- Trying Other Browsers
- New Browsers on the Block: SigmaOS and Arc Browser
- Trying Arc Browser
- I started using it last night for about 30 to 40 minutes, and I was really getting the hang of it.
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Trying Other Browsers
Safari occasionally has issues with some important websites that I go to, and Firefox doesn't always work either. I've also tried some alternative browsers like Brave Browser, which is an okay alternative. It's probably the one that's easiest to use if you're used to Chrome, but I'd rather just use Chrome because Brave still sells your data, so you're not really winning there. (It's just who you're selling your data to)
I've also looked into Orion, which is a pretty solid Safari clone, and it has a lot more features that Safari doesn't have, such as the ability to load pages like it's Chrome on my wife's computer. This is great, but then the problem I run into is that my password manager doesn't work correctly in this compatibility mode, so I have found myself repeatedly going back to Chrome.
New Browsers on the Block: SigmaOS and Arc Browser
For the past couple of years, I have tried to move away from Chrome and use the full Mac ecosystem. I've tried to make Safari my daily driver, but I just can't seem to do it. The same thing goes for Firefox. There's something about the experience on Chrome that makes it the fastest and snappiest browser. It handles multiple tabs really well and websites load correctly.
There were two new browsers that I found this year that made me consider switching. The first one is Arc Browser, and the second one is SigmaOS.
I tried to use SigmaOS for a day, but I just couldn't get the hang of it. There are some compatibility issues with it as it has its own engine as opposed to using Chromium as its engine. You can run pages in compatibility mode for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, but I just wasn't feeling the workspace feel to it.
Trying Arc Browser
However, I just got access to Arc Browser, and I have never been so excited to go to work and start using this as my daily driver. Some of the programs that I use every single day at work are pro or browser-based. I work in IT, and a lot of our tools are cloud/web page-based, so I spend a lot of time in the browser. The whole premise of the company is to change how we can use the internet.
I personally have been really bad about tab management. I often have 50 to 60 tabs open without thinking about it, and I've had to write myself shortcuts to actually close all my windows because it just gets too much at the end of the day. I have a real problem where I just keep opening tabs, and self-closing on the items that I go "oh, I'll come back to this later." Arc Browser's whole concept is making it less about having a bunch of tabs and helps you manage those tabs correctly.
I started using it last night for about 30 to 40 minutes, and I was really getting the hang of it.
There's a search bar function that you can control with CMD+T, and you can type in whatever command you want to do, and it will do that thing in the browser for you. If you want to split your windows, you can do that. If you want to go to Notion, you can do that. It's built right into the browser, and it's geared towards spending a lot of time in that browser.
- It's also really good about making sure that you're not overdoing your tabs and that you're keeping the ones that you want to keep open all the time in one spot instead of having multiple outlook windows all over the place. There's a feature where you can pin Outlook to your favorites for your workspace, and it won't reopen in another tab. It just keeps it in there, and you don't even have to click into it. You can hover over it, and it will pull in what new emails you have, which is really, really cool. The same thing goes for personal stuff.
- If I need to catch up on my personal email or find something at home and handle or something online, I can quickly do that and then go right back to working at work.
This is the first browsing program that I have been excited for. If you're interested in it as well, shoot me a message, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send you an invite code to Arc Browser.
I'm really excited to start using this as my daily driver and see if it is something I can actually switch to away from Chrome.
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