KenAlcock

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Name KenAlcock
User since May 20, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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In a little more detail...

I've been a long-time IE user. I build PCs and always install FireFox alongside IE, but I never used it much myself. But I recognize how Firefox has impacted web browser design and web development, most notably in the standards compliance and GUI innovation. I've been portable computing a lot more lately, which inevitably led me to using Firefox Portable. Now, I'm a Firefox add-on junkie! It's amazing how the Mozilla project has gown over the years and Add-On developers have really helped that.

My Reviews

Nuke Anything Enhanced

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent add-on for hiding unwanted dialogs and such for printing or saving a clean web page to a file for archival purposes.

Xmarks Sync

Great Utility! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If you work from several different browsers on several different computers and you want access to your Bookmarks/Favorites everywhere, then this add-on is absolutely essential. Your Bookmarks/Favorites data is backed up to a free, Internet cloud account, which is also accessible through a web page log-in interface. XMarks also allows you to add reviews and user ratings to websites which can show to other XMarks users on web search page results.

I've used XMarks for over 5 years now (it used to be called FoxMarks), and I've used it across every major browser version that has come out in that time. I have thousands of Bookmarks/Favorites, yet I've only ever had a few minor sync issues (like getting a duplicate empty bookmark toolbar folder once in awhile). I've read some of the user reviews here and I have none of their bad experiences.

Be sure to backup your Firefox Profile and your IE Favorites folder, before your first sync. If you are starting off with two browsers with very different lists of Bookmarks/Favorites, then of course you will likely have some sync issues and maybe it will take a long time. This is more the nature of synchronization in general, rather than the software performing it. But once you are synced across all your browsers, keeping them in sync is actually something you will hardly ever notice.
Also do not forget to log into the web site and set options for your syncs.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.3.3.1-signed). 

Feed Sidebar

Thank you for making Firefox RSS feed reading easier Rated 5 out of 5 stars

As a long-time IE user just switching to Firefox, I love this add-on. I had grown accustomed to accessing my RSS feeds from a separate sidebar than where my Favorites (bookmarks) were stored. To me, it makes more sense to store the two lists separately, since each are handled very differently. I would not want to have to search through my thousands of bookmarks just top find my "Live Bookmarks" so I can read the feeds. Firefox should have always stored these items separately. This add-on makes my must-have list!, nice job.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1.6). 

OPML Support

Works, but has a few wrinkles Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This is the only way—that I'm aware anyhow—to export RSS feeds from IE and import them into Firefox. (IE7 has its own OPML Import/Export functions.) The first time I tried importing into Firefox, the OPML Support Import dialog seemed to hang (dialog just stayed put). I only had two feeds, so it wasn't like it was overburdened.

I closed all browsers then re-exported IE7 RSS feeds to OPML (this time with more feeds) and then re-imported OPML into Firefox. The second time things went okay.

So there might be some interplay issues, but I'm not aware of a better option at this point.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.2).