|User since||March 5, 2007|
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Excellent performance, but lacking in usability Rated 3 out of 5 stars
I am one of the (many) refugees from AdBlock Plus after its slow and laggy performance became unbearable, and its needless removal of features became an annoyance.
I was impressed by the lightweight, fast and smooth performance of uBlock Origin, and my browsing speed increased considerably after the switch.
However, having spent a few months with UBlock Origin, I am now really seeing its shortcomings in relation to AdBlock Plus.
Performance-wise I obviously have no complaints (because ABP is undoubtedly a bloated sloth that make web browsing slow to a crawl) but in terms of usability uBlock Origin is seriously lacking.
One of the most important features for me is element hiding, and the Element Hiding Helper add-on for ABP is way better than anything uBlock Origin has to offer. The ability to easily widen and narrow the selection (using hotkeys if desired) is so much quicker and easier than hunting around a list of gibberish CSS elements. Also, wildcarding in ABP is simple. You can just add asterisks to wildcard any section of a path (not just the end), making it a simple matter to have broad but very accurate filters. In uBlock you basically have to go and learn complicated CSS to be able to do anything like that. I found myself constantly having to create many individual entries in UBlock Origin where I could have just created one in ABP (because I don't know how to code in CSS). Additionally, in ABP I NEVER used any preset lists at all. I started with completely blank settings and created all of my own rules from scratch as needed. I basically managed to get this list down to about 35 rules, which covered every need that I had (except for some specific per-site cosmetic element hiding). This was made easy by simple wildcards and the table view of your filters showing how often they have been used and when they were last used. You can sort columns just by clicking on the title to easily see which filters were out of date and not being used, or which ones had very low hit rates (or rates so high they it indicated they were too broad). This, made it easy to clean up the list of redundant / ineffective filters, and the search feature (to look for keywords among your filters) made it easy to find specific entries that may need adjusting. In contrast, UBlock Origin gives you just a plain text list (in an ugly-ass font) that you can't do anything with. It's just a text file in a window. This makes analysing an managing filters a more complicated affair.
However, the speed of uBlock Origin makes if more feasible to use long pre-set lists without a performance penalty, but by doing so you are putting control in someone else's hands and may have hundreds of filters being applied which are no relevance to you. Also there is no way to easily monitor usage of your own filters.
Finally ABP had a great feature to view blockable items on the current page. Often you will not know exactly what you should block to get the desired effect, and instead of hunting around at random, you can open a sortable list of blockable items which you can toggle on and off to see their effect, as well as editing its scope before applying it.
All of this makes uBlock Origin seem primitive and basic in comparison. So the decision boils down to: 1. speed and lack of features and poor usability, or slow performance and helpful useful features. If only uBlock would implement some of the usability of ABP and Element Hiding Helper, it would have the best of both worlds and be the hands down winner.
Simple, but so useful Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This seems like such a simple add-on, but it's a huge time-saver that makes checking elements so much more efficient and convenient.
Once you start using this, it's unthinkable to go back to the old way.
Absolutely Fantastic! Essential and Effective. Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I really missed having any control over menus when the Menu Editor extensions stopped being developed several years ago. There was nothing around that was able to take its place ..... that was until Menu Wizard came along.
Not only does Menu Wizard provide a modern working alternative to Menu Editor, it way exceeds it in terms of functions and ease of use.
The old Menu Editor could only rearrange or hide menu items, but it could not rename any of them (which was really annoying). Also the interface for arranging the menu items was completely abstracted from the real menu itself, and often menu items added by extensions would appear in places in the Editor window that had no bearing on their real position.
None of those problems exist with Menu Wizard. The Editor page is clearly laid out in identical format to the actual menus and, even better, you can edit the menus in-place from within the application itself (without even having to open Menu Wizard's Options page).
I don't like the look of the 'Configure This Menu' and 'Show All' buttons in all my menus, but fortunately they can easily be turned on or off. This means that you can have all the ease of use and advantage of editing your menus in-situ, but then still have clean looking menus (with no unwanted extra menu edit icons) when you've finished editing. If later on you find another menu that you wish to edit, simply toggle on the 'Edit This Menu' button, make your changes, and then toggle it off again. Perfect!
I can't think of anything negative about this extension at all. It does everything that I could possibly want with regards to Menu customization.
It's easily one of the most important extensions that I use, and it's great that Menu Wizard works just as well in Thunderbird as it does Firefox.
I can't use either program without Menu Wizard, things are just way too cluttered and disorganized.
Give it a try. It really is excellent.
Important addon, but I Prefer the Firefox built-in original Rated 3 out of 5 stars
It's such a shame that this feature was removed from Firefox. It's something that I used a lot, and so I was very keen to find a replacement.
Many of the available tab group related add-ons serve a broadly similar purpose to the Firefox original, but they operate in a quite different way s(and that doesn't suit my requirements seeing as I would like something as operationally close to the original as possible),
This Tab Groups add-on is the closest that I have seen so far (once you adjust a couple of its options to make it behave more like the original).
Unfortunately for me, it's still not quite as good as the original in a few ways. There are no animations or transitions in the in the Tab Groups add-on, and this makes the user interface feel clunky and jarring to me, Not only do smooth animations look great, but they can help you keep track of where things have come from or gone to, rather than just snapping into view from nowhere.
The Firefox original version used to glide open and closed in a smooth way, with fluid animations when resizing tab group windows, dragging and dropping items or when simply entering and leaving the Tab Group manager.
Another problem I encountered was with the toolbar icon (to access Tab groups). It kept disappearing and being replaced with text instead. It also does not seem possible to switch tab groups by single clicking on a blank area of the tab group. If you do this then it does it focus the group, but it doesn't do anything. In the original you could just click on a blank space within the tab group and it the group would slide open.
One new feature that I would like to see an option to have the icon change colour when you have Tab groups present (it would revert to the standard colour of there were no tab groups). This would add as visual a reminder if you've added some groups.
None of the issues that I have with this Tab Groups add-on are unfixable, but it remains to be seen what plans the developer has for this extension. I do hope that it continues to be improved, because it has a lot of potential based on what has been created so far, but currently it still falls a little bit short for me.
I Love Places Tooltips but it still has that same Keyword Bug Rated 3 out of 5 stars
I have the same issue as user: osminogig.
User: walmar has provided a great work-around that fixes the issue with Bookmark items, but you get errors every time you go anywhere near History items.
An official fix for these problems would, of course, be great for this wonderful add-on because it would mean that it could be signed and verified (and therefore not blocked by future versions of Firefox). But given how long this problem has existed already, it seems unlikely that this will happen.
Hopefully somebody can at least find a work-around to the history item bug, just like Walmar did for the bookmark item bug.
Very Useful But Needs Better Control Rated 3 out of 5 stars
This is a really useful program, but I cannot stop enlarged images from popping up when I Right-Click on an image. I set 'Not Display' to 'Right Mouse Button' but I still keep getting the zoomed image covering up the context menu whenever I Right-Click. I then have to wiggle the pointer back and forth in order to get the image to go away (so that I can see the context menu again). It's very annoying and it makes Thumbnail Zoom Plus completely unusable for me on most sites (except the very few where I would never need to right-click anywhere).
I would like to see an option to prevent an image being enlarged if it has been Right-Clicked on (regardless of how long your mouse pointer stays still over the image). If you want to zoom an image after you've Right-Clicked on it, you'd just have to move your mouse pointer off the image, wait for a second and then move it back over the image again (this time without Right-Clicking anywhere). The image should then zoom as usual (after the amount of time set in the options). This feature would be a huge help because it means that image context menus will not keep getting covered.
I hope the author considers adding this.
Doesn't work for me at all Rated 1 out of 5 stars
I was very excited to try Change Search Shortcut as a new replacement for my trusty and well used SearchHotKeys add-on (which works perfect;y, but is old and therefore not signed or verified).
However, no matter what I tried, I could not get Change Search Shortcut to work. I've tried setting various different key combinations (restarting the browser each time) but nothing happens when I press my chosen hotkey. The default hotkey combination still works fine.
It's a shame, because I don't know how much longer unsigned add-on will be permitted in Firefox, so I'm looking for a functional replacement for SearchHotKeys.
Great, but keyword bug is really annoying Rated 3 out of 5 stars
This useful feature really should be default in firefox instead of all the useless junk that Mozilla keeps adding.
I hope this gets fixed, because this really is a great extension.
Hugely useful but some annoyances Rated 3 out of 5 stars
This is a hugely useful addon that I use extensively, but it has some annoying problems.
On my laptop (resolution 1366 x 768) both the header edit and full edit windows constantly appear larger than the size of the screen, so the entire title bar and the OK and Cancel buttons are not visible or reachable, You then have to manually drag window borders to shrink it down and get the buttons within reach. However, the next time you launch either edit window, it's back to the same huge size again, so you have to go through this window sizing exercise every single time. The window should never be bigger than the desktop that it's being displayed on, and it should also retain its last used size and position.
The second annoyance (don't know if this can even be fixed) is that making simple adjustments to emails (e.g. email subject changes) changes a date somewhere that affects display order so that the edited email jumps to the top of the list rather than staying in its original position. It's weird because the sent or received date remains unchanged, but various email clients end up displaying the emails in incorrect date order once edited. Also the recipient name gets changed when viewed in web mail clients. Instead of showing the name and email of the person the email was sent to, it shows your own email name and address (as if you had sent it to yourself). This is despite the fact that no edits have been made to either sender or recipient. It does not seem to affect Thunderbird, but when accessing the same email account in a web browser, I have a bunch of emails in my sent folder where the recipient name is me.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse Rated 1 out of 5 stars
I came back to see if any progress had been made with this extension.
However, several versions later and Mail.com are STILL subverting your browser's intended behavior by hijacking your last closed tab in order to force you to visit their stupid search page.
To make matters worse, the one decent thing this that add-on had going for it (i.e. a pleasant icon set) has now been replaced with the most hideously ugly new set of icons (as of version 3.x)
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
The only Undo Close Tab that works properly on Android Rated 4 out of 5 stars
All the other undo close tab add-ons fail to work (I've tried them all). This is the only one that functions properly.
It is an incredibly useful add-on, but unfortunately it no longer works as of Firefox version 33 (it worked fine in Firefox v32).
Firefox's new built-in undo close tab feature is no match for this add-on.
PLEASE can you fix this add-on to work with Firefox v33.x, because it works so much better than the built in function.
Very Nice but wrong menu position Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This is a very useful add-on that fixes the stupid decision by Mozilla to prevent you from closing your browser.
QuitNow works really well except for just one thing: it does not appear at the bottom of the menu as the last menu item (which it used to do when it was built-in to Firefox).
This means that when you add other add-ons such as UnMHT etc. the Quit menu gets buried in the middle of the menu list (with several menu entries below it) rather than always being the last menu entry at the bottom of the list. This is annoying because it's not located where it should be, and it makes it harder to find the Quit menu.
I hope the developer will move the Quit menu entry down the menu list so that it is the last item, then this add-on will be perfect!
Very Useful Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is a really nice extension that's well designed and integrates neatly without adding junk to menus or toolbars.
It's very easy to locate and use (if you actually bother to read the simple instructions provided or look at the screenshot).
It's handy to be able see cookies just for the page that you are currently on, rather than having to figure out which cookies apply to which page based on a long single list from all sites you've ever been to (which is how many other cookie extensions seem to work).
I LOVE this addon! Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The developer has done a great job with this add-on. I've been using it for a long time, and it's one of my absolute "must haves".
Recently, I "upgraded" to Firefox v29, and I have since been going through the tedious and painful process of trying to get the browser back into a usable state again.
Unfortunately, far too many of my customisations and favourite extensions have been broken by the radical changes that have been made in Austtalis.
I didn't have much hope of Restartless Restart working because it adds a menu item into the Firefox button menu (which no longer exists in Firefox v29). I do use Classic Theme Restorer which re-creates the appearance of the Firefox start menu, but it's obviously not the same as the real thing (seeing as the real menu has been completely removed by the Firefox developers). This means that most extensions that interact with the Firefox menu are now broken because the real menu is gone and the fake one created by Classic Theme Restorer is not recognised.
However. much to my surprise, Restartless Restart worked perfectly, even with the Classic Theme Restorer version of Firefox menu! It added itself in the correct position too; i.e. the well-chosen position ABOVE the Exit menu entry (rather than throwing it onto the end of the menu under the Exit button (as so many careless extension developers do).
I'm so delighted that this excellent extension continues to function exactly as it did before, despite some really dramatic changes to the browser that could have so easily broken it.
Fantastic! I hope it will continue to work in future Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This was an absolute god-send (especially seeing as 'Menu Editor' has long since been abandoned).
Personal Menu worked flawlessly and intuitively, and it was one of my most important add-ons; Firefox was a complete annoyance to use without it.
Regrettably, it no longer works in the latest version of Firefox (v29 Australis) and it will be desperately missed.
Mozilla has removed the original Firefox menu altogether (replacing it with something totally different), so there's not much that this add-on can do if the menu does not even exist. However, Classic Theme Restorer (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/classicthemerestorer) does a pretty good job of replicating the original Firefox application menu, so it would be amazing if Personal Menu could be made to work with that.
Works Perfectly Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This add-on works beautifully. It does exactly what is says it will.
As an added bonus it adds other nice little touches such as displaying the correct icon for each search engine on Firefox's built-in home page. By default, Firefox only has an icon for Google; all the other search engines only have a text legend. This extension fixes that, and always displays the appropriate icon.
Excellent. Very highly recommended. Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is an astonishingly well-made and indispensable add-on for any version of Firefox that uses the annoying new download manager.
The options provided are extremely useful, comprehensive and easy to understand. I love the ability to be able to customize the status line text of the panel, and also the option to display downloads in their own tab (without all that Library crap)..Options to use the Library are there if you want it though. You can even open the Library view a tab if you want, so it's very flexible.
The extension works flawlessly for me (including mouse-over), with no glitches or any interference with other extensions such as Status-4-Evar (which also provides some download-related features).
It would be great if there was an option added for viewing downloads in a sidebar (just to make the range of display choices complete).
Also, a separate view that could be launched by middle-clicking on the download toolbar icon would be really useful. It would allow you to have one view (for example a simple small window view) accessed via the Show All Downloads link on the panel, and then have another more detailed view (e.g. a full tab view) launched by middle-clicking on the download toolbar icon.
Great potential, but some significant annoyances Rated 3 out of 5 stars
This is a potentially great add-on with some really useful features, but there are two issues that cause real problems for me:
1. Installing this add-on makes my Find bar appear UNDER the status bar instead of on top of it (where it should be). I use the Status-4-Evar extension to get the status bar back (after Mozilla, in their infinite wisdom, chose to remove it). Having the Find bar moved to below the status bar means that the status bar constantly jumps up and down as the find bar opens and closes. This is really irritating. Disabling this extension makes the Find bar go back to where it should be (i.e. above the status bar).
2. Some kind hard-coding has been used for the hotkeys, and it breaks my custom Find bar hotkeys that I had assigned using the KeyConfig add-on. There is no reason whatsosver to forcibly break the user's choice of hotkeys and impose something else on them,
It's a shame because this add-on has some great features, but for me the side-effects are so annoying that I had to uninstall it.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Menu Editor extension doesn't work, so this Menu Filter add-on is the next best thing.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed).