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First, the bad news:
• Frequent Firefox releases make it impractical to maintain both Tile View and Tile Tabs.
• Tile View is no longer supported and there will be no new versions.
• Users should migrate to Tile Tabs 5.1 or later.
Now, the good news:
• All of the features and functions of Tile View have been incorporated into Tile Tabs.
• Tile Tabs now offers integration with Firefox's Panorama tab group functionality.
• Install Tile Tabs from: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tile-tabs
To make Tile Tabs
work in the same way as Tile View
, two options must be enabled:
• Assign selected tab to active tile
• Assign another tab when tiled tab closed
applies a tiled layout to the content area so that multiple web sites can be viewed and browsed side by side. Tiles can be arranged horizontally, vertically or in a grid. Tiles can be re-sized by dragging splitter bars. Links can be dragged to open in other tiles. Scrolling of tiles can be synchronized.
The Firefox tabbed browser paradigm is fully maintained. Each tile operates as a tabbed browser, but with the toolbars and tabs common to all tiles. The tiled layout is achieved by presentational changes rather than functional changes. All features (menu commands, url bar, search bar, tabs buttons) continue to operate as normal.
Pre-defined layouts can be created and new tiles can be added above, left, right or below the currently selected tile. Tiles are arranged in groups, where all the tiles in a group have the same width or same height, and all the tiles in a group are separated by splitters all with the same orientation (horizontal or vertical).
Tiles are created using Menu Commands
of tabs and links.GETTING STARTED
To get started, click the Tile View
button icon to create a default layout.LATEST UPDATES
The important changes in Tile View 2.2
• Tile View is now obsolete. Added popup window recommending migration to Tile Tabs.
• Restore previous session at start-up sometimes assigns wrong tabs to tiles. Fixed.BACKGROUNDTile View
is based on the same 'tile and splitter' engine as the well established Tile Tabs
add-on, but with a simpler user interface aimed at optimizing the browsing experience.
The main differences between Tile View
and Tile Tabs
(with default settings) are that Tile View
• has a simpler user interface with fewer menus, fewer menu items, and more focus on the tile layout as an entity.
• allows independent selection of the current tile and of the tab to be displayed in the current tile.
• requires the user to explicitly switch between tiled and normal views.USER REFERENCETiles and Splitters
A tile is selected by clicking on the tile's contents. The currently selected tile is indicated by a colored border around the tile's contents.
The tab assigned to (displayed in) the currently selected tile can be changed by clicking on any of the tab buttons. The currently selected tab is indicated by a highlighted tab button (as normal). Each tab assigned to a tile is indicated by a small icon on the tab button.
A tile can be re-sized by dragging the adjacent splitter bars. Splitter bars will snap into position when near to the edge of a tile or another splitter bar. Double-click on any splitter to equalize the size of all tiles in that group.Menu Commands
There are six basic menu commands:
• New Layout
- creates a new layout with 2, 3 or 4 tiles or using the default layout.
• Open Layout
- opens a previously saved layout and (if saved) assigns saved tabs to tiles.
• Close Layout
- closes the the current layout.
• Save Layout
- saves the current layout and optionally saves the tabs assigned to tiles.
• Delete Layout
- deletes a previously saved layout.
• Set as Default Layout
- sets the current layout as the default layout.
• Add Tile
- adds a new tile above, left, right or below the currently selected tile.
• Remove Tile
- removes the currently selected tile.
• Expand Tile
- expands the currently selected tile and collapses the other tiles in that group.
These commands can be invoked from the Tile
menu on the main menu bar or app menu, or from the Tile View
button menu on the toolbar. The Add Tile
, Remove Tile
and Expand Tile
commands can also be invoked from the context menu after right-clicking on any tile's contents.
The New Layout
command always assigns the currently selected tab to top-left tile in the layout. Otherwise, the New Layout
and Add Tile
commands automatically create and assign a new blank tab to each new tile. There are options to assign existing tabs to new tiles in preference to creating new tabs, and to load the homepage into new tabs.
The Close Layout
and Remove Tile
commands remove any automatically created tabs that have not been used (still either blank or showing the homepage).
The Expand Tile
command can be used repeatedly on the same tile to alternately expand the tile horizontally and vertically, and when the tile is already fully expanded, to equalize the tiles of all enclosing groups.
The Save Layout
command requires layout name
which cannot be null and can only contain letters, digits and underscores.
The Set as Default Layout
command saves the current layout, but not the tabs assigned to tiles. However, if required, the tabs assigned to tiles can be saved using the Save Layout
command with the name "default".Menu Switches
There are two menu switches:
• View Tiled
- shows the tiled layout view (instead of the normal browser view).
• Sync Scroll
- synchronize horizontal and vertical scrolling within each group of tiles.
These switches can be toggled from the Tile
menu on the main menu bar or appmenu, or from the Tile View
button menu on the toolbar.Sync Scroll
allows easy comparison of two or more similar web pages. Any initial scrolling offset between the contents of the tiles in a group is maintained. Function Key Shortcuts
There are four function key shortcuts:
- Expand Tile
- Sync Scroll
- View Tiled
- New Layout (Default Layout)
or Close Layout
- depending on whether a layout already exists
Each function key shortcut can be set as Ctrl
, or a combination of these, plus a function key (F1-F12) - or it can be disabled.Splitter Menu Commands
There are three splitter menu commands, which allow tiling adjacent to an existing group of tiles:
• Add Tile
- adds a new tile above, left, right or below the highlighted group.
• Equalize Group
- equalizes the size of all tiles in the highlighted group.
These commands are invoked from the context menu after right-clicking on a horizontal or vertical splitter bar. The highlighted group of tiles is indicated by a dotted colored border around each of the tiles in the group.Toolbar Button
The Tile View
button can be added to the toolbar by right-clicking the toolbar, selecting Customize...
, and dragging the button onto the toolbar. The Tile View
button is automatically added to the toolbar on initial installation.
The Tile View
button can invoke a default action (by clicking on the icon) or display a drop-down menu (by clicking on the down arrow). The default action is to switch between the tiled view and the normal browser view. If there is no existing layout, the default action is to create a default layout.
Middle-clicking on the Tile View
button icon either creates a default layout or closes the existing layout.Drag-and-Drop CopyingDrag
a tab or link onto an existing tile's contents to open the tab's URL or link's URL in the existing tile. A link can be a hyperlink on a web page or a bookmark link or a history link. A new tab is not created.Drag-and-Drop TilingCtrl+Drag
a tab or link onto an existing tile's contents to open the tab's URL or link's URL in a new tile above, left, right or below the existing tile. A label beside the cursor indicates the direction in which the new tile will be added when the tab or link is dropped. The direction is determined by the position of the cursor within the existing tile (e.g. if the cursor is near the top, then the new tile will be created above). A new tab is always created.
The drag-and-drop tiling shortcut can be set as Ctrl
, or a combination of these, plus dragging the mouse - or it can be disabled.Start-up and RestartTile View
can be configured to restore the layout from a previous session when Firefox starts-up or restarts. After a restart, it should always be possible to restore the layout. However, on start-up it is only possible to restore the layout if the tabs from the previous session have been saved, for example, if the Firefox option "When Firefox starts: Show my windows and tabs from last time"
has been selected.Tile View
can also be configured to apply the default layout when Firefox starts-up or restarts. The default layout is not applied if restore is configured and possible.Options
The Options Dialog
allows the user to:
• Change the color of the border around the currently selected tile.
• Change the width of the border around the currently selected tile.
• Syncronize scroll only when scrolling within the currently selected tile.
• Change the size of the splitters.
• Change the snap distance for splitters.
• Show icons on tabs that are assigned to tiles.
• Assign existing tabs to tiles in preference to creating new tabs.
• Assign existing tabs from right of selected/closed tab (instead of left).
• Load new tabs with homepage.
• Keep the currently selected tab when re-entering the tiled view.
• Show the Tile
menu on the main menu bar and app menu.
• Choose the menu items that are added to each tile's content context menu.
• Change the function key shortcuts.
• Change the drag-and-drop tiling shortcut.
• Allow drag-and-drop of tabs as links (instead of detaching).
• Restore the layout from a previous session on start-up and after restart.
• Apply the default layout on start-up and after restart.