Organize your widgets

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.

Organize widgets mode

In this new ‘organize widgets’ mode, all widgets on the page are showed minimized, giving a good overview. You can drag widgets to new positions and delete them if you want. When you are done organizing the page, just closing the blue notification bar brings you back to the regular layout.

Square and simple

You may have noticed another change, recently: the rounded corners that were visible on widgets, buttons and other parts of the start.me user interface have been removed. Everything is square and simple now. We hope you like this minor change. It is but the first step of a set of new customization features to come soon!

 

Background colors, icons and new RSS widget setting

Last tuesday we already posted about some new widget customization options we added. Today we released some more improvements. They are not as big as earlier this week, but still worth mentioning. And of course we like you to know we are continuously working to improve start.me. Not all improvements are always visible, so the ones that are, we like to brag about a little every once in a while…

More background colors

When we launched the new option to select a background color for widgets we realized 9 colors is not a lot to choose from. To give you a little more to choose from, we added 12 more neutral colors, including those you were used to have in the Notes widget. In the future we hope to allow you complete freedom in picking a color, including darker ones.

Search feature in icon selector

start.me supports custom icons for both widgets and bookmarks for quite some while. The icon set we offer contains over 600 icons. Finding the right one could be quite a bit of work, at times even frustrating. So we added a nice search feature. Just start typing the name of the icon you are looking for (e.g. ‘photo’, ‘twitter’ or ‘check’) and we will find the icon for you!

Not sure how to select an icon for a bookmark? Just right click it and select ‘Edit’. Try using custom icons in combination with the new detailed list mode and Markdown support of our Bookmarks: quite awesome!

Start feed widget extra large

RSS feeds quite often contain photos. Some major news feeds like Mashable and Lifehack offer beautiful pictures in their feeds. To make those great images stand out more, we added a new option to the RSS widget: ‘start with extra large image’. This option is available when you choose the ‘thumbnail’ or ‘large’ image mode and have at least 2 summaries displayed. Once the option is enabled, you will see that the first article will be displayed with a full width, extra large image. Just beautiful. Try it and be amazed. Oh, and it works really well with Youtube RSS feeds, too!

Bonus: more to discover

You may have already tried our new Discover section on start.me/discover. Our editors are adding new sites every day. Have you already discovered our new Apps category? And for those of you from Russia: check out the hundreds of new sites our editors have found for you! Still looking for a great Christmas present? Perhaps you find something you like in our Gifts and Deals sections on Discover > Shopping.

Integrated RSS reader (beta)

After last weeks introduction of start.me/channels, we continued our work in the news feeds department. This week, we introduce the first beta version of our integrated feed reader! We know a lot of users have been waiting for this new feature, so we chose to share it with you early on in the process of its development. With the integrated RSS feed reader, you can dive a little deeper into the headlines you find in start.me/channels. It is not just a thing for channels, however: it works on your personal pages as well!
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Automatic number of columns

When you use start.me both on your laptop and your tablet, you may find it hard to choose the optimal number of columns for your pages: a tablet will only fit 3 columns, whereas your notebook may easily fit 5. To remedy this issue, we introduced the ‘auto’ setting for a page’s number of columns. With this setting enabled, as many columns will be displayed as available, automatically rearranging widgets for best readability.
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