Hi, everybody.

It’s been a while, to put it mildly.  I can’t really give any excuse other than, “PhDs are hard.”  But, even though my time is still extremely limited, I’ve really been itching to start working on this project again.  If nothing else, I want to let people know that I haven’t completely abandoned the project forever.

So let’s take look at where things are. Quizo’s been updating his branch quite a bit this past year, so I think it’s fair to say at this point that this is no longer the “main” branch of QTTabBar.  To be honest, the temptation is there to just call it quits because of this.  After all, I only started this project because Quizo disappeared, and now he’s back and active.  Really, I think the best solution would be for me and him to work together on a single branch. I sent him an email recently asking if this was a possibility, but he politely declined.  So that’s that.

But, even so, this project is just too much fun for me to give up.  And I do have things I want to see implemented that might not be possible if I was working with Quizo.  So, I think I’ll stick with it for now.  But one thing I definitely think is necessary now though is making it clear that this is a fork of the original program, not a continuation of it.  Our respective branches are just two alternatives now.

A while back I proposed the idea of renaming the project, going so far as to solicit suggestions.  Afterwards, I backed off the idea because I decided it wasn’t worth losing the brand recognition this program has built over the years.  However, now that Quizo’s developing and we’ve got two separate branches being developed concurrently, they cannot share the same name.  I’ll probably end up calling mine something generic like FolderTabs; I generally prefer descriptive names anyway.

Anyway, let’s talk about the next version.  It’s been something like forever since the last release.  The next version is (and has been) almost complete other than a few isolated components (eg, the Desktop Tool).  So here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to disable, gray out, or otherwise remove anything that doesn’t look like I can’t completely finish it within a few weeks.  The Desktop Tool will be one of them, maybe a few other relatively small things too.  Then I’ll aim to release it by the end of the month.  And we’ll go from there.

The other big thing I want to do is ditch SourceForge and move to Github.  I think this will be a much better environment for the project, and will allow others who want to contribute the opportunity to do so.  Hopefully this will go along with a nice new website to replace this crappy Wordpress installation… Seeing as how that web developer request has been hanging around for so long, I have a number of people asking to make me a web page, so if you’ve emailed me about that, you’ll hear from me if I need you.

I’ve been really bad about answering emails in general, so if you’ve emailed me in the past with some question and I haven’t responded, and you still want an answer, please send me another and I’ll try my best to respond.

I’ll make another post a little later about what my plans are for the future of the project.

53 comments to Back

  • Phil

    Great to have you back!
    I’d be pity abandoning the project.

    Looking forward to trying out new versions.


  • Sebastian

    Great to see you are still working on this. It is, after all, one of my favourite applications.

    Can’t wait for more news and hopefully some new features soon.

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  • Nice to hear from you. Don’t know why “all” people are moving to Gizhub…
    …very interesting.

    However, Wordpress has the advantage of RSS Feed for news…

    • Github is just for the code. I’ll still have some kind of RSS-capable blog, just hosted somewhere else.

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  • Excellent news, everything written is well within reason and I just wanted to express my gratitude and support!

  • Max

    wow, glad you’re back – without you i’d still be with win xp (!)

    i tried quizo for a while too – some cool new things but ultimately it’s too buggy so on my machine i have yours which is solid – together with classic shell and a few batch files it’s the business..!

    yes missing desktop tool and the ability to move things to the ‘desktop’ folder tab.. i’d rather have less but quick and stable than too much etc etc…

    Thank you again ShiningMasamune!

  • You should name it GTKTabBar (see what I did there ^_^)

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  • iron2000

    Its alive!!
    Check the RSS everyday and finally!

    Been using the last version on Windows 8 and its benn running fine.

    Thank you ShiningMasamune!

  • Peter

    FolderTabs is a nice name.
    The Desktop Tool is something I don’t need. Why not solving such “outside explorer window” features as plugin?
    Your Wordpress site is nice enough – nothing to complain about it. :)
    Looking forward to test the new verion! :D

  • Anon

    Yay! That is nice to hear from you.

    I’m glad you haven’t give up the project.

  • Loom

    So glad to see you’re still maintaining your project!

    Been checking out this website every second day for the last half year, and now finally ; )

    I always liked your kind attitude and your style of giving in-depht information.

  • Phil

    QTTabBar and Listary are the most valuable tools for me on Windows ;-)
    Maybe you could integrate Listary’s Quick Switch feature, so I can ditch it.

  • Nick

    Welcome back! I hope the PhD is going well and it’s great news to hear that you’re still supporting this great app, I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve done with it since 1.5 b2.

    Like others I tried Quizo but I also found it too buggy, especially the search/filter box and the tool tip preview which are two of the features I use most and are thus essential. QTTB is one of the programs that I always have with W7 to make the whole thing more useable, so very many thanks for your continuing efforts.

  • Chris

    I’m happy to see that the project isn’t abandoned.

    I’ve been trying Quizzo’s current releases and found that it doesn’t handle DFS links properly.

    How about naming your fork something like ExplorerTabs? Or mebbe XplorerTabs?

  • magnus

    Why do not you try to join forces with the creator of Clover?

    Clover + QTTABS = could be excellent

    Sorry I didnt trnaslate it xD

    • Jcee

      Yea it would be pretty sweet.
      I actually use Quizios version along with clover (alot of the features work fine, if you just set them to open in new window rather than new tab (although theres no way to actually get new windows)
      clover has a lot of potential, but is really lacking in options, so if you could join forces with him that would be awesome.

  • boiledfox

    Welcome back!, I’ve been checking this site every week, and finally. :)
    Always thankful for this nice program! It bacame one of those essential programs I install just after the OS install. Hope to see your post soom :P

    Have a nice day~

  • boiledfox

    Welcome back!, I’ve been checking this site every week, and finally. :)
    Always thankful for this nice program! It bacame one of those essential programs I install just after the OS install. Hope to see your another post soom :P

    Have a nice day~

  • Wasabi addicted

    Nice to see you are back.

    FolderTabs is a great name.

    Please keep requirements WITHIN .net v3.5 and please make the “Options” window resizable to fit small netbooks screens.

    All the best with your PhD :)

  • mike

    quizo who?

    No. I get it, he did create an awesome little program for xp machines way back when. The breadcrumbs bar was also neat. That was long time ago.

    Haven’t been using the beta because i thought it bogged my machine. I’ve been waiting on an rc.

    glad you are back. and remember, cocaine is a hell of a drug!

    why was that line so funny?

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  • Nguyen2011

    Great to hear about upcoming release!
    Good luck with your PhD!

  • Ray

    Hi Masamune,

    Glad to hear from you again. It makes me so happy. I am still sticking to your version instead of Quizo. I tried it on Windows 8 and it would not work properly. I then used your beta and it worked like heaven (aside from some quirks). So, I will be sticking to your version in the future and look forward to the release.

  • chnickiz

    I got a new computer today and one of the first things I had to install was Qttabbar. I love this program and I’m glad you are still continuing it. For me it has grown absolutely essential in my day to day work!

    May I suggest something along the lines of ForQT-TabBar as a name change, as a play on the words “forked” and “Qttabbar”.

  • Name (required)

    Thanks for continuing this project, it’s really the only explorer extension I can stand so I’m really happy to see you back.

  • anoyimous

    “…please send me another and I’ll try my best to respond.”

    you just did…

    Welcome back!

  • jrf

    Glad to hear you’re back. Love the program and it’s a shame that the original programmer is not open to joining forces.

    One feature I would love to see in a new version would be the option to save the currently open tabs in a window as a tab group. Any plans in that direction ?

    • Putzo

      Unless I’m misunderstanding your request, this feature is already implemented: Right click any open tab > Create New Group > Tick the checkbox named “Add all tabs”.

  • Jcee

    i’m assuming ‘graying out’ the features will prevent the users from using them. I personally would love to try everything out, even if its bugged. Maybe you could include an option labeled “experimental features” that allows you to use all the grayed out/ buggy features that the average joe doesn’t really want to deal with

  • anonymous

    Still, I think ShiningMasamune and Quizo must work in coordination.

  • dianedebuda

    Going to try this out because it sounds just like what I need. Suggest adding comment on site to denote if this works with a popular pair of Win7 add-ons: Classic Shell & 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.

  • Lonely Coder

    I love this program, but unfortunately it self destructed when I changed stuff in the options screen.

    I tried resetting the main registry key where it saves it’s settings, but unfortunately that didn’t fix it.
    Not even uninstalling/reinstalling the program can fix it now. I have no idea what to do. I just want to use this program, and I cannot. I feel lost without it! Please help! New features are great, but right now I don’t care, all I need is it’s core feature, the tabs.

  • Frank A.

    Hello! Great to hear you´re back!
    I beg you to continue your fork, because the original qttabbar is getting to bloated in my opinion. It became difficult to configure because of te myriads of options.
    I would appreciate a fork with fewer, choosen options.

    Greetings ,

  • Frank

    This is a reminder that it’s the “end of the month” already. Hope we are not been taken on the usual wild-goose chase like when we were told “Options Dialog Finished”.

  • reker

    It’s too sad that you two can’t work together.
    The Quizo’s version has lots of new and strong functions, but it’s buggy and has poor compatibility.
    Yours version is stable, but lack of some functions I really needed in Quizo’s version.
    It’s too hard to choose which to use.
    And I can’t install them at same time, they are conflict.

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