Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This extension continues to work-- even with Aurora ... 12, or whatever is that current ver (not nightlies) -- however, with FF /stable/ (v.10.x, i believe currently, as of 2012-Feb), not unlike some early 3.x FF versions, regressing from v1.0.3 back to 1.0.2 solves the disappearance of primary option checkbox (i.e. Options > General > On-Startup-Show[homepage; session mgr; various options]), where H/page Randomizer would display [not verbatim] "Choose a home-page, at random, from list of multiple homepage [tabs] URLs". On regression from 1.03 to 1.02, even in FF v 10.0.1 Gko 8.0a2, this /trick/ is effective for restoring homepage randomizer func., for this User. Best regards. I aim to investigate the viability of forking this project. Any Advisory; commentary toward that regard is encouraged. (i.e. should i dip into this, as a first-ever XPI fiddlin' tune, or-- does it sound like crazy nonsense?) I just dig the extension, and i hate to see it go... i fear, it may as things more rapidly change. blah, blah... (diddly blah..., Homer!)

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Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Had this for ages and loved it. Currently using FF3.0.19, which means this extension should work, but it doesn't. Adding pipes to the Main/Home Page line simply opens up multiple home page tabs. Great if you want that feature but it's not exactly randomising anything.

"...why not just get the Nightly Tester Tools addon". I did. It did nothing.

Would give no star because it simply doesn't work.

Great Idea! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great Idea!

Hey guys, instead of rating things you like 1 star, why not just get the Nightly Tester Tools addon. Then you can override the version checking and most addons will work fine.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Can someone please make this work on the latest versions of Firefox? Is there an alternative? I wish Xmarks had this function in it too.

Confirmed can't install (FF3.5b4, FF3.5b99) Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Firefox places XPI file in \staged-xpis\{F736D555-17D4-48d2-9B58-4DFF4F764C98} in my user profile folder and prompts to restart in order to complete installation. Upon restarting, this file is silently deleted without any apparent error messages. Neither, thereupon, is the add-on is not visible in the graphical add-ons dialog in Firefox.

I realize that this extension is only advertised to work up 'til version 3.0 of Firefox, and am thus providing this information strictly for the developer's information (or for anyone else interested in tinkering with the source-code in case he remains inactive -- which might turn out to be myself, in a little while!).

I really hope you get this working again soon with the latest versions, as I've been looking for an extension to perform exactly this function for over a year -- I want to display a random bookmark from my Wikipedia folder on browser startup.

I'm curious if it could integrate with the multiple-homepages feature of the new Firefox -- that would be cool, to have a static homepage or two, and one randomized using the extension.

Thanks for listening!
Casey

NOT COMPATIBLE WITH FF3.0.10 Rated 1 out of 5 stars

it's not working at all with FF3.0.10!!

and please be responsable !

DOES NOT INSTALL Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I have used this on an older version of FF, but now it will not install on the latest version of FF; please get us some support for the new FF, this is a very handy browser extension.
;)

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Great idea, but doesn't install...

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Almost the same critic as "Nice work needs features" by mozillaphile : would be very interesting to combine a randomizer and a cycler (see the old "home page cycler", now unavailable for firefox 3.0).

The problem with Randomizer 1.0.3 is that it opens all tabs in the same time : suppose I have separeted 5 homepages with "|", then it opens 5 tabs each time I start firefox or refresh the homepage. It would be better to open only one tab, but with a "cycling" different homepage each time we open/refresh.

Even better : we could to chose to open one "cycling" tab as described, plus some "fixed" tabs, always with the same homepage.

For example, you want to "cycle" A, D, E and to view B and C every time. it would open 3 tabs :
- A (cyling), B (fixed), C (fixed),
- then you refresh, you would have : D (cycling), B, C
- refresh again : E, B, C
- Again : A, B, C etc.

This would be a 5-stars add-on, undoubtedly !!! ...

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Almost the same critic as "Nice work needs features" by mozillaphile : would be very interesting to combine a randomizer and a cycler (see the old "home page cycler", now unavailable for firefox 3.0).

The problem with Randomizer 1.0.3 is that it opens all tabs in the same time : suppose I have separeted 5 homepages with "|", then it opens 5 tabs each time I start firefox or refresh the homepage. It would be better to open only one tab, but with a "cycling" different homepage each time we open/refresh.

Even better : we could to chose to open one "cycling" tab as described, plus some "fixed" tabs, always with the same homepage.

For example, you want to "cycle" A, D, E and to view B and C every time. it would open 3 tabs :
- A (cyling), B (fixed), C (fixed),
- then you refresh, you would have : D (cycling), B, C
- refresh again : E, B, C
- Again : A, B, C etc.

This would be a 5-stars add-on, undoubtedly !!! ...

Doesnt Work After Restart Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It tells me to restart for changes to take effect, so i restart it and lo' and behold nothings changed =S.

it doesn't work! Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I've installed it many times, but anything shoes up where it should do! I'm not that into programming, can anybody help me in making it working?

I use firefox 3.0 on a windows xp, updated with the last service pack

thanks!

Just doesn't work... Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I've been trying to get this to work for days and until the author addresses the issues of not being able to enable the plugin on some computers, I can't give it a sterling review.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

not able to uninstall/diable it coz it not visible in addon menu

using firefox3 on winxp sp2
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Hi. Sorry to post a bug report here. There appear to be some problems on your site and I couldn’t post a message there. I se a mac which might be the problem for the add-on. Once I install, it doesn't offer me the option to pick a random homepage in the main preference menu. I use firefox 3 and randomizer 1.0.3

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Hi. Sorry to post a bug report here. There appear to be some problems on your site and I couldn’t post a message there. I se a mac which might be the problem for the add-on. Once I install, it doesn't offer me the option to pick a random homepage in the main preference menu. I use firefox 3 and randomizer 1.0.3

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'd love to try it but it doesn't install although it says is compatible with FF3.

1.0.2 worked great, but 1.0.3 won't install Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hi. Sorry to post a bug report here. There appear to be some problems on your site and I couldn’t post a message there.

I had been a happy Homepage Randomizer 1.0.2 user with Fx 2 and continued using it with Fx 3 by manually modifying the maximum compatible version in the install.rdf file. Now, when I try to install the update to 1.0.3, I get strange behavior.

When I update over 1.0.2 and restart firefox, I get the same message I got just prior to restarting: you must restart firefox for this update to work. I get the same message no matter how many times I restart.

When I uninstall 1.0.2 and try a "clean" install, the install just doesn't "take". When firefox is restarted (either by hitting the restart button in add-ons manager or manually), homepage randomizer just isn't there.

What's wrong?

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Pratique, par contre n'est pas localisé (seulement en version anglaise). Ce n'est pas très grave mais c'est moins beau dans la page d'option de firefox

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2). 

Nice work, needs features Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I think it will be more useful to replace the "Randomizer" feature with a "Cycling" feature so that the user knows what homepage is going to open at the next click. That will also eliminate the occasional annoyance of opening the same homepage upon clicking the Home icon. Randomness can be persisted with if an option to choose cycling (instead of randomizing) be added for those desiring predictability. Also, retaining the opening of a random homepage at the first launch of Firefox can be perfectly acceptable provided subsequent clicks on the Home icon or subsequent opening of new instances of Firefox starts cycling from the last opened homepage.

I think this extension is the perfect platform to add the highly useful Homepage Icon Functionalities of IE -- i.e. a drop-down menu beside the icon to open any of the multiple homepages, to add the current tab to the list of multiple homepages, and to remove any of the listed homepages. To improve upon that, adding a sorting (alphabetical or any order) could be useful and adding an option to open all homepages in multiple tabs will definitely be useful.

Microsoft has taken clues from Firefox and have outdone it in some feature-sets, e.g. the aesthetically pleasing Quicktab feature and the aforementioned options associated with IE's Homepage icon. I wonder why Firefox can't return the favor and emulate or outdo whatever good features IE has come up with lately.

UPDATE:
I just performed this test -- open Firefox from an external link and then keep on clicking the homepage button once a random homepage finishes loading completely. I have 5 different homepages -- let's call them A B C D & E. Here is what I experienced:

First 10 Home Refreshes (A:6, B:3 C:1, D:0, E:0)
First 20 Home Refreshes (A:10, B:6, C:3, D:0, E:1)
30 Home Refreshes (A:13, B:8, C:7, D:0, E:2)

The above results demonstrate that the randomizer function works perfectly randomly; and that is the biggest weakness of this otherwise useful extension! I still didn't see my homepage D load for once in the 30 refreshes while the only 2 times my homepage E loaded was on attempts 20 and 30!

I hope the author or some other volunteer will upgrade the randomizer to a "Cycler" instead, making sure that all N homepages will open at least once in any N attempts. The easiest way to make that happen is implement a simple cyclic loop in which a predictable cycle (of homepages) repeats itself in the order in which it is defined in the Firefox options. Thanks.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2).