I think the app is great so far. Especially good for a beta, can't wait to see it perfected! Just a note -- MalwareBytes.org blocks the Sidewise phone-home IP because you are serving from Voxility, a host that is known to support spam/malware/etc..
which prevents tabs from loading until you look at then. This saves memory and time when starting up chrome, especially if you have lots of tabs.
The only problem is that the lazy tabs extension blocks the sidewise extension. It will not open when clicking the button, nor automatically open at startup. If I disable Lazy Tabs, the Sidewise extension starts working again.
The question is whether the pop-up of the Sidewise sidebar uses a mechanism that is blocked by Lazy Tabs, and whether there is another way to do it.
That was a unique and very convenient with multiple open tabs feature of Opera.
If it is also possible optionally to close altogether the tab bar in the browser itself - even better. It is not useful with many open tabs anyway and not needed when Sidewise is installed.
When not using external monitor, Chrome will start with correct window position on the screen but after few seconds Sidewise will move the Chrome outside of the screen bounds, luckily I can do Right click > Move on the classic Gnome taskbar to drag it back.
When using external monitor, similar behavior happens, but this time I see the window on another monitor and can drag it back directly.
I don't want this moving of window at all, I'm fine with wherever I left it, please add an option to disable this feature completely.
Please someone tell me how to enable Grooveshark pane in Sidewise. Thanks in advance.
Go into Sidewise Options page. Click the blue 'Toggle and reorder sidebar panes' link. Click the checkbox in the Grooveshark row. You should now see the Grooveshark sidebar pane icon at the top of the sidebar!
I use XMouse on Windows - so that focus follows mouse. This allows me to have a window which isn't the topmost to have the focus - very handy sometimes when referring to info in a separate app. However, it doesn't play nicely with Keep Sidebar Visible - as soon as the Chrome app gets focus, it seems that the sidebar thinks it must be topmost, and brings it and Chrome to the top.
Is there any way of making the sidebar do this ONLY if Chrome moves to the top, rather than just gets focus? Those two things are certainly not the same for me - although I can see in 'normal' windows, they probably would be.
Unfortunately Chrome gives us no way to differentiate between window-focus and window-raise occurrences; there is a "chrome.windows.onFocusChanged" event and that's it.
Similarly, Chrome gives us no way to just raise a window without also focusing it. I've submitted a Chrome bug to fix this specific issue. If Chrome implemented this, then if I understand your problem correctly, I believe the problem would be fixed -- when Sidewise needed to make the sidebar visible it could just raise the sidebar instead of raise+focusing it. This would also alleviate a few other issues related to the fact we can't raise the sidebar without also focusing it.
So for now your best bet is probably to go star that issue for a little more visibility :)
For what it's worth, on my system I am using an Autohotkey script that you might call "XScroll": it allows the mouse wheel to scroll whatever window/control the pointer is over without switching focus. I used XMouse for a long time but have found the XScroll behavior more to my liking. Let me know if you are interested in this.
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