Feedback on ViewMyCurrency 0.38

Monday, 16th January at 12:52 am 22 comments

I’d love to hear your feedback on ViewMyCurrency 0.38

Here is a summary of what people have already said:
(Thanks to the people in brackets)

Currency Bugs:

  • abbreviation of the danish Krone DDK is kr. and not ur. (Kim)
  • same for Swedish Kronor (Pontus, Jalf, sonej, Lars)
  • add fullwidth Yen sign U+FFE5 (xephyris)
  • Israeli Shekel is NIS (Ronen)
  • Mauritius currency is ‘Rs’ and not ‘Rp’ (Kokojumbo)
  • $ Colombia Dollar COP treated like USD (Jair)
  • $ Candian Dollar CAD is treated like USD (Al)
  • $ New Zeland Dollar NZD is treated like USD (Peter)

General bugs:

  • 0.01 is rounded to 0, if it is converted to 0.00x, instead to be 0.01 (Rufus)
  • If you cancel the setup wizard then the extension can get confused (Pontus)

Features to add

  • Option for brackets to be the other way around. Original price first, and the converted price between brackets. (xamenos,Kim,Dave)
  • blacklist function would be great for sites that should not be converted (Erroneus,Jair)
  • hiding it or removing it from the status bar (Ryan,Rufus,AgentAlice,Ben)
  • use a coin icon instead of currency code (Rufus)
  • locale dectector/setter – use domain name to help guess what ambigious symbols mean. Is ‘$’ Austrialian, New Zeland, Columbian, US?? (John )
  • change the characters “xxx” that are used when the extension is switched off. (Paul)

Currencies/Countries to add

  • Norway (Erroneus)
  • Convertible Serbian Dinar CSD (Igor)
  • Kuwaiti dinar & UAE Dirhams (Lukinmyeyes)
  • All the individual Euro-Zone countries (Erich)

Entry filed under: Feedback.

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  • 1. alan  |  Monday, 16th January at 3:14 am

    so i take it its all done automatically. looks cool, is there anyway i can view the original cost, say its in usa$ to see if accurate. thanks for including Australia.

    Update: ok found the video on how to see the orgin cost.

  • 2. barnaby  |  Monday, 16th January at 11:12 am does not get recognized as yen due to differences in the yen symbol used i think. Perhaps you could add more than one potential charcter for currencies that have slighly diff symbols. I think the one your use has only one cross and the one amazon uses has two.

  • 3. Will  |  Monday, 16th January at 11:14 am

    barnaby: thanks. I’ll add the full-width yen symbol as well. The extension actually supports many different symbols per currency, they just aren’t exposed in the gui yet.

  • 4. Rod  |  Tuesday, 17th January at 2:55 am

    It seems to be converting the weights on this Amazon shipping page, thinking that “pounds” == GBP:

    # Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.7 x 9.8 inches ; 31.40 $ (17.8 pounds)
    # Shipping Weight: 31.76 $ (18.0 pounds). (View shipping rates and policies)

  • 5. Daniel Serodio  |  Tuesday, 17th January at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for this great extension. I’d like to suggest a formatting option. Specifically, I’d like to add a blank space (if needed) between my currency (R$) and the number, ie “R$ 10.00” instead of “R$10.00”. I think the latter is more clear, and it’s more “standard” here in Brazil.

    Also, I’d like to have the original price shown in a smaller font.


  • 6. Johan Sundström  |  Wednesday, 18th January at 2:41 am

    Formatting option suggestion seconded; Swedish prices are listed as “X kr” rather than “krX”.

  • 7. Ludvig  |  Wednesday, 18th January at 5:10 pm

    Also, in Sweden we use the comma character instead of the period character for dividing whole numbers and fractions.

  • 8. Arkady  |  Wednesday, 18th January at 11:10 pm

    Hi! Thank you for this very useful extension. Could you add Polish currency -> Zloty – PLN. Thank you very much for your job.

  • 9. Sparx  |  Thursday, 19th January at 8:54 am

    A number of South Asian countries including but not limited to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka have the Rupee as their currency. Unfortunately, all the people of these countries use the abbreviation Rs. and NOT Rp. as is currently shown in the extension.

    If you need unique names, I suggest you use the three letter codes to precede the value or at least include this as a personal preference:

    INR 40,000 [Indian Rupees]
    PKR 349 [Pakistani Rupees]
    LKR 2,350 [Sri Lankan Rupees]

    All in all, a great idea and something I was in need of. Thanks !

  • 10. Reno the Swede  |  Thursday, 19th January at 2:01 pm

    Why not give the user the option to set the prefix and suffix of the currency manually? Instead of seeing “£5.50”, maybe I want to see “5.50 pounds”, or instead of “50 kr”, maybe I want to see “It would cost 50 kronor”. Can’t really see any reason why this shouldn’t be done, and that would eliminate all erraneous display of currency abbrevations.

    Other than that, I love the extention. Keep it up!

  • 11. Nicky  |  Saturday, 21st January at 2:32 am

    I though this extention was great but while browsing it makes firefox “not responding” maybe not compatable with other extentions I have? I don’t know, I have firefox v1.5 what i sure is that this extantion is causing the problem.

  • 12. Avia  |  Saturday, 21st January at 4:17 am

    Hi. This is a great extention and I thank you for thinking and making it. One thing concerns me. Where do you take the curencies rates from? Because I checked in our (Israeli) central bank and the exchange rates were a little bit different.

  • 13. Marco  |  Sunday, 22nd January at 3:33 pm

    Great Extension, but I experienced problem in the Australian Web sites. They use the abbreviation ” AUD $”, instead of A$, so that the conversion is made from the value in US$ instead of A$.

  • 14. Paco  |  Monday, 23rd January at 5:29 pm

    First, thanks for a great extension. I’ve found what I think is a bug. In “Convert Text…” (Ctrl+Shift+T), the selection box only lets me select between EUR (my own currency) or XXX. If I write specifically GBP (to convert a given amount of € to GBP), an “Invalid currency symbol” error appears.

  • 15. Will  |  Monday, 23rd January at 5:38 pm

    Hi Paco, thanks for the feedback. You get the error because the Convert Text works just like the automatic conversion. It’s limited to “my currency” and the “recognised currencies”. (You can change these in the Options dialog)

    But it would be cool if the Convert Text feature could automatically suck in new rates if you typed a new currency code. I’ll think about this for a future release. Good idea!

  • 16. Paco  |  Monday, 23rd January at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for your swift response!
    Well, when I press Ctrl-Shft-T a abr appears just over the status bar. It has a X (close) sign, a combo box prefixed by “From:” when I can select all the currencies I have in preferences (USD, EUR, GBP, …), a text box where I can type (but that sometimes appears full of text from the page I am watching…), another combo box where I can select only XXX or EUR (I can type “GBP” there, but then gives the error I said) and then a text box where the converted text appears. Of course, I can type “$12,23 13,22GBP 156.3JPY” and it gets converted to “€9.97 ($12,23) 19.22€ (13,22GBP) 1.1097€ (156.3JPY)” that is REALLY cool 🙂 but I do not know how to do directly an inverse conversion, that is, “how many GBP are 19,22EUR?”

  • 17. Will  |  Monday, 23rd January at 6:44 pm

    Paco: inverse conversions aren’t supported yet. Another neat feature to add to the to-do list!

  • 18. Mark  |  Tuesday, 24th January at 1:57 am

    I have found a site that displays amounts as 24.- EUR, the hyphen seems to upset VMC and no conversion is done. I do not know how usual this is, those Europeans are a funny bunch. URL is
    Other than that this is a great extension, thanks for your work on this.

  • 19. Will  |  Tuesday, 24th January at 7:19 am

    Hi Mark. Thanks for pointing out yet another currency format!
    As a work-around you can always use the right-click Convert Text feature and simply delete the dot hyphen.

  • 20. Radek  |  Wednesday, 25th January at 7:17 pm

    Hi, I’ve found this extension very handy but… I live in Poland so it would be great if this extension shows polish currency (PLN) also. I know this means the extension has to get the currency from some source but I think it would be great if there was an option to put your own currency rate and name it (PLN) ;-). Then you can find the actual rate on the Internet and update manualy the extension data.
    After all, it is a great extension, very usefull. Thanks and have a nice time working on updates 😉

  • 21. Jack  |  Wednesday, 1st March at 10:37 pm

    There’s a great bug (if you could call it that) where the European football competition called ‘Euro ‘ e.g. Euro 2004, is called ‘£ 1,363.84 (Euro 2004)’

  • 22. Will Moffat  |  Thursday, 2nd March at 12:34 am

    Hi Jack. Yeah that’s kind of a silly conversion. I think I’ll remove ‘euro’ but keep ‘euros’ in the EUR symbol list. Thanks!

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