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TabIt - NewTab

TabIt - NewTab

 Inimitable NewTab pages for Google Chrome by TabIt.

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New Tab page's content can shape all of your browser usage experience. Thus, 'TabIt - NewTab' will make your Google Chrome even more beneficial.

Surely, you have seen the default New Tab page with its 'recently visited web-sites'. You could've seen extensions providing a so-called Speed Dial, based on custom links with icons or thumbnails. And, if you wondered, why don't they ever use your bookmarks as those links — well, we did too!) And have developed a solution!

Bookmarks are easy to transfer from other browsers, and don't need third party involvement for storing. You can select some folder to be 'Home' for your New Tabs and put the most-often-used bookmarks in it.

There are four options for bookmarks' thumbnails: Default, None, Captured & Branded. Default and Captured thumbnails are usually screenshots of the corresponding web-sites. Benefits of the 'branded' thumbnails are best revealed, when used in a 'Home Folder'.

Keyboard shortcuts, sorting and other basic operations are available and intuitive. 'TabIt - NewTab' comes in two themes - Light & Dark.

ONE MORE THING: It is very useful to have an access to the list of recently closed tabs & windows in order to open them back, when needed. 'TabIt - NewTab' has a corresponding panel for you, in a click away, in every New Tab.

NOTE: Operation of this extension requires TabIt - BookMarks to be installed and enabled. It will be responsible for thumbnails preparation and bookmarks creation/editing/sorting/restoring.

ILLUSTRATIONS

DECLARED PERMISSIONS

  • tabs - for entering bookmarks in new tabs
  • activeTab - for capturing thumbnails
  • <all_urls> - for capturing thumbnails
  • clipboardWrite - for copying bookmark's url
  • bookmarks - for access to user's bookmarks
  • storage - for keeping program's configuration & thumbnails
  • unlimitedStorage - for storing prepared thumbnails
  • notifications - for notifying about removed bookmarks & allowing to restore them
  • management - for detecting, if TabIt - BookMarks is installed/enabled

See detailed descriptions of Chrome extensions' permissions here.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT

TIMELINE

'TabIt - WebCapture' is out!

Now we prepare web-sites' screenshots for bookmarks' thumbnails with our own server-side-app. We call it 'TabIt - WebCapture'.

It was time to take care and responsibility for this functionality ourselves. Just a week ago, the free public service that was used before went down again.

Many thanks to the LetsValidate API for helping us start. Now we will handle it ourselves.

Version update + Redelegation

As you know, this program synchronises its actions and data with TabIt - BookMarks. And in many ways it only meant duplication. Because functionality of the two keeps expanding, it becomes difficult to keep their work syncronous and data perfectly duplicated.

The solution is to delegate most of the responsibilities to just one of them and make the other one dependant. As of this moment, it is TabIt - BookMarks that is responsible for thumbnails preparation and altering bookmarks(creation/editing/sorting/restoring).

'TabIt - NewTab' will keep storing copies of the thumbnails, but only because it speeds up loading of the page.

Version update

Dark Theme was introduced!

Search for bookmarks is now available.

All icons were converted to SVG format. The bar for recently closed tabs/windows is narrower now and can be maximized by clicking on 'more'.

Version update

Removing bookmarks is now a reversible action. After bookmarks removed, user will be provided with a corresponding notification with a 'RESTORE' button for 5 seconds.

'None' thumbnail is now an option.

Header of the program page got thinner and better merges with the browser window format.

As always, some improvements in code productivity. This time, quite major ones. Among all, better programming practices with ES6-capabilities were applied and the most used JS function was rewritten to be more efficient.

We are now ready to accept donations from users. You will find a corresponding button in the extension(or make it from here). We expect that you will pay value for value.

Version update

This extension is now synced with TabIt - BookMarks in terms of bookmarks editing and thumbnails preparation. Second one of the two, that is installed, inherits prepared thumbnails by the first one.

Thumbnails are now prepared in the background. So, when a bookmark first appeared on page, its thumbnail is going to be prepared, even if the user leaves the page(closes the tab).

Preparation of the thumbnails is now queued-up in one chain, which allows to reduce the ammount of requests to the server.

Version update

Program was accelerated by HTML & CSS minification, revision of images sizes, and increase in the code productivity.

'Ghost image', accompanying dragged elements became context-dependant and more informative.

Version update + Renaming & rebranding

Modular structure was abolished. Program got much simpler and therefore, quicker and more usable.

Now, it's basically a grid layout of your bookmarks right in your new tabs + access to the recently closed tabs and windows.

Extension name changed from 'TabIt' to 'TabIt - NewTab'.

Version update

'Settings' window was abolished — now, options to sort bookmarks and switch the layout are two clicks closer to you.

Apart from three ordinary sorting options: 'from older to newer', 'from newer to older' and 'alphabetically', you can take folders to the top of the page(to not mistake them with links). Now, instead of sorting every time on the fly, it will be done on demand, with changes to the data(order of bookmarks in a folder).

The problem with dragging of bookmark-elements, that appeared with introduction of different layouts is now solved. The feature is back and works even better! You can drag bookmarks(even multiple at once) from one tab to another.

Version update

Now TabIt comes with one more layout option - 'Narrow List'(to satisfy a demand in Chrome62 fashion Bookmarks Manager).

Also, with sorting options: 'Newer', 'Older', 'Custom' and 'Alphabetically' + option to always put folders first.

Drag&Drop was disabled in this version of TabIt(for technical reasons), and will be back with the next update.

Version update + New Module

In addition to the existing 'BookMarks' module, TabIt introduces another one - 'Chrome Manager'. Its main features are:

  • It provides you with a list of opened windows & tabs, as well as means to manage them
  • It also provides a list of 'Recently closed' tabs & windows, and lets you open them back
  • Any window, can be saved to your Bookmarks as a folder with tabs, as bookmarks in it
First appearance

TabIt is a Google Chrome extension, that substitutes all the New Tab pages with inimitable TabIt pages.

It has a modular structure, which allows expanding its functionality in the future very much.

Today, you have the one Module at your disposal — 'BookMarks'. Its main features are:

  • Two layouts: 'grid' with bookmarks' thumbnails taking the most place of the bookmark element & 'list', where thumbnail is only shown, when a favicon is hovered
  • Thumbnails. It is probably the best way to quickly realise, what you are looking at. Although, at this point, TabIt can only afford free public service for thumbnails preparation - LetsValidate. Plus, you can capture a thumbnail yourself, or choose a 'branded' thumbnail, if available(like 'f' on blue bg for 'facebook' etc.)
  • Drag&Drop is available: You can rearrange your bookmarks by dragging & dropping them
  • Legend bar at the top will always point to where(which folder) you are now in the program
  • You can enter pages/folders in the current or a new tab, copy URLs, open folders as a separate(new) window - this way, you could save your windows as folders in your bookmarks and then open them, whenever needed!
  • ShortCuts: Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+Click, Shift+(Click/Arrow) - all have intuitive meaning
  • Other keys: Arrows for navigation, Enter for entering a folder/saving something, Esc for exiting/canceling in dialog windows
  • Default folder: mark it and have it as your entry point in BookMarks manager