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Authored by: robogobo on Feb 26, '09 02:03:51PM

At first I wasn't going to vote, but just leave a comment saying it doesn't matter, we'll all get used to it either way- it's just a matter of what you're accustomed to. True mostly. But there's also some great logic in these comments, and I see it differently after reading them. The key issue seems to be screen real estate. I have 30" and 23" duals at work, so there's no problem there. But at home, I'm on a 15" Powerbook. Mostly it's no problem, but I'm constantly toggling toolbars lately to get more space. With the titlebar, toolbar, bookmarks, Google toolbar and tabs, active, about 1/6 of the screen is eaten up. So, the solution is to have tabs on top, right. NO WAY. That only solves 1/5 of the problem. Plus, without a titlebar, it's harder to identify cascaded windows. But the main problem is the lack of the little oval at the right of the titlebar in every Finder window, Mail, Pages, Firefox, etc EXCEPT Safari 4 (or 3). That's the quickest, easiest way to regain screen real estate. In Firefox, you could hit command-L and a URL field would come up if you need it. Same thing now in Safari, but to hide toobars, you have to click View and individually turn them off, or use multiple keyboard shortcuts. gross.

I also like the sound of side tabs, or icon preview tabs.

But back to my original point, I'm sure it's just a matter of getting used to the tabs location, wherever they are. But clearing a 1/4 inch of screen isn't such a great thing when top tabs eschews other titlebar features.

I guess what I'm saying is, I'm typing this on my Powerbook in Firefox, with lots of screen space.



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