Station

One app to rule them all

#1 Product of the WeekOctober 04, 2017
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Station unifies all your web apps in one neat & productive interface

Browsers aren't the most effective way to go about your work. We decided to start from scratch & build a whole new experience with:

🛠 A Smart Dock to organize your workflow

🔎 Unified Search to find anything quickly

🔔 Notification Center to stay in control

👉 Give it a try

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Reviews

  • Amrith Shanbhagmaking ideas happen at feathrd
    Pros: 

    Clean, minimal & functional.

    Cons: 

    Needs a little more basic features.

    Having been a user of Franz for a long time now, I'm glad I found Station cause it has way more functionality :) Thank you for making this!

    Although, I'm not sure on how I can mute particular apps from sending me notifications 🙃

    EDIT 1: Multiple instances such as Twitter do not actually separate two accounts; if I log out of one, it logs out of the other.

    P.S: I'll edit this review once I use it for a bit longer :)

    Amrith Shanbhag has used this product for one day.
  • Meghan RegiorDesigner @eFounders
    Pros: 

    nice experience, higher productivity, better perfs than chrome, centralized work, fast switcher, smart handle of pages, daily use base

    Cons: 

    can't wait for Single Sign In, and password manager features !!

    I've been using Station since it's very beginning (9 months ago). I use it now on a daily basis.

    As a designer, I have on my desktop my Sketch, and of course my Station. It centralize all my work (InVision, Slacks, Gmail, Notifications, Trello... 300+ apps already, so crazy!). So no need to switch between thousand of tabs on chrome, or to set up my work everything morning. I just open Station and eveything is there : what I missed, my new assignments... It just makes you way more productive.

    Give it a try people and get Station now !

    Meghan Regior has used this product for one year.

Discussion

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Laurent Desserrey
Hunter
@ldesserrey · Design at Tribe, Snapchatters, Leak
👋 Station is the best workflow improvement I've made recently. I've been a beta tester of Station for the past few months, that's why I am glad to hunt it today! All the places of the Internet where I like to spend time (Twitter, Slack channels, Github, Feedly, GDrive, Dribbble...) were spread among Chrome tabs, Desktop apps, and Menu bar icons. Now, it's all gathered in Station. The "commute" among these places disappeared. Going from a place to another now feels as easy as switching among Slack channels. Give it a try. Cheers!
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
Edit: We got a lot of questions, so I'm adding the frequently asked ones here: > Where can I find the installer? On https://getstation.com/ click "Download". No email required. > Cool, but these apps keep all apps open using RAM and CPU. Definitely, but, in Station, we addressed this issue! We idle applications you have not used for some time and pop it again as soon as you need it. That's transparent for the user, but it definitely has a positive impact on RAM and CPU! > Can you expand on what kind of privacy you have for this app? Except few telemetric data that helps in the development of the product, everything stays local. Naturally, all the applications running in Station (Slack, Gmail..) have their own privacy model. You can read more in our privacy policy note: https://station.slite.com/public... > Do you support multi-account? Yes we do, just add an app for the second time and it will let you connect it with a second account. > It looks like a very good idea, but I wanted to know what will be the business model before investing time in it? The Station app is free. We are currently testing "Station for teams" with some pilot companies. It includes specific features that will be part of paid plans. > How can I suggest an application to be included in Station's app store? To suggest a new application, you can type the name iof the application n the "app store" search and click "request". > What OS do you support? Mac and Windows. Linux is coming. --- Hi everyone! 👋 First off, big thanks to @ldesserrey for hunting us! 🚀 Station is a free desktop app that centralizes all your work applications in one neat interface. Think of it as a super efficient workspace for all your web tools. We want to give you a snapshot into what we think the future of work will look like & hopefully build it together with you ! ;) We realise we still have a long way to go but our team has been working round the clock on this ambitious product for the past year & we're really excited to hear what you think 🤗 ! We'll be here all day to answer any questions you might have, so ask away! Cheers! 🍻
Mathias Elmose@galimotion · The Chewbacca of EdTech
@al3xstrat great work! Already loving it! Is there a place to vote on new app intergrations? Would love to be able to access Webflow from Station ✌
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
Hey @galimotion we's are adding a form in the Station app-store. In the meanwhile don't hesitate to mention it in the support chat (bottom left chat icon). I noted Webflow!
Boris Berenberg@imatincr · Atlas Authority
@al3xstrat Seems really cool, is this another massively growing Electron app where each app takes another 200mb?
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
@imatincr definitely a recurring question with this kind of app indeed. But, we addressed that problem. We idle applications you have not used for some time and pop them as soon as you need one of them. That's transparent for the user, but it definitely has an impact on RAM and CPU! So, try it, and let us know how it feels! :)
Boris Berenberg@imatincr · Atlas Authority
@al3xstrat Makes perfect sense, similar to what The Great Suspender does. So what happens when I get a notification in an idled Slack?
Boris Berenberg@imatincr · Atlas Authority
@al3xstrat Also, can we expect regular Chromium updates? It looks like we're 4 months out of date already. Worries me from a security standpoint. https://imgur.com/0SHXp87
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
@imatincr For Slack notifications, we actually put in place exceptions to this rule: for notification-intensive apps (like Slack) we don't put them to sleep. We are working on supporting the Push API [1] that would allow us to kill the interface but keep the notifications popping-up. Some SaaS, like Intercom, use this API already. Regarding Chromium updates, we are now dependent on Electron [2] for this. The awesome electron team (real kudos to them) announced [3] that Electron's Chrome major versions are updated within 1 or 2 weeks after the release of Chrome major version. That being days, when there is a security fix on a Chromium version, the fix is ported to Electron within days. It happened recently. [1]: https://developer.mozilla.org/en... [2]: https://github.com/electron/elec... [3]: https://electron.atom.io/docs/tu...
Boris Berenberg@imatincr · Atlas Authority
@al3xstrat Thats a great response, thanks for the detail and citations. I hope the Slack team adopts the push API in the near future. Who do we have to mention on here to make it happen :) Though I still wonder how a 1-2 week Electron release cycle turned into 4 months in your app?
Jonathan Tavarez@jon_tavarez · Founder, Vantage Internet Group
@ldesserrey @al3xstrat OK so a bunch of us were very excited to try it out and think it's great. Loads apps very quickly and doesnt bog down CPU. The only issue is the following: the same login does not load your apps on another device. For example, I installed it on laptop and spent about 20 minutes adding apps to Station. I went on my Desktop and expected to be able to login and have these apps pre-loaded. Any plans to add this feature soon?
Rob Garrison@wowmottie · Dev
I tried it for about 10 minutes before uninstalling. It boiled down to four main issues: 1) I don't see any published security policy; what do you do with my information? What's shared and not shared? 2) It's using an older version of Chrome (v58 if I remember correctly); how is this updated, especially if there is a security issue that needs to be patched? 3) No bookmarks were imported from Chrome. Did I miss an app for it? 4) No Chrome extension support as far as I could see. I know my encounter was brief; and I plan to try it again once I'm satisfied with my concerns and when it fits my use case a bit more.
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
@imatincr Electron release cycle is not perfectly kept. Electron that includes version 59 was released last week and is still in beta.
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
@ldesserrey @jon_tavarez it's a considered feature, but have not clear visibility of when it'll be available.
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
@wowmottie 1/ https://intercom.help/station/da... 2/ I answered this question in this thread 3/ it's not a current feature 4/ we do support some selected Chrome extensions (Mixmax,..). If you are missing yours, follow this process: https://intercom.help/station/ge...
Rob Garrison@wowmottie · Dev
@al3xstrat Thanks! That alleviates most of my concerns. Please add a link to https://intercom.help/station on this page for users that have questions before installing this app.
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · making ideas happen at feathrd
I think this is missing something that I use the most. Product Hunt itself 😿 Please add ASAP 🙃
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · making ideas happen at feathrd
@al3xstrat look at the demand, it even comes under "Curation & Sourcing" 🙃
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
@amrith sorry, I got lost in the comments. Yes, we'll add it! :)
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · making ideas happen at feathrd
@al3xstrat I still can't see it :/
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
@amrith we have not released it yet, probably next week.
Laurent VB@laurent_vb · CTO, Briq
Station is a life-changer. Spending half my day in it, 5 days a week. The team has been incredibly fast and efficient at hunting down all the small bugs and the performance issues that come with having so many Saas running at the same time (and that was already bringing my Chrome to its knees) Thanks to the team for providing such an improvement into my professional workflow. And congratulations on the design, it's gorgeous.
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
Thanks @laurent_vb and, moreover, thank you for the time you spent perfecting Station with us as a beta-user! :)
Raphaël Chabaud@raphchabaud · Growth/Product Marketer
Good tool to keep your saas tools easily accessible and separate from the clutter of the tab crowd. I use it alongside Franz (which development seems, sadly, to be stopped) as Station doesn't allow the use of personal apps. Here is my use case : Franz is my communication hub. I put - my mailboxes (3 gmail accounts : pro - personal - newsletter&marketing dedicated box) - whatsapp - facebook messenger - linkedin inbox Station is my saas tool hub. Apps I use in it : - Teamleader (our CRM) - Trello - Wunderlist - Confluence (wiki) - Notion - Linkedin (as the website keep bugging in chrome - what a shame-) Apps I keep apart: - Evernote. The web app is way below the desktop app. - Slack. I like to have it apart for quicker access - Calendar. I like to have it apart (I use clean google calendar chrome extension).
Alexandre Lachèze
Maker
@al3xstrat
Yes @raphchabaud, sounds like a good workflow! On my side, I use Station for every professional-related applications, chats included (the notification center helps me focus when I need it) and I use Franz for personal communication. Therefore, I keep work and perso separated.
David Lin@davidlincanada · Marketer looking for next opportunity
@raphchabaud Nice setup, will take some ideas.