First, thank you for your work on tab center.
I was about to post a message asking “how to remove the thumbnail and turn off animations” and stumbled upon this thread.
I’m all in with @patrick.k. I do not care about thumbnails, neither do I care about yet another dedicated search field (I can already search tabs from the address/awesome/whatever-it-is-called bar) or animations.
What I want is vertical tabs that I can nest, group, sort. I want it to be fast, super fast. I want it to have virtually no impact on CPU/RAM. That should be the bare minimum. Then, think “progressive enhancement” for other features : you want to provide a thumbnail feature ? make it an option ; you want to add animations ? make it an option ; you want to ?.. you got the idea.
Tab Center is pointless if you are to coerce users into shiny - yet slow, overfeatured - yet uncustomizable - UX/I. Tab Center should be the opportunity to fix the tabs mess.
Tabs have been one of the things in the browser UI/X that haven’t changed for years. Yet, in the meantime, our screen (desktop) became wider and wider offering new perspectives on how to deal with the mess that tabs are.
Back in the days, prior tabs we integrated into web browsers. We had to deal with countless windows - poorly - managed by the operating system. Than “task/menu bar” items behavior was built right into the browser : rather than having multiple windows, you had one and multiple tabs/items into it. Nothing new was invented, it was just about transposing an existing paradigm to the browser.
As a matter of fact, there are a series of extensions dedicated to making vertical tabs (with over 134K users in total) :
- Tree Style Tabs : 108 630 users ;
- Tab Tree : 8474 users ;
- Tab Groups Helper : 5950 users ;
- Tab Kit 2nd Edition : 2804 users ;
- Side Tabs : 2368 users ;
- Vertical Tabs : 2267 users ;
- Unified Sidebar : 1230 users ;
- Vertical Tabs Reloaded : 957 users ;
- Tab Kit : 932 users ;
- Vertical Tabs (Simplified) : 707 users ;
Not to mention these related to improving/changing tabs behavior as a whole (over 1.2M users in total) :
- Tab Mix Plus : 794 069 users ;
- ColorfulTabs : 231 541 users ;
- Tab Scope : 123 160 users ;
- Tab Groups : 105 324 users ;
- Multiple Tab Handler : 17 553 users ;
These numbers are indicative. For instance, I migrated from “Tree Style Tab”, to no addon (for tabs) for performance reasons, to “Vertical Tabs (Simplified)” because I really need vertical tabs. The lack/number of users should not be considered as an absolute marker of user interest : some user don’t know about these addons, some user have renounced using these addons altogether for performance reasons.
Long message, high hopes. Please don’t fail that opportunity.
Edit: Removed some foul language.
Edit: Fixed typos