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|User since||June 13, 2007|
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While Firefox is a superior browser, Google Chrome does have a innovative user interface whose best parts I hope will make it into Fx4.
This addon (which oddly is not a theme) provides much of the Chrome experience, chiefly the tabs above the address bar. It seems solid and handles the tabs smoothly.
Unfortunately, double-clicks on the title bar are handled inconsistently: When maximized, a new tab is opened, instead of reverting to the smaller window size. This is very annoying.
The use of the location field as a progress bar improves usability. I'm surprised something like this doesn't come standard with Firefox.
One thing to improve could be to provide more customization options, for instance it would be nice to have the bar update itself more smoothly and not in big chunks.
On many screens there's a lot of unused space and showing tab previews in Firefox is a great use for it. I like the fact that the tool is so versatile, you can drag and drop, even browse within the thumbnails.
I have one suggestion though. The color saturation of a thumbnail is decreased when the mouse leaves the thumbnail. That's good, but I would like to lower it to a customized level I set myself (I also want to be able to adjust the contrast) to make the thumbnails less eye-catching and visually intrusive.
This add-on corrects the glitches of myFirefox to provide a near-perfect copy of IE7's interface. So users who want to mimic IE7 will love it! (1.) The menu bar can be put below the address bar. (2.) The background color can be adjusted (3.) Default icons can be changed (4.) Showcase buttons are hidden when only one tab is active (5). Tab bar buttons are configurable.
Some drawbacks/suggestions for future updates: (1.) The menu toolbar can cause unexpected conflicts (although I haven't experienced this). (2.) It isn't possible to set the background theme to plain gray the way IE7 is rendered on Windows XP. (3.) Cannot style the status bar (4.) Cannot adjust icons on tab bar to show selective text labels
I installed this add-on today, and it didn't take long for me to realize that this is what I've been looking for!
Adblock Plus is great for blocking stuff from known ad sites, but it is quite useless for integrated content. Well, with this add-on you will be able to block most annoying page sections. I find many sites I regularly visit are cluttered and slow-rendering with too much irrelevant stuff. Now I can easily block that, without using custom Greasemonkey scripts or whatever. Pages render quicker and you get the content you want.
Just one wish, often you block too much content. Then you REALLY need an UNDO block function, because it's a hassle to go through all blocks, trying to locate and delete the bad block! Should be relatively easy to fix.
Showing thumbnails of opened tabs is not possible in the basic Firefox installation. But IE7 has it. Well, thanks to FF Showcase I can now have it in FF as well. It's more or less flawless and it's a solid MUST-HAVE on every Firefox installation. The only (minor) problem is that sometimes some special content isn't rendered by Showcase.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.4).
...this extension quickly becomes a hassle since most pages have legitimate scripts that are needed to view or navigate them properly. Since the default setting is to block everything that hasn't been allowed explicitly, you quickly find that most pages stop working.
Something's got to change here. Hey, why don't you make it like AdBlock: allow scripts by default and let the user ban and whitelist various URLs, or create a subscription service that blacklists unwanted script sites. Or how about this one: create and on/off button like Adblock, so you quickly can turn it on when you know you're going to a suspicious site.
The basic idea of NoScript is very good (FF users needn't be quite as worried by scripts as IE users), but the usability of it is what has got to improve.
Using mouse gestures to send back- and forward commands to the browser makes it so much more convenient to surf the web. If you suffer from "mouse arm" you can now avoid moving the mouse pointer to the back and forward icons all the time. Great for ergonomics!
In fact, this concept is so great so that it should be a part of the OS. I constantly find myself tring to use mouse gestures in the OS... forgetting that I'm not using Firefox... I hope the OpenSource movement will pick up on this.
Some things could be improved. First, the visual trails should be enabled by default so that you can see what you're doing. And then default settings should only incorporate the most common commands, so that the average user doesn't submit strange commands by mistake, so that "right-down" means "right" and so on. I know it's all configurable, but almost nobody will care to dig into that.
This extension is so great that I can't even think of surfing the web without it! Just imagine the wonders it can do for you who have a slow internet connection or pay per megabyte -- just don't download those freaking ads and save your sanity, time and money!! This extension is reason alone to use Firefox!
The only thing that could be improved is the way you manually locate and block stuff that slips through.
To get an even better web experience, I have a tip: Disable animated images that drive you nuts whenever they appear. Just use about:config and set the image.animation_mode value to none. Flashblocker is an extension that also could be of interest.