How I found peace with my desktop using Wavebox.
Aravind is a busy guy. A recent graduate from Arizona State University, he currently works as a software developer, whilst also building his own startup, Blank Labs, and volunteering for another startup, Impakter. He's also a writer, and with so much to organize online, Aravind was desperate to find an all-in-one app that could centralize everything.
Little did he know that all he needed to do was to use a different browser for work.
Aravind recently wrote about discovering Wavebox on his blog, and he's kindly allowed us to feature the post here:
I was restless! I was relentlessly restless until I found Wavebox yesterday.
On average, I spend over 70% of my day in front of a desktop computer. An internet browser and an enormous number of web applications are always open on my computer. Using the minimal window management systems provided by Windows and macOS and not-so-organizable chromium-based browsers, I always found myself looking for some new tool that relieves me of the pain of using a Desktop. (I have a Mac mini and a Surface Pro).
It’s been a year since I started looking for a solution, and I didn’t find any application that solved the problem. Many tiny tools on macOS relieved me from the pain of organizing the desktop, but none of them addressed the elephant in the room. I use a combination of Workspaces, Slidepad, Magnet, and Coherence on my mac.
In my pursuit, I tried Shift, Rambox, Basaas, Franz, Station, Workona and numerous other apps/extensions. Shift is the application that got closest to what I had in my mind. But, working with Shift was a pain as it is built on Electron which hijacks your computer’s resources leaving you with a very low performance. There are other drawbacks to Shift, including limited extensions, cluttered browser tabs, a space-consuming sidebar, and slower performance.
Sidebar, really? Yes, this is crucial because all web apps already come with sidebars and this makes workspace browsers a little messy.
After rigorous searching (I don’t know why Wavebox didn’t show up anywhere at the time), I decided to build a workspace browser application myself. But, I didn't want to use Electron to achieve this task. So very recently, I took the courage to start a project using Chromium despite reading online suggestions not to venture into time-consuming browser development. But, the problem was real.
But yesterday, while I was showing some appreciation to the development teams of all the products I love, I bumped into Wavebox on Product Hunt whilst I was reading comments on Slidepad.
That was it. Chromium + app groups + web apps + session management + pins + ultra-slim sidebar :) + all chrome extensions + sleep mode 💤 + workspaces and workflows + the list goes on… This is more than perfect and I couldn’t imagine myself building such a powerful beast (at least, not in a year).
I'm now an avid user of Wavebox, which has helped me to organize all my projects and work faster between all my web apps, websites, pins and bookmarks. I would recommend anyone to try Wavebox if they are struggling to stay in control of their online world.
P.S: Other web applications which I fell in love with at the first sight include Notion, Miro, ClickUp, Figma, Discord - all of which work brilliantly in my Wavebox.
Photo by @ffstop on Unsplash.