15 FireFox Add-ons For Photographers

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15 FireFox Add-ons For Photographers

Posted By Admin: 5/3/2012 6:29:59 PM
Posted To Photographers / General Information For Photographers

As
much as I complain about the various web browsers when I'm doing web
design & development work, I've got to admit that in terms of
functionality they really have come a long way in the last few years.
And a lot of the big advances have come in the form of add-ons -
small third-party applications that allow you to complete additional
tasks from within your web browser.



Here's
a short list of some of my favourites that should be useful for most
photographers. They are all Firefox Add-Ons though, so if you
currently use a different browser you'll either look for an
equivalent, or make the switch!


TinEye
Reverse Image Search


This
plugin adds a right-click menu item that allows you to search for an
image to find out how it is being used, if modified versions of the
image exist, or to find higher resolution version. When you submit an
image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital
signature or 'fingerprint' for it, then compares this fingerprint to
every other image in our index to retrieve matches.


TinEye
does not typically find similar images; it finds exact matches
including those that have been cropped, edited or resized. For
photographers, this allows you to check your own photos and find
unauthorized uses. It's surprisingly accurate and we've used it to
find a number of images for our photographers.


Who
stole my pictures?


I
found this one after I started on this article, so I haven't tested
it yet, but it appears to take it a bit further and looks for copies
of your images using several image search services : Yandex.ru,
Tineye.com, Google.com,
Baidu.com and Cydral.com


Lazarus:
Form Recovery


Never
lose anything you type into a web form again! Lazarus securely
auto-saves all forms as you type, so after a crash, server timeout,
or whatever, you can go back to the form, right click, "recover
form", and breathe a sigh of relief. This is a major bonus when
you're making photo submissions, articles & blog posts and more.


QuickWiki


Quick
lookup in Wiktionary and Wikipedia, without the need to open a new
tab. Very handy when you're writing image captions and want to check
spellings etc - just right-click a word while shift / ctrl / alt is
pressed.


TinyURL
Generator


An
extension to silently generate a TinyURL for your current page at the
click of a button. Very handy if you're sending out long &
complicated links to Clients - less chance of it breaking in
email-transit!


Amazon
S3 Organizer(S3Fox)


Amazon
S3 storage is incredibly cheap and super reliable for backups or
transferring image files to buyers and a lot of photographers are
using it now. This add-on helps you organize/manage/store your files
on Amazon S3 from within your browser without logging in through
Amazon every time.


Abduction!
- Webpage Screenshots Screen Capture


Adds
a right click option to take screen shots of an entire web page or
just part of a web page to save as an image. This is often the
easiest way to troubleshoot websites you use - take a capture and
send it to support - and it's great if you want to add screenshots
to your print portfolio or your websites. Lots of possibilities...


ImageTweak:
zoom/rotate images and videos!


A
no-clutter image viewer for Firefox that allows you to zoom, rotate
and display images/videos against a custom background. I use this
regularly in any web design work... to decide the result I want
before I open Photoshop - but ImageTweak is a must-have for anyone
publishing photos online.


Xmarks
Sync


This
is probably the add-on I've been using the longest, and the one I
couldn't live without. It keeps your bookmarks and open tabs backed
up and synchronized across multiple computers and browsers.


If
I find a site I want to revisit on one computer, it's immediately
available on any other computer I use. If you work on multiple
machines - work, home, mobile, tablet, iphone - this is
priceless!


On
those rare occasions I try to beat my bookmarks into some sort of
order, they get sorted simultaneously on all my computers.


And
a couple of times now when I've had the dreaded blue screen to
computer death, I've had full access to all my bookmarks on the new
machine within minutes.


Email
This!


Email
This! will send your recipient the link, title, & highlighted
text of the page you are viewing using GMail, Google Apps GMail,
Yahoo, and Stand-Alone Mail Clients like Outlook Express,
Thunderbird, & More! I mostly use this as a quick and easy way to
send myself reminders, but it's also handy for sharing photos and
lightboxes with your prospects!


AddThis


AddThis
for Firefox is the best add-on to make sharing and bookmarking
simple. Have all your favorite web 2.0 social networking,
bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services at your fingertips. Share
any page, anytime, with anyone. This is something every photographer
should be doing constantly - just remember to 'share' other
people's content as well as your own!



Rainbow
Color Tools


This
is probably more for people doing web development, but could be
useful if you're doing any kind of design work. It's a simple color
picker and eyedropper, plus it lets you save colors and trying out
colors combos with drag and drop.


Read
It Later


Save
pages to read later with just one click. When you have time, access
your reading list from any computer or phone, even without an
internet connection! I installed this one a week before a short trip
earlier this year, planning to do some reading while waiting at
airports etc - and now I use it constantly!



Best
part is, when I go back to the saved webpages, I find I read the
important pages more carefully and there's a lot of stuff I
previously would have spent time reading that I now just delete! I
guess it depends how much time you spend on line, but for me this a
majopr boost to productivity!



Tile
Tabs


This
is handy if you find yourself publishing the same content on multiple
websites or social media accounts and you want to simplify the
process. This add-on displays browser tabs as tiles, so you can see
multiple open windows at once - and cut and paste from one to the
other without going back and forth between tabs.


Google
Shortcuts - All Google Services at a glance


This
last one is particularly useful if you use a variety of Google
services regularly. Ifg you only use Gmail it's probably not worth
it, but if you're constantly logging into Calendar, Analytics,
Adsense, YouTube, Blogger etc etc, this is a sanity-saver. Definitely
not for everyone but those who can benefit will know!


 

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