Sidepanel

  • We need a sidepanel with bookmarks, tablist (like windows list from O12), and possibly Notes.
    The best would be a sidepanel with a possibility to display javascript content accessible via extensions. For now we can make only a popup, but it would be great to have a possibility to display extension's content in a sidepanel.

  • Something like they did:

    http://www.slimjet.com/blog/make-use-of-the-bookmarks-side-panel-that-should-have-been-there-in-chrome/
    http://www.slimjet.com/en/

    With a difference that in this sidepanel should be a space for extensions.

  • Indeed, cool idea, some way to inject content to a sidepanel instead of making a window or a popup would be cool.

  • +1

  • +2

    Especially vote for Notes (panel)

  • +1 Good idea.

  • +1

    It would also be nice if you make a built in mail client, that you can have on the sidebar (like in opera 12).

  • A built-in mail client (a suite) is NOT going to happen and thank goodness for that. As for a side panel it's completely unnecessary. Both of these features harken back to the way they built browser suites a decade and longer ago. Opera is modernizing... not trying to re-create Presto.

  • side panel it's completely unnecessary

    I agree with you most of the times, but not on this one.
    While I personally like a minimal UI, side panels, especially if they can be auto-hidden, can be very useful sometimes.

  • As for a side panel it's completely unnecessary.

    Maybe not necessary but they could be useful depending on what they would have. And would be a nice way to use screen space.

  • leushino, I don't agree with you. And we are talking about a sidepanel with a variable content, not built in content. Suggestion says "in this sidepanel should be a space for extensions".

    I wrote few extensions for chrome few years ago (for my use, not published on store), and I can totally agree with OP, for now chromium's API allows us to create a popup window or an entirely new window and we can't alter UI in any way. So if we want something that is in this same window, but is always visible for user it would be great.

    A lot depends on how it would be made, there would be one extension at a time, or if it could be split, there would be more than one at a time. But not to make it too complicated, for me even one at a time would be great.
    Clicking on extension's icon in toolbar, would reactivate and redraw your extension in sidebar, just like it happens now, in popup. Clicking icon, redraws all from scratch and connects to listeners in background, and only way to restore its state is to load/save content from cookies.

    It would give us a possibility to write various tools, like facebook chat, rss feed reader, dictionary (like denshi jisho), wikipedia search bar and so on, possibilities are infinite. And if you don't want to use it, just don't activate it.

    And btw, there is a way to inject content to a webside, but it's extremely limited, so I would gladly welcome sidepanel.

  • +1

  • Okay. I appreciate what you're saying and I can certainly see that a side panel might be useful for those reasons. But I still don't see it as necessary for today's browser. The two most popular browsers (outside IE), Firefox and Google Chrome, do not use side panels. When I used Opera Presto down through the years, I seldom made use of the side panel. For one thing, I never bothered with M2, choosing another email client and eventually opting to go solely with webmail. Rss feeds are fast becoming a thing of the past. I seriously doubt there is much call for this feature anymore. Besides, you can get a Chrome extension for an rss reader from the Google Chrome store. But still... rss in 2014? Here's a quote from Word Press:
    RSS use has declined enormously over the years. It wasn’t widely used in the first place and is now even less popular. Honestly, I think you can use extensions to meet your needs (i.e. Notes to name one) rather than need to rely upon a side panel. I remember when NS came out with a side panel. If my memory serves, SeaMonkey still uses one but the far more popular browser Firefox does not.

    I suppose it boils down to what Opera deems as necessary and what commands priority. And to me, a side panel does not do either. BUT... that's just my opinion.

  • leushino, you are wrong, Firefox has a sidebar, just edit your toolbar and add a "window" like icon. When you click on that icon, a little drop-down menu lets you choose bookmarks and history sidepanels. Or you can use shortcuts, use CTRL+B for bookmarks or CTRL+H, for History. With extensions you can have for example vertical tabs and many more.

    Internet Explorer has Favorites/Feeds/History sidepanels. When you click on the star icon in toolbar, in favorites popup menu on the top-left you can find "Pin the favorites center". And it becomes a sidepanel.

    Safari has one too, just go to View menu, and click "Show sidebar".

    As for RSS, I know it was a bad example, but it is still used, just a lack of good clients made it less popular. I use Thunderbird which has a built in RSS reader.

    Sidepanels are awesome for those who want to browse internet and want to have some sort of tool at hand and best place to place one is the side of the browser. Chromium's API allows us to create extensions that cover a webpage or are in a popup or in a separated window only.

    Seriously why do you oppose sidepanel so much, do you have a 4:3 screen?

  • I don't see the point of them, what-is-this. BUT... there's no point in my being obtuse. If you find it necessary to your use of a browser, then it's fine with me. Why should I object? BTW... I am surprised by the FF option for a sidebar. I knew about the IE history/favorites bar but never bothered with it those few times I opened IE. Thanks for educating me on FF. :cheers:

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  • I have 4:3 screen (5:4 actually), I miss sidepanel too, incl possibility to open/close it by just mouseclick at screen left side. I'm using it (on truOpera of course) not often, but for these few cases it is extremely handy.

    Ability to draw into sidepanel from extensions would be very welcome addition too.

  • Switched to Opera 2x today. Miss the sidepanel real bad. The bookmark bar tries, but it just isn't a replacement. Aside from not having as much room, it keeps covering the screen when you open a folder.

    By all means, put in the option to disable it, but having a collapsible sidepanel was one of my favorite features.

  • I need a sidepanel with Notes and others from O12.

    [mod edit: insult removed; stop that or you'll get banned!]

    I use 2 or 3 16:10 monitors and this feature is very useful to me.
    I will to plan changing to the other browser if this situation doesn't changes.
    On this time I STILL use O12.17 and don't want see the newest version.

    Sorry for my eng.
    Kij wam żyć jeśli tego nie zmienicie.

  • I miss the sidepanel and RSS
    mainly RSS reader, it would help to get updated with some sites i like to follow

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