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|User since||October 7, 2011|
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Googlebar covers much of the features of the old Google Toolbar, but not quite. Some bugs/missing features (when run on Firefox 12) are:
- The search navigation buttons don't work.
- Popup menus from the toolbar have no background
- No Google Bookmarks button. The GMarks add-in is good enough, but not as nice as Google's toolbar button
- No sharing button. The Shareaholic add-in is an adequate replacement
- The GMail button asks for login information whenever you click. If I click cancel, GMail comes up OK, because the login cookie is present in the browser. It really shouldn't have to ask.
I hope the author decides to update this useful toolbar, fixing the bugs and implementing missing features.
Since Google officially told Firefox Toolbar users to get bent, I've been looking for an adequate replacement. Sadly, nothing does the job completely right, but Gooblebar Lite handles two important features: Search hilighting and the "go up one level" button.
I realize that this toolbar is intended as a "lite" installation, but just in case others are interested, here are the features of the Google Toolbar that I would love too see (most of which I have been able to set up with a collection of separate add-ins):
- Google Bookmarks toobar button. I currently use the GMarks add-on, which works but whose UI isn't quite as seamless as Google's.
- The sharing button. I currently use Sharaholic to allow quick sharing of links with e-mail and various social network sites.
- The GMail notifier button. I currently use the GMail Watcher add-on for this.
- Auto-completion from Google based on global search history and popular searches. The main Google web site does this. I think the original Google Toolbar did too. I don't think there's any replacement for this functionality.
The other features I like (spell check and popup blocking) are now built-in to Firefox, so they don't matter anymore.
All that aside, Googlebar Lite does a great job at its primary purpose - providing a quick and convenient way to access all the different kinds of Google Search facilities.
As a quick test, I went to http://www.irs.gov and clicked on the instructions for form 1040. This file renders fine using native tools (Preview, etc.) With pdf.js, the fonts are magnified to insane sizes, causing everything to overlap into a giant black mess on every page.
Maybe a future version will work, but this one doesn't.
GMarks works very well. I am looking for something that can behave identically to the bookmarks button on the (currently unsupported) Google Toolbar. GMarks doesn't do that (and at present, nobody else's Google Bookmarks add-in does either) but it works very well.
The only real problem I've had is that by default, it installs as a menu bar item, and menu bars are hidden by default in current versions of Firefox. It should auto-add something else (perhaps a toolbar icon) or do something else so new installations will realize that it did install OK. Also, when customizing toolbars, the icon for the GMarks folder seems to be absent, so it renders as some other icon, and doesn't have any text in the customize dialog.
But these are minor features. Overall, GMarks is a great add-on.
I'm using this add-on with Firefox 7. Although I need to use the Add-On Compatibility Reporter to let it install, it mostly works. The only problem I have is that if I right-click on a category, the pop-up menu ("open in tabs", "rename label", etc.) is drawn without a background, so it is hard to read. It still works, but it's ugly.
Hopefully, the author will update this really useful add-on at some point, but I'm not holding my breath, since it was last updated four years ago.
Update: Still works with FF 9.0.1.
In addition to the issue mentioned above, it is less useful when used on a Mac with a trackpad. I can center/wheel-click on a folder to open the contents in tabs, but it's not possible to do this if your mouse/trackpad doesn't support center/wheel clicking. Apple's pointing devices can be configured to support left- and right-clicks, but not center/wheel-clicks.
Finally, when adding/modifying a bookmark, the labels are not populated in the dialog, and the pull-down menu never works.
I really like this add-on, but it really needs to be completed/updated. Does the author read these comments?