Sexiest Firefox Add-ons: FoxClocks

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There’s a series called “The Sexiest WordPress Plugins” on this blog already (well currently it contains only one post, but there’re more on the way), so now it’s time for “The Sexiest Firefox Add-ons”.

Same rules apply. You don’t want your add-ons to be just nice. You want them to be sexy, dashing. You want the sexiest add-ons available.

(This post starts a series where I’ll be covering the sexiest Firefox add-ons. Tune in and check out the first one – FoxClocks.)

What it’s for

The purpose of this add-on is very simple – it lets you keep an eye on the time around the world. It uses a small statusbar icon to show you a set of clocks when you hover your mouse over the icon.

What I like about it

FoxClocks is great if you’re interacting with different people around the world a lot. If you find yourself in a situation in which you have to send 3 different emails: one to the United States, other to Germany, and the last one to Australia then knowing the actual time in those places is priceless.

You quickly realize that the Australian email can wait because there’s 3 in the morning there, you have much time for the US email because it’s 10am, but the one to Germany needs to go out immediately as there’s 6pm already. A real life savior this plugin/add-on is.

Another thing I like about it is the fact that it’s not distracting. The little icon is just sitting there attracting almost no attention at all, but when you need it, it’s right there waiting to assist you.

Where you can get it

No surprise here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1117/. Just click the “Add to Firefox” button and you’re good to go.

How to use it

The first step is configuring it. There are two stages of configuration.

First and foremost, navigate to the plugins/add-ons area (Tools > Add-ons from the top menu), and check out the options there.

In the first tab you can select a time format. You can choose from a set of predefined ones or create your own if you feel like it. I haven’t even bothered checking out those custom formats, because there’re more than enough standard ones.

In the second tab you can select where the plugin’s icon will be sitting. The statusbar is the default position, but you can choose a toolbar instead, and drag the icon from “Customize Toolbar” palette. I like to display the plugin as a “FoxClocks icon”. The “Multiple clocks” mode is too distracting for me.

When using the plugin for the first time it’s good to visit the third tab and set your time zone. Just hit the “Check now” button and the plugin will do its thing.

There’s one last tab – the advanced settings, but I haven’t bothered messing around with them. However, you can still check them out, maybe you’ll find something interesting.

The second stage of configuration is where things start to get interesting because it’s where you’ll be choosing time zones. Just click the little FoxClocks icon on the status bar, and you will see the plugin’s main window.

On the left there’s something called the zone picker tree. Use it to browse all the world’s time zones by country, region or city. Once you find the place you’re interested in just hit the “Add >>” button.

You can arrange the clocks however you like. Just select one clock and press the “Move Up” or “Move Down” button.

There’s one really sexy feature. Let’s say you don’t know where Hong Kong is. Just right-click on it and choose “Google Earth…” You will be immediately taken to that specific place. (Google Earth is, of course, required for this to work. So go ahead and install it if you haven’t already.)

Once you have it configured the way you want just hover your mouse over the FoxClocks icon and this is what you’ll see:

Pretty cool ain’t it?

What I don’t like about it

I like my add-ons sexy, so I’m little blinded by them. This results in a complete inability of noticing any flaws whatsoever. So I need some assistance. Shoot me a comment and share your opinion.

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  • FoxClocks Rock Your Firefox – FoxClocks. Friday, Aug 27, 2010. Keep an eye on local times around the globe. Detailed settings options make online life easier–on an international scale. Question: If a man traveling at a land speed of 3 mph walks toward a train that …
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