CNET Editors' note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Firefox extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Firefox browser.
CNET Editors' review
WebMail Notifier for Firefox is a basic add-on that checks e-mail for a variety of different types of e-mail accounts. There's nothing particularly exciting about it, but it works just fine if you need a simple e-mail alert that's well integrated with Firefox.
The program appears as a small envelope icon within Firefox's status bar. It's quite inconspicuous, which is nice. When there are unread messages the envelope turns from gray to yellow, and the number of messages appears to the right. An optional pop-up window shows a brief preview of newly received messages. We liked that the add-on has some options for customization; users can select their own alert sounds and can also choose how frequently they want the notifier to check for new messages. WebMail Notifier also supports a variety of different e-mail providers, including Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo, and users can configure the application to check multiple e-mail accounts. Users can also create scripts to check for e-mail in accounts that aren't supported, although if you don't already know how to do this, don't expect any guidance. The add-on doesn't do any fancy tricks, but it's an excellent choice if you're looking for a basic, easy-to-use utility that will let you know when you have new mail.
WebMail Notifier for Firefox is free. Like most browser add-ons it doesn't come with a Help file, but it's pretty easy to figure out. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.
From Byungwook Kang:
X-notifier checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails. You can use multiple accounts in a same host. If you want other webmail provider, you can make your own script.
What's new in this version: Version 3.3.3 added hidden option for bookmark menu, icon left click, custom page link, and spam notification.
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"Email checker, as browser add-on... works"
Version: X-notifier 2.7.10
It's relatively simple to set up for accounts with various email providers.
It's constantly updated to keep up with changing webmail provider logins... which does take some effort.
My major fault of it, is that there is no 'stand-alone' version... or for Internet Explorer. (There are versions for Firefox, Thunderbird, Chrome and Opera.)
Works well to both check for emails (displaying number), and to pop open a tab (or email client program) into your account.
"It doesn't help me to check mails on Window 7 64-bit"
Version: X-notifier 2.7.8
Easy to install.
It doesn't help me to check mails at all. I have no idea if it works.
Every time restarting FireFox, it pops up an login verification for the account I would like to check mails. But nothing happens. I still have to manually login onto yahoo or gmail and check mails myself. Then what is the point having it?
Even I turn on its Webmail toolbar, what I got is the link to yahoo or gmail. Clicking on the link brings me the yahoo mail page or gmail. It is just a bookmark to me. Thus, it is absolutely useless.
What I can think of is that it may not support Firefox 4 on Windows 7 64-bit.
"New version is "rude""
Version: X-notifier 2.7.4
It still notifies as well as ever
Adds very obtrusive icons and text to the bookmark area at the top of the Firefox browser. I don't like toolbars being installed without asking and with no way in the add-on's options of being turned off.
All the developer says in response to the complaints is "You can disable it in firefox menu." He doesn't even say WHERE in the menu. I had to find out from some other kind soul that it was found in View > Toolbars. Not good PR.
The bottom line of the bottom line: Don't "upgrade" to 2.7.4. Stay with the previous version, or perhaps find another program with better customer relations.
"User-friendly, very handy"
Version: X-notifier 2.3.1
I like it a lot. I've had no problems with it, really. It notifies to my specs when I have new Gmail messages in any or all folders, and it will include your Gmail labels if you tell it to. The many options/settings are great.
It has given me a few "false positives," telling me that I had new mail, when I either did not, or had already read the new messages. Also a bit of trouble telling it to check two accounts at different intervals.
I'd give it 4.5 stars. I'd give it 5 if not for the reasons above. I really do find it very handy and a time-saver.
"Intrusive. Once enabled can't locate disable feature."
Version: X-notifier 1.5.5
I do not like it at all.
Very intrusive; turns on automatically when Firefox launches; cannot find anywhere that I can disable it.
See #4 above. I believe it explains everything.
"it work well"
Version: X-notifier 1.2.1
I get information at a glance about status while busy with other things
don't seem to be able to get it to work with yahoo @ gmail together