6 Browser Extensions I Can’t Work Without
Browser extensions and add-ons are little enhancements that can be real time savers for web designers, developers, and even just frequent internet go-ers. I’ve come to realized how much these little extras have increased my productivity and aided me in my coding, designing, debugging, and more. Check them out, and convenience yourself with just a few clicks.
Control, outline, disable, edit and analyze nearly every aspect of your page with this Web Developer extension. I found the Resize function to be a great tool in order to quickly scale the browser window to number of preset resolutions. When using Firefox, try my favorite shortcuts: Ctrl+Shift+C to view all style sheets, or Ctrl+Shift+F to use a live tool, which outlines and provides information about any element on a page.
ColorZilla for Firefox provides an eye dropper tool that can be used to grab the color of any element on the webpage. You can quickly copy the generated or sampled colors in CSS, RGB, Hex, and other formats. I often use this tool to match palettes that I like or to help keep styles and color schemes consistent through out. You’ll find some simple extras like a CSS3 gradient generator as well. Color Pick for Chrome accomplishes the same thing.
I frequently find myself thinking “Wow, I like how that looks,” and so I tend to take a ton of screen captures including web GUI elements or pages that I can annotate and reference later. Extensions like LightShot, provide a quick tool that works to crop-out a specific portion of a page and save-it.
MeasureIt provides a ruler tool which you can use to draw over top of any page. Another example of a tool I use to estimate the dimension of an element or a region on the page which I am designing for.
PWGen for Firefox, or Secure Password Generator for Chrome, are just two of several extensions that create quick and secure passwords for any purpose. I like to rely on these when setting up new mail accounts, databases, etc. Several options should be available for customizing the length and characters included in your password.