Could Arc Browser Be The New Google Chrome?
You might have heard of
Arc has a unique sidebar instead of your usual row of tabs along the top, it has a feature called Spaces that kind of act like ‘rooms’ within your home. Spaces can be customised, managed, and be whatever you want!
A little confused?
Let’s dive into this a little more….
💡 So, What is Arc Browser?
Arc Browser is essentially an internet browser with a little bit more juice.
It has similar capabilities to Google Chrome and runs on the same chromium engine.
With Chrome you can search for things, and save pages and all that jazz, however, Arc wants to be more like an operating system, where you can use different tools to fulfil a range of needs, rather than just a browser to search URLs and install plugins.
With Arc, you can organise to your heart's content.
This browser doesn't have the traditional row of open tabs along the top.
Arc uses a sidebar instead. Within this sidebar, you can organise everything you could possibly think of using different ‘tabs’.
It’s colourful, it’s different, and it takes a lot of getting used to.
💻 How is Arc Browser Different to Chrome
Although Arc runs on the same engine as Chrome and you can still use some of Chrome's capabilities, this browser is completely different.
- First of all, it looks totally different, in fact, it looks like no other…
- Arc uses a sidebar, not a row of tabs along the top of the screen.
- Arc does not track the websites you use.
- It will not sell your data to third parties.
- Finally, it cannot see what you're searching for.
You really have to try it to see. Or take a look at this article by The Verge for more comparison.
✨ Best Features of Arc Browser
Arc has some unique features, different to your regular internet browser…
- Spaces - Spaces are like windows within the sidebar, here you can store tabs and folders. You can also switch between modes and use spaces for personal use or with your team.
- Left Sidebar - The sidebar is the biggest difference, here you can organise and store your notes, tabs, history, ideas and more.
- Within the left sidebar, you have the following: Spaces - A dedicated space for a category of tabs, folders and more. Todays - Everything you have looked at today in one place. Pinned - Pinned websites or applications will always stay open. Favourites - All saved tabs in one place. Easels - A place to create visual notes and express ideas. Notes - Type away in rich or plain text format.
- Command bar - The command bar allows you to open up a search wherever you are to locate whatever you're looking for.
- Keyboard Shortcuts - There are tons of keyboard shortcuts you can learn to make your time using Arc quicker and smoother.
- Boosts - These are like extensions you can create yourself, from scratch. You may want to use a boost to enhance a webpage you are looking at.
🌿 Who is Arc Browser Suited For?
Arc seems to have a lot of elements that will definitely take a lot of getting used to.
If you are someone who likes to keep it simple, maybe stick with Google Chrome.
However, if you're an avid planner and organiser, have a go with Arc Browser and see what you think.
Thinking about giving Arc Browser a try? ⬇️