Alan De Smet

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Name Alan De Smet
User since January 14, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Video DownloadHelper

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Doesn't work everywhere (I'd love DailyMotion support), but it works well enough to satisfy me.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.9.22.1-signed). 

It's All Text!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Firefox's built in editor isn't bad, but for serious text editing it's joy to easily pop the text out into a full featured text editor. Especially helpful at Facebook, where I regularly forget I need to use Ctrl+Enter to create a new line and accidentally post incomplete things.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.1.1-signed).  This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

Adblock Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Occasionally I have to use a browser without AdBlock Plus, reminding me of what a craphole the modern web has become. I liked it enough to switch to Firefox on my Android, despite taking a speed hit.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.6.1-signed). 

Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Has proven highly useful for blocking comment sections from web sites and lowering my stress level.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.1-signed). 

Disable Ctrl-Q Shortcut

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Does what it says. I bounce on Ctrl+W a lot, and when I'm not paying attention I occasionally accidentally hit Ctrl+Q and am sad. You'd think after years I'd learn, but apparently not. Now I don't accidentally shut down Firefox!

NoSquint

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm no longer at the mercy of web designers more interested in pretty than usable. The only thing I'd like to see added is the ability to modify the line-height.

Secure Login

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I appreciate the benefit of letting Firefox store my passwords, but only using them when I specifically ask for it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Live HTTP Headers

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Does what it says on the box. I don't use it often, but when I do I'm thankful it's there. Great for debugging dynamic web sites and occasionally snooping the implementation of other web sites. Probably only of value to web developers and other web geeks.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.15). 

NoScript Security Suite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The web is faster, safer, and has less advertising with NoScript. I love it.

On the down side: It occasionally breaks web sites and I need to reenable scripts for one or more domains. Usually this is easy, but on occasion determining what you need to reenable is difficult. I find it worth it, but I would understand if a less technical user might find guessing which sites are good and bad is non-obvious.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.9.7.7). 

The Browser Highlighter

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Installed without asking as a side effect of installing Skype. It has nothing to do with Skype, it's just shameless advertising mangling Firefox. As such, no matter how go it is as its official tasks, it's malware. On the up side, it appears to uninstall cleanly.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.14907). 

It's All Text!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

With wikis, blogging systems, CVSTrac, and similar tools, I find myself increasingly doing Serious Editing on the web. Firefox's editor is pretty good, but it's still a pale shadow compared to a dedicated editor. I'd previously been copying text back and forth, which was a bit of a nuisance. Occasionally I'd miss something and lose some text. It's All Text! solves this. It's been added to my "Must have" list of add ons.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.1).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Secure Login

Should be built into Firefox Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This makes Firefox more secure, eliminating the risk of a site ending up with your login information without your intention. It's such a profoundly good idea, my only complaint is that it's not the standard Firefox behavior. Until Firefox builds the functionality in, I highly recommend this.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

NoScript Security Suite

A faster, less annoying, safer web Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The web is surprisingly calm and quiet when you default to no scripting. Flash ads aren't demanding your attention. Unnecessary popups and overlays aren't getting in your way. Videos and music don't automatically start playing. Because you're not loading various tracking and advertising sites automatically, the web is slightly faster! And, of course, your exposure to security vulnerabilities in the Javascript engine or in a wide range of plugins in dramatically reduced.

On the down side, on many major sites you'll need to spend some time figuring out which subset of scripts to allow. But all in all I think it's worth the work.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.8.8). 

It's All Text!

Solid addition Rated 4 out of 5 stars

A godsend for when you need to do serious editing in an small edit box, like on a Wiki, or issue/bug tracking system. Probably not for everyone, but as a developer I really appreciate it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2).