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New Tab System/3.2.7 FINAL

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

New Tab System

I’ve been upgrading the New Tab System for awhile now. The biggest thing is removing the hook to the main messagepane. What it will do is essentially make ThunderBrowse only work within ThunderBrowse’s TB3 tabs but no other tabs.

This is basically the options you’ll get:

  • TB2 like tabs
  • TB3 tabs with a urlbar in the messagepane
  • TB3 tabs with no urlbar in the messagepane or in emails.

These options make up a new tab in the settings window called “Tabs”, where you’ll be able to make a decision on which tab system you want to use.

Releases (3.2.7)

This next version will also probably be the first version with TB3 Tabs to release on AMO. That’s right, I’m going to push the new tabs build to AMO (after some more fixes).

Left Click Worries go bye bye

The other thing I’m improving is open links in new tab feature. I’m going to add some sort of domain check that will filter links that are not from the same domain into other domains. If a URL link is not from the same website you are currently on, it will open in a new tab.

For example:

You have some search results. The search results have a link to wikipedia. The wikipedia link will open in a new tab because it’s not Back on, you click for the next page of results. That page is hosted on The url opens in the same tab.

Everything in a list

This is what has changed since the last version:

  • Fixed RSS Header links
  • Improved Left click handling
  • TB3 tab systems and loads of tab handling improvement
  • Bug fixes from when last updating ThunderBrowse to TB3
  • Getting ready to push the TB3 tabs build as a release rather than a beta
  • Fixed gloda search results not displaying the message body
  • New settings window stuff
  • Easy styling support that allows themers to add support for ThunderBrowse in their theme.
  • Replaced the New Tab icon to one that looks way better
  • Added Postbox Support

When does it come out?

The new version has a bunch of strings that are going to need to be translated, so the new version won’t be out until the locales have been completed (or when I drop the hammer on localization and release it as is).

While this is being translated, I plan to try to add support for Postbox into this new build. The tabs build has been going with no Postbox support and I want to try to add it before 3.2.7 releases.

3.2.7 will have support for Postbox (however, it cannot use TB3 tabs).

ThunderBrowse and other updates

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

If you use ThunderBrowse on Postbox, you might notice that it doesn’t work anymore and the tabs build is just as broken.

Here’s what happened: Postbox developers changed how the message pane is displayed. This seems to be a reoccurring theme in Thunderbird (and messenger in general) development land.

Anyways, I fixed the problem in ThunderBrowse and for good measure, I threw in some context based items into the special context menu for links. I’ve also included the fix in the new tabs build. TB3 Tabs for Postbox is not possible at the moment. Do not attempt to install the tabs build on Postbox. The registration flag is either not the same or not available (I didn’t have time to check).

I’ve uploaded the new tabs build (the link is the same as before) and I just uploaded to AMO. I also fixed a small wizard bug for Postbox if you used a sandboxed copy.

BETA: Thunderbird 3 Tabs

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I’ve made a beta version of ThunderBrowse that deals with Thunderbird 3 tabs. This build allows users to change which tab system they like. You can either have TB2 tabs (in the messagepane) or you can choose to use the TB3 tab bar.

This currently doesn’t have the thank you page for all the donors in the summer of funding (give me a break, I have the flu [I’ll try to get them added as fast as I can]).

This version of ThunderBrowse may have some bugs and might cause some problems (as it is a beta). I will not be responsible if anything goes wrong.

Thunderbird 3 Tab build will only work in Thunderbird installs. It currently doesn’t work in Postbox (I’ll fix it later).

If you are ready to try the new build, click here:

Let me know if you have any problems with this build and please remember to email all feedback to: beta[AT]

And yes, I do know about the tab titles showing undefined. It’s a bug in Thunderbird.

Summer of Funding over!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The summer of funding is officially over and we never made it to $200 dollars. But that’s okay because since it was so close to $200, I’ll release a TB3 tabs build soon.

Normally, I would be releasing a beta now, but I’m really sick and cannot program much today. I’ll try to get it out before next week.

I’d like to take the time and thank all our donors for supporting this project, it means so much to me.

The beta build will be available on this site, with a final release scheduled for when I get enough feedback.

3.2.3 Beta feedback

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
That's a bug

That's a bug

A few users have pointed out a couple of bugs (seriously, I’ve barely gotten any feedback from this version at all) that appear in the beta.

These bugs will be fixed in the final build:

  1. The statusbar does nothing
  2. The context menu doesn’t show up in TB3.0b2pre
  3. New user startpage has too large of an image
  4. Tabs don’t shift properly when closed (see image)

This version is currently in the translation stage, meaning I’m waiting on translators to finish translating everything. After that, the extension will go through more testing (and any last minute bug fixes) and will be released.