Session Buddy

Review:

Opening many tabs on a browser is fun. It not only makes you look busy but also ensures that what you want is exactly there ready and waiting when you need it. Despite this convenience, too many tabs, especially on Chrome, will have a significant impact on your RAM. If you constantly have to close some tabs just to keep your computer running, you might find Session Buddy being more of a necessity. If you just want to bring order to your tabs but don’t really care about how much RAM this simple add-on will help you save, it wo...

Session Buddy: Bringing Some Order to the Many Tabs You Keep Open

Opening many tabs on a browser is fun. It not only makes you look busy but also ensures that what you want is exactly there ready and waiting when you need it. Despite this convenience, too many tabs, especially on Chrome, will have a significant impact on your RAM. If you constantly have to close some tabs just to keep your computer running, you might find Session Buddy being more of a necessity.

If you just want to bring order to your tabs but don’t really care about how much RAM this simple add-on will help you save, it would still be a great idea to have it installed.

Design and Functionality

Session Buddy is a simple app that only comes to work when you launch its rather simple and easy-to-use manager page. This makes it very practical and not resource hungry.

To install the add-on, head over to the Chrome Web Store and search for Session Buddy. Once installed, you will get a new icon on your installed add-ons bar.  Clicking on this takes you to a rather cluttered page that lists your current tabs and current sessions.

At a glance, this might sound like too much to take care of. You will have to dedicate some minutes into bringing about some order before you can really start enjoying the powers of Session Buddy.

This add-on wants you to group different tabs into topic sensitive sections and save your entire history into a named session. If the tabs you had opened at that time are really important to you, you can open all of them at once in the future by clicking on the session you just saved.

Usability

Session Buddy Chrome plugin looks quite impressive at a glance. I find the ability to remember a previous series of tabs I had open and the power to back this up or even export it to another computer quite useful. I no longer have to struggle to repeat some research I have already done since I can use Session Buddy to save and retrieve it in future.

Since each saved session must be as relevant as possible, you will always find the delete a tab option very useful when saving your sessions. It is hard to keep tab discipline. I occasionally find irrelevant YouTube or social media tabs open. With Session Buddy, you can trim down the list and only remain with the tabs you deem necessary for the session you are trying to save.

Couple this granular control with the simple, foolproof user interface and you get a convenient tool that will make you a lot more productive.

With Session Buddy, I no longer have to keep my computer running for weeks just because I don’t want to lose open tabs. I can always save them and just shut down my computer like a normal person.

Cross-Platform Use

Session Buddy works on virtually any system that can install a Google Chrome browser. It won’t work on mobile platforms since Chrome for mobile doesn’t support add-ons. There’s no way to automatically sync stored sessions, but you can back them up, export them and use a portable drive, or even email, to port sessions to another machine.

Pros:

  • Simple and easy-to-use interface with no need for a tutorial
  • Minimal configurations needed to get started. It is simply plug-and-use
  • Convenient way to trim your tabs before saving a session
  • Definitely gives you a way to pick up from where you stopped in multiple instances
  • Neat keyboard shortcuts to get the work done without opening the manager tab

Cons:

  • No shortcut to show recent list of sessions without opening the manager page
  • Opening a session launches it in a new window without closing former windows or tabs. Once again, it is up to you to close old Chrome windows and avoid memory overuse.

Design 4.50

Functionality 5.00

Usability 4.50

Cross-Platform Use 4.00

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