Workona's extension turns your browser windows into "smart windows" (workspaces) that remember the tabs you open in them. This allows you to shut a project and pick up right where you left off later.
Your workspaces will help you split up your 477 open tabs into the 70 projects, topics and ideas you talked about. Workona also lets you "switch to these groups in your workflow" seamlessly so you can focus on one thing at a time. Soon workspaces will be sharable and even have URLs that can be used to access them, which will open the set of tabs in their own window. To ensure workspaces open quickly, we prevent the tabs from loading the content until you click on them.
We haven't officially launched yet, but we recently opened up the beta if you want to try it out (only Chrome for now, but support for Firefox coming soon). We'd love to hear your thoughts:
I get that the first use may not be the case you're optimizing for, but it was a bit frustrating.
The intended initial set up flow is:
- Create a workspace (+ button next to the word “Workspaces”)
- Switch to the window with all your unsorted tabs
- Drag and drop the tabs into your workspaces (multi-select coming soon)
Things get much easier once you’re set up. Workspaces are essentially smart browser windows, so you can just open a new (unsaved) window and browse like you normally do. If at any point you decide you want to save the window as a workspace, you simply click on our icon and give it a name.
I've only tried it out for a few minutes, but it already functions really well.
One of the more important issues is the privacy - as I was installing the extension into chrome it asked me for permission to know my e-mail address. While as a user I might get easily deanonymized through my browsing patterns, but associating my browsing data directly with my e-mail is something I'd like to avoid.
Especially in light of current facebook discussions it would be very important to get privacy right.
There's something about saved/unsaved/open/closed workspaces that doesn't feel right. Maybe because I came to expect that everything gets saved. I'll think about it more.
Uninstalling and reinstalling the extension doesn't recreate the 'saved' workspaces, which adds a feeling of fragility.
Otherwise it looks great and search is a nice touch. Looking forward to shareable works spaces!
Glad to hear that you like the search feature! Clicking on a workspace in the search results is very similar to what will happen when someone opens the workspace URL from a calendar invite, etc.
Your point about workspace naming is one we have considered carefully. We think it’s important to have a name to use as a handle to reference later or your workspaces quickly turn into your tab graveyard. The last thing we want is for people to say “I have no idea what any of this is.”
If you don’t want to give it a name, that’s fine, just don’t close the window. When you’re ready to close it, take a moment to give it a name you can remember it by, then shut it.
I've run into a bug of duplicate workona tab, do you have an email address to send a screenshot to?
I've turned my Safari "remove history items" preference to a short interval, specifically to minimize the cognitive overload that URL completion will have.
(I was disappointed to learn that Firefox removed the history expiry setting entirely. All of the forum questions asking for it are met with answers like "We use an efficient database now, so you don't need to set an expiration time!" Cool, but the implementation architecture had nothing to do with why that was a useful feature.)
I also use private browsing a lot. Need to check a quick fact on Wikipedia, that isn't directly related to my main work? Private browsing window. Some people are obsessive about keeping their Git history clean. I'm obsessive about keeping my browser history clean. In a sense, my browser history is the workspace imagined here, only with a less efficient UI.
Instead of a separate concept of "private browsing", though, I would love it if I could option-click a close button (on a window or tab) and have it erase all history/cookies that were generated by it. That would make history curation much easier.
I have tried saving all of my bookmarks also, but then I usually have to remove my pinned tabs that are part of my overall workflow and not part of the mental session.
Don't remember if they were shared, and there's no way to test now that the cloud for version 12 and earlier has gone offline.
(Moral of the story: don't rely on clouds for things you want to have in five years)
There's one mismatch though - closing a window clears a space. To save it for later, I switch to an empty workspace first.