Can the the extension work with out "reading every page that you visit"?
Your data on all websites
This item can read every page that you visit — your bank, your web email, your Facebook page, and so on. Often, this kind of item needs to see all pages so that it can perform a limited task such as looking for RSS feeds that you might want to subscribe to.
Caution: Besides seeing all your pages, this item could use your credentials (cookies) to request or modify your data from websites.
Essentially, Sidewise requires this level of access because it has to communicate with each individual tab/page for various pieces of information that are used to construct and display the tree's contents.
For example, Sidewise uses the referrer (opening page's url) of each page to help it uniquely identify which page goes with which row in the tree (e.g. during session restore). Currently, this information can only be obtained in Chrome by asking each page for it. Similarly, Sidewise needs to communicate with each page to ensure that we have the correct page titles and favicons at all times.
Other features such as the Youtube timer also rely on this kind of page communication. And future features, such as "search text on all pages" from the sidebar, will require this permission as well.
The real problem, from an extension developer's perspective, is a lack of fine-grained control over what an extension needs to see on a page. Currently, it's basically an all-or-nothing affair. If I need one bit of information from a page, I have to request permission to see the whole page.
I will give some thought as to whether page-access could be made into an optional permission. Having it disabled would definitely impact some pretty core aspects of how Sidewise works, and I'm not sure the penalties in tree functionality/accuracy would be worth it. I suspect users might find the limitations it introduces to be annoying or confusing.
I will be open sourcing the Sidewise codebase in the not too distant future, at which point other developers can independently verify that Sidewise does not do anything bad with its access to these permissions.
Until then, the best I can offer you is my personal promise that Sidewise does not, and never will read or collect any of your personal information without your explicit permission.
I'd love to have a standard session to be opened at startup. Be it a simple branch of tabs or a folder, a single tab with a hibernated folder (with some sort of "startup bookmarks") or even a complex tree with several branches, folders (windows?) and hibernated tabs.
The next step would be to open different sessions on startup depending on time, date or other variables...
First off, I'd just like to say what a great job you have done. I have been looking for something like Sidewise on Chrome as I make extensive use of tree style tabs on ff and the lack of a decent alternative was stopping me (until now) from making more use of Chrome.
My question is regrading access permissions. Why does Sidewise require permission to my data on all websites?
(I'm also currently unemployed so have not donated yet but I fully intend to when I am back in work)
Please see my response to this question in another Userecho thread.
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