while I am here, this is a list of things that help me get my job done, and appended a list of firefox addons mostly used for the same.
mouse with macros and extra buttons (you will need to make sure the macros you can program are unlimited and very fast, eg 1 MS timings)
onenote (for getting organised)
multiple monitors (design must)
actual multiple monitors (multiple monitors must)
hack your windows a bit to remove unwanted behaviours (eg shake a window and minimize everything in win 7, this must go) (to do with multiple monitors and dexpot)
dexpot (flip through simulated monitors to switch between projects, etc, check it out you will see why its sick)
excel or other (you will need spreadsheet software for data manipulation even as a designer, I recommend excel)
css updater is cool too, if u don't know css yet. msg me if u decide to use this program I set u up.
dumped list of firefox extensions I use:
Application: Firefox 23.0.1 (20130814063812)
Operating System: WINNT (x86-msvc)
- Add Google Search To New Tab Page 1.0.2 (Disabled)
An extension that adds a Google search box to the new tab page
- CodeBurner for Firebug 1.6
Extends Firebug with reference material for HTML and CSS
- Context Search 0.4.6
Expands the context menu's 'Search for' item into a list of search engines.
- Copy Urls Expert 2.2.1
Provides options to "Copy Urls of All Opened Tabs", "Copy Urls of All Links in Text Selection" and "Copy Urls of All Images in Selection"
- cssUpdater 0.5.2
Edit css with firebug, and let cssUpdater update the corresponding css and element live in realtime!
- Custom New Tab 1.7.1 (Disabled)
Allows you to control what page is opened in a new tab.
- Double Click Closes Tab 0.27
Double click on WEBPAGE OR TAB to close current tab. Right and/or triple clicks supported. Double left click's intelligent - does not interfere with dictionary extensions which uses double click too.
- Extension List Dumper 1.15.2
Dumps a list of the installed extensions.
- Firebug 1.12.1
Web Development Evolved. Firebug is free and open source software distributed under the BSD License.
- Firebug Autocompleter 1.4.1 (Disabled)
Firebug command line autocomplete
- FireDiff 1.2.0
Track changes in Firebug
- Firefinder for Firebug 1.4
Finds HTML elements matching chosen CSS selector(s) or XPath expression
- Fireformat 1.0.1
Page source file formatter
- Firepicker 1.4.3
Simple color picker plugin for Firebug.
- FireShot 0.98.41
Adds the ability to take a screenshot of the page entirely, edit it and save in (PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG or BMP), print, copy to clipboard, send to external editor or e-mail it. Additional annotation tools (text, freeform drawing, highlights) provide quick and easy way of documenting of captures.
- FVD Speed Dial with Full Online Sync 4.4.4 (Disabled)
FVD Speed Dial - Speed dial button, Online Synchronization, New Tab Start Page, Organize bookmarks, Custom backgrounds, custom dials, organized groups, most visited dials.
- IE Tab 4.0.20130422 (Disabled)
Enables you to use the embedded IE engine within Mozilla/Firefox.
- IE Tab 2 (FF 3.6+) 18.104.22.168
Enhanced version of the classic IE Tab that includes support for FireFox 3.6 and beyond.
- Leet Key 1.4.3
Transforms typed or static text to L337, ROT13, BASE64, HEX, URL, BIN, Morse Code, DVORAK, Upper Case, Lower Case, DES.
- MeasureIt 0.4.12
Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.
- Multiple Tab Handler 0.7.2013052901
Provides features to close (, reload, etc.) multiple tabs at once.
- New Tab King 5.1.14 (Disabled)
Forget about the blank new tab
- New Tab Plus 4.0.6.09 (Disabled)
New Tab Plus is one great Firefox extension by using HTML5. It provides speed dials for top or popular sites, and is easier to open your installed Firefox apps. More importantly, it organizes hundreds of popular sites' logo in the cloud, so that users could add any of their favorite sites on demand. Do not worry to lost your choice it will save users' customized configuration in the cloud. Meantime, it has some more useful functionality e.g. real-time weather report organized bookmark recent visited sites and cloud background pages. In one word, its goal is to improve the user experience of original Firefox New Tab.
- New Tab Pro 0.3.0
You can customize the number of the tiles of the New Tab page (about:newtab), right on that page.
- New Tab URL 2.01.13 (Disabled)
Assign any URL to be loaded in New Tab.
- QuickWiki 1.1.3 (Disabled)
Quick lookup in Wiktionary and Wikipedia.
- ReloadEvery 17.0.0
Reloads webpages every so many seconds or minutes
- Remove New Tab Button 1.0 (Disabled)
Removes the new tab button from the tabstrip.
- Restartless Restart 9
Fennec users enable to restart, otherwise a File -> Restart menu item will be added.
- RoboForm Toolbar for Firefox 22.214.171.124
RoboForm is password manager and form filler for Firefox.
- Save File to 2.5.1
Save files to user-defined folders and their sub-folders straight from context menu.
- Save Images 0.9.5
Save images in the open page.
- Save Session 126.96.36.199
Save Session can save the session only once.
- Send Tab URLs 2.1 (Disabled)
Send a list of browser tab URLs to email, Web mail, or the clipboard.
- Side Tabs 1.0
Side Tabs moves your tabs to the side of Firefox (aka vertical tabs), awesome for widescreen monitors and great for those who open a lot of tabs at once!
- Tab Counter 1.9.8
Counts the number of open tabs
- Tab Preview 0.3
Preview tab contents on mouseover
- Tab Wheel Scroll 20110909
Switch tabs by scrolling with the mouse wheel in the tab bar.
- Thumbnail Zoom Plus 2.5 (Disabled)
Shows full image when you hover over a thumbnail. Works with many sites including Amazon, Baidu Images, Bing Images, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Google Images, IMDb, LinkedIn, Netflix, Pinterest, Reddit, Taobao, Tumblr, Twitter, Yandex.ru, YouTube, Weibo, Wikipedia, WordPress, Yahoo Images, and many more.
- Tile Tabs 10.1
Tiles browser tabs horizontally or vertically or in a grid.
- Undo Closed Tabs Button 188.8.131.52
Add a toolbar and/or tab bar button to undo closed tabs
- Unified Sidebar 0.1.2011111101
Unifies the sidebar and vertical tab bar.
- Vertical Tabs 0.9.4
Vertical Tabs for Firefox with a space-efficient native look & feel.
- Vertical Toolbar 0.5.1
Adds a vertical toolbar at the edge of the window.
- WikiLook 2.7.0
WikiLook is a Wikipedia and Wiktionary look up. Fast, light, open source tool that define words for you without need to open new tabs or extra windows.