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Character Palette

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Like others, I think it'd be better to not have this as a separate toolbar- though that can easily be turned on / off. But I don't see the point of having a full width toolbar & only showing 6 - 7 characters at once. Why all the wasted space? Maybe make it where characters can be copied from drop down list (space them out)?

It'd probably be better as an addon bar button, where the whole palette pops up.
But, if it's much easier to program like you did, OK. Don't know if either method would use less RAM, when not actively using CP.

When I open the CM toolbar (using an Fx light weight theme), the background is the same as background of my theme. That's OK - to a point. Unless using a very solid type background, many of the characters or parts of them are quite small & difficult to see.

You can set a background color for the toolbar using Stylish or a useChrome.css code, but most don't want to hassle w/ it. That may be a good reason to have the character palette pop up from the addon bar, using it's own background that contrasts w/ the characters.

On the Github help site, it says,
[quote]"To add a new palette to the applet, click on the Add button."[/quote]
Really? How do I actually DO that? What format do the "additions" need to be? Can I add whole collections? Where do you get them & what format are they?
Could I add the whole collection from Windows Character Map?

Deselect on Delete

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

How long before 1.1b1, that fixes a fairly significant bug, become final? Or status changed to final so MAO can review it?

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

Write Area

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I haven't used Write Area - yet. Sorry, but link for support takes me to a 3 yr old blog. I'm not familiar w/ using or posting questions on that type blog (or a topic that old).

Description & screens here don't mention important feature: which code formats will Write Area handle? HTML TAGS & WHICH ones? (just "<b>" or also "<strong>," etc? BB code, HTML (standard) code.

See no mention of these options & how they're chosen. Many small forums now only allow HTML tags. On your blog in comments area, says, "You can use some HTML tags, such as <b>, <i>, <a>."

Those aren't [b]same [/b]tags as many forums support, that use HTML "tags." Those forums are now specifying tags like: <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <blockquote>. Will Write Area handle both "types" HTML tags & are they under DIFFERENT code type options in WA, so it uses the right type HTML tags for a forum? Thanks.

Auto-Sort Bookmarks

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'm unsure what rating to give this addon. It seems to sort bookmarks, but errors from it fill the Error Console every session.In Vista x64, & ASB v1.6, notice in session after session, the error console is completely filled w/ same error from ASB.

The error referenced is from sortBookmarksClasses.js.The line mentioned in error console is "return bookmark1.title.localeCompare(bookmark2.title);"
I'm not sure what this error means, but it's not good to fill up the error console.Rarely, if ever have I ever seen errors from addons show up in the Error Console - so don't know what that's about.

Seems to be no support contact info for this addon, so I'll post it here.

Edit: reply to antoyo's question. Using Fx 18.0.1.
I've noticed, when looking for other errors (that I suspect may have occurred), since there's a limited # of error lines in the screen, & since the ASB errors SEEM to be reissued, VERY quickly, that one error fills up the Error Console screen.

Yes, I could use a clean profile & install only ASB, but I don't remember errors from simple addons (for bookmarks, no less) ever showing up in Error Console.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.1-signed). 

Cookie Monster

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Not sure if I review CM before (since can't search for ur or any authors' reviews).
Used CM ? couple yrs now. Can't think of any real problems (of any importance). Have 21 other active addons - not seen any conflicts.

Especially like option for "temporary cookies."
Odd things / limitations:
- Icon (newer) - once cookie is set, IS unusual, but no idea if supposed to be a cookie w/ sunglasses, or... - but after all this time, still doesn't relay "this is CM" to me. Could choose much better one.

- No way to choose several cookies at once to del, in "show all cookies." May just use Fx's native UI, which is OK, but must del cookies (site level) one at a time or remove all - no in between. Be nice to hold Ctrl (or Shift) & select multiple cookies.

- No way to protect specific cookies & load at each start. Like Fx, either del all cookies or none.

- No way to print exceptions. Again, using Fx's native handler.

Are very few "full featured" cookie mgr addons & for life of me, can't understand why. Fx cookie mgr is extremely basic.

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I don't use Fasterfox (yet), but to ask a question, I had to give some rating.
What in the world does your reply to this reviewer mean?

"Popups Rated 1 out of 5 stars

by Ricardo Cooper on February 11, 2012 · permalink

I was also hit with popup adds, skip this addon its now got adware
This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.9.8).

by RsCcman Production (Developer) on February 11, 2012 · permalink

does not contain adware, gf on not knowing how the plugin works, it shows advised addon's that i use also gf"

What's "gf"?
And what does, "it shows advised addon's that I use also gf," mean - in English?
Are you calling him / her your girl friend; a Gaussian Filter; garbage free?

Question about another thing you mentioned in reply to recent review. Please expand on how / what it "CHECKS" on a system &amp;amp;amp; optimizes settings, based on your SYSTEM &amp;amp;amp; the mode chosen in Fasterfox?

Of course it can change settings based on the MODE users select, but exactly what does it check on a system &amp;amp;amp; how does it make customized settings, based on WHAT IT FINDS?

*EDIT - Sept. 3, 2012* after dev's comment on Sept. 2, 2012:
OK then, thanks. Based on your explanation to me, your earlier reply to a reviewer seems to use incorrect wording:
"about the calculating, it actually does auto calculate depending on your 'mode' you have it at" -
It does NOT appear to "auto calculate." Perhaps wrong choice of wording while typing fast, but none the less,
Perhaps "auto sets" or "automatically chooses" settings are better descriptions, not "auto calculates." The latter would lead one to believe
it uses input data (or checks for data), then uses some algorithm to optimize. I suggest that you edit wording in
that comment.

Also, you DIDN'T CLARIFY what one of your comments means:
"does not contain adware, gf on not knowing how the plugin works, it shows advised addon's that i use also gf"

*IMHO*, some of your replies approach the same, negative level of dissatisfied reviewers (who may / may not
understand how to configure the addon). Some may be newbies. Negative, non instructive replies by ANY
dev don't help anyone, much less make readers more inclined to use the addon.

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QuickJava (For FF Versions 56 AND BELOW only)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Thanks Doug. I do appreciate the addon & fully agree you can't please everyone.
BUT... as for overall icon size, I'm not sure where your ruler came from vs mine.
I looked at values in quickjava.css, but proof is in the pudding. I can easily measure w/ decent metric ruler that width of QJ icons (not incl. space between them) is considerably wider than MOST other addons.

I have no idea why one would want / need ~ 2 mm between ea. QJ button. Even separate addon icons are only ~ 1 mm apart. QJ icons are ~ 2 mm apart. How can (rational) users complain if each QJ icon is same distance apart as other icons? None of that argument makes sense.

In fact, most addons don't try to display the whole menu / options all the time. There're potentially NINE icons - for ONE addon. You could easily have one icon w/ "QJ" on it & when HOVER mouse, display rest of buttons. If don't like that, the letters on each button are larger than most ANY addon icon I've ever seen.

Icon letters could easily be ~ 30% smaller & be fine, esp. if text color is on darker / more contrasting background - if you're worried about users not being able to read them. Dark blue vs the pale blue; bright red (like ABP or Change Referrer Button) vs current more muted red.

I'm almost 60, wear glasses & have no problem reading the letters on AdBlock Plus icon. Plus, unless have NO memory, just learn where / what things are. (Developers can't cater to users w/ no memory). If trying to satisfy needs of limited eyesight users, maybe need choice of icon sets - w/ one BIG set.

QJ icon width, incl. thin border, are well > 4.5 mm (CLOSE to 5).
A few other addons' icon widths:
Change referrer button: 3.5 mm
Ghostery (w/o counter) < 3 mm
Cookie Monster 3.8 mm (max)
AdBlock Plus ~ 3.3 mm
NoScript < 4 mm

Don't know what type screen you have or how you compare ACTUAL size of icons, but on my screen, larger QJ icons are EASY to measure & see the difference vs other addons. They're not even close to several other addons' icon sizes.

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QuickJava (For FF Versions 56 AND BELOW only)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Used it a long time &amp; seems to work; not noticed any conflicts, even w/ NoScript (I don't use DOZENS of addons).

ICON SIZE / SPACING: Too tall, wide &amp; too much space between. For version 1.8.0, icons in addon bar are STILL larger than almost any other addons'.
I suppose like another reviewer, I could modify their size, but why are they so big? There's LOTS of extra space above &amp; to sides of the 1 or 2 letters on icons, &amp; much unnecessary space BETWEEN QJ icons.

I have several icons hidden, but still, if there was only a SLIGHT space between QJ icons, would be fine - instead of SPACING that's about 42% as wide as the icons THEMSELVES.

The icons are all for ONE addon. Users know / would get used to that fact they're for one addon &amp; icons can be closer together. Spacing between QJ's own icons is as much - or MORE - than between icons of separate addons. Spacing between many separate addons' icons may be barely 1mm; spacing between each QJ's icon is nearly 2mm.

I'm not color blind, but blue doesn't mean "Go / ON" to me (though overall icon size &amp; spacing is bigger issue to me than blue color). IF... wanted to make "ON" icons green, or.... - could put a diagonal slash line across disabled icons. I assume color blind users can read a black or white letter on a green background? If doesn't have slash, it's "ON."

Or just have option to select icon color sets.

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Edit 07-29-2012: As before, I still like it &amp; used it for yrs. Problem of Ask For Sanitize window not closing seems to have "disappeared" after upgrading to Fx 14 - so far. Impossible to say (now) whether was a change in another extension or new Fx version that helped. Had very few extension upgrades between Fx 13.0.1 &amp; 14, so my * guess * is some Fx 14 change helped it start working correctly again. I used same profile for Fx 14 as in Fx 13.

Didn't have time to test AFS w/ all other addons disabled (or in clean profile) before Fx 14. Still don't know why Mozilla decided to stop having the Clear Data window appear.
End of Edit.

Same here. A few weeks ago (possibly w/ Fx 13??) started having to click OK to "sanitize" at Fx shutdown several times to get it &amp; Fx to close. Thought v2.1 update might fix - but didn't.

Uninstalled AFS, d/l fresh copy of 2.1 &amp; reinstalled - same issue. Sometimes clicking OK many times won't close AFS UI - must Esc. Sometimes after hitting Esc or click outside AFS UI, Fx closes, but AFS UI persists.

Besides that, have used it several yrs &amp; been very happy

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Firefox Lightbeam

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Unless I'm completely wrong (don't think I am), Collusion is developed BY Mozilla or one of it's employees. Does that make it bad? Not necessarily, but it should be made clear.
"Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, has unveiled a new add-on for the popular web browser that gives web users an instant view of which companies are 'watching' them as they browse."
"The Collusion add-on will allow users to 'pull back the curtain' on web advertising firms and other third parties that track people's online movements, says Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs."

It may / may not do what's advertised - w/o further compromising privacy. Mozilla developing this addon &amp; not disclosing that fact, is a little like an accounting firm doing its own audit. Until some qualified, unbiased testing labs verify what an addon like this actually does (&amp; tests it on an ongoing basis), I'd be somewhat skeptical.

Get one thing straight - NO browser is in the complete privacy business. They ALL make HUGE sums through deals w/ companies [like] Google &amp; others, which collect private data.
Can any of that data be personally identifiable? Much of it, no. But according to some researchers, some of it - yes.

Plus, do you REALLY trust any company LIKE Google to do ONLY what they say they will in a privacy policy, that is so vague, security experts don't understand it. Mozilla makes millions from deals w/ Google gathering user data through searches &amp; also the "Safe Browsing" feature, then develops an addon to let us watch it. Huh??

How 'bout for starters, disabling cookies / 3rd party cookies by default in Firefox? I've had ALL cookies disabled for years &amp; other blocking addons &amp; simply allow a specific site to set 1st party cookies when I need it.

Has Google or other data mining / advertising co's ever been caught doing anything shady or illegal? Uh...YEAH. Many times.
Re: Google's new "combined" privacy policy &amp; several countries' reactions.
"Vivian Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship said, 'Any company which wants to utilise the European market of 500 million citizens - which we've made borderless, a golden opportunity - then the European rules apply.'

'Citizens should have the possibility of buying into more extensive use of their data - but that should be their freedom to choose, not done by a sneaking way of taking the freedom away from the citizens,' said Reding in an interview with The Guardian.

European Union authorities said that the new privacy policy appears to violate European law,in an email to Google CEO Larry Page."

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Suggestion for grammar correction in the "About this Add-on" description.

EditING can be done in the form or in a new tab. Some extensionS for the BBComposer...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.3.1-signed.1-signed). 

Deselect on Delete

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This addon seems to work so far in TB 11. Only used it short while. This addon (so far) allows NOT automatically displaying the next message, after deleting a message. Say, when the next message is spam, but got into your Inbox. Do you trust TB's "security system" w/ your computer's life?

I can confirm Dragonfire's "bug" (in TB 11.0):
"it only works when you have the message selected and hit the delete button. It doesn't work on TB9.0.1 when delete is selected from the context menu."

If I'm READING a msg &amp; hit del, it doesn't open the next one. If while the message display pane (browser) is empty, I R-click on another msg &amp; select Delete from context, TB DOES display the next msg after that one. So, there are limitations of when v1.0 will / won't work. For now, it only works reliably when using Del key.

Avg users don't know what risks are involved w/ different internet behavior, nor should they have to know it all, in many cases. That's not meant as an insult. Just go to one of many malware removal help forums &amp; see how many people get infections &amp; no idea how. I've never had an infection EVER - over 25 yrs, knock on wood.

The issue of TB advancing to &amp; displaying next message in (Inbox) list after deleting currently viewed message has been debated since 2009 - or before. Some email clients don't show next message in line after deleting one, by default (or didn't used to) or had an option not to.

It is true, Mozilla has increased TB's resistance to infection by simply displaying messages. That DOESN'T mean it is absolutely safe, under all conditions, for ever &amp; ever. BUT... as w/ ALL software, EVERYWHERE, they can NOT predict the next trick hackers will come up w/, no matter HOW much the devs say it's safe. They can ONLY react to new threats, which is what ALL software devs have done - forever, &amp; will continue to do.

For those wanting the next message to display after deleting one, TB devs should add an OPTION FOR that, not make everyone allow that behavior, w/ no way out.

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

Fasterfox Lite

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Note: The 1 star on THIS review is based partly on Fasterfox Lite's privacy policy.
Also, based on tests in * FF 11 * (Win) on a quad CPU, 8 GB RAM PC, 3 Mbps DSL, there was NO difference in speed using Fasterfox Lite at their Courteous or Optimized settings. Perhaps if the "Turbocharged" option was used, which unfairly increases loads on web servers, it might make a speed difference. If EVERYONE w/ a browser used "Turbocharged" type settings, it would break most sites due to overload.

There are other simple ways to speed up Firefox w/o giving up privacy rights.

Respectfully, your WRITTEN Privacy Policy language is all that matters. However well intended, a non - binding statement like, "Don't worry," means nothing legally.

Most importantly, Wips / Fasterfox Lite is COLLECTING & storing the private data. How many times have data bases of private data been hacked or negligently released by a company? The fact that Wips IS COLLECTING private data at ALL is the problem, especially for a browser addon. Knowledgeable users are running away in droves from providers, software & other internet activities that collect PRIVATE data.

IF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE PRIVATE DATA IS COLLECTED / STORED, it's ALWAYS a possibility it will accidentally or intentionally become public. If you don't intend to use it, why collect * personally identifiable * info at all? Just filter it out.

Note: The link in your privacy policy is dead: "[Click here] to see examples of what we collect."

For those unfamiliar w/ legal language, your privacy policy goes on to OVERRIDE the policy language, " does not use it to determine the identity of individual users or correlate it to your email address or other personally identifiable information...",
by FURTHER stating:


"You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless and its affiliates, and each of their officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, information providers and licensors, from any claims, costs, losses, damages, judgments and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney's fees, relating to or arising out of any breach of this Agreement or any use of the Service by you,..."

This means if Wips or their associates violate the terms of the privacy policy, users are agreeing that they can't do anything about it. Simply, the promises made by Wips in the Privacy Policy are worthless & unenforceable, if violated, according to the Privacy Policy terms.

The privacy policy states (emphasis added):
"Although this information may contain some PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE information, does not use it to determine the identity of individual users or correlate it to your email address or other personally identifiable information that you give us or our affiliates, except as required by subpoenas, court orders, or other legal requirements."

"Other legal requirements" could mean anything from someone suing Wips, forcing all stored private data to become public, to Homeland Security demanding, without a court warrant, for all private data to be divulged.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.9.5Lite.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Please, please fix the bug in v2.0.13 where it adds a duplicate of the last folder in the destination path. It's on your bug list. It's irritating as everything.

If browse to save location of say, C:\Documents\Downloads,
the path DTA saves the file in is

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Fasterfox Lite

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Before installing this (or other) addons, I STRONGLY urge users read the privacy policy of Wips (dev of Fasterfox Lite).

They make it very clear that info about web pages you visit will be stored & used.

They make it clear that some of the data collected may be personally identifiable.

Quite often it's true: There's no such thing as a free lunch.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.9.5Lite.1-signed.1-signed). 

Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

For FF 6x, Vista x64 SP2, I noticed a lack of functionality that BT cookies added to exceptions (loaded ea time FF is started). If I choose "delete all cookies" of course it deletes BT's, too - generally not desired.

Is there a way to protect BT's cookies, when deleting other, so don't have to close / restart BT to reload it's cookies?
If there's nothing currently out there that would allow doing what I suggest, perhaps could include this as feature in future BT versions?

My reasoning is, if visited a # of sites (not in BT cookie list) & want to clear all those cookies, but DON'T want to manually del those sites' cookies, one by one, AND DON'T want to del cookies - close FF, then restart so BT cookies will reload, there's no way to protect BT cookies in current session - AFAIK.


Noia 4 -discontinued-

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

In Firefox 5, Vista x64 hm prem, Noia 4 doesn't show a "change download location" icon in DownThemAll (2.07). Noticed same thing in another theme, but Firefox default theme is OK.Just to R of the d/l path window, there's normally the typical, yellow folder icon to click & browse to a new location. Folder icon doesn't show up in Noia 4 & another theme I tried.

That's a very common element, so not sure why it's troublesome in more than one custom theme. Clicking where the folder icon should be (is hidden) does its job & opens explorer to browse.

Edit 7/12/11
I finally installed Stylish & used the code Aris posted - it produces a light blue folder icon, similar to background of DownThemAll (but visible). For others not familiar, you must install Stylish, then open it, choose "Write New Style," and paste code into Stylish. Give the style a name.

I tried adding your code to userContent.css, but didn't work. I assume the code was written specifically for Stylish?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.9). 

Organize Status Bar

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Ver 0.6.5 is 1st time I've used this addon. I have no problem getting addons to run just because "max version" isn't updated. To those that say works fine in FX 4, 5 - maybe I'm missing something.

When I open the OSB options, the order of status bar icons is different than what shows after OSB options is closed (or before it's opened, or was ever installed). SOME icons can be moved & takes effect when options is closed. Others, can move icons in options, but makes no change in status bar order once hit OK & close options.

Some icons show up 2x in OSB options. Others are shown in diff order in options than the actual status bar.

Change Referer Button

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Follow up: My mistake for misspeaking on needed option to reset the referer header value to what it was after a given time. For some reason, "edit review" wasn't available immediately after posting review on 5/11/11. And now that I added follow up review, I can see "edit this review." Go figure.

In developer's description, says:"(*): if the referer is disabled (code 0) and you are viewing a page which requires the referer to work correctly: click on "Change referer temporarily to 2" to enable the referer (code 2) during 10000ms (by default). During this time, you can reload your page. After the 10000ms, the referer will be automatically reset to its initial value (code 0)."

It does work, IF.. you R click the status icon, then Options, then Accept. It will revert the setting to what it was before after the mSec value shown, although there is no explanation on the option screen what it will do. Probably should have some indication what clicking Accept actually does.The rest of my review still stands. I'll give it a 4 on this update to my earlier review because I can't edit the 1st review.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.40.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Change Referer Button

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Well, it does change refer header setting (currently using FX 4.0.1).
The status bar icon could definitely use some improvement. Due to small icons used in status bar now, it's barely readable. The color of icon changes from red to yel to grn for values of 0,1,2.

The icon is so small, unless you write yourself a note, you'll never remember / see that you changed the setting - assuming you want to reset it, soon after needing to make a change to get a site to work, etc.

There needs to be some option, some way - for those that desire referer header setting to normally = 0, to "remind" that the setting was changed. I find that when have to temporarily change referer header from 0 to 1 or 2, I forget to change it back because the icon is so obscure. (size of icon isn't developer's fault).

Or, have a default setting option that resets to default value chosen, once you've changed it to access a site, then close that page / tab.

Or, an option to have the referer header setting switch back to the selected default value after so many minutes / sec. AFAIK, once you've successfully loaded a page that needs a referer header setting OTHER than 0, changing referer header setting back to 0 won't affect that page.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.40.1-signed.1-signed).