11 Powerful Firefox 3 Add-ons That Can Replace Standalone Applications

Firefox add-on developers have created some impressive applications that can replace larger, bloated programs. These add-ons can help if you have a small amount of precious hard drive space or you are on a tight budget and don’t have cash to fork out for applications. All, of which, can be accessed right from your Firefox browser window.

ChatZilla

ChatZilla

Easy to use IRC client that runs outside of the browser. I prefer this application over mIRC and Trillian.
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Pencil Project

Codetch

Get the feel of the Dreamweaver IDE in a Firefox extension. Edit your documents right next to your web pages as you surf. I still use the full edition of Dreamweaver, but this is a great way for clients to change their own content without dropping the bucks for a full version of Dreamweaver.
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FireFTP

FireFTP

I have been using this as my FTP client of choice. It’s a FTP client in a browser window. This a great for moving a files to and from servers without firing up any applications. I’ve been running it for over a year and have not had any problems.
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Graphing Calculator Toolbar

Graphing Calculator toolbar. Enter up to 5 equations into this toolbar, then view the graphs using Firefox native SVG support. The toolbar allows rescaling the x and y coordinates and redefining the domain of x. Can be used as an alternative to your TI-85.
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Pencil Project

The Pencil Project

I just found this GUI prototyping and diagramming add-on and totally love it. I have begun to do mock-ups for a large project I am working on from inside of Firefox. It saves me loads of time and I don’t have to fire up Fireworks or Illustrator. It has tons of features I still haven’t played with yet.
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PicLens

PicLens

Full-Screen, 3D — PicLens transforms your browser into a visually stunning experience for finding and viewing online photos and videos. Our “3D Wall” lets you effortlessly search and zoom your way around thousands of images, videos, news feeds, sports feeds, and more. An absolutely stunning GUI experience.
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Regular Expressions Tester

Regular Expressions Tester offers developers functions for testing their regular expressions.
The Tool includes options like case sensitive, global and multiline search, color highlighting for found expressions, a replacement function incl. backreferences, auto-closing of brackets, testing while writing and saving and managing of expressions. A free alternative to RegEx Buddy.
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Sage

Sage

Nice and compact RSS / XML feed reader which resides in your sidebar. I was one of the first add-ons I installed when I first got Firefox. Can be a replacement to FeedDemon.
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Simple Mail

An email client for Firefox that handles POP3, IMAP, and SMTP. Not as powerful and all-encompassing as Outlook, but very impressive. Very nice to have a lightweight client in a broswer tab.
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ScribeFire Blog Editor

Microsoft Word is suppose to be able to post to Wordpress blogs, but I have never have it work to my liking. However, there is ScribeFire. It is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog.
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SQLite Manager

I’ve been working with Adobe AIR lately and have needed to do data management in SQLite. This add-on gives me all the necessary tools and wizards to view and alter my SQL databases whether they are local or remote.
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