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Additional bug (apologies again): Sometimes when i restart the browser, the extension gives an incorrect count (off by one) of the number of tabs in a collapsed group. Adding/removing tabs makes it update to the correct number.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8). This user has a previous review of this add-on.
I know it's bad form to submit bug reports on AMO, but i can't find another place to do so? That would be my first suggestion — please let us know where we can report/discuss bugs!
Moving on, i've noticed the following issues on OS X:
1. The 'tab' lines are too tall, which makes the icons appear uncentred. The lines should be 1px shorter on the top (above the favicon)
2. The ability to have a 'default' group for tabs would be nice; it feels strange not having one, because all OS X applications i've ever seen with side bars like this (see Finder, iCal, iTunes, Alfred, Bento, Linkinus, Things, &c.) have at least one group visible at all times.
3. On my installation (FF4.0.1, Snow Leopard), the bottom area with the add-tab and group buttons does not look native (it's just matte grey). I'm not sure why this is. Could it be a bug? Or is there a known conflict?
4. You should not be able to 'view' groups; they should of course be movable/collapsable/closable, but in most other OS X applications it is not possible to select them like you can in Vertical Tabs.
5. Bug related to the above: If you have a group selected and then, for example, you go to Tools > Add-ons, suddenly the Add-ons page takes over your group, and you can't return it to the way it was before. This should not happen.
6. It would be neat if the grouping feature integrated directly into Firefox's grouping functionality, rather than being separate. (I'm not sure if Firefox exposes that ability to extensions though, so maybe that's an impossible task)
Otherwise... it's fabulous :)
FYI, 1.1pre3 (see 'View all versions') fixes most of the bugs specific to the Mac default theme — at least the way i use it.
Otherwise, the extension is pretty nice. It is sort of in between Tabberwocky and Tab Mix Plus — not as simple and 'just works'-like as Tabberwocky, but also not as buggy and convoluted as TMP. Probably it leans more towards the latter if i had to pick one. The developer is active on the MozillaZine forum and seems responsive to bug and feature requests (although he has his own specific vision for the extension which often does not align with some of the requests he gets; depending on how you feel this could be a good thing or a bad thing).
I guess the following sums up my feelings: If Tabberwocky was updated for Firefox 4, i would absolutely be using it over TabUtils. But since it's not, TU is by far the best equivalent. I recommend it over TMP.
Broken in various ways on OS X. Several posts about this in the support thread, so perhaps this will be fixed soon. Otherwise, seems promising.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1).
TMP's feature set is gigantic, i don't think anyone can argue with that. Unfortunately, the list of issues is even larger. Without getting super specific and turning this into a bug report, here are a few of the major problems:
1. TMP hard-codes many interface changes, which reduces or breaks entirely its compatibility with other extensions and with certain themes. Several theme/extension developers hate it for this reason.
2. TMP does not respect the conventions of other operating systems when it makes changes. For instance, it adds icons to your context menu on the Mac (OS X context menus do not have icons).
3. TMP's preference pane is an abomination. It is a confusing, un-intuitive, ugly mess of tabs, tabs in tabs, randomly placed drop-downs, and tick boxes. Given its large feature set i can understand the difficulty in designing a perfectly intuitive preference pane, but the way things are now is just disastrous.
4. New releases are coming out all the time, but at the same time it seems like it never changes. It gets updated for new versions of Firefox, but what was the last actual feature change? It looks and functions pretty much exactly the same as it did when i was using it in 2006. 5 years straight of nothing but bug fixes and it's still the buggiest extension i have ever seen.
I don't mean to belittle the developer, he clearly spends a lot of time working on it. It's just that i rarely if ever see the fruits of his labour.
I'm sorry, but this is disastrous. It's hard to know where to even begin, really.
First of all, i am wary of themes that have a significantly different interface from the OS. It is generally a bad idea to do this except in niche cases (high contrast required, &c.).
Regarding high contrast, i suppose this theme does qualify in some places, but in others it absolutely does not. The colouring is extremely haphazard and the backgrounds are incredibly busy, which obviously reduces readability.
The interface components (tool-bar icons, scroll bars, buttons, &c.) seem randomly put together and are very poor in quality. Looking at the Options window, for instance, the tab icons (Main, Tabs, Content, and so on) are clearly not of the same style and do not have the same colouring. Most add absolutely nothing to the labels below them (how do scales represent 'Main' ?), and some are incomprehensible (the 'Tabs' one). The images were apparently not designed with this use in mind because they are surrounded by little jaggy white pixels -- clearly very little effort went in to making this all fit together.
The scroll bars flip backwards when you hover over them, which could possibly be the most irritating and un-intuitive UI effect i have ever seen in my life.
Everything is covered in dated and chunky looking gradients and bevels, which perfectly captures the work of early-'90s amateur graphic-artists. The push-buttons (OK, Cancel, Help) and menus are particularly bad.
Overall the theme is haphazard, confusing, and poorly designed. I would not recommend it; if a high-contrast theme is needed, there are far better ones than this on AMO.
This extension finally breaks in 3.6 beta. I think it has to do with the fact that contents.rdf is no longer allowed, but i'm not sure. But it doesn't work at all. :(
Oh! PS: Please add the ability to export rule sets! cheersThis review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.090310).
Really interesting concept, i like it! It needs some work, however:
1. The default rule set, i think, is a little excessive. I think swapping (sitename) and (pagename) so that it goes '(pagename) - (sitename)' would be a little more user-friendly than completely removing the site name. Some of us don't have favicons in our tab bar — especially those of us on Macs.
2. The rule-set editor is (at least on the Mac) not resizeable. As you can imagine, this makes editing the regexp things pretty difficult.
3. The 'Generate' button doesn't work like 3/4 of the time — as in, usually when i click on it, nothing happens at all. Closing and re-opening the preferences window doesn't help.
This plug-in will be fabulous when (if? it's been a while...) these issues are resolved!
A+, a thousand times better than the atrocious default Mac theme. The developer is very responsive to questions in the GrApple thread on the mozillaZine forums too, so it's easy to get support. :)This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.2).
Preferences window is a little overwhelming, especially on the Mac (it doesn't appear to have been designed with that platform in mind), but other than that it works exactly as advertised and has tons of features.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.9).
Preferences look a little weird on Mac (obviously not designed with that platform in mind), but other than that it all works as intended. Especially useful for when you accidentally click out of a text box and press Backspace (whoever decided that that button should make your browser go back was an idiot). A+ would use againThis review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.2).