Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This is an extension that I have wanted for a very long time. I did mention a similar idea to the producer of SmileyXtra as that went totally crap after he changed it so he wouldn't need to keep updating the smiley database, but nothing ever happened.
Now this is exactly what I wanted, even includes the essential ability to save the smileys/emoticons.
There is one problem I have experienced and that is the short cut key doesn't seem to work. Ctrl+Alt+E or Ctrl+Alt+A does nothing but show a character, it doesn't convert the text to emoticons like the instructions suggest. Not a total deal breaker but for speed, not having to reach for the mouse would of been good.
Thanks for the advice. Now you can emoticonvert with "Ctrl + Shift + F" without problem.
The new version is in the sandbox, awaiting for a review.