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Top 12 Firefox Add-ons for Photographers

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

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

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.


Fireshot

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.

Nachofoto

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

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.

Image Zoom

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.

PWS Toolbar

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

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.

Autoslideshow

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. 🙂

Exif Viewers

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.

FotoFox

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!

17 responses on "Top 12 Firefox Add-ons for Photographers"

  1. I think you should at least mention imagetweak beside imagezoom and zoomfox… https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imagetweak/

  2. I don’t think Nacho Foto works anymore. When you do a search, it asks for a username and password to see the result. If you try to register as a new user, it asks again for a username and password.

  3. Nachofoto hasn’t been updated in three years and only works with FF 3.0 and earlier. Since we’re now on 3.5.7, FF doesn’t let us install the plug-in.

  4. Yeah, CoolIris has very nice, amazing effect!!!
    I love it’s 3d wall!!!

  5. Yanik
    just in case you have missed it, Cooliris lets you search photos your hard drive
    just click the “my computer” link in the box over on the top left

  6. FireShot is not available for OSX 🙁

  7. Hi Yanick,
    nice list !
    I would also add Histogram Viewer which is nice to instantly have the histogram of a picture in a click.

  8. StumbleUpon! StumbleUpon! My favorite plug in and I’m a working photographer.

  9. Profile photo of Yanik

    @ chad

    Oops… thx for that! fixed. 🙂

  10. Great post Yanik. So many useful add-ons here! I hadn’t realized TinEye was also available as an add-on. Also, as an editor I couldn’t help but notice that in the Cooliris section you spelled Flickr as “Flikr.” ;o)

  11. I don’t use photo add-ons so much but I do use links in firefox and YPS is definetly one of my favorites! Thanks for the list.

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