Mingyi Liu

About me

Developer Information
Name Mingyi Liu
Location NJ
Occupation Bioinformatician
Homepage http://www.mingyi.org/
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 5 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

In a little more detail...

It's more interesting to check out my addons, or listen to the beautiful music my older son Charlie Liu produces - at least 10 million viewers have watched him perform piano on TV. Less than 1/20 of that number of people have downloaded my software, not that I'm complaining or anything!

Still, I'm hoping to change that with my latest Fastest Search Addon though. It'll be tremendously useful for most Firefox users. Check it out, you'll love it.

Add-ons I've created

Fastest Search No Restart Featured

This all-in-one search/browse/productivity boosting addon could replace many top addons yet offers MANY unique features like regex, smart searchbox, multi-tab preview, ... Ctrl-Shift-F activates a special FindBar more powerful than any browser/addon.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (76)
14,136 users

TableTools2 - Copy/Sort/Chart/Filter Table&More! Featured

Does everything for an HTML table: Copy (table/row/column/cell), Sort (multi-column), Search (regex, range operations ...), Filter, Chart, Statistics, Rearrange, Combine/Compare. To use: Right click in a real HTML table for the "tabletools2" option.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (40)
19,489 users

Double Click Closes Tab

The fastest (yet safe) addon to close tab using mouse only! Close any tab by double clicking the tab. Close current tab by triple click anywhere on the page. Optionally middle click or double right click on page to close tab.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (19)
3,809 users

Image2Icon - Resize Image and/or Get Data URI No Restart

Convert any local or web image to standard or custom icon sizes with Data URI provided. Useful for making favicon, avatar etc. Also allows viewing/saving the favicon of websites.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (4)
641 users

Filename2Caption for Picasa Web Albums No Restart

For your existing Picasa Web Albums, semi-automatically fill in the captions with the file names of your photos. Despite being semi-automatic, it's 10-fold+ faster than doing it manually for most people.

Not yet rated
172 users

My Reviews

FindBar Tweak

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A very well designed and implemented addon. There are many things to like about the Find in All Tabs, with the tabs sorted by # of hits, and content-not-yet-loaded tabs (thus no text search can be done) highlighted in red italics and clicking on them would show a link that you can then click and load the content of the tab and search at once (nice touch!). Clicking on a match goes to the match on page. An "Update Results" button to redo search in all tabs.

For text search in current tab, the scrollbar highlight and current match highlight are both nice - although personally I found the bull's eye focusing a bit annoying.Overall a great addon, and no restart is added bonus.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.1). 

Awesome Screenshot Plus - Capture, Annotate & More

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very handy addon. Despite that there are free desktop software doing annotations better, this addon has a killer feature: full page capture - few desktop programs can do that and definitely not as fast AFAIK. Great work!

BTW I do hope that the shape could be modified - currently if you drag a rectangle into a certain size and release mouse, you can't change its size again. It's etched on screen. Undo helps but modification would be better, especially if you want to modify it many steps later and do not want to undo all steps.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.4.0.1). 

JavaScript Debugger

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I used to use ChromeBug to debug for addons, but it only works with FF5 and lower. Venkman is no longer updated but it still works with FF13.0a2 as I tested. There's some quirks when using it to debug, and its UI is not as well designed as ChromeBug (heck, even the webkit's Developer Tools is inferior to Fire/ChromeBug's UI), so if you only debug JS on webpages, use Firebug instead.

For addon debug though, Venkman still works with the latest FF and helps a lot. Thank you very much! Saves me quite some time.

SQLite Manager

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Really useful addon! Fast and nicely designed. My only complaint so far is that there is only one "Execute SQL" tab while frequently I'd like to run 2 or more statements multiple times and it's tiring rewriting them every time. Is it possible to make at least 3 "Execute SQL" tabs? Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.7). 

Mandarin Popup

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

One of the two best Chinese translation addons! I especially like the offline dictionary, very convenient. Thanks for the great work!

However, three things are less optimal: 1. There's no icon on addon bar (only a long text description), this makes it impractical to drag it to toolbar so one could hide addon bar to save vertical space. 2. Maybe more importantly, mouseover popup gets annoying quite quickly. If there's an option to change to select word then popup that'd be much better! 3. If you disable the popup by clicking on the text on addon bar, when FF is closed and start up again, it's in enabled mode again because the default option is to enable popup on browser start. IMO this option should be turned off by default and browser start up should keep the last saved state of disabled/enabled.

BTW it still works in FF8 if you have addon compatibility reporter installed.

Words-Chinese Pinyin Dictionary

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

One of the two best Chinese translation addons! Thanks for the great work!

If it could work offline then I could really call it the best one! Being able to translate whole sentence AND words at the same time is really convenient. Select-n-popup works well. Well designed addon!

BTW it's working now, so I guess the dictionary hosting site is fixed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1). 

Custom Tab Width

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simple yet must-have functionality! Don't know why FF removed minTabWidth config and don't want a heavy weight solution like TMP to do this. This addon's perfect!

Firebug

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Essential for JS developers for FF! Chromebug is also critical for Addon developers. Please update Chromebug for FF6+. Looking back, I don't know how I was able to develope addons without Chromebug before!

Firebug's slower but nicer/better thought out compared to webkit debuggers. The only major "flaw" is that it makes programmers lazier - I used to spend more time to carefully think about my JS code when a bug's found, now I just step through in Firebug and find/fix the problem quickly.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.3). 

Extension Options Menu

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.23). 

Adblock Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I would've given it 10 stars if possible. The only addon that nearly every one of my FF installation has (besides my own addons that is).

I do feel that it does slow down page loading a little bit - quite understandable though and a tiny price to pay for a much nicer browsing experience than without it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.9). 

Find In Tabs

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Nice and speedy addon and does work on FF6 if you have addon compatibility addon installed.

But surprisingly it sometimes misses some matches - try searching for 'manual' on the all-in-one Emacs manual page (html_mono), FIT reports 121 matches while there should be 140.

There are other less critical issues too, but overall it's well designed.