Isaac Rabinovitch

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Name Isaac Rabinovitch
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Memory Fox

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This might be a really useful add-on. But how the **** I use it? The documentation is just plain unreadable.

Wiktionary and Google Translate

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very nicely done! Best translation add-on I've tried.

It would be nice if the popup gave the detected language. (Yes, I can just click on "more" that's an extra step just to find out if the language detector misfired.) You could put it at the bottom, meet to your web site name.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.1-signed). 

Download Manager Tweak

Really Good UI design Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I just hope the authors find other things to tweak in Firefox. And in Thunderbird, which really needs it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.5.1-signed). 

Groowe Search Toolbar

Great Potential.... Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I've been seeing the need for this for a long time. Googlebar Light is great, but I hate being tied to one search engine.

The current version has issues. I should report them on the web site, but, well, that's the first issue:

-- The official web site is a mess, with broken links, and no feedback forum. And pages that link directly from the toolbar give a 404!
-- The thing installs with a blatant ad for Amazon.com. You can turn it off, but it's still inappropriate.
-- Some buttons are managed through the usual customize wizard, others are toggled on and off by options. Confusing.
-- Search text buttons are the main reason I use a toolbar rather than FF's own search widget. The traditional implementation, where each search term becomes a page-search button, is simple and effective. Groowe, alas, uses a drop-down menu. That's more complication than I care to deal with.
-- The idea of automatically changing search engines when you enter that engine's web site makes no sense to me. The whole idea of a search toolbar is to allow you to perform a search *without* the extra step of going to a web site. Maybe it makes more sense to some users, but the feature still needs to be optional.

Despite my carping, I see the basis of a really great toolbar here. I look forward to seeing how it evolves. It wouldn't take a lot of improvement to make me switch.

Gathera - AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook, LinkedIn,Myspace, Twitter, Yahoo!, Youtube

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

According to the web site, this is the plugin version of a web application. I wanted to try that first, but couldn't find it. (?!?!) So I decided the plugin was the next easiest thing. Being unobservant, it took me a while to find the single change the plugin made to my browser UI: a toolbar button. (Jeez, people, displaying a help page as part of the installation process is not that hard.) When you click the button, the new sidebar appears. But mine immediately threw a network error message. It offered to register me anyway, so now it's stuck in a "waiting" mode. Somebody left out the error handling code! This is where I give up.

What is it about social network aggregaters? You'd think it would be a hot application, but so far all it's attracted is under-resourced flakes. My appetite got whetted by Yoono, which revived my interest in social networking by making it easier to track all my accounts. But Yoono has problems (I no longer bother with the plugin; the standalone version is just functional enough to be worth the trouble), and the people behind it don't seem to have their act together. So I went looking for alternatives. Alas, Yoono is actually the best of the bunch!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.11). 

Apture Editor

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Just now found this plugin while browsing addons. Initially stumped on how to use it. -- no instructions or menu items. Finally tried just going to my blog entry screen, where a popup wizard guided me through the setup process. Which then balked because my web site doesn't have the necessary Apture CGI script.

I could install the script, but it turns out there's a server-side plugin for my MT software. Makes more sense to remove the browser plugin and install that instead. Might or might not do that, depending on whether I decide a product plagued by bad planning and nonexistent communication is worth my time.

BTW, I'm from California, and there's nothing geographical or political (I assume "elitist" is code for "liberal") about having incompetent employees. So let's back off the Tea Party logic, shall we?

RightToClick

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Not just for blockers. Can disable all kinds of annoying web site features. Now I can use "Search Google for" on nytimes.com without resorting to the keyboard. Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.5). 

Yoono: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTube

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

A nice concept for aggregating your social web, lots of rough edges. But the way the add-on is implemented is just not acceptable. Instead of using Firefox's own sidebar feature, it creates a sidebar of its own, with a mini-toolbar that can't be hidden. (A very narrow toolbar, but I'm jealous of my screen real-estate.) Worst of all, it inserts irritating hover links throughout your web pages, and there's no option to disable this feature. This last one was the deal breaker for me.

Fortunately, there's also a standalone version that you can download from yoono.com. Again, a lot of rough edges, but extremely useful. I heartily recommend that one.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (7.0.6). 

Googlebar Lite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Not so much light-weight as cruft-free. Fewer features than the official Google toolbar, but there are still a lot of them, including all the ones I care about. And all these features *work* *correctly* and do so without messing up your browser, something you can't hope for from Google's betaware.

Nice job, Jonah!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.7.3). 

Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Clever, simple, cool.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0). 

Googlebar Lite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

"Lite" or not, it has all the features I care about, and then some. And it's being actively maintained, unlike the original Googlebar, which stopped working when I upgraded to FF3.5.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.6.9). 

Nightly Tester Tools

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Handy, but a tad flaky under Firefox 3.5. Unfortunately, Mossop is no longer maintaining it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.2). 

/Find Bar/

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Some good and bad points. They don't matter, because some regular expressions can cause your browser to freeze up. Until that's fixed, it's not worth considering.

/Find Bar/

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Some good and bad points. They don't matter, because some regular expressions can cause your browser to freeze up. Until that's fixed, it's not worth considering.

Tidy Browser Button

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Good idea, but not well executed. It doesn't actually toggle the *size* it toggles the *width*. The height is always the height of the window, minus a little space for your task bar. But what if you use a big task bar? Better to allow the user to specify a set of window sizes that button cycles between.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1.7). 

LinkChecker

Nobel Peace Prize? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Well, maybe not, but that's the level of aggravation this add-on has saved me.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.1). 

Copy Link Text

Needs a *little* work Rated 4 out of 5 stars

A simple, handy hack. Works as advertised. Need to capitalize that "l" in the menu, though -- looks ugly.

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