Jeff H.

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Name Jeff H.
User since January 6, 2010
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My Reviews

Pastel Gradient

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Pro: the pastel colors make text and icons more visible and easier to read than the FF default theme.

Con: in MS Windows, at least, when the FF title bar is active, this theme does not change the color of the title bar to indicate when the browser window has lost focus.

Video DownloadHelper

Somewhat crippled, unless you buy the converter Rated 2 out of 5 stars

In VDH versions 4.x, it was possible to right-click a detected download link and choose from the context menu a Firefox download manager add-on such as 'FlashGot' or 'Down Them All'. VDH 5 does not seem to provide this functionality, that I could find—instead, the user must copy the URL to the clipboard, and then paste it into the downloader.

Some streaming video services (such as YouTube) have video and audio stored in separate files on their servers, and mux them for you on the fly before streaming them to your web browser. VDH 5 detects these separate files (and tags them "ADP"), but will not download them for you unless you install their media converter.

As far as I can tell, their converter uses ffmpeg's AVCodec for its back end to perform the actual muxing and conversions. For users who already have ffmpeg, Handbrake, AVISynth, or some other stand-alone (freeware) converter, VDH 5 will not identify or download the component video or audio files for you, so that you cannot mux or otherwise process them yourself. In my book, this qualifies VDH as "crippleware" because only basic features are provided in the free version; the user must pay for the full-featured package.

'YouTube Video and Audio Downloader' detects links to the separate files, allows the user to call a downloader from the context menu, and acts as a GUI front end to ffmpeg (which is a command-line tool), but it works only for YouTube. 'SavedFrom.net Helper' also provides links to separate files, and context menu access for each link. It works with several streaming video sites, but installs adware (which supposedly can be disabled in the options dialog).

At least VDH works with more sites than just about anything else, so I may install it again if I need to download from any of them. In the mean time, I am grateful to have options for YouTube, Vimeo, and Daily Motion.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.4.1). 

Back/forward dropmarker

Does not use images from themes Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you for writing an extension to restore this bit of functionality that was removed from FF 4. Some themes (such as all of Alfred Kayser's) still include button images for the "recent pages" dropdown, in order to be compatible with FF 3.* or earlier. I hope that you will add the ability to use the button images provided by the theme if they are available.

DownThemAll!

Mostly undocumented Rated 3 out of 5 stars

It took me months to learn my way around my last multi-segment download manager/accelerator because the core and advanced features--preferences settings, filters, download selector dialog--were all undocumented, and most of them were not intuitively obvious. Now I want to ditch it because they've added software updating through OpenCandy (can be considered spyware because it reports what is installed on your system, and can not be disabled). I'd heard of Down Them all, and decided to have a look. Sadly, the documentation is not much better. Of course, it doesn't help that English is a barrier, being that it is not the developers' first language.

I think I can figure out a few things because of their similarity to features in the previous software, but there are other features that will remain opaque without documentation (such as the filter's pattern matching language, which includes operators not found in any flavor of regular expressions I've ever seen), and some features shown in screenshots on their website that I do not even know how to access, much less use. I'm just too tired to go stumbling around yet another bit of software, trying to figure out how to use the core features by guess and by golly. It is hard work coding new whiz-bang features into a software app; I know because I've done it. I can't see the point in spending the time and effort without also writing complete documentation, so that all those great features are accessible to the end users.

Note: I haven't actually tried the software yet, but AMO requires a rating in order to post a review...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.8.1-signed). 

ThunderBrowse

SeaMonkey, anyone? Rated 3 out of 5 stars

When it was decided to split Mozilla apart into Firefox and Thunderbird, some of the Mozilla developers thought this was a bad idea. They formed a group that took over development of the old Mozilla comm suite, and re-branded it as SeaMonkey. As in the Mozilla (and Netscape) of old, the web browser, news/email client, and HTML editor in SeaMonkey are integrated into one app, where they all share the same Gecko rendering engine and other resources. There is no need to "launch" a separate web browser to follow a link in an email, because the browser is already there in the same app, and already running.

The existence and popularity of ThunderBrowse argues powerfully that the SeaMonkey developers were right. If you find yourself running both Firefox and Thunderbird constantly, and wanting to resort to an add-on like this so that you don't have to, maybe the answer is to install SeaMonkey instead, and to be grateful that someone had the foresight to keep the old Mozilla comm suite alive.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.3.4). 

NoSquint

Works as advertized Rated 5 out of 5 stars

...on FF 3.6.3, at least it does for me. Large fonts are a must for accessibility on my 1280x1024 FP monitor, and some sites require extensive juggling of full/text zoom settings to render properly with zoom set greater than 100%. I use the NoSquint exceptions extensively to remember multiple settings for the different sections (eg. forum on the same host as the rest of a site) of sites I visit most often.

Here are some exceptions I find particularly useful (I see nowhere else to post them):

[**]/[**].txt - apply same settings to all *.txt text files, regardless of URL. Set the zoom to fit 80+ columns of fixed width text in the viewport, yet large enough to be read easily.

/[*]:/[**].txt - same as above, on all local *.txt files, regardless of path or location (for Windows).

/[*]:[**]/* - remember setting for each local file (other than *.txt if above exception is also set) by file name, regardless of path or location (for Windows).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.3). 

NoSquint

Works as advertized Rated 5 out of 5 stars

...on FF 3.6.3, at least it does for me. Large fonts are a must for accessibility on my 1280x1024 FP monitor, and some sites require extensive juggling of full/text zoom settings to render properly with zoom set greater than 100%. I use the NoSquint exceptions extensively to remember multiple settings for the different sections (eg. forum on the same host as the rest of a site) of sites I visit most often.

Here are some exceptions I find particularly useful (I see nowhere else to post them):

[**]/[**].txt - apply same settings to all *.txt text files, regardless of URL. Set the zoom to fit 80+ columns of fixed width text in the viewport, yet large enough to be read easily.

/[*]:/[**].txt - same as above, on all local *.txt files, regardless of path or location (for Windows).

/[*]:[**]/* - remember setting for each local file (other than *.txt if above exception is also set) by file name, regardless of path or location (for Windows).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.3). 

Walnut2 for Firefox

Another bug, had to revert Rated 3 out of 5 stars

use large, bold fonts in Windows, so that I can see text elements on the screen. In the 1.8.61 version of Alfred's themes, this causes FF to not fit within the window, whether normal or maximized. Result: the FF status bar is partly obscured. Sent a detailed bug report to his email address last week-- no response. Oh well (shrug), it was a great theme before. Would be nice if it were possible to revert to last working version.

Addendum: Found the version history page (with installer links), so I'm good. Hope Alfred will fix this.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.61). 

Walnut2 for Firefox

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I use large, bold fonts in Windows, so that I can see text elements on the screen. In the 1.8.61 version of Alfred's themes, this causes FF to not fit within the window, whether normal or maximized. Result: the FF status bar is partly obscured. Sent a detailed bug report to his email address last week-- no response. Oh well (shrug), it was a great theme before. Would be nice if it were possible to revert to last working theme.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.61). 

Always Online

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Well, it failed to prevent FF from going offline again. So, I removed this, and installed StayInOnlineMode by NettiCat. That one worked the first time. I will hope it is more reliable than this one.