More Sessions, Drag and Drop Tabs and New Sidebar Design

We’re releasing a major update today that includes a lot of great new features. Here’s a summary:

Tasks Become Workspaces

Tasks were devised to give you a way to associate tabs to something you have to do, then check it off when it is done. Turns out not enough people were using Tasks in that way to justify the confusion that some people felt over the name. So we’re renaming Tasks to Workspaces, which are more relevant to the way people were actually using them.

So Tasks are now called Workspaces – but don’t worry it’s just a name change. The only other significant difference is that the checkmark, which confused a lot of people, will be removed. Instead we will have an ‘archive’ option under the Workspace menu. It does exactly the same thing – it’s just not a check box. You can see it in the image below.

More Sessions per Workspace

Until now Sessions have been limited to 15 per Task. With the update to Workspaces, we’re now also adding 10 more Session colors. So you can now have up to 25 Sessions in each Work Space. It’s not the most productive way to do your general browsing but for certain tasks, we understand this is a pretty handy thing!

Drag and Drop Tabs Between Sessions and Workspaces

My goodness – I knew this was going to be a handy feature, but had I known it would be this much of a focus-saver it would have been bumped-up in our list of priorities. Dragging and dropping tabs into different Workspaces has really kept my browser tab bar clean. Tab bloat is one of the biggest productivity killers but it’s even less of a problem for me now than it was before.

In the new version you will also be able to drag and drop tabs between Sessions so you can easily view a page from a different account – without opening a new tab and typing in the URL. It’s a big time and energy-saver.

Material Design

The sidebar is getting a bit of a face-lift too. We’ve implemented colors, fonts and icons to match the Material Design standard that Chromium is moving to in the browser interface. The result is a more consistent UI between the browser and sidebar, so we hope it will be a more pleasant viewing experience for you.

Autologin Improvements

If you check the ‘Remember Me’ box, the login dialog will auto-close itself when you first fire up the browser.

One-Question Survey

For Drag and Drop there are two ways for us to implement it. One is to copy the tab to the new location and the other is to move it. ‘Copy’ means it will then be in both places. ‘Move’ means it goes to the new place but is gone from the original place. Based on feedback we’ve heard it seems like ‘Move’ should be the default and ‘Copy’ an option. Would you agree? How would you like to control that experience? A setting? A shortcut? Please let us know in the comments.

Ok, Two Questions

What else is on your wish list for the sidebar? Let us know in the comments. Feedback has been a critical part of our process so far, so of course, we’d love more!

9 Comments

  1. sean.atkisson@gmail.com on July 13, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I agree. I would prefer “move” over “copy”. My only suggestion for the sidebar is that you give us an option to increase the size of the slider bar. With my disability, it can be tricky to place the mouse pointer on the slider bar or in the space where the slider bar slides. Thank you very much. I use Ghost Browser constantly and exclusively! Thanks for the continued development. I plan on continuing my support 🙂

    • Larry Kokoszka on July 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Sean. Yikes. Sorry about that. We tried to get it just big enough. Are you referring to the slider to make the sidebar wider or the scrubber that Scrolls up and down?

  2. Keith Malone on July 13, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Option to copy maybe using ctrl+?

  3. Aroon Karuna on July 14, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Great to see these developments!

    1 vote for “move” as default rather than “copy”.

    My main wish for the sidebar is the option to rename “General Browsing” to something else. I can’t think of any compelling reason this shouldn’t be customizable if desired.

    • Larry Kokoszka on July 14, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Aroon,

      Good point. The inability to make changes to that Workspace is a legacy requirement. We don’t think it’s necessary anymore, so we’ll just do a little more research and hopefully allow the ability to rename it in the next release. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Cat Kokoszka on August 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Hey Aroon, just wanted to let you know that you can now change the name of the General Browsing Workspace to whatever you want! Please see this article for instructions on how to do that: https://support.ghostbrowser.com/article/322-the-general-browsing-task

  4. Bruce Codding on July 15, 2018 at 3:26 am

    I vote for Move as the default, too. CMD-C (CTRL-C in Windows) is the Copy keyboard shortcut in these operating systems. Hold down CMD-C, or CTRL-C, when you start to drag and drop to invoke a Copy; otherwise, the default Move will take place.

    • Gary Hires on July 15, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Move as the default. Holding CTRL while drag-n-drop is a Windows default for copying items and would come naturally and intuitive to the Windows OS interface. Also, a contextual menu option (right-click drag-and-drop) with the various options would further make it useful (just as it is when you right-click and drag-n-drop items within the Windows OS interface). Been too long since I was on OSX to make any suggestions for the Mac environment.

    • Cat Kokoszka on August 1, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Thanks for your feedback!

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