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|Location||san francisco, ca|
|User since||July 20, 2010|
|Number of add-ons developed||0 add-ons|
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Oh, what a great idea. That list of other search engines I could/should be using wastes a lot of guilt that could be going towards a good cause or something.
I haven't actually tried this out yet but the concept makes a lot of sense: if there are visual reminders of other search engines, color-coded and transparent at the bottom of my screen, I'll be inclined to click them.
I've previously not liked extensions that overlay stuff on top of search results pages because they are often buggy, very often laggy and even more often useless. However, if all this is doing is formatting a query string into a URL and giving me the option ... I hope it works out!
Seriously .. I don't write many reviews for Firefox themes. But there's real evidence of great talent here that should be encouraged.
It had been real bad for a long time. I thought I'd never stop hopelessly wandering the barren landscape in search of an FF theme I could use with OSX.
Sure, I was reckless and desperate and I'd spend nights with one gaudy + sloppy theme after another. But in the morning, I'd always find myself going back to the Firefox default theme. I'm know I'm not the only OSX user who has been lost like this since the FF4 button was introduced. If anyone doesn't know, that button isn't available on OSX because of some difficulties with how the Mac window manager works. That's also why the vast majority of themes now show up as "unavailable for your platform".
It was getting so bad that I was close to just creating my own theme to release. I'm a programmer, though, not a designer and I know what looks good but I struggle to create something aesthetically-pleasing from scratch.
And then, I found Default Mod (surprisingly, buried in the themes section) and everything changed. What makes me rave like this? People need a change-up in the UI for applications they use day after day. Especially if your browser is something you use to do work that requires creativity and inspiration, a new skin can give your imagination a good kick. DM is a clean, tight, sharp but subtle riff on the default Firefox UI. Plus, the layout is done right so that there's room for minor mods for individual user preferences (the userChrome.css suggestions). Currently, I've added transparent black context menus, for example (found on userstyles.org).
Note that one of Firefox's most popular themes ever (rein) is similar in that it provides simple, subtle pixel-perfect changes that are monochromatic along with userChrome.css suggestions from the designer.
If you haven't checked out gpopper on blogspot and deviantart, I recommend it.
And, gpopper: with talent comes responsibility :) There absolutely needs to be a companion theme for Thunderbird. Also, what would make this uber-perfect is an accompanying add-on that lets users tweak the design via dialog box menus (most users don't want to even know about userChrome).
That's a lot of work but what if someone volunteered to do a lot of the startup legwork of coding the extension and getting a TB theme ready and all you had to do was go over the final draft versions?
OK -at the very least, I wanted to post a review to support, recommend and encourage this work. Thanks for this contribution!
i agree with + echo all the thanks + praise ... i had been wondering how this functionality would eventually be added to ff4. How interested are you [the developer] in managing this extension into the future? Since it'll likely become a staple add-on and people will want to hack on it (i've added some minor tweaks already), what is your preference for sharing these with you for possible inclusion in trunk (if you have any interest in that at all)? submit patches from personal forks on github?This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4).
Disclaimer: I'm a sucker for Thunderbird extensions. I wish there were more of them :) This add-on is very well-done, meaning that it has a professional, just-what's-needed UI that adds just about every piece of information about an e-mail as a potential column to be displayed and sorted on. I've already used it in a number of ways. I put 'account' as one of the columns for a smart folder that transcends a single account, for example.
The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that I believe 95% of Mozilla add-ons should have allow the user to select preferences. In this case, it could be as simple as choosing which extra folder columns to list and which to exclude. Granted -- this isn't critical but I imagine that most users prefer to have some control over add-ons, even if they aren't entirely necessary. Overall, a nice addition to Thunderbird and I'm going to check out what else these author's have to offer. Thanks, guys!
My question is how this is different than the 'Star' feature that comes built-in to Thunderbird. I basically use those like bookmarks and I think that's the intention, since you can flag an email with a star and then see all those in the 'Starred' folder. I guess, with bookmarks, you get the added bonus of categorization? But, I would prefer to use the tags since those are useful throughout the application.