Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Firefox Beta and Panorama


So it turns out that with the Beta 4, Firefox is finally starting to push the design envelope of the browser world after all. Even if there may be some bugs it still looks extremely promising. What am I talking about? Firefox panorama.

If there is one thing that people have always commented on when they look at my browser window its this, “That is a lot of tabs!!!”. Now if you are anything like me and you are a link clicker or a heavy news reader trying to keep up to date with the flood of information pouring in through all corners of the online world then it’s pretty obvious that at any time you’ll have at least 15 tabs open. In my case that tab count can go up to 25 (that’s the least count). The only reason I don’t go more than 60 tabs usually is because of the performance degradation and the mess that it makes. On the second point, Firefox Panorama does a good job of trying to work it out.

While tabs have been a great innovation in the world of browsers and have prevented our machines seeing a large crap up of windows there has always been a problem of over cluttered tabs. This just makes people open up brand new windows by tearing away tabs which in the end can sort of defeat the purpose of having tabs in the first place. Not entirely but close enough. Tabs were supposed to equal one browser one window.

So what does Panorama bring? Well amidst the world of browsers which are all starting to look the same, it brings a breath of fresh air and more importantly I think the next standard in how to organize tabs. Better than I could ever explain it I think this video shows a lot of it,

An Introduction to Firefox's Tab Candy from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

In case you are wondering, tab candy was the original name for it and it was an independent open source project which grew into this wonderful thing known as firefox panorama.

So go ahead and try it out.


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