hi @grahamperrin, I would love to do so, but I unfortunately I can not guarantee to have enough time to fully rewrite all the code from scratch to the new WebExtensions API. TabGroupsManager has a lot of code with some custom parts which may be impossible to migrate to the new API, so it will be difficult and slow, but not impossible.
I think our best approach in this case would be to start with a small product with the basic functionality (whenever possible based on the idea of the implementation coded in TGM) , and adding more and more functionalities like its currently in TGM.
There are some points which will really help us here: Having more people involved in the project, specially programmers and people who can give support in the forum threads. Refactoring TGM in different classes will also provide us a way to organize the code easy to maintain and migrate. This is something we really need to do here.
* Analise and document the behavior of TGM from a functional and technical point of view, with documents with "Functional Flow Diagrams" of main features which will help us to migrate the original behavior and original code to the new one.
I have been testing WebExtension API and it is a nightmare. It is a high level API with a very limited subset of basic browser functionality which lacks all the things we need to port TabGroupsManager. No toolbar widget neither API. No API to create a window with alwaysFocused property true.
* Not file data manager APIs.
And so on..., Firefox will be dead by v57.
I have read most important extension will break: NoScript, UBlock.. DownloadThemAll All toolbars managers All tab managers.
Finished switching to palemoon today so far so good. This is the best addon ever and its worth it to switch!!
Happy that we have an option that will continue to work.
Thank-you so much for all the hard work so that TabGroups Manager revived keeps working!!!
A huge thanks to Miguel to all his efforts in keeping this addon alive. But it seems that the time has now finally come to move on.
I was very anxious at the thought of having to live without TGM which has been the cornerstone of all my browsing for years now. I have literally thousands of tabs in dozens of tab groups in three different profiles that I would need to migrate. The choice was between going to PaleMoon or finding a Chrome add-on that was up for the daunting task.
After careful research I found that "Tabs Outliner" has everything I need to migrate from TGM and onto Chrome. It is an extremely flexible tool and in many ways even more powerful than TGM. It's VERY highly recommended.
If memory usage is an issue, you can couple it with "The great suspender" which does something similar to the TGM "suspend group" feature. But unlike TGM, Tabs Outliner allows you to only open certain tabs within a group, so my memory usage has actually dropped very significantly after switching.
Migrating everything was a bit of a hassle, and the add-on definitely has a learning curve - but now that I'm done, I'm happy (though nostalgic) to say goodbye to both TGM and Firefox.
I, too have switched to waterfox, and thus far things have been going well. @Miguel Angel Romero Lluch, any thoughts on fixing some of the minor issues which have appeared in ff 55/56 under the expectation that this extension could live on in waterfox?
I will gladly support any necessary fix for the extension to work on browsers which still maintain the compatibility with legacy extensions. @James Ahlborn can you please open a new ticket with the description of your issue? IE, something like: "WaterFox - Issue with tab order.."
The only truly killer feature you could get with nightly Firefox and current Chrome is real 'virtual tabs' that have near-zero RAM requirements when not loaded. API-wise, Lalo has stated everything there was to be stated.
It is impossible to migrate with the current API support offered in WebExtensions. There is no support for horizontal toolbars and no support for file writting. Also there is not a clear way to communicate information between tabs.
Neither Mozilla nor Chrome has any scheduled plans to add support for those APIs, and any addons which were relaying on them, will not be able to migrate to WebExtensions for a long time, maybe years in the best case.
"No toolbar widget neither API. No API to create a window with alwaysFocused property true. * Not file data manager APIs. ."
There are still important APIs lacking in WebExtensions. I do not think we have enough APIs to rewrite it.
Even though if it were possible to rewrite it in the future, I am not really sure if it would be a good idea to develop things for a product and team which has completely destroyed all the work people has done in the past.
Palemoon with XUL and the new Basilisk browser supporting XUL and WeExtensions may be the way to go.
I understand it as well. Having switched to palemoon before firefox 57 was released. Having used Firefox when it was still named Phoenix, what was done with the release of 57 removed what was great about it. Cant even move the buttons now or to change anything edit css files is stupid.
Not going back why put trust in something that can change next month and remove all the work that was put into it.
Palemoon with tabgroupsmanager has been working great for me since the switch in sept or oct 2017.
TY again for the hard work thats gone into this wonderful extension. I dont have any issues and I hope that continues.
no horizontal display of group names as buttons (minor)
An advantage is being able to add a note (not necessarily associated to a tab) in addition to the name (title) of a tab.
Also saved and closed tabs are displayed in the tree but not among the browser's tabs, hence cost zero memory IIUC. The tree itself does cost some memory if it's large, but probably less than TGM (when I start PaleMoon it takes one or more minutes for 3000+ tabs to go from a tab group named "Start" to their respective groups, and in the end they cost ~3000MB memory).
Do you have ''don't load tabs until selected'' checked in tabs options on palemoon?
I only see all tabs in the Start tab when the browser crashed on close or power outage. It then tries to rebuild your tab groups.
So you are able to restart a session of thousands of tabs instantly (say within a minute)? That's good to hear, gives me some hope to optimize things.
I see tabs gradually dispatched from the Start group even if I just restart the browser, no crashes.
I'm using PM 27.9.4. I do have "don't load tabs until selected" checked (if not 3000+ tabs will consume much more than 3000MB memory ...) though I didn't "Override the method of 'Restore Session'" in TGM Preferences->Compatibility; that could be relevant. (Update: indeed after checking override the tabs are in their respective groups once the tab group buttons appear, but it takes 1+ minutes for the buttons to appear, so the total startup time is about the same.) Anything different from your setting? I could also try a fresh Pale Moon profile some time.
I am using palemoon 28.2.2 on linux. I keep my tabs at 40px wide and 40px height. I use the built in session restore of PM I dont override anything. I have started using
mulitple instances of PM to keep things seperate which I like. I have 1k tabs x 2 seperate processes. Also I run all of my processess in ram no disk cache. Dont know if that would make a diffrence or not. Running without hardware acceleration. Two of the biggest things that I find slow me down is video and animated gifs. I disable them on my primary brower instance and copy and paste pages that I want to watch video on to other instance. I https://github.com/JustOff/html5-video-tuner/
and http://flashblock.mozdev.org/ along with ublockorigin blocking large media on sites and animated gifs on others. Has made a huge performance diffrence but I still regularly use 5-6gigs for main PM instance and 2-3gigs for second instance. But 1.5-2gigs of that on primary instance is cache.