Have a good firefox extension idea?

July 07, 2005
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Eric Hamiter, author of several FireFox extensions is soliciting ideas for his next extension:

Lets have a brainstorming session. Ive been tinkering around with a few old ideas that are going nowhere, and its been ages since Ive released an extension. What is it that youd like to see in an extension, but doesnt exist yet?

There are over 100 comments posted so far, but if you have a really good idea I'm sure he would love to hear about it. Some of the ideas posted so far could be implemented easily with a bookmarklet, or with a greasemonkey user script.


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Make an extension that uses 404 etc error pages instead of the alert box which can get really annoying. Cheers
I would like a completely customizable ticker. This ticker would look and work like a stock ticker. However, this ticker would include sports scores, weather information, Headline news, and so on. The person should be able to select how often each item appears either by its self or per category. For example Packer scores every 3 rotations or Sports scores every 2 rotations. There should also be an option to set a window for when an item shows up. Sports scores Fri-Sun and Stocks Mon-Fri. The person should also be able to select where this will appear. Overall, the possibilities are endless for this universal ticker.
Yeah, I would definatly love to see and AIM (and/or other instant messengers) integration, something like Netscape's.
I would benefit greatly from an extension that simulated other browsers, especially mac specific browsers; similar to the IE tab. or an extension that allowed the venkman debugger extension to work in the IE tab. that would be better than sliced bread...
Yup a messenger plug in is really a gr8 idea... and trillian would be gr8 I was also wondering if media players especially video ones could be put in a space in firefox like the sidebar or something so if u want to watch a video while surfing the web, and if u're really attahced u double click and it goes full screen, doble click again and it's back in the side with your web page, kind of like the real player browser... but with firefox it'll be revolutionary... and how about a song bird plug in, also in the sidebar... then firefox will be the only software one would need :D
I vote for a multi protocol instant messenger too. Chatzilla style. Also I reckon you should build an operating system extension then I won't need Windows. Also an extension for my brain so that I can plug it in to firefox and not have to tap on my keyboard. Should be easy now come on get to work!
I would love to have an extension that makes Firefox load in full screen automatically when started. The extension can also have a disable option that can be accessed from the "Tools" menu.
I would like to see a sports score extension that actually works or an extensive ticker that shows news, sports, stocks, etc. that is totally customizable. The Sportsfox extension doesn't work very well and the ESPN Bottomline isn't available for Firefox 2.
Adding meebo to in a sidebar is great if I want to lose 20% of my page but I just don't use it enough. What I would like is something to ring or ding or dong (ok maybe not dong) when I have an incoming IM in my FF tab. I can have 6-8 tabs open and when someone starts talking to me in the meebo tab...the top of the tab just blinks...many times I have not sen it flickering until 5-10 minutes later. All of the other IM let you know when someone is talking to you and meebo only does IF you are engaged directly on that tab... Any ideas?
If you're still looking for a sports extension, take a look at the RUWT? toolbar. Not only will it give you scores and headlines, but it uses algorithms to hunt for exciting games like a no-hitter through 7, or a team getting upset, or a playoff game going to double overtime. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4740
It would be nice to have an extension to add photos directly to iphoto like Safari.
Hey, A couple of ideas: - I have a 22" wide screen, and it would be handy to open 2 pages at the same time next to each other without having to open a new firefox. EG:http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/4686/splitscreen2ii7.jpg - Second idea is simple, just when you are copying a .png with some trasparency file from the internet you have to save it to you computer for it to have the transparent background... so i guess a plugin that allows you to "Rightclick" > "copy .png with transparent background" Thanks, Tom
I would like to see a bookmark extension that would allow me to delete a bookmark by right clicking a tab and selecting "delete bookmark". I have hundreds of bookmarks and this would make housekeeping very easy.
I suggest a safety feature that gives a pop-up box asking for confirmation begore navigating away from a page that will result in losing text typed into boxes such as this one. I've nearly given up posting on boards due to the number of posts that seem to get lost becasue of accidentally navigating away with the backspace key, the enter button, or a mouse button.
I'd love an extension that allowed me to search my book marks from the Search Box - it can't be such a big deal!
Stop All> I used to keep 10 to 40 tabs open, firefox opens them for me every time I start the program. however at the start those get reload creating huge traffic on my DSL so prefer if there any 'Stop All' option around. Thanx man
uTorrent throttle addon preset values, for example high and low. How it works: When you try to load a webpage, download, etc, it should throttle utorrent via the web interface and set it to minimum bandwidth so that firefox can load webpages fast. After the page is loaded, it should set utorrent throttle to the way it was.
Hey How About Mute Sound for the Browser.. Just for the Browser not mute the whole PC..
Idea: When you right click in the address bar, along with the standard 'copy' there could be a 'copy title and URL' option, so it puts the page title, a line break and the URL to the clipboard.

Would save doubling back when yuo want to post a link into an email or chat client and give the recipient some idea of what the article is about.

A further development of this would be when you select some text (e.g. first paragraph of an article) and right click, the context menu then let's you copy the title, URL, and selected text, again separated by line breaks.
Re:my post above - seems QuoteURLText does the trick exactly as described.
My idea is to create a firefox-plugin which allows people to comment all the websites they want while browsing at the browser level without the need to sign up or log-in.

'Comment out of the box' plug-in

The user simply goes to the firefox menu bar and activates the 'comment' option. This action opens a side window (like the history one) into which the user can write comments on the particular URL/link . The comments are linked to that particular URL and saved in a central-server database.
This way people can discuss and write their opinions/comments about any website they want even to all those websites which don't have the comment option themselves.
The other part of this plugin offers a search option which allows comment-related search of links.
As a web designer I would love a guideline plugin. I usually code css with firebug / web developer toolbar, measure it, and Colorzilla. Being able to take a guide either vertically or horizontally would make firefox my ultimate web design tool. I talking about something similar to illustrators / photoshops guidelines. This way we could tell if pixel perfect designs line up.
Ireally don't like the File/Edit/View/History(...) menu on the toolbar, it just takes too much room for something I don't use all that often. So I would like to see a button instead, and when clicked, a drop menu would offer me the File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, Help options. This would clean up a lot of the toolbar.
firefox most important feature is it's add-ons. after installing many add-ons you get a really messy content menu(the menu that appears when right click on the page). please create an add-on that can manage content menu items create folders and add divider lines. there is already one but it sucks.
firefox most important feature is it's add-ons. after installing many add-ons you get a really messy content menue(the menu that appears when right click on the page). please create an add-on that can manage content menu items create folders and add divider lines. there is already one but it sucks.
Gmail/google voice introduced this call any US number from your gmail page which is so far very neat and totally free (sadly only works inside US as far as i know)

but, big problem is, you have to switch windows/tabs and enter the numbers u find on your browser manually, skype has a nice add-on that enables you to click on the number and it will use skype to call it. i doubt this add-on is hard to make for gmail call feature. you'd think google would have implemented it already given people use its search engine and maps to find all sorts of contacts they eventually have to call!!!

so in short: add-on to enable gmail calls via a click'n'call for numbers listed on web.
Two people who share the same computer (ie. husband/wife) will often find themselves logging out of the other person's account and back into their own. For EVERYTHING! FB, email, etc. I would like something that manages two lists of cookies within the same session. With the touch of a button, all the saved cookies get switched so that I'm immediately logged into all of my accounts, and not any of my wife's. And then that is easily reversed with another touch of a button. Possible?
One that doesn't exist anywhere. A bookmark addon that bookmarks by IP, such that the bookmark bypasses DNS when clicked. Still want the visible text the same. Nice when ISP DNS goes down. Optional feature is an IP redirect if a web link or typed URL to a bookmarked domain is clicked.


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