Alternatives Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I keep coming back to this page in the hope that PUC will be revived. It's still the best update checker I've come across. If there are more people like me, below is some alternatives to PUC I've been checking out lately. Perhaps those suggestions could work for you.

I've used PUC to keep track of a few discussion boards that doesn't offer RSS feeds. Some are based on standard packages but some are home-grown solutions, and that of course turns out to be the trickiest ones. In the standard site, updates are shown by a change of icon for the topic, name and last post time, as well as the total post count. At the same time, though, the current time, name and number of logged in users etc is displayed on the same page, and this information of course change irrespectively of new posts. In the home-grown solution, the number of times posts have been viewed is shown along with number of logged on users, a list of "hot topics" that changes as people read articles etc are updated at each reload. The only sure way of telling if there are new posts is changes to the last-post time of each topic and the fact that unread topics are listed in BOLD.

Update Checker, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3362/ :
Customizable per page watched. Possible to exclude changes to less than X characters, as well as changes to numbers only. I'm not sure the exclusion of numbers works as well as advertised, though. I do get popups saying it's been changed and the only changes I can find are the number of times posts have been read. But the changes to "hot topics" might have been the trigger. However, I can't exclude that part of the page from scanning. Triggers for number of characters to exclude, as well as scanning intervall, can be set with sliders or numerically.

Site Delta: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4337/
Seems to be the more techie-oriented of the two. It's possible to list certain areas ("regions") of a page to Include in the scan, and other that can be Excluded. Still doesn't have the low-level configuration possibilities of PUC, but a clear improvement over Update Scanner. Alternatives for setting of scan intervals etc include not only specific times, but a automatic timing as well, where scanning will be made less frequent if Site Delta doesn't detect changes in a long time. There's also the same setting to exclude numbers from scanning. I've yet to find a quick way of marking the detected changes as read to set a new baseline to scan against and remove the alerts.

Overall, I think I prefer Site Delta for it's functions to include and exclude parts of a page. But it's still not as low-level configurable and versitile as PUC. But a good choice if you don't want to decode your HTML pages to find EXACTLY what to scan for.

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I would recommend UpdateWatcher at flekdev.com which includes extensions for both FF and IE.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

as an alternative please see the SiteDelta-addon

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

as an alternative please see the SiteDelta-addon

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Was an excellent extension which has never been equalled Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This used to be an awesome extension when using earlier versions of FF, the best of it's kind. It made doing some work so much easier when waiting for information to appear on certain sites.

Why has no one taken this project back up?

Did the Author Die or something?

May he rest in peace!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Lots of people waiting, and still no update for this add-on... At least the author's got a sense of humour.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Is this guy dead or something?
anyways, this doesn't work anymore and needs an update ASAP. Common error on checking at what changed.
Error opening document [object XPCNativeWrapper [object HTMLDocument]], message [Exception... "Security error" code: "1000" nsresult: "0x805303e8 (NS_ERROR_DOM_SECURITY_ERR)" location: ""]

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

U Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

tab mix plus, already has this option ....

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Can be made to work in FF3+ Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It's risky, but you can just add a couple new Booleans to your browser and PUC will work. See:
http://tinyurl.com/5e4t93
and
http://tinyurl.com/qqpam
...but note this can leave you with some potential from issues (particularly not checking compatibility). You may be able to turn these off once PUC is installed - have not tried myself. But your add-ons page will nag you after enabling these Booleans

It's a shame the author has seemingly just vanished - he made a Wiki and all, then, "poof". Nada.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Skullbock you are a lifesaver.

Here's a nice guide for anyone who is interested.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

FF3 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

sorry, the system has cleaned the xml tags. delete the updateurl .... /updateurl line

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

To install it into FF3, just download the extension from the developer page with right click->save as.
Then open the *.xpi with winrar and edit with notepad the install.rdf file. Delete the ... line and modify the maxVersion to 3.*

It Works for me.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm with Upchuck & Taybur please update for FF3. I absolutely love this add-on.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I agree with Upchuck. Please update to FF3!! I love this add-on so much, but I can't use it anymore!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Please update the update checker... Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am on my knees, please update for FF3. Reload Every just does not compare for my use. This is one of most used add-on at work. Thanks in advance.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

i downloaded the latest fix but getting various errors when using it with ff 3. can some kind bright spark please update it officially to work with ff 3. i know many people who use this pluggin.

happy to donate if someone does it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I try and download successfully ^^

and i also re-upload to

http://www.badongo.com/file/10356423

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

About new version Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It seems that

http://www.speedyshare.com/177332280.html

can not be downloaded.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

firefox3 version Rated 4 out of 5 stars

i modified it like the previous comment, now it works with ff3. here it is: http://www.speedyshare.com/177332280.html