Richard_Odin_Johnson

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Name Richard_Odin_Johnson
User since August 22, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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Stopped working Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great extension while it worked--but today it stopped (at least for me). Strangely, when it stopped Microsoft sent me a message that a dll file for my email client (Windows Live Mail) was missing--but reinstalling WLM did not change anything, and I have no problems otherwise with WLM.

UPDATE. This very strange problem has been solved, with the help of the Microsoft Community. I don't understand completely, but it seems a needed Microsoft file was lost, and upon its replacement all is well.

Fullscreen Maps

Could be even better Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This developer solicits feedback, and it seems feedback can be given only via these reviews, so here's some more. As useful as this add-on is, it would be even more useful if the full-screen (non-cluttered) option were--or could be--enabled by default.

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Fullscreen Maps

Developer has removed support for Google's Lite mode! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Why this support has been removed is hard to fathom. I would ask the developer, but can't find a way to do so; I'm hoping he'll read this and respond. Depending on the graphics adapter, Google Maps may--as does mine--default to Lite mode. (The user may still be able to switch to Full Maps mode, but to do so is cumbersome.) I would assign 5 stars but for this issue.
UPDATE: The developer has responded and cured the deficiency. (See his reply to this original review.) Now 5 stars.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.2). 

URL Suffix

Here's a workaround Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I too appreciated this add-on when it worked. But it's pretty easy to replace. Just install a macro program--I use PhraseExpress; it's free for non-commercial use. Then create an easy macro, and if you like tell PhraseExpress to restrict its use to Firefox. With URL Suffix disabled, Ctrl+Enter will work anyway for the Enter suffix. For the Org suffix, the macro in my installation of PhraseExpress is .org followed by #ENTER. Phrase Express lets you select your own hotkey. (My version of PhraseExpress is not current, but I think the above will work regardless. If not, just follow the documentation.)

omnisequences

Sounds promising but needs documentation Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I can understand why there are zero users, according to the Mozilla listing. After installing I could not find a clue about how to use this.

Bookmark Shortcut Keys

Stopped working except for first bookmark Rated 5 out of 5 stars

UPDATE: I've recalled that when I installed the add-on, I'd formatted the bookmarks in the usual fashion, with text as well as icons--but then I removed the text. Now with text restored, the add-on works flawlessly.
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This is a very handy tool, which I used for two bookmarks, using the shift-ctrl shortcuts. (The other entries in my toolbar are folders.) Then after a day or two, it stopped working for the second bookmark--it continues to work just fine for the first one. There's no way I can see to ask the developer for help. I'm hoping the developer will respond here to this review.

Groowe Search Toolbar

May be useful for some, but don't expect any support Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I was elated to run across Groowe, as a potential replacement for *both* the Firefox search bar and Googlebar Lite, which I'd enjoyed using for many years. The deal killer for me was that Groowe can be accessed only via the mouse. Googlebar Lite offers essentially the same functions, only within Google, of course--and can be accessed via a keyboard shortcut.

My disappointment was only exacerbated when despite a prominent Contact link on the author's website, my inquiry regarding the above was completely ignored.

If you don't mind the mouse-only access, you may want to give Groowe a try. Otherwise consider using Googlebar Lite together with Firefox's search bar.

Bookmarks Favicon Images

Very useful, with one annoying flaw Rated 4 out of 5 stars

One of my bookmark toolbar bookmarks is actually a bookmarklet (a script rather than a URL). All my other bookmark toolbar bookmarks display icons, but with the current Fx version (47.0) I could not get any icon to display with this bookmarklet--until I installed this add-on. Unfortunately, the new icon turns out to be rather unstable, in that it frequently disappears. I have to restart Fx to get it back.

UPDATE: Developer Wizardgoat's prompt and thoughtful response ("Things to try") is much appreciated. Would that other add-on developers might be similarly conscientious! Most users will not be using this add-on for bookmarklets, so my minor problem with it will be a non-issue.

SiteJabber: Ratings & Reviews on Every Site

A good idea badly executed Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Before unsettling information came to my attention [see below] I wrote a fair number of reviews for SiteJabber (as "Richard J.") and still contribute some on occasion, because in principle SiteJabber provides an excellent service--and it's for that reason that I don't give this extension the very lowest rating.

The problem is that SiteJabber's administration is sloppy at best and its reviews lack credibility. In October of 2014 upon composing my own SiteJabber review of HelpOwl.com I glanced at the other reviews of that site. I know HelpOwl well as I've been contributing to HelpOwl for years, under the name of Odin. I was surprised to find one of the reviews contained a blatant factual misstatement [that Help Owl demands money of its participants]. Despite my alerting SiteJabber to this falsehood, the review in question 13 months later remains, unqualified by any comment from SiteJabber.

I had previously brought to SiteJabber's attention its misclassification of Amazon.com. This is important, because users seeking reviews will search in classifications of interest. My repeated inquiries of SiteJabber brought only double-talk. It would seem to be an easy decision to classify Amazon under General Merchandise, since, as you may know, Amazon sells a formidable variety of all sorts of things. Instead, to this day, the only classifications visible to the user are Books, Ecommerce Tools, and Electronics.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.2). 

HashColouredTabs+

Works some of the time Rated 3 out of 5 stars

In FF9, at least, works on some tabs but not on others. Context menu option for the unaffected tabs to "Set Icon Colour" is grayed out.

samfind Bookmarks Bar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This pertains to version 2. If you don't find that version on Firefox, you can download it from http://bit.ly/version2. This is a dandy replacement for your Firefox bookmarks toolbar, although conceivably you could use both. It's remarkably configurable, so it should meet the needs of almost anyone. Compared to the Firefox product it has some serious advantages. For one thing, you can fit more bookmarks into it. This is because while you can include folders in both, samfind has an icon for each of its folders (which it calls "topics") -- so you can save space by omitting the text. samfind has a huge number of available topics and bookmarks, so you can use it right out the box without having to use other software to scrounge up icons. You can also create your own topics and your own bookmarks. You can choose to display the topics or the bookmarks. You can hide everything until you're ready for it, or you can display samfind on the same row as your (shortened) location bar, thus releasing that space for websites you're viewing. Many other useful options.

I'm also greatly impressed by the availability of technical support, which in my experience has been lightning-fast and thorough, to a degree not found even with paid software.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.3). 

MenuX

Needed! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've just installed the latest version of Firefox, to find the MenuX is no longer supported. Firefox *really* needs MenuX. I hope Mark will update it (or if not, that someone will come along with the equivalent).