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