This add-on now obsolete? Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Unless I'm missing something, this doesn't do anything significantly different from the currently (FF 50.0.2) standard search bar. It doesn't even show the icon of the current SE, but it does give a wider list, and the highlighting is nice. What I was hoping for was something to let me tweak the search fields. When I grab a new one, I get the current search term included as a permanent initial entry.
Separators are easy to add. Pick a rarely-used SE with a blah icon (I use Wolfram Alpha), and change the description to a line of dashes!
Actually this is/was mostly intended as a replacement for Firefox' search bar for people (like me), who have removed that thing entirely. Back when this addon was created, removing the search bar meant that you couldn't do things like changing the currently selected default engine or opening search engine settings. This has changed, so most of the justification for having this addon is indeed gone.
The reason why separators haven't been added is because this would require me to either (a) hack the search settings screens or (b) reimplement that entire screen to offer some UI where you could tweak their placement. I'm not very keen on doing that currently through, so don't expect this to happen anytime soon (as in: there are no plans from my side to do this).
I really haven't looked into the current engine display icon thing and frankly, simply due to lack of motivation: It's not going to happen anytime soon either. I'd definitely review and merge patches if somebody (with the required skill set) cares enough about this. Sorry about that!
I appreciate your honestly through. Thanks for reviewing this the way you did!
Useful and clean Rated 5 out of 5 stars
As part of my masters thesis, I am developing an extension which requires to access current browser search engine. There is no direct sdk to get default browser engine. I came over your addon upon searching. You managed to get current search engine and change current engine. Can you please tell me how did you do that, any documentation related to developing your extension. I am struggling to get search engine value. Can you please suggest me way to get search engine (like using any SDK or other way).
Thanks in advance and looking for your reply.
Very useful... + some improvement suggestions Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I use more than 40 search engines so this addon is very useful for me.
May I suggest 2 improvements:
- The current search engine should be more easily identifiable: for now, the current search engine is set in bold font. I think it would be more easily identifiable if the forecolor (try in blue) or if the backcolor (try to set the div line in gray) were different
- Separator bar: I would be nice to be able to insert horizontal separator bars inside the list in order to categorize search engines.
* Edit : I find that your proposed background darkening is a good solution. I'm ok with that.
Thanks for commenting!
Concerning your suggestions:
Changing the forecolor is something I've found to consistently look horrible (unless you control all the theming), so that's not going to happen. After thinking about the problem for a while, I've come up with slightly darkening the background (XUL doesn't give you much support for theming menu items): https://storage.xmine128.tk/index.php/s/RRcFBSW0s9hBoBF
Let me know what you think, please.
Inserting separator bars wouldn't be very hard, but I don't know of any non-invasive way of adding a user interface for it. Currently the native Firefox settings are used for managing the actual engine list and there is not a lot I can do to add separators to it's options. I also won't recreate Firefox's entire management UI code for this, so this is probably not going to happen. :-(
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Thanks! But it is necessary to add a display of the current search engine.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1-signed).
Works Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Well needed.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1-signed).
almost there Rated 4 out of 5 stars
needs to show current engine in button.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1-signed).
Good idea! Will be added on the next update (no ETA however!)
Thanks for bringing back the EASY choice of default search engine (since the December 2014 update of Firefox) Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Thanks so much. I was missing that little arrow for the pulldown menu. Your add-on brings back what I used to love. Seeing all those icons in the new Firefox is crazy - with 40+ search engines installed. DANKE!!This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1-signed).
Just what i have need after the new updated ^^ Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Just what i have need after the new updated ^^This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1-signed).
Good tiny addon that does what I need. Rated 5 out of 5 stars
In FF 34.0b there isn't option to set search engines keywords or remove built-in SE at all. This little add just do what I need.
It doesn't remember last action sometime, like keyword setting or SE removing, so I need to open and make it again. I don't know is it FF beta version or addon bug.
* SE name change option
* Double click on search engine to change it's keyword (or name, but keyword would be more desirably.
Is this still the case in FF 34 stable? I just tried on a friend's notebook and the search UI looks the same as always. Also the addon does not implement the search managment UI itself, it just loads the Firefox UI for this, so any bug you encounter in the search UI is not an addon bug.
I just tried again on a different system and the search UI is indeed different here... stange. Anyways, the fact remains that the search management UI (that gives this addon its name) is still implemented by Firefox and not by this addon. The bad news is that they will probably drop the old UI code soon, so this addon will require some major updates and implement that stuff itself. The good news however is that by then there will hopefully be a repalcement for this missing functionality in the new UI: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1106055 . If they do that then this addon will become pretty much obsolete! :-)
Of course this also means that there won't be any modifications of the UI from my side for now.
For now please just bear with it and maybe update your review if things get worse. Thank you for your understanding!
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Aber bitte "...maschinen" schreiben, nicht "...maschienen". Danke.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1-signed).
Excellent Add-on Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I am so grateful for this add-on. I had that stupid WSE Rocket virus attached to my browser and I couldn't figure out how to remove it, but this add-on took it right off, as well as Bing and a couple of other hated add-ons. Thank you so much to the creator of this wonderful add-on.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1.1-signed).