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Critical functionality for me Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This extension is critical to my usage of Firefox. Like a lot of people working in the digital field, I'm often required to siwtch task focus randomly. When I do, I need reference tabs like w3schools and jquery docs, I need a tab with a development version of the site I'm working on available, the production version, the backend web-admin open in another tab ... half a dozen posts from a (re)search of logs and forums for a new feature. That's more than a handful of tabs for each and every task which can often be up to a dozen on the go from month to month. Grouping them does/should de-allocate huge chunks of RAM for he inactive groups as a substantial performance bonus.
Without Tab Groups, I might as well switch to an otherwise inferior browser. You know, the one Mozilla is copying in that horrible tradition of being too scared to innovate in order to regain market share, but instead, just copy the leader and hope like hell people will move back for no good differentiating reason.
It's ridiculous that Firefox introduced tab grouping as a memory-management hack, tens of thousands of users found it helpful for other reasons as well, and now e10s is rolling out and bloody WebExtensions is all the rage, this functionality will fall by the wayside.
Firefox's user base was built as much around excellent extension capability as anything else. Extension support was freqently used as an excuse to avoid signnficant innovation in the core of the browser. Firefox core rarely seems to introduce any new, UI-exposed functionality for users these days and now it's doing the absolute opposite by butchering the extension ecosystem that made Firefox unique!
Seriously, what is the driving force behind this madness? That agile shite? Obsession with telemetry stats? Continued poor management of the same sort that kicked out Mr Eich for having a opinion in the land of so-called freedom of speech? Just madness. The whole WebExtensions push reeks of an organization that is proceeding with decisions in paralell to the core changes that need to be judged before an impact can be seen. That is, e10s has barely had a chance to hit the Stable channel yet the continued "optimize or die" (or whatever phrase for "shit ourselves and make random decisions" was thrown out as a policy) idea sees the butchering of extensions which are as much a part of Firefox as the fox logo itself!
If only they'd give e10s a chance to reverse the market share trend ... and accelerate the switchover to Rust and Servo code. Leave the flipping extension APIs alone! There's no point syncing the Firefox extension APIs with Chrome if the result is Firefox loses all it's unique extensions and gains only the minimal style of extensions Chrome supports. Surely someone in Mozilla management can see that? Or are they all blinded by the "Web" prefix which makes this whole WebExtensions push seem like more of a standards-compliance effort than the application of a machete to the most differentiating Firefox feature.
Please update! Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Would really like to use this again with current Firefox versions. The download panel is pathetic in comparison.
Historically sweet add-on appeared to butcher my session this time :( Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Generally I've been using this extension for years and it's been great. I just installed it again and it appeared to butcher my session history (tabs). Not happy.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (184.108.40.206-signed). This user has 3 previous reviews of this add-on.
Thanks for the effort Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I'm happysad to say that it does not look like I'll be using HCTP for the foreseeable future because the Australis update (Aurora channel) combined with the Classic Theme Restorer add-on appears to allow me to set up my 'fox in my unique way. FWIW that's three 'toolbars' with this content (from left to right):
- Sage/Pocket-dropmenu/Add to delicious buttons,
- three flexible spaces,
- separated back/forward
- old school menu (in effect centred in the top bar)
- separated reload/stop buttons
- three flexible spaces
- minimize/restore/close buttons (unsure why they have reappeared there without HCTP help)
- HTTPS button-dropmenu
- Location box
- Undo closed tabs button-dropmenu
- Tab groups button-dropmenu
- search box
- new 'light' download panel button (hate it but waiting for an update to Download Manager Tweak)
- Social paper-plane button
- Ghostery button
- Opened tabs drop menu
- three pinned tabs
- the scroll tabs left button
- scroll tabs right button
Then I have a status bar at the bottom where it's always been and should always be :)
- Stylish button-dropmenu
- NoScript button
- AdBlock Plus button-dropmenu
- Progress meter
- status text
- Create TinyURL button
- Colorpicker button-dropmenu
- Firebug button-dropmenu
All of the buttons, be they on XP at home, of Win 7 at work, are styled with a raised effect that clearly makes them stand out as opposed to the 'flat' trend that Australis is obsessed with. That's thanks another great add-on: Classic Toolbar Buttons, by the same author.
About the only thing I'm not happy with, apart from the less-than-useful stock Download 'panel' is the lack of a drop-down option on the separated Back button. Not sure why this doesn't work when you hold on to it.
Thanks immeasurably for your add-on efforts Darth. I'm sure it's possible that I'll need to come back to HTCP to get my fox exactly the way I like it in the future. I applaud your efforts hugely. The people who wanted to create more screen space, but very little room for add-on interacting UI elements, by getting rid of the status bar and adding all the add-on to the right hand side of the location toolbar, like Chrome does, are misguided at best IMHO. By properly hiding the unnecessary title bar, HTCP gave me the same amount of room they saved by removing the status bar and yet the same space for add-on interaction UI elements.
Congratulations on a great add-on. It was an absolute pleasure to use and I really appreciate the effort it must take to fight the Mozilla minimalists and their copy-Chrome agenda. Keep up the great work!
Excellent Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Huge improvement over Australis. Congratulations to the author for all their hard work. Simply excellent, massively appreciated. My favourite browser is now no longer my enemy.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (220.127.116.11-signed).
Brilliant Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Sweet little extension. Arguably this should be the default behavior. Thanks for this. Works fine on Aurora or Firefox 27.0a2 (2013-12-09)
@Geoff80: pull your head in!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Broken in Aurora
AMO doesn't let me reply to your response Sparky so I'm updating this here instead.
Thanks for pointing me to the developer releases, I thought I'd looked hard for them but couldn't find them.
I tested the latest S4E (2013.09.14.22b) in Firefox (Aurora) 26.0a2 (2013-09-26) and everything broke big time. I've reported more details via the "Report Issue" button provided by the Addon Compatibility Reporter 2.01, if you don't get that let me know and I'll try to help again.
Thanks for your continued efforts with this extension, it's very important!
Brilliant but broken in Aurora 2013-04 Rated 5 out of 5 stars
About a week back from Aurora 22.0a2 (2013-04-12) Sage 1.4.14 stopped loading feeds entries in the lower pane of the sidebar.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (18.104.22.168-signed). This user has other reviews of this add-on.
Broken Rated 1 out of 5 stars
This extension is bloated and is it any wonder since it has not been updated for over a year? +1 for the awesome text vanishing problem in 16.0a2 (2012-08-15) and earlier. Booh new Delicious owners, Booooh! Get your act together. I wish I could give zero stars.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.3.1).
No good in text-button mode Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Unfortunately this relies on a change of colour in the icon to indicate whether it is active. This is useless for those using text-only buttons.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.9.1-signed.1-signed).
Needs updating Rated 3 out of 5 stars
I would quite like this if it was more configurable. For example I'd like the three options to be separate objects on the Customize pallette that I could drag wherever I wanted in the Firefox UI or leave alone. For example I don't care about the proxy feature so would like to leave that alone in the Customize pallette but use the other two options.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
it is great to see thousands of people willing to go to the extra trouble to correct this poor decision by the Firefox designers.
In the glorious vague concept of 'reducing clutter' and 'designing for the mainstream' the Firefox designers have simply achieved one thing only: breaking functionality.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
about the only thing about Google Chrome I found interesting was how it does away with the Window chrome. Useful to gain more screen real-estate of course.
This extension is brilliant because it brings that ability to the 'fox.
Code otimsation and beauty, wonderful! Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Great to see someone take an old extension and update it for speed if nothing else.
Who is the lovely lady in the red T-Shirt? Is that Elad? Is Elad a girl's name? Haven't heard that name before.
Unfortunately I'd be a bit scared to try this just yet so just the one star for now.
I hope this was done in co-operation with Chris Pederick
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This bookmark is a brilliant idea except it lacks one feature: uploading the saved / edited content to a centralised server. Otherwise all the content is jailed on the computer used to create them.
If such a feature could be integrated I would be hugely grateful and donate to the developer. As a web developer I know how much junk is on the net and how much of it can be trimmed and deleted to help me focus on what I want.
Post child for why extensions cannot replace native functionality Rated 1 out of 5 stars
This extension is the 'poster child' for what is wrong with Mozilla relying on extensions for decent functionality.
The default Firefox RSS reading functionality (Live Bookmarks) is terrible.
Can someone dream up a case whereby Fennec's RSS reading must be improved? Otherwise since Mozilla has arguably put desktop develop on hold in the last 18 months, issues like the gross lack of a decent RSS reader in Firefox will not be addressed in the short term.
Of course the conspiracy theorist might suggest that Mozilla is happy for users to do RSS through Google Reader since Google bankrolls Mozilla. Hmmm
Good but poorly supported Rated 3 out of 5 stars
This is quite a good extension BUT the developers are apparently very slow to update it for new versions of Firefox which is really very annoying.
The fork of the project Sage-Too is apparently no better as one developer has abandoned the project citing selfish Firefox users. Is it selfish to want what should be standard in the browser? By default Firefox is quite ancient in it's feed reading abilities, no matter how much their marketing team wants to pimp "Live Bookmarks", and therefore a decent extension is needed and must be maintained.
Users get excited about new versions of Firefox and that excitement is met with a thundering brick wall when extensions don't update in time. It's not as if Mozilla doesn't give extension developers plenty of notice.
UPDATE THIS! Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Will someone PLEASE UPDATE this invaluable extension.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.6).
Location bar bug Rated 1 out of 5 stars
After installing this extensions URLs no longer displayed in my location bar. Needless to say the extension is no longer installed.
Shame because I could really use an extension that does what this claims to do.