So you thought that add-ons were just a matter for Firefox, eh? Well actually you were partially right as there are many more extensions, themes and functions you can install to Mozilla’s popular browser. Nevertheless, IE also has some free applications you can install and play with, to enjoy a richer experience while web surfing. I have looked at what is on offer and have chosen what I believe to be the most interesting tools you can try… enjoy!
- Me.dium – a social-browsing add-on that lets you surf with your friends like never before. In the real world, doing things alone feels, well, lonely. So why do we do everything alone when were online? Start navigating the web with the people you care about. Bump into your friends and interact with the crowds, wherever they are – just like in the real world.
- StumbleUpon – discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more. With StumbleUpon you can also connect with friends and share your discoveries, meet people who have similar interests, and check out what other people are discovering.
- PicLens – instantly transforms your browser into a full-screen, 3D experience for viewing images on the Web. Photos and videos will come to life via a cinematic presentation that goes well beyond the confines of the traditional browser window. With PicLens, browsing and viewing media on the Web will never be the same again.
- Browse3D – Why browse the Web one page at a time? Browse3D works like a tabbed browser but the open Web pages are easier to find and use since their image is always visible on one of the 3 walls. Advanced search and anti pop-up features are integrated with XP SP2. Pre-load Web pages and eliminate the wait. The center wall is the main browser, the left wall is for history pages and the right wall is for other open and saved page groups.
- Rip Clip – Need to save Web articles? Focused more on article extraction as opposed to Web site extraction, Rip Clip has specific features for this task that make it superior to other offline browsing tools. Features include the ability to get information about the structure of your Web article to easily determine whether you’re missing any pages; the ability to control precisely which pages you want; and a simplistic interface for collecting Web pages while you surf. This ensures you download only the pages you want, without missing the pages you need; saving on download time and disk space.
- Pictavision Mediashare – is an easy way to send any photo from your computer or online photo site to your cell phone. Pictavision Mediashare is a browser plug-in which lets you grab your favorite image and share it. You can also personalize your camera phone and create mobile wallpapers from your picture collection.
- Weezu – It’s a browser extension which lets users meet each other as they visit Web sites, through a fun and simple, avatar-based display. Provided tools include public chat, private messaging, presence indicator, blacklist, as well as a choice of skins to personalize the Weezu experience. Privacy and anonymity is strictly enforced as the Weezu bar does not require any personal information, not even an email address, nor does it track IP address. Being Web 2.0 and AJAX-based, the Weezu service will quickly evolve without any need to re-install the bar.
- Date.com Toolbar – After writing a blog post against online social networks, it’s really coherent of me to bring to your attention this toolbar with which you can stay connected with thousands of singles with a built in chat and video instant messaging. Receive message alerts when someone is interested in meeting you for a date. Search millions of profiles. Always be online and appear on the top of the Who’s Online search. Quick to download and easy to install online dating software.