Slickscreen's Wonderful Multi-Panel Browsing Experience
Article by George Norman
On 04 Apr 2012
I often find myself opening the same few sites in my browser of choice, Mozilla Firefox, and then I have to switch between tabs to keep an eye on all of them. To help the user stay on top of all open tabs, Mozilla built an interesting feature in its browser – Tab Groups. Hit the Tab Groups button (it’s in the upper right hand corner) or use the Tab Groups hotkey (that would be Ctrl + Shift + E) and Firefox will show a preview of all open tabs. You can adjust the size of the preview, close open tabs, and click on a preview to access the tab and the website open inside that tab.

There is another browser out there that makes it a lot easier to monitor multiple webpages at the same time. The browser in question is called Slickscreen and the very nice thing about it is that it uses panels and that it lets you easily switch between different panel views. You can open FindMySoft, Wolfram Alpha, Bing, and Google for example into 4 panels and thus be able to view all 4 sites. Check out the image below to get a better idea of what I am talking about.

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From the Settings menu you can choose what sort of panel layout the Slickscreen browser uses when it launches. You can also select what websites it loads into the panels when it launches; by default the panels are loaded with Slickscreen-related sites. While using the application, you can easily switch from one layout to another by clicking the layout buttons from the upper left hand corner. On top of that you can switch the panels around and you can drag the separators between the panels to adjust their size.

As a diehard Firefox user, I don’t see myself giving up on the browser anytime soon. That’s why I appreciate the “Launch site in default browser” option presented on each panel. Click the button and the website loaded inside that Slickscreen panel will be accessed with the default browser, which is Firefox in my case.

There’s a Free and Professional version of Slickscreen out there. The downside about using the Free version is that you don’t have access to some settings (can’t choose which websites are loaded into panels 1 through 4 when the browser launches, can’t activate the auto rotate and auto refresh options, and so on) and that you’re constantly presented with upgrade prompts (when you launch the browser you see a prompt and when you close it your default browser launches and you’re taken to a webpage that asks you to upgrade to Slickscreen Professional).

Additional information on Slickscreen is available here.






Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Browser, Slickscreen, Windows, Microsoft
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