Arc – My new browser of choice
As someone who spends the majority of their workday in a browser, I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative tricks that can make my life easier opening up more time for more innovative thinking (like money; it takes time to make time). Most of the time its a small app or feature. In this case it’s the entire browser itself. Recently, I’ve been testing out a new browser called Arc from The Browser Company.
One of the standout features of Arc is its use of profiles and workspaces. This allows me multiple focused views, as well as being simultaneously logged into multiple accounts on the same service through different profiles. This means I can be logged in as an admin to my blog on one workspace attached to one profile, while testing as a user on a different workspace attached to another profile that isn’t logged in. I can do all of this while avoiding the downfalls of incognito mode retention rules. I find this to be a huge advantage over Chrome, which doesn’t offer this level of customization.
Additionally, the browser is built on Chromium, so your Chrome extensions all work flawlessly. This means I have been able to continue using all of my favorite extensions without any issues.
I’ve found that Arc combined with the use of Spaces via the built-in Mission Control on my Mac desktop has dramatically changed the way I work by increasing my focus on tasks in a less distracting environment. I’m able to organize my spaces with Arc instances of differing workspace and profile views in a way that is incredibly efficient, and I find myself getting more done in less time.
Another great feature of Arc is that it allows for easy customization of the browser’s appearance. Similar to Chrome’s themes, but exceptionally more powerful, you can change the theme of the browser in a per-workspace manner to match your style and preferences. This does wonders in making it easier to know which Space or workspace you are in at a glance, while feeling more personalized and familiar.
In addition to the above, Arc has a clean and modern user interface that just feels right. Its a mindset shift in how you think about a browser, which of course comes with a learning curve. For me it has taken about 3 weeks of daily use in tandem with Chrome to migrate all my open tabs and become comfortable with Arc as my new browser of choice.
While Arc is only available on MacOs currently, I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new and innovative browser. It’s changing how I work, and I think it could do the same for you. If you’re interested in trying it out, here’s the invite link valid for the first 5 people to grab it: https://arc.net/gift/21e0210f
Overall, I’m loving this new way of working and am excited about the potential of Arc as a long-term contender in the tightly dominated browser market space.