Tweaks and import/export

Tweaks and import/export

After yesterday’s big update, we received quite a lot of feedback. A lot of pleasant compliments, but some problems were reported as well. The issue most reported was about touch devices (tablets and smartphones). Because the new release allows dragging widgets and bookmarks without having to switch to edit mode, tablet users found themselves constantly dragging items, rather than simply scrolling the page.

We just released an update that resolves these issues. When a touch device is used to access start.me, the drag and drop features are disabled until a widget is actually edited. So to move a widget on a tablet, first start editing it (by selecting the Edit button in the widget menu) and then start dragging. The same goes for sorting bookmarks.

Apart from these tweaks and numerous other, small adjustments we made in response to your feedback, we added two missing features as well: importing and exporting. It is really easy to import your bookmarks from Chrome or Firefox into start.me: just save the bookmarks to HTML from the browser’s bookmarks manager and import the file. There is a handy undo feature available, so that it is safe to experiment with importing, before finally deciding on the best way to do it.

Export is available again as well. For most start.me users this feature will not be very relevant, but we feel it is important to always give you the option of leaving, taking your data with you.

Many more improvements are waiting and we can’t wait to deploy them!

Michiel de Wit

Michiel de Wit

Michiel is CGO and co-founder of start.me. He is a software professional with a lot of experience in developing enterprise grade web applications. He is a certified Scrum Master and a great proponent of modern software development practices.


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4 Replies to “Tweaks and import/export”

  1. Yes, this is much better. After leaving a comment this morning, I was surprised to see the changes already.
    Good job. This inspires us to keep commenting.

    So no comments, just a thumbs up.

  2. Great improvements! Dragging and dropping seems to have improved, working with a trackpad… all in all, I like having made start.me my home page.

  3. Hi – love your startme page and use it all the time. Got the tip from Gizmo.

    One question – can I copy my current startme page layout to another account – to save having to re-type it all? I presume that might be the export function?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Mike,
      Great to hear you like what we’re doing with start.me.
      If you want to copy your widgets (bookmarks/feeds/etc) to a new page, you can use the export/import function for this.
      Best regards,
      Luuk
      http://start.me

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