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Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus Dev-Build 0.4.0.4pre.120724a works in FF17.0 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Go to the page linked below. Right-click on the Tab Mix Plus Dev-Build 0.4.0.4pre.120724a link there and choose 'Save Link As' to download and save the .xpi file.

Uninstall your current version of TMP. Re-start FF twice. Drag your copy of the development version into the FF content area and drop it there. Wait for the prompt to install, then press buttons etc to install. Re-start FF twice.

Tab Mix Plus Dev-Build 0.4.X • Tab Mix Plus
http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15740

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.0.3). 

mPage

mPage 0.5.1 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Herewith a new review, summarising the features and usage of mPage as it now stands at 0.5.1. Perhaps it would be useful as the basis of a brief user guide or Help item. Please feel free to use it (or not :) ) however you wish.

I have, to at least some extent, tested all the described features except export/import to bookmarks (OPML _was_ tested and works fine for me).
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mPage is a Firefox 'feed reader' extension which gives access to feed items (stories) through a neat, clear, simple and uncluttered headline style layout of multiple feeds (on one or more pages, as chosen by the user).

It is easily controlled, includes a good set of very useful features and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

After installing mPage, to show it in the browser, one either clicks on the provided toolbar button or on an mPage item in the 'Tools' menu and then, in whichever case, selects the required page in the resulting sub-menu.

In addition, one may bookmark any mPage page when it is displayed, and subsequently use that bookmark for quick (one-click) access to the page.

Each feed on a page is shown as a panel with a header (containing a descriptive title) followed by a column showing the items (stories) currently in the feed in the form of links to the relevant item pages.

Clicking a link will open that item page in a new tab. Clicking the title in a feed panel header will (also in a new tab) open the webpage which hosts that feed. Hovering over a feed item link shows its full title (see themes below).

Adding Feeds:
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Feeds may be added to a page by one of the following methods:
a) entering the feed URI (perhaps copied from an existing 'livemark') into a text window at the top of the page.
b) dragging a feed 'subscribe' button from a webpage offering a feed and dropping it anywhere on the mPage page.
c) dragging an existing 'livemark' from one's bookmarks and dropping it into the mPage text window.
d) dragging the icon for a webpage offering a feed from the browser location (address) bar and dropping it anywhere on the mPage page.

Where several feeds are detected by one of these methods, a dialogue is displayed, asking the user to choose which one of the available feeds is to be added.

Methods (c) and (d) will not always detect a feed to be added. In the case of dragging and dropping a livemark not working, using a recently created livemark instead normally seems to work.

Removing Feeds:
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A feed may be deleted from a page by clicking a dustbin icon provided in the feed panel's header.

Feed Setup
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For each feed, clicking on a 'Feed Setup' icon provided in its panel header displays a dialogue which allows one to:

a) Change the title text displayed in that feed's header. This can be useful to make it more meaningful and/or concise than the default title taken from the feed.
b) Filter items by date, which allows one to view only items (stories) with a recency defined for that feed.
c) Choose the number of (most recent) items (stories) to show for that feed (after any filtering).
d) Choose the page in which that feed is to be displayed. This allows one to move that feed from its current page to another existing page (if any has been created).

Also in the Feed Header:
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Clicking a down arrow icon provided in each feed panel header allows one to temporarily collapse that feed panel and show only the header, without the following items. Clicking again re-expands the panel.

Rearranging (Moving around) Feed Panels in a Particular Page.
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Any feed panel in a page may be moved by "grabbing" it with the mouse pointer and dragging and dropping it into a different position on the page. Scrolling will occur as required when attempting to drag outside the currently visible area.

One may not change (or displace) the position of the feed URL text entry box.

Adding a New Page:
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This can be done by a menu item in either the 'Tools' -> 'mPage' sub-menu or the mPage toolbar button dropdown menu. The user will need to supply an identifying name for the page and mPage then displays that new page. As previously described, new items may be added to the new page and existing items may be moved to it from other pages. The new page will also appear in all mPage menus where a choice of page is required.

Removing Pages:
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This is done from the mPage extension's Options dialogue. See below.

mPage Extension's Options Dialogue:
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mPage extension's Options dialogue is accessible via either the mPage toolbar button dropdown menu or the 'Tools' -> mPage sub-menu or from the Firefox Add-ons -> Extensions panel.

From that dialogue one may access all the following facilities:

Display - Custom Themes:
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One may choose the display appearance of mPage pages, either from one of the built-in named themes (currently two, one dark and one light) or by specifying a user 'Custom' theme, identified by the location of a text file containing its defining CSS. Custom themes may use, for instance, different colour schemes, font characteristics, icons and so on. Those unfamiliar with themes might model their own on one of the built in themes which can be found in the ('chrome'->'skin'->) 'mpage.css' file in the mPage extension .xpi file.

It is possible, using a custom theme, to truncate feed item (story) titles rather than wrap them. In that case, where required, the full title is still available, in the item tooltip, by hovering over the link.

Display - Show URL Icons:
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Where this is enabled (checked/ticked) favicons will be displayed beside feed panel header titles.

Pages - Rename Page:
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Choose a page and specify a new name for that page.

Pages - Delete Page:
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Choose a page and delete it.

Pages - Reset:
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"This action returns add-on to the original state".

Export - Export to OPML file:
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One may export the current feeds (and pages) to a named OPML file.

Export - Export to Bookmarks:
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One may export the current feeds (and pages) to bookmarks in a folder selected by mPage.
This facility is intended to be suitable for synchronisation between remote machines.

Import - Import from OPML file:
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One may import the feeds (and pages) from a named OPML file. One may choose whether to merge the imported feeds with any pre-existing ones or to replace those.

Import - Import from Bookmarks:
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One may import the feeds (and pages) from bookmarks in a folder selected by mPage.
This facility is intended to be suitable for synchronisation between remote machines.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5).  This user has 3 previous reviews of this add-on.

mPage

mPage 0.5.1 Latest Advancing Still! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

[Edit=05Aug2012] Firstly, thanks very much for this latest version of mPage 0.5.1 (05Aug2012) which is most effective and easily usable with plenty of very useful features. A pleasure to use.

Although this was a new review, I made it a direct edit of my second, so as to make a clearer comparison. I have since edited for the amended version of 0.5.1 (05Aug2012)

I will try, in the coming day or two, to make a new review, summarising the features and usage of mPage as it now stands. If I do, perhaps it would be useful as the basis of a brief user guide or Help item.

So far:

The latest version of mPage 0.5.1 has now fixed what had been the one remaining problem which was as follows:

Toolbar Button: I had found that removing it (onto the 'Customize palette') caused the 'Tools' -> 'mPage' submenu to not display anything in the pages section (no added user pages, nor even 'Home') so it became impossible to switch pages. Thiat was the only remaining problem that I saw in the current version of 0.5. The problem could be circumvented by restoring the button to any toolbar, then closing and starting Firefox which brought back a full list of all existing pages in that menu (and also the button's own dropdown menu).

The 'Tools' -> 'mPage' submenu now correctly shows all existing pages whether or not the mPage button is on a toolbar. My testing included, without the button on a toolbar, display when only 'Home' existed and also with one added page. I used the menu to switch pages to 'Home', then moved a feed to the new page, used the menu to switch to the new page, moved the feed back to home, used the menu to switch pages back to 'Home', checked the feed had arrived OK and then used 'Options' to delete the new page. No problems.[/edit]

Other new/enhanced features explored:

Custom Themes: (my request [4]) I have successfully implemented my modified themes as custom themes. I am now able to switch from one of my themes to another of mine by simply leaving 'Custom' selected and browsing to a different file.

(My request [1]): I have now also managed to find a way in CSS to truncate the item (story) titles instead of wrapping them. I don't fully understand what I did and am sure I did not do it well, but it works so it is in one of my custom themes. In this situation, the new full item (story) title in each item's tooltip is very useful because it allows me to now still see the the untruncated version whenever I want to.

Drag and Drop Feeds into the URL Window: Dragging and dropping a 'subscribe' icon direct from a page always works well. I find that both dragging a page icon from the location bar or, alternatively, dragging a working livemark from the Bookmarks sidebar into the mPage URL window often (but not always) works. When it works, either of those methods is good. However, sometimes I get an error message "No feeds found on this URL" even when subsequently creating a new livemark for the same feed and then dragging and dropping that will work.

Own Feed Title: (My request [5]). Thanks for that. I've been able to make more useful and unambiguous titles now and also to shorten some titles so they are clearer and don't cause wrapround in the headers.

Import/Export functions: I haven't tried those seriously but I did import an OPML file generated by 'Sage' and that worked fine. [Edit=05Aug2012] Since then I have exported OPML from mPage in my live FF profile and imported it (in overwrite mode) to mPage in another FF profile. That worked well.[/edit]

Organize Feeds into Pages: I played briefly with this. I can create new pages and delete them at will. I can easily and successfully use the 'Feed setup' dialogue to move individual feeds between pages. [Edit=05Aug2012] I am able to easily switch pages using the 'Tools'-> 'mPage' menu or the button dropdown menu.[/edit]

Options Dialogue: This is good and is now fully wired into the standard Firefox extensions Options system.

(My request [3]): Dragging the feeds around to rearrange them on the page is now very easy as I no longer see a 'no entry' sign when I try to drag a feed below the bottom of the visible page. Instead, the page scrolls down without any fuss, thus allowing me to eg put new items below older ones. (The pages will also similarly scroll upwards when one wishes to move feeds to above the currently visible area). A very relaxing improvement :)

I can only add that mPage still gets better all the time and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. It is easily controlled and gives access to feed items (stories) through a neat, clear, simple and uncluttered headline style layout of multiple feeds (on one or more pages, as chosen by the user).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

mPage

mPage 0.5 a Great Step Forward Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Firstly, thanks very much for the enhancements in mPage 0.5 which is a really great improvement over 0.3.

So far:
Custom Themes: (my request [4]) I have successfully implemented my modified themes as custom themes. I mention in passing that, in order to switch from one of my themes to another of mine, I need to first complete a switch to eg 'light' and then switch back to 'Custom' (in order to enable the 'Browse' combo) and browse to the new one. To simply leave 'Custom' selected and browse to a different file is not possible. A minor point.

(My request [1]): I have now also managed to find a way in CSS to truncate the item (story) titles instead of wrapping them. I don't fully understand what I did and am sure I did not do it well, but it works so it is in one of my custom themes. It would be quite useful if I could have the full item (story) title in each item's tooltip.

Drag and Drop Feeds into the URL Window: I find that this often (but not always) works, both dragging a page icon from the location bar or, alternatively, dragging a working livemark from the Bookmarks sidebar into the mPage URL window. When it works, either of these methods is good. However, quite often I get an error message "No feeds found on this URL" even when subsequently creating a new livemark for the same feed and then dragging and dropping that will work.

Own Feed Title: (My request [5]). Thanks for that. I've been able to make more useful and unambiguous titles now and also to shorten some titles so they are clearer and don't cause wrapround in the headers.

Import/Export functions: I haven't tried those seriously but I did import an OPML file generated by 'Sage' and that worked fine.

Organize Feeds into Pages: I played briefly with this but then found that I could not switch pages at will after creating them and when I could create them I could not delete the new pages from inside mPage. Sometimes they would appear to be deleleted but would reappear after Firefox was closed and started again. Reset did not seem to help. In the end, I cleaned them away by restoring my profile from a copy. Closing, deleting the mpage.extension.json file and restarting clears out traces of added pages. Copying back a backup of the file restores a previous state.

Options Dialogue: This is looking good and presumably you intend to in due course wire it into the standard Firefox extensions Options system.

Toolbar Button: I didn't notice it for a while but it seems like a good idea. However, I found that moving it or removing it ('Customize') seemed to be associated with some of the problems I had with controlling extra pages. Currently I left it (and the separator) on the customize palette but I am not experimenting with adding/removing pages.

I'm not finding dragging the feeds around to rearrange them on the page much easier as I still get a 'no entry' sign at the bottom of the visible page instead of its scrolling down to allow me to eg put new items below older ones. As before, it can be done but it's fiddly.
A much less pressing point than the ones you have addressed in 0.5 but probably more important as more users start to get interested. I've just realised that you probably offered the multiple page facility as an alternative approach but I would still use pages deep enough to require scrolling.

[edit] mapo: Thanks for your reply., to which I reply - Yes, but I still like 0.5 well enough that I gladly continue to use it :) mPage gets better all the time [/edit]

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

mPage

Welcome haven after MyBookmarks quits livemarks Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for a really good, basic replacement facility for the lost Livemarks handling in MyBookmarks. The multi-feed page layout is simple and clear and things like defaulting to new tab for opening links make good sense.

If you intend to grow this, my main wishes would be for:

1) A way to avoid wrap-round on item link titles (full title in optional tooltip, perhaps)

2) A simple way to subscribe to feeds direct from web pages and/or from selected existing livemarks

3) A way to make drag and drop page arrangement a bit easier. It doesn't allow me to push below the initial page boundary, so even if I start with zero items showing in a feed, where it ends up on each drag is a bit hit and miss. I can, at least, get to where I want in the end.

4) A simple way to provide user-own themes. At present I can add/modify themes by unpacking the .xpi, editing mpage.css and controller.js, repacking the .xpi and re-installing but it would be much simpler if mpage.css or a user supplementary theme file was kept externally in the profile and read in for theme additions and amendments at run-time.

5) A way to specify own title for a feed header. Some feed titles don't come out with distinguishing wording; see AMO firefox vs AMO thunderbird.

[edit] Mapo; Thanks for your reply. I await the new version with eager interest :) [/edit]

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3). 

MyBookmarks

Not working for Live Bookmarks? Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I can't get this to to display livemarks any more. It was working before I updated to Firefox 13.0. Done all the "disable all other add-ons" etc type stuff but no clues. Have now restored disc and worked forward - confirmed that MyBookmarks simply stops doing LiveMarks at FF13.0..

MyBookmarks 0.6.4 in FF13.0 on Win XP SP3

Sorry to report problem here but can't find an English reporting point.

@Mezb - You will get the behaviour you want if you set the pref browser.newtab.url to about:Mybookmarks in user.js file or in about:config

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.4). 

All-in-One Sidebar

Support Site Rated 5 out of 5 stars

@ Matze66, raggedclown and others; like any bug which is detected, this problem has already been reported on the excellent support site (see support site link on the AMO (here) main 'All-in-One Sidebar' page) and the author and quite a few affected users are already diligently working on it.

If you go to that site and topic:

All-in-One Sidebar :: View topic - FF11 Official Release with 0.7.15 massive lag/slow down
http://firefox.exxile.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=47842#p47842

you will find there are at least two test versions (0.7.14.1 and 0.7.14.2) which are both compatible with FF12.0 and seem, for most/all users, to not to cause the problem. I believe you could safely use them 'for live' for the moment.

They are test versions, designed to home in on the the exact cause of the problem (which many of us do not see at all). There is also 0.7.14.3 which might just be triggering the problem for some, and so giving some clues. Apart from learning just what and how much work is going into fixing this five star extension, you might even like to join the hunt by at least giving your report on that site and topic, together with details of your operating system, AiOS settings, other add-ons, all with version numbers. Better still, try all the sequence of tests people there have tried, including each of the AiOS test versions (with any new ones), so as to help get this fixed, for all of you, as soon as possible.

Finally, please remember that AiOS is normally a very fine product and your rating here should reflect that and the excellent support it has from the author, rather than the fact that it has a temporary bug. So, at least when (with your help?) the problem is fixed, you could restore your stars to its score :D

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.15).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

All-in-One Sidebar

Works Fine in Current Firefox Release Version Rated 5 out of 5 stars

@gFriend Please note that Firefox 12 is still a development version - ie under test and not even yet on probation. AiOS works fine and well in the current general release, Firefox 11.0. If you choose to experiment by using versions which are not yet on general release, please note that extensions do not need to work on such versions and any reports that they do not should be made purely for information and the benefit of the developer and future users.They should be made on the developer's support website and should certainly never be taken into account in a review rating. Review ratings are supposed to reflect the quality and usefulness of add-ons in the currently supported, 'stable', general release version(s) of Firefox and not in versions which are still under development, subject to change before release and not yet trusted.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.14). 

BookmarkViewer

Promising Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This extension is clearly in the early stages of development and will hopefully merit a higher rating as it fills out.

I like the intention for a simple appearance control which is better than either of this extension's predecessors but I found the colour controls confusing. In the end, I had to go into about:config and set the RGB levels there. Some informative/directive labels might help to make the sliders usable.

I hope that future developments will include:

a) more control over width and number of columns and that those user preferences should be obeyed, not just taken into account.

b) choice of which folders are included in/excluded from the displays, including ability to select subfolders at any depth of nesting and even if the parent folders are not selected.

c) Livemarks, and especially including those contained in folders.See point (b) above. Having Livemarks in a hierarchy of folders is organisationally just as natural and desirable as for 'ordinary' bookmarks but although this was possible in the now defunct 'Bookmarks Homepage' it is not implemented in the otherwise most useful 'MyBookmarks'

d) A facility, similar to the colour control UI, to control the thickness etc of box boundaries.

e) Perhaps even a means to select text font and style using something similar to the existing Windows font selection dialogue.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.1). 

Rise of the Tools

Missing Divider Line Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very useful. Thank you.
Very minor problem. On Win XP SP3, TB11.0, default theme, the horizontal divider line between (below) the mail toolbar and (above) the tab bar is missing. I put it back with the following CSS.


#mail-bar3 {
border-bottom-style: solid !important;
border-bottom-width: 1px !important;
border-bottom-color: rgb(128, 128, 128) !important;
}
#tabs-toolbar {
border-top-style: solid !important;
border-top-width: 1px !important;
border-top-color: rgb(255, 255, 255) !important;
}

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.0.0). 

MR Tech Toolkit

@Maverynthia - Development Version Rated 5 out of 5 stars

@Maverynthia - Please read my previous review describing Mr Tech's development version which will install in FF6.* to 8. Please also take the time to read that referenced and recommended section of the Mr Tech Toolkit Mozillazine forum topic. Also note that there are at least two other extensions which can override version checking. They are mentioned in the forum. When considering add-ons, it can often help to read their previous AMO reviews.

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

MR Tech Toolkit

Development Version for FF5 etc Rated 5 out of 5 stars

@Patrick et al
In the Mozine topic for this extension, there is a link to a development version which is compatible with FF5 and beyond.

[Ext] MR Tech Toolkit 6.0.4 (11-9-09) • mozillaZine Forums (Development version)
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=669795&p=10538123#p10538123
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A lot of it is functional but the core functions such as specialised add-on display together with 'File'->'Install.., 'theme switcher', 'make compatible', per extension compatibility overrides, install date/time and similar are not yet working. Read all that Mozine topic from that post onward before attempting to try it for yourself. You will see what still functions, that Firefox provides alternatives to some of the missing features and some alternative extensions are suggested for individual missing functions. I find that the development version still provides many features I want and I only needed to install two other extensions for particular missing features. Otherwise, Firefox itself and 'All-in-One Sidebar', which I already used, fill the other, hopefully temporary, gaps. As for Mr Tech appearing to abandon, I don't think that has actually happened. The new Firefox Add-ons Manager is very different from the original and must have made it extremely difficult for him to adapt MTTK to fit it. On top of that, now that Thunderbird has more recently adopted the new manager, he has more than double work. I believe that he is still trying and we can hope to see a new, fully functional MTTK in due course. Meanwhile, read that information on Mozine and see what actions suit you best.

Multiple Addon Deactivator

Love the 1.5 colours but.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Have tried 1.5. Thanks very much for the really improved colour for 'enabled'. Much clearer now. However, after fresh/re- load, the coloured stripes are applied to the wrong extensions (Tools->Add-ons shows that the expected ones are really enabled, disabled, incompatible etc). I suspect that this relates to the new sorting process and perhaps you may be using the unsorted indexes somewhere instead of the sorted ones :). Also (a) on some extensions, mouseover/focus does not activate highlighting (b) I had one Firefox crash but stupidly did not have a report submitted. It might have been useful for you but I only thought of not distracting the FF team with an extension problem. I have now looked at the toolbar button use and behaviour and that seems fine. [Another idea, but lowish priority and definitely not for the addressing correction release, I would think; how about something like shift-click or mouse-drag to tick a whole band of extensions at the same time? Could help to reduce RSI :) ]

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Multiple Addon Deactivator

Life Saver Rated 5 out of 5 stars

After updating from FF3.6 to FF5.0.1, one very useful extension completely stopped working for me. Using M.A.D.1.4 and some binary chopping, I was able, in a few minutes, to identify a conflicting extension whose removal fixed the problem. I normally use Mr Tech Toolkit for such tasks but, at the moment, it cannot do multiple selections in FF5. I liked the interface very well except that I really found the grey background for 'disabled' difficult to distinguish, particularly with the zebra stripes on everything. Perhaps pale green background for either enabled or disabled would be clearer - or even an extra column with red crosses and green ticks? I'm sorry that I was too pressed to notice the availability of a toolbar button (which I'm sure I would normally use) so cannot comment on its current behaviour. Since I restored the profile after diagnosis so I could do a clean fix, I don't have M.A.D installed now to check that. I'll try to make time sometime to have another look. Thanks very much for helping me get that extension back on the road so quickly.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3). 

QuickNote

Sprawdzaj pisownie? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent extension; I've used it since it was first available in/after FF8However, in the en-US locale, 'Settings', would it be possible to show "Sprawdzaj pisownie" in English? :D

(Fortunately, it was easy to guess, and then find, a translation)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.0.7). 

Custom Buttons²

Website Infected? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Trying to follow links on the 'button database' alphabetic list on the extension website http://custombuttons2.com/en-us gave bizarre results, finally requiring me to restart my PC before I could shut down Firefox. The site appears to be dangerous and could well be infected.

My Bookmarks

Unfortunate Choice of Name Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Please see the name and function of the following pre-existing extension here at AMO. Completely different functions but only a space differentiates the names. Perhaps there might be a different, more informative and distinctive name for your extension?

MyBookmarks :: Add-ons for Firefox
https : // addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mybookmarks/

My rating only reflects the fact that the name could cause problems for users and authors.

NoScript Security Suite

Well behaved. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This part of the review by Antwan86 (September 16, 2010)
"..I dumps ads on users every 3 days throught faked update leading to the landing page, while hijacking usefull addons.."
is factually incorrect. It is just not true of current versions of NoScript and has not been true for quite a long time. Whereas the rest of Antwan86's review is simply freely expressed opinion, the factually incorrect part quoted is just plain libel.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.3.2).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

URL Tooltip

Option for Tab Hover Tooltips? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks very much for this very useful tool. Any chance you could add an option to also similarly display the URL (instead of the title) for a tab, when hovering on the tab? That would show the title on the tab and its URL in the tooltip without actually switching to that tab.

Patch For Library

312852 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Many thanks.Any chance of a version which fixes 482070, the Linux equivalent of this?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (6.4).