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Name hurdingkatz
User since March 29, 2011
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Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I've relied on Lightning for many years, since it gave me an alternative to Outlook when added to Thunderbird, and I no longer had to parallel my email gathering and calendar maintenance between Seamonkey or the two-window Thunderbird/Sunbird combo (and still have to use Outlook for some endeavours).

With today's update of both Thunderbird and Lightning, that ease (and trust) ended, since Lightning only gives me a grid. Worse, in going back (yes, that's how important my calendar is) to the previous versions of the client and calendar (where both worked together), Lightning does nothing. It won't load. Its button has disappeared, as has its integration into Thunderbird ("settings" gives me only the client's settings, with no Lightning options).

Now I'm left wondering if my calendar database(s) are okay and still usable, should I manager to get a working version of Lightning installed. I may very well go back to paper for time management. It may be old tech, but it has proved consistent and reliable.

This is not a bug report. This is a review of the latest iteration of the extension as I've experienced it. Since I use the app for time management, there is a high lever of trust that it will be there, functional and unglitched.

That trust was broken today. (Even worse, reviews of the newest version posted here were met with admonishments that they were glitch reports. The disappointed user shouldn't be made to feel guilty for posting a bad review of something that doesn't work, based on their honest experience.)

Yeah: Really not happy.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.7). 

Restartless Restart

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Cool, small, great idea.

But since update to FF35, it doesn't run.

Nor can I reinstall it (FF says it can't modify a required file to do so), yet it's not marked incompatible, either.

What gives?

URL Fixer

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Not quite as out-of-the-box useable as described. For example *.con was corrected to * Don't know why (but I have a guess).

That's only one example of inexplicable "corrections" leading nowhere. Strangely, gmail.con became Go figure.

Even a search-and-replace entry was "corrected to a dotcn "domain," and it was correctly entered as dotcom.

If I'm going to be asked if a correction is correct, I'd like to say "yes," BEFORE the site is open. Given the unpredictable nature of the changes, I'd like to keep the door shut on some bad places, and I certainly don't want to go there unintentionally. It's quite different if I opt to use auto-correct. Then it's spin the wheel and take my chances.

The two stars are for the search-and-replace feature, since I can shorthand some regular addresses (even with the incorrect correction of my replacement entry). The jury's still out on the rest of it.

Update--One Day later: Now it's adding cpn to dotcom addresses, eg: Don't know why.

Telling it that the result is not correct does nothing. Next time out (using the same dotcom address), we just go 'round the same circle.

In one case, I've put an address on the do-not-correct list, yet it is constantly "corrected," to something wrong (dotcom changed to a domain I've never heard of nor can find when searched for.) Again, saying the correction is incorrect does nothing. It happens again and again.

Really unreliable. I fear I'll be sent to a "bad" address sooner or later if I keep using URL Fixer.

My guess to what's going on: The pool of collected "corrected" addresses is faulty and could be used to bend this useful idea to nefarious endeavors. Better to stick to correcting mistyped domains, and leaving customized corrections internal to the user's search-and-replace list.

Right now, based on my experience, URL Fixer can't be trusted.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.1.1-signed). 

Super Date Format

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I can't believe it's been a year since I last tried this extension. I can't believe that it still doesn't (quite) work as described.

I reinstalled the add-on into TB 24.2, setup the date-and-time format and columns I wanted, then rebooted. The date appears the way I want, but the time remains in %r (am/pm) and not the %R (24-hour) entered in the settings dialogue.

This time, the date format I choose was maintained after closing TB and rebooting, but the time format never materialized the way I wanted it.

This extension still needs work to achieve the functionality it promises.

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


Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I can accept the worked required in establishing the white list, which, after all, is the record of my choices.

What I object to is the extra work having to install this extension twice before the flag icon appeared in the addon bar. (In the end, I had to put it there.) Since the flag is the straightforward interface allowing my preference settings, its absence (while blocking connections) was just plain weird. Of course, I can access the same settings via the context menu (which I'm not told on this page), but the easy access of flag is the selling point. I finally found it in the icon collection, waiting to be installed.

Good thing, because there were some things I wanted to unblock.

2 stars for functioning . 3 stars unearned for a poor installation.

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

Super Date Format

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It's not working. I mean, I can create a date format. I can set it to appear in the Date and Received columns. But that's it. After restarting, all I get is a comprehensive date (every option possible) in either of the 2 columns. One problem: It's not the format I selected.

We've tried really hard, but some times it's for the best to break things off and go our own way. Sorry, but this relationship is done.

Lightning Calendar Tabs

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Lightning Month Tabs was a much-needed step forward. Now Lightning Calendar Tabs brings the navigation tool to all Lightning views. Bravo!

The ability to adjust the tabs' text colour is an added bonus, recognizing that not every user has the same ability to see the contrast between the tab colour and the text. Thank you for that.

If I may, 2 suggestions:

1. In future versions (if technically possible) allow Calendar Tabs to replace Month Tabs, preferably with the user's permission. As it is now, they can coexist when both are installed.

2. Consider allowing the user to set tab colours.

Over all, a simple, to-the-point, essential extension for Lightning that works.

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

Zoom Button for Thunderbird

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Nice button. That's about it. Nice button.

Doesn't do anything. No zoom with this add-on.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.0.6). 

Export for Thunderbird & Lightning Launcher

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Can't use it. The license is in German, a language I don't read. Can't agree to it. (Does it explain in what way this is a "trial" program and the terms of that trial?)

Dictionary Switcher for Thunderbird

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

...And it's (finally) "compatible" again. But no control appears in the TB8 status bar, so I can't actually use the add-on anymore, which is a shame, because I used to use it all the time. I really miss it. Right now, it's like having my cake, but not having the chance to eat it.

It's also unfortunate that v1.3 is not compatible with TB8.

Easy Get Mail Button (NEW)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to let someone know that, despite the extension being disabled automatically when TB is updated to v 6 and above, it still works. I know. It works with my TB v7.

So, if it ain't broke, what's the (real) problem?


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It may be a "minor enhancement," but for me and Thunderbird, it's just right. Too many times, I've had to wait to enter the master password again (then again) as TB loaded. Now, the request comes up before TB loads (just like SeaMonkey). Type it, click Enter, and move on. Just as it should have been all along.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.1-signed.1-signed). 

Follow Up

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

While I love the ability to mark certain messages for followup -- which this extension does using a right click and the context menu -- there's still much to be done to make the add-on truly useful. If would have been nice to have known that there's a setup wizard (which really doesn't do much). The caution that the tool bar buttons have to be added manually was apt and appreciated, but it did not address the fact that we're promised a Followup "toolbar." Well, you can add it that to Thunderbird manually, too, if you want to. (Note: All the toolbar icons for this add-on are of the "large" nature. No small icon is offered. If you're in need of on-screen real estate, just stick with the context menu. It's all there.) The task/event feature needs work. "Follow-up 1 email" doesn't tell me anything. The subject line of the email should be captured. The task/event does not link to the message in question. Why bother with this functionality? It's quicker to check though a message list to find the highlighted message(s). You have to do so anyhow, since all you'd know is there is an unnamed email to followup. The tags are also useless ("Follow-up" and a date for all messages marked for the same date). Top marks for the highlighting (which is why I'm keeping the add-on installed). The rest needs a thorough conceptual rethink, better integration with Thunderbird's functionality, and more attention to true usability would be appreciated. Then you'd be keeping your promises.

Year view

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Good idea. Poor implementation.Seemed to work at first. Then I changed calendars and Thunderbird froze. And yes, with this app installed, week numbering does disappear. For what it provides (a year in review) and what it takes away, not worth the bother.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.0). 


Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I tried, but I did not and could not get a full-size settings window. What popped up (as seen here: ) could not be resized to show all the options.

Too bad. Goodbye!

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