5 Useful Firefox Add-ons for Web Producers

Over on Kontain, Future Interactive's Executive Producer Stephen Martin posted an excellent piece on what tools a producer at FI would use in their daily role.

This got me thinking, what tools I use on a daily basis, particularly given I currently work in a very restrictive corporate environment? While I have access to the normal Office suite of applications, the range of utility applications I can install is pretty much nil.


As result, Firefox has become my faithful workhorse. It allows me to install add-ons to provide browser based tools that let me complete key tasks my role calls of me, and with 1000's of add-ons there's something for every job.

Fireshot
Fireshot is an extremely good screen grab add-on that allows the capture of whole web pages. You can then annotate, edit and save all your screenshots quickly and efficiently right in the browser.

Pencil
Wireframing is part and parcel of the producers role. Pencil is an amazingly useful add-on that allows you to create and edit wireframes directly in the browser. Released for free under the GPL, this is one extension you should not be without.

SEO Quake
When dabbling in the dark art that is SEO, you can't go past the SEO Quake add-on. This add-on provides an insane amount of information relating to each page you view. It's highly recommended you RTFM as the plugin options are extensive.

Firebug
While you may not always do a lot of coding as a producer, it is necessary at times to peek under the hood to understand what's going on. Firebug is simply THE best tool to do this.

ColorZilla
Packed full of goodies such as a colour picker, eyedropper, page zoom, pallate analyzer all with Firebug integration; when colour matters ColorZilla is the tool to use.

So there you have five very useful extensions for Firefox that help in the day to day role of the producer. Feel free to share below, any add-ons you find useful in your role.

3 comments:

Kerrib October 12, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

Great list of tools. I haven't exploited FF add ons nearly enough. I do find Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/) (not a FF add on) a fantastic usablity testing tool that I couldn't live without, do you know of a FF add on that is similar?
'under the hood' - nice analogy, and so spot on!

Paula L October 13, 2010 at 5:23 AM  

Think I'll have a look at Pencil.

I recommend the search engine toolbox [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search-engines/]. Great for people that use multiple engines to search for different kinds of information [Google, Google Scholar, Dictionary.com, YouTube, CreativeCommons etc.

Paula L March 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM  

Think I'll have a look at Pencil.

I recommend the search engine toolbox [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search-engines/]. Great for people that use multiple engines to search for different kinds of information [Google, Google Scholar, Dictionary.com, YouTube, CreativeCommons etc.

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Simon Mainwaring is a passionate and innovative web professional with a broad background in web production and site management. For the past two years his focus has been as a Web Producer driving complex collaborative projects in the Telecommunications space. Alongside his professional interest in all things web, Simon is also studying for a degree in Internet Communication, with a focus on how the internet has changed communication and interaction within society.
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