Ken Saunders

About me

Developer Information
Name Ken Saunders
Location Boston-ish, Ma. U.S.A.
Occupation Web Developer, Mozilla Foundation volunteer
Homepage http://www.AccessFirefox.org/
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 14 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

In a little more detail...

Other add-on contributions.
For some insane reason, links are no longer permitted in the description here so please search for these add-ons by their names.

Big Buttons:
Extra large colorful toolbar buttons for Firefox.

Page Zoom Button:
A single toolbar button to control full page zoom in Firefox. Click on or scroll over the button to use.

Zoom Button for Thunderbird
Zoom in, zoom out, and reset page zoom with one toolbar button.

Theme Font & Size Changer
Change the global font size and font family used for the user interface in Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey.

Add-ons I've created

Stylish Tools Requires Restart

Quicker access to several Stylish features through a toolbar button and/or keyboard shortcuts. Available for Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey

Rated 4 out of 5 stars (3)
23 users
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Themes I've created

My Reviews

BlackSheep

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

"To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction".

Firesheep has made a lot of people uneasy and perhaps anxious. BlackSheep provides some balance and sanity.

My understanding is that Firesheep wasn't developed for malicious purposes, it was to shed light on a serious issue, but of course it will be used maliciously and so it's all kind of like threatening to detonate a bomb in a highly populated city unless there's an end to all green house gasses. Or, more like providing the bombs to terrorists.

Thanks for developing BlackSheep. It works as advertised.

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

OCP VideoPOPOUT

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I read descriptions in full before downloading and trying out an add-on and I was just about ready to download yours to test it when I read,
"Alternatively, you could try my Google Chrome extension version of this add"
Seriously?
You're promoting using Chrome and a Chrome extensions on the Mozilla Add-ons site?

A lot of developers note that there add-on is available for other browsers which I also find tacky and inappropriate, but to suggest using another browser? Come on.
Ya, some people use multiple browsers for some stupid reason, but I'm a hardcore Mozilla fan boy who's very aware of the competitive browser landscape and your suggestion is offensive.
Plus, you're framing your description as this Firefox extension is a lesser one compared to the Chrome one because the Chrome one does not "suffer" from a problem.

This site is for hosting and promoting Mozilla add-ons, not for promoting extensions and software for Mozilla's competitors.
I won't be using or recommending this add-on.

I imagine that my review here won't last too long, but it should.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.0). 

Generic chrome CSS loader

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for updating it!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.02). 

Blue Ice 3

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Blue Ice was a massively popular theme but I thought that it was left for dead because modifications and reuse of it were not permitted according to the original developer.
Blue Ice 2.1
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3085/
EULA
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3085/eula/26427?src=addon-detail-version
"Pixelscape Design makes the Blue Ice theme freely available for normal use on the Firefox browser. Please do not copy or modify and redistribute this theme file and its design elements."

I rated it 3 stars because I'm just not sure if using it would be supporting someone not respecting developer's rights.
Would you please comment on this?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.6.0). 

Tahoe Data Manager

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hey this is really cool!
Thanks for writing it (and for the quick compatibility update)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6). 

Bookmark CSV Export

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very cool.
Thanks for developing it.

Magnatune

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for developing this.
Magnatune is a great site that provides an awesome service.

Massive Extender

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ok so I haven't even tried this yet, but I'm giving 5 stars for the concept alone.
I like to create a new default profile when there's a new version of Firefox released (not incremental updates) and it's a major chore rebuilding my add-ons (I use a lot) so I'm pretty psyched about your extension and barring any major issues (I doubt they'll be any) I predict that Massive Extender is going to be pretty popular.
Not only for the purpose that I mentioned, but it will allow others to compile collections to install or install whole collections for friends etc.
Nicely done.

By the way,
You can use the AMO forums or the mozillaZine ones as a place to provide support for your add-on's users. Just write a post about your add-on and add a link to that post here on AMO for your support link.
Add-on Releases (mozilla Add-ons Forum)
http://xrl.in/4oi1
Extension/Theme Releases (mozillaZine Forums)
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewforum.php?f=48

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.0.1). 

Web Developer 2k10

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I check out the Newest, and Recently Updated Add-ons sections here on AMO every few days and have for a very long time. I've easily installed over a thousand in the past 5 years and have reviewed a lot of add-ons also, so it's pretty clear that I'm an add-ons junkie.

When I first saw this add-on, I thought that it sounded like it would be worth checking out until I read "It is EN-US Only Because It Works Best, And Keeps XPI Package Lite" and I was totally turned off.
Now a few days later while searching for an add-on, I came across this one and looked over it again, and then I remembered why I passed it over the first time (because of that line).

That's a pretty ignorant statement.
How does it being EN-US only make it work "Best"? Seriously, if it does, then I apologize, and from now on, I will not install ANY add-on that includes (extra) locales other than en-US.
I was really surprised to see such a statement made from someone who doesn't even reside in the U.S.
And, requesting donations with that statement intact is just dumb marketing. You've severely isolated your donation base down to a specific group even though there's more people outside of the U.S. that has the ability to read and speak multiple languages including en-US than in the U.S. My friends live outside of the U.S. and they all speak read, write, and speak multiple languages, but I'd be offended by that statement if I were one of them.
Also, I really doubt that people are seriously concerned about the size of an add-on's locale folder.

I took time out of my day to write all of this. I hope that you take the time to rethink what you have written and remove that line.
It doesn't need to be there. The few add-ons that I've put out or have contributed to are en-US only and i actually feel bad about that, but, I'm working to change that through the awesome community of BabelZilla.

All that you have to do now is report this review and have it removed, but guess what? There's a good chance that it will be done by a non-U.S. resident.

For the record, I am an English speaking only U.S. resident.





This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.9e). 

Saved Password Editor

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks a lot for developing this, it's awesome.

There's no need to add import/export password functions like Password Exporter. Keep it simple like you have.
I have Password Exporter installed. It's one of my favs, but I don't mind having and using multiple add-ons.
I have 104 installed (92 enabled) in Firefox 3.5. I'm still building up 3.6.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1). 

Textarea++

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great work. I've replaced the bookmarklet that I had that allowed me to resize with Textarea++.
I've used and tried other resizer add-ons but this one is perfect for me. It's simple, it has one purpose and it accomplishes it without extras that I don't need or want.

Thanks for developing it.

Rotate Images

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

What I thought was most appealing and what really got me to try Rotate Images was the fact that you were showcasing CSS transforms and Firefox's ability to use it dynamically on any image local or on the Internet as opposed to it just being used as a single static instance on a single web page which was the only way that I had seen -moz-transform used up until now.
Those points alone make it a damn cool add-on.

Nice work. :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1). 

Foxysearch.org

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Having searches restricted to official Mozilla, and Mozilla related sites really saves a lot of time from having to visually filter out results less relevant to what I'm actually searching for, and from following links to content that I've mistaken as what I'm looking for.

In short, the results from the Foxysearch.org plugin are more relevant and of a higher quality than just running a standard Google search.

Nice work. Thanks for writing it.

FireWorkSpace

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

"My first extension"
I don't think that I could get an extension this right my fifth time around let alone my first. Great work!

I've only used it with 2 other add-ons installed but I'm ready to install it into my primary profile with a lot more (92/9) than that. I don't anticipate any problems.

It's pretty cool how you've made it so that a workspace can be saved and loaded in Private Browsing mode.

The extension is fine as-is, but I do have a few suggestions.

I personally like the Private Browsing mode workspace feature and I'm the only one who has access to my PC, but others who share access in a single Firefox profile should be aware that the workspaces (sites) that they save in Private Browsing mode can be easily brought up so perhaps that should just be mentioned in the description or other documentation.

It would be nice to access my workspaces from another location like a toolbar button with a drop down menu but I know that many others are stingy about their screen real estate.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to move the "Save on Exit" option to below the "Private Browsing" one and rename it "Save Settings on Exit" and make that option apply to all workspace settings.
I thought that "Save on Exit" meant save on existing Firefox and couldn't (at first) figure out why my workspace that I saved in Private Browsing mode wasn't loading in Private Browsing mode.
There should also only be a single Save on Exit option that applies to all workspaces, not a Save on Exit option for each workspace. That is counter-intuitive.
You could just simplify things (at least for the user) and Have Ok, Apply, and Cancel.

I wasn't able to rename a workspace (using Vista).
I wasn't able to increase the number of workspaces beyond 4.

Other than all of that, I really like this add-on.
If you'd like help with future testing feel free to send me (Ken Saunders) a PM through the AMO forums.
forums.addons.mozilla.org

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.1). 

Zippyshare Search Engine

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that the Winamp logo? Or a derivative of it?

Font Finder

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great work! A new fav.

I'm not sure what issue that rakesh juyal is having, or if things have been changed in Font Finder since May 21st, but it does display the font-family as well a lot of other great info quickly.
"Add a review for Font Finder"
font-family georgia,serif

I'd really appreciate Font Finder even more if it would display font-shadow info.

Thanks for developing it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5d). 

Font Finder

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great work! A new fav.

I'm not sure what issue that rakesh juyal is having, or if things have been changed in Font Finder since May 21st, but it does display the font-family as well a lot of other great info quickly.
"Add a review for Font Finder"
font-family georgia,serif

I'd really appreciate Font Finder even more if it would display font-shadow info.

Thanks for developing it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5d). 

About Add-ons

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Cool idea. It works just fine. Thanks for developing it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1). 

Sender Verification Anti-Phishing Extension

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I wish that I had discovered this sooner. So far (and to the best of my knowledge) it is working fine in Thunderbird 2 on Vista.

I do certainly hope that you have plans on making it compatible with Thunderbird 3.

Thanks for your time and effort put into developing this.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.0.3). 

Executor

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I like what I see in the screen shot, but will you please provide more detailed information about your extension? I'd rather not blindly install an add-on.