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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

TooManyTabs version 2.3 Release Notes

If you are new users, please visit this page for a simple tutorial.

Release notes (2.3)
  • Enhance extension permission requirement (to comply with Chrome policy)
    • The permission to enable screen capture is now optional
    • To enable tab preview in TMT, please enable it by
      • Click on the "+" sign of the first tab inside TMT
      • Or go to TMT options page, click the "Change" button to disable/enable preview
      • ** Chrome will prompt a dialog to request the permission
      • More details on "Tab Preview" below

  • Storage Backup
    • A new permission "Storage" is required so TMT can keep a second backup on the tabs data
    • If something goes wrong, please go to the Import Page to see if you can restore TMT tabs data with the "Retrieve Auto Backup" function
    • We still recommend you to use manually "Export" function to backup your data to a file, as this would be the most secure way 
    • The backup is still local, meaning they will not sync across machines using the same profile
  • Discard Tab shown with less opacity
    • If a tab is discarded by Chrome (to reduce resource consumption), the tab will have less opacity inside TMT tab view
  • Pinned Tab visualization
    • A pinned tab will be shown as pinned inside TMT (with a pin icon). You could only select it but not remove it inside TMT now
  • Recently Closed Tabs 
    • Only tabs closed inside TMT popup/window or TMT tabs removed from TMT columns are sent to "Recently Closed Tabs" column
    • For the full list of recently closed tabs, please use the Chrome history function
More Details on Tab Preview
  • A tab preview can only be captured when it is active and selected
  • Previews are clear when chrome exits
  • You might see many empty preview images inside TMT at the beginning when Chrome launchs, because previews are cached gradually (when selected)
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

TooManyTabs for Firefox 1.4.8 is released!

We have released TMT 1.4.8 for Firefox 47+. The folks at Mozilla told us they expect to obsolete support for traditional addons (Yes, that includes TMT) by the end of 2017, so they think it would be great that these traditional addons would continue to work until then. So here is the new version and enjoy!

I always wanted to say a few words on TMT. Here are some of my final thoughts as a developer.

TMT was first released in 2008 and is my first Browser addon. As a "traditional" addon TMT has always been on the verge of being "phased out" ever since Firefox began to "modernize" its addon system.  I am honored that despite all that TMT has lasted for 8 years long and there are so many of you who still find it useful.

Now onto some ranting. :)

TMT is small, but developing it has never been easy. First and foremost, developing "traditional" addons (technically and specifically XUL addons) requires going through a rather steep learning curve. Documentation for an ever changing browser is always limited and often outdated. I often had to check out the source code of Firefox to find the answers. Another difficulty of developing a "traditional" addon is to provide compatibility with other addons. From the user's perspective, an addon is expected to work with every popular addon on the market. To the developer, this is actually very demanding. It's like working with different people on the same software project without any direct form of communication. When you think about it it's amazing that every addon developer find a way to pull that off.

So why persist on developing the addon when it is difficult, not profitable, and never really gets widely appreciated? For your information, TMT has never been really popular or ever featured by the browser's maker (unlike its Chrome incarnation). In fact, there was a period when I was perplexed why TMT never gather a larger audience. Some reviewers had even commented that TMT is just a glorified bookmark system. I was shocked. For a tabaholic like me I have always too many tabs open. I use TMT everyday and I cannot imagine a Firefox without it. As time goes, however, I realize there has never been a lot of people like me (or you, if you cannot live without TMT). The users of TMT is a minority. TMT offers a niche function that could only be appreciated by few people who really needs it like I do. They would email me about how TMT had improved their productivity and how devastated they would be without it. On reflection I think that is why I had persisted to support TMT all these years, when development is difficulty, support from Mozilla platform minimal, and vast majority of Firefox users don't seem to care. I am proud that I have served the many minority of us whose need were not met by the "standard".

But everything would still come to an end. The Mozilla team has decided to obsolete traditional addons by the end of 2017. It seems all traditional addons have also become too niche to be worth supporting. In my opinion, the Internet and the Open Source movement has kind of lost its original ways. If my memory serves, the Internet promised a long tail. Everyone, supposedly, can find their niche on the Internet when there is none in the real world. The Internet now, however, is too becoming more and more tailored to the sole interest of the majority, where the popularity of your product/addon/app/idea/need/self is the sole criteria of survival. We are recommended the most popular apps on our mobile phones. We are shown most popular posts on our Facebook timelines. If you are a niche, like TMT, or other traditional addons, or like Google Reader, you will no longer get support. Maybe it's because it's not profitable. Or compared to the billions of other users on the Internet, that 0.1% of you aren't important.

I do not like the direction that we are heading.

If you are reading this little rant up to this point you must be one of the loyal users of TMT. Thank you for your long time support and farewell! It has been a great time.

Best regards,

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Important Notice: TooManyTabs for Firefox

*** Surprise!!! TMT 1.4.8 is available for FF47, check out this post for why? ***

The Mozilla team has announced that future Firefox will no longer support XUL and XPCOM based extensions (related post). Therefore, TooManyTabs, with its core functionality based on these two technologies, will cease to work. We have made a lot of effort to continue to support TMT since Firefox 3. It is a pity that it is no longer possible now.

Thank you for your support for all these years.

* Please note that your TMT tabs will remain in your bookmarks folder - Unsorted Bookmarks > TooManyTabs (Do Not Delete).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

TooManyTabs for Firefox 1.4.6 is released!

*** Important: Users of Tree Style Tabs would have problems when using TMT 1.3.6, please update to latest version 1.3.7  ****

*** If you are using FF35 (stable channel) or FF36 (Beta Channel), 
please go to TMT options and uncheck "Mark TMT folder readonly". ****

Firefox 36 will arrive soon and this update includes several bug fixes which are necessary for TooManyTabs to work properly in FF36.
  • Two options are removed
    • Send tab by single/double click - Users have to double click the TMT arrow to send current tab TMT. If it is not responsive sometimes, please try clicking on the arrow directly or use the right click context menu instead
    • Mark TMT folder as ready only - the TMT folder in Unsorted Folder will no longer be readonly, users can edit it via the Bookmarks manager anytime.
  • The pin tab icon is shown again
  • Multiple rows should now display properly even when positioned on the top of the browser

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lookup Companion for Wikipedia 2.0 released!

Lookup Companion for Wikipedia 2.0 is released! In this update we have fixed the "Open In Tab" bug.  Also users are now free to use Wikipedia in any available languages. To use a custom language, please go to options page and select "Custom", and enter the language code (a two-letter code) of the language you would like to use.

Click "OK" and "Save" to confirm your changes. That's it!

For the list of available languages, please check out this list.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Incredible Startpage 1.7 released!

Flexible layout

  • For wide screen users, the main tab area would size dynamically,  and you might want to show 4 columns instead of 3 or 2 columns.

  • Show/Hide "Bookmarks & Recently Closed" columns: Now you can hide them when you don't need them; when the columns are hidden, the notepad will automatically be enlarged and you can write some very long notes :)

New Filter for bookmarks and apps

Type to filter items in "My Bookmarks" and "My Apps" tab. Great when you have lots of bookmarks and you just can't spot it on screen.


Monday, April 21, 2014

TooManyTabs 2.1 released with Google Drive Support!

We have released TooManyTabs for Chrome 2.1. In this update, we have fixed the missing previews since Chrome 34 and introduced a new feature - automatic backup to Google Drive.

Authorize TMT to save data to your Google Drive

  • Visit the "Import/Export" page, then click "Authorize"
  • This will open the Google Authorization Popup, please click "Accept", close the popup after a few seconds if it does not close automatically *
  • The TMT data will save as Application Data and it is not visible in the Drive interface. To manage TMT data, please go to Google Drive's Settings > "Manage Apps". The stored tabs can only be accessed by your authorized Chrome profile**
  • Now go back to the Import/Export page and click "Reload" button to confirm the authorization status. You can create your backup immediately, TMT will also automatically backup your tabs daily

Restore and Delete Backup

  • If you have multiple Chrome profiles/machines using the same Google Account, you might want to add a label to differentiate different backups from different machines

  • Click "Restore" to restore a specific backup, all the existing tabs and columns will be overwritten and the changes cannot be undone
  • Click "Remove" to delete a backup from your Drive, TMT will keep at most 10 backups in your Drive

New Commands

We have added two new commands that can be customized in the Tools > Extension Page. You can now easily send active tab to TMT and open TMT window via shortcut.

* To make sure the backup can run automatically, please always remember to login with your Google account
** If you revoke TMT access to your drive then no more backup will be created until you authorize again

Thank you for using TooManyTabs. Enjoy!