3 Great Add-ons to Enhance CCleaner

CCleaner is the most preferred system junk cleaner and one of the top reasons is its features can be extended using 3rd party Add-ons. These Add-ons can make CCleaner less annoying and even these are portable. Here’s a list of the 3rd party Add-ons for CCleaner which are worth checking!

#1. Click and Clean

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In CCleaner, to delete browser junk (cache,cookies etc), you need to close the browser but with Click and Clean browser extension installed you can delete your browser cache, history etc when it’s running. It’s also available as a desktop application. Its desktop application looks pointless to me, because it does nothing except removing prompts while cleaning the junk with CCleaner. The browser extension works with IE, Firefox and Chrome.

Link: Download Click and Clean

#2. CCEnhancer

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Generally, CCleaner doesn’t support cleaning junk from 3rd party applications (excluding browsers and Adobe flash) but with CCenhancer you can delete temporary files, logs created by over 500 3rd party applications and thus you can gain more disk space! 😉 The program is updated with new rules regularly so make sure you run the downloader occasionally.

Link: Download CCEnhancer

#3. CC Auto Updater

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With CC Auto Updater you can automatically update all Piriform softwares installed on your system including CCleaner, Recuva, Defraggler and Speccy. You can either add to system startup or even specify date and time to schedule the updates. As Piriform updates CCleaner regularly this tool might come handy for Piriform fans. It doesn’t install on Windows XP SP2 but hopefully it supports Windows XP (SP1 and SP3), Vista and 7.

Link: Download CC Auto Updater

So, have you tried these tools? What’s your favorite pick? Tell us through the comments section!

A Web Designer Guide of Top Firefox Addons

A web designer must have the following extension for better productivity. It improves ones coding or debugging speed. Many complicated task are solved at a few clicks.

Web Designer Guide to Firefox Extensions

Firefox has a chain of hundreds of Addon, in which I have collected a list of most essential Firefox extension which every Designer must use to boost their productivity.

Click extension link to read about every single article in detail.

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#1.Firebug :

Firebug 1.6.0 is available now. This is a production release for Firefox 4 Beta. The most popular and powerful web development tool, You can edit, debug, monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

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#2.Web Developer :

The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to your browser. The extension is available for Firefox and Chrome. It will run on any platform that these browsers support including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

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#3.FireShot :

Adds the ability to capture screenshots of the entire page, It provides many rich feature like annotations for images and text.

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#4.Bar Tab :

It is furious to restart browser having plenty of tabs open, it can slow down your browser. Bar Tab enables you when you restart your browser it only load the tab which is currently in use results in faster loading speed.

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#5.Tile tab :

It split your browser screen. Various display option available.

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#6.OutWit Images :

Download images from any Web sources effortlessly. Smoothly scroll through the pictures, filter and sort according to your needs. Drag and drop them into your collection basket, view slide shows, save directly at your hard disk. This add-on compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux.

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#7.Font Finder :

Easy to find font details on just a single click. Provides all necessary information. Icon appears in the status bar.

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#8.Image Zoom :

Zoom your browser screen smoothly with a mouse scroll. Various option available like zoom text or zoom image only, rotate image, zoom with mouse scroll or click.

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#9.Status-Bar-Calculator :

Get a calculator in browser status bar for quick calculations. Sits in the status bar and wont mess up your browser.

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#10.File And Folder Shortcut :

Adds a shortcut in your browser screen for your file and folder for easy and quick access.

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#11.Dust Me Selector :

It detects unused CSS selector, then you can remove unwanted classes from your style sheet. Excellent tool to clean your stylesheet.

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#12.FlashGot :

If you are worried of being disconnected while downloading large file or movie. Then manage your download with flash got. Download all the links, movies and audio clips of a page at the maximum speed with a single click, using the most popular, lightweight and reliable external download managers like FlashGet.

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#13.Web Mail Notifier :

Web Mail Notifier checks your web mail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails. Notification pops up in the notification bar whenever you have an unread mail.

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#14.Open With Photoshop :

Right click on any web images and open it directly into Photoshop. Isn’t is easy to edit images? No need to first download then open and edit it in Photoshop.

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#15.Progress Bar Tab :

Shows progress meter above each tab simultaneously.

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#16.SeoQuake SEO extension :

Find SEO details with Firefox extension SeoQuake SEO extension. Provides lot of necessary information.

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#17.Organize Status Bar :

If you have lots of add-on lied in your status bar and want to re-arrange it, then this add-on is for you.

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#18.CSS Usage :

Clean up your stylesheet using CSS Usage. It integrates in the Firebug interface.

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#19. FEBE

This add-on lets you take a backup of all of your Firefox settings like extension, bookmarks, preferences, cookies and everything that Firefox offers. Or you can sync Firefox using this add-on.

If you know more about any useful Addon you can share it through your comment…

Sync Firefox addons across multiple PCs

Shuttling between work and home can be like juggling through different time zones!! Though I use the same browser, which is Firefox- both seem like they are in two different worlds because my add-ons are completely different. I get used to one and have a problem with the other. I guess this was the same problem the developers of Siphon faced when they decided to come up with a Firefox add-on sychronizer.

Siphon syncs your Firefox add-ons across different computers. Apart from add-ons, it also manages your saved passwords across these computers.

Using Siphon:

  • Download Siphon from here.
  • You will be asked to create an account, following which it will load your Firefox add-ons.

  • Login with your new account, and Siphon should load all your Firefox add-ons. Install it to the other computers on which you use Firefox. Click ‘Synchronize’.
  • I could choose to have certain add-on not be synchronized.
  • My passwords could be saved across multiple Firefox browsers that I use. It is better to not save passwords when you are using a public computer.

Siphon, created by Ian Halpern, is a useful add-on. Its more like an add-on for add-ons. It’s still in the beta phase so we can expect improvements such as switching between user profiles, syncing themes, etc.

Have you tried this add-on? Don’t forget to drop in your comments below.

Link: Siphon

Find if a website has a Grease Monkey script available

If you like social networks, Gmail or just about any site, chances are there is a helpful GreaseMonkey script on it. It would be really nice if while on a website I had a simpler way of looking up a GreaseMonkey script than actually searching for it.

This is where Greasefire Addon is very helpful.

Greasefire Features

  • GreaseFire is a Firefox browser addon. It works only if you have GreaseMonkey installed on your browser. Check out our page on GreaseMonkey to learn more about it.
  • Now once this add-on is installed I can browse normally and click on the GreaseFire icon at the bottom right corner. This shows the number of scripts available with that website.

  • As you see in the image above the total number of scripts available are shown. Click on it and you will be show a complete list of all the related GreaseMonkey scripts.

I usually use Chrome as my primary browser but thanks to this Add-on, I will be using Firefox primarily. Who knows where I across a  great GreaseMonkey script. 😉

Do drop in your comments and views.

Link: Greasefire

4 Must Use Google Chrome Extensions for Facebook Users

Google Chrome has come up with few amazing extensions for making time you spend on Facebook more enjoyable. Here are few of my favorites:

#1. Facebook Photo Zoom

We all get irritated when a friend uploads new photos and to view them we need to go to their album and view each one individually. With the Facebook Photo Zoom add-on, you can simply place your cursor on the photo and preview the zoomed in version.

#2. The Facebook For Google Chrome add-on

The Facebook For Google Chrome add-on allows you to view your news feed and updates as a separate attachment on your Chrome browser. That means you no longer need to open a new tab to view your Facebook news feed, you can continue to browse the web and simultaneously check out any news feed updates which is quite a time saver.

#3. Facebook To-Go

Facebook To-Go is another similar add-on which notifies you when you have a new notification as well as allows you to get access to your wall, home and settings. I feel this one is definitely a better bet over The Facebook For Google Chrome add-on.

#4. Facebook Share

Facebook Share is one of my favorite Facebook extensions. Usually when I’m browsing there are so many times I want to share a particular link with my friends and now I can do that with just one click. With this add-on, when I come across a page I want to share on Facebook, I can do so with just one click on this add-on.

I am quite thrilled with these fun extensions because they save my time and allow me to do other things while still being on Facebook. The best part about these Chrome add-ons is that you don’t need to restart your browser.

If you want to see any more of the Facebook extensions for Chrome, then check them out here. Let me know what you think of these add-ons through your comments.

Split Browser Screen for Comparing Mockups [Firefox Extension-Tile Tab]

I always find it difficult to compare mockups with my website, so I came across a Mozilla add-on which splits the browser in tile pattern. I used to compare the mockup with the original website is to toggle ALT + TAB. Then I found a better solution which can be used with Mozilla add-on called Tile Tabs. There are several ways of doing this but I found Tile Tabs the easiest to use.

How to go about it :

  • Install fire fox add-on “Tile Tabs”.
  • Open your .JPG (whatever the extension is .gif .png) file in browser window.
  • Right Click your mouse button to open the image with Firefox.

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  • Now switch to your browser.
  • Go to file menu->Tile.
  • Tile Tab->Below->choose your tab (in which the image file is opened).

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  • Press F9 (Shortcut key) to toggle screen and F8 to toggle synchronize scroll.
  • Now you can see in the below image how it works.

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Do drop in your comments.

Link: Tile Tabs

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After the Deadline spell check for Browsers

Having a great vocabulary or a good command over the language does not mean we cannot make mistakes when it comes to writing an email or even a note. There are times, when we are not sure if about an article or general grammar rules. Then there are mistakes which creep in inadvertently. We bloggers call them typos.

After the Deadline is a great service which allows correcting grammar and even checking context of a word in a sentence.

Features of After the Deadline

  • The best part of ‘After the Deadline’ is that it has a host of options to check up on from Grammar mistakes to double negatives.
  • Another good feature is I could exclude some websites. ‘After the Deadline’ does not check up on your writing on those sites. 🙂
  • You might wonder why not use the inbuilt correction from the browser. I found ‘After the Deadline’ far more advanced. It does check for context even if the spelling of the word is correct. This is helps in the case you when I write the word ‘thing’ in place of ‘think’. Most browser correction software cannot pick this up.

Some drawbacks

There are a couple of drawbacks or negatives of After the Deadline extension or Add-on.

  • I was not able to use it properly with Gmail. Also I had to restart my browser even with Chrome, to get the features working fine.
  • Some text boxes still are incompatible with ‘After the Deadline’ extension or add-on. We cannot use it there. 😐

‘After the Deadline’ is one of my favorite spell checking tools. I have used this for a couple of weeks and to be honest I have not seen anything better out there. Download it on your browser or even as a bookmarklet. If you have a WordPress blog you can download the plugin too. 🙂

Try it out and do drop in your comments.

Link: Download After the Deadline

Rapportive: Get details of your Gmail contacts from various sources

Social networks have really captured a lot of attention for many people to stay in touch with each other. Email still remains the most important way to pass confidential and personal information. I mean we cannot discuss a business proposal over Facebook or Orkut can we! 😛

Most people use their email address to register to social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Linked in. Rapportive is a awesome online tool which shows relative information corresponding to the email id. (see image below)

As you see in the image above, with my email id you can see links to my Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, hi5, Blogger and Flickr profile.

Features of Rapportive

  • Rapportive needs to be installed on the browser as a addon with Firefox or an extension with Chrome.
  • Rapportive works with Gmail and when I opened a message it search for information about that email address and displays it on the right hand column where usually Gmail displays sponsored links. I have never ever clicked on these links through Gmail so for me this is a great use of space on Gmail’s layout. 😉
  • Another feature I liked is I could leave notes about the email addresses which is very useful. Sometimes we need to remember certain things about someone we send an email.

There are many add-ons around which can change the way Gmail layout is or can even give added information on Gmail itself. But Rapportive will probably change the way I look at email ids for sometime. Use Rapportive on a Gmail account which you use professionally and to which you get a lot of emails from a lot of different people.

Try out Rapportive and do let me know your views on it or even share any similar internet service. Do drop in your comments.

Google Releases Browser Add-ons to Disable Google Analytics Tracking

Google analytics is a popular service from Google to track visitors on a website. Many blogs and websites uses Google analytics to know about the visitors of a site, trending topics of that site, some data about the website etc.

Till now, Google analytics haven’t recorded any personal information about the visitor but some people are concerned that Google can track the sites they visit using simple Google analytics script. So Google has rolled out a browser add-on for Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.5+ and Chrome 4+ that disable Google Analytics tracking

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (http://www.google-analytics.com/ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics. If you want to opt out, download and install the add-on for your current web browser. It supports Internet Explorer (versions 7 and 8), Google Chrome (4.x and higher), and Mozilla Firefox (3.5 and higher).

Google spokesman Brian Richardson said in an e-mail, “We take privacy very seriously and we’re committed to providing users with more choice. Though Google Analytics collects information anonymously and in aggregate only, the add-on gives users the choice to opt-out of the Google Analytics Javascript (ga.js) sending information to Google Analytics,” “We’re constantly working to both enhance the privacy options for users and provide website owners with valuable data to improve their websites.”

I personally feel that if a lot of people install these kind of add-ons then website owners won’t have an accurate statistics about their website. They will no longer be able to find out what section of their website is popular and what part they still need to work more..

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on – Download

Fox Tab: Look up tabs in Firefox in 3D layout

Looking up your bookmarks on Firefox can be a little annoying especially if we like to keep the browser clean and simple. Bookmarks and tabs being looked up with a simple click is an absolute must.

FoxTab is a Firefox addon which allows adding web-pages as a bookmark and then looking them up in 3d layout which makes it easy to look up these websites with a simple click.

About Fox Tab

  • Download and install FoxTab on your Firefox browser and you can start adding your favorite websites to FoxTab.
  • This is not just a great way to bookmark and looking 10-15 websites which you use regularly but also it can double up as a way to look up open tabs.
  • FoxTab has 3D interface while you look up tabs which are open on Firefox. As a blogger most times I easily have 8-10 tabs open.

There are obviously better options like Fox marks to bookmark websites on Firefox but this add-on is actually a better way to look up tabs. You might also like to ready about vertical tabs on Chrome browser.

Finally I do think looking up tabs in 3D is quite cool. 😉 What do you think? Do let me know through your comments.