How is iBar different to the omnibar in Chrome?
Here are some of the notable differences:
- You can activate iBar from any app (using the global shortcut), while to activate the omnibar you need to be in Chrome.
- iBar shows only history items, while the omnibar also shows search terms and it shows them first which sends history items to the bottom.
- iBar searches all history items, while the omnibar will only search a subset of history items.
- iBar sorts results based on recency, while the omnibar seems to use a more sophisticated algorithm that can feel a bit unpredictable.
- iBar doesn't require spaces between words which means less typing and earlier results.
- iBar shows you the age of each item (on the right) which is helpful when you know whether the item you're looking for is new (ex: from today) or older (ex: from 10+ days ago).
- iBar lets you ⌘ c (copy) items which can be helpful when you're composing text and you want to insert a URL.
How does iBar know which websites I visited?
You browser keeps a database of the URLs that you visit. iBar reads from that database. It doesn't create additional records. If you delete an item from your browser history it will also disappear from iBar.
How far back in time can iBar go?
Since iBar reads from the history data on your browser (and doesn't keep it's own data), this depends on how long your browser keeps history data. At the moment, Google Chrome, keeps history data for 90 days.
Does iBar work with Firefox or Safari?
At this point, iBar supports the Chromium-based browsers: Chrome, Brave, Opera and Vivaldi. Next on the roadmap are Firefox and Safari.
Is iBar available on Windows or Linux?
We want to nail the app for macOS first. Once we do this, we can apply our learnings to build the Windows and Linux versions.