Essential Software: PrefBar

Ok, this is one that you guys registered with traffic exchanges would like!  You’re the ones who have to go into your browser preferences and disable images and plug-ins (Shockwave Flash etc.) so as to: A) speed up the browsing process, and B) save your data cap (if you have one).  Well, if you are like me and have a reasonably low data cap imposed by your ISP plan, browsing the maximum of 30 sites each day for a month with Link Referral can chew through the megabytes (a lot of people have embedded Flash on their web pages).  Of course, the inconvenience of going into [Tools] Options (in Firefox) each time, is also experienced by others who have reason to frequently change their browser settings. What you need is a tool that gives you convenient access to these commonly changed settings – right there, as a toolbar for your browser window.

PrefBar gives users the power to disable JS (Java Script), Images (either static or animated), Flash animation and colour schemes (ugly/impractical ones) and more.  PrefBar offers plenty of customisable features.

PrefBar

Other features include:

  • Colours Checkbox – You can switch to you default colours rather that trying to stomach a shocking colour scheme (very handy).
  • Kill Flash – Removes all Flash embedments on currently loaded page.
  • Save Page Button – saves page as page name
  • Hotkey for showing/hiding the PrefBar Toolbar (F8 by default).
  • Font -/+ Resizing Buttons

  • Pop-Ups checkbox – blocks most unrequested pop-ups.

  • UA menu list – Quote: “Quickly change Mozilla’s user agent string, which is useful when viewing sites that attempt to block non-IE browsers. This works for all server side and some client side detectors.”
  • Many more customizations..

PrefBar is a Firefox add-on, but I am sure that won’t be too much of an inconvenience for those who use IE – it’s a pretty easy transition to Firefox.

Version at the time of writing: 4.1.2, build 20080729
Supports: SeaMonkey 1.0.5 to 1.1+ and Firefox 2.0 to 3.0+.

Here is the URL:
PrefBar

Note: There is a section of the PrefBar site concerning extra buttons that you can download:
PrefBar Extras

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One Response to “Essential Software: PrefBar”

  1. […] of an application with a large selection of great plug-ins is the FireFox web browser (see my Prefbar article).  Anyway, the solution to this problem can be found via a program that everyone knows […]

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