Remember Pin Tabs? The Firefox add-on that we reviewed recently was mysteriously deleted from the Firefox add-on repository over on the Mozilla Firefox website.
Update: The Firefox web browser supports the pinning of sites to tabs. Simply right-click on any open tab in the browser and select the "pin tab" option from the context menu to do so. Pinned tabs are always listed on the left of all other sites, and they show up only with their favicon which means that they take up less space than regular tabs in the browser. End
No one knew why it was deleted, and it was not clear at that point in time if the developer would make it available again.
The wait is now over with the release of the App Tabs add-on. App Tabs is basically an advanced version of Pin Tabs. The name now reflects the feature of the same name that Mozilla plans to include in Firefox 4.
The basic idea of App Tabs is to offer Firefox users a way to pin selected web services and websites to the tabbar of the web browser to make them always available in the same spot.
The idea works perfectly for websites that do not require back and forward navigation like Gmail or Google Docs but also for any other website or service that you want to have in reach at all times.
App Tabs pins selected tabs to the left side of the tabbar in Firefox. The tabs are minimized so that only the favicon of the website or service is displayed. This saves space in the tabbar and is usually appreciated by most users.
The new version of the App Tabs add-on adds comes with the following features:
Tabs can be converted into app tabs by Ctrl-clicking them in the Firefox tabbar. App Tabs is currently compatible with all versions of Firefox 3.5x to 3.7x. The download is available at the Firefox add-on's website.
Update: App Tabs has been pulled. probably because it is now a built-in feature of the soon to be released Firefox 4.
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