Álvaro G. Vicario

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Name Álvaro G. Vicario
User since March 5, 2007
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My Reviews

Clippings

Useful in general, could use some improvements Rated 4 out of 5 stars

It works as advertised, gets the job done and has some nifty advanced features. Kudos on that.

But, IMHO, the less polished part is actual snippet insertion (what you do most of the time). It provides a number of methods but most of them fail to feel really comfortable:

- Context menu forces you to browse several levels of nested menus.
- Keyword short-cuts force you to assign a key to every single clipping you want to use and you'd better learn it by heart (there's a help dialogue with the key list, but it needs to be invoked manually and has to be dismissed before you can actually insert anything).
- Toolbar button is possibly the best method, but it's fairly counter-intuitive to insert snippets from the Clippings Manager dialogue by double-clicking on their names, esp. when the dialogue necessarily covers the target text box.

Creating a new clip is almost easier than using it afterwards.

Last but not least, a "Sort by name" feature in the folder content-menu in Clippings Manager (just like Firefox itself has in Bookmarks Manager) would be really handy.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0.1). 

Markdown Viewer

Works as advertised Rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's simple (nothing's configurable) and gets the job done. The style sheet is fine. And it *can* read local files. So far, so good :)

The only drawback is that tab title is a hard-coded "Markdown Viewer" string. Among all the possibilities I could think of (file path, file name, first line, first title... or a combination of those) that's probably among the less useful.

Html Validator

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

As far as I know, it's the only add-on of its kind. Its automatic validation approach allows to detect that elusive unclosed tag that only shows up when you've loaded certain data (thus goes unnoticed with manual validation). Definitively, a must-have for webmasters.

The only major drawback is that it doesn't support HTML5 (it only provides a link to submit code to an online validator and such feature is provided by other extensions that do it better).

BTW, make sure you only use it on your own sites. There's no point in wasting memory and CPU cycles validating HTML at Google or Yahoo.

Nimbus Screen Capture - editable screenshots

Excelent for ocasional usage Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is a pleasant to use add-on if you need to grab screen-shots now and then. While it's true that it could use some polishing (some times the "Selected area" action lags for a few seconds, the zoom pane gets on the way of your selection or the pop-up menu displays partially off-screen), it's nicely designed and works as advertised so I'd recommend it for occasional use. It also has a very good editor to add annotations and highlights or blur parts of the capture.

However, it isn't very practical when you need to capture many screenshots in a row. There's no option to save images automatically in a given directory and copying a selection to clipboard requires 3 mouse clicks (keyboard is not an option).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.9). 

Restaurador de atajo de teclado para marcadores

Firefox 20 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Parece que Firefox 20 ya ha solucionado el problema así que no os olvidéis de deshabilitar o desinstalar esta extensión (de lo contrario, parece que Firefox y el complemento se estorban mutuamente).

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Restaurador de atajo de teclado para marcadores

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Me alegra confirmar que la revisión del complemento ya sí funciona como la seda. Gracias, Jorge.

YesScript

Status-4-Evar Rated 5 out of 5 stars

For your interest, it works with Status-4-Evar. You just need to customize the bar and add the YesScript icon.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.9). 

Firebug

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Firebug team is doing a amazing work trying to keep up with the random changes in Firefox major version and internal API and the proof is that 1.8.1 is already here, fully compatible with Firefox 6. Sadly, my Add-On Manager keeps saying as of today that 1.7.3 is not compatible with current Firefox release and claims that there aren't updates available. I hope the complete Mozilla Foundation goes to hell for copying only the cosmetic Google Chrome features nobody cares about and doing it wrong.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.1). 

Memory Fox

Amazing Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Finally, I can use Firefox for a couple of hours and after closing all tabs it will no longer use 75% of my physical memory. IMHO it's a superb accomplishment.

Sadly, it all comes at a price. There're frequent moments when Firefox becomes unresponsive for a few minutes, typically after being in the background for a while (and every time I resume my computer from hibernation). I still have to play with the plug-in configuration as setting everything to "3 min" (whatever that means--the dialogue labels are as verbose as useless) had not apparent effect. So I'm not sure whether I'll keep it or not but, as I said, you can bet it does recover lost memory.

(I wish someone would write a similar plug-in so Firefox does not stop responding so often when switching tabs.)

text/plain

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Apparently, Firefox 4 has finally implemented this functionality so you now get 6 similar (and basically duplicate) items in your context menu: 3 from Firefox (in your browser's lang), 3 from the add-on (in English). Sadly, you can't just uninstall the extension because the built-in feature is not as powerful: it will not detect e-mail addresses and it sometimes misses some web site addresses. So text/plain is still necessary though it could benefit from some tweaking. Too bad it looks abandoned :(

RSS Icon

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This add-on still needs a lot of polishing:

- It conflicts with the built-in "Subcribe" button (it adds its icon as background image below the button's icon).
- It places the new icon to the right of the "Star" icon, thus it flickers from left to right when loading pages.
- It doesn't have hover effects.
- Even the Add-On site URL is fake!
- Example.com

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.6). 

RSS Icon In Awesombar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

There are other similar extensions but this is the only one that replicates Firefox 3 behaviour and does not introduce new issues. It's a pity that it doesn't show up in built-in add-on search :(

Status-4-Evar

Evolve to Firefox 3 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've tried to get used to GUI changes in Firefox 4. Seriously. I understand that some great improvements require an adaptation time before you wonder how you could live without them. But this time couldn't. In Firefox 4, several basic features have suffered absurd random changes and some others has just been removed: less features, less usability and cool screen-shots for the marketing guys.

Status-4-Evar restores good old status bar together with all its features: link locations in a visible and predictable place, download status... It even works with other extensions that used to rely on the status bar and now resort to the add-on bar (Firebug, HTML Validator, Dictionary Switcher...)...

This extension shouldn't be necessary but, given it is, I'm glad it exists.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2011.04.06.18).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Status-4-Evar

Forward to Firefox 4 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've tried to get used to GUI changes in Firefox 4. Seriously. I understand that some great improvements require an adaptation time before you wonder how you could live without them. But this time couldn't. In Firefox 4, several basic features have suffered absurd random changes and some others has just been removed: less features, less usability and cool screen-shots for the marketing guys.

Status-4-Evar restores good old status bar together with all its features: link locations in a visible and predictable place, download status... It even works with other extensions that used to rely on the status bar and now resort to the add-on bar (Firebug, HTML Validator, Dictionary Switcher...)...

This extension shouldn't be necessary but, given it is, I'm glad it exists.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2011.04.06.18). 

Resizeable Textarea

Not compatible? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Despite the information given here, it doesn't seem to be compatible with Firefox 3.6. You cannot resize textareas and the JavaScript console displays several errors related to the extension.

RAMBack

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It has no apparent effect on reserved memory or performance, not at least in 3.5.

XP on Vista

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Version 2.1 no longer matches your system colours. Instead, it features a fixed hard-coded grey.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1). 

Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Beware that every time you update your .NET Framework (possibly through Windows Update automatic notifications) you'll get a new version of this add-on. You won't get prompted and every new version will be harder to remove.

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

Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Be aware that this extension cannot be uninstalled unless you hack in the Windows registry and remove some files manually.

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

Old Add Bookmark Behavior

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I was tired of losing bookmarks. Now and then I would add a page to the bookmark bar (normally to read it later, often by dragging by mistake) that I had previously saved and classified. Firefox had silently removed the original bookmark so, as soon as I remove the last addition, the page is gone. Once more, data loss as a feature.

This add-on overcomes this "feature" while gracefully allowing me to opt-in in a per bookmark basis.

The only drawback is unintelligible text of the duplicate bookmark dialog ("Do you bookmark of duplication url?") but I can't figure out how to contact the author (the add-on site is in Japanese).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0).