edward boyhan

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Name edward boyhan
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User since October 6, 2008
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TabGroups Manager

Not Ready for Primetime Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This add-on has the potential to be good. Unfortunately the documentation is bloody awful (at the very least there needs to be a help page associated with the preferences page). The user interface is overly complex, offers needless flexibility (all the mouse, group, menu selections in preferences are overly flexible, complex, and not well documented). Further this add-on does not follow normal Windows user interface guidelines. In particular the rename function should work the way the rename function works in Windows Explorer (not with a dialog box; and not with all those undocumented automatic renaming capabilities, which without documentation seem utterly useless to me). The search plug-in is completely undocumented, and I can't see how it provides any additional useful functionality beyond what the normal Firefox search facility provides, nor is it explained what the difference between a "focused" and a "background" search might be. Speaking of which: what is the difference between a "group" and a "focused group"? One missing feature from this add-on is a way of telling what the tab contents of individual groups are. There should be a right click context menu item which when selected provides a list of the names of the tabs within the group. Without some means of telling what the tab content of your group is (without bringing it to the foreground), the management facilities of this add-on are greatly diminished. Finally a nit: in the rename facility you seem to imply that a group can have a name consisting of an icon plus some text, an icon only, or text only -- nowhere is it specified how one would create a group name other than text-only. What if one wants to have a group name using a specific icon or specific icon plus text -- how would one do that? You also seem to imply on one of the preferences pages that a tree style layout is possible, but I see no documentation for this either. As you may be able to tell I have spent several hours playing around with this add-on, and am beginning to get very frustrated -- that is not (I am sure) the initial user impact that you wish to create.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2009.10.02.05). 

TabGroups Manager

Not Ready for Primetime Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This add-on has the potential to be good. Unfortunately the documentation is bloody awful (at the very least there needs to be a help page associated with the preferences page). The user interface is overly complex, offers needless flexibility (all the mouse, group, menu selections in preferences are overly flexible, complex, and not well documented). Further this add-on does not follow normal Windows user interface guidelines. In particular the rename function should work the way the rename function works in Windows Explorer (not with a dialog box; and not with all those undocumented automatic renaming capabilities, which without documentation seem utterly useless to me). The search plug-in is completely undocumented, and I can't see how it provides any additional useful functionality beyond what the normal Firefox search facility provides, nor is it explained what the difference between a "focused" and a "background" search might be. Speaking of which: what is the difference between a "group" and a "focused group"? One missing feature from this add-on is a way of telling what the tab contents of individual groups are. There should be a right click context menu item which when selected provides a list of the names of the tabs within the group. Without some means of telling what the tab content of your group is (without bringing it to the foreground), the management facilities of this add-on are greatly diminished. Finally a nit: in the rename facility you seem to imply that a group can have a name consisting of an icon plus some text, an icon only, or text only -- nowhere is it specified how one would create a group name other than text-only. What if one wants to have a group name using a specific icon or specific icon plus text -- how would one do that? You also seem to imply on one of the preferences pages that a tree style layout is possible, but I see no documentation for this either. As you may be able to tell I have spent several hours playing around with this add-on, and am beginning to get very frustrated -- that is not (I am sure) the initial user impact that you wish to create.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2009.10.02.05). 

TabGroups Manager

Not Ready for Primetime Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This add-on has the potential to be good. Unfortunately the documentation is bloody awful (at the very least there needs to be a help page associated with the preferences page). The user interface is overly complex, offers needless flexibility (all the mouse, group, menu selections in preferences are overly flexible, complex, and not well documented). Further this add-on does not follow normal Windows user interface guidelines. In particular the rename function should work the way the rename function works in Windows Explorer (not with a dialog box; and not with all those undocumented automatic renaming capabilities, which without documentation seem utterly useless to me). The search plug-in is completely undocumented, and I can't see how it provides any additional useful functionality beyond what the normal Firefox search facility provides, nor is it explained what the difference between a "focused" and a "background" search might be. Speaking of which: what is the difference between a "group" and a "focused group"? One missing feature from this add-on is a way of telling what the tab contents of individual groups are. They should be a right click context menu item which when selected provides a list of the names of the tabs within the group. Without some means of telling what the tab content of our group is without bringing it to the foreground, the management facilities of this add-on are greatly diminished. Finally a nit: in the rename facility you seem to imply that a group can have a name consisting of an icon plus some text, an icon only, or text only -- nowhere is it specified how one would create a group name other than text-only. What if one wants to have a group name using a specific icon or specific icon plus text -- how would one do that?you also seem to imply on one of the preferences pages that a tree style layout is possible, but I see no documentation for this either. As you may be able to tell I have sent several hours playing around with this add-on, and am beginning to get very frustrated -- that is not (I am sure) the initial user impact that you wish to create.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2009.10.02.05). 

TabGroups Manager

Not Ready for Primetime Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This add-on has the potential to be good. Unfortunately the documentation is bloody awful (at the very least there needs to be a help page associated with the preferences page). The user interface is overly complex, offers needless flexibility (all the mouse, group, menu selections in preferences are overly flexible, complex, and not well documented). Further this add-on does not follow normal Windows user interface guidelines. In particular the rename function should work the way the rename function works in Windows Explorer (not with a dialog box; and not with all those undocumented automatic renaming capabilities, which without documentation seem utterly useless to me). The search plug-in is completely undocumented, and I can't see how it provides any additional useful functionality beyond what the normal Firefox search facility provides, nor is it explained what the difference between a "focused" and a "background" search might be. Speaking of which: what is the difference between a "group" and a "focused group"? One missing feature from this add-on is a way of telling what the tab contents of individual groups are. They should be a right click context menu item which when selected provides a list of the names of the tabs within the group. Without some means of telling what the tab content of our group is without bringing it to the foreground, the management facilities of this add-on are greatly diminished. Finally a nit: in the rename facility you seem to imply that a group can have a name consisting of an icon plus some text, an icon only, or text only -- nowhere is it specified how one would create a group name other than text-only. What if one wants to have a group name using a specific icon or specific icon plus text -- how would one do that?you also seem to imply on one of the preferences pages that a tree style layout is possible, but I see no documentation for this either. As you may be able to tell I have sent several hours playing around with this add-on, and am beginning to get very frustrated -- that is not (I am sure) the initial user impact that you wish to create.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2009.10.02.05). 

Instaright - social bookmarks (Instapaper)

Suggested Improvements/Cleanups Rated 3 out of 5 stars

this is good, but it could be better. In Firefox when you right-click on a link, you get a context menu with the "Instapaper it" button, which if selected will push the link page to Instapaper. If, however, your mouse pointer is not on a link, and you right-click you still get a context menu with the "Instapaper it" button present, which if selected will return an error message stating "the element is not a link".you should detect whether the mouse pointer is over a link or not, and if not, at the very least do not put the "Instapaper it" button in the context menu (please note that in Firefox the context menus that you get when the mouse pointer is over a link is different from the context menu you get when the mouse pointer is not over a link). A better approach, however, would be to leave the "Instapaper it" button on the non-link context menu, and change its behavior as follows: if there are items on the page selected, then push those items to Instapaper, if no items are selected (and the mouse pointer is not on a link) then push the whole page to Instapaper (this will duplicate the function of the "Read Later" bookmarklet, and eliminate its necessity --good for folks who do not want to have the bookmark bar on their screen.the addition of the ability to push only the selected portion of a webpage to Instapaper would be a big win for those complex webpages that the normal Instapaper page interpreter can not correctly handle.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Instaright - social bookmarks (Instapaper)

Suggested Improvements/Cleanups Rated 3 out of 5 stars

this is good, but it could be better. In Firefox when you right-click on a link, you get a context menu with the "Instapaper it" button, which if selected will push the link page to Instapaper. If, however, your mouse pointer is not on a link, and you right-click you still get a context menu with the "Instapaper it" button present, which if selected will return an error message stating "the element is not a link".you should detect whether the mouse pointer is over a link or not, and if not, at the very least do not put the "Instapaper it" button in the context menu (please note that in Firefox the context menus that you get when the mouse pointer is over a link is different from the context menu you get when the mouse pointer is not over a link). A better approach, however, would be to leave the "Instapaper it" button on the non-link context menu, and change its behavior as follows: if there are items on the page selected, then push those items to Instapaper, if no items are selected (and the mouse pointer is not on a link) then push the whole page to Instapaper (this will duplicate the function of the "Read Later" bookmarklet, and eliminate its necessity --good for folks who do not want to have the bookmark bar on their screen.the addition of the ability to push only the selected portion of a webpage to Instapaper would be a big win for those complex webpages that the normal Instapaper page interpreter can not correctly handle.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Instaright - social bookmarks (Instapaper)

Suggested Improvements/Cleanups Rated 3 out of 5 stars

this is good, but it could be better. In Firefox when you right-click on a link, you get a context menu with the "Instapaper it" button, which if selected will push the link page to Instapaper. If, however, your mouse pointer is not on a link, and you right-click you still get a context menu with the "Instapaper it" button present, which if selected will return an error message stating "the element is not a link".you should detect whether the mouse pointer is over a link or not, and if not, at the very least do not put the "Instapaper it" button in the context menu (please note that in Firefox the context menus that you get when the mouse pointer is over a link is different from the context menu you get when the mouse pointer is not over a link). A better approach, however, would be to leave the "Instapaper it" button on the non-link context menu, and change its behavior as follows: if there are items on the page selected, then push those items to Instapaper, if no items are selected (and the mouse pointer is not on a link) then push the whole page to Instapaper (this will duplicate the function of the "Read Later" bookmarklet, and eliminate its necessity --good for folks who do not want to have the bookmark bar on their screen.the addition of the ability to push only the selected portion of a webpage to Instapaper would be a big win for those complex webpages that the normal Instapaper page interpreter can not correctly handle.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.2). 

Clip to OneNote

Great Add-on Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I use this all the time instead of printing info from web that interests me. I probably use this more than any firefox built-in capability, and certainly more than any other add-on I have installed.

One feature I would like to see added (which is available in IE8) would be the ability to specify the OneNote notebook and section in which the clip is to be placed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.5).