The main reason I love Firefox is the ability to add extensions that increase the benefits I get out of heavy usage. Firefox is a big factor in the utility I get out of the Viliv S5 UMPC with the touchscreen due to the added benefits I get with the Grab and Drag add-on. A reader tipped me off to another extension that is looking incredible so far, and if you use a device with a touchscreen, I can almost bet you’ll want to give it a look.
Linja Zax is an add-on for Firefox that makes browsing the web a finger-happy experience. I am only beginning to scratch the surface of what Linja Zax does, but it’s already making a big difference to my handheld browsing experience. It adds zoom in/out abilities that are invoked by simply drawing a circle on the screen. Swoop one way to make things bigger and the other way to make them smaller. It is configurable, so you can make it as smooth as you want.
One of the features of Linja Zax is even more useful than the zooming above. You know how on the iPhone the Safari browser automatically zooms a new web page to be displayed optimally when it’s opened? Linja Zax does that, too, by making the page fit the small screen automatically. It does this for both landscape and portrait orientation, and it’s absolutely awesome. It’s also free, so if you have a touchscreen try it out — just understand that it’s listed as “experimental.” It’s working solid for me so far, so I’m not too concerned. Take a look at this video demo of the add-on in action:
Thanks to Alex Soto for the great tip!