A piece of software which uses a browser's plug-in architecture in order to extend the capabilities of the browser in some way.
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Ubiquity, an add-on for Mozilla Firefox, is a collection of quick and easy natural-language-derived commands that act as mashups of web services, thus allowing users to get information and relate it to current and other webpages. It also allows Web users to create new commands without requiring much technical background.
IE7Pro is an add-on for Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 that aims to enhance the feature set provided by the browser. IE7Pro adds features such as tab enhancement, an ad blocker and flash blocker, mouse gestures, inline search, privacy enhancements, online bookmark service, Greasemonkey-like user script support, and plug-in support. IE7Pro is available in several languages – this is made possible by user translations.
The support of the product was discontinued after the release of minor version 2.4.7, before Internet Explorer 8 was fully supported. The support of the product was continued again and a new version, IE7Pro 2.5.1, was released on June 2, 2010. However, the product forum on the developer's web site is no longer supported while being used mostly by spam users. As of the latest version, 2.5.1, there are still some minor incompatibility issues with IE8 and IE9 (the IE7Pro icon does not display in the status bar and the flash blocker does not work).
IE7Pro modifies Internet Explorer's default tab management features to add several options like double clicking to close the tab, undo closing tabs, enable Super Drag n Drop where dragging a link and dropping it anywhere else on
Internet Explorer Developer Tools (formerly known as Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar), is a component of Internet Explorer that aids in design and debugging of web pages. It was introduced as a toolbar for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 includes the features built in. It allows validating of CSS and HTML, previewing page layout at various resolutions, and also offers a ruler (measuring in pixels) to aid in positioning the elements. It allows viewing the source of the entire page, color coded for ease of navigation, or selected elements of it, as well as view the DOM source and the CSS selectors that are applied to the element. It also enables viewing the properties and styles of individual elements and also trace styles of elements to its declaration.
The toolbar includes a toggleable pane at the bottom of the window. The pane shows the structure of the web page; and for each structure, the properties and styles. It exposes its features through a menu hierarchy, and also includes toolbar buttons for quick access to features like clearing the browser cache and enable selecting elements by clicking in the rendered page,
Firebug is free and open source; it is licensed under the BSD license. Firebug was initially written in January 2006 by Joe Hewitt, one of the original Firefox creators. The Firebug Working Group oversees the open source development and extension of Firebug. It has two major implementations: an extension (add-on) for Mozilla Firefox and a bookmarklet implementation called Firebug Lite. A cross-browser version is in development. Currently, the Firebug add-on has over 3 million active daily users.
In addition to debugging web pages, Firebug is a useful tool for web security testing and web page performance analysis.
Yahoo! Toolbar is a toolbar that installs on the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, within the context of internet access functions. It allows access to several functions, including Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! Mail. It also contains built-in algorithms to prevent pop-ups and spyware. Several additional features are available on the Internet Explorer version, as well as incorporating Firefox-style tabbed browsing to IE version 6.0 (versions 7.0 and later allow tabbed browsing).
To install, users must have the following requirements:
Opera, Safari and Google Chrome are not currently supported.
Stylish is a free Mozilla extension that allows for the manipulation of web pages and XUL application user interfaces through the use of Cascading Style Sheets. These custom "user styles" are created by the user, or installed from an external archive like userstyles.org. It is available for Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Google Chrome, and Flock.
User styles are CSS style sheets designed to alter the appearance of one, some, or all sites, or of the browser itself, and are applied only to the targets specified. Individual user styles can be enabled or disabled in Firefox without having to restart the browser.
User styles are added to the CSS rules provided by the site, but can also override the site's styling (often requiring the !important keyword for each replacement rule). The most common uses are ad-blocking, applying a new color scheme, and eliminating unwanted page elements.
There are three classes of user styles:
Each site style changes the appearance of a particular Web site.
Global styles change the appearance of all sites.
App styles don't change the appearance of Web sites, but rather modify the web browser's user interface. This is similar to the userChrome.css
LastPass Password Manager is a freemium password management service developed by LastPass. It is available as a plugin for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. There is also a LastPass Password Manager bookmarklet for other browsers.
LastPass seeks to resolve the password fatigue problem by centralising user password management in the cloud.
Passwords in LastPass Password Manager are protected by a master password and are encrypted locally and are synchronized to any other browser. LastPass Password Manager also has a form filler that automates password entering and form filling. It also supports password generation, site sharing and site logging.
On December 2, 2010, it was announced that LastPass acquired the bookmark synchronizer Xmarks. LastPass password management technology was integrated into the “Identity and Privacy” feature of Internet security company, Webroot’s newest security suite. Full terms of the licensing deal were not disclosed.
LastPass Password Manager is closed source, though many of the extensions can be run in a non-binary mode where the source is available, but LastPass maintains all rights.
One of the developers of LastPass
Inquisitor is a Cocoa plug-in for Mac OS X developed by David Watanabe.
Inquisitor replaces the Google search bar in Safari or Camino with a predictive-typing feature that can be used for the Google search engine, as well as other sites like a9.com, IMDb.com, or even Wikipedia. It is also available as an Ajax-powered web application, for use on browsers other than Safari, including Windows and Linux machines.
Inquisitor is only available for Safari as of the release of Inquisitor 3.0 beta 1, due to the small percentage of Camino users using it. The last supported version of Inquisitor for Camino was 2.6.
Some of the developer builds of Mac OS X Leopard removed support for Input Managers, leading to concerns that Inquisitor may not function in Leopard. However, the shipping build of Leopard supports Input Managers when installed with Administrator credentials. On October 28, 2007 Inquisitor 3.0 (v49) was released, with a Leopard compliant installer. Inquisitor now currently supports Safari 3.x and 4.x.
On May 9, 2009, Yahoo! acquired inquisitor.
There is also an iPhone app of Inquisitor. It is available at the App Store for free. It was released on February 9, 2009 for iTunes USA
PithHelmet is an ad-blocking utility for the Apple Safari web browser.
PithHelmet began in January 2003 as one user's utility to filter content in Safari and has since become a popular utility for other users of Apple's web browser.
As of October 19, 2009 PithHelmet's most recent version is 2.8.4, which works with Safari 3.2.1. There is also a beta version, 3.0b2, that works with Safari 4.0.3.
Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox extension that allows users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to web page content after or before the page is loaded in the browser (also known as augmented browsing).
The changes made to the web pages are executed every time the page is viewed, making them effectively permanent for the user running the script.
Greasemonkey can be used for customizing page appearance, adding new functions to web pages (for example, embedding price comparisons within shopping sites), fixing rendering bugs, combining data from multiple web pages, and numerous other purposes.
The Greasemonkey project began 28 November 2004.
userscripts.org maintains a database of Greasemonkey scripts, and for each, lists the URLs of web pages to which the script pertains. Users of Greasemonkey can write or download scripts and save them to
Adblock Plus (ABP) is a content-filtering and an open-source ad blocking extension for Mozilla Firefox (including Firefox for mobile) and Google Chrome web browsers. ABP, a forked version of Adblock, allows users to prevent page elements, such as advertisements, from being downloaded and displayed. The ABP syntax is also supported by Midori through an extension.
Like Mozilla's built-in image blocker, Adblock blocks HTTP requests according to their source address and can block iframes, scripts, and Flash. It also uses automatically generated user stylesheets to hide elements such as text ads on a page as they load instead of blocking them, known as element hiding.
Michael McDonald created Adblock Plus 0.5 that improved on the original Adblock by incorporating the following features:
McDonald discontinued development and transferred the name to Wladimir Palant, who released Adblock Plus 0.6 with a rewritten codebase in January 2006. PC World chose Adblock Plus as one of the 100 best products of 2007.
Adblock Plus for Google Chrome has been available since December 2010. The code for Adblock Plus for Google Chrome is largely based on the now renamed "AdThwart". The former developer of
In computer programming, a widget (or control) is an element of a graphical user interface (GUI) that displays an information arrangement changeable by the user, such as a window or a text box. The defining characteristic of a widget is to provide a single interaction point for the direct manipulation of a given kind of data. In other words, widgets are basic visual building blocks which, combined in an application, hold all the data processed by the application and the available interactions on this data.
A family of common reusable widgets has evolved for holding general information based on the Palo Alto Research Center Inc. research for the Xerox Alto User Interface. Different implementations of these generic widgets are often packaged together in widget toolkits, which programmers use to build graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Most operating systems include a set of ready-to-tailor widgets that a programmer can incorporate in an application, specifying how it is to behave. Each type of widget generally is defined as a class by object-oriented programming (OOP). Therefore, many widgets are derived from class inheritance.
In the context of an application, a widget may be enabled
Zotero ( /zoʊˈtɛroʊ/) is free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDFs). Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with the word processors Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org Writer and NeoOffice. It is produced by the Center for History and New Media of George Mason University (GMU).
The first release of Zotero, 1.0.0b2.r1, was made available in October 2006 as an add-on for the Firefox web browser. Development of Zotero 1.0.x continued until May 2009, when Zotero 1.0.10 was released.
In 2008, Thomson Reuters sued the Commonwealth of Virginia and George Mason University, based on the claim that Zotero's developers had, in violation of the EndNote EULA, reverse-engineered EndNote and provided Zotero with the ability to convert EndNote's proprietary .ens styles into Citation Style Language styles. George Mason University responded that they would not renew their site license for EndNote and that "anything created by users of Zotero belongs to those users, and that it should be as easy as
Google Toolbar is an Internet browser toolbar only available for Internet Explorer and Firefox (up to version 4.0).
System Requirements: Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT, and version 5.0 or higher of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
System Requirements: Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
System Requirements: Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
System Requirements: Firefox; Windows, Mac, and Linux
System Requirements: Windows XP
System Requirements: Internet Explorer, Windows XP, Vista
System Requirements: Internet Explorer, Windows XP-SP2/Vista/7+
System Requirements: Firefox; Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
System Requirements: Internet Explorer, Windows XP-SP2/Vista/7+
Google Toolbar resides above the browser's tab bar and provides a search box to carry out web searches. Users can log into their Gmail accounts and access their email, saved bookmarks, and web history. It has tools such as AutoLink, AutoFill, translation, spell checker common to all browsers, while pop-up blocker and word finder are restricted to Internet Explorer. Google Toolbar is often
Bing Bar (formerly MSN Toolbar) is a browser extension toolbar for Internet Explorer, developed by Microsoft. Bing Bar replaced Windows Live Toolbar in Windows Live Essentials 2011 ("Wave 4") announced on June 23, 2010. Bing Bar was previously supported on Mozilla Firefox but Microsoft discontinued support.
Bing Bar incorporates features from Windows Live and from the Bing search engine. The Bing Bar user-interface enables visual effects such as flip, slide and rollover animations, colors and themes. The toolbar features "flyout" content windows, which enables users to view the latest content from the MSN Portal without requiring them to move from the internet page they are currently browsing. From the same preview pane, the user can search that section of the site. The news, weather and sports content buttons feature a 'Breaking News' notification to alert the user when a high-priority story or severe weather alert has occurred. The user can customize the theme and color scheme of the Bing Bar as well as choose which MSN content buttons to present within the user interface. Bing Bar also displays the current local weather forecast and stock market positions.
The Bing Bar features