How is Historie different to the omnibar in Chrome?
Here are some of the notable differences:
- You can activate Historie from any app (using the global shortcut), while to activate the omnibar you need to be in Chrome.
- Historie shows only history items, while the omnibar also shows search terms and it shows them first which sends history items to the bottom.
- Historie searches all history items, while the omnibar will only search a subset of history items.
- Historie sorts results based on recency, while the omnibar seems to use a more sophisticated algorithm that can feel a bit unpredictable.
- Historie doesn't require spaces between words which means less typing and earlier results.
- Historie 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).
- Historie lets you ⌘ c (copy) items which can be helpful when you're composing text and you want to insert a URL.
How does Historie know which websites I visited? You browser keeps a database of the URLs that you visit. Historie reads from that database. It doesn't create additional records. If you delete an item from your browser history it will also disappear from Historie.
How long do browsers keep history data? It depends on the browser. As of writing this, Google Chrome keeps history data for 90 days.
Why is the Historie download file so big? It's a simple app, shouldn't it be just a couple of megabytes? It should be. It's bigger because we use Electron to make the app work cross-platform.
Do Historie licenses expire? No. Licenses are perpetual. Your license should work now, in a year and in 10 years. It should also work with new versions of the app.
Does Historie support Firefox or Safari? At this point, Historie supports the Chromium-based browsers: Chrome, Brave, Opera and Vivaldi. Next on the roadmap are Firefox and Safari.
Is Historie 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.
Why is ⌃ ⌘ l the default shortcut? It's
L because browsers use ⌘ l for "focus address bar" and it's ⌃ ⌘ because macOS uses ⌃ ⌘ for global commands like: "Lock Screen" (⌃ ⌘ q) and "Look Up in Dictionary" ⌃ ⌘ d