What do I want out of a browser? Part IV


    magnifIn case you didn’t know, I have been doing a series of articles about what I want out of a web browser. Part I was an overview of the must-have features. Part II was a breakdown of rearranging tabs and having a small visual footprint. Part III involved having a customizable search bar and adhering to the latest web standards in web browsers. Today, I want to go over why my dream browser needs to have basic add-on capability and bookmark, history, and cookie syncing.

    Basic Add-on Capability

    The number one reason, in my experience, why people refuse to switch away from Firefox is the add-ons. However, add-ons might also be the downfall of Firefox as well. I hear constant chatter about memory leaks caused by rogue extensions. I don’t necessarily think that the Firefox model of add-ons is perfect, but I certainly would appriciate having a way to tweak Safari that was less hack-y than SIMBL. Some features like keyword search and flash video capture are important to me, and they can easily be handled by third-party add-ons.

    Bookmark, History, and Cookie Syncing

    I use two Macs every single day. Regardless of which computer I am using at the time, I want my browsing experience to be seamless. I don’t want to spend five minutes hunting for a bookmark that I saved on my other computer. I don’t want to waste time logging in to the same websites every time I switch computers. If my browsers synced all of the important data with each other, my life would be immensely easier.

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