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Upcoming Build of Firefox 4 Getting Tab Candy

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Mmm... Candy.

If you're an internet power user and you have lots of tabs open in your Firefox, you'll know how arduous it can be to continuously scroll through them to find what you want.

To help manage tabs, developers at Mozilla have developed Tab Candy, a very slick and easy way to sort and switch tabs. The first version was in the special build of Minefield, but the idea has been so well received that it's getting integrated into an upcoming version of Firefox 4 beta.

Mike Beltzner tweeted: "Just approved Tab Candy to land on mozilla-central later today. Great work by the team to get it there. More to do, but this is a big hurdle"

Check out what Tab Candy is all about in the video below:

Firefox Tab Candy

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    JasonAkkerman , August 13, 2010 2:08 PM
    Tab candy... I think I remember someone trying to sell me something call that once..
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    aaron686 , August 13, 2010 2:08 PM
    Can be quite useful when you open a page for viewing later etc. and power users like myself with 20+ tabs open will definitely benefit.
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    JasonAkkerman , August 13, 2010 2:08 PM
    Tab candy... I think I remember someone trying to sell me something call that once..
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    harth13 , August 13, 2010 2:13 PM
    Candy... I like
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    tokenz , August 13, 2010 2:25 PM
    cant it do it for me automagicaly. Think about it. I have 5 tabs open with cameras in it. Cant they group them for me. I dont want to take time to sort may tabs. Most of the time I am only switching from one to two active tabs at a time. (out of the 50 that are open)
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    TunaSoda , August 13, 2010 2:27 PM
    There are magical tabs on your START BAR that group
    Browser tabs are annoying, and I have them completely disabled
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    zaixionito , August 13, 2010 2:29 PM
    I still think that most browsers shouldn't have the almost exact same UI...

    I know that Fx and Opera did the theme at the same time, but I like variety.
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    Drakoes , August 13, 2010 2:45 PM
    Hey hey, I thought we're getting the first candy!
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    cookoy , August 13, 2010 2:50 PM
    personally i don't like the word "Candy". Sounds like something to entice you, without giving anything of substantial value. If all it does is to organize all the open tabs, why not just call it a Tab Organizer?
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    hardwarekid9756 , August 13, 2010 2:53 PM
    Well, personally, I think this is both superfluous but also awesome. It adds a layer of elegance to something I already do. Instead of managing it in the "Tab candy window", I have it managed in individual instances of firefox along my browser. With the help of Win7, I can just drag and drop based on priority, and with FF's ability to drag out a tab and have it pop open in a window, I just manage my tabgroups as such. However, this would allow for a really elegant way to manage all of that, and, IMO sort of one-up's Google's thought of "The browser as a desktop." Thinks about it...Aren't most of us power-users ALREADY doing tab-candy like me, in the OS? Now, FF has just taken that OS-level power and embedded it into their browser. Just leave FF open, and you can do everything that your start bar and windows space WAS doing originally. Very cool, but, as I said, also somewhat superfluous. It's essentially a very elegant solution for people who don't understand the power of their OS.
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    belardo , August 13, 2010 3:03 PM
    Kinda of stupid in a way. Having 20+ tabs? How many people actually do this? Going that far, you may end up with hundreds... which is kind of pointless, why bother having bookmarks. When you're done with tabs, close them out.

    I'll admit that my current OPERA browser has 10 tabs. when I'm done in about 5 mins, it'll be down to 5 and I shut down. Opera has a SPEED DIAL - visual bookmark for your top 9~24 sites of your choice as well as keeping tabs in memory without bugging you about it.

    Tab Candy... looks useless for more people, but a MUST HAVE for those with 25+ tabs. But with typical users... 2~4 tabs is overwhelming... :(  and with IE8, its nothing but a horrible mess.
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    carickw , August 13, 2010 3:07 PM
    TunaSodaThere are magical tabs on your START BAR that groupBrowser tabs are annoying, and I have them completely disabled

    To each his own, but multiple instances of firefox use much more RAM than a single with multiple tabs, and depending on the OS all the browsers are not necessarily grouped together on the TASK BAR, or it may require more clicks to change between tabs. Granted you get the benefit of Alt-Tab, but with Windows 7 separate tabs can be alt-tabbed to IIRC, if the program supports the new API
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    sneaky jedi , August 13, 2010 3:08 PM
    I never have more than about 10 tabs open at a time, averaging about 8 maybe going up to 15. what do people need to have constantly open that they have 25+ tabs?
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    Stickywulf , August 13, 2010 3:25 PM
    Absolutely FANTASTIC. In a normal session I have about 10 tabs open but regularly go to 20-30 tabs when googling a new topic. For me, this is an ideal solution and I love it.
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    jamie_macdonald , August 13, 2010 3:25 PM
    Oooh that looks quite nice, don't think i would ever have that many tabs open and i dont use firefox unless on my phone but i'm sure some people will love the way that manages them :) 
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    TunaSoda , August 13, 2010 3:26 PM
    carickwTo each his own, but multiple instances of firefox use much more RAM than a single with multiple tabs, and depending on the OS all the browsers are not necessarily grouped together on the TASK BAR, or it may require more clicks to change between tabs. Granted you get the benefit of Alt-Tab, but with Windows 7 separate tabs can be alt-tabbed to IIRC, if the program supports the new API

    I'm really worried about my two or three browser windows using up my 4 gigs of ram... ;) 
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    icepick314 , August 13, 2010 3:28 PM
    from last browser test done by Tom's, Firefox has still trouble letting go of memory resource after closing excess tabs...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/opera-10.60-internet-explorer-9-safari-5,2680-10.html

    Tab Candy IS interesting feature but need to work on memory release like Google Chrome to work efficiently...

    P.S. there's already a "Tab Candy"...it's called Firefox Girl...
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    Tedders , August 13, 2010 3:28 PM
    Firefox is already a memory hog. Hopefully they will figure out a way to keep memory usage low when I have a bazillion tabs open at once.
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    sublifer , August 13, 2010 3:29 PM
    Looks awsome.
    Quote:
    Spatial memory FTW
    haha
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    maigo , August 13, 2010 3:34 PM
    Tabs are just like having multiple windows open.
    Tab Candy is just a desktop for tabs.
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    cinergy , August 13, 2010 3:38 PM
    Now my friends can see which porn site I'm browsing. Ingenious. /sarcasm
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