Review: Reddit Enhancement Suite makes Reddit browsing easier and more pleasant
By Mark O'Neill
At a Glance
Filters out posts based on keywords
Adds widgets to view specific users and subreddits
Lets you view subscribed threads
No Internet Explorer option
This browser add-on provides invaluable tools for Reddit power-surfing.
Reddit may be the site of the moment, but its design looks like something from the 1990s. Open-source donationware Reddit Enhancement Suite can bring Reddit’s look and functionality into the 21st century. RES provides you with a set of features that enhance the user interface on reddit.com. This browser plugin is available for Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari (but not Internet Explorer).
Highlights include a “neverending” Reddit page, on which the next page automatically loads as you get to the end of the current page, and the ability to subscribe to discussions. The latter is invaluable if you make a lot of comments and want to be notified when people reply to them.
Also on offer are Account Switcher. Inline Image Viewer, and Live Comment Preview. If you prefer to keep personal links separate from work links, Account Switcher makes it easy to go from username to username. Inline Image Viewer blows up images posted to Reddit without leaving the site. The Live Comment Preview allows you to see comments updating in real-time as you write. This shows you what the comment will look like when you press the submit button, which, given the somewhat idiosyncratic nature of the formatting tools that Reddit offers, is invaluable.
The developer is planning to bring out a paid Pro edition soon which will include the ability to sync your RES settings via the cloud. No word yet on pricing.
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