5 most valuable Firefox add-ons

Mozilla Corp’s free and open source web browser, Firefox is the second most popular browser with about 24.23% reported usage as of February 2010. The browser is descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and the latest version for PCs is Firefox 3.6.

The latest version integrates tabbed browsing, spell checking, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager, private browsing, location-aware browsing and an integrated search system. Further, users can also download various add-ons, created by third-party developers to enhance the browser's core feature set. At present, the browser has more than 350 million users worldwide.

Here, the feature discusses five add-ons that transform Firefox into a fully functioning application.

Email client: Simple Mail 2.74

Today, lots of people use webmail to access their emails. But, if users want to access their mails via a POP3 or IMAP server or like to save in the PC, then this add-on will convert Firefox into a full-fledged e-mail client.

The Simple Mail add-on will make open the email account as a tabbed page within browser. It has the ability to support multiple POP3 and IMAP accounts, e-mail composition with an editor that helps users to change the fonts, size and colors accordingly. Further, they can handle their address book, inbox message filtering and other customizable functions.

Instant messenger: Yoono 7.0

Firefox comes with various add-ons to offer instant-messaging (IM) capability to users. But, Yoono 7.0 is the one, which supports majority of leading chat and social-networking services like AIM, Facebook, Flickr, FriendFeed, Google Talk, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger and many more.

Further, the app can help users to save text or images from the web via its Web note-taking widget. It also supports an RSS reader; e-mail alerting for Yahoo Mail, Gmail & Hotmail, and can play music from Imeem or Last.fm.

FireFTP 1.0.7

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers. It is compatible with different versions of Firefox for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. The app opens up as a normal tabbed page and allows users to move or transfer the files by selecting the desired arrow.

Online Music Player

If you want to play music on Firefox, then the Online Music Player is for you. However, it requires installation of Flash on the browser. The Mp3 player comes with basic features and functionality, playlist management, lyrics search, and easy-to-use interface. The app can play all the MP3 files stored locally on users' computer as well as from the web.


The app allows users to install scripts that make rapid changes to HTML web page content like in YouTube. Greasemonkey’s scripts are persistent; therefore users can add new functions to web pages. It helps in auto fill forms, pop-up management, advertisements etc.


The Firefox 3.6 comes with cutting-edge features, supports various Web standards and has access for about 6,000 free add-ons. Users can also add e-mail notifiers, current weather data or cosmetic makeovers.

Anuj Kumar/ITvoir Network