Rated 5 out of 5 stars


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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

seems pretty cool

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great job!

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Thanks! BTW I used Fastest Search to find out the translation for "素晴らしい!" :)

Smart Paste not smart enough Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The new smart cut is very good , but smart paste is causing me trouble ( upon middle clicking any where in the page , if missed a link click then pasting content to top search box , also page scrolling to top) . So what i think is either there should be separate options for Smart Cut , Copy , Paste or Smart paste behavior should be fixed ( only paste when textbox is near ) [ As there is only one checkbox for all 3 i disabled all 3 ]

Feature request : I use "Find as you type" if i use backspace its deleting but I want arrows to be used to edit it [ I know Ctrl +shift +f you can do , but not if FAYT }

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I changed my mind and separated Smart Cut/Copy and Smart Paste into two options in Misc. Settings in v3.25. Just download & install and disable Smart Paste.

Previous reply:
The Smart Paste along doesn't cause you trouble, it's because you have both Smart Paste and Middle click paste enabled. The Smart Paste enables pasting into the top searchbox (or searchbar if no box on page) if user is not pasting into any particular textbox - this behavior is actually useful if you think about it. The Middle click paste was the reason why Smart Paste was even activated when your middle click misses a link. I'm not sure there's a way to make the behavior of the 2 features combined suit every user by default. I honestly think (and users complained) that FS already has too many options so I'm leery to adding another one for this. Sorry.

I thought about implementing caret when I first implemented FAYT but it was technically/conceptually troublesome, so I gave up on it. It doesn't work well when not using textbox, therefore using Find Panel with Ctrl-Shift-F is the only way.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great job!

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

amazing, thanks! ;)

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Really Huge! Powerful Search Engine & More! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

a little need made me discover this, i watched the whole instruction video & i really have to recommend it! Truly useful. Already part of my surf experience!

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Thank you for taking the time for the video & write the review! Allowing users search and surf faster has always been my goal for this addon.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fastes search is just the best and most integral solution for searching text in pages and tabs and fast online search engines access (via location bar for example). The developer is very supportive and very helpful in considering ideas and problems. The settings user interface is a bit awkward, but that is mainly because there are so many possible configurations and the developer has succesfully tried to not cumber the user with too many text and information (unless you press "?").
There is no other search add-on that reaches this level; I have tried them all. There used to be some things that couldn't be done that other similar addons could, but meanwhile they are all integrated and working (also the ones I myself have asked!).

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Thank you for the kind review! I'm glad that FS is meeting your needs!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great extension! One of my favorites already. Especially since adding search engines via mycroft project doesn't seem to work anymore, but this is more powerful and easier anyway!

Only frustration so far was finding the Options pop-up -it's in the add-on bar, which I don't use, but you can move it to the navigation bar if you want.

And, of course, it's really complicated, but you don't have to learn ALL of it if you don't want. With just five minutes you invest on it you'll already have upgraded your search experience much.

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Thanks for the review! Indeed Options system is not ideal (although one can get used to it and in many cases it's much faster than the usual addon options).

Also true that invest a few minutes is all that it takes to enjoy a few major features that'd make a difference for search/browse experience. More advanced features can be learned as users wish.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Świetna rzecz!

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Doesn't work anymore Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Suddenly stopped working: search stops at the first character with "key too short" message :'-( Seems to be a bug in FF25 though, hopefully they will fix it because this extension is really useful.

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New update: this turns out to be an incorrect (IMO) "bug fix" in FF25 that actually caused issues for programs handling both keydown and keypress, while preventdefault in keydown is called. The bug fix in FF25 is ostensibly making sense but did not realize there are VALID situations that keypress must be handled and keydown doesn't work in those cases (unless FF also fixed issues there in v25). Anyhow I will try to work out a workaround over this "fix" in FF25.

More update: I investigated, a truly good workaround that works properly on all webpages is NOT possible any more (see my comment on https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=501496). But the vast majority of sites should work fine.

Final update: I implemented and released the imperfect workaround in v3.17. Hopefully FF developers can provide a good working alternative or reverse their decision.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

the extension require time to understand and use, see the video, its really really awesome add!!

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Thanks for your review! Indeed, spending time watching the video will definitely reward users with much better browsing/searching experience. It's time well spent.

I appreciate your response Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for a very clear response. As I said, and I believe you understood this, what I wrote was only my opinion on certain aspects. I said that I, as well as all your users must, appreciate your efforts into coding such a feature-extensive add-on, and I meant it. And yes it's true that my review may have been a little biased, but that is unavoidable after all, I do have my tastes and, like you said, I am proud of my own add-on. But in all honesty, it was meant only as constructive criticism.

If I was to leave a review before, I would have given it a higher rating before (I will do now, after your response, as an attentive developer like you seem to be is always appreciated in a community like this), but you must understand that, considering that your add-on is now not only featured but as well as a Pick of the Month, it should meet a higher degree of standards, which I don't believe it does yet, but as I mentioned, it can definitely in the future.

Just some final notes (if you wish, we can discuss this further by e-mail):

- The difficulty in the first-configuration process, I do believe it is of critical importance, because every single user that installs the add-on must go through that at least once. It's usually a first impression (When I open the FAQ page I see a small scrollbar so I think "That's a lot to read...", when I open the video I see 40 minutes duration and I think "That's a lot to watch..." etc) that either makes the user keep or discard an add-on. It turned me off before and did so again this time. I'm sure that it has been the same for many other users.

- That is valid also for the UI. And by "impose" I didn't mean like you like it so you have to get everyone to do so as well, you may have misunderstood me here. I meant the lack of customization you provide for these elements. Right now, if I wanted to change anything I'd have to use Stylish, and that implies a higher degree of knowledge than most users have. You're right about one thing, if I don't like I should either help or just not use it. I said that it was just my personal preference to like simpler things. I did not mean to be rude and I apologize if that was how you took it, it was not my intention at all.

- I did not check the categories of the add-on, but neither do most users when they search for something rather than browse categories, they just see the name of the add-on and the small description most times. I have to stand by my opinion on this matter, that those features are typical of a very different add-on than this, and I do believe you could easily expand them to their own add-on if you so wanted.

Again, I apologize if in my previous review I seemed harsh. It was not my intent at all. I think I put the goggles of a reviewer for a moment and I tend to be very critic like that sometimes.

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Thank you for the new review & I do very much appreciate your explanation and updates! I understand, as a developer myself, I complain about non-intuitive/awkwardly-designed things a lot too and definitely some of your points are valid. As I said, the Find in All Tabs feature in your FBT addon is the best of kind among all addons (UPDATE: with FS v3.12's new result presentation, FS is now very good in result presentation and the most feature complete for all Find in All Tabs addon IMO) and you're actively improving it, it's understandable you would be critical of other addons when focused on similar features.

As I replied earlier, the customization UI is clumsy at first, and not easy to navigate for new users. But I didn't/couldn't change it for multiple reasons: 1. Initially it wasn't possible to do so as Addon SDK didn't support a traditional options. 2. It's a huge effort to do so - especially when localization support has to switch too. 3. The nice in-context linked documentation will be gone too if I switch to Addon SDK's newly supported, and still non-perfect options support - there would be new complaints arising if I do so. So this criticism I just have to endure for a while, although I am thinking of ways to make it less aggravating. UPDATE: v3.12 with the "reshow" main Options panel option enabled by default, it removes a little frustration.

My UI overall could be improved for sure. The search panel I've informed interested user that they can change CSS themselves. The Options panels are much more work as said above unfortunately.

As for inclusion of other features in a mainly search addon, I agree it could be annoying for those not interested in the features. But since the drag-n-drop are right click mouse gestures that won't usually be activated, and autocopy is mostly (but not always) harmless, I do not feel a change is needed right now - especially since my Linux-based friends do like them, I myself too.

To expand those features into their own addons are possible, but that defeats the purpose of me making this addon. I liked the "Autocopy" and "Super Dragandgo" addons before, but the latter died and I didn't want to install separate addons for every feature I need. So I made one myself to include those features. It just happens that the main feature by far that I put into this all-in-one addon is search-related. I agree plenty of people seemed to only want regex feature, but I'd rather people spend 20 seconds to disable the non-regex features they don't need (they're all readily accessible in the main Options panel to be turned on/off) in this situation than me spending a lot of time splitting the addons into two portions and maintaining two sets of sometimes-overlapping codebase.

Thanks again for your review! I apologize as well as I was getting harsher near the end of my reply too and I'm glad that our exchange resulted in better understanding not bitterness. I hope that eventually you could enjoy FS to its full extent (some of the features takes some getting used to, but once you start using it for a little bit, you'd love it I believe).

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have been using fastest search for some months.

Vantage points: Versatile smart Search box (I use it all the time), versatile text search inside pages, versatile drag&drop of links to open them in new tabs (this one is really cool), search using search-engine groups

Weak points: As far as I know there is no way you can change the default key (SHIFT) to open the smart search box.

Verdict: Amazing add-on.

P.S.The author's introductory video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDlLrVZ54L0) is a must. Do watch it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0). 

Thanks for the review! You're right that SHIFT key is currently the only shortcut to bring up a closed smart search box again - I didn't create another keyboard shortcut because I feel reselect would work faster than a complicated keyboard shortcut in fact.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great addon with everything I need. Functions beutifuly and it seems that everything is thought of to great detail. Instant search works great.
Thank you for all the work you must've put in to this.
However I've look through the settings, FAQ, video, help section and there's two things I can't find.Is there a way to disable instant search only for the url bar but not the search bar? The disable instant search for url bar setting seems to disable both?
Is there a way to set a default search engine for instant search in the search bar? (searching google instant results without having to use "g random crap" instead "random crap" in the search bar (only seems to use google as default in the url bar but not the search bar)

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Thanks for your kind review! For your questions:
1. You're right, I don't separate Instant for locationbar and searchbar. This is partially because some of my users noted that they usually hide the searchbar, given that FS allows them to search any engine in location bar already. So searchbar is redundant, and I don't feel doing sth. differently for it was necessary. I do see your point that maybe you want to use Instant in locbar but not in searchbar - one not-ideal replacement by turning Instant on/off quickly using Ctrl-Alt-I shortcut? Another probably better alternative is to add a custom engine you want, AND disable instant on this engine (it's an option). Then when you want Instant search, just type keyword/engine normally. When you do NOT want instant search, use that newly added engine shortcut, which won't load instantly (when using this method, make sure that you do not check the "Do not show suggestions" checkbox in FS main Options panel).
2. You can set the engine to whichever one you have by clicking on FS icon to show the main Options panel, then click "Instant Settings" then input a "URL Bar Engine Shortcut" (input 'e' to use ebay as default, 'a' to use amazon etc.)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent addon that really makes browsing a lot more efficient for me. I'd highly recommend for any power user.

The smart searchbox is something I use constantly as I'm always highlighting text to look up on google, wikipedia, youtube, and other sites.
Being able to open links in new tabs by dragging and the customizable search engines shortcuts + search suggestions are a godsend for browsing speed.

Looking forward to version 3.0! (or just a version packed with SDK 1.14 since firefox 22 is approaching soon and it breaks addons packed with older SDK versions)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.31). 

Thanks! I think I've given 3.0 enough test. Never had issue since once a month ago, good enough to go. Can't say for all users, but new features & working for FF22 makes v3.0 a necessity. Will upload for AMO review this weekend.

UPDATE: I had to take hours to work on a couple issues caused by FF22 retiring the API I was using for some features. There are other things needing my time over the weekend too, so I couldn't get to one last test on all features (as much as I can at least) before uploading. Will do that next week, sorry for the delay.

Excellent addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Highly customized and intelligently planned.

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Amazing addon. New request to add keyboard shortcut for "selectable URL text" Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have been a long-time user of this addon and completely agree with the review by Firefly. This addon is by far superior to other similar addons.

Now a new request to the developer: I have been a big user of the SmartBox feature. I find it irritating though that I cannot select the text with URLs easily; particularly, if I want to select a word in the middle of the URL'ed text. Most of the times, the URL gets clicked & I have to navigate back to the page. So, can you add a small tweak like this? - If I press, say, Alt button while making a selection, the URL click should be ignored & only the text should get selected. Possible? let me know.

Thanks in advance.

PS:By the way, I dont see the v3.0 version; neither here nor on your site! When will it be made available?

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Hi, we think alike! I remember that once I thought of adding Alt so user can select link text, and then I found that Firefox already allows you to do that. Give it a try - if you hold Alt, then select part of link text, SSB does pop up fine without the link be clicked.

v3.0 is delayed as I wanted to test the stability more, and perfect the F3 search start from current page position (not the last match position) - this has turned out to be very difficult, which might be why that despite this feature makes perfect sense - how many times when you have 20 hits on a page, you want to scroll to a page position and just start search from there? - no browser does this? I'll try to work on it the next couple of weeks and release it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Since U R a chinese, 那我说汉语吧。0_o
在OSX 上我新建了个用户,打开Firefox还是初始状态,然后就只安装了这个拓展,依然看不到icon,快捷键也不工作。:(

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I guess I need to get my hands on a Mac to see if I can reproduce it. If it really is not working, it's very likely only needs to be repacked with SDK 1.14 to work. My current v3.0 that was not yet released is packed with 1.14, I would like you to check and see if it'd work for you. Email me if you're interested in testing and see if it solves the problem for you.

Versatile, Powerful and Intelligently Designed Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fastest Search is one of those hidden gemstones in an ocean of addons. The author has clearly put a lot of thought in HOW users interact with his program, and not simply provide a laundry list of features. The program is imbued with numerous thoughtful, intuitive innovations that improve how one makes use of its power, such as the intelligently designed predictive features that reduce time an effort – thus the name “Fastest”.
The program may seem overpowering at first blush – and it is, but only because of the number of powerful tools it contains. Everything is well documented on the author’s site including video tutorials. Be patient and you will be richly rewarded. The best approach to learn about its features is divide and conquer. The program is divided into three parts: Searching within a web page (or optionally across all open tabs); Searching the web; and Productivity Shortcuts, both speed key and mouse.
I looked for a good page searcher for some time until I came across Fastest Search. As the name suggests, it is blazingly fast, but the real gems are the features. It is the only search program I have found that supports regular expressions. In addition to the usual highlighted terms, you are offered a choice between a traditional search box containing the common options or an immediate Find-As-You-Type method depending on your preference at the moment. The results are displayed three ways: a proportional match distribution bar with color-coded markers that jump directly to a match and which also displays a preview popup when they are hovered over; a location box with live elements; and an optional context box presenting a list of the matches and the sentences in which they appear, also directly clickable.
Web searches have a rich set of automation and options, making it both flexible and versatile. For example, a search term is quickly analyzed to determine the order of appearance for the many search engines presented for you to select from. Thus a single word will rank dictionary engines before others; foreign words invoke translation engines; a stock ticker name selects financial engines, and so on. All this can be tailored by the user according to needs. Any desired search engine(s) can be invoked by mnemonic shorthand, either singularly or by a user defined group containing specialized engines such as those for blog searches or technical or financial engines. Or, simply a group of your most favored engines. Individual engines can also be simultaneously searched by stringing together their shorthand aliases.
Usability enhancements provide convenience and empowerment. Many options make Fastest Search very configurable to tailor it according to each user’s tastes. The program is peppered with nifty command nuances and intuitively clever shortcuts like dragging to save images or opening links to the left or right of the current tab, in either the foreground or background. You can save your home or business address so that selecting a location from a page automatically maps the best route to take. An example of one of the nuances I use is the Autocopy feature to collect partial sections of the web page. I select a block of text, click my note-taker icon and select “Paste into note”. True, it only saves a tap of the Ctrl-C keys, but my hand never leaves the mouse and that makes it faster. Fastest Search expands Firefox’s Awesome Bar capabilities by adding additional keyword suggestions and instant search results from multiple user chosen search engines. And so much more. All in all, a truly elegant program.
Oh, and did I mention no restart of Firefox is necessary, making it one of the easiest extensions to experiment with. Give it a try; I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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Hi, I thought I replied to this review but somehow just found maybe I didn't. Thanks so much for a very detailed and well written review!

I'm absolutely delighted that FS was making your browsing/searching more efficient, and in many instances this addon is certainly worthy of the "Fastest" name (regex search offers the fastest way to find a complex pattern, all-tab search offers the fastest way to find same pattern on many pages, the smart searchbox is the fastest way to select and search, drag-n-save image with changing dir/name on-the-fly as option is also the fastest, the driving direction is absolutely world's fastest!) I can see that you tested all those functionalities out and were able to maximally utilize the features. That's exactly what I hoped that my users would do and what FS does for them!

I hope you download the latest v3.15 and you'd find some of the features are definitely improved (all-tab search, the look of SSB and many smaller improvements and fixes).