Jack

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Name Jack
User since March 5, 2007
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My Reviews

Google search link fix

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Tree Style Tab

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This the one, the only 10-star add-on.
5 stars for the value of its mission
5 stars for execution
Firefox has some work to catch up to where it was before, but it can still handle this add-on quite well. Visual, collapsible tab tree just makes the browsing experience so much more sensible.
I'm looking forward to seeing the weird old tab bar disappear again, but that's a problem with WE not with this add-on.
I can hardly remember a time I was this happy with a browser feature since the invention of the DOM inspector.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.3.0).  This user has 3 previous reviews of this add-on.

Textarea Cache

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.11.1). 

Tab Center Redux

It's like tree-style tab except bad Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I had to go to two stars because it does have a vertical column of extra tabs as promised . . . but the tabs are still on the top, too (why would I want two tab bars?) and they're not in a tree, they're not grouped, they're not drag and droppable, the idea of a pinned tab is not meaningful . . . Honestly I think moz should have delayed nightly 57 until they had gotten someone to fully replace tree-style tab and just integrate all that stuff into the browser itself. Sorry tab center redux, it was really not fair to you for mozilla to send me here from the "find a replacement" button.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.1). 

Tree Style Tab

THE best add-on. Everyone gets excited when they see my screen Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Every time I show my screen to a coworker, they ask "Where can I get that?" Today, though, It was a real bummer when I had to tell someone that it's scheduled to be broken in a few weeks because mozilla is dropping legacy add-on support.

Of course they ask "Does it exist for chrome?" and the answer is no, but soon it will be "no" for firefox as well. Without this, firefox is not barely any better than chrome.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.19.2017061601).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Tree Style Tab

The most important add-on: it singlehandedly makes firefox the best Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Allowing this browser extension to work is the most important firefox feature,** because tree style tab is the the most innovative and important benefit to web browser productivity since the invention of tabs. Other add-ons have tried to match, but none have been able to. Vertical tabs are not enough - the full featured, collapsible, multi-tiered tree is what unlocks your browser and makes it a tab managing system. All browsers without Tree Style Tab are identically lackluster by comparison.

Sadly I can only give 5 stars, or I'd have given it a million stars.

More important than e10s, for sure.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.19.2017061601).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Aardvark

Punished for perfection? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This has worked perfectly for many years, and has required no maintenance. Writing a piece of software so elegant and successful that it requires no updates over many years is like a hole-in-one in golf - exceedingly rare, and as an aspiration it is practically hubris, but when you finally see it, it is something to be celebrated. So, if the maint takes a little vacation, it is well deserved. Why hasn't mozilla just signed it? Who can say. Thanks, for nothing moz.

FindBar Tweak

well, one day . . . Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Back when this worked, it really had me feeling like I wasn't sacrificing anything to stick with firefox over chrome. Call it a hunch but I feel good that it will eventually work again.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4.18.1-signed). 

Duplicate Tab

many years of satisfaction, continuing Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've been happily relying on this simple little workhorse since it was first brought to my attention that such a basic feature was missing from firefox. It does exactly what it says, with no excess baggage.
FF terminated it with prejudice, though, so https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/duplicate-in-tab-context-menu/?src=userprofile seems like a decent replacement.

Tree Style Tab

Tree Style Tab is THE best thing in ANY browser Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Allowing this browser extension to work is the most important firefox feature,** because tree style tab is the the most innovative and important benefit to web browser productivity since the invention of tabs. Other add-ons have tried to match, but none have been able to. Vertical tabs are not enough - the full featured, collapsible, multi-tiered tree is what unlocks your browser and makes it a tab managing system. All browsers without Tree Style Tab are identically lackluster by comparison.

Sadly I can only give 5 stars, or I'd have given it a million stars.

More important than e10s, for sure.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.15.2014120101.1-signed). 

Search Marker

Dead Add-on; Try Findbar Tweak Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I really liked this one back when it worked, so it feels unfair to review it after it has reached its end of life, but I figured someone out there was looking for a replacement.
"Findbar Tweak" is the best, simplest replacement I could find.
Scrollbar Search Highlighter does it too, but changes the window size during highlighting.

Secure Login

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It's a must-have. Do, however, consider turning off the "Automatic Search for login data" if you notice frequent slowdowns in page rendering (stuttering). Clicking the toolbar button will still do what you want, as needed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.3.1-signed). 

Disable Add-on Compatibility Checks

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

It had worked for 13, but got disabled in 14.0.1. The other preference, extensions.strictCompatibility can still override all this add-on's work, making it useless in that situation, and you still have to go in to about:config to re-enable your add-ons. So, this add-on is only a partial solution - at least this dev tried and I respect that. Still, a miss is as good as a mile. Why is mozilla so stupid about add-ons? I am not even sure how extensions.strictCompatibility keeps coming back. It's ridiculous.

LeechBlock

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Leechblock is exactly what I needed. It harbors no illusions about the nature of or need for self-control, it's just a great way of letting me remind myself how I've been spending my time.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.2.1-signed). 

Spell Checker

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really like the idea behind this as an add-on but I'm not sure whether I'll keep it. If I could have it permanently on for my one website, I think it would be a little better.

The second best thing out there is this bookmarklet:
javascript:if(document.body.contentEditable=='true'){document.body.contentEditable='false';document.designMode='off';void%200}else{document.body.contentEditable='true';document.designMode='on';void%200}
but it makes the page editable, which is annoying.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.2.1-signed.1-signed). 

DOM Inspector

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

DOMi has some bugs right now, but I'm giving it 5 stars on credit. If you write HTML, you owe DOM Inspector a debt of gratitude whether you've benefited directly from DOMi or not. Back when Firefox was just "Mozilla" or "Phoenix," DOMi was built-in and I believe it was the first of its kind. The HTML/CSS/javascript debugging it provided were revolutionary, and critical to bringing web development out of the 90s. This increased visibility made understanding all but automatic, and allowed everyone to raise their expectations. Web development used to include a lot of trial-and-error, and now you only have to resort to that when you want to, or when someone makes you try and support IE.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.4).