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gumby32

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Name gumby32
User since Oct. 29, 2009
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Update Scanner

Timing is Critical Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is one of my three or four most valuable add-ons, but I would like to see at least one modification. I monitor close to 100 software web sites; when I run a manual scan of all 100 sites, it is very annoying to then get a notification just minutes later announcing updates of those same sites based on the autoscan timer. Is there some way to reset the autoscan clock after *manual* scans and not just autoscans?

An example to clarify: if autoscan is set to run, say, at 7:00 but I run a manual scan 15 minutes earlier at 6:45, I don't really need to see another autoscan notification again at 7:00. If I have set autoscan to check every 6 hours, I don't need to see results again until 12:45 (6:45 manual scan + 6 hours). No big deal with just one site, but multiply that by 100 and the number of extraneous notifications becomes almost overwhelming. Resetting the timer based on the latest auto scan *or* the latest manual scan would be very helpful.

Another possibility: allow users to specify the precise time of the next autorun with the specified time interval to take effect after that.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1.12.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

X-notifier (for Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo,AOL ...)

My Heart is A-Twitter Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This has become my single most valuable add-on, especially because it works in both Firefox and Google Chrome. Alas: out of the blue, beginning this afternoon, it no longer checks Twitter. Clicking on the Twitter link opens Twitter successfully, but the link is grayed out, and the count of unread Twitter messages no longer appears. Same problem in both Firefox and Chrome. Perhaps it's time for an update to the Twitter script?
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Amended 12 June 2013: Bingo! The new Twitter script dated 12 June 2013 fixed the problem. Many thanks for your prompt response.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.3.2.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Screen Capture Elite

Outlived Its Usefulness Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Editing the install.rdf file to increase the version number does help, but even then, this add-on works only minimally. Users must right-click on the icon, select the capture option they want (complete page/visible page/selected area/entire window), and then click "Copy to clipboard." After that, users must paste the image to an image processor. Only then can the image be saved to disk.

Way too cumbersome and much work. This add-on has not been updated in over a year and has clearly outlived its usefulness in light of recent changes to Firefox. Time to move on to other screen capture add-ons like Screengrab (fix version) and/or FireShot. Abduction! used to be viable candidate, but it, too, now behaves badly with FF18.

Abduction! - Webpage Screenshots Screen Capture

Eureka! Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Many thanks to Michael for devising the fix but most of all thanks to anonymous reviewer .. whose post on 22 January provided details of the fix. I implemented the repair that he outlined and voilà! It worked like a charm in 3.0.17. Once again, thanks to both Michael and anonymous. We can only hope that the developer of Abduction will incorporate these relatively simple fixes and publish them in the next release ASAP.

And after all that time and effort, Abduction! is not radically better than other screen capture add-ons available like Screengrab (fix version) and/or FireShot. Screen Capture Elite used to be a viable candidate, but it, too, behaves badly with FF18.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.17.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

Screengrab!

Kudos! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love the new version 0.96.10c: not only does it successfully save images to the hard drive in FF18, but it strikes a perfect balance by discontinuing the obnoxious pop-up window of the previous version while still providing a far less intrusive confirmation message that the file was indeed saved. Nicely done.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.96.10c.1-signed). 

Abduction! - Webpage Screenshots Screen Capture

Nibbling at the Edges Rated 1 out of 5 stars

All well and good to tweak the ads, but that does not address the primary shortcoming: even version 3.0.17 still does *not* capture images in FF18.0.1. I continue to see the same obnoxious error message "Sorry, the image is too large, Firefox can not save it." As a result, this add-on remains useless. I cannot begin to understand why Mozilla continues to label this as a featured add-on.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.17.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Abduction! - Webpage Screenshots Screen Capture

Why featured? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Don't know why this is listed by Mozilla as a featured add-on. Using FF 18 on a Windows platform, I encounter the same problem reported by several other users: "Sorry, the image is too large, Firefox can not save it." even on the tiniest box. With no functioning save-to-disk capability and without any copy-to-clipboard option, this add-on becomes virtually useless.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.16.1-signed.1-signed). 

X-notifier (for Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo,AOL ...)

Comcast Script Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Version 3.0.4 renders the Comcast script inoperable. Had to roll back to 3.0.3. Need further modification to X-notifier itself or else a new Comcast script that is compatible with version 3.0.4.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.4.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

X-notifier (for Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo,AOL ...)

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Found new Twitter script 2012-10-19 on web site http://xnotifier.tobwithu.com/scripts.php;
Twitter icon no longer grayed out — but script still fails to open Twitter.
Getting closer, but still needs more work. Sigh...
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I posted the above review about Webmail Notifier v 2.9.13 on 18 October, and in keeping with the developer's history of deleting unfavorable reviews, he deleted it sometime in the past few days, so I am compelled to post it yet again.

Having said that, I will offer the following update:

I found that with Mozilla's release of X-Notifier (formerly Webmail Notifier) v3.0 yesterday, the Twitter script dated 2012-10-19 does now work properly — BUT only if users re-install the script from scratch. I had to do that for Comcast and Facebook scripts as well.

Why? Apparently because the renamed X-Notifier add-on stores scripts in a different folder within your Firefox profile. The new folder is named "xnotifier" rather than the old "wmn" subfolder. Users must apparently refresh all scripts in order to place those scripts into the correct new folder.

Why are users compelled to go through such hoops? Just so the add-on can be renamed? Sheesh! Give me a break. The new add-on finally works as well as the old one used to, so I am very happy about that. However, I remain irritated with having my reviews deleted, and I am equally unhappy with the unnecessary and unpublicized complications resulting from the new add-on name change.
[Deleted yet again and re-posted on 28 Oct 2012]

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

X-notifier (for Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo,AOL ...)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

WebMail Notifier v2.9.13 (on Firefox v16.0.1) is one of my two or three most valuable add-ons: it serves as my gateway to internet communications (Comcast mail, Yahoo mail, Google mail, Facebook, and Twitter).

Alas: WMN access to Twitter suddenly stopped tonight. Perhaps a new update to the Twitter script is necessary. It must be exasperating trying to keep up with all the changes made by all these different sites. Keep up the good work, though; hope to get Twitter back soon.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.9.13.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Aeon Clouds

Might work with FF14.0 but not 14.0.1 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

For several years now, Aeon Clouds has been my absolute favorite Firefox theme. However, I just updated Firefox to version 14.0.1 today, and much to my dismay, Aeon Clouds 5.0 no longer worked.

When I opened the jar file in an archive program to look at the "install.rdf" file inside, I was surprised to see that the maxVersion value was set to 5.*. Not sure why Aeon Clouds worked properly with all versions of Firefox through 13.0.1, but it has now inexplicably stopped working with FF 14.0.1. I did manage to edit the maxVersion value to 14.*, but only WinZip and 7-Zip retained the edit change; IZArc, FilZip, PeaZip, and TugZip all failed to preserve the edited file.

For the benefit of all users, it sure would be worthwhile if the jar file could be updated in such a way that Aeon Clouds will work for newer versions of Firefox without any manual intervention.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.0).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

X-notifier (for Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo,AOL ...)

What's in a name? Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Am using FF 9.0.1 and with WebMail Notifier 2.8.3 but made the mistake of upgrading to WMN 2.9. Now I can no longer access my gmail accounts of the format firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Add-on not particular: fails on computers with Win XP Home (SP 3) and Windows 7 Professional (64-bit).
Rolled back to v2.8.3 and everything works again. Hope to see this problem fixed in next upgrade.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.9.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Update Scanner

Sudden Work Stoppage Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Starting yesterday, Update Scanner (v3.1.8 on FF 9.0.1) stopped displaying any pages. It still scans the sites and records the difference, but whenever I click a link, a blank page appears for every site. Happens both in Windows XP and Windows 7.

Anyone else experiencing this problem? Anyone know the fix? What has for years been one of my two or three most valuable add-ons has suddenly become useless.

I installed 3.1.8 in August and updated to FF 9.0.1 on 22 Dec; everything has worked fine since then until yesterday, so it was not any recent update action on my part. I'm adrift at sea!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1.8.1-signed). 

DownThemAll!

Kudos to barvaz Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Kudos to barvaz for the insightful tip on getting DownThemAll to work in SeaMonkey 2.5. I knew about changing the maxVersion value in the install.rdf file but did not know about the META-INF folder. Deleting that folder made all the difference: DTA now works in SeaMonkey on my pc, too.
Great tip; many thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.8.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

DownThemAll!

Does not work in SeaMonkey 2.5 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

One of my half-dozen or so most indispensable add-ons. Unfortunately, while version 2.0.8 works in SeaMonkey 2.4, it fails in SeaMonkey 2.5.

Changing the maxVersion value in the install.rdf file to 2.5 produces an error message "The add-on downloaded from unknown host could not be installed because it appears to be corrupt."

Please update soon to enable this otherwise marvelous add-on to work properly in SeaMonkey 2.5.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.8.1-signed). 

Aeon Clouds

Oops! My mistake Rated 4 out of 5 stars

In my previous review, I meant to say the problem is in the add-on manager, not icon manager. Sorry.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.0).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Aeon Clouds

Slight tweak needed Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Just installed Firefox 6.0.1. In the icon manager, version 5.0 of Aeon Cloud fails to display at least three icons to the left: the ones indicating extensions/add-ons, appearance/themes, and plugins. This has long been my theme of choice: clear icons perfectly sized, soothing color, etc. As of now, this mild quirk is the only reason I did not award 5 stars. Hope to see a fix soon.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.0). 

X-notifier (for Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo,AOL ...)

Advance to the Rear Rated 1 out of 5 stars

WMN version 2.7.10 (with FF 5) does not access gmail even though I have enabled auto login. Had to revert back to version 2.7.9. Exasperating; if I cannot access my three gmail accounts, this add-on becomes useless.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.7.10.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Add-on Update Checker

Kudos Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I, too, was perturbed with Mozilla for the same reason as the developer: updates performed behind the user's back without any prior notification. This annoying practice occurred not only with Firefox but with Thunderbird and SeaMonkey as well. Add-on Update Checker 1.3 perfectly resolves the problem for all three programs.

I heartily agree with the previous reviewers: this add-on splendidly fills the void left by the demise of Update Notifier. While it is puzzling how the add-on is hosted on a Mozilla.org web site with a disclaimer that "This add-on has not been reviewed by Mozilla," many thanks are in order to the developer for a job well done!

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

X-notifier (for Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo,AOL ...)

Web Mail Icons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

With the latest update (2.7.5), the Yahoo icon no longer displays properly. (Google's Gmail icon seems to be OK almost all of the time.) Instead, I see only the dreaded yellow triangle with an exclamation point inside. I would like to see Yahoo's purple Y favicon restored. I find this highly ironic because the release note claims to have "fixed icon cache." Not so, apparently.

I reported this bug via the forum as the developer requests, but that appears to be an exercise in futility: no response was forthcoming.

Overall, an extremely useful add-on. However, users must be prepared for some frustration in getting meaningful responses when attempting to report bugs. And if past history is any indication, this review will be removed within hours, forcing me to post it again a few hours after that. Something to look forward to...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.7.5.1-signed).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.