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Create groups of tabbed pages in Mozilla Web Browsers
Last night, a friend pointed out a very nice feature in Mozilla (version 1.0 and perhaps earlier). If you use Mozilla, you more than likely use its tabbed windows feature (discussed in this hint). But did you know that you can save a set of tabbed windows as a group of sites?

For example, if you usually load Mozilla and then open new tabs to macosxhints, the macosxhints forum site, Macintouch, MacFixIt, CNN, and Apple, you can make that process a one-click operation. Launch Mozilla, open new tabs to the sites you would like to have in the set, and then select Bookmarks -> File Bookmark. It does not matter which tab you are on when you select this menu option.

This opens a dialog box that allows you to name and store a bookmark in a given location. But there's also a checkbox option called "File as Group". When you check the box, the "Location" field (for storing the URL) is disabled and the name of the bookmark is blanked out. Type a name for the set ("Normal", etc.) and hit OK and you have just saved your current tab configuration! If you save it to the Personal Toolbar folder, then you can open your standard set of tabs with one click when you launch Mozilla.

I've created sets for working on macosxhints, for checking other Mac web sites, and for checking the various news sites. Each has a spot in my personal toolbar, making it easy to completely switch from one set of sites to another. Alternatively, I'll use "Open New Window" to create separate pages, each containing a different tab set. This allows me to keep the number of tabs within any window under control, and yet maintain easy access to the large number of sites I browse each day.

The more I dig into Mozilla, the more and more I'm impressed with the depth of its feature set!
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Chimera has this feature…
Authored by: Viridian on Jun 07, '02 09:51:32AM

…and IMHO it's going to be a much better browser than Mozilla. It's MUCH faster, and as a Cocoa application, displays much better-looking pages. The amazing thing is that it's only at v0.2x, with great things to come. I am actually an OmniWeb fan; it's the most elegant browser on any platform, generates the best-looking pages, bar none, and is only about one third the size of Chimera, plus it's more than fast enough.

I've actually emailed the Omni Group urging them to implement tabs in OmniWeb. This is such an enormously useful feature that I believe the browser with the best implementation will rise to the top, and right now Chimera is the fast -moving dark horse.



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Chimera has this feature…
Authored by: macgizmo on Jun 07, '02 11:06:45AM

Actually, I find the Tabs feature almost useless until they can make a way to have a group of tabs
launch automatically when I open Mozilla. As it stands, it's just as easy to click individual links.

I too would like to see the Tab feature in OmniWeb, since it is my browser of choice. I suspect they might
come up with something by version 5, but who knows.



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To each his/her own...
Authored by: robg on Jun 07, '02 11:47:50AM

I now have 21 tabbed windows divided into three tab sets. Open Mozilla, click one, hit command N, click another, hit command N, click the last. That's much easier than click one, hit command T, click another, hit command-T, repeat 20 times...

I may switch to Chimera when it gets much closer to full functionality; it's using the Mozilla HTML rendering engine, which I much prefer to OmniWeb's. But I won't switch from Mozilla to anything that doesn't support tabs and have full Java support - OmniWeb 4.1 still crashes out when I try games.yahoo.com, for example.

But that's why choice is a nice thing - between iCab, IE, Mozilla, Chimera, OmniWeb, Opera, and even lynx and links, there are plenty of options to choose from!

-rob.



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Chimera has this feature…
Authored by: mithras on Jun 07, '02 12:37:24PM

If you ask me, what Omnigroup should do is drop Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine into Omniweb. That way they'd have all the honed Cocoa GUI of Omniweb, without the headaches of the complex task of implementing HTML 4.0/CSS2/XHTML/ECMAscript yadda yadda.

It'd be Chimera, but already finished.



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Copying from Mozilla
Authored by: MtnBiker on Jun 07, '02 01:32:30PM

I've been copying hints from this site using IE and pasting into TexEdit Plus and the font formatting comes along (The by line is white so I have to change that) and it makes it easier to read my favorite hints.

In Mozilla, it comes across as unformatted text. Bummer. Back to IE.

Also, I don't know if it's my system at the moment or Mozilla, but Mozilla is slooooower.

My larger problem is how to get stuff into word processes from html with the minimum of fuss. Whole pages seem to be easier saving from IE as html, opening from Word and converting tables to text and dumping all the extraneous information. I use this primarily to save mlti-part tutorials.



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Copying from Mozilla
Authored by: seedy on Jun 07, '02 11:37:32PM

1) Are you using the 1.0 final build? If so, it may be that your prefs file is getting old. Sometimes I just drag the Mozilla folder out of ~/Library
then let Moz make a new one and then replace my bookmarks and mail. Unfortunately, I lose all my settings as well, so I only do this if there's a dire issue (like it won't start up).

2) I cut/paste all the time from Mozilla but use Apple's TextEdit, which will format nicely unless you've checked "Ignore HTML" in the prefs. It's very handy, because each time you click the dock icon you get a new blank. Doesn't save things like typesize and font, but does preserve the text in a readable format, with no stranded lines and no need for a text cleaner (what fun THAT used to be!). Just used it last night to grab some Alan Watts articles. I like reading in TextEdit because I can control the typesize and font, esp. for long stuff.



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Chimera 0.30 is even FASTER!
Authored by: Jacques on Jun 08, '02 12:17:30PM

Chimera is now up to v0.30, go here to download:

<http://chimera.mozdev.org/>



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Home
Authored by: zalix on Jun 07, '02 05:26:44PM

I really like this feature but what I would really like to see would be a way to make a set of tabs my home page in Mozilla. That way it would just launch automatically.



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Home
Authored by: TeeGate on Jul 27, '02 10:03:19AM

Have you found a way to do this? I have been trying with no luck.

Guy

TeeGate@mac.com



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Mozilla - Slow Typing
Authored by: bluehz on Jun 07, '02 06:14:55PM

I really like the rendering engine in Mozilla - very fast....but I find as a browser it is pretty unusable on my system. Specifically when typing - say for example liek I am typing now. In Mozilla - the typing is SO slow it is usually 5-7 words behind what I have actually typed. This only occurs in Mozilla so I am sure its not a System-wide problem.



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Mozilla - Slow Typing
Authored by: robg on Jun 07, '02 09:46:43PM

Very odd, as I'm typing in it right now, and it has no problems keeping up at all. Can you open a "top" or ProcessViewer window (sorted by CPU usage) while typing and see if anything jumps to the top that's taking up a ton of CPU time?

-rob.



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Mozilla - Slow Typing
Authored by: bluehz on Jun 08, '02 05:22:32PM

Opened a Terminal session and watched it as I typed this msg.

Top shows Mozilla hitting upwards of 60% CPU at times.....this is unacceptable.



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Mozilla - Slow Typing
Authored by: robg on Jun 08, '02 07:06:46PM

What kind of machine and what version of Moz? On my G4/733, it's taking less than 15% on average while typing this. I also use Moz on our iBook, and haven't had any problems with excessive CPU usage like that...

Not sure what to tell you for troubleshooting, other than your experience seems to differ dramatically from mine!

-rob.



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Mozilla - Slow Typing
Authored by: bluehz on Jun 09, '02 06:12:21PM

On a G4/400 (AGP) 1.2G RAM

Occasionally see it topping 70%+ on peaks.

Also - this is Mozilla v1.0 from last week. I am using a custom theme (I think Pinstripe is the name). I would hope that using a theme wouldn't cause that drastic a CPU hit. Any other factors that might play a part? Fonts?, anything?????



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Mozilla - Slow Typing
Authored by: PaulK on Jan 07, '03 08:24:13PM

Did you ever find a slolution for this? I've got the same problem. I'm running Mozilla 1.2.1 on OS 10.2. I'm not sclear on how to run the tests that are referenced in this thread.



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Updated Menu Item
Authored by: calroth on Jun 13, '02 09:27:45AM

In recent builds, the menu item is now "Bookmark This Group Of Tabs". Very clear.



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