HoverZoom has gone evil — say hello to HoverFree

I discovered HoverZoom had gone evil when they broke github.com, details of which are here: https://gist.github.com/ralph-tice/5087704

Not to be deterred, I discovered HoverZoom is open source under the MIT license, so I've forked it, published it to github here: https://github.com/ralph-tice/hoverfree , named it HoverFree based on /u/acm suggestion, and published it to the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hover-free/hcmnnggnaofmhflgomfjfbndngdoogkj

All I am out is an evening of my time and the small $5 fee it took for me to create a developer account on the Chrome Web Store and now all of Reddit (and the rest of the Internet...) can enjoy HoverFree again!

If anyone would like to submit an icon for HoverFree I'll upload the highest upvoted icon that results from this thread after a couple days, if it's not a joke icon.

Update 3/6: Just pushed v1.0.1. Just keeping up with Hover Zoom fixes and plugin additions (with full code review of course) and some dead code cleanup (last of the trackEvents code is gone now) and added HoverFree social media stuff and 100%'d the rename to Hover Free...

11 thoughts on “HoverZoom has gone evil — say hello to HoverFree”

  1. The new album feature is a bitch for reddit (HoverZoom that is). It doesn’t tell you if the image is from an album so it just loads the first picture while you’ve just missed the others.

    Also thanks for this, just replaced it.

  2. Not to knock on the new extension from the OP. Thumbs way up for sure, but I’ve always used a Greasemonkey script for image hover-overs.

    [Mouseover Popup Image Viewer](http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/109262)

    It’s always worked for me for pretty much all images on pretty much every website where there is an image link. Never any problems with it at all.

  3. HoverZoom Updated Today:

    March 5, 2013 – version 4.12
    • New supported sites: Weibo, Douban, Zhihu, Hupu.
    • **Added an option to enable/disable anonymous usage statistics.**

  4. I really appreciate you making this for the community. I have a question though. Now that Opera browser is almost identical to Google Chrome is their any chance you’d port this over to Opera? Opera doesn’t have any extension like this currently and it should be very easy I think. I do know Opera now has an extension that allows you to install Google Chrome extensions from the Chrome Web Store but I’d like to have a native version to reduce the risk of it becoming incompatible or crashing the browser. Thanks for listening and I really hope you do this. I’m sure the Opera community would be too.


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