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Unlinker: An Extremely Helpful Firefox Add-On


firefox-logo-64x64.pngSome of you might already be using Unlinker since I have posted about it several times before. A lot of you have asked, what does it do? Hopefully this brief post will help you see the usefulness of this relatively simple but powerful Firefox Extension…

Suppose you are on a forum, blog, Apache index page, or any other page full of links to photos. You want to view and possibly save all of the pics. What do you do? Well, you could use my BASH script if you’re using *nix… but if you’re like most of my friends/family, that’s not an option. Do you really want to click on each image link one-by-one, when you just want to view/save them all easily? There’s got to be an easier way. Well, now there is. See the simple example below.

Click the images for a larger view.

Exhibit A:
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Here’s a typical forum post where Mr. McForumMember didn’t put the proper image tags around the image links in his post.

Exhibit B:
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Right Click > Convert in page

Exhibit C:
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Instantly, the “linked” images are now “unlinked” and appear adjacent to their respective URLs.

The best part about Unlinker is: it’s NOT a resource hog. It weighs in at just 43 kilobytes and still feels as powerful as similar Firefox Add-ons that are bloated with too many features you would seldom use. Feel free to play around with Unlinker and try out it’s MANY other features. We will go into more detail about these at a later date.

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One Response to “Unlinker: An Extremely Helpful Firefox Add-On”

  1. Jay says:

    I’ve liked Unlinker since before it was on AMO, but I’ve been running into one problem that just irritates the hell out of me. And there’s no place to report bugs.

    Unlinker, when turning Youtube URLs into links, has two issues:
    1. If the URL is *already* an href, it shouldn’t be touched at all.
    2. It sets the link text to black regardless of the background color of the page. This has caused me numerous problems when I’m reading a page with a black background and suddenly the embedded youtube links are no longer visible.

    Unlinker shouldn’t be applying any special styles to anchor tags – it should be using the page default, whatever that may be.

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