Switching to Polypane
Switching to a new browser for development takes effort. You're used to the way your current browser works and you use it for your regular browsing too. With the following tips and tools, switching to using Polypane becomes a little easier.
The Polypane browser extensions for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Opera let you quickly open any tab or url in Polypane. The Google Chrome extension also works for other browsers that support the Chrome store, like Brave and Vivaldi.
The browser extension adds a Polypane icon to your browser header. With it you can:
- Click the Polypane icon to open the current page in Polypane.
alt + rto open the current page in Polypane.
- Right-click any link and clik "Open in Polypane".
Polypane will auto-start if not open yet. Get the extensions from the Download page.
If you use Browsersync, you might have configured it to open your browser using the browser options. You can replace your current browser with "polypane", or add it to the list. To configure Browsersync to work nicely with Polypane, read the instructions at other tools.
For both Mac and Windows there are browser managers available. These will lets you send the URLs you open to any browser they support, either manually or by defining rules. You can configure this to always open localhost in Polypane, for example. The following two browser managers have excellent support for Polypane:
Browserosaurus is an open source application developed by Will Stone. Use the settings to favorite Polypane and open it with "space", or add a single letter (like "P") to use to open links in Polypane.
Account surfer (Windows)
Account surfer is available via the Microsoft Store and is developed by Marat Dospolov. Hotkeys are dependent on the position.
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