David McRitchie

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Name David McRitchie
User since March 5, 2007
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My Reviews

Multiple Tab Handler

MTH does exactly what is says it does and more. But don't expect it to fix other extensions. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

MTH works exactly as documented, it even has customizable copyurl features (Title, URL, description, meta data) which are equally useful and compatible with tab selection.

There is a comment where the reviewer expects the author to do something based on the comment. Notes to reviewers specifically state to use the contact information (author would not understand the question in English and especially when the comment is related to problems strictly concerning other extensions). The author went so far as to write an API that other developers could integrate multiple tab selections into their extensions -- it is not part of Firefox. "Menu Editor" makes use of the API.

TMP - steps all over the configuration options of Firefox. One should avoid using it, it is large and unwieldy.

TGM - didn't like the waste of space, but Firefox has since added app tabs, and tab groups. You might want to try Tab Groups Helper which does integrate or at least recognize current features of Firefox such as app tabs and tab grouping and improve things along those lines (side by side groups). TGM is not of interest to me personally.

Sort Tabs

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Does what it says it does. Been wanting something along these lines for a long time. Would be much improved if it tied into the API selection of "Multiple Tab Handler". MTH is great for documentation of tabs as text, html, wiki or other text formats and "Sort Tabs" will help when alphabetical order of included tabs is desired.

Copy URL

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There already are Firefox keyboard shortcuts to do this. Ctrl+L followed by Ctrl+C, then no need for extension. Adding keyboard shortcuts to extensions as one person requested are almost certainly going to conflict with other extensions or with Firefox itself. Such issues can be resolved but it is best to avoid them.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

After the Deadline - Spell and Grammar Checker

Works smothly, roughest part was adding to dictionary Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great extension. Never had a grammar checker in Firefox before and it works very well. The only problem was clicking on 450 words to add into the dictionary -- this one uses cookies, and not persdict.dat in the Firefox profile. I moved "ignore always" to the top of the context menu with the "Menu Editor" extension click on marked word with mouse in right hand, click on "Home" then "Enter" with left hand. I sure am glad everyone uses real dictionaries now when I did this 25 years ago I had to type or paste over 7000 words to our main dictionary and compile it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.50). 

Close Tab by Double Click

Won't close last tab nor app-tab Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Incorrect and frustrating in not closing the last tab with user set "browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab" to false, that option if true is supposed to close Window not just the tab. But set to true should be able to close the tab and not window. AND now (1.14) won't close an app-tab. Use Ctrl+W or tab context menu to close the last tab or an app-tab (or install much larger tab "clicking options"). Can't use with either of these two non-Firefox usages. So forced to use Tab Clicking Options just to close a tab with a double-click. [edited: now using "Double Click Closes Tab" which does what I want]

Tab Counter

Additional Formatting can be made Rated 5 out of 5 stars

In Firefox 4.0, the tab counter can be moved to the Tabs Bar in addition to anywhere in Menu Bar, or Location Bar in Firefox 3.6. This means one can make the tabs bar always visible even in full screen ("F11") and include the tabs count. The following styling includes color and different padding in the code to make the tab count really stand out which could be included via userChrome.css provide additional styling not available in the extension's options, but it is more convenient to use the "Stylish" extension, and is include in "Tabs Bar Minimal Size" -- http://userstyles.org/styles/9043/tabs-bar-minimal-size

/* "Tab Counter" Extension can be moved to the tab bar in Fx4.0 */
#tabcounter-toolbar-item {font-size:12px; font-weight:700 !important;
margin:0px !important; padding:0px 2px 0px 2px !important;background-color: yellow !important;
border:1px solid black !important;}

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.8). 

InfoLister

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the update 0.10.4 available at your site http://mozilla.doslash.org/infolister/ works great alone or with template. Tested in 4.0b11 and in 4.0b12pre Review mainly for those that don't look at developer's notes, or may not notice developer's reply which can only be seen on "See all reviews". Thanks Nickolay for updating.

Status-4-Evar

Status text working perfectly Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the extension, I don't know what Mozilla is doing making things not upward compatible. I spend so much time fixing such unnecessary incompatibilities. The "Status text" is perfect fix the one removed from Firefox. The extension's "Progress meter" doesn't work in 4.0b7pre on Windows 7, but the Firefox built-in progress meter works as well as any of their GUI "improvements". Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0b7pre) Gecko/20100930 Firefox/4.0b7pre

To Display what had been the status bar in Firefox 4.0b7pre
View --> Toolbars (Alt+V+T) --> (check) Addons Bar

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2010.09.29.00). 

Readability

Excellent, but buttons need to toggle Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Learned about this extension after reading about "Reader" in Safari (5.0) which added a simple toggle switch to the address bar, though it takes too much space there a simple "R" would have sufficed. The button changes color when it toggles the view (good).

"Readability" extension in Firefox has an "R" on the status bar click to invoke, right-click to change formatting styles / margins. Unfortunately buttons do not toggle. To return to normal view use the Refresh looking button added to leftside of the webpage. I changed addons options Ctrl+Alt+R to Ctrl+Alt+S (summary) because the default conflicted with "QuickRestart" extension, I also deactivated autoscroll shortcut (probably useful for others) with "keyconfig" extension. Keyboard shortcut has no advantage because it does not toggle either. Optional toolbar button is same as on status bar but takes additional space for unneeded drop-down arrow when right-click would do just fine.

Adds a Highlight Summary at top from phrases within article. Built-in Safari "Reader" lacks both a Summary and formatting options.

If the buttons were removed from the left, it could have minimal margins more suitable for portable devices and netbooks. Addition of the print and email to right click on button would make that possible.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8). 

Read Easily

incompatibility nonsense Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Turn off compatibility tests and reinstall from the "View Older Versions" link.

This extension works fine in all versions of Firefox, both with the toolbar button and with the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+Z). Shame people think they have to find a substitute. Perhaps the "Add-on Compatibility Reporter" reporting in Firefox Betas will restore some sanity to the ongoing lunacy about incompatible extensions. Meanwhile see http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/firefox/infolister_listing.htm#compatibilitydisabled

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.3). 

Open Profile Folder

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Nice to know that the option to open in an application of choice was added in version 1.3, though I will still be using system default. Firefox 3.6 will introduce Help -> Troubleshooting Information to identify profile, which will work in Safe Mode, but nothing beats using this small extension to actually get to your profile.

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

Stylish

Managing has just become difficult Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The bloated presentation format has made it difficult to manage the styles. Amazingly the extension is now smaller, but these are the problems.
1) can no longer sort on choice of 'checkmark', 'description', 'applies to' via column headings. Forget to see if there are options, but I need to be able to change immediately where used, and be able to sort on my own modified description names. Some for instance are prefixed with "(bad)" or "(off)" as I often turn on or off a lot of them at one time and those I keep turned off,
and know which of the other to normally have on or off.
2) bloated line height in manager by addition of ugly icon.
3) ugly icon added to menu bar is really messed up does not conform to proper size.

Gone back to 0.5.9 which is still working had no complaints about it and organization works out a lot better. On the other hand 1.0 has Bold for active, and Gray for inactive and mystery sorting.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Bookmark Duplicate Detector

Serious problem for SortPlaces Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Will have to disable this extension, it had been okay in 3.0.7 when adding a bookmark, but it does not behave (creates havoc) when sorting your bookmarks with the "SortPlaces" extension https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/9275 which has to be able to rearrange bookmarks, I have over 2500 bookmarks which would sort in 1 sec which is far more important to me than watching for an unwanted duplicate. SortPlaces can be invoked manually or automatically -- users who use it automatically I expect would have no idea of what is happening.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.4). 

SortPlaces

Experimental prevents automatic updates Rated 5 out of 5 stars

As long as SortPlaces remains in Experimental status you will have to check for updates yourself as automatic updates will not occur, nor will experimental extension updates be found with the "Find Updates" on your add-ons.

This extension is invoked manually from the status bar, or moving button to toolbars from customization. The option to make sorting automatic may result in longer times to create a new folder, extending the delay helps with that.

There is some misconception of the use of "Sort by Name" in bookmarks context menu which nothing to do with this extension, nor does this extension interfere with that, though this extension makes that built-in feature redundant and actually takes longer than sorting all your bookmarks with SortPlaces. "Sort by Name" in FF3 must be invoked from a folder, never from a bookmark. FF2 allowed you to do either. More information on that can be found in http://kb.mozillazine.org/Sorting_and_rearranging_bookmarks_-_Firefox

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4.0). 

MyBookmarks

Documentation Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Extensionworks fine. Long description might mention that "about:mybookmarks" is also available through Bookmarks Menu.

Your homepage (in English) is readable in other browsers but not in Firefox -- http://www.catsyawn.net/ma2ten/soft/mybookmarks_en.html gets "The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression. (I am in US)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.3). 

InspectThis

Can get information for toolbar buttons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Finally was able to get the information about a toolbar button so that I could make modification to remove the dropdown on that one button ("Launchy"), with http://userstyles.org/styles/13115, also used it to fix the drop-down on the "Inspect this" button itself as the dropdow was so far to the right (also in style 13115).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.1). 

Launchy

Fix for the oversize Launchy button in Fx3 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Launchy is one of my favorites because it is customizable.

In Firefox 3 the Launchy toolbar button wastes space on the toolbar with it's dropdown. The solution is to install the "Stylish" extension and then to install the following Style.

Launchy button remove space wasting drop-down(DM*)
http://userstyles.org/styles/13115

My example of launchy.xml can be found at
http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/firefox/code/launchy.txt

where I include browsers that were not automatically picked
up, and I can invoke other Firefox profiles as well, rather
than always having to go through Windows Quick Launch.
http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/firefox/firefox.htm#launchy
http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/firefox/quicklaunch.htm

For the other Firefox profiles note the use of a specific profile and the use of "-no-remote" because they are not the default profiles and not the default browser because that might be another Firefox version.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.2.0). 

keywordManager

Let's get this thing out of experimental Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ever since Fx3 went to Places, when Mozilla tried to dump keywords in favor of tags, we lost the use of "keywordBar" extension. Although I prefer the sidebar from the view menu and the the keyword shortcut that it had, it apparently could not be rewritten for Fx3, nor even keep up with changes made in much later versions of Fx2.

Which means that the "keywordManager" extension is the ONLY extension providing the sortable view of all keyword shortcuts. It works as indicated lets get it out of "experimental". Because this extension was marked as experimental I missed the update way back in August that fixed the button lettering colors. Properties should be a choice on right-click, not on double-click.

It would be nice if could double-click would enter the shortcut into the location bar without entry so it can be modified with parameters if needed, and that right click would bring up properties as a choice in context menu as it's defacto predecessor, but those would be enhancements.

Users need this extension to be able to find and work with their keywords in an orderly manner.

For help with other keyword issues see my page
http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/firefox/kws.htm

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.1). 

Auto Dial

Want my blank page back Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I like the extension and the layout and all that, and the fact that it has a chrome shortcut, which I can set as a keyword shortcut. It was the change after AutoDial 3 that made it so I can't use it because a blank page should be blank page.

I know it is hard to demonstrate something without having the feature turned on for something, but give us the option of not having it overriding blank pages.

Because I no longer have a real blank page it also messes up backward navigation and close usage based on appearance of having something to go back to when there is nothing of importance.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5). 

Enhanced History Manager

Concerning Firefox 3 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great extension, and you will find that it is at least mostly built-in to Firefox 3. You get the History sidebar with Ctrl+H (History), and you get the expanded History layout of Organize Bookmarks with Ctrl+Shift+H (Places Library - Manage History).

What you are missing is to be able to search on either title or location, but in Fx3 you are searching on BOTH title and location.

You can still double-click on any column to sort by that column,and of course, you have your search from either listing. You can rearrange columns by dragging the column header.

In addition because both Bookmarks and History are in the places.sqlite database you can access additional columns by right-clicking on column heading and choosing among the following: Name, Location, Visit Date (last), Visit Count -- the other items are for bookmarks Keyword, Tags, Description, Added (date), Last Modified.

The columns you had with EHM, which you may not have been aware because they are selected from small icon at the rightmost column are Title, Location, Last Visited, *First Visited, *Hostname, Visit Count, *Referrer -- you won't see the ones with asterisks in Fx3.