maximum potential lies in the power of its add-ons. Here, We have gathered 21 Insanely Cool Add-ons To Rock Your Firefox. You will not find these add-ons in similar lists on other websites; I hope you find them to be useful to your computer usage.

Give the list a thorough reading, try out any or all add-ons you are interested in, and let me know in the comments how they worked out for you. You are welcome if you want to share more useful firefox add-ons which our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter.

Textarea Cache

This extension will save automatically the content in textarea or WYSIWYG editor when user is typing. User can recover the saved texts in the cache window, even the tab or the window is closed unexpectedly.

QuickDrag

Extends the function of the drag-and-drop mouse gesture so that it can be used to load URLs, do a web search of selected text on a page, or save an image on a page. The successor to Super DragAndGo.

LinkExtend

LinkExtend provides meta-site-ratings for computer safety, child safety, company ethics, and popularity. Safety results come from eight online services giving you a safer browsing experience. Site links, titles, files and reviews are also included.

VideoSurf Videos at a Glance

Get visual video summaries and related videos on Twitter, Google, YouTube, Yahoo! and more. See the contents of a video link before you click to watch the video.

ScrapBook

ScrapBook is a Firefox extension, which helps you to save web pages and easily manage collections. It’s key features are lightness, speed, accuracy and multi-language support.

FoxTab

FoxTab is an extension for Mozilla Firefox that enhances the browser with an attractive 3D tabbed-browsing functionality. Foxtab displays thumbnails previews of your favorite sites, opened tabs, and recently closed tabs.

Stylish

Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, and many, many other sites. You can even customize Firefox and other programs themselves.

AutoPager

AutoPager automatically loads next pages when you reach the end of a page. It works on a ton of sites,Google,Yahoo.. It works well with most other add-ons adblock plus, WOT and most of the greasemonkey scripts. You can also try AutoPagerLite.

AutoCopy

You can select text on any web page and it will be automatically copied to the clipboard.

PageZipper

Ever read one of those top ten lists or photo galleries where every item is on a different page? 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.

Taboo

If you keep tons of tabs open because you want to continue reading them later, Taboo is for you. Taboo lets you save a page for later (taking a screenshot, and using the Session Saver code to remember scroll location and form fields).

ImTranslator

ImTranslator is one of the most popular and highly demanded add-on for Firefox received the highest rating from numerous users. It does translation in 2652 language combinations, spell checking and much more.

Kid Mode – Firefox for Kids

When your kids want to play online, put Firefox into Kid Mode which protects your computer and delight your kid with a safe environment that’s filled with fun and learning. Zoodles Kid Mode makes it easy for kids 8 and under to independently play online.

Sxipper

Sxipper makes interacting with the web simpler by keeping track of an unlimited number of usernames, passwords and personal information such as name, address, phone numbers, etc. Presented as you need it, Sxipper securely stores this personal data on your computer.

NoSquint

NoSquint allows you to adjust the text-only and full-page (both text and images) zoom levels as well as color settings both globally (for all sites) and per site.

WiseStamp Email Signature

WiseStamp empowers your webmail signatures in Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and AOL. This is a signature creator that includes many exciting and improved webmail signature features.

Tab Scope

Tab Scope is a Firefox extension which enables to preview and navigate tab contents through popup.

SearchGBY

This will allow searching multiple search engines at the same time. This will be embedded directly into browser.

Amplify

You can use Amplify to clip, share & spark conversation about excerpts from articles, blog posts, tweets or anything else you read on the web. Amplify supports autoposting to Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Posterous, Tumblr &
more.

SimilarWeb

The easiest way to find the best websites on the Internet. As you browse the internet, find the most interesting related sites on the web by similarity and category and get the latest articles and buzz on every website you visit.

Screengrab

Screengrab saves webpages as images. It will capture what you can see in the window, the entire page, just a selection, a particular frame, basically it saves webpages as images – either to a file, or to the clipboard. It captures
Flash too.

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