Firefox is great. I’ve been surfing the Net with my orange furry friend for many years now. What I like best about it is all the wonderful add-ons that you can integrate to make your Web experience unique. Over the course of many years I’ve tried tons of different add-ons . Some I’ve deleted and some I’ve kept.
Today, I’d like to share with you some add-ons that I think are very useful for photographers and photo lovers. So let’s get the ball rolling!
Cooliris (formaly PicLens) is probably one of my favorite Firefox add-ons. It’s all about your image viewing experience. Once you’ve installed it, all you need to do is hover over an image and click the little arrow icon at the bottom left to lauch it. What you get is a clean 3-D like experience. Not all sites support Cooliris but most do like Google, Facebook and Flickr just to name a few.
TinEye is the Google of image search. You can go directly to their website and upload one of your images or right click on any image on any website and select “Search Image on TinEye”. What it does is search the Web and see if your image is used on other websites. Pretty cool. It’s a great tool for stock photographers like myself wanting to know who uses their images. It ca also be used to track down Websites that are illegally using your images. TinEye hasn,t indexed the whole Web yet but it’s getting there. You can see my full review with video HERE.
This add-on is a screen grab application with a twist. Fireshot has editing features! You can view the demo right here. You can do basic image adjustments like greyscale, crop and invert and also add text and pointers. It’s a great addition to my add-ons.
Want to bookmark photos instead of whole pages? Nachofoto is for you! If you find a photo you like, just right click it and select “Fotomark this image”. It’ll save the image on the Nachofoto website where you can access it from any computer. A cool way to organize images on the net.
Colorzilla is basically a color picker like you would find in Lightroom or Photoshop but used to find specific colors on web pages. I use it most to find specific sepia or monochromatic tones in images that I like. The color is given in both RGB and 6 number formats. Once I find to color, I can copy it into Photoshop or Lightroom. You’ll find the eyedropper at the bottom left of your Firefox browser.
There are 2 add-ons that do image zoom in Firefox. The first one is called Image Zoom and the other is Zoomfox. I personally prefer Imagezoom since it doesn’t open the image in another tab and has a few more features like page zoom.
List All Images
This is a cool little add-on that will give you a list of all the images on a Web page and also give valuable information like image URL, size and dimensions. I use List All Images once in a while, especially for web design.
Pro Web Surfer Toolbar is kinda like AdBlock+ but instead of removing the banner ads, it replaces them with your selected images or even your friend’s images. You can check out their demo. It’s nice little concept that’s great if you like looking at images while you surf. I prefer the less is more appraoch so after a few days I deleted it. But I still like the concept and some people just love it.
MeasureIt is mostly used by graphic or Web designers but I’ve also used it for images. It’s a simple add-on that is located at the botom left of Firefox. When you select it, you ust click and drag anywhere on the web page to view the pixel hight and width of the selected area.
This add-on work somewhat like Cooliris but in a slideshow format. A good thing is that you can even view images from your hard disk with Autoslideshow. I still prefer Cooliris just because it looks so much better. 🙂
Do you want to see an image’s exif? Here are 2 little add-ons that will let you do just that. The first one is called FxIF and the other is Exif Viewer. Both are pretty straight forward. I currently use FxIF.
My list wouldn’t be complete without at least mentionning one photo upload add-on. Check out FotoFox. It lets you tag photos from your computer and upload them to many photos sites like Flickr, Smugmug and Zoomr.
Do you use photography related add-ons that aren’t listed here? Tell your fellow YPS reader about it in the comments!