Saturday, October 06, 2012

3 Awesome Productivity Boosting Features from Stainless Browser for Mac

[Mips #5]

If you're not in the mood to read, just download this awesome multi-processing browser for OS X called Stainless and test it out!

As I was looking into Google Analytics to study page speed for on different browsers, I saw a significant improvement in Internet Explorer's performance since IE9, the average page loading time for Internet Explorer was significantly faster than Chrome, Firefox and Safari. What a pleasant surprise.

My colleagues and friends that are on Windows, learn more about IE9 here:

Well, I'm not going to change my operating system like the guy above and he could just install a virtual machine if he wants, so I started looking for alternative browsers for Mac other than the usual Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera.

Found 2 browsers that got some good reviews.
1. Stainless - An indie version of Chrome
2. Camino - An indie version of Firefox

YES, I'm now using Stainless and I'm loving it. It just has features that answers the browser woes of modern day internet users that multitask a lot with different logins. Its not new, its just that I've never heard of it before.

I'll summarise it to 3 main awesome points of Stainless that will boost your productivity!

1. Each Tab runs independently in a separate process

Remember your whole browser gets slowed down or crash because of 1 page is crappy? This won't happen with Stainless, because each tab runs separately!

2. Parallel sessions, which allow you to log into a website using different accounts in separate tabs at the same time.

I used to use Chrome and Firefox to separate work and personal accounts. When I needed to login another account, I use Chrome's incognito mode but no matter how many different windows or tab you have, its still the same session.

3. Much awaited Session-Aware Bookmarks on a slim and sexy side bar

What's more awesome is that on top of the parallel sessions, bookmarks in Stainless "brings along" their respective web cookies which may override cookies in other sessions.

See my bookmarks of my work & personal mail, different twitter and accounts for different countries that I use for work. I no longer have to login one by one over and over again.
What this means is, if you open a new Single Session tab, log into Gmail with "Stay signed in" checked, then save a bookmark from your Single Session, your login to Gmail will be saved along with the book mark.

So the combo of Session-Aware bookmarks and Single Session tabs allows you to save multiple bookmarks to web sites and services where you may have more than one account.

I just installed it however be mindful that Stainless is still in development and doesn't yet have all the features you'd find in a production-ready browser. You can still use it though, just download it here.