Further to my post on Chromatabs, I decided to investigate a few other Firefox tabbed browsing related extensions.
Chromatab was an interesting extension. Although it’s a really nice concept, I didn’t really like it so much in practice. It made it really hard to identify the active/selected tab and as the vast majority of sites I had open I had never visited before, I didn’t form a connection between the site and the colour. Additionally, various sites ended up with very similar colours.
See also: Colourful Tabs
Aging Tabs is a really nice extension which stays out of the way. Its unobtrusive but it manages to display useful information. I love it on it’s default configuration. When I’m developing or designing I may often have about 6 or 7 tabs open – only two or three of which I use. Aging Tabs makes it really easy to identify those tabs pertaining to the current task.
If you are the kind of person who visits Slashdot or Digg and opens up 10 tabs and then spawns even more tabs for interesting links found on those pages, Aging Tabs could come in really handy.
I experimented with the options of Aging Tabs and adding colour, but I found it worked fantastically on it’s default configuration.
This extension adds a new "FaviconizeTab" option to the context menu of the tab.
When it is clicked, The width of the tab becomes small up to the size of favicon.
It returns to the former size when "FaviconizeTab" is clicked again.
I haven’t tried this extension yet but it looks quite cool. It could come in handy if you have a few tabs open and you want to keep them open, but don’t plan on using them for quite a while.