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I've used All In One Sidebar, and besides not wasting the more precious vertical space, it's on the side.
1. As far as I know, there's nothing this can do that AIO Sidebar can't.
2. There's a huge load of things AIO Sidebar CAN do, this doesn't - including a larger variety of in-browser about:* pages.
3. There's a mode to make stuff fit better in narrow sidebar - this makes managing bookmarks, about:config, etc. and reading normally wide pages.
4. AIOS has the ability to move what's on sidebar on the main area, and the other way if wanted - yes, that does mean you can place a webpage you have open into the sidebar; I've found it particulary helpful when I wanted to keep search results visible, and then open link(s) from it.
But when on 1920px FullHD a simple zooming (I use "zoom text only" - and I wish it left the CSS margin and padding values, div width's, etc. alone too, not just pictures, but that seems random. But when zooming font to 150% causes the fifth of page go over border, I love that addon - I have to re-find it, because it can usually re-fit the page even without changing my zoom back smaller.
But I'm rambling about something else than this addon vs. AIOS - anyway, there's no equivalent to "fit-to-width" or anything that can help with massive reduction of vertical space - which has become smaller in many cases after 19:6 became the standard. I should have at least 1024px vertical resolution on my laptop, and more horizontal instead of the same optimal 1280px width and ridiculous 786px vertical - I had that on my desktop PC in 1997!
This is an amazingly useful extension, and the functionality should be included in Firefox by default.
If you move the toolbar button to the Panel Menu (aka hamburger menu), most of the functionality relies on the menu bar. This is not ideal, as the menu bar is hidden by default. The toolbar button does not work properly when moved into the Panel Menu (there is no drop-down list to select which page to show), and this needs to be fixed.
Also, the toolbar icon itself needs improvement, as it is just a blank page. It also does not differentiate between on and off states, which also needs to be fixed.
Adding a 'Close' button to the bottom pane would be extremely useful, and I hope the developer adds one.
The instructions are a little unclear, as they specify that the user can select 'about:blank' to close the bottom pane, but there is no such option. Going to 'about:blank' does not close the bottom pane either. Selecting 'show a blank page' is the only option to close the bottom pane, but it is a little misleading. Instead, perhaps 'Close bottom pane' would be a better choice.
The extension does not remember its state when restarting the browser. It would be ideal if there are three possibilities: always start with the bottom pane disabled, always start with the bottom pane enabled, or start with the bottom pane in the same state as when the user closed Firefox.
It's a wonderful extension, which hopefully will see improvements!
The name of the extension is not reflective of what the extension performs, which makes it harder for Firefox users to find.
I've added it to my Hidden Gems collection to try to help!
Nice idea but the toolbar button for using it keeps disappearing without a trace, meaning that you can't find it in the customize window at all. Sometimes it might come back for a short while, only to be gone again soon afterwards (FF 26). Some other restartless add-ons display the same behaviour, but at least one can find the button and reinstate it in the toolbar.
neat add-on, excellent idea.
it should be better if it opens the panel on a new tab, but it has been very good now, five from me.
Great start! a keyboard shortcut would be wonderful:)