Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Yet another add-on which purports to work in pre-Firefox 3 releases, but doesn't here in 2.0.0.20. Although the options button is clickable, the options menu fails to appear. Checking in about:config, I can see smart mode is supposed to be active; but again, nothing happening here on various news sites.

Developers, please check your add-ons in *all* versions that you include as compatible.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A wonderful tool! Many thanks!

However, printing for example this side:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispersion_%28optics%29
does produce only the first page correctly filled and six following blank pages. :-(

Would be fantastic if you could fix the printing.

Many thanks in advance

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This add-on amazes me.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am not using the overlay option. Works very well, replaces noSquint/pageZoom/TextZoom for me.
Everything my old, myopic AND presbyopic need, a real eye relaxer - thank you many times!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

One of the best. Not only does it strip out the unnecessary page data, it allows a degree of customisation of background colour and font sizes, making online reading so much more pleasant - especially for those of us with less than sharp eyesight!!.
Only downside is recent versions can take up to 1 minute to load a page on many sites I vist. Something needs fixing and the option to switch off the new 'auto next page' function may be the solution.
Don't pass this one by.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great add on. I hate those blinding white pages, especially late at night.
As far as suggestions:
-As previously mentioned, it would be great if the entire page was recolored instead of just the text column.
-I use the overlay option, and sometimes, when I close TR, I'm left with a blank page. If I click on the page several times, the page fades back in to view ( a little bit on each click).
-Would be sweet to have a custom backgroud/text color palette.
-Fails to extract on some pages (apologies, should have kept the links - will include some of them in future), but overall, I 'm getting around 90+% success rate, so good job.
All in all a brilliant tool for Firefox.
Thanks Matthew.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works very well. Easy to use, lots of display choices, makes reading easy on the eyes.

Tidies up the article just right.

Best and recommended addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

(The earlier version had some bugs, but the latest v 0.4.0 is good in all respects). it is the best addon...it facilitates me reading websites in a very very pleasant way by removing all the ads by having options even to modify font and width...very very good addon. My understanding and interest in reading some of web tutorials has increased a lot by using this tidyread feature...Thank you so much for providing this addon.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Now (Version 0.4) everything works well again, I'm really satisfied and - as I told - now I use it again. Altogether ... a great AddOn, which helps on several sites to get a much better oversight.

Good Job, Matthew!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

really nice add on,however the format is a little off on some of the wiki pages. Great work nevertheless.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

It does nothing (using FF 3.0.12 nightly on WinXP) - no reaction. No configuration works and surfing the homepage I found nothing like Bug reports (so that I can see, if this 'effect' is known by others and/or by the developer).
As long as I find nothing in this direction and there is no update I leave it uninstalled. Nonetheless a good idea, ...but good ideas also need often a lot of work.

can we have more info?

Which version of TidyReady are you running? have you installed
successfully? If so, have you checked whether you disabled TidyRead?
More info can help us to diagnose.

Right. We will have a link to bug report. Thanks for your suggestion.

Update: just setup a bug report and feature suggestion forum at http://tidyread.uservoice.com/

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I'm giving it two stars because I think this is a potential 5-star concept... but it ground my browser to a near-halt. Slowed everything drastically, and produced a few script error warnings from Firefox. I'll be happy to give it another try down the road after further refinement...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.9). 

Please try latest version 0.4.0

Hi Mark, we made lots of improvement (including the speed up) in the releases after version 0.3.2, please test the latest version 0.3.9 and it should fix your problem. Hope we can get the new version reviewed and users can enjoy it.

Please contact us at tidyread@gmail.com and we can help you out.

Great Addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Plz add X button at the bottom to close it after reading

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.9). 

Thanks

Please download and install the latest version. This is implemented in the latest version.

Brilliant Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I adore this add-on, it's exceptional. Stylish cannot even provide a better set-up. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. The Daily Mail is sooooooo much more pleasant to read now, with white text on a black background. Design a better icon, though, to give it the justice it most certainly deserves. It really should be a recommended add-on, it's that gorgeous.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.9). 

Brilliant Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I adore this add-on, it's exceptional. Stylish cannot even provide a better set-up. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. The Daily Mail is sooooooo much more pleasant to read now, with white text on a black background. Design a better icon, though, to give it the justice it most certainly deserves. It really should be a recommended add-on, it's that gorgeous.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.9). 

Compliment and suggestions Rated 5 out of 5 stars

UPDATE:

The developer, Mathew Chen, has been extremely responsive, bot here and via email. I'd like to compliment him on this.

For locally saved pages ("file://..."), it turns out I needed in extension NoScript to "Allow file://". After doing this, I can successfully apply TidyRead to those pages.

For the slowdown I was experiencing, Mathew instructed me to right click the TidyRead icon in Firefox's status bar and to select "Disable TidyRead" on the resulting context menu. This turns TidyRead off, but you can still apply TidyRead to individual pages by clicking the same status bar icon. The setting is sticky and continues to apply when Firefox is restarted. Note that it is different that the "Disable TidyRead" option that appears within the Settings dialog.

I look forward to using this extension further and to seeing what further magic the TidyRead folks mix into it. It already makes reading many sites much more comfortable and efficient.

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This extension is very much what I have been looking for. Up to now, I've used some of the features of the Web Developer extension to create somewhat similar, but less effective, changes on an ad hoc basis.

My feedback and suggestions. I am using the TidyRead Firefox extension under Windows XP.

+ I, too, experiences a lot of slowdown. I followed the guidance in these comments to upgrade to 0.3.8 and to turn off having the original page displayed in the background. This corrected a lot of the slowness, although there still seems to be a bit of a lag particularly in completion of the original page load.

+ The background color only extends to the TidyRead column width. This leaves the rest of the viewport (displayed page) white. I find all that white somewhat distracting/straining. I'd like the option to set the viewport/page background color, either to the same color as the column background or to something else. Particularly for TidyRead configurations that use a darker background, I think this would improve appearance/readability significantly.

Where the user chooses to have the original page displayed in the background, instead of replaced, I would suggest including the ability to gray or darken said display, so that more attention is focused on the TidyRead column. Again,TidyRead particularly with a light page and a TidyRead configuration having a darker column background, the surrounding viewport/page becomes distracting.

+ Currently, I cannot get TidyRead to work on a locally saved page (where the URL/protocol is typically "file:///C:/Documents and Setting/...". With TidyRead set to replace the original page, the original page does disappear, but I am left with a blank viewport/page instead of the TidyRead column.

I often save pages for later reference. I do so both directly and via the Scrapbook extension (which is really useful, if you are unfamiliar with it). In both cases, viewing a saved page attempts to open a URL beginning "file:///...", as shown above. It would be most helpful if TidyRead could work in this context. For me, compatibility with Scrapbook is a much desired/needed feature. (Scrapbook includes some basic page editing features; I don't know whether those might pose some conflicts, but even if so, the ability to at least TidyRead a displayed page without editing would be great.)

+ A configuration that never seems to be directly addressed by browser readability aids is inter-line spacing (known as "leading" in the printing industry). I see that TidyRead adjusts the leading. But I would prefer an option to specify my own leading. Such spacing can aid enormously in readability, and I would like to be able to adjust it to a value I find optimal.

Again, many thanks for what appears at first trial to be a great product. I hope it succeeds and continues to improve. Regards.

Addendum: (Typing this for the second time, as my first draft did not post successfully.)

I am still experiencing slowdowns that appear to be caused by TidyRead. In particular, page load completions are delayed. This shows up both in individual page navigations and particularly in Firefox start up when multiple tabs are restored. In the latter scenario, Firefox start up is delayed significantly.

As an example of TidyRead's role in this slowdown:

I have TidyRead configured to only format a page when I manually invoke it.

I navigated from a page upon which I had NOT invoked TidyRead, back to another page upon which I had NOT invoked TidyRead. I received a Firefox "slow script" message that read:

"A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, open the script in the debugger, or let the script continue.

"Script: chrome://tidyread/content/tidyread.min.js:8"

I was using TidyRead Firefox extension version 0.3.8 .

When I have TidyRead set to only format pages when I manually invoke it, I would expect and prefer that it take NO action on a page until I invoke it. Why is it doing anything when I first load/navigate to a page?

Perhaps this is a separate question, but you description of the extension says that it does not communicate externally in order to perform its formatting. Could you confirm that this is indeed the case?

Again, thanks very much for what appears to be the start of a very useful extension. I hope my feedback, if criticism, is constructive criticism and does not offend. My first draft, the one that was lost, was perhaps a bit better written; I'm short on time now, but wanted to provide the feedback.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.8). 

thanks

Thanks for using TidyRead.

1. For slow down and scirpt busy problem. Since you are manually open TidyRead, you can "Disable TidyRead", but you can still use hotkey, or click the grayed icon in the status bar, or the icon in the toolbar button to manually open TidyRead. "Disable" only means to disable auto open (or smart open).

2. We will continue to look into the slow down problem and improve the performance. If you see example pages that have script busy problem, could you email us those pages to tidyread@gmail.com.

3. For "file:///" problem, we will look into it. Does it always happen in the way you described, or sometimes it works?

4. Will look into the background color and leading space suggestion.

Thanks again.

A few suggestions Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Excellent addon! Thanks for this great work! I wonder if it's possible to make the printable version more graceful, i.e., remove or minimize the toolbar, remove the background, etc. Currently the print view still displays more stuff than desired which causes more paper usage, and if the content is more than one page, text will not flow naturally from Page 1 to the following pages. Maybe it's because all texts are wrapped in a container? Anyway, at this stage this addon is great for online reading, but printability is compromised IMHO.
One more minor issue: if using "narrow" width, the content of the toolbar will be too long to fit in the toolbar box and the layout is slightly broken.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.8). 

Great suggestions

Thanks for your great suggestions. We will keep in mind in the future release. Let us know if you have any question or suggestion.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I really liked the idea of this extension but unfortunately it really slowed down my browser, it kept pausing and going grey, it was rectified when I disabled this extension.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.7). 

Latest version should take care of your problem

Penterprises, please download and install the latest version 0.3.8, then change the "Open Mode" to "replace original" and it should speed up your browser significantly. Basically it will remove the overlay on the original page and only display the extracted content.
Let us know if you see any problems. We'd like to hear from you and provide your the best service.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I apologize for previous too offensive comment, the author is a very kind person, doing lots of lots of good effort to solve my performance issue. In the end, we found that the performance issue may came from heavy "absolute position" in CSS, and the feature of "sync with original page". The author promise to add a 'plain mode' for advanced user to solve performance issue. And I now know this add-on is amazing good at automation, all content extract by this add-on is all real automated, nothing you need do manually yourself, witch can save you a lot of time compared to other similar add-ons.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.5). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I apologize for previous too offensive comment, the author is a very kind person, doing lots of lots of good effort to solve my performance issue. In the end, we found that the performance issue may came from heavy "absolute position" in CSS, and the feature of "sync with original page". The author promise to add a 'plain mode' for advanced user to solve performance issue. And I now know this add-on is amazing good at automation, all content extract by this add-on is all real automated, nothing you need do manually yourself, witch can save you a lot of time compared to other similar add-ons.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.5). 

could you explain?

Hi, could you explain more: what is your operating system? what is your browser version? and machine? This can help us to improve system, instead of this simple comment.