Author Archives: Emanuele Ruffaldi
Author Archives: Emanuele Ruffaldi
Each browser has its own extensions and rules in their making. There has been a lot of attention in the media about how specific browser companies are treating their users on the account to what their extensions and browsers have access regarding users’ computers and personal information. There is just a handful of companies that hadn’t made this violation, like the Firefox extension, and that is why they become more and more popular.
A browser extension is a computer program that works in conjunction with a browser and provides it with new features. The terminology may differ in different programs. They may be called add-ons, plug-ins, extensions, but this does not change the essence. There are very popular plug-ins, and there are specific ones that are in demand only for a narrow group of people. For example, 3 different browser plugins are recommended for ideal viewing of following pages about compression socks: https://comprogear.com/compression-socks/. After you’ve looked at that article, read the article about dr sock soothers aka “sock soothers” to see the browser plugins at work on the same site (but a different article).
Although Internet Explorer 5 already in 1999 offered the possibility to its users to install additional toolbars (toolbars) and other small utilities, Firefox was the first browser to exploit the potential of extensions. The ability to customize the browser through extensions, offered to Firefox users since 2004, was one of the factors that led Firefox to become one of the most popular browsers in the world.
To date Firefox offers almost 3 thousand extensions including Ad Block Plus (to block video ads on web pages), Video Download Helper (to download videos to your computer from websites), Firebug (useful for those who develop and want to check the code in the pages), each used by millions of people.
For example, download Firebug and analyze the code on this page. Look for the following link https://comprogear.com/uses-of-compression-socks/
This page about Compression Socks. Look at the page in a normal browser window. Now look at that page using Firebug. Firebug allows you to see the HTML code. This is the website’s backend code used to create the visible page. Think of it like an architectural blueprint for your browser.
Now look at this page about the recommended DHA for pregnancy. See if you can spot the major difference in the source code. It helps to use a specific browser extension to compare the differences.
Extensions exist for dozens of purposes: to increase accessibility (for example to improve readability), for weather forecasts, to protect your privacy, to manage news, RSS, to manage file downloads, to speed up navigation…
They are also used for shopping (for example the pages titled best woks to buy page at Wok Review or the wok review page at Smash Goods), to translate web pages, to increase productivity (extensions to take notes or to manage online calendars), for fun (extensions to listen to music via online radio), to add and customize toolbars, etc.
A word file, used in the world of computers is standalone information that is available to the operating system you have and a large number of various individual programs. A computer file is similar to a traditional file that can be found in any office. As in the office file, the information in the computer file can basically consist of anything. If you cannot open a file, there are numerous extensions that can help you where your file is uploaded very quickly and then open it and use it, such as KWS – dragdropupload, which is very easy to use.
The filename is only the name by which the user or program addresses a file to help identify what it is. What really determines the content of the file is its extension. The image you copy from the camera to your computer can be in various formats such as TIF or JPG. These are files as well as MP3 audio files or videos in MP4 format.
Although files in folders are easier to organize (such as music on your computer or photos in the Images folder), some files can be in compressed directories, but they are still considered as files – like ZIP files that are really just a folder that holds various other folders and files, but actually it acts as one whole file.
There is also an ISO file that is quite similar to the mentioned ZIP file, and it represents a physical disk.
It’s just one file, but it contains all the wanted information you can find on a disc, such as a video game or a movie. Even with these said examples, you can see that not all the mentioned files are similar, but they all have similar purposes of holding together information in one place.
If you are not able to open a file on your computer you can always convert that file into another format in order for you to use it by some other software. Here is an example – you can always convert MP3 file to the format of M4R.
Here’s another example. Go to any Amazon product page and download the primary product image. Now change it into the JPEG 2000 file format.
After you’ve mastered that, go to the ComproGear Loofah Product Page and try changing that image to SWF format. That was a little harder, wasn’t it? Want a real challenge. Try making the ComproGear Posture Corrector Product Page images into an animated GIF that show the product moving with the person wearing it. If you’re good enough to do that, see if you can become a graphics master. Remake the image of the ComproGear Whetstone Product Page into a raw Text file. (Hint: You’ll have to remake the image in a graphics program, then output the code and convert it to text format)
OK, that got difficult fast. But it’s a fun test if you’re a graphics whiz.
Let’s say you’re not a professional graphic designer. Let’s talk about how to easily convert simple stuff.
If you want to make it possible for your iPhone to recognize it and play it as a new ringtone. All types of file formats can be converted from one format to another by using a variety of tools, software, online services, and extensions that can convert or just open those files.
Examples: We recently helped a company that sells the algae supplement in prenatal vitamins. They wanted to convert .PNG image files to .JPG files. The simple solution on Mac was to simply change the filename extension from .PNG to .JPG and let the operating system change the file type. Another option was to open the file, click “Save As”, and select the new extension. Finally, we suggested they could use a browser plugin or specialist website to convert the image. The process of image conversion took 35-minutes the first time. Most of this was learning time. A few days later they used this knowledge to help launch a line of compression socks at https://comprogear.com/best-compression-socks-for-ankle-swelling. This time they were able to do the file conversion for the compression socks photo in only 2-minutes!
That’s the power of learning how to use file conversion tools. What once took you 30-minutes will eventually take only seconds.
Do you need a weather forecast, a specific reminder, or a plug-in that will connect your social network usage to another network? Do you need to upload different files and data to specific servers or networks? That’s where these people step in. Emanuele Ruffaldi was born in Italy where he completed his education, receiving the Ph.D. in Perceptual Robotics in 2006. Part of his dissertation was in human biomechanics and involved measuring the best posture devices on the market to determine how to fix posture using a posture correction brace. After completing his biomechanics research, he turned his attention to programming and robotics.
He and many other developers devoted much of their time to making extensions that are affordable and well integrated with other tools. Today, their extensions use an incredibly large number of users because they are fast, reliable, efficient, do not slow down the browser, and look after the privacy of their users.
These programmers are making plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions for various browsers in a title of third-party developers, meaning that they are not hired by such companies but that they make these little programs by themselves, making browsers more adjustable to its end-users and meeting the needs that are presented on this market by the people who use them.
The best browser plugins follow similar trajectories as the best physical products. Many of the more recent plugins have incorporated industrial design strategies from products as wide ranging as bath loofahs (often called shower sponges) and knife sharpening stones for chefs, to even reflective stop signs built to mutcd standards. The simpler the product, the better the design, and often the more accurate carryover to software products. For example, in 2008 the Firefox core product team used the simplicity of china chop sticks materials to strip a basic browser of more than 126 different features and in the process increase speed 37%.
In order for a particular extension to become popular and widely used, it really has to be a top product on the market. The secret lies in simplicity – its function must be clear and direct, its design simple and understandable. Users need to go through a simple and short process and with just one click they should run the extension they need. A superior extension must only work for what it is intended for, and nothing else, in order to be light and easy to use.
Listening to users and their needs is one of the important steps involved in integrating any extensions into existing systems. For example, one company took customer feedback on it’s high yield steamers to keep rice warm and ultimately designed an entirely new rice cooker product. The same goes in software. Microsoft has repeatedly discarded it’s operating system in order to build a newer, better version.
Extension should not badly interfere with browser nor computer. Integrations are a major part of success. Sometimes developers of the application themselves make real integration, mainly those who are active users of the extension, trying to build something that would fit their needs. Also, integration has a great deal of merit for the acquisition of new users.
Extensions (or add-ons) are software components that, once integrated with your browser, allow you to expand its functionality, adding new features to the browser or modifying existing ones. They are useful in practice to improve the browsing experience, giving you the possibility to perform activities not otherwise possible by default with the browser.
They are free and almost always developed by third parties (i.e. not by the browser), so they are called a third-party extension.
Who are those third parties? There are a number of programmers and developers who create such extensions for the purpose to advance the browser they are personally using, or for the purpose to offer the world an idea, a concept made into a useful little program.
This often implies the inclusion of only basic functions in the main program, and additional functionality is realized with the help of add-ons. Browsers are typical representatives of such an ideology. Of course, you need to understand that the basic functionality of any program is not a constant thing.
Programs are constantly evolving, acquiring new opportunities and discarding unnecessary ones. What initially appeared as an addition with time can enter into the basic functionality of the program. Often the developers of add-ons are completely outsiders or organizations that are not related to the developers of the main program.
People who need to be aware of the weather forecast or know the exchange rates can install such extensions. Of course, you can go to the relevant sites on the Internet and look there, or you can just install the appropriate extension in the browser and always have the necessary information before your eyes on its panel.
The plug-in can add support for any data format to the browser, and they can be viewed directly in the browser, without downloading to a computer and opening it in a third-party program. These examples are just tiny examples of what can be done with extensions. The possibilities are limited mostly by the imagination of developers and demand.
Want to find out how to use browser extensions?
First, download the ColorPick Eyedropper extension for Google Chrome. Then go to another site about choosing the best chopsticks. The chopsticks article has a lot of images you can now analyze with that fancy new browser plugin of yours.
Now let’s try another type of browser extension. Download the uBlock Origin extension for Firefox. Then go to the following 3 example pages about Pull Up Bars:
If you check the browser extension, you can see what tracking codes and advertisements were blocked on those three pull up bar sites.
Finally, after checking the tracking codes that were blocked with that extension, go to this article “how much does a stop sign cost?“. You’ll notice the stop sign article has less tracking codes than the eCommerce pages. But in all cases the browser extension increased your privacy by blocking all 3rd party tracking codes and several advertisements on each site.
That’s the power of browser plugins! They can do just about anything you can imagine and more.
What’s your favorite browser plugin?
If you have files that you wish to upload to a specific place, server, network or something else, there are numerous programs that can help you with this. They are called extensions and you will be needing the right ones in order for you to complete your task. There are numerous ones but you need to be sure what are the right ones like dragdropupload – teslacore. If you have problems with opening specific files on your computer, browser extensions can help you here as well. Just drag drop and upload files you need to open, read, edit or save onto the network.
Any program that uses an individual file is responsible for understanding its content. Similar types of files are said to have a common “format”. In most cases, the easiest way to determine the file format is to view the file extension. Every single file in Windows will also have specific file attributes that determine the conditions for a particular file. For example, you cannot write new information to a file that has a read-only attribute.
The plug-ins and extensions are very useful software components, which allow you to take advantage of special contents present in the web pages, which the browser is not able to manage by default. They are third-party programs, created by external companies, and not by the browser. Take a look at the following product pages using your browser’s inspector function and you’ll quickly see many extensions in place:
Example Page #1 – This Cloth Product from ComproGear
Example Page #2 – 3m Precise System with Millions of Threads and a Thick Border
Example Page #3 – Silicone Slotted Baking Spatulas
Example Page #4 – Article “Tailor Scissors Vary From Other Scissors”
Example Page #5 – This Reflective Road Signs Manufacturer
The most common are those that allow the use of content such as movies, music, online games, animations, presentations. A browser’s ability to support plug-ins is an important factor to consider when choosing the best browsers.
It is not necessary (nor even recommended) to download and install all the plug-ins available for your browser before you even need them. Every browser automatically tells you that a plug-in is necessary, as soon as you visit a site where there is a type of content that the browser is not able to manage and for which the plug-in is not installed. When this happens, the browser tells you where to download the right plug-in. Generally, the plug-in is downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.