Arc Redefines Web Browsing – Gadget
You know what a web browser looks like: tabs at the top, address bar and buttons below, and the web page itself. This layout has been tested and approved in the web space, and all major browsers follow the formula. However, this format is becoming cumbersome as more applications move to the web and the number of tabs increases.
Introducing Arc Browser, a new way to experience the web with a new layout that keeps users focused on the web. We had the chance to use the browser by signing up for its invite-only program.
The Browser Company, developers of Arc Browser, says, “We blame ourselves for the browser’s flaws. When our browser has an overwhelming number of tabs, we call ourselves inefficient; when we get distracted online, we tell ourselves we need more discipline; when you can’t find a URL, you think you’re disorganized. Why does the navigator get a free pass? »
Arc moves tabs to the left side in a drop-down list: allowing for a virtually unlimited number of tabs and still being able to see each tab’s titles. Having more screen real estate on the side allows for more functions, like creating groups of tabs to switch between, and the ability to completely hide that sidebar to have a clean, web-only view, which it invokes Focus mode. The sidebar responds well to multi-touch gestures, which makes it feel very natural: swipe up and down to see tabs, swipe left and right to switch between tab groups. other.
With this increased screen real estate, users can place tabs side-by-side in a split mode window. This is very useful for comparing two websites and taking notes from a web page in a document.
One useful feature we found with split mode is the easel: a way to cut out parts of the web in a document. These are basically screenshots that link to the screenshot page, making it easy to navigate back to the referenced page. This feature is like an album for the web. We used it to create a vacation itinerary, with several booking options, a list of pros and cons, and several annotations (with its marker tool). If scrapbooking isn’t your thing, there’s also a simple note-taking feature built in.
A big plus of the browser is its seamless integration between the web and the computer. With control + tab, one can switch between tabs as if they were windows in a desktop environment. This allows users to explore their tabs without using a cursor. The library feature shows a file explorer with previews, instead of just downloading file names and types.
For those with tab overload, AutoArchive allows users to pin their most useful tabs to the top, while temporary tabs are deleted overnight. The interval can be changed to be longer or shorter, or completely disabled. Users can also clear temporary tabs with one click at the end of a browsing session.
The Browser Company team includes ex-Instagram engineers, ex-Tesla and Medium design executives, several Google Chrome alumni, a founding engineer at Amazon S3, and Snap, Slack and Pinterest alumni.
To join the Arc Browser waiting list, visit thebrowser.company