ctsurv553

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Name ctsurv553
User since December 10, 2014
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel

Best add-on for use with Yahoo Mail Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This add-on does exactly what it claims: Gets rid of the annoying Yahoo banner ads AND recovers the space they consume! Ad Block Plus also gets rid of the ads, but leaves huge chunks of white space. This add-on moves and/or expands the actual mail frame up and over to make full use of the screen. No configuration neccessary, so it's extremely simple to use. Just install it, and forget it. No Restart needed either, which is nice. If you use Yahoo mail, this is a must-have add-on.

Case Change Tool

Simple Case Changer for Firefox Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This addon works as expected. and it works immediately with no need to re-start Firefox after install (a nice feature). Just highlight the text you want to change, right-click, select "Case Change" from the Context menu, then select which type of case change you want. Works in popped-out Gmail Compose and Reply windows, too, which some of the other Case Change add-ons don't work in.

Flashblock

Gradually becoming crash-prone as both Firefox and Adobe Flash updates Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have used this add-on for several years, but since the beginning of 2016, it has become ever more problematic, especially with YouTube videos. Seems like every time either Firefox or Adobe Flash issues an update - which feels like every other week - one or another of my Firefox add-ons gets broken, and FlashBlock is sadly one of these. YouTube videos always start with just the Audio playing and the video window blacked-out. I hit "reload", and get an error message that "Flash Player has Crashed", or "Flash Player Cannot Open the Video Stream", then I hit the "reload" button a third time, and the video will (usually) finally play, with the audio in sync. If I re-start Firefox with FlashBlock disabled, all the errors go away and YouTube videos start and play correctly first time, every time. So it looks like FlashBlock simply doesn't work properly anymore with the latest versions of Adobe Flash and Firefox.

Old Compose | Restore Gmail Classic Compose Window

Great add-on except it disables ability to attach files from Google Drive Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I have used Old Compose for the last couple of years and love it, except I have just discovered that it hides all of the tools needed to use the new functionality of attaching big files directly from Google Drive. I guess I will have to disable Old Compose anytime I need to make an attachment from G-Drive. Maybe the author can accomodate the G-Drive icons and tools?

UPDATE MARCH 15, 2016: As of today's update to Firefox 45.0, Old Compose is no longer working at all. Clicking on the "Reply", "Forward", and "Compose" buttons causes a brief flash on the screen, but the compose window never opens. Will have to disable or delete this add-on if the author can't fix this latest incompatibility. Why does Firefox have to update so frickin' often, anyway? Every time I receive an update, it seems like one or another of the add-ons gets broken. It's really annoying!

New Tab Override (WebExtension)

A must-have extension for FF v41+, does what it's advertised to do Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am starting to really dread Firefox updates. Seems like every time Mozilla issues an update, they change something in the user interface that I don't want to be changed! This latest change, which suddenly forced my New Tabs to show a bunch of unwanted "suggestions" instead of my preferred search engine, with no apparent way to turn it off or opt out, is an intolerable intrusion from Mozilla! The primary reason I am using Firefox in the first place, instead of Internet Explorer or Chrome, is I want my browser to be as open-source and unbiased as possible. When this new "suggested sites" thing suddenly appeared, I thought I was the victim of a virus or browser hijack. And to make it even worse, the instructions for the new tab thingy states explicitly that Mozilla is going to start using analytics and collecting information on my browsing!?! End of rant. Thanks for putting out this add-on. I just hope that it still works after the next "update". I am starting to get really discouraged with Firefox. I now have had to install more than a dozen add-ons just to keep the user interface looking the same as I am used to.

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

Word Count Tool

Was a "perfect" plugin, some functionality lost in August 2015 Update, but still worth using. Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This used to be one of the best add-ons I ever found for Firefox. But sometime in August, the Status Bar display for the word and character count suddenly quit working. I don't know if the problem is due to an update to Firefox, or an update to WCT, but I can no longer get the Word and Character Counters to show up in the either the Menu Bar or the Status Bar. In Firefox's "Customize" menu, I can't even find an icon for Word Count Tools anymore, yet a check of "Tools - Add-ons" shows that it is installed and enabled. Whatever, I can't make the Status Bar display work anymore. Hopefully the author will be able to fix this problem on a future release. I assume this is some kind of compatibility issue with Firefox. I like Firefox, except for it's annoying tendency to come out with updates that "break" some of my favorite add-ons. If this problem gets solved, I'll update this review back to 5 stars, because I really liked WCT, back when it was fully functional.

The good news is, the pop-up dialog box display is still working. To use this, highlight a section of text on the web page, right-click, and look down toward the bottom of the Context Menu for "Word Count Tools Shift+Alt+C". Clicking on this this menu item with either the left or right mouse button brings up a dialog box that displays the statistics of the selected text. You then have to click "Dismiss" or hit the "ESC" key to kill the dialog box when you are done with it. Unfortunately, this dialog box appears to be hard-coded to pop up in the center of the screen; there does not appear to be any way to move it to some other part of the screen or to a second monitor if you have a dual-monitor system (as I do).

I have found that Word Count Tools does not work with one of my other Firefox Add-ons, the Simple Text Editor by "kud" [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-text-editor/]. This is a Firefox Browser add-on, which provides simple plaintext editing. But for some reason, the process of selecting a block of text in this Editor window, then pulling op the Word Count Tolls dialog box, is not fully functional. The dialog box pops up, but the statistics are not displayed. The Character count is "1", all other statistics are "0", no matter how many characters are selected.

Because of the disabling of the Status Bar/Menu Bar display, and the apparent compatibility problem with kud's Simple Text Editor add-on, I am giving WCT 4 stars instead of 5. If these two issues can be corrected, I will upgrade this review to 5 stars.

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Yet Another Remove It Permanently

YARIP removes unwanted web page elements "permanently", AND remembers them Rated 5 out of 5 stars

There are two "Remove-it Permanently" plug-ins for Firefox: YARIP by Kim Brandt, and RIP by Jerome O'Flaherty. I installed both into Firefox v34 and YARIP wins. It appears to be more feature-rich and it actually remembers your removals on future page re-loads, which RIP does not. A must-have plug-in now that more and more web pages are adding "please donate money" and similar clutter. Very nice for setting up a clean and simple Home page with only the search bar.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.4.1-signed.1-signed). 

Remove It Permanently

A good idea, but doesn't "permanently" remove elements Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I wish this add-on actually removed unwanted elements "permanently", but it doesn't: hit the re-load page button and they come back. Hopefully the developer can fix this at the next release. If RIP actually removed unwanted page elements permanently, I would rate it 5 stars.

Word Count Tool

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Very nice lightweight add-on for Firefox. Especially useful when writing SMS Text messages with a WebMail service like Hotmail or Gmail, when you need to make sure your Text doesn't overflow the 160 character limit of SMS. This is the only add-on that has a Tool Bar widget that displays the word and character count in a status bar without having to interrupt what you are doing to press some extra key(s). It only has one problem: the Status line info doesn't fit vertically: the bottom 2 pixels are cut off of the "Last Selected: n words, n characters" making it possible to mis-read some number combos. I have tried every possible way to fix this, including changing screen resolution, and Windows default font styles and sizes. If the author can fix this problem in a future release, I would upgrade my rating to 5 stars.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.rev324.1-signed). 

Prevent writing passwords without SSL

Simple to use and provides extra security Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This add-on blocks both the user and any password managers like LastPass from typing and transmitting passwords over non-encrypted (non-SSL) internet connections. If you notice a password field is overlaid with a solid red color block, and the typing cursor can't be placed into the password field, this add-on is doing it's job. If you have to use the website regardless of the weakened security of a non-encrypted connection, the add-on will need to be disabled. If the author could add a quick White-listing feature to a future release, this add-on would be more user-friendly, in which case I would rate it 5 stars instead of 4.

Simple Text Editor

Very basic text editor, but has one very nice feature: Block Select of text. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This lightweight add-on provides a very basic plaintext editor, that opens into a new tab in Firefox when you click on the tool icon. There are two modes: "simple", and "advanced". The "advanced" mode adds at least one very cool feature: by pressing the "ALT" key while dragging the mouse over the document, the Selection cursor switches to BLOCK SELECT mode. This makes it much easier to copy individual columns of data from a table, or delete unwanted columns. I'm still looking for an add-on that gives Block Select Mode to Firefox or Windows natively, but until I find one, this little text editor is the next best thing.