7 Web: Your favorite websites one swipe away
7 Web by Spaceage Labs is a must-have app that allows you to view your most loved webpages within one application, letting you easily navigate between the sites you visit the most seamlessly with a single swipe.
If you’re anything like me you will have a mental list of websites you visit regularly throughout the day, either they be your favourite news sites, social networks or a mixture of everything that all help feed your hunger for digital content.
Generally speaking the way you access these sites are by launching Safari on your iPhone or iPad, typing in the URL, fining the page, and then repeating the process again and again until you’ve filled your thirst, however, Spaceage Labs is working to reinvent the way you browse the mobile internet with 7 Web.
The free to download 7 Web application allows you to build a list of your frequently visited sites and access them with just a swipe. Upon downloading the app you will be prompted to add up-to seven sites (more can be added by an in-app purchase) through the form of a simplistic designed card view that allows you to enter the URL and name of the pages you would like to keep saved, or select one of 7 Web’s suggested links.
When viewing one of your saved webpages you will see a carousel at the bottom of the app that displays the name of each saved site which is accessible by just a simple swipe to either the left or right… It’s as easy as that.
Nowadays privacy is becoming a growing concern for developers and users alike, so it’s nice to know 7 Web offers complete privacy of all saved data which is kept secured by iCloud. – Not even developer Spaceage Labs can see what sites their users are saving.
With a focus to continue to better the service, 7 Web shared plans with The Apple Post to match the user experience to that of Safari by introducing a “Reader View” and a dedicated Search Tab to perform quick internet searches in the future.
7 Web is the brainchild of Singapore based developer Nitin Muthyala who created the application as a way to avoid the cumbersome task of accessing is most frequently visited websites. Not wanting to settle for RSS feeds, Nitin started work on a solution that put all his frequently visited sites within swiping distance, without compromising on each sites individual look and feel.
I’m not a big fan of RSS feeds, they break the UX of the actual website, said Nitin. – I tried Flipboard and subscribed to all my favorites sites, but I wasn’t satisfied with that as well. I ended up going back to mobile browsers and opening all my favorite sites one by one. – So finally I decided to solve this problem and create 7 Web.
Nitin has taken full advantage of the powerful iOS UIWebKit framework that uses iCloud integration to seamlessly sync between all your devices. Users can save a site on 7 Web using their iPhone, and instantly pick-up their iPad and carry on where they left off.
Since the initial launch of 7 Web Spaceage Labs has seen an “overwhelming” response. – Over the upcoming year Nitin hopes to expand 7 Web with plans in the pipeline to release an Android version of the app, but only when the experience meets that of iOS.
After I published the app, I posted it on Reddit hoping it would help a few facing the same problem. I was amazed to see the positive response. The post received hundreds of upvotes and positive comments and hit the front page of multiple subreddits. – I acted quickly on the suggestions and bug reports which helped me gain a good retention rate.