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Innovative browser history viewer released

updated 11:35 am EST, Wed March 31, 2004

Trailblazer history viewer

) is also available for viewing.

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  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Looks very, very cool. A few things:

    1) Does this integrate with Safari? It's not clear.
    2) I go to a LOT of web pages in a day. It would be cool if you could filter the view by a certain day or by browser window (i.e. I typically use tabs to organize my browsing into "topics", it would be cool if you could filter by "topic" you set up.)
    3) History integration with bookmarks would be cool. Drag a history square into your bookmarks to make a link, or tag a bunch of history squares and create bookmarks out of all of them.

    Not bad though for a "1.0-ish" product!

  1. ennerseed

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One of the cool thing I see here is the fact that these students are learning OS X application development, nice.

  1. TylerDurden

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Trailblazer's not bad

    for a student project. Not really functional though. The history thumbnail view is neato. But history is only one small part of a robust browser. If you have a cool history view, but everything else about the browser is clumsy, then your stuck with something that is too frustrating to use after the initial "Gee-Whiz". It wouldn't even autocomlete ".com". I typed "apple" into the address field, and it couldn't find the site. I typed "" in the field and the site popped up.

    If it worked alongside Safari, it would be pretty cool. Use Safari to Browse, Trailblazer for history.

    something that would be cool would be live zooming in and out of the thumbnail window, or something like that... I imagine the novelty of the thumbnails would wear off when scrolling back and forth, and up and down through the thumbnail view after you have a hundred or more giant thumbnails.

    So, it's cool and clever for a student project, but not a real world app... yet?

  1. Kesey

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I tried it and it's interesting. I agree, great for a student project and great to see some OS X programming going on. Honestly though, I have never had much trouble using the history menu so I don't really get the point.

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