Bookmarks resurrected in new RockMelt beta

01 Apr

Less than a month for RockMelt threw open its doors to anybody from the society interested in its Chromium-based browser beta, RockMelt is set to break ground on its backer beta today as it hopes to be steadfast attracting new users and developing features.

RockMelt beta 2 (download according to Windows | Mac) comes with four remarkable improvements: a new method for integrated bookmarking that force of ~ be strikingly familiar to Instapaper and Read It Later fans; a revamped Twitter interface; a unaccustomed chat notification bar and better maintain for multiple, simultaneous instant messages; and upgrading the browser’s essence to Chromium 10.

RockMelt's renovated View Later feature.

(Credit: RockMelt)

The modern bookmarking feature, called View Later, lives in your situation bar as an analog clock icon, nearest to the traditional bookmark star icon. Click it to lay up the URL to read later, and then click on the View Later icon in your App Edge (the sidebar adhering the right) to access your View Later please.

Now, that’s a nifty conformation to have baked into the browser, end it’s not unique. What’s chivalrous about View Later is that RockMelt has extended it to whole interactions with the browser. The View Later icon appears next to Facebook updates, tweets, and RSS items, moreover. All View Later items are synchronized onward with your other RockMelt data, in the same state you can easily mark something to be ~ later at work and then rebuff it at home.

RockMelt’s Twitter integration things being so includes Twitter search, makes “@” mentions in addition accessible and allows you to tick on them to see a tweeter’s replete stream, and makes Twitter lists again discoverable. In a phone conversation yesterday, RockMelt CEO Eric Vishra explained that the redesigned Twitter app in RockMelt coincidentally lined up with Twitter’s own push to rein in some third-party apps. “We’re honorable coincidentally moving in the same line of motion [as Twitter]. Users wanted these changes.”

Vishra likewise said that RockMelt users are usual Facebook instant-messagers, with most the vulgar using RockMelt for around six hours by day and running at least three chats at the sort time during some point of their promised time. To that end, RockMelt has improved its babble integration so that instant messages at once appear at the bottom of the browser window. The consider of this is similar to by what means instant messages appear in Facebook itself, reinforcing the friendly interface.

RockMelt now has its Facebook Edge put ~ the left, its App Edge without interrupti~ the right, and chats appearing at the sediments of the browser like a occupation-specific status bar. At a time which time browsers are heavily pushing a minimalist interface, it’s pleasing to see a company build at a loss the interface again.

RockMelt's modern instant message design.

(Credit: RockMelt)

Another promontory of comparison with the competition is user base. RockMelt got a haphazard of attention when it made its debut in November, yet the company has not sought a fleet expansion of its user base. Vishra refused to work out on how many users the browser had, simple reiterating the “hundreds of thousands” digit he stated at the beginning of March 2011. He reported that instead of attracting installs, he wants to model a dedicated base. “Anybody can construct edifices a vacuous bubble pretty easily. We’re looking to figure something that people really use,” he said.

Going forward, Vishra said that RockMelt aims to converging-point on more full-featured app integration. How this affects Chromium’s skill to run smoothly has yet to have ~ing seen. In CNET’s recent benchmark analytics of Chrome 10, it fared poorly in memory usage when compared for Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9.

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