Bret Schmerker

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Name Bret Schmerker
User since March 16, 2010
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Classic Compact

Best available theme for Windows Classic Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Theme is ideal for systems running the Classic window-color theme in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows 4-up, as it coordinates all onscreen buttons to the smaller size of control buttons in the Classic themes (w/r/t Basic and Aero in Windows 6-up).

I have gone back to this Theme and its companion Extension due to a transparent-text bug in Firefox 6.0-up that, in my case, rendered Internet relay chats in the Sidebar unreadable (see also https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=672028). The one visual out-of-spec that I have detected with this Theme involves WOT (the ring on the WOT button fails to render in color), but this issue may be beyond the Theme Developer's control.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0.9.3). 

Certificate Patrol

Good heads-up tool for SSL monitoring Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension is useful for tracking SSL and TLS clearances on newly-visited Web pages, and the Preferences this Extension can locally allow and/or block individual Certificates, even mark a specific Certificate repository as untrusted when the need arises. The pop-up toolbar appears for first-time certificate presentations, with reject and view-details options.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.10). 

Back/forward dropmarker

Essential when using Apple mice Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Although not critical for my own situation---right-click is available for most mice and trackballs under both Windows and LinUX---this is a necessary Extension for Apple hardware when using Firefox 4-up, as the Macintosh series has only one mouse-button switch even on later models with scrolling trackballs integrated into the mouse covers. Ideally, the history dropmarker would have been kept by default, given the obvious lack of a second mouse button on most Apple hardware.

In a short test on my Asus CM1630-06 running Microsoft Windows 7.0.8001, this Extenstion works as advertised, duplicating on the left click the current-tab history menu accessible from a right-click of Back/Forward on Windows and LinUX installations.

Locationbar²

Recommend triage for possible interference with Status-4-Evar Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This Extension works as advertised on its own, splitting the URL into its component hyperlinks and formatting the URL in a manner consistent with Microsoft® Internet Explorer™ 7-up. It does, however, prevent the Sparky Bluefang Extension Status-4-Evar (Versions 2011.04.06.08 and 2011.05.07.18b tested) from utilizing the URLbar for links (as proposed for Firefox 4.0) or status; a workaround is available in Options/Preferences for the Extension cited (viz., to assign both Status and Links to the Toolbar), and the integrated URLbar progress-meter function thereof is only affected in terms of display format, so I consider this issue a Low-priority bug.

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

Personal Menu (Personal Firefox Button)

Has definitely adapted to new Firefox! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension, versions 5.0.*, is the perfect tool for fine-tuning the App Menu in Firefox 4.0.*, allowing for substitution of custom menu folders for the standard menu-item expandables as appropriate. The Restart and Configuration menu items in this Extension are quite useful for developers, and additional items can be added to custom sub-menus from both default items and Menu Toolbar functions.

As an example, I have two set-ups in conjunction with the Chris Extension Extension Options Menu (which took up where the James R. Skinner Extension Options Menu left off), on one system running Microsoft Windows 7.0.8001 (which has Extension Options between the default Options expandable and the Help expandable in Column 2), and on another running Ubuntu 10.04.2-LTS (which has Extension Options, along with a custom Tools submenu, between the default Preferences expandable and the default Help expandable).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.0.3).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Add Bookmark Here ²

Tuneable bookmarking extension Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension is a sophisticated improvement on the Arno Scholten Extension Bookmark This Page Plus (which I always liked for its simplicity), adding controls for quick-bookmarking a current page and showing all bookmarks in addition to top- or bottom-placement of the Add Bookmark Here cue in Bookmarks sub-menus (excepting Folder sub-menus of the Bookmarks Toolbar).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0.20110503). 

Extension Options Menu

Works as advertised Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension for Firefox 4.0.* revives the functionality of the James R. Skinner Extension Options Menu (last used in Firefox 3.5.*), with additional preferences not available in the earlier Extension; it is a real time-saver for those who have to tune Extensions often.

I use this in conjunction with the Merci chao Extension Personal Menu in Firefox 4.0.*, placing its folder betwixt Options and Help in the right App Menu column.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.13). 

Status-4-Evar

Works as advertised Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension brings back the stock statusbar functions of Firefox 1.0 - 3.6.* and then some, by providing a UI architecture to show link targets in the URLbar and status of current-page elements in the Add-on Bar. The URL progress bar this Extension replaces that of the zeniko Extension Fission (last used with Firefox 3.6.*, as of 17 April 2011), and a separate download progressbar is available.

I have tested it with the Frank Yan Extension Tab Progress Bar, the Devon Jensen Extension Download Statusbar, and the Strahinja Kustudić Extension Extended Statusbar, and have found no mutual interference problems.

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

Smart location (smart text)

URLbar and Back/Forward regression Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This Extension is NOT exactly ready for prime time. I found that, while it does format the current HTTP page location consistent with MS-Internet Explorer 7-up when it is running correctly, all too often it shuts down the Back and Forward buttons, and even occasionally it shuts down the Location text field. This will make the UI difficult to handle for those not used to selecting Back, Forward and Home from the menu(s).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.3). 

Zoom Page

Replacement for stock Zoom Controls in FF 4.0.* Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension is an improvement on the included Zoom Controls button for Firefox 4.0.*, as the Percent Zoom display on the button this Extension also serves the Reset Zoom function. At the same time, it will occupy slightly less toolbar space than the three zoom-controls buttons in the Michael B. Extension Toolbar Buttons, a consideration for UI configuration.

Be advised that, on the side toolbar from the Gomita Extension Vertical Toolbar, the zoom button from this Extension will increase the side-toolbar minimum width, as will certain meters and buttons from other Extensions.

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

FeatureFix

Useful tool for developers Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension, in addition to fine-tuning tab and URLbar behavior, can show encoded CITEs, TITLEs, LONG DESCriptions, SouRCes, ACTIONs, DATA, Hyperlink REFerences, &c., for elements on any HTML Page. The included View Source button can address this Extension's settings directly, via its drop-down menu. Pop-up appearance may take some getting used to for new users of this Extension, but this Extension works essentially as advertised.

(I am concurrently using the Gomita Extension Vertical Toolbar, and the Michael B. Extension Toolbar Buttons, for buttons to control functions not directly accessible from the menu structure and/or App Menu button even with the Merci chao Extension Personal Menu installed, and placed the Online/Offline button from this Extension on the side toolbar.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.0). 

Link Location Bar

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This Extension is a satisfactory UI fix for those who don't need all the additional functions in the Sparky Bluefang Extension Status-4-Evar, besides the relocation of go-to hyperlinks to the URLbar.

Concerning Gondorff's question about the out-of-dimension Back button, I found that to be a possible appearance bug of Firefox 4.0 itself, having stumbled upon it when any Extension buttons are place in the Navigation Toolbar; this was actually addressed in the SoapyHamHocks/dert07 Theme Seven (for Microsoft Windows 6-up), but see my review thereof for a caveat: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/seven/reviews/

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1). 

Vertical Toolbar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension provides additional space for toolbar buttons for various needful functions. In conjunction with the Michael B. Extension Toolbar Buttons, it permits the user access to global toggles for Java, Flash, IFrames, &c., not accessible from the menus or App Menu. An excellent adjunct for browser customization.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.1). 

Tab Utilities

Functions as advertised Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension provides excellent user control of tab dimensions, new-tab forces, and text colors and accents. Having found it able to cope with different background-tab color conditions including transparent tabs under Microsoft Windows 6-up with Aero, I therefore recommend it for all users of the SoapyHamHocks/dert07 Theme Seven.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2). 

Seven

Recommend Tab Utilities for this Theme Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Theme corrects the vertical-stretch situation that I encountered with the default Back/Forward button when Extension buttons are placed in the Navigation Toolbar; as it functions consistent with the Aero standard under Microsoft Windows 6-up, this Theme also requires some care in choosing accompanying Extensions due to the transparent background tabs. I recommend the ithinc Extension Tab Utilities for this Theme, as background-tab text colors can thereby be adjusted for readability with respect to most Desktop backgrounds.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0a2). 

Combine Buttons

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension functions as advertised with all Strata-based Themes. Be advised that with Version 1.0b27:

{ Stop { Reload Home

actually makes all three functions use one position better, rather than have Home pop out; viz., Stop appears during page loading, Reload with the page complete, Home on an empty page with no change in required toolbar space.

This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

Compact Strata-o-various

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Nicely done on this Theme. As of 20 November 2010, I am running this Theme, along with the Merci chao Extension Personal Menu 4.3.2, the patrickjdempsey Extension Combine Buttons 1.0b27, the WOT Extension WOT 20100908, the DW-dev Extension Print Edit, and the Kakkoii Extension Old Location Bar, under Ubuntu® 10.04-LTS, with the Navigation Toolbar set to:

Menuv Bookmarksv * Back/Forward { Stop { Reload Home * X [ * URLbar WOT Printv

Except for a possible bug in Combine Buttons 1.0b27 that made:
{ { Stop Reload Home
pop the Home button out rather than put it in for Reload on a new Tab with no URL (I expected Stop , Reload and Home to use the same spot), no unexpected behavior;
{ Stop { Reload Home
puts all three buttons in one spot.

Foxdie

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Theme can be teamed with certain Extensions for a satisfactory Aero rendering under Microsoft Windows 6-up (e.g., Vista Service Pack 2, v.6.0.6002). When using the SpewBoy/ReduxTeam Extension AeroBuddy (in Navbar and Tabbar only), set ACE Foxdie as follows for the glass effect:

Buttons - Shapes: Square; Textures: Mozilla
Appearance - Tabs: Camino (default)
Miscellaneous - Tab close button: Square
OS Integration - Fonts: Use regular font; Slim navigation toolbar

Alternate settings - Appearance
- Tabs: Safari 5; Textures: Mozilla; Fashion: None (default)

I also use the ReduxTeam Extension Strata Home Tab and the Kakkoii Extension Old Location Bar and found no evidence of mutual interference.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.6.4). 

oldbar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension has fewer places for conflict, compared to the Kakkoii Extension Old Location Bar, with certain Themes that alter the placement of the Bookmark This Page button in the URLbar. I therefore recommend this Extension for users of the SpewBoy Themes Strata40 and Stratum Fusion.