Great Potential Rated 3 out of 5 stars
The idea is absolutely wicked, but the execution needs further development. I think it's especially important to add a way to set preferences, so that everyone can customize HD according to their liking. It would be great if I could remove some of the categories for instance, they just clutter my screen.TheTech438 suggested in his review that it should be possible to just type 's' to search instead of 'search:'. I just want to inform you all that this is possible already as long as you add a colon after the letter s. so 's:' will allow you to search instantly.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2).
There's various plans for adding, removing, reordering categories as well as adding providers to categories. Some are easier to do such as removing a whole category, but we're hoping to push out a combined update with various customizations ready.
The New Ubiquity Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I think that this is a great add-on! It needs a little UI change and a little more customization, but it's a great start. It should become like the new Ubiquity integrated into the Awesome Bar. They should make commands like that of Ubiquity and the ability to add more. They should also allow you to only start typing the first letter then auto select the category. It is easier for me to type "g [space] [What I want to search]" then to type"search: [What I want to search], I should only have to type the "s". If they did that then it would become one of the most useful add-ons in my opinion. Keep up the great work Mozilla!This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2).
v3 better indicates that you only need to type "s[tab]" to activate search. Previous versions tried hinting at that by coloring text blue, but that didn't seem to help as it's out of the view of the user.
No options, no keyboard shortcuts Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Okay, good idea, but bad execution.
For starters, I'm using this with omnibar. So I already can just type "cats" to search cats with the current search engine, and use ctrl+scroll wheel to change engines. But this extension gives me categories, so hey, that's great, right?
Well I don't want the categories shown on the freaking bar. And there's no option to get rid of them, or move them over to be inconspicuous. They're noisy and distracting. As I type, they fade and disappear, but it's still aesthetically displeasing. Plus, if I click the bar to type, there's a tiny window where I can click rather than the entire bar I used to get. Quite a UI problem.
Secondly, the categories. If I want to type the category, I can't cycle through the options with any key I know of. So if I do "news:" I can't change it from CNN without using the mouse. I'm a keyboard guy, so this is disappointing. I normally just use Google for everything, but if I'm offered this category search for different engines, then why can't I use keyboard shortcuts to cycle? My normal keyboard flow doesn't get extended with this plugin.
In general the lack of options and shortcuts makes this good idea pretty ugly and limited.
You can type "n" then press [tab] to activate news. If you hit [tab] again, you can switch to another news provider.
Great start. Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Please integrate search suggestions from the independent search box (Google search suggestions).
I really like the concept, and think it is a big improvement. Well done. I've also been experiencing the unresponsive menus on OS X. A permanent fix for that would be nice. Would also like to see customization.
We have various ideas to provide a good search suggestion experience. Because you're picking a category, the suggestions can be better than just any general suggestion for the letters you're typing.
thumbs up Rated 5 out of 5 stars
that's awesome, really it's a time saver, keep going, just give the users the option to add/remove categories/engines .This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2).
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Ideas deserve 5 stars.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2).
Need to see the current page URL Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Good concept. But, I don't see why you would not display the current URL. Not very usable in the current form.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2).
The url should be displayed in v2. And more of the url will display in v3 if you have a wide screen or window.
nice Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love it!It would be great if i could add my own search engine!This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2).
An awesome idea, but currently not useable Rated 4 out of 5 stars
* You can't right-click to copy a URL.
* When you type in the Awesomebar and arrow down through results, the URLs are not placed in the location bar.
* You cannot edit the URL, you can only type new URLs from scratch.
You should be able to edit the current page's url when clicking on the url. Editing urls from the dropdown is this issue:
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
The site-list for the different categories isn't selectable when used with certain themes or extensions. eg https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flow/This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2).
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I had not thought about the phishing aspect. Even with the identity block, I do not trust just the ID block. I look at the URL. Also, there is often information encoded in the url that is important. For ex, a link that you sent me today mardak: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Toolkit&component=Add-ons+Manager . Later on when i was on that page, I wanted to see what the URL b/c i knew it had the component in it, but i couldnt see it unless i went up there and clicked on it.
We have two internal trac bug sites, that look the same visually, but i can always tell difference by URL. No longer.
I think URL and no other categroies should be shown unless you are up in there editing or entering in the field.
People who dont know where to click because they are afraid to edit the URL are beginners and they will learn fast, when there is no other way to do it. For now, as an add on, this seems to be more for power users anyhow.
For the phishing aspect, is it because you thought not all of the domain was being shown? v2 always showed pretty much all of the whole domain, and v3 better indicates that by differently coloring the domain from the truncated parts.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
I think it's easier to use keywords. Instead of clicking "videos" and write "metallica" for example, you can just write "y metallica" for youtube after setting "y" for youtube.
Unnecessary I think. Maybe good for lazy people who don't want to set keywords for sites.
The add-on works with just the keyboard as well. You can press ctrl-T to open a new tab then type "v" and press [tab] to start searching for videos. So very similar to keywords.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
One big safety issue: Phishing will become a lot more dangerous because this way you cannot see the address of the site you're browsing.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1).
The identity block should help you decide if you should trust the website. There was a bug in v1 where the block (and favicon of the page) would not show up. This has been fixed in v2.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Stops working after I use the customize window.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1).
Thanks for pointing this out. I've filed an issue for you:
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Seems like a good concept, but currently seems rather buggy. It either displays only the current site URL or the various search options, the site favicons occasionally don't appear to load and display properly when the URL is displayed and there seems to be no way to control whether URL or the various search options are displayed, that seems to be rather random.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1).