Here is a list of some of the best firefox add-ons available for the web designer who would prefer all those handy tools on the same browser window itself, rather than as multiple programs. Even with the fact that the browser gets slower with each add-on, the exciting features each of them provide lets the user to make them available on the browser window.
ColorSuckr extracts the 12 most common colors from any image on the web. The user need to right click on the image and the colors are extracted, which could then be used to develop various color schemes and various other features available from http://colorsuckr.com/
FirePalette is used with the firebug add-on (discussed later in the same article).It provides a color picker to firebug’s CSS panel and a menu item which says, “pick xxx color…” to the context view of color value of the CSS panel.
This allows the user to pick a color from any point on the browser. The add-on could be used to measure the distance between any two points on the page, zoom the page, choose colors from pre-defined color sets and save the frequently used colors in custom palettes. The picked colors could be adjusted and added on to any program after suitable adjustments.
GridFox is helpful in designing pages which follow a grid based layout. The add-on draws a grid on the page by selecting GridFox>Options after a right click on some point on the page.
PixelPerfect is a Firefox add-on which is actually an extension to the popular Firebug add-on. It allows developers/designers to overlay composition over the already developed HTML. It also features an opacity option which enables the user to view HTML below the composition.
The name explains the add-on. The CSS text styling of any element on the page could be available using a simple right-click followed by selecting the “FontFinder” option.
7. View Dependencies
View Dependencies is a very useful tool to identify and analyze each element on a page and optimize performance. It adds a tab to the page info window and lists all files loaded on the current page, and orders them by servers and by types. The size of each file, total size per server and total page size are also displayed.
8. Window Resizer
The add-on could be useful to test the page for different screen sizes. Window resizer accurately resizes the browser window to different standard resolution sizes, via the context menu, tool menu or toolbar button. Standard sizes 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1600×1200 are supported.
Fireshot basically does help the user create and edit screenshots of WebPages. The user could save just the visible part of the page or the entire page and use the options available on the add-on to modify and insert text and graphical annotations to the captured image. The captured images could be saved to disk, printed, emailed or exported any other image editor; thus making it extremely useful for designers, testers and reviewers.
Screengrab is yet another tool which could be used to save webpages as images, either to the disk or to clipboard. The user could choose to save from the entire page or a particular frame of the page. Screengrab also captures the java and Flash on the page.