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|User since||March 5, 2007|
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This add-on was amazing up through version 2.5.1, and I regard it as absolutely crucial to a safe browsing experience--those versions I would rate five stars. However, version 2.6 adds a new feature to avoid startup delays, and this doesn't load the add-on until your previous session's tabs have loaded. The new feature cannot be disabled. If you regularly keep saved tabs like many users do, this will let ads and other dangerous junk through that the add-on was supposed to protect you against.
Do yourself a favor and install version 2.5.1, and disable automatic updates for this add-on until such time as the new feature is either removed or made optional. Any startup delay you might incur is minor, and is nothing next to the privacy and security risks associated with running your restored tabs unprotected.
It'd be nice to also have the site's favicon back in the address bar as well, a feature that was stupidly removed in Firefox 14 without any way to reenable it in about:config. Yes I have favicons in tabs, but I hide tabs when there's only one in a window, and for those cases I want the favicon back. I appreciate that this undoes some of the dev team's stupidity, but it needs to do more.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6).
Come on, guys, you've had ages now to make this decent. At one time personas worked with themes, but when Firefox 3.6 came out that came to an end. Personas can't be stored locally and have to be re-downloaded each time. FAIL! The implementation was just terrible from the outset. Make this add-on what it's supposed to be and I'll be happy to add four more stars.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.2).
I absolutely hate the newer style of losing the statusbar, so this extension is a must-have.
Tweaks I would like to see in a future version:
- The options for this add-on should appear in a menu, preferably in the right-click context menu for the statusbar itself.
- Being able to rearrange items in the statusbar would be handy. For instance ColorZilla no longer appears on the left edge of the statusbar where it used to be.
- I don't like the icon for the downloads (a simple folder would be a big improvement, as would making the progress meter horizontal) and there is no option to disable it but just show text. I was able to disable it using userChrome.css, but I'd rather have it as an option or at least have a better icon.
I decided to give this add-on a go and found that it does live up to its promise of reducing memory consumption in Firefox 3.5. At a best estimate the memory has stayed hovering anywhere from 60-80% of what it would normally be after a startup and without climbing over time. However, in 24 hours the number of system handles has jumped to almost 12,000, several times that of a normal session about to go kaput from regular memory leakage. This fully explains why others have had issues with pieces of the interface failing after running a while. If the handle leak can be fixed I'll be happy to go back to using this add-on, but for now I'll have to uninstall it.
I've had this add-on forever but I really want to replace it with something else. There is basically no information on how to use this (the info that is there is laughable) and either the advanced policy manager doesn't work or is simply too arcane to figure out. I can't even tell when I'm on a website whether the policy manager is using the right policy, and if it is then my attempt to block window.open for a specific policy simply isn't working. There's zero feedback on what the add-on is doing, so there's no way to know if it's even doing anything at all; the one thing I'm sure it is not doing is its job. Either the extremely crappy UI needs to be rewritten or somebody needs to document it properly. (By the way, how about an option to block pop-ups that don't go to the same domain? That would stop like 99% of ads. There's no way I'm the first person to have thought of that.)
I've used Qute since Firefox 1.x, but I'm now going to give it up in favor of a lookalike--of the older version. The 3.5-compatible update ruins the forward/back icons, among others, and generally just sucks on toast. Since I can only assume the author won't have the good sense to revert to the way the theme was before (what's the point in even making a theme if you're going to change it radically?), this is my last dance with this once-great theme.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0.1).