|Occupation||Master of Ceremonies|
|User since||June 10, 2010|
|Number of add-ons developed||0 add-ons|
|Average rating of developer's add-ons||Not yet rated|
In a little more detail...
I'm just a big, long-time fan of customizing web browsers. To the point that, as an interest/hobby, it rivals my fascination with and love for the actual content of the Web itself.
My experience has been this: Browsing the Web used to be all about the novelty of having the greatest information and media resource of all time right at our fingertips... however, the Web has grown into such an absurdly enormous and wildly diverse collection of information that navigating it is becoming a task that makes getting lost in the Amazon River Basin seem like a Sunday stroll in the park. And the only solution is building a better web browser -- a piece of software that can pull down massive hunks of data from the Internet for a user and be able to present that hunk in its entirety (or close to it) and yet do it intelligently, arrange it logically and make it accessible and digestible in a reasonable amount of time for the user regardless of who they are and what degree of technological know-how they may have.
Of course, building the ultimate web browser is probably an unattainable goal. But, in my opinion, the best effort at creating such a piece of software has come out of the Mozilla camp as Firefox and, particularly the wide array of creative add-ons that it's inspired, have allowed for the best innovations in web browsing so far. And it's been pretty amazing and rewarding being able to indulge my geekiness (to the point that it gets in the way of my nerdiness, heh) by tinkering with Firefox and developing my own add-ons and mods while simultaneously having free access to an open-source community like this with so many brilliant concepts, clever gadgets, hidden gems or, always at the very least, some plain old fresh perspectives all on how to access and digest the web (before it eats us first!).
My new favorite addon... with one notable bug Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I was a long time user of another great addon for managing search engine plugins, Searchbastard, which also features the ability to search by keyword from the urlbar. But when Searchbastard's other unique/awesome ability to perform multi-tabbed searches was surpassed by multi-tabbed search sites like AIO Search, I was really just hanging on to the increasingly clunky/bloated Searchbastard solely for the urlbar/keyword search functionality.
And then I came across InstantFox. This is pretty much exactly the lean-but-powerful replacement I was looking for -- and then some. I wasn't even looking for features like the abilites to circumvent Mycroft and edit/create search engine plugins in-browser without restarting , or the importing/exporting of search engine plugin code for fine-tuning, or the integration of search suggestions into the urlbar dropdown results. These are all *very* useful/powerful features that make this addon a must-have in my opinion.
But there's one bug that's hard to ignore. There's two types of search engines out there -- most use the GET method, but some use the POST method -- and InstantFox doesn't properly recognize search plugins for engines that use the POST method properly. It says they're broken when in fact they not only are they 100% working but many have been available on Mycroft for years as confirmed working plugins. Granted, sites with engines that use the POST method are in the minority, but, for example, a lot of web forums like Hydrogenaudio, AutoHotkey, and tons of BitTorrent tracker forums use POST method search engines. And, so, that's why I can't quite give a rating of full five stars here.
In the end though, even though the POST method plugin issue is a problem, InstantFox is still a keeper. Hopefully the issue will be resolved in the near future. If/when it is, I will definitely be back to change my rating to five stars.
fix for "dragging folder block" bug Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I too was dismayed to find that that the very handy ability to drag and drop folder blocks was broken on recent versions of this add-on -- including the latest official version 0.6.12.
The good news is, that everything seems 100% working again with the latest version, 0.6.13. However, 0.6.13 hasn't been "approved" by Mozilla yet, and is only available for installation via the Version History page.
Anyway, thanks to the developer for making and maintaining this simple yet intuitive/powerful add-on. It's become one of my key tools in organizing bookmarks -- especially bookmarks that require special attention and/or have different priorities than the typical bookmarks in my main library. Keep up the good work!
(NOTE: For those unfamiliar with how to get to the Version History page, scroll to the bottom of the main page, click the "Version Information" block to expand it, and then click the link "See complete version history". Version 0.6.13 should be at the top of the list.)
superior to AdBlock Plus (and a note on importing AdBlock Lite filters) Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I tried this addon as an alternative to AdBlock Lite and so far Adblock Edge is the better addon in my experience. Page load times and browser performance are better than AdBlock Lite (only a bit, but noticeable enough to be worth the switch), and I particularly like the Adblock Edge's settings/filter manager.
* ISSUE : "Adblock Edge fails importing AdBlock Lite custom filters"
I've noticed other users have had this problem and it would appear to be a bug... but luckily there's a simple workaround. The problem is that AdBlock Lite exports custom filters to a .txt file that begins with a line of text that says "[AdBlock Lite 1.1]". However, Adblock Edge will only accept imports of files that begin with "[Adblock Plus 2.0]". The fix is simple: open the file in a text editor and change " [AdBlock Lite 1.1]" to "[Adblock Plus 2.0]". Voilà, Adblock Edge will now accept the file and the import proceeds as normal.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I decided to give AutoPager another shot after running into issues with my long-time favorite paginator, AutoPagerize, and I'm glad I did.
The key feature here is AutoPager's 'Lite' mode. Now, while 'Normal' mode will paginate just about every web page out there right out of the box, it uses a "brute force" method of checking each page against a huge list of pagination rules which, ultimately, makes Firefox sluggish due to greater RAM/CPU usage. (In fact, AutoPagerize takes the same approach and has the same issue, and it's one reason why I sought an alternative in the first place.) It's not a horrendous performance hit, but it is noticeable.
However, with 'Lite' mode, you start with a clean slate (i.e. no pagination for any site) and then chose which sites you want AutoPager to paginate as you go. For example, go to Google, click the AutoPager icon to see a list of rules for Google search, choose a rule to install and, from there on out, Google search results will always be paginated. Want pagination for your favorite forum, but not for Facebook? Then install the rule for your forum and skip installing any rules for Facebook. Or install a rule for Facebook but disable it in AutoPager's rule manager so that it's has no affect for now but is there in case you might want it later. This method of selectively installing/enabling pagination only for the sites you want significantly reduces the amount of RAM/CPU that AutoPager uses and keeps Firefox performing nicely -- even when you have dozens of tabs open at once.
The only downside is that the name 'Lite' might be misleading. 'Lite' mode certainly is light on your computer's resources, but it's much more complicated to use than 'Normal' mode. Beginner-level Firefox users will likely be at a loss and users with even an intermediate-leaning understanding of web browser and web pages may find 'Lite' mode to be a bit too technical and too much work. (Then again, that's what 'Normal' mode is for -- anyone can use it and the performance hit is acceptable during simple/routine browsing activities.) In addition, the issue of complexity is further compounded by the fact that AutoPager's interface (addon config, rule management, etc.) is somewhat lacking when it comes to being organized and intuitive. And this is why I rate the addon 4 stars instead of 5.
Ultimately, though, once you get past the quirks and get a feel for AutoPager's overall system, it's well worth it. Pagination is a very, very handy feature to have in a browser, and AutoPager provides probably the best all around approach for making it work.
conflicts with Menu Editor in FF 20.0 Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I recently upgraded to Firefox 20.0 and also decided to start with a clean slate by creating a new profile to replace the one I've been using since at least Firefox 3.x or so. I've used IdentFavIcon and Menu Editor for years with no issues -- even on my old profile which had developed more than its fair share of bugs, glitches, corruption, etc. over the years. However, after re-installing all my add-ons I began getting an error dialog on Firefox startup right as the main window appears:
____ "showContextMenuItem() threw exception TypeError: document.popupNode is null" ____
The dialog is modal and stops the main window's startup process dead in tracks -- i.e. tabs don't load and the interface won't respond at all until the dialog is closed. Now, considering that Menu Editor is an add-on that deals primarily with context menus and the error is regarding the function show*ContextMenu*Item(), it's been one of my prime suspects as the culprit from the beginning. But after much disabling/re-enabling/restarting/etc. of all my add-ons to weed out the culprit, I found that Menu Editor works fine with all my add-ons *except* IdentFavIcon. Now, to be fair, the code at fault here still may easily be in Menu Editor, but since it plays nice with the ~40 other add-ons I have installed -- including other menu modifying add-ons, e.g. Stay-Open Menu -- I still wonder if it's not something with IdentFavIcon and thought it was at least worth mentioning to the add-on's developer.
I went digging around in the code for both add-ons hoping to have a look at this"showContextMenuItem" function and see if it was something I could patch myself. I found that it is indeed a function declared by IdentFavIcon in .\content\identfavicon.js and, specifically, it's the variable declariation on line 354:
____ "var doc = document.popupNode.ownerDocument;" ____
After watching the properties for "document.popupNode" in ExecuteJS for awhile it appeared to be always null. Well, except when a context menu is active I'm guessing -- but that's hard to determine with ExecuteJS since as soon as you click its "Properites" button (or anywhere in Firefox for that matter) any active context menu immediately closes and assumingly returns "popupNode" to a null state.
So while it turns out that IdentFavicon is the add-on throwing the error, and it might be Menu Editor's fault, my guess is actually that the problem is that recent versions of Firefox handle "popupNode" differently now? Because, like I said in the beginning, I've never had problems with IdentFavIcon and Menu Editor before and this all started when I upgraded to Firefox 20.0.
Anyway, this add-on is otherwise very good. It may only perform a relatively minor visually tweak to the browser, but it's one of those simple aesthetic improvement that goes a long way and (I figured Mozilla would have made it standard in Firefox by now) and I/we hope I can find a way to continue using it. Thanks for your time and effort!
No, it's not redundant. Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The feature did exist briefly in previous versions of Firefox, but it was removed quite some time ago (back in 2011 sometime). This addon brings back the ability to adjust the number of simultaneously loading tabs to whatever value you want. Plus it provides a couple other features like specifying which tabs to start with when loading tabs (which is and never was a feature in Firefox, btw.)
So, ultimately, Load Tabs Progressively is still useful addon.
[DETAILS : I assume you're referring to the "browser.sessionstore.max_concurrent_tabs" integer value in about:config prefs. Yes, it's true that whatever number you set it to determined the number of tabs Firefox would load simultaneously at any given time (e.g. restoring a previous session on start-up). I believe the value defaulted to 3, but be set to pretty much any number -- e.g. '1' for one tab at time for users on a low-end computers; or theoretically something like '99' for users that keep tons of tabs open and have high-end computers that can handle it; or also even '0' which means a new tab will never load its page content until the users manually selects it. However, the "browser.sessionstore.max_concurrent_tabs" pref was removed from Firefox several versions ago. ........ Instead, it's been replaced with "browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand" which is a boolean value that if set to 'true' basically does the same thing as the old "browser.sessionstore.max_concurrent_tabs" pref being set to '0' -- i.e. each new tab will appear on the tabbar but it won't load its page content until you actually select the tab itself. However, if "browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand" is set to "false" (which it's set to by default) then tabs will load their page content as soon as they're open... BUT only *three* tabs a time. This value of "3" that was previously the default value for the old "browser.sessionstore.max_concurrent_tabs" pref is now *hardcoded* into Firefox itself. ........ Bottom line: all recent versions of Firefox either load the content of individual tabs "on demand" (i.e when you manually click them) or in increments of three tabs a time. This addon brings back the ability to adjust the number of simultaneously loading tabs to whatever value you want.]
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
To say that AutoPager makes this addon obsolete isn't just wrong, it's actually the complete opposite of the truth -- AutoPagerize made AutoPager obsolete.
On the surface the two addons do the same thing. However, for years now AutoPager has been one of the most notoriously bloated resource hogs in the world of web browser extensions. The developers even addressed this by releasing the "Lite" edition of AutoPager and, while it is streamlined somewhat and does perform better, it has all the symptoms of its parent extension only they're just less pronounced. The exception being that if AutoPager is the only extension or one of a just a handful of extensions installed, Firefox's performance is relatively unaffected. But that's not an option anymore -- this is an era of web browsing where most users have at least a dozen other extensions installed (sometimes dozens or even 50 or more).
Now... my goal here is not to bash AutoPager, it's to describe to you this extension -- AutoPagerize. And in order to do that you need only to imagine the polar opposite of everything I just said above about AutoPager.
AutoPagerize is lightweight, it plays nice with Firefox installations highly customized with dozens and dozens of other extensions, and has just enough configurability to keep it streamlined and not bloated. The only better option is possibly the AutoPagerize userscript for use with Greasemonkey, however, the developer of AutoPagerize has stopped development of that script in favor of developing it as a full-fledged extension for Firefox and Chrome. Though, it's worth mentioning that the AutoPagerize userscript is still available (http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8551) and perfectly functioning (effective on ~95% sites in my experience) for users who value browser performance over all.
One of the true essentials Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes there are some search engines I just can't figure out how to add to Firefox manually and this addon has never failed to handle those few that I can't figure out. And this is coming from someone who is very familiar with stuff like search engine parameter syntax and has submitted countless Firefox search plugins to MyCroft.
So I *highly* recommend this addon to all users -- be it experts or novices. Whether you're like me and wrestling with a stubborn engine plugin or you know nothing about how Firefox's search plugins work and just want your favorite engine to be available in Firefox's search bar without any hassle, install this addon now.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
It works as advertised and can be a lifesaver, but it's like a poor man's version of the Lazarus: Form Recovery addon. Lazarus not only caches text typed into web pages but it does a better job at managing the cached text and is far more feature-rich to boot.
I give this three stars for being stable, lightweight and reliable, but in the end it's yet another addon that pales in comparison to the competition and yet somehow gets featured by Mozilla.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
In the past, I never used the browser's built-in search bar. For me, it was just as easy to load the page of the search engine I wanted to use and type in my search the "old-fashioned" way.
Enter Searchbastard. This add-on is so feature rich and customizable in how it enhances browser-based searches that I now consider the search bar to be one of my favorite features.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to customization. And I mean *endless* -- for the past few years I've practically made a hobby out of building custom multi-searches and fine-tuning my search aliases -- e.g. search terms prefaced with "=" searches Wikipedia and several other major online references all at once; prefacing with "g" searches Google, etc. -- so that manually selecting the search engine each time I search is a thing of the past. This has had a huge positive effect on my productivity in all things web-related. And to top it all off, Searchbastard allows the location bar to double as the search bar which means I didn't even have to add the search bar back to my browser's layout after having removed it for all these years.
In short, this is a really awesome and underrated add-on. To be fair, the configuration interface is a bit disorganized and particularly clunky when it comes to search engine and multisearch management, but it's easily forgivable considering how incredibly useful the add-on is in the long run.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is one of my favorite addons. Many of the buttons this addon provides are so useful I'm surprised that Firefox still doesn't include buttons of the same functionality by default. And it's an excellent addon for Firefox users who want to save space and do away with the Menu Bar while still having the essential Firefox functions/commands (and more) easily accessible.
And I really like the new icon graphics in the latest version. They're even more attractive than before and several provide significantly improved visual representations of what the button's function is. This is just my personal taste here, but there were little quirks with the way I thought some of the icons looked -- e.g. black and white only icons for the buttons that toggle Java, CSS, Flash, etc. -- and you pretty much improved everything I thought could look a little better.
Does exactly what it should do Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This add-on does exactly what it should do -- integrate Pastebin posting with the web browser and in the same simple-but-fully-functional manner of the Pastebin website itself. I'm really surprised this add-on has any ratings below four stars.
Regarding previous negative reviews:
1) "The Pastebin toolbar icon isn't movable..."
I've been able to place the icon anywhere on any toolbar without any problems using Firefox v3.x. I haven't tested it on any of the v4.0 betas, but it doesn't appear to be an issue on any of the stable/non-beta releases of Firefox.
2) "Pastebin posts aren't removable..."
That's simply how the website works (and a post can always be set to expire if you're unsure about it) so I think it's unfair to blame the add-on or give it negative reviews.
must-have Firefox add-on Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is quite possibly my favorite Firefox add-on out of the hundreds I've reviewed. At the very least, it's up there with add-ons such as Tree Style Tab in terms of the great enhancement it brings to your organization and productivity while using Firefox.
Also, unlike other reviewers, I've had no trouble using multi-stroke gestures even on computers with low-end CPU and RAM specs. For example, I assigned "Reload" to the gesture "URD" (up-right-down) which can be triggered by literally drawing the shape (i.e. a square without a bottom) or, more simply, drawing an arc from right to left. The latter allows for a quick yet unique way to fire off "reload".
Excellent work, Gomita! I'm looking forward to future development of this add-on.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is my favorite Firefox theme without a doubt. I used to use FennecFox and it was decent, but I went on a hunt for the perfect skin -- not just visually pleasing, but also easy on the eyes (i.e. dark) and compact too -- and, after trying several dozen other themes, I found Black Stratini to be the clear choice and have been using every day since. In my opinion, it's one of the best themes for Firefox and, without a doubt, the best theme when it comes to managing toolbar space. With Black Stratini, you can drop tons of icons onto to only a single toolbar (thus keeping the webpage frame nice and tall) and it's all neat and visible, but when reloading Firefox with virtually every other quality theme out there, a third of the icons are no longer visible in the toolbar because of the way those themes pad icons. It's a mystery to me why this designer is the only one who seems to have figured out toolbar icon padding in Firefox themes.
Anyway, excellent work. I'm looking forward to more themes like this.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Tree Style Tabs' addition of the vertical tab bar alone is a significant web browser innovation, but in combination with the tab tree concept, I think TST might just be the biggest advancement in web browser design since tabbed browsing was introduced.
Truly one of the great browser extensions of all time.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
There's a lot of complaining in these reviews, but pretty everything these people are saying is untrue or just plain ignorant.
"Weak privacy" ---- Diigo's "private as default" setting is enabled by default upon installation. Yes, it's browser-specific and it would certainly be best if the setting was stored online, but still, it's a user's responsibility to check the privacy settings when they use public computers to do things they intend to keep private.
"Can't disable public notes" ---- Uhhhh, yes, you can. In fact, there's multiple levels of Public, Private and Group visibility of notes and they're right there in the pain Diigo menu on the toolbar.
"Doesn't work" ---- I've been using Diigo on Firefox 3.5.9 and 3.6.3 for the last 3-6 months and have never had any problems. However, I did email Diigo about a feature request and received a response within a few days.
Anyway, I do have to say that the varieties of highlighting that Diigo is capable of are a bit limited. If you want a really robust highlighting util for your browser, then I recommend checking out Wired-Marker. On the other hand, the Diigo's social networking capacity gives it an edge if that's the kind of thing your into and has the potential to be one of the web's "next big things" if it's developed properly.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I think this is the all-around best MRU tab swapper for Firefox. It's simple and lightweight and behaves just like the classic Windows Alt-Tab window swapping, but it still has a fair amount of useful customizable features.
If you're like me and other popular for Ctrl-Tab MRU solutions are unsuitable -- e.g. Tab Mix Plus (feature rich but incompatible with the indispensable Tree Style Tabs) or FoxTab (visually impressive, but resource intensive and breaks Ctrl-PgDn and Ctrl-PgUp behavior) -- then this is the plug-in for you.