Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tab Sync in Xmarks for Firefox!

We're excited today to announce support for a top user-requested feature: open tab sync in Xmarks for Firefox. We're launching this as an opt-in feature that you can easily activate in the Xmarks Settings dialog. Just go to Tools → Xmarks → Settings → Sync and check to enable sync of Open Tabs. The feature will soon be available in My.Xmarks.com and in Xmarks for Chrome, too. Here's how you turn it on:
tab_settings

Of what use is this, you ask? Imagine that you are working on an important research project at the office. You have to leave in the midst of your work to catch your helicopter ride home to your personal tropical island (if we're going to imagine, we might as well go big, right?). When you arrive home, you open up your limited-edition diamond-encrusted laptop, and in a few clicks, you've opened all the web pages that you had open at work. So you can continue your research into a cure for cancer until the wee hours of the morning.

How does it work? Just like bookmark and password sync, Xmarks watches for changes to your set of open windows and tabs, and when it notices a quiet moment, it sends that set to our server, which stores it in your password-protected account. Once you enable the feature, this happens silently in the background.

Whenever you need to retrieve a tab from another computer, just select “Open Remote Tabs” on the Xmarks menu (right-click on the status bar icon or Tools → Xmarks → Settings):
xmarks_settings_menu



A window opens showing your list of computers, browsers, and their open windows and tabs:

open_tabs

Click a single tab to open it locally, or click a browser window to open that entire window (along with all of its tabs). Easy!

The full diamond-encrusted version is now available for download on the Mozilla Add-ons Site and Xmarks.com. Please enjoy!

What do you think? We'd love to hear your comments and feedback.

19 comments:

  1. Awesome feature! Thank you Xmarks, now my life on the tropical island will be much more productive.

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  2. Great feature! Since I don't mix my work and home browser tabs, I will not use it, but great work, I'm sure there are tons of people who will love this. :)

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  3. Blogged about this :)

    http://stadt-bremerhaven.de/xmarks-synchronisiert-tabs-angst-vor-der-konkurrenz/

    Please sync Google Passwords!

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  4. Cute but what would be far better is password sync for Chrome.

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  5. Great !

    I've wanted this feature for months.

    Now if I can be in two places at once, when I need to!

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  6. Sweet, I always have at least 35246865 different tabs open on at least three different computers - at last some continuity :)

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  7. @Mike: we'd love to have password for Chrome as well. Sadly Chrome doesn't currently provide an API for us to access their password manager. So we're a bit blocked at this point.

    Colin

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  8. Great. I hope it would be integrate in the BYOS Version too.

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  9. Very good. I am waiting it to firefox.

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  10. Great! It's a wonderful feature! Thx!!!

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  11. how do we access this on the mac versions? i have no update avail, and no tab check box either... :(

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  12. Nice work!

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  13. Firefox on a PC only auto updates to 3.5.7 and tabs aren't in the sync list. Updated to 3.5.11 from xmarks.com and tabs still aren't available as a sync option. Firefox 3.6.

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  14. @Richard: We'll follow up with you on GetSat.

    @ml, @Brendan: See the download link at the bottom of the post.

    @Others: Thanks for the support!

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  15. Now it is same as in Mozilla Weave so it also lacks of one useful thing which is auto-sync at startup (like bookmarks). I think that adding this feature wouldn't be a problem and would satisfy people like me who want to see exactly same browser as they left it everywhere they would run firefox with xmarks.

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  16. That's awesome, but what visible on the web interface?

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  17. Wow - this is EXACTLY what I have been waiting for... many thanks, guys! A very significant new feature indeed: top stuff.

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  18. Already loving this. My waning faith has been restored. Wish there was a way to have Xmarks automatically ask if I want to restore tabs on startup though, instead of having to go through the Tools menu (I don't use the statusbar).

    @Don: Good question.

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  19. Nice,
    How can I get it on Firefox?

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