Viamatic foXpose 0.3 released

You can leave a comment in this blog entry or in the foXpose forum. Please do check the foXpose forum before reporting a bug or feature.

The Viamatic foXpose plugin is a tiny little extension that lets you view thumbnails of all your tabs inside a browser window with a click of a button. This extension will only work on Firefox 1.5 or higher . The new version of foXpose has been released. It has been coded more or less from scratch. It has now been released on mozilla, you can download it from here. If you have any support questions or any other suggestion for the next version of foXpose please leave a comment on this page. If you like this this extension you can vote for it on

[ Install foXpose 0.3 ] [ Other Firefox Extensions by Viamatic ] [ Screenshots ]

Whats new in 0.3?

  • Middle click to close the tab
  • The default foXpose shortcut key is F8
  • Click on the icon once to activate foXpose, click on the icon again to go back to the tab you were on
  • More support for people who use a keyboard to surf (Many people requested it). The shortcut key is displayed in the title of each tab. You can press that key to open the tab.
  • The foXpose tab is visible (This can be configured)
  • Size of thumbnail can be specified
  • Removed most of the bugs in 0.2 and brought in new ones :)
  • Two themes to choose from :) . I was trying out for user defined themes, but that will be in the next version.
  • Keyboard shortcuts can be user defined
  • Name is displayed in the tooltip
  • Many more that you can find out :)
  • To add foXpose as a mouse gesture assign the JavaScript code Viamatic.Xpose.Main() to call the foXpose code.

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  1. Posted January 3, 2006 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    The AJAX forum software that I am developing has still not been fully developed. Till then if you have any comments or suggestions leave a comment here and I will answer it here. The forum s/w should be ready within a week.

  2. Tim
    Posted January 3, 2006 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I see the announcement for 0.3 — but couldn’t find a link to install it here or on Where do we need to go? Thanks!

  3. Posted January 3, 2006 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    It is a long process. I have released 0.3 from my side but it will have to be approved by someone at mozilla which could take anywhere from 1 day to a week. I will put up a download link from this site but have some configuration problems on this server with XPI files. I will have to sort those out first :)

    I guess I need to put in a little more information regarding the configuration on this server. The problem is that I am on a windows based server and there is no way of setting the mime type on this webhost. Because of ultra high security :( the files with extensions other than the ones already specified are not even visible :(

    The only way out is to open the file and send it out with the mime extensions. I will try it out today.

  4. Jomel
    Posted January 3, 2006 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    You need to add the application/x-xpinstall mime type for .xpi files – if you’re on Apache just put:
    AddType application/x-xpinstall .xpi
    in your .htaccess or httpd.conf
    In the meantime people should still be able to download it like a normal file, then install it using File->Open File

  5. milki
    Posted January 4, 2006 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Vivek

    I couldn’t contact you through the contact form.

    I have some feature requests i was wondering you could process :

    1. The foxpose icon in the Status Bar Auto-Hiding with 1 tab open and only being visible with more than 1 tab.
    2. I heard Safari’s expose has some sort of animation (I don’t have a Mac), so that would be cool.
    3. Ability to the foxpose icon on the TAB Bar (like a small icon on the tab bar to open foXpose).
    4. When people right click the foXpose icon tha ability to save the current tabs or open a preview in the side bar (Quick Tabs)
    5. Adding an options to allow resizing the preview

    I know these are hard.

    Sorry !

  6. cath
    Posted January 4, 2006 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    “I will put up a download link from this site…”

    When? I’ve been following the RSS feed on this page and no good news yet :(

  7. Posted January 4, 2006 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    After trying out different ways to open the file I was finally able to make a downloader in ASP. You can download the latest version from here. Sorry for the delay.

  8. cath
    Posted January 4, 2006 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, thanks for the link. It looks much better and I like the new options (#3 and #5, specifically, in milki’s post). I’m eagerly awaiting future versions, that’s for sure.

  9. Jon Battle
    Posted January 4, 2006 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Am using v .3 – but I cannot find where to open a config window to set the various options. How is it done? Thanks.

  10. cath
    Posted January 5, 2006 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    Go to the Extensions window, find “Viamatic Foxpose” and click the “Options” button on the bottom.

  11. Jon Battle
    Posted January 5, 2006 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Cath/Vivek—thank you!! Works great..

  12. David Jameson
    Posted January 6, 2006 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Very very nice. The only problem with it is that it won’t display a site that is SWF based.

  13. drunkmonckey
    Posted January 7, 2006 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    .3 works great and love it. Suggestions if it is possible -
    1. Add an option to resize the windows so I can read the text (like milki suggested)then…
    2. Being able to surf multiple pages at once in the preview menu without having to switch to any single one
    Sorry if someone else has designed that feature, but I have yet to find it.

  14. Joseph
    Posted January 10, 2006 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Do you think you could add an option to enable multiple view mode on by default (ie. at launch of firefox)

  15. Frosty
    Posted January 10, 2006 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    0.3 is excellent! Well, actually, even 0.2 was good, but it was rather “cool” than “usable”. With 0.3 there’s no need in tab bar. Why would you need it, if foXpose is that simple ! So the feature request is:
    -no tab bar when foXpose tab is open;
    -no tab bar at all (when the extension is enabled). It would be cool… the new generation of tabbed browsing… Anyway, it’s already very good, thank you very much!

  16. Posted January 12, 2006 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Ermmmm. Am I the only one that sees Firefox trying to copy what Microsoft showcased in their latest CTPs? For IE7?

  17. milki
    Posted January 12, 2006 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    Didn’t IE7 copy Tabbed Browsing, Search Box (adding multiple search engines) and RSS from Firefox.
    Viamatic foXpose is not like Quick Tabs in IE7, it’s really different and better.

    Get a life Computer Guru

  18. James Lyon
    Posted January 12, 2006 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I love this extension. Would it be possible to add more eye-candy features in the future?

    Perhaps a colorpicker or hex input field to customize colors (highlight & selection colors)

  19. Posted January 13, 2006 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Hi I get some weird canvas error when clicking the icon (v0.3). it keeps showing the error window and when I press ok another one shows up (and keeps popping up every time). I have to kill firefox the hard way to get it to work again. any idea on how to fix this. Also I have a v0.2 of foXpose in my extentions list but I cant uninstall it, go into preferences or anything…it just sits there.
    How do I uninstall this one manually ?

  20. Posted January 13, 2006 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    TO uninstall foXpose follow these steps.

    1) Install foXpose 0.2 from here
    2) Restart firefox
    3) Uninstall foXpose

    As far as the error popping up is concerned you are possibly working on Gentoo Linux without compiling firefox with SVG and Canvas support.

  21. Posted January 20, 2006 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    doesn’t work for me…if I try and run it I get some sort of javascript error.

  22. JohnBoy
    Posted January 20, 2006 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    When I look in my prefs.js file I find lines like this:

    user_pref(“viamatic.xpose.autorefresh”, “true”);

    Isn’t this the wrong format for a true/false variable? Isn’t is necessary to delete the doublequotes and make it like this?

    user_pref(“viamatic.xpose.autorefresh”, true);

  23. Posted January 20, 2006 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    These values are unicode strings so they need to be “true” or “false”. In the next version I will make them into bool values.

  24. milki
    Posted January 21, 2006 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    um a couple more feature requests.

    having a unique address for foXpose instead of using about:blank.

    divinding the windows a bit.

    P.S. Here are IE’s Quick Tabs

  25. Posted January 24, 2006 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this extension.
    I really like the keyboard shortcut for selecting a window (by pressing the corresponding number).

    I wish the foXpose tab would open and render faster though.

  26. Dave
    Posted January 24, 2006 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    ::::: Needs to include windows not just tabs :::::::

  27. Dave
    Posted January 24, 2006 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    ::::: Needs to include windows not just tabs ::::::

  28. Posted January 24, 2006 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    In the options for the extension, thumbnail is missing the letter “b”. Otherwise, it’s great!

  29. cd
    Posted January 25, 2006 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Great extension -two requests.Please allow the foxpose icon to be placed in the AIOS toolbar and add navigation capability to the thumbnails. Just uninstalled Tab Sidebar in favor of Foxpose and miss these two features.

  30. cd
    Posted January 25, 2006 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Just found the extra button in Customize toolbars-sorry! One issue resolved.

  31. Andrei Nica
    Posted January 25, 2006 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I believe I have found 2 small impairments:
    1. Tabs without a name do not get shown on the Viamatic foXpose preview page
    2. Right-clicking on the foXpose icon should bring up the options menu, which it does not. Right now it does mostly what left-clicking does.

    P.S. In the options menu.. is it thumnail or thumbnail. Just a suggestion ;)

  32. Chesko
    Posted January 26, 2006 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    this is very cool, but it will be the definitive extension if someone explains how to assign a mouse gesture to activate the extension.

    I use Mouse Gestures 1.0.4 that lets you assign a javascript to a mouse gesture. Someone know which javascript code will trigger the extension?

    Thanks a lot.

  33. edir
    Posted January 26, 2006 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    very usefull, but i would like to see extensions to firefox more beatfully, not only usefull. You could put some animation when the icons are organized and choosed. The icons could be centered on the screen and organized out of a box, only the pics would be showed.

    thank you for what you did for us! :)

  34. Posted January 26, 2006 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    To assign Mouse Gestures use the JavaScript code Viamatic.Xpose.Main() this will call the Xpose code. Hope this helps out people who wish to add mouse gestures.

  35. Chesko
    Posted January 26, 2006 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    #36 Thanks a lot, that’s what I needed :D

  36. Posted January 30, 2006 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Anyone had any problems with Finder’s Exposé and the Dock after installing 0.3?

  37. Posted January 31, 2006 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Sorry, solved the problem. It had nothing to do with foXpose. Thank you.

  38. Posted February 1, 2006 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Great plugin!

    However I have found that it will “only” take a still screenshot of the page and display as a thumbnail. Is it possible that future versions of foxpose will be able to resize the pages interactivily ?

    Example: If a page that has a refresh of say once every 60 seconds then the thumbnail will only display how that page looked like when you activated foxpose, I would like foxpose to be able to listen to for example refresh and when the refresh occurs in the page the thumbnail should be updated aswell…

    Is this possible to implement or does 0.3 already supports this feature?

  39. Posted February 1, 2006 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    The thumbnails are refreshed in 0.3

  40. Daniele
    Posted February 2, 2006 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi, and first of all thanks for what looks a great extension.

    I have an installaytion problem: I run Firefox 1.5 on XP Home with all the updates, and when I try to install foXpose I get a message (am translating form Italian, forgive me) that states tha “it’s not possible to install foXpose as it’s not compatible with Firefox 1.4 (…it runs only with versions 1.4.1 to 1.6)”
    Well, it doesn’t make any sense, does it? Any suggestions?

    thanks for your time


  41. Posted February 2, 2006 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m using 1.5 on a portable drive. I cannot seem to get foxpose to work, though. All my other extensions seem to do fine, and I am able to configure the settings of foXpose, but there is no icon for it in the toolbar, and I can’t get any keyboard shortcut configuration (F8 and others) to open it. Suggestions?


  42. Posted February 3, 2006 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Daniele, it seems you are using beta 1.

    foXpose only works with beta 2 and over.

    Please update

  43. Alain
    Posted February 6, 2006 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Great plugin , but only for firfox ; it’s possinle to make a Seamonkey ( version ? Regards.

  44. Rico
    Posted February 6, 2006 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m using the latest foXpose extension in the latest Firefox on Mac OS X. Firefox is always crashing after using foXpose and then trying to close other tabs with command-W. This should be fixed.

  45. Posted February 8, 2006 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I’ve ported foXpose to Seamonkey 1.0. I’ve started a thread in the MozillaZine forums here:


  46. Posted February 11, 2006 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I’m making an extension that will help with searching through a google 403 error. I have almost finished it but can’t seem to get both my new extension and foXpose to work together. They both work independently but not together. My extension can be downloaded from

    for an example of a google 403 error you can search google for:
    +”Powered by phpBB 2.0.6..10″

    More info on the extension can be found in the following thread:

    I would really like to find out why they can’t co-exist. If you need anymore information just post a reply or email me at:
    jeffball55 at hotmail . com

  47. Posted February 11, 2006 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    nevermind, I have since figured out what was wrong with my extension and have fixed it accordingly. Thanks anyway.

    BTW i think foXpose is a great extension.

  48. Dieter
    Posted February 11, 2006 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    The thumbnail-colours are invers in Windows 98 SE. XP is o.k.

  49. Harry
    Posted February 12, 2006 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    it would be good if u could still operate the pages when there viewed in the tab mode, for example when u are looking at 4 pages be able to scroll down one of them while still seeing the others or being able to click links in each window

  50. Hemal Pandya
    Posted February 16, 2006 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    This is about AJAX Yahoo! mail.

    I am using version 0.5 with FF One of the features of the extension is supposed to be “Download an attachment with a single click”. How does this feture work? Any attachment link I click on takes me to Visrus Scan Results page, which I was hoping this plug-in bypasses.


    - hemal

  51. Sitaram
    Posted February 22, 2006 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure what some of the options mean and I was looking for some documentation, but couldn’t find any.

  52. wces
    Posted March 1, 2006 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for great work! I like it…

  53. bo hagen
    Posted March 4, 2006 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    great plugin. wish it was a little faster, but I really see myself using this in the future.

  54. Posted March 10, 2006 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Great extension. Couldn’t find somewhere better to report that in the options windows it must be “thumBnails” instead of “thumnail”.

  55. ringtones
    Posted March 10, 2006 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi! You are a rights

  56. Emmanuel Lemor
    Posted March 12, 2006 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Hello there, heard about this supposedly great extension.. so I went to mozilla’s site to download it.

    Installed it on Firefox v1.5.0.1, where I have a few extensions: All-In-One Sidebar (AIOS), AutoCopy, SessionSaver, Duplicate Tabs, Tab Clicking Options, well it starts the std. install process of counting down 5 seconds, then I press Install, nothing seemed to happen, then I closed Firefox, and then restarted it, no new extension in place… Figured maybe AIOS was interfering, so I disabled it, tried installing again, no help, then I uninstalled AIOS and when I got back into Firefox, I no longer had an Install option in the extensions area, but I did yesterday… So I do I get back to a functioning Firefox and preferably one where I can use your extension as well since it seems to interesting…


    Emmanuel Lemor

    P.S.: I tried this procedure on 2 computers, 1 running XP and one running 2000, both no longer can install extensions :(

  57. acayral
    Posted March 16, 2006 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations for your extension !
    Two requests please :
    1. is it possible to have the foxpose tab as starting tab when i open firefox (so foxpose tab could work even if no other tab open)
    2. is it possible to choose in options the place of the foxpose tab opening : extreme left for example
    Thanks !

  58. Mike
    Posted March 31, 2006 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I tried to install this, both from the Mozilla site, and from here, but both come up with a message about an invalid hash, and don’t install.

  59. godo
    Posted April 5, 2006 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    Great Extension!!

    Only with Tab Mix Plus there seems to be a problem: in TM+ I’ve set the maximum row number of tabs to 3. When I open a forth row a side bar appears next to the tabs to scroll to the top or bottom three rows. In that very moment the sidebar in the Viamatic foXpose window disappears and I only see the last 8 or so tabs as thumbnails, there’s no way of moving upward…

  60. Alp
    Posted April 10, 2006 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Hi, great extention !
    I think there is a cosmetic bug in foxpose. I prefer to use the extention with the “show tab” option unchecked. When I activate the extention, the right side of the very right tab appear faulty, here is a picture of the problem:
    I think eventhough the foxpose tab is not shown, the very right tab is rendered as another tab exists on the right. I hope it’s clear :)
    Thenks in advance, and keep up the good work…

  61. Gavin
    Posted April 12, 2006 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Great extension. Small bug. Does not work with IETab. This is not of enormous consequence, but would be nice.

  62. malko
    Posted April 12, 2006 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    The idea is very good and make me wonder to opera that does such thing for long. The only things i can tell is that i would like to use this extension but this is quasi-impossible for me at this time. I work with a lot of tabs opened at the same time, and the time taken to generate the thumbsnail is just really too long. Is there any chance for the extension to use a cache system (with some user config choice) to avoid refreshing the thumbs all the time we ask for the foxpose?
    If this is possible then i’ll re-install it right now ;) .
    Any way this is great job so thanks you for your work!

  63. The Reaper
    Posted April 12, 2006 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Hey, know this has already been requested for at least once before, think it would be nice if foXpose could be opened in the sidebar, coz I use AIOS and its really a time saver to switch between pages in the sidebar rather than clicking on another tab to do it…
    Thanks for the great extension!

  64. Jakub
    Posted April 14, 2006 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Could you add an option that foXposure tab is closed when u leave it? Like then you jump to selected tab; foXpose tab is no longer needed and only takes up space on the tab bar.

  65. Posted April 27, 2006 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Hi, I’m tring to edit the config.ini to include foxpose.xpi when it’s installed, but I get a -204 No _INSTALL_SCRIPT error, I think due to the XPI not having a install.js in the XPI. Is this XPI not able to be streamed into a Firefox Install? I would like it to be, and if not, will it be included in the future?

  66. beebee
    Posted April 28, 2006 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Like the extension. On the cosmetic front, the IE7beta “version” of this function looks a little cleaner (just more space between the page thumbnails).

  67. foXpose Rocks
    Posted November 22, 2006 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    it’s an awesome plug in. i love it. job well done. thank you

  68. Shaitan
    Posted January 11, 2007 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Dear Vivek I have some problem to contact you with the contact form,

    I’m an user of Viamatic FoXpose. I tried to translate it in italian.

    I’ve also add the file to translate the description.
    I think there is a little bug in xpose-settings.xul: in the menu (id=”cmbSize”) label and value are inverted (this in english doesn’t matter of course).

    I hope you will appreciate my small effort done in trying to contribute to your project and for this reason I’m sending you the link to the repacked extension already including the it-IT locale and working fine.

    Please feel free to contact me at salvatore[dot]vassallo[at] or the eXtenZilla team at info[at] for any reason.

    Thanks again (and sorry for my english ;) )

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