I’ve been meaning to write a simple add-on for some time now, and today felt the perfect day to do it. I’ve noticed that all the sites that I use as app tabs are indeed web apps (or close enough); they manage their own navigation and URLs, such that I rarely need to use the navigation bar on those sites. So why not get even more screen real estate for them?
Aaapptabs does just that. Like the Add-ons manager, it hides the browser toolbars for all app tabs. The result is that, for Windows 7 with a maximized screen, the Firefox UI takes a grand total of 27 pixels in height. 🙂
Not unexpectedly, writing the add-on using the
Jetpack Add-on SDK was a blast. The SDK is in 1.0 beta 4 and the existing APIs are really solid. The whole add-on code is less than 50 lines, it’s restartless, it deals correctly with being disabled/re-enabled. If you temporarily need to view the hidden toolbars, just go to the Add-ons manager and disable the add-on. Changes take effect instantly.
Hat tip: combine it with Easy app tabs to toggle them with a double click