Currently, start.me houses about 750.000 pages containing about 6 million widgets in total. That means pages on average contain about 8 widgets. Chances are, those widgets need to be reorganized every once in a while. We have supported dragging and dropping of widgets from the start. Today, we made the whole process a little easier still. We introduced a new ‘organize widgets’ mode, that can be activated through a page’s edit menu (see below) or by starting to drag a widget.
Do you buy or sell products internationally? If so, you’ll probably find yourself converting money in different currencies frequently.
With the start.me Currency Converter widget, you can now convert money right from your browser’s new tab page. Over 168 world currencies are supported, including: USD, EUR, GBP, YEN and Bitcoin.
Data is provided by Currencylayer, a provider of real-time and reliable reliable exchange rates.
Today we rolled out a couple of new exciting widgets for Premium users. Not a Premium member yet? Go Premium now! It costs less than $2 per month ($20/annual; $45/lifetime).
Users can now add a chart to their start page that visualizes data from an external data source/application (CSV input).
This widget allows you to stay on top of your most important KPI’s, right from your start page.
The new start.me Chrome extension (version 2.1.3) is now available in the Chrome store. What has changed?
The extension now displays the newly-designed start.me icon.
We simplified adding bookmarks
We replaced the “bookmark window” with a Bookmark Bar. This streamlines the experience of adding bookmarks from the extension with the start.me application. You can use the Bookmark Bar to add bookmarks and RSS feeds with a single click from any webpage.
We have just released a brand new Google Analytics widget that allows you to keep track of your website traffic stats, directly from your start.me page.
The Google Analytics widgets displays your key Google Analytics data in a chart that is easy to read and understand. You can customize the data by selecting from a large number of Metrics and Segments.
Last week, Accenture interviewed us about winning the 6th round of the Innovation Awards. The resulting article was published today and might be worth a read! Unfortunately, the article was written in Dutch. Below is an excerpt from the interview, translated to English. For the full text, you could try your luck with the machine translation by Google.
As you may have heard, start.me has been nominated for the Accenture Innovation Awards 2016. We received a lot of positive feed back and more than 1,200 start.me users took the trouble of voting for us. And with great result: we won the 6th round! This means we will be participating in the finals in October. Thank you very much to everyone who voted (or tried to)! This literally wouldn’t have been possible without you!
We have been posting about our efforts to improve the overall speed of start.me before. That’s because we think speed is a very important characteristic of a service you use every day. Today an update on our progress, with some exciting improvements! Furthermore, we added some features and tweaked the look and feel of start.me a little. You will read all about it further down.
Ever since we introduced the new logo design in 2015, we have been receiving a lot of mixed reactions. Some people loved it, while others associated it with Skype or even a turd. As we were not 100% happy with the logo ourselves, we decided to ask an established design studio to create a new and fresh logo for us. Today, the new logo has been released. We hope you enjoy it!
In the previous weeks we’ve done some work in the background to improve the bookmark icons on start.me.
The main improvements are:
- Icons are now loaded faster. On average we’ve been able to reduce the loading times for all icons on a page by almost 185ms. We’re continuing to focus on improving the overall loading speed of start.me and this is another step in the right direction.