As a fully-fledged browser built on Chromium Wavebox users can add any extension from the Chrome Web Store in Wavebox. Extensions offer some wonderful extra tooling to help make life easier such as Lastpass, Grammarly, and uBlock Origin - just search for them on the Chrome Web Store and hit the blue 'Add to Wavebox' button to install them.
But, did you know that Wavebox has a growing number of exclusive extensions that are baked into our browser, rather than provided as an add-on?
The majority of these 'extensions' started life as feature requests from our users who craved productivity boosts like better memory optimization, easier tab management, and unified search across all their web tools. Having our own built-in extensions means we can quickly fulfill these requests and offer the following extra benefits:
- Everything is fully maintained, secure and up-to-date.
- Uses functionality that is not technically possible as a Chrome extension.
- Uses far less memory than running several individual extensions.
- Included in the annual Wavebox subscription - so no extra fees, accounts, or logins to worry about.
- Guaranteed compatibility with all other Wavebox extensions and features.
- Supported by a first-class and friendly customer service team.
Below you'll find a list of some extension-like features that come as standard with Wavebox Pro - allowing you to replace the technical burden and expense of running/updating 21 different Chrome extensions.
21 Wavebox Built-In Extensions.
1. Tab Organizing & Management.
Wavebox has so many options when it comes to organizing your web stuff into tidy workflows, and so there's something for everyone. Here are just some of the different ways you can work more efficiently across all your web stuff:
- Vertical web dock (sidebar) for individual apps, and app groups
- Accordion dividers in the web dock to arrange apps/groups
- Horizontal toolbar to display apps in a group
- App menus displaying thumbnail previews, recently visited pages, and pins
- Horizontal tabstrip for focused browsing
- Custom names & icons for all groups and apps
- Workspaces with widgets to unify and share (optional) all your web resources.
2. Tab Sleeping
Every app and tab will sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity by default. So even if you have 100 tabs open neither your browser or computer will continue to run smoothly. You can customize sleep settings for each app, and tabs inherit the sleep settings of the parent app/group.
3. Webmail Picker
Click on an email address, either on your computer* or in Wavebox, and a pop-up lets you choose which webmail account to send it from. A compose box for your chosen account will open automatically, ready for you to do your stuff. (*Wavebox must be set as your OS default browser)
4. Smart Notes
A simple-note taking app that's linked to the pages you use on the web, such as a message in Slack, a Google doc, a Trello board, or anything else that has a URL. Highlight any text on the page and hit the Smart Note extension icon to create a note using that text. The Smart Note icon also displays a badge when you're visiting a page that has a note.
5. Quick Switch & Tab Search
This feature provides a powerful content search for everything you have in Wavebox. You can keyword search across all your web apps, websites, pins, recents, bookmarks, Smart Notes, sticky notes, and everything else in Wavebox. There is also a unified search for all your Gmail and GDrive accounts.
6. Tab Sessions
If you have multiple tabs open in any Wavebox window, you can save them as a session to use again later in just one click. Simply click on the container icon (shown as an apple in the screenshot above) and select 'Send all tabs to Workspace' and then choose an option. The session will be saved as a Collection widget in the workspace of your choice, and from there can be added to the web dock (sidebar) as a new group.
7. Private & Shared Workspaces
Workspaces offer a unique way to bring disparate web links together under a common theme. See them as a 'desktop' for each project, department, where you can add relevant links, notes, and messages using widgets from the library. Here are some examples of where you can use them:
- Group Quick Links: Create a Workspace for a sidebar group to pull out frequently used apps, websites, and documents. Pin the workspace to the group so it's easily accessible in the sidebar.
- Projects: Create a Workspace for a particular project or department, such as a marketing campaign or sales & marketing team. 'Pin' apps and pages relating to that project in the workspace so that everyone can find it easily, such as a Trello board, or Google Drive folder.
- Save Tab Sessions: Save all tabs in any secondary Wavebox window as a workspace Collection so that you can quickly open them again later.
- Clients: Create a workspace for each client, with links to their apps and websites. plus task lists and handy sticky notes.
- Onboarding: Use Workspaces to onboard new users with all the apps, links, tasks, and tips they need to get up and running quickly with Wavebox.
- Teams: Create a Workspace for your team, with Collections for projects, team task lists, plus the Team Feed widget to keep everyone up-to-date.
8. Custom Start Page (new tab)
Oh, what fun we've had creating start pages that are actually useful. Simply create a workspace and tick the box to use it as your start page, which will be shown every time you create a new tab or open a new window in Wavebox. You can use widgets to make it super-useful, perhaps with the search widget, plus links to your most frequently visited pages e.g. chrome web store or Reddit. You can also opt for different workspaces to be shown in your cookie containers, so if you have a container for Client A, you can select the workspace for Client A to be your new tab page.
9. Sticky Notes
Colorful handy notes for your desktop - in blue, red, yellow, green, purple, and gray. Create a new sticky widget for each note and place it on your workspace and/or pop out to your desktop. If you arrange popped-out stickies on your desktop and click on the 'pin' icon, they will remember their position between restarts and always show 'on top' of other apps on your computer.
10. Desktop Notifications & Unread Badges
Wavebox has the unique in-built ability to display unread badges for all your apps and websites when there's a new item. These display as red circles on your app icons, with either a number or dot. These badges can be hidden in Settings, or muted using Focus Mode.
11. Task Lists
Create a quick, no-nonsense task list for yourself, or for the whole team. Add as many task widgets as you like to any workspace, and/or pop-out to your desktop so it's always visible when you're plowing through work! You can reorder list items by dragging them too, and move them between widgets.
12. Instant DM, Calls, and Screen Sharing
If you've set up a team, the Connect widget provides an easy way to pop out the Connect panel to your desktop, so you can DM, call or screen-share when working in other apps on your desktop. The Connect Activity widget provides a real-time feed of your team's activity, with prompts for new members joining, new apps and links added, and new widgets.
13. Tab Audio/Sound Mute
Apps and tabs display an alert when playing audio, so you can find and mute them easily. There are a couple of ways to mute audio. For a quick fix, just right-click on the tab app/tab you want to mute and click on 'mute sound', then click again to 'unmute'. For a longer mute period, you can click on the Focus Mode icon (red no-entry sign bottom left) to stop all sound for a set period e.g. 30 minutes, 6 hours etc.
14. Time Management
Are you curious to know how long you spend each day in Gmail? Or perhaps you need to track whether a SaaS subscription is really worth it? Just add the 'My Wavebox' widget to any workspace to see a breakdown of your 5 most frequently used apps, and the length of time spent in each. There are other interesting stats such as memory saved (by sleeping apps etc), total number of hours in Wavebox, and number of notifications received.
15. Large File Sharing
If you've set your Connect team up with a shared workspace then you can use the Collection or Link widgets to share files. But if you want to share a file with an individual you can also do this via Connect. From the Connect dock, place your mouse over an avatar, then click on the 'Beam' icon.
16. Cookie Containers
Unique to Wavebox are Cookie Containers which are used to support multi-account sign-in e.g. 2 x Gmail accounts. We also use them to enable app-to-app linking (Link Engine), whereby links automatically open in the correct app in the same container e.g. click on a Salesforce link in Gmail and it will open in the correct place in the Salesforce app.
17. Browser Privacy Lock
If you share a computer you may find it handy to lock your Wavebox browser whilst you're away. Using the Privacy Lock feature, you can set a 4 digit code, or password to keep your Wavebox safe.
18. App & Tab Navigator
Click on the compass icon in the titlebar to launch a window displaying thumbnails of all open apps, tabs, and windows. Move your mouse over an app's titlebar to see how much memory it is using, and click on the sleep icon to suspend it. There are three views for the Navigator—(1) number of App Tabs, (2) web dock order, (3) CPU usage.
19. Multiple Gmail and Drive Search
Being able to stay signed-in to multiple Gmail accounts also means we can search them too. You can use the search field in the Quick Switch to keyword search all Gmail and GDrive accounts in Wavebox. In just a couple of seconds, Wavebox will launch a new window with a tab for each search result - beats having to search through them one by one!
20. Brainbox (OpenAI)
Brainbox is our AI extension that's available across everything you use in the browser. You can interact seamlessly with Brainbox during your workflow to get help with your work. In just a few keystrokes, you have instant access to OpenAI's language model, and apply it across everything you work on. Not only does Brainbox help you to save valuable time, it can also increase the quantity and quality of your work.
21. Team Collaboration.
Wavebox isn't a team collaboration tool, but there are several ways to communicate and share web resources with other Wavebox users - this could be a colleague, a fellow student, friend, or family member.
- Connect - for low-volume, Wavebox-to-Wavebox encrypted communication - chat, calls, screen share, and file share. No meeting codes or logins, just one-click connections.
- Workspaces - share web resources with teammates, onboard new SaaS users to your organization, and help colleagues and friends get started with Wavebox.
With over 21 extensions - we could go on and list more - there is so much to discover in Wavebox. You can try Wavebox Pro free for 7 days, or for 14 days with your team.
Visit our download page to get started on macOS, Windows, and Linux.