neil

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Name neil
User since March 5, 2007
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My Reviews

LeechBlock

Very Useful Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The only problem I have is cosmetic -- the leechblock toolbar button is too high with that little arrow underneath it, and makes my toolbar take up additional space on top that it shouldn't need to.

Also, it would be nice if there were some way to mark a block set as "disabled", so I can turn it off without losing my settings for that block. The blocks come in really handy for days I'm supposed to be working, but they're fairly annoying when I'm taking the day off and want to browse more distracting sites.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.3). 

deduplicate-tabs

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Not quite what I was looking for -- I need something that will automatically show a tab if it is already open, rather then just give me a button to close duplicates.

Edit, for clarification: When I type a URL into the location bar of a tab (and press enter), click on a link for that URL, or open a link from the desktop, and there is already another tab open with that URL, I want firefox to automatically activate that other tab, instead of creating a new one.

The closest that Firefox has gotten to this in its default behavior is that it will show "Switch to Tab" as one option in the list from the awesome bar when typing in a URL that is already open. This is great as a reminder, but it's not automatic, and it doesn't help when clicking on links.

I've heard that this is possible in chrome, but I've never used that. I'd originally checked out deduplicate-tabs because I thought it might have this functionality.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.12). 

Downloads in Tab

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is nice and simple. It should be what Firefox does by default. I would like to see it made so that the location and bookmark toolbars don't show up on the tab. I'm sure that's possible, since the add-ons tab works that way.

Personal Menu (Personal Firefox Button)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Nevermind, i've figured it out.

This is a great add-on that shouldn't exist :). What I mean is, it shouldn't have required me to use an add-on to make my tools menu available in the little orange menu.

This is what I would like to see in this yet:
1) an option to make toolbar boxes layout vertical instead of horizontal
2) I would also like to see it possible to remove the "Edit this menu..." item to make my menu even simpler, making it available using a right-click instead (ideally, as part of the customize... toolbar menu).
3) Split the special "Bookmark" and "History" menu buttons into a different add-on. I want this add-on to customize the menu, which already has a bookmark and history items in it. There existence doesn't seem to have anything to do with that.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.0.5).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Personal Menu (Personal Firefox Button)

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I'd like to be able to put my bookmark toolbar items on the menu (I don't have a lot). However, after reading the "developer notes" above, and following the directions in the first item, I don't see a "Bookmarks Toolbar Items" on the available list. I see a "Bookmarks Toolbar", but all that does is create a single icon that shows the bookmarks in a submenu.

"*** What are the bookmark icons inside the second screen-shot? ***
The group of bookmark icons at bottom-left, is "Bookmarks Toolbar Items", inside a Toolbar Box. If you want to add this one, you need to remove it from Bookmarks Toolbar via "View -> Toolbars -> Customize". Then go to Personal Menu Options, add an available item called "Toolbar Box", finally you may see the "Bookmarks Toolbar Items" in the available item list."

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.0.5). 

ReloadEvery

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I have chosen to uninstall ReloadEvery due to the 'partnering with SmartLinks' notice. Up until that point it was a useful little plugin, which I used only once in a while. I originally installed a plugin that made it easier to automatically reload pages containing content that changes frequently. If I'd wanted a plugin that inserted links into the content I'm browsing, then I would have looked for that sort of plugin.

Whether or not it is now SpyWare, I don't know. But, it is AdWare now, whether it is opt-in or not. I don't support AdWare.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0.2). 

Google Docs Preview

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm going to admit that I was wrong, all apologies. After restarting my browser, it works without logging in. I believe this had something to do with me being already logged in to another google service.

Anyway, this now gets five stars.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.8). 

gPDF

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This is only partly useful for me unless I have to option of downloading instead. A right-click menu item would be preferable over doing this with all documents.

However, it appears to be the best I can find so far, so I'll have to get by with the download link on the viewer page.

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

Google Docs Preview

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Sorry, the other addon I was talking about was gPDF.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.8). 

Google Docs Preview

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Unfortunately, this add on requires a google docs account, even though it's possible to use google's viewer without one (http://docs.google.com/viewer). There are other add-ons that use the viewer without requiring a login, such as gDoc, however, that addon makes the links always open in the viewer, instead of adding a right-click menu item.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.8). 

PDF Download

Getting too commercial Rated 2 out of 5 stars

The Pros:

This add-on has two important features which I really needed when I installed this add-on long ago.

1) The ability to browse PDF documents as HTML instead. Believe me, this is an *important* feature, especially on slow internet connections. Instead of having to wait an hour for that 5 MB PDF to finish downloading, only to find that it isn't the doc you're looking for, you can start to view it through their server almost immediately.

(This feature does not work on "private PDFs", for example, when a company serves a PDF for an order confirmation, as this would be unavailable to their servers).

2) Let's you bypass adobe's plugin when PDFs are downloaded. As Adobe's plugin tends to slow down Firefox with large documents, and has other bugs which in the past have crashed Firefox, I'd rather not use it. Over the years, PDF Download has gotten better and better at handling different ways of delivering PDFs, to the point where it can now bypass 99% of all PDF downloads.

The cons:

PDF Download has always come with some advertisements, especially on their "view as HTML" server, for other products by the same company. I was comfortable with this, as they at least weren't advertising other companies products, and I know that they do have to make money somehow. But, lately, it seems like I'm getting more and more advertisements showing up here and there when I use any of their features.

Now, they've added this status bar icon to my browser, with no way of getting rid of it, with the proposed feature of being able to turn off the plugin for a specific page. Since their dialog box already comes up with a "bypass" option, I don't really see why they need this. I feel that this icon is cluttering up my status bar merely as another attempt to advertise. I do not like that.

In addition, although their HTML viewer always had bugs, being only able to show about 90% of PDFs, and even then often with poor formatting, it was better than nothing. However, now, Google has improved their own PDF viewer quite a bit, giving it an Ajax interface, and appears capable of showing 99% of PDFs in a way that very much resembles the original document.

The Results:

After years of this add-on being in my top ten, I am going to try to get rid of it. I will instead be looking at a number of other plugins which let you view PDFs in Google's viewer, and I will be simply disabling the Adobe plugin so that PDFs will not even have the option to show up in that.

If any developers are reading this, that status bar icon without the option to turn it off was the very last straw. This plugin has officially become adware in my book.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.0.1).