You know the web-browsing drill.
First, you open a new window to access your email. Then, you open a new tab in the same window to begin an internet search. Before you know it, you’ve launched numerous windows with countless tabs that each represent some topic or task that, in your well-meaning hope for masterful productivity, you swear to get to before the end of the day. If only each hour that passed didn’t also bring with another set of windows and tabs with no end in sight.
For many of us, web-browsing is a rabbit hole of disorganization lending itself to an “I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it” promise unfulfilled.
Dubbed “a web browser for the power user,” Alloy might just be the game changer many of us have been looking for.
Fast Company reports that Alloy is still in its alpha phase, but its developer Simon Caminada created the system as a result of his effort “to rethink how a desktop web browser should work.”
Caminada is a 19-year-old web developer who is a mediamatician-in-training. What is a mediamatician-in-training, you ask?
Swisscom, a leading company in the field, explains it as follows:
“After completing the four-year apprenticeship to become a Swiss-certified mediamatician, you will carry out a broad spectrum of tasks. You will learn how to look after networks and computers, create and maintain Internet content, design multimedia presentations or oversee the smooth installation of new technologies.”
Caminada came up with the idea for Alloy after being routinely frustrated with the “unwieldy windows” in Chrome.
Alloy works as a task master, dividing groups of tabs into a task list and then letting you give the tasks names so you can easily switch between them.
For now, Alloy is only available on Mac OS X. Fast Company also says that the current version is “bare bones to a fault.” “You can’t print, zoom, browse privately, save bookmarks, view page history, or even change your search engine to something other than Google,” writes Fast Company’s Jared Newman.
It seems that what Allow and its creator are after is an unremitting focus. So, perhaps the dedicated browser is bare bones for a reason.
In the meantime, if you’re a Chrome user and a creature of habit when it comes to your web browser, but you still crave a more manageable way to organize your web-browser experience, try Chrome extensions like Web Task Switcher and Contextinator.