Technology Firefox Panorama Tab Groups add-on is a close second to Vivaldi's Workspaces
Vivaldi browser now runs your email and calendar, too
One way to stick it to big tech.Vivaldi 4.0 sports an email app that lets you read, write and manage email from multiple accounts. It's in beta testing for now.
I'm not gonna lie, Vivalidi's Workspaces feature was a hard one to leave. In fact, it was Workspaces that prevented me from jumping the Vivaldi ship for the longest time. That particular feature made organizing and navigating tabs cleaner and more efficient than any browser could match—we're talking light years ahead of the competition. When you're constantly on the go, any advantage in productivity can mean the difference between getting your work done and falling behind.
Then, the Mozilla developers cleaned up the Firefox act and released a version of the browser that enticed me back to the open source browser. I went back, knowing my tab life wouldn't be nearly as productive. However, as we've all come to realize with the browser wars, it's a give and take, and no one browser is even close to perfect.
So I ventured back to Firefox and set out to find some add-ons that could come close to Vivalidi's Workspaces. That search led me to. It took me a few days to get used to this change, and I had to accept it wasn't quite on the level of what Vivaldi offered, but eventually, I acclimated to this different tab organization approach and all is well.
Vivaldi browser tries to end your cookie consent nightmare
What does Panorama Tab Groups do?
Like Vivaldi Workspaces, Panorama Tab Groups makes it possible for you to group your tabs into categories. For example, you could create groups for:
You could then open tabs and assign them to a specific group. When you switch to a different group, only the tabs associate with that group will appear in the Firefox tab bar. You can cycle through the groups either by using the Alt+W keyboard shortcut or click the Panorama Tab Groups icon that rests to the right of the Firefox Address Bar.
If you're still a bit confused, let me walk you through the workflow of this add-on.
How to install Panorama Tab Groups
Installing Panorama Tab Groups is simple:
- Point Firefox to the .
- Click Add To Firefox.
- When prompted, click Add.
That's it. Panorama Tab Groups has been added to Firefox. You should now see a new icon in the add-ons section of the toolbar (Figure A).
How to gain added security in Firefox with the site isolation feature, Fission
Firefox developers understand web browser security is at a premium, so they've started rolling out a new site isolation feature. Jack Wallen shows you how to enable Fission.The Mozilla developers are doing everything they can to prevent Firefox from fading into the sunset, a browser forgotten and unused. That's a good thing because Firefox is an important browser that has brought about game-changing features over the years. One thing (at least I hope) the developers are starting to see is that it's more important to focus on releasing a browser that works reliably, efficiently and securely, rather than one bloated with features no one will use.
How to use Panorama Tab Groups
If you click that icon, it will open the Panorama Tab Groups tab (Figure B).
On the Panorama Tab Groups page, you can create new groups by clicking the large + button in the upper-left corner. Once you've created your group you can then click the + button associated with that group to add a new tab to the group. From within the Panorama Tab Groups manager, you can also drag and drop tabs between groups.
Once you have all of your groups created and pages added, you can then cycle through the groups with the Alt+W keyboard shortcut. This is the one disadvantage this add-on has when compared to Vivaldi's Workspaces. With Vivaldi's take, you have visible icons you can click to switch to a group. Panorama Tab Groups doesn't offer such an option, so you have to acclimate yourself to using the keyboard to switch groups.
Another feature Vivaldi's Workspaces has (that Panorama Tab Groups should consider) is that pinned tabs can be associated with a workspace. In the Firefox version, pinned tabs appear in all tab groups. Because of that, you can't quite get the level of efficiency and organization you find in Vivaldi.
Pop!_OS 21.04 takes a decidedly different approach to the open source GNOME desktop
Jack Wallen kicks the tires of the beta release of Pop!_OS 21.04 and concludes System76 might be about to unleash the smartest, best take on GNOME to date. Kudos to the developers and the company for always pushing the envelope in the right direction. Subscribe to TechRepublic's How To Make Tech Work on YouTube for all the latest tech advice for business pros from Jack Wallen.
If you already have your tab groups created, you can add a new tab to a group, by opening a site, right-clicking the site's tab, and selecting, Send To Group | GROUPNAME (Figure C), where GROUPNAME is the name of the destination for the tab.
And that's pretty much all there is to using Panorama Tab Groups to help make your Firefox tab experience considerably more efficient. It doesn't stand up to Vivaldi's option, but Panorama Tab Groups is good enough that, once you've grown accustomed to how it works, you'll find it is exponentially better than nothing. I've been working with Panorama Tab Groups for a couple of weeks now and It's become a must-have for my work within the open source browser.
for all the latest tech advice for business pros from Jack Wallen.
(TechRepublic on Flipboard)
Google delays Chrome's cookie-blocking privacy plan by nearly 2 years .
It takes time to fix privacy problems without hurting ad-dependent websites, the search giant says.Last year, the search giant said it would prevent the world's most widely used browser from accepting the snippets of text called third-party cookies that help advertisers, publishers and data brokers profile you to help advertisers target ads toward you. The change would prevent an advertiser that recorded your visit to a dieting website from later showing you ads for weight loss programs on other sites, for example.