Phil Wheeler

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Developer Information
Name Phil Wheeler
Location Dunedin, New Zealand
Occupation Web Developer
User since May 12, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 1 add-on
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Add-ons I've created

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars (3)
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An essential tool Rated 5 out of 5 stars

People are gradually coming round to the idea of password managers and KeeFox makes working with KeePass ridiculously simple.
It integrates well, removes the need for Firefox to store passwords locally (and unsecurely) and offers a lot of time-saving shortcuts for common tasks. A great add-on.

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Solid, comprehensive security tool Rated 4 out of 5 stars

While the passwords I have used historically are always secure, I found myself using more and more of them in multiple locations. KeeFox's integration with KeePass makes generating and using randomly-generated, unique passwords for each website very easy. By synchronising my KeePass database using Windows Skydrive or DropBox I can easily ensure my passwords are up-to-date and shared across both my work and home computers.The occasional insistance of KeeFox to submit forms without the password despite the password field being correctly filled out can be an annoyance but it is not a regular occurance and something I hope will be addressed in a future update.

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Firefox Share (alpha)

Not a great improvement Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I'm not exactly blown away with the replacement for Mozilla's own F1 sharing tool.

This tool is still in Alpha phase so it's reasonable to be somewhat forgiving but there are still too many glaring omissions to overlook when its predecessor's service seems to have been switched off for most users.

The UI still needs a lot of work, with the three available share targets (Twitter, Facebook and GMail) constrained to very cramped text areas. Facebook sharing has no option to select the desired thumbnail image.

There is no option to choose a URL shortening service and links are therefore omitted from a user's shortened URL history.

Links are automatically added to the Firefox Unsorted Bookmarks list whenever a page is shared and there doesn't appear to be any way to switch this behaviour off.

This tool still has a LONG way to go and unless it can come up with a killer feature that sets it aside from native sharing addons or Pearltrees for example, it's easy to do without.

Feedly - Beyond Google Reader

The last RSS aggregator you'll ever wear Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Feedly is Just Another RSS Reader, but what it does, it does extremely well.

Feedly resembles iGoogle, Netvibes and other similar news homepage services, but raises the bar by an order of magnitude by allowing you to meaningfully categorise, sort and filter your news within a magazine-like layout.

A particularly clever thing that Feedly can do is identify which friends you follow and display the stories they find interesting.

The interface is highly customisable and it integrates with numerous other services - including most social networks. All in all, it's an excellent service and a must-have app for anyone wanting to have a seamless experience with their news and information on the web.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (8.0.1-signed). 

Rainbow Color Tools

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

A very strong candidate replacement for Colorzilla. Some accuracy issues around the "Website Analyzer" feature but the "Library" feature is an excellent addition and very useful for designers or developers.
The add-on is generally very intuitive to use although "bookmarking" colors to the library may cause some initial confusion with other URL bookmarking tools such as XMarks or Firefox Sync.
All things considered, this is a very useful and usable addition to a web designer's kit.

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