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GTS - Grouped Tab Scroller

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The GTS concept is my entry to the Mozilla Labs Design Challenge Summer’09 – Reinventing Tabs in the Browser. It is designed to be a tiny and elegent alternative for enjoyable tabbed browsing.

The GTS concept is my entry to the Mozilla Labs Design Challenge Summer’09 – Reinventing Tabs in the Browser. It is designed to be a tiny and elegent alternative for enjoyable tabbed browsing.

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  • 1. Grouped Tab Scroller A simple conceptual design to improve tabbed browsing experience Wayne Lee, June 2009 http://trilancer.wordpress.com/
  • 2. 251 Tab add-ons for Firefox so far From full-featured controller to tiny improvements or customization https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:1/cat:93
  • 3. Tabbed Browsing Experience Becoming More & More Complex Multiple thumbnail options Tons on-spot commands Lots settings
  • 4. How Many Tabs Can a Browser Hold? Hint: check out Mac OS Exposé
  • 5. 100+ http://www.flickr.com/photos/13877151@N05/1412839227/sizes/l/
  • 6. 300+ http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredpower/3303342401/sizes/l/
  • 7. 600+ http://www.flickr.com/photos/80246871@N00/1871392949/sizes/l/
  • 8. 1000+ The Ultimate Tab Manager? http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremiahkellogg/2227228613/sizes/o/
  • 9. How Many Tabs Can A Human Brain Hold? … plus commands & options?
  • 10. Introducing Grouped Tab Scroller (GTS) Bring the simple & familiar Previous scroller control paradigm Next Tab to tab navigation Tab
  • 11. Tabs Organized into Groups With Color as Assistant Indicator Tabs grouped according to relevance: domain, title, linkage … (configurable)
  • 12. View Tab Thumbs in a Group Removing Irrelevant Tab Thumbs  Emphasizing Current Group
  • 13. Scroll through Groups Switching Context Made Easy
  • 14. Jump to Tab in Another Group
  • 15. Jump to Another Tab Group
  • 16. Further Features For Power User Group Re-ordering Slice Group to Make a New Window
  • 17. What if I got too many tabs / groups? Probably 0 satisfactory answer if you got 1000 tabs Tentative Answer to More Tabs in a Group: “Use mouse wheel to scroll back & forth within tab area” Tentative Answer to More Groups: “2-level drop down menu to pick group then tab”
  • 18. Takeaway • Usability of GTS (fewer tabs & groups) – Efficiency – Effectiveness – Satisfaction • Usability under more tabs & groups – Effectiveness & Efficiency WILL drop for sure
  • 19. No matter how cool your user interface, less would be better Alan Cooper
  • 20. Resources • Live Demo – http://www.trilancer.com/tab/ • Video: – http://www.vimeo.com/5246129 • Discussion: – http://trilancer.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/gts- grouped-tab-scroller/

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