Rated 5 out of 5 stars

An irreplaceable add-on even at the moment, but...
Very slow with e10s enabled. Almost impossible to use. FAYT without search panel not works at all. Please fix it, Mingyi.
UPD. it's too early to say that e10s requires switch to webextension. Now it's not needed and XUL is enabled. It's 1.5 years before mozilla will cut XUL and XPCOM. So if you do not want make addon, it's your right. ok.
UPD2. Mingyi, i specifically writing a new review with the same content, so you can copy/paste your reply to it from the reply to ulf3000.
So, I don't blame you. If removing XUL from FS is really needed to support e10s.

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Update 2: I'll see what I can do. I certainly want to use FS myself as much/long as possible.
Update: e10s doesn't require webextension, but you requested fixing the performance issue with FS, which is only fixable by FS using webextension or at least abandon XUL/XPCOM. FF said XUL is out in 12-18 months, but that's irrelevant to my main point: As I said, if FF cuts its best feature, what's the point for me to keep developing for a dead browser? Have you seen the market share drop of FF over the last few years? The only remaining loyal users, do you know why they kept using FF? I'd venture to guess it's because of more powerful/unique addons. Now these addons would either be gone or much less powerful. What do you think would happen to FF's already much dwindled market share? I wanted to make addons and I made a number of them, but Firefox stepped over the line here and forced my hand. It's that simple. Don't blame me for the mistake Firefox made. Read my code in FS and see how you get rid of XUL/XPCOM there without impacting many features. A big rewrite can retain some of them but won't rescue others. It's NOT worth it. I don't want to spend a lot of effort just to keep a half baked version alive.

Old reply: Unfortunately e10s support pretty much requires switching to webextension, which is not even stable itself and worse, doesn't support XUL and XPCOM. FS, despite being a restartless/addon SDK-based addon, utilizes XPCOM API extensively (plus some XUL for UI) due to the deficiency in addon SDK API (even after this many years). To switch FS to webextension will both require serious time commitment from me AND lose a lot of features that won't be possible initially, for years, or even for ever (for some I'm sure).

I don't know what FF developers decided to kill the last remaining advantage of FF over Chrome. But given that I don't understand why they put that pocket thing on everyone's toolbar either, maybe I'm just too old fashioned.

I'll try to rewrite, but if I do rewrite, writing an FS for Chrome and TT2 for Chrome would be my priority because FF's webextension is simply going to be similar to Chrome's but Chrome is a much more stable/consistent system, it's easier to release new versions, and it has a much larger user base now. It'd be a time saver for me while reaching out to more users.

So for now, sorry, please just not enable e10s - it's simply not worth my time to deal with it now when it's not even stable itself.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Makes my work easier and extremely comfortable. Thanks!

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

AMAZIG BUT the search field opens on my second monitor

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Thanks & unfortunately that's a Firefox Addon SDK bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=955918

wolwerine: I couldn't reply to your review - I suspect it's because you reviewed 3 times in the same thread and I deleted my old reply, and that caused AMO to hit a bug of its own (it kept telling me error when I try to reply). So I'm replying to you here, hopefully you see it - next time use a new review or write email:

Update: e10s doesn't require webextension, but you requested fixing the performance issue with FS, which is only fixable by FS using webextension or at least abandon XUL/XPCOM. FF said XUL is out in 12-18 months, but that's irrelevant to my main point: As I said, if FF cuts its best feature, what's the point for me to keep developing for a dead browser? Have you seen the market share drop of FF over the last few years? The only remaining loyal users, do you know why they kept using FF? I'd venture to guess it's because of more powerful/unique addons. Now these addons would either be gone or much less powerful. What do you think would happen to FF's already much dwindled market share? I wanted to make addons and I made a number of them, but Firefox stepped over the line here and forced my hand. It's that simple. Don't blame me for the mistake Firefox made. Read my code in FS and see how you get rid of XUL/XPCOM there without impacting many features. A big rewrite can retain some of them but won't rescue others. It's NOT worth it. I don't want to spend a lot of effort just to keep a half baked version alive.

Old reply: Unfortunately e10s support pretty much requires switching to webextension, which is not even stable itself and worse, doesn't support XUL and XPCOM. FS, despite being a restartless/addon SDK-based addon, utilizes XPCOM API extensively (plus some XUL for UI) due to the deficiency in addon SDK API (even after this many years). To switch FS to webextension will both require serious time commitment from me AND lose a lot of features that won't be possible initially, for years, or even for ever (for some I'm sure).

I don't know what FF developers decided to kill the last remaining advantage of FF over Chrome. But given that I don't understand why they put that pocket thing on everyone's toolbar either, maybe I'm just too old fashioned.

I'll try to rewrite, but if I do rewrite, writing an FS for Chrome and TT2 for Chrome would be my priority because FF's webextension is simply going to be similar to Chrome's but Chrome is a much more stable/consistent system, it's easier to release new versions, and it has a much larger user base now. It'd be a time saver for me while reaching out to more users.

So for now, sorry, please just not enable e10s - it's simply not worth my time to deal with it now when it's not even stable itself.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent addon - A must have.

v3.363 is required for FF40+

My only gripe is the use of SuperFish for the shop assistant feature. SuperFish has a very bad reputation and is even blocked by many Internet security products. Fortunately it can be disabled so I give Fastest Search full bars!

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Thanks! I must note that Superfish used for Shopping Assistant is MUCH MUCH different than the certificate thing that gave it a bad name in security community. If this compromises my users' security I wouldn't have put it in FS.

can we have Android version? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great job, can we have Android version?

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I do want to be able to search faster on Android too, so I'll investigate. No promise yet. Regardless definitely a lot of features would be cut off as Android FF won't support it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

By far one of the best addons I’ve ever seen!
Especially drive directions h 2h shortcuts are just superb
Keep on great work.... hope to see future development.

Michael

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good Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent addon, this has a bunch of very powerful features.

A few things though. I was originally using f1 - f4 as hotkeys for other addons. This addon takes over those hotkeys, so I can't use them, and I can't find an option to disable them in the options. The options only disables the ctrl + alt hotkeys. It would be nice if I could disable f1 - f4 as well.

Also, I'm mostly using this addon for the finding features and regular expressions. I can't believe Firefox doesn't have an exact match feature yet. Would it be possible to get an addon that does just this?

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Wonderful replacement to FastestFox! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was missing the popup search bubble. Could be more user friendly, but so far the functionality is great. Thank you!

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Walter O'Brien praises this Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Remember, if somebody says that your addon sucks, they don't know a thing about computers. Finding the right word of phrase can sometimes be such an exhilarating task that makes my eyes water everytime. But, not anymore. I've seen this plugin on one of my employees in Scorpion Computer Services, and the way it circles the words is the right way to localize an entity in Mozilla. I honestly believe that this should be a standard feature in Mozilla Firefox, so more users can enjoy the beauty of this plugin/add-on!

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Thanks! Glad that you guys all like the addon!

Well Done Mr. Liu Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great work Mr. Liu.

I did just update to Fastest Search 3.363 from your website and it works great in FireFox36.0.4 and WaterFox36.0.4

It saves me a lot of time when browsing in FF; it's highly personalizable. Fast support as well.

I was also stuck on fastestfox (like another guy) and frustrated about the lack of customization, so I replaced it with this add-on it saved the day. I absolutely love it!

I donated to this developer because it really works, I have used this is add-on for about 1 ½ year, and I still love it………..

I am using the “Smart Search Box” the most and it’s fast.

With a little patience and the Youtube explanation this is definitely a great tool and probably the best one around. Thank you so much for taking time to develop this add-on and for sharing it with all of us.

This add-on has really become indispensable on my heavy daily use of FF.

I use Selection Search 0.7.23 extension in Chrome and they are very similar when it comes to the "smart-search" boxes.


I hope for you will give it a try because it really is an amazing and efficient search tool,

Frank

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Thanks for the kind review and donation! Glad that you like my addon. FastestFox has one or two nice features that FS doesn't have, like endless page, but FS has a lot more powerful features that FastestFox doesn't have. For searching in tab or across tab, no addon or browser is more powerful that FS, period. :)

Bug report : stopped working with firefox 37 and noscript Rated 5 out of 5 stars

great addon, thank you again Mr Liu.

Unfortunately it stopped working for me.
my configuration: Fastest Search 3.363 / firefox 37 (recent update) / noscript 2.6.9.20 / windows 8 pc

it seems since last firefox update to version 37, Fastest Search doesn't work any more :
when doing a search or clicking on the FS icon, the expected pannel opens, but it is empty, blank.

I noticed that when I deactivate the noscript addon, Fastest Search is working fine again.

Before that,every thing was working fine under firefox 36, both Fastest Search and Noscript could work together, wich is no longer the case under firefox 37.

is there a workaround to have Fastest Search working in firefox 37, without deactivating noscript ?
Thank you for any help.

EDIT : Thank you for your answer. I hope we'll have a fix very soon.

last EDIT april 9: Thank you very much Mr. Liu.
I got Noscript update to v 2.6.9.21, and now Fastest Search is working perfectly again.

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Last update: NoScript author replied and suggested me try his latest version (development build v 2.6.9.21rc1) linked at https://noscript.net/getit#devel and this version works well with FS now!

Previous reply: Yes, I was notified by another user of this NoScript issue. I wrote to NoScript author and hopefully he replies with a workaround or fix on his part. I couldn't find a NoScript option to allow it NOT disable FS Options Panel. This really needs to be solved on NoScript part.

Update: It's now been 5 days and NoScript author still didn't reply. I wrote to him again and left a post on his forum. Hopefully soon we get it resolved.

Newer update: User SVettel just found a workaround: Set NoScript to allow script globally, then go to Addon Manager to disable FS then enable FS, now set NoScript to disallow script globally again. Now everything works until you restart browser, at which time you have to do this again.

Bug Report | Cyberfox 36.0.1 - FS 3.362 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hi,

after pushing the serach button to do a text search on a page I get the error:
Syntaxerror: The expression is not a legal expression.

Btw. a nicer looking menu would really be awesome.
somehing more modern with a better overview. =)

Regards,
Hyper

/EDIT

Thanks, that did the trick! :)

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You probably tried out the Restrict Search feature (in the red div on top right after you search, you should see a small font "restricted") and entered an illegal character or syntax.

Anyhow just press Ctrl-Alt-T and clear what you see in the popup, then press OK. It should work like before now.

I'll probably not spend time on aesthetics, although I do see the point.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

vital, without it FF is not the same

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Now that you mention it, there is no preview at all, just an empty space where it was before. I also tried disabling all other addons except FastestSearch and the problem still persists.

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That is strange. The preview does not show if you're on a non-webpage (meaning if you're on about:newtab or about:addons (addon manager) page, and try to set SSB, the preview will be blank). You need to be on normal webpage or about:home. However, the preview itself is not related to being able to save engine or not.

Which FF version are you using? Are you using FS 3.362? Which OS are you using?

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Amazing and usefull, i was stuck to fastestfox and was about to degrade my firefox in order to have it but this add-on saved the day...I absolutely love it!

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Can't live without it anymore Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is seriously one of the best add-ons.

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Amazing Add-on Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great work Mr Liu. It's saved me a lot of time; it's highly personalizable and i love it.
Only one thing,did anyone know how to make the "Wildcard" disapear on the smart searchbox but keep search engines ? I barely use it.

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If you meant that you would like to replace the wildcard engine in SSB, click on FS icon to launch Options, click on "Smart Searchbox" top right, and change the engine shortcuts there by removing/replacing the '*'.
If you want to disable SSB altogether then the checkbox is in the Options.

A godsend for proofreading tasks Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm proofreading a large collection of web pages, making sure that cross-references in a document set have been hyperlinked. To do this efficiently I need to use a regular expression search on one of several terms (like "above|below"). Fastest Search enables this perfectly, with highlighting, and it also saves the last search so that to repeat it on a new page you just need to type F1. And those are only the features I have discovered so far! It's going to save me a bunch of time.

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Thanks for the review & glad FS is helping you! I just want to point out that an advanced feature that might be helpful for you with regards to hyperlink is to press Ctrl-Alt-T to bring up a restriction dialog. This allows for searching only links or specific html tags with certain attributes etc. It might be helpful for your proofreading.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

One of my favourite plugins.

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Only if it could also replace Rated 4 out of 5 stars

It would have been incredible if this addon could also replace text in textareas using regex.

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