- Rated 1 out of 5by JerryNic, 2 years agoFirst of all I am really pissed of because Mozilla/Firefox eliminated to keep tabs stored so the automatically pop up every time one opens the web browser. So far this Workona is a pain in the butt to use. I have not yet discovered how to have my five major tabs open. Grrrrr.
- Rated 3 out of 5by PERCE-NEIGE, 3 years agoIt's not perfect (I would like to have the button to open directly where are my workspaces, and I hate the fact it opens all the tabs when I click on a session name to see which tabs are inside it, it should ask me if I want to switch workspaces or open one). But apart these defects, it's very useful to work on several things. One group of tabs for one task. Please improve the problems related to switching workspaces and open them (so it makes disappear your current tabs) by accident.
- Rated 5 out of 5by Firefox user 15907627, 3 years agoThis is exactly what I've been looking for to help reduce cognitive load when working across a range of projects & tasks. Having all the tabs related to different projects or work modes (tech support, planning etc) means I can shift gears with little mental friction. Before I'd waste time and mental energy re-opening tabs or getting overwhelmed with the clutter of other tabs not immediately relevant to the task at hand.
- Rated 5 out of 5by J H, 3 years agoWorks really good.
Sometimes some tabs are getting closed but maybe I just didn't remember closing them
Watch out, if you open Workona it tries to direct you to bing, but other than that it is a really handy tool. Its collaborative aspect works surprisingly well, too
- Rated 5 out of 5by Firefox user 14590151, 3 years agoWorks well, being using in Chrome for over a year.
- Rated 1 out of 5by Firefox user 16336480, 3 years agoMoving tabs is bugged. Constantly says that there is no internet connection or throws some "unexected error". How tab management is supposed to work without such important feature?
- Rated 1 out of 5by Firefox user 16170613, 3 years agoThe idea is interesting, but the execution is awful.
Lost a lot of my tabs by trusting Workona. They simply didn't reload.
Wouldn't recommend, it is way too buggy.
- Rated 2 out of 5by hoodwink, 3 years agoWorkona regularly does not restore tabs. It will display the URL in the tab workona.com/redirect/... when you click on it it might restore the tab, but most likely it will lose all history for the tab and revert to a new tab. I've also watched it open a duplicate set of tabs. Every single tab was duplicated alongside the first set of tabs. Use at your own risk!
- Rated 5 out of 5by jDally987, 3 years agoUPDATE 09/19/20: Ok I changed my mind. Workona good. I'm sorry
Just a couple days after I posted the below review, a member of Workona's support team personally emailed me and wanted to work through my issues, point by point. Typical customer support stuff but they do seem especially genuine about it, and I gotta say it was somewhat impressive that they reached out to me first. But most importantly:
"...our product team has created a way for you to download your account’s Workona data from the following URL:
And it works great, spits out a .json formatted file with all your workspaces, URLs and etc. Mine turned out to be 16MB (!) and from the language he used in the email, it sounded almost as if it was made...recently?... in fact it made me legitimately wonder whether they had seen my (several) tweets and emails asking for that feature, and coded it together expressly, for me.
Now of course, maybe they just saw this scathing review, or idk, maybe I didn't see a bunch of other people asking for an export-data feature as well. (Although, I can't find the link to the page through googling, so it's definitely brand-new...) Either way, doesn't matter - I was fully expecting to get blown off until kingdom come but instead they delivered, and I was a little bit blown away. Any other company would MAYBE take a year or more to deliver on such a request, that is if they would even be willing to give users that kind of control over their data, in such an easily accessible form, at all. (users' data being basically the #1 source of revenue for most modern tech companies, keep in mind). I HAVE to give them major kudos for this.
I'll leave the original text up because Workona definitely still has some growing pains, but I'll admit I may have written it in an unnecessarily angry state of mind, with an unnecessary amount of nitpicking. It's worth pointing out that the only reason I was so irate is because I now DEPEND on Workona as an essential component of my workflow, and couldn't handle the - honestly, quite few and by no means world-ending - bugs that might be there. Which obviously says something about the greatness of the extension.
I'd say try it out, and just report any bugs you find. 99% of the time, it works freakin great. If you hate it, there's literally no downside now with the export-your-data functionality, as you can just migrate to something else and take your workspaces with you, if need be.
The only true annoyance, if I'm being real, is the resource consumption (always the highest CPU-muncher in Firefox's Task Manager). If they can hammer that out a bit, this thing may - MAY - be a contender (next to Bitwarden) for one of the few extensions you install right away when setting up a fresh browser.
I've really about had it with workona. I've been using it for what feels like a very long time now; at least a year or 2, and the constant problems with it are enough to make me detest using it, despite how useful it once was and still is, if I can ignore how much hair it's making me lose.
Settings never save, for some reason. I've emailed support about it, and I can't reproduce it but sometimes I'll just open the browser and my settings have inexplicably changed to the defaults. This is ridiculously annoying because I hate the "hidden tabs" window, basically a waste-of-space dummy window that clogs up your computer's taskbar and minimizes itself upon opening it, because you're not supposed to use it directly. Problem is sometimes it gobbles up some of my active tabs, so to get them back, I have to fight with the stupid hidden window, trying to select all the tabs I need back and drag them to another "real" chrome window, all within about 2 seconds before it gets away by cheekily minimizing itself, along with my tabs. It's infuriating. But anyway that's the default and every time I reinstall workona on a new computer I have to make sure to change it or else deal with the BS later. Another default option is that when saving a workspace, it won't automatically save your open tabs (I think). So sometimes I'll save a window full of tabs thinking they're safe; open it up later, and nothing is there. Sure there's a history feature for each workspace which is nice but it's kind of out of the way and I don't trust it anyway to reliably track changes between all of my various computers.
Oh what else... pictures and fonts are broken in Firefox if you use the Strict privacy feature; Workona is still usable but it's ugly as heck and you have to remember where all the buttons+their respective functions are, because they turn into blocks of text-links rather than an identifiable button. Emailed support about this also and they basically suggested switching to the Standard security setting, which I did because I don't actually care that much, but for others that's a straight up unacceptable compromise to make for one poorly-coded extension.
Finally, the data ownership issue. I'm a proponent of personal privacy and owning your own data, nothing insane, but I prefer to be able to export stuff into a raw format and work with it myself, for transferring to another browser or service locally, without relying on a cloud/internet connection or a single company holding it all hostage. I've tweeted, emailed, etc Workona about this tons of times now and always get something like "it's coming soon!" but have seen absolutely nothing materialize. I need to be able to export a list (.txt, JSON, a CSV, I don't care, anything!) of all my stored/archived workspaces, resources, open tab URL's, history. Any or all. Just something, please - but there is no love so far.
And that is the final thing making me salty right now... I'm fed up with Workona and want to switch to something else, probably a cloud-synced bookmark service or something, but I have tons of important stuff locked in my workona account. I want to export it into a file locally so I can write a script or something to convert to bookmarks, easily importable into Firefox or Chrome or what have you. Opening each of my workspaces and bookmarking the tabs into folders + naming them identically by hand would take freaking forever, and this should theoretically take no time at all to implement by the devs; but for whatever reason they don't seem to view it as a priority. Well thanks, guys. I don't expect a single startup to respond to my every beck and call, but I do expect to be able to take some of my work I did with them and leave with it if I want to, but I really cannot do it easily right now. Shame. I didn't want to be mad at them, but they apparently don't care much, so maybe this overly verbose review will get them to think about it a little more.
- Rated 1 out of 5by A FF User, 3 years agoWARNING! EXCESSIVE PERMISSIONS!!! ZERO PRIVACY!!! YOUR DATA IS NOT ENCRYPTED OR DE-IDENTIFIED!!! SUSCEPTIBLE TO PERSONAL DATA ABUSE!!! >>> GET "STATION" OR "FERDI" OR "BISCUIT" FOR WINDOWS INSTEAD <<<
- Rated 4 out of 5by Firefox user 14583481, 3 years agoI would prefer not opening up of all tabs when I click on a section but prefer it opening up in the workona tab because sometimes you just want to move tabs to another section and don't want to be blasted by all the saved tabs also the undo toast message at the bottom right can be replaced to some other part of the screen as it annoys from moving and organizing tabs.
- Rated 5 out of 5by anibalardid, 3 years agola mejor extension para manejar solapas y tenerlas bien organizadas
Really disappointed that they go out of their way to say they respect privacy on an outward facing description of their product. Shame on you. Privacy and "Your data belongs to you" means something different that what your company is about, so don't twist words into nice-sounding marketing phrases and misrepresent yourself to consumers.
Small details reveal a lot, and I think this is revealing. But either way, Workona, you should change or remove the misleading description on your "About" page.
And I'm hoping your reasoning for these choices in data "privacy" is not "Well, this is just how the industry is," as if it makes it okay to do things just because other people do them.
- Rated 5 out of 5by Firefox user 16094895, 3 years agoI've struggled with having 100s of tabs opened and feeling so disorganized all the time. I've been using Workona for several weeks now and I've never had my tabs so organized! Not only that, it's helping me focus on different projects without being distracted by unrelated projects from open tabs. I am also pleasantly surprised at how helpful I've found the "resources" option where I can save frequently used tabs like bookmarks within the same place where I organize my tabs. Brilliant!
- Rated 5 out of 5by Aaron, 3 years agoOutstanding productivity extension. I use Workona for organizing in both personal and professional settings. Extremely useful product.
- Rated 5 out of 5by seppinna, 3 years agoTired of having a thousand tabs opened? Then this is for you.
- Rated 1 out of 5by Jo, 3 years agoStill has some rough edges in Firefox. The biggest annoyance is that the New Tab page doesn't work, just shows a frozen search input, and that there's no option to use the extension to manage workspaces without using it for the new tab page.
Edit: I've tried re-installing after the fix, but I'm still having the problem. The search box on the new tab page is not functional, and there is no option to use a different new tab page while using Workona. Disappointing.
Edit 2: New tab still not working, and now opening workspaces in new windows isn't working either. That's the main feature I use this app for, so it's pretty much useless until that gets fixed.
Developer responseposted 3 years agoHi Jo - Our apologies! We've now fixed the issue with the new tab you're describing here. Only users with certain settings encountered the issue, so we missed it in testing. Thanks for letting us know!