If there’s one thing that has changed about personal computing in recent years, it’s the way we navigate. There was a time when it was all about keyboard and mouse. Then along came the trackpad and touch. Then along came iPhone and iPad and finger gestures and Magic Trackpad and gestures on the Mac.
If you think gestures are the future, then you’ll appreciate the Think Different™ approach in Sleipnir. It’s a web browser that relies on gestures and a few behind-the-scenes features to give you a unique browsing experience.
Most browsing is done point and click. And point and click. And repeat, ad nauseam.
Use the Mac trackpad to control Sleipnir and switch tabs by swiping. Add extra gesture functions by holding down the right-click button.
Pinch into the trackpad and view a list of open tabs. Hold down a link on a browser page with your finger and the page opens in another tab.
Sleipnir doesn’t require much setup. It reads Safari’s bookmarks and tries to figure out which web pages you view most from the History.
To be fair to all the work that’s gone into Sleipner to make it different, that’s what sets it apart and makes it more difficult to use than Safari or Chrome.
Why? Initially, you have to think differently to navigate using Sleipner. It syncs bookmarks. It blocks ads. It has built-in tab groups (very handy). And there are plenty of other gesture operations which are intriguing but which add to the learning curve of what should be a simple act– browsing.
Add the Sleipnir Linker and you can keep your Mac browsing in sync with your iPhone or iPad (or some Android devices), and share to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr, and Google +. Or, save to Dropbox, Evernote and others. Or, read pages later in Instapaper, Readability, or Pocket.
These are all well and good, but come with a price. No, Sleipnir is free. But you’ll devote extra time and effort to handle the learning curve to incorporate all of what Sleipnir does into your daily routine.