Browser Extensions


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Browser extensions, sometimes referred to as plug-ins or add-ons, are tiny pieces of software that enhances one's Web browsing experience. If you can think of a common computing task, then a browser extension has probably already been written to more easily accomplish it. Although browser extensions are written for all major Web browsers, Chad Mairn will highlight how to find and install useful extensions on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Safari and Internet Explorer users don't fear because Chad Mairn will highlight a few great extensions there as well.

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Browser Extensions

  1. 1. @cmairn
  2. 2. What is a Web browser?A program that allows users to view Web pages. Chrome Firefox Internet Explorer Safari
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  5. 5. What is a browser extension? Sometimes referred to as plug-ins or as add-ons,extensions are tiny pieces of software that enhance (i.e., extend the functionality) of a Web browser. I like to think of them as “apps.”
  6. 6.  Extension – extends a browser’s functionality. Plug-in – a link to an external program (e.g., Flash). Add-on – extends the functionality of a program (e.g., toolbar) Accelerator – Add-ons for Internet Explorer.Note: the differences between a plug-in and an add-onare clear as mud!
  7. 7. Finding extensions in Chrome 1. 3. 2.
  8. 8. Demo: Finding & Installing a Chrome Extension
  9. 9. If your system slows down … 1.2. 3.
  10. 10. Some of my favorite Chrome extensions are: Firebug Lite URL Shortener LibX Pinterest Pin It Springpad Explore the
  11. 11. 1. 2.Finding extensions in Firefox3.
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  13. 13. No ads etc.!
  14. 14. Demo: Finding & Installing a Firefox Extension
  15. 15. Some of my favorite Firefox extensions are: Firebug LibX LinkChecker Live HTTP Headers Readability Web Developer Browse
  16. 16. 1.Finding add-ons in Internet Explorer 2. 3.
  17. 17. Accelerator Add-ons in Internet Explorer are called Accelerators and they help users “to perform many common tasks” liketranslation or mapping a street address.
  18. 18. Internet Explorer 9
  19. 19. Demo: Finding & Installing an InternetExplorer Add-on
  20. 20. Some of my favorite Internet Explorer add-ons are: Bing toolbar LastPass LibX ReadOnWeb StumbleUpon
  21. 21. Finding add-ons in Safari
  22. 22. Demo: Finding & Installing aSafari Extension
  23. 23. Some of my favorite Safari plug-ins are: Firebug lite LiveShare measureit Safari AdBlock Xmarks
  24. 24. is a browser plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorerthat provides direct access to your librarys resources. Read more at: SPC LibX presentation:
  25. 25. What are your favorite extensions?
  26. 26. Let’s Hangout!