I love the tabs on top on chrome (hated it at first), but I'm not keen on how FF is approaching it (they need to literally be ON TOP, where the title bar is -- the efficiency of tabs on top loses it's appeal if I can't just thrust the cursor up to top (like fitt's law?) and click. This isn't as imperative on a mac where you have the damn OS bar on top (nor Ubuntu/Gnome where they shove a bar on top), but in Windows, it's pretty important.
That's all kind of nifty and slick looking but it's still 10x the clicks and interaction of just sorting tabs into individual windows and alt-tabbing between windows and ctrl-tabbing between tabs in each window.
I'd be more into tear-off and draggable tabs, so I could yank a tab into a new window without copy-pasting the URL and so I could sort them between windows.
Yep, Google or Apple will be buying them out any minute now, a la Coverflow, or Youtube.
In Firefox, most of the time, the first thing I see is a panel urging me to update my extensions.
Seems like a better solution would be to use something like "meta-tabs" which you can drag your tabs into without having to refocus. Hover over a meta-tab to see a list of tabs in the group (e.g., like a drop-down menu). Click on the meta-tab to display those tabs in the usual manner.
Adblock Plus: Duh.
BugMeNot: Automatically logs in to registration-walled sites like nytimes.com
Chatzilla: An IRC client.
Chrome View: Adds that menu button in the upper-right to open the current page in Chrome.
Compact Menu 2: Collapses all the menu items into a single customizable button.
Copy Link Name: Adds what it says on the tin as a context menu option.
Element Properties: Adds this context menu option back after it was removed.
ErrorZilla Mod: Supplements the standard "Server Not Found" page with buttons that query Google's cache, Coral Cache, the Internet Archive, etc.
Fast Dial: A customizable start page with thumbnail links to your most-visited sites.
Find In Numbers: Adds a Chrome-style counter to the Find bar showing the number of matches.
Forecastbar Enhanced: Adds a forecasting widget to the status bar.
FoxyTunes: Allows you to control iTunes and other media players from the status bar instead of switching back and forth.
Google Gears: A Google product that allows local syncing of data from Gmail and other services.
Google Notebook: A web-based Notepad that is kept in the status bar. Development has ceased; I'm not sure if that link (direct download) still works or if Google accountholders can access the service if they didn't register with Google Notebook before it closed down.
Google Toolbar for Firefox: Does a few useful things like location awareness, automatic translation, and redirecting of broken links.
Greasemonkey: A versatile customization tool that maintains userscripts which modify pages on-the-fly.
Hide Caption Titlebar Plus: Removes the title bar and relocates the minimize/maximize/close buttons.
Linkification: Automatically converts plaintext URLs to links.
Menu Editor: Allows customization of what menu items appear and in what order.
Mouse Gestures Redox: Adds mouse gestures to Firefox.
MR Tech Toolkit: An extension management add-on that allows useful things like disabling/enabling all extensions at once.
Open Image In New Tab: Adds what it says on the tin to the righ-click menu.
Organize Status Bar: Does what Menu Editor does, but for the status bar. Good for getting rid of all the little icons that so many extensions like to add.
Paste and Go 3: Adds a Chrome-style "paste and go" option when right-clicking the address bar.
Rapportive: Adds a sidebar to Gmail containing the social profiles of the people in each message.
SearchWith: Lets you search selected text using an assortment of sites.
Sidebar Autohide: Activates the sidebar when you mouse over the edge of the screen. Useful for bookmarks.
StayInOnlineMode: Kills an annoying bug where Firefox will sometimes go into offline mode even when a connection is available.
Stop-or-Reload Button: Combines the stop and reload buttons.
StumbleUpon: Procrastination 2.0.
Stylish: A customization tool that does a handful of things Greasemonkey doesn't.
Tab Mix Plus: Allows fine-grain control of tab behavior.
Tabs on top: Implements Chrome-style tabs at the top of the screen.
Unofficial Google Translate Firefox extension: Allows inline translation of selected text.
URL Suffix: Prevents the Firefox feature that navigates to .org or .net domains if the Shift/Ctrl keys are accidentally pressed while hitting enter in the address bar.
Xmarks: Syncs bookmarks with an online database.
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