About me

Developer Information
Name alta88
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 5 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Add-ons I've created


Adds additional Wide Thread and Stacked views to Thunderbird. Plus Fullscreen F11 and configurable Message Pane F8 toggle.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (12)
2,434 users


Makes the quick filter bar a proper toolbar.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (3)
419 users


Reboot the QuickFilter bar.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars (4)
187 users


Fast toolbar button access to cookie management in a very small package.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars (9)
493 users


A new view for Thunderbird messages.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars (5)
172 users

My Reviews

Vertical Toolbar

Nice but some issues Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Extremely useful (especially after I abandoned TotalToolbar ;)) but some issues exist:
1. The dropmarker for type=menu buttons should definitely not be display:none.
2. Some standard buttons don't work; the History and Developer Toolbar buttons don't show any doorhanger panel popups, but remain in an open state.
3. The new #bookmarks-menu-button is an odd creature, but it would be good if you could style it to be 'vertical' nicely.


Edit: regarding #2 - it was due to a css rule to hide #nav-bar! so not a Vertical Toolbar issue, more an issue with the lengths to which australis went to *prevent* user customization.

The Addon Bar (Restored)

Training completed with flying colors Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great job, especially in making it work well with the new customization model. Mandatory for foxclocks and forecastfox.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1). 


Simple update Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This functionality may be created by installing userChromeJS from:

Add this code to the [profile]/chrome/userChrome.js file:

/* Compose window */
if (location == "chrome://messenger/content/messengercompose/messengercompose.xul") {
// Skip blank subject check in MsgComposeCommands.js.
eval("GenericSendMessage = " + GenericSendMessage.toString().replace(/subject == ""/, "subject == null"));
// Skip confirm cancel in MsgComposeCommands.js.
ComposeCanClose = function() { return true; };

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.3). 

Identity Chooser

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent and quite comprehensive. One small unexpected behavior was the need to restart to apply a change to a particular button; adding a note would be enough if it's hard to make it instant. Also, not compatible with Folder Account (identity selected did not appear in compose From).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.3). 

Super Date Format

very nice Rated 5 out of 5 stars

this is something i've thought about writing for a while. it would be close to perfect, given:1. i believe it's against convention to take up a panel in Options, and it's worse if there's no icon.2. it should be clear if Date or Received is used.3. imo, the Date Format pref could be added as a tab in Options->Display; the column name doesn't need its own tab.4. the panel/tab could be automatically selected in the Options window when clicking options in addons manager (it's possible programatically).5. you don't need a new custom column, but can instead use the same method to override an existing column, and let the user decide to which columns the date format should apply.

[followup:] all you do is use dateCol or receivedCol in addColumnHandler(). but you need to get the dates like this: _fetchDate: function(aMsgHdr, aName) { let date = aName == "dateCol" ? : aName == "receivedCol" ? aMsgHdr.getUint32Property("dateReceived") * 1000000 : null; return date; },

[followup2:] the 2 options panels *really* need to be combined into 1... also, i think there is a better way than listbox (grid?) to display the format symbols help box; the text should especially be copy/select enabled (readonly textbox?). then it would be perfect. ;) 4->5

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

Deselect on Delete

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

often it is desirable to select on delete when using the button, to rapidly delete multiple messages. but most definitely not when using the contextmenu. so i use this method in userChromeJS. it avoids a permanent listener; the ultimate extension would provide a pref for both contextmenu and button behavior.
FolderDisplayWidget.prototype._noSelectAfterDelete = false;
FolderDisplayWidget.prototype.hintAboutToDeleteMessages =
function FolderDisplayWidget_hintAboutToDeleteMessages() {
this._nextViewIndexAfterDelete =
this._noSelectAfterDelete ? -1 : this.view.dbView.msgToSelectAfterDelete;

var mcD = document.getElementById("mailContext-delete");
if (mcD)
mcD.setAttribute("onclick", "setSelectAfterDeleteBehavior('contextmenu')");
var bmD = document.getElementById("button-mark-deleted");
if (bmD)
bmD.setAttribute("onclick", "setSelectAfterDeleteBehavior('button')");

function setSelectAfterDeleteBehavior(aWho) {
gFolderDisplay._noSelectAfterDelete = aWho == "contextmenu" ? true : false;

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b2). 

CS Lite

CSLite replacement Rated 5 out of 5 stars

CookieFast has been created as a possible replacement for CSLite, for Fx4.0+ and Tb5.0pre+. See here:

JavaScript Debugger

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

version fixes the problem with Fx 4.0b4pre, thanks!

venkman is still far superior to chromebug.

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

JavaScript Debugger

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

doesn't work with Fx 4.0b4pre.

Error: MSG_ALERT is not defined
Source file: chrome://venkman/content/venkman-utils.js
Line: 286
Error: console.commandManager is undefined
Source file: chrome://venkman/content/venkman-static.js
Line: 281

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.88). 

Dictionary Tooltip

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Better than excellent.

Dictionary Tooltip is by far the most ergonomic, click conserving, and well designed dictionary aid; all others have been uninstalled. The ability to add any custom dictionary via a small script is icing on the cake, as are numerous small nice things. It was worth a donation before, and is even better now; upgrade was seamless for me.

Using Stylish, the results of a word search can be 'cleaned up' to only display relevant content and thus a smaller tooltip.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5). 

Execute JS

Thunderbird and other moz apps? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

this is so well done, it would be terrific if other xul apps could be supported, especially Thunderbird..

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.1). 


excellent - should be default behavior Rated 5 out of 5 stars

a must have. only additional necessary feature would be to also perform the date sort on a thread based on its most recent message when selecting a newsgroup folder.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6). 

Remove Duplicate Messages (Alternate)

Excellent - replace the others.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

First, this is an excellent job, with a very well designed and ergonomic UI with too many small nice things to note. The old Remove Duplicate Messages (doesn't work at all) and Advanced Remove Duplicates (found a lot of misses) can be replaced. I found hundreds of old dupes in the Engadget rss feed (9500 items) which were not found otherwise. Tested in Tb2.0.0.5pre.

Some nits:
1. #Lines column is not sizeable, all others are fine.
2. If a folder is not selected, yet right clicked and Remove Duplicates selected, and the summary file is not built, then nothing happens. Should rebuild summary in this case. Yes, this is an extremely fine point.. (Summaries gone seems to be due to sharing a Tb profile between win and linux file system.)
3. Selecting Message ID column and window/column positions/sizes are not remembered across dialog closes.
5. #Lines is not printed (nice double check even if it's not a selected dupe detection option).

1. It would be nice if in the Duplicate Messages Deletion dialog, selecting of a message there would have the effect of selecting it in Tb.
2. Move the Delete permanently checkbox above the columns; this way the box size can be styled for max size just with css (and not js).

It would be great to see this officially reviewed by AMO and released.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1.3). 


close but.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars

would be much higher if an link's context menu (email and rss) contained a FavLoc menu option. and if a single attachment were individually actionable instead of only All.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1). 

Copy Sent to Current

a ten Rated 5 out of 5 stars

excellent tool, now Sent mails can easily be defaulted or dynamically placed in any desired folder.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.0).