Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 19:21 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Today, Mozilla released the fourth beta of Firefox 4.0. After a period of what I would call stagnation, the Mozilla team are back on track with delivering interesting UI concepts. They were sensible enough to copy Chrome's excellent tabs-on-top UI, but have now also added something called Panorama, a new and very interesting way of managing your open tabs.
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RE[3]: Vim window-splits
by Dave_K on Fri 27th Aug 2010 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Vim window-splits"
Dave_K
Member since:
2005-11-16

Or, you could just split your tabs out into separate windows, and use the window manager to tile them accordingly. ;) You know, using the "window manager" itself to manage your windows.


Maybe I could, if I was using a GUI with a decent window manager. But stuck using MS Windows that isn't an option.

Even with a better window manager, moving tabs between separate windows, then manipulating those windows, adds extra complexity and extra work, slowing down browsing. Sometimes it's better to make aspects of window management a feature of the application, especially when that application is used differently from others.

Window management that works fine for a few open documents or graphics, fails when trying to manage a large number of open web pages. When you're loading groups of bookmarks, opening multiple pages in the background from a single site, flicking through dozens of reviews or listings, and trying to keep it all efficiently managed, I think web browsers need their unique window management features.

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RE[4]: Vim window-splits
by phoenix on Fri 27th Aug 2010 18:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Vim window-splits"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Ah, Windows. That's (lack of a good window manager) something I struggle with everytime I have to use a Windows machine. It's amazing how the lack of little things like snap-to-edges, maximise-when-move-to-sides, convert-to-tab, make life so difficult on Windows. You don't really appreciate these little features until you work on a system without them. ;)

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RE[5]: Vim window-splits
by Drumhellar on Sat 28th Aug 2010 01:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Vim window-splits"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Snap-to-edges always pisses me off, and I turn it off whenever I'm using a system that has it turned on.

convert-to-tab us useless to me, as the only app that I feel tabs are useful are web browsers.

maximize-whem-moved-to-sides is done in Windows 7... drag a window to the top, it maximizes. Drag it to the left or right, it maximizes vertically and covers half the screen horizontally. Double-click on the resize portion at the top of a window and it maximizes.

I guess it's just what you're used to.

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RE[4]: Vim window-splits
by Icaria on Sat 28th Aug 2010 09:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Vim window-splits"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

"Even with a better window manager, moving tabs between separate windows, then manipulating those windows, adds extra complexity and extra work, slowing down browsing."

No, he's not talking about using tabs at all. And the extra work you're referring to applies equally to panorama: you've still got to group your windows manually. The idea is to group them as you create them, rather than wait until it becomes a big job and to do this in a consistent manner, rather than each application having it's own way of doing this.

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