Discover new sites with start.me/discover

A personal start page like start.me is a great place to keep all your favorite sites. But where do you go when you are looking for some great new places? You might try Googling around a little. Perhaps Facebook offers you some nice articles. Starting today, you can use start.me as your source of inspiration, too! We proudly present the first beta-version of start.me/discover, a catalog of the best sites on the web, based on actual feedback from start.me users.

start.me/discover is as simple as it is effective. It offers you a directory of thousands of popular sites, organized in more than 250 different categories. Are you looking for some interesting new Tech News sites, some cool new Apps or in need of a new Music instrument? There are tons of sites for you to discover. So give it a try, discover great Tech sites or find your new favorite Shop.

Of course, every site you discover this way can easily be added to your own personal start page. And it works well on your mobile phone or tablet as well, making start.me/discover quite the ideal pastime for those waiting moments.

Our new Content Discovery section is still in beta and we are continuously working to add new features. There is some really great stuff waiting and we are counting on you for ideas and suggestions for killer features we have not yet invented. Do you think some important sites in your country are missing? Drop us a note and join our team of content curators!

More layout options for Bookmarks widget

Two weeks ago we introduced a new ‘Detailed list’ mode in the Bookmarks widget. This mode supports adding descriptions to your bookmarks. We got a lot of positive feedback. Today we are adding some more cool formatting options: larger icons and Markdown support!

Larger icons

The Bookmarks supports a new setting: Icon size. This setting is available in both ‘Icon’ and ‘Detailed list’ modes and gives you the freedom to select from 4 different icon sizes:

  • Small – This is the default size (32 pixels)
  • Medium – A larger icon size, previously known as ‘Large icons’ mode (64 pixels)
  • Large – A larger icon size, not previously available (96 pixels)
  • Extra large – A really large icon size (128 pixels)

These two new icon sizes are particularly useful in combination with custom icons, both our built-in collection of vector icons and icons you upload yourself. With these larger icon sizes, some really nice new options come into view, such as:

  • Small photo collections
  • Book reviews with book covers
  • Start pages for children, with extra large buttons

Some examples can be seen here.

Markdown support

To give you some options to add markup to the descriptions of your bookmarks, we added Markdown support. With simple means, this allows you to emphasize some parts of the description, create bulletlists and even embed hyperlinks. Markdown support is still somewhat experimental, so we are very much looking forward to your feedback.

Bonus: more right-clicking!

Some time ago we already introduced context menus in the Bookmarks widget. By right clicking a bookmark, it can quickly be edited or removed. We received a lot of feedback from users. Quite some of them pointed out that not having the browser’s context menu anymore caused them problems. So, we added a fix for that. If you would like to open the browser context menu, just hold down the shift or control (Apple: command) key when right-clicking.

Furthermore, we added some more context menus: you can now right-click on widgets to get their context menus as well. Nice to quickly edit their settings. And the active page now has a context menu as well: just click somewhere on the canvas to change the background or add a widget!