Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Home Dash has some great ideas. I like the concept of a when-you-need-it interface, and I like getting that little bit of extra screen space - it just looks great. But... the functionality just does not match how I use the internet.

Home Dash really hurts the utility of tabbed browsing - it seems that, in an attempt to make it more intuitive and efficient, they've made it less so. Consider - normally, I can switch between tabs quickly with Ctrl-Tab/Ctrl-Shift-Tab, or you can just click on the tab you want. Fast, easy, efficient. They're all there, so it's pretty rare that I need to think for more than a split second about where the tab I want is. With Home Dash, you can still Ctrl-Tab - but, you don't get to see what you're tabbing through, so you have to look at each page for a moment to see if it's the one you want. Ctrl-Shift-Tab is disabled. To use the interface the way they intend, you need to mouse over the icon, then scroll around (through tabs you can't see unless it's the current/past/previous one) until you get to the one you want, and then click. Again, it's more of a bother to examine each page as it appears than it ever was to deal with this the old way.

In short - good (initial) concept, but the execution just doesn't work. Maybe if they add in some way to move through tabs that is actually convenient...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.1-signed). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've been using this since before it was released, and I think the idea is brilliant - hence the stars.

I have one major issue that keeps me from using it. When using 'back', I often end up on some other page in the history. It basically makes it impossible to use - and therefore also hard to get on to more constructive feedback. I've reported this before - am I alone in seeing this?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.1-signed). 

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I like the idea and the tab-switching UI, but Home Dash is useless for me because of the perverse way the location bar replacement works. Pressing Ctrl+L and entering a complete web address doesn't take me to that address. Instead, it takes me to another page on the same domain that I've visited frequently. Bizarrely, the only way to actually visit a particular web address is to *search* for it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.1-signed). 

We're tracking this issue here:
https://github.com/mozilla/prospector/issues#issue/71

For now, you can add a "?" to the end of the domain that you're typing in. E.g., "mozilla.com?"

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am looking forward to trying this out after the Feb 9th update. I think it's like tab stacking now. Tab stack is utterly more easily accessible then panorama. 5 stars for the idea. Will test and get back to you guys.

Loving instant preview and speak words though. Chrome recently jacked our instant preview idea. >_<

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.1-signed). 

innovating! Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really feel that this is something for you to work with! This could be really awesome, but for now it feels a little bit rough and without a finish. For me the tab previews in the "home dash" does not show until I hover with my mouse and waits for a while on each of the "tabs". Also I more like the old behaviour that was with version 3, as this new "show related pages instead of all open pages" thing never finds any related pages at all...(I even tried with the same page, but with no luck).Also I really like the small "favicon-temporary-tabs" wich sometimes shows under the firefox logo, maybe use that in another addon and replace the tabs with only those small little page-indicators more than info, and when hovering over them display a page preview.Continue the really good work, and this will be a firefox killer feature!

Using Ubuntu 10.10 and Minefield 4.0b12 pre (2011-02-03)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.1-signed). 

Reverting to version 2 Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Sorry but versions 3 and 4 makes Firefox 4b11 very VERY sluggish! And also, where have all my open tabs gone? I access them any more! So these new versions are no use for me.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.1-signed). 

Kind of buggy, but has promise Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'm an extreme minimalist when it comes to browser chrome and interface space. I want as much of the screen showing while browsing. So I love that this interface allows me to do what I want while not compromising usability (for the most part). There are just a few things I don't like so far:

-No back button. Confusing. I know there are a million ways to go back, but maybe just put one on the title bar of the window itself.

-No close tab button. I'm not a big fan of having to read documentation to figure out how to close a tab. Just put an X on it somewhere. I had a youtube video that I wanted to close so it wouldn't conflict with my music. My first instinct was to middleclick the mini-tab thing on the left, but that just made it disappear and keep playing. So I opened up the interface and middle-clicked the tab, which only brought it to the front. Then I remembered W and tried pressing it, but of course that doesn't work. So I had to Ctrl+Tab all the way around back to my current tab and press W. Eh.

-Ctrl+K doesn't put focus on the search bar for me. I have to click it to type. Not sure if that's just me, but it's lame.

-One of my top tabs is my router's authenticated logon screen. Every time my mouse rolls over it to get to my other tabs, it prompts me for a login ID and password with a focus-stealing dialogue box. Tweak the page previews to ignore authenticated pages.

Edit: Ok, so Ctrl+W closes a tab. I probably should have known that.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed). 

That's odd about Ctrl-K not focusing the input box. Does Ctrl-L or Ctrl-T focus the input box? And if it does, does pressing Ctrl-K cycle through the search engines?

Amazing! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is awesome stuff. I wasn't so sure at first but after reading about the shortcut commands in "Tips and Troubleshooting" above i am sold.

I hope to see an "x" for closing tabs in the future and a shortcut command just for search.. maybe if i point the mouse somewhere. Tabs would be great if they where sticky as the "new tabs". Not like now when they disappear after a click.

I would not like a back button. It is easy as it is now when i just right click on the page.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed). 

With version 4, you're able to close the current page (or the currently previewed page) by right-clicking the Firefox icon. So scroll to the preview page you want to get rid of and right-click and you're done!

Back button missing Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Without back button restricted useable and confusing at present. But good idea!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed). 

Buttons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Home Dash is nice, but it would b nicer if we had at least a back button when its in dashboard more

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed). 

It would be even nicer if you didn't have to activate the dashboard to just go back a page. :) For now just right-click and select Back from the first item in the menu.

Awesome Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It's perfect for minimalists like me and netbook owners! Only one thing that's bothering is not being able quickly copy-paste current page's URL.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed). 

You can get to the current page's url by pressing ctrl-L twice. The first ctrl-L activates Home Dash and the second one will fill in the current page's url if you haven't typed anything.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

The add-on is alright, but you should have the option to see and use your installed toolbar cuz whats the point of installing a toolbar if you can't see it

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed). 

Not for me ... yet? Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I tried this for a day forcing my self to get over the difference but eventually decided this is not for me. I like to see my tabs and easily/quickly jump from one to another pressing the ff button is an extra step which slows down my usage. I tried keyboard shortcuts but could not see what number each tab was. Also I found searching and opening new websites slightly slower as you had to load the new interface. I did not find the new interface helpful as I tend just to use google and usually the top result I have no need for page previews. This might be useful on my netbook where screen real estate is an issue but not useful on a full sized screen. However it is an interesting idea and always good to toy with interface design and not stay in old ways.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1-signed). 

only addon manager stays open Rated 3 out of 5 stars

For me, only an addon manager window stays open, the main window (browser) dissapir.
using 4.0b11pre mozzila firefox for linux mint -1.0

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1-signed). 

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I like the idea, but switching from home dash and the original interface shifts the interface to beta 8. I loved how beta 9 looked and I can't seem to get it back after uninstalling home dash.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1-signed). 

Are you referring to having the tabs on top? Home Dash should try to restore Firefox to its original settings. If not, you can go to View -> Toolbars -> Tabs on Top.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

cool.........i would rate ful for innovative browsing, it would be good if the tap are left as it is, as it was making difficult to switch between two tab or site.
integrating search to the side will be good idea, but it hasn't showed any results for me.
i have only used it for second, but liked it but if there hadn't been any difficult in switching between sites.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1-signed). 

Try out version 4. You can switch through your tabs by scrolling the mouse on the Firefox icon. Or you can use a keyboard shortcut to do the same. (Ctrl-tab or ctrl-9).

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Big + because we don't have to restart Firefox. But i had a big problem and I'am dissapointed. After running this Add, Firefox has crashed for while, then when I've Home Dash Panel (CTRL +T)- all youtube movies started the buffering from beggining. And when I tried to close Home Dash, whole FireFox was just gone, without any crush. It closed itself. And my point is that I've lost 30+ opened sites. I'll just wait for properly working version.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1-signed). 

How did you try to close Home Dash? Did you click the "x" on the window or the Firefox icon? We were thinking about stealing the "window close" x button to dismiss Home Dash or close the current tab, but then it would be tricky to close Firefox.

Consider me a fan Rated 4 out of 5 stars

So far, I'm really liking this way of browsing. Only things I do not like - the title instead of the URL address being displayed in the upper left hand corner. Also, I don't like it up there. Just like I didn't like 4.0's moving the target URL into the address bar.

Also, the lack of a back button hurts when using sites that redirect you a lot (gmail) and you just want to get back to the site / page before.

I'd rather have that watermark at the bottom of the page with some simple functions - like back / forward. Also some up/down arrow actions with the new address / search bar would be very helpful as well. These are nitpicks for a brand new extension though.

Great job overall

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1-signed). 

Starting with version 3, you should be able to hold "Shift" to see the full url instead of just the title of the link. We're still working on a way to provide the back/forward buttons, but for now, you can right-click the page and select the first item "Back" to do what you want.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is very impressive! And also an amazing example of what can be done, instantly, with a restartless add-on. I, of course, don't know how this all works, but if you can do this much to fundamentally change the entire browser without restarting, well, lets hope installing all add-ons becomes this painless.I can't wait to see what you do with this add-on. It's kind of impractical in it's current form, at least for me, for continuous use, but is a great start and works just as you say, even on Linux and my old computer.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1-signed). 

problems on mac!! Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Well it seems nice, but the different parts in the dask board, resizes wrong on my mac,
so you can not see what you type search box! :(

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1-signed). 

If you resize the screen after starting Home Dash, various things will be incorrectly sized for version 2. But with version 2, you can quick disable and re-enable with alt-ctrl-shift-d. Does that fix the layout for you?