Unravel [Beta]

We’re calling it Unravel for now, but you might know it by the internal code name ‘SnackBox’. The name is not set, this is also just a placeholder.

Keep in mind that Unravel beta is really only for friends and family, so if you read this you are hopefully one of the two – or one hop removed from one of the two.

What is it?

It’s a Chrome extension that speaks to a server (in the cloud or in your server room), and keeps track of sites you’ve browsed to. It saves screenshots of the sites as well as all the body text. It allows you to make notes and mark screen areas on a page as important.

It’s useful for anyone that wants to remember and organize sites they’ve been to – typically online researchers or investigators, but also useful for … I dunno – shopping.

NB: We’ve designed this system to work equally well for 100 visits or 25 000 visits. This means you can set and forget.

How is this different to the browser’s history ?

  • Visual search using screenshots
  • Full text search on page content
  • Ability to take, store and retrieve unlimited screenshots per site
  • Bookmarking of sites + retrieval
  • Multiple projects (not just one flat history)
  • Sharing of data between team members

Your data, your server

We will be selling servers from day one, so that you could have your own private server and your data never leaves your network.

The client that talks to the public server would likely be free for a limited (but big number) amount of visits, so people can see how the system works before making the decision to buy a server.

How-to video

I think you can figure out how everything works by randomly clicking on things (you’ll probably do this anyhow), but if you want to save some time – watch the video.

I’ve tried to keep the video short but it ended up being 10 minutes…

Download the extension

In the final product we’ll have an item on the Chrome Store like all our other extension, but while we’re in beta you need to download the latest ZIP and sideload as per the video.

The latest ZIP is [unravel-11032024-3-build.zip] email us at info@vortimo.com.

Roadmap

  • Annotations (eg. ability to make notes on page, screenshot)
  • Move away from bookmarks and towards named tags.
  • RTF export of scratchpad
  • Import / export of projects
  • Real time collaboration on projects – e.g. N users working on the same project at the same time (we basically have this already)
  • Multiple scratchpad pages + useful macros.

Since the text and the screenshot of the page you’ve been to is in a nice structured database we also plan to do clever AI shit with it (hi, it’s 2024 and that’s what we do), but AI wasn’t our departing point.

Release date

We’re hoping to go live with this in June or July 2024.