Feeds

Opera: Firefox tab sets? We've had 'em for years

They have candy. We have trees

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Mozilla recently unveiled a fresh Firefox interface designed to better organize open tabs, and as this "Tab Sets" prototype — née Tab Candy — works its way into the Firefox 4 beta, Opera would like you to know that it's been offering something similar for ages.

"There has been a lot of focus on grouping of tabs in browsers lately as a new and wonderful way to manage tabs, but did you know that you have actually been able to group tabs in Opera for many years already?" asks Opera man Haavard Moen in his Blog from Behind the Trenches.

Whereas Firefox Tab Sets lets you sort tabs into groups as if they were playing cards on a table, Opera has long used a "tree" approach to organize open browser windows and the tabs within them. "It might not be obvious that it can be used for this purpose, but the 'Windows' panel in Opera shows all your open windows, and the tabs within each window," Moen writes. "Now, just think: 'Window = group.'"

Opera Window panel

This, however, is disabled by default. To turn it on, hit the "+" on the "panel selector" running down the side of the browser and select "Windows."

As Moen points out, you can collapse and expand groups, and a group is named after the tab within the group that's currently arrive. You can also move tabs between groups via drag and drop, and you can rearrange tabs within each window. You can drag a tab outside of the existing group to create a new one. Plus, there's a search field for quickly locating tabs.

Opera can also save your open windows when you close the browser. To do so, Moen points out, you should use "exit" from the menu, rather than pressing Alt+F4 or clicking the 'X' icon that closes the window.

Firefox Tab Sets — the brainchild of Mozilla user-interface guru Aza Raskin — was unveiled as a prototype in late July, and it's due for arrival in the Firefox 4 beta 4 on Monday. Raskin provides a video demo of the interface here:

Opera-like "tree" grouping is also available for Firefox through an add-on here. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.