Rated 3.8 out of 5
3.8 Stars out of 5
- by CM , 12 years agoRated 2 out of 5When I downloaded this add-on, I was really excited to replace distracting advertisements with something easier on the eyes. Instead, I'm currently faced with blocks of animation that are actually more distracting than most advertisements. I'll hold off my judgment of whether MS-paint-esque animations are art in the first place--I just don't want them distracting from the articles I'm trying to read. Why bother waiting for the next gallery if the curators don't seem to care about user experience?
- by Topher Christian, 12 years agoRated 4 out of 5Regardless of the varied selection and themes of art displayed (or rather, because of them) I have enjoyed the the galleries, and have looked forward to each new show.
That is until the most recent...
Previously, each set reflected a theme. Some underlying pulse was present in the shows that actually had me looking for the art/photographs to see what thought, emotion, or statement would pop out.
However, the current menagerie of GIF animation is over the top, even for this add-on. Reminiscent of the early days of web design, where flying pigs and bouncing arrows seemed to border every paragraph of content (such pages I navigate away from as quick as my index finger can flex), the latest set is more in the vein of Saturday morning cartoons than Sunday afternoons at the Galleria.
This is not intended to show disrespect to the artists involved. Having designed my fair share of GIF animations, I am fully aware of the time and effort involved in their productions. I am just surprised and a bit disappointed that Add-Art-Team felt it was appropriate to turn our browsing experience into a visually exhausting exercise for the next couple of weeks.
All in all, I am still looking forward to the next show, but until then the "Disable" feature is the more valuable of choices for me.
- by tinksmahoney, 12 years agoRated 5 out of 5great idea! it works beautifully, though as far as content goes (i know - not the fault of the developer!) there are sometimes too many fast-moving gifs as art for my taste (part of the reason i downloaded the add-on was that i find the movement in advertisements very distracting). i'll still use it, though, as it's preferable to ugly ads, and helps support artists! thanks!
- by delmore1, 12 years agoRated 2 out of 5unfortunately, this app replaces advertising images with equally irritating images about abuse and political arthttp://add-art.org/content/frequently-asked-questions
"The art changes every 2 weeks on a Thursday. Maybe it might grow on you. If you really don't like it, you can disable Add-Art until the next show goes online. Add-Art's goal is not to replace ads with decoration or wallpaper that everyone finds comfortable or pleasing. You might like the idea of seeing art, but not like all the art you see. That's ok. That's how art is."
- by Firefox user 70445, 12 years agoRated 3 out of 5
I like the IDEA, b u t ...
first: I don't like software which download something without my permission. So my first impression was bad, when I read: "Add-Art downloaded some ...".
Then NO possibility to change this behavior (using a configuration dialog)? What the heck is this?
Why that complicating? Why not simply create a directory for the images and a table to assign banner sizes (or ranges of sizes) to specific pictures (possibly more than one for a size)? It even could lead to interesting results to assign specific AdBlockPlus filters to some specific pictures... ;-)
This would be much more flexible and enable everybody to create own assign tables without the need of fumbling inside of JAR-archives...
Other ideas?Kurt, there\'s a few reasons for this. If you\'re suggesting that the table point to directories online, it\'s because that would slow users browsing. By having the images local, they don\'t have to wait for images to download.\r\n\r\nIf you\'re suggesting that the table point to a local directory, that is basically what we\'re doing with the .jar file. Perhaps you are suggesting that the user choose the art themselves? If so, that\'s not the goal of our project. There is an addon that does that called prowebsurfer, if that\'s what you want. Curated art is one of the things that makes Add-Art unique. While you might find the download complicated, we have thousands of users who don\'t want to bother with choosing images and would prefer to be exposed to new imagery, chosen by contemporary art curators, and automatically downloaded to their machine. \r\n\r\nIf you\'re concerned about security, Add-Art has been vetted by addons.mozilla editors. I wouldn\'t consider the .jar archive full of images to be a threat, but if you\'re concerned you don\'t have to use Add-Art.
- by oldmanx, 12 years agoRated 2 out of 5I like the spirit of this program, but the images in the provided libraries are frequently very "not safe for work." I would not recommend this if you are trying to prevent lewd ads from popping up in front of clients/executives as the images Add-Art provides are frequently much more questionable than the average banner ad.You can look at past shows and decide what's lewd for yourself - http://add-art.org/content/past-shows All the curators are conscious that there is a wide user base and people use this at work. At the same time, you wont find 100% pictures of flowers, landscapes, and happy clouds either – it's contemporary art. Take a look and decide for yourself.
- by somanygames, 12 years agoRated 5 out of 5If you don't like ads, and want some interesting photography or other art to brighten up you surfing experience, get this addon. The first time I used it, it was a bit rocky, the art did not fit. But 1 week later, with the new exhibition, its fantastic. You don't notice that the art is not put there by the website!
- by kidinbed, 13 years agoRated 4 out of 5I think this is an incredible idea, much better than just simply removing ads and leaving nothing. However, I would like to suggest that instead of a few works rotating every two weeks, why not hundreds of works? There are thousands of public domain works already uploaded to the internet that could be pulled from wikisource. Just a thought, great plug-in.
- by Hazelip, 13 years agoRated 5 out of 5I absolutely love this add-on! Now, with adds blocked, the formatting isn't screwed up since other images are loaded in their place at the same dimensions.
Install this now!
- by S G, 13 years agoRated 5 out of 5Although I'm only a basic user, I have had no trouble installing and using this add-on, and now have gorgeous Hiroshige prints displaying instead of ads. I love it!
- by SRQdude, 13 years agoRated 1 out of 5This is a great idea and will probably be really terrific one day, but right now it's just a beta test and it's a flop. In other words, all it does in its present state is replace ads with a solid block of a solid color, red, yellow, blue, etc. but there's no "art" to be found (well, unless a solid block of red can be considered "art"). The developer's website, http://www.addart.eyebeam.org/ says "Later versions will use curated art images..." and this version doesn't, so don't waste your time!