Stew

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Name Stew
User since March 5, 2007
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My Reviews

Cleanest Addon Manager

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something the new FF needs. Some may like the large layout of FF, but when one has many extension installed, it is cumbersome. This extension does exactly what it says -- without restart! -- and I'm very pleased with the result.

Despite that glowing review, there is room for improvement! I'd love to be able to specify a custom sort order (with the ability to switch it on and off). For example, there are some extensions I interact with, via the Add-ons Manager, more than others. I'd like to move them to the top of the list so I don't have to scan past them all of the time. (I'd also put Cleanest Addon Manager at the bottom since I won't remove it until its functionality is included in FF!)

Password Hasher

Nearly Perfect Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Password Hasher makes it easy for me and my family to use strong passwords at all web sites. The kids get their own master passwords (which I record), my wife and I each get one for normal use, and my wife and I share another for critical accounts (like the bank web site). So long as the master passwords are reasonably strong, we get highly secure passwords for every site we visit.

There is a little room for improvement however: PH wants the ability to control the list of special characters, by site, and to transfer settings among computers.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.6). 

Restart Extension

Works as Advertised Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This little extension does just what it says. However, I have two issues with it, which caused me to subtract a star (I'd have subtracted just 1/2 a star if that were possible).

I don't understand the value of the "Exit - keep tabs" menu item versus the standard "Exit" menu item. They appear to do the same thing. Thus, I think only "Restart" offers value (there may be value in the other buttons; I'm just referring to the menu).

For FF 3.6, there should be no options dialog. There is only one option which controls whether to show the menu items on the File menu or not. Why would one choose to disable the only means to access the extension's functionality without also disabling the extension itself?

LocalLink

Works as Advertised Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have need to view files from local disk or our intranet. Before LocalLink, doing so was a pain because of Firefox's security. LocalLink has enabled me to view those files in Firefox easily.

Hide Find Bar

Perfect Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I should have reviewed this long ago since I've been using it a long time. It does exactly what it says without any fuss. What more can you ask?

For those suggesting sliding away, the Find Bar doesn't slide into view, at least not for me, so I don't mind it just disappearing. (I've never been a fan of such animations anyway as I prefer my CPU to do more productive things.)

Locationbar²

Nice But Needs More Configuration Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really like the idea behind this extension. It is very useful to be able to highlight the domain. It works as advertised, but isn't perfect (yet).

Where Locationbar^2 falls short for me is in configuration. I don't want to have to mess with CSS in UserChrome.css to set the colors as I'd like. The options panel should provide the means to set colors for each component of the URL. After all, you already offer that for the domain, so it shouldn't be hard to add for the others. Obviously, that means the current "gray" options would no longer apply.

One other point is that when holding a modifier (Ctrl, Alt, etc.) and the protocol or pathname are normally grayed out, the text should no longer be grayed out.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.4). 

ChromaTabs Plus

Very Nice Rated 5 out of 5 stars

ChromaTabs does just what it should. I very much like the new highest-frequency coloration mode. I had been using ColorfulTabs for a long time, but I like the approach used by ChromaTabs better.

Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2). 

Tab Mix Plus

Must Have Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have used TMP for years. Whenever I upgrade FF, I am lost until I can upgrade TMP to match. I've used development builds many times, just to get the missing functionality. There's little in TMP that I don't think should be added to FF itself, though obviously buried in an Advanced tab or dialog. There's little that could be added to TMP. It's that good.

Here are just some of the features that TMP enables, though doesn't require, that I find indispensable to make FF behave "right"

- Open new tabs near the current tab
- Recover the N most recently closed tabs
- Finding a tab in the drop down list
- Multiple rows of tabs
- Auto-select a tab by hovering
- Select the previous tab by clicking the current tab
- Showing page load progress in the tab
- Show a close button when hovering over a tab
- Control the width of tabs
- Control which actions open a new tab and whether such tabs should get the focus
- Save and restore TMP settings (this is great for configuring the same settings on multiple computers or profiles)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.7.3). 

GotoSelected

Why Duplicate? Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I'm rating this five stars because it works as advertised, but URL Link is more useful. Is there really a good reason to duplicate such a small subset of URL Link's functionality? Can you just combine forces with URL Link's author and eliminate GotoSelected or just refer all comers to URL Link? I think Firefox users are better served by reducing duplication.

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

InFormEnter

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This gem is flexible and does just what it should. It's easy to define data and selecting from the list is as easy as it gets. I can image wanting to group the entries, but I don't have enough to worry about that now. Thanks for creating InFormEnter!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.5.5). 

Nanowrimo Meter

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

The date tracking is helpful, but I fail to see the point of the word count tracking. If the word count were extracted from one's Nanowrimo account, rather than relying on one to enter one's word count, there would be value. As it is, if one knows one's word count to update the add-on, then one doesn't need the add-on to show the count.

Secure Login

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I haven't tried this yet, but I can't stand the nerve of those who would rate it one star because the author hasn't caught up to v3.0.1 after, no doubt, the big effort to needed to make it work with v3.0! After all, there's a link to a support page for such complaints so soon after release of v3.0.1.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.2.7). 

FEBE

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I can't believe there are one and two star ratings because there's no FF3 version yet. Have you noticed that there's a beta version available? If you're so desperate, try it. I also wonder if those complaining so vocally have donated anything to the author. I know I haven't (yet).

This is a great program that, together with CLEO, has been enormously useful. I'm happy for what I have gotten (for free) thus far.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.3.1). 

It's All Text!

Wonderful, But... Rated 4 out of 5 stars

That I can write this review in emacs rather than the little textarea on mozilla.org is wonderful. I use It's All Text! almost daily, mostly with the TWiki on our intranet. I have created an emacs major mode associated with a suffix I added to the It's All Text! list, so I can edit TWiki markup very easily.

All is not quite perfect, however. Another has asked for a different command line per suffix so that we needn't create scripts to manage the demultiplexing. While I can handle that in emacs, I can see the value of different command lines for each file type. That idea doesn't go far enough, however. IAT always uses the most recent suffix selected for all pages, but there is a better way: manage a default, but allow us to associate different suffixes with web sites and pages.

IOW, provide a list of suffix/command pairs and allow users to associate a suffix with a web site or even an URL prefix. By the latter I mean that IAT could match the current page's URL against the list of custom URL prefixes. The longest match would provide the suffix to use and, thereby, the command to run. Thus, entries for "https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/reviews" and for "https://addons.mozilla.org" would mean that the former would match when adding reviews for Firefox Add-ons while the latter would match when editing any other form at mozilla.org. With different suffixes associated with each prefix, IAT can run different commands for the two contexts. If no custom prefix matches, then IAT should fall back on a default suffix which the user should be able to specify.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.5). 

NextPlease

Addictive Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I wasn't sure how much I'd use NextPlease when I decided to install it. Now I'm frustrated when I can't use it!

Note: The matching algorithm should be tweaked, I think. The following page has both numbered and next/previous links and NextPlease activates the next/previous links rather than the numbered ones: http://www.amny.com/entertainment/ny-rocketman-photos,0,2316050.photogallery

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.6). 

Brief

A Great Reader Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The latest version has fixed everything I wished for in Brief except undo. Great job!

There are a couple of more things I would like to see which will make managing and navigating a view with a large number of articles easier:

- Mark as read through current page (so I don't have to finish looking at the rest of the articles in that view before marking a bunch as read)
- Jump to the start and end of the pages (so I don't have to hit the left or right arrow repeatedly to reach one end or the other)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2). 

CoolPreviews

Incredibly Useful Rated 4 out of 5 stars

The concept is terrific and the implementation is nearly flawless. I've been using Cooliris for over a year now and I wouldn't want to be without it. I like the icon to appear at the end of links and to require me to click it for Cooliris to act.

The only complaint I have is there is no control over how long the preview window remains open when the mouse is no longer in it or moving over the underlying page. It sticks around longer than I'd like.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.6).