We took a look at a basic Google Chrome session manager back in January which allows you to save Chrome sessions, that is information about the open websites in the web browser, so that they can be opened again at a later time.
Sessions are very handy as they save information about tabs that are open in the browser to reload the same tabs on the next start or when the user requests it. It enables you to continue work on start.
Session Buddy is another Chrome session manager that offers better manageability of sessions. The extension places an icon in the Chrome address bar after installation.
A left-click on the icon displays information about the current session. Information include the title and (optional) URL of each open tab in the browser window. The active session can be saved with just a click but that is only necessary if you want to save it manually, as sessions are saved automatically by Session Buddy as well.
It is optionally possible to enter a name for the session to identify it easier at a later point in time.
Next to the save button is the restore button that you can use to restore the currently displayed session. Clicking the button will restore the session in a new browser window. Advanced restore options are displayed as well to restore the session for instance in the same browser window, or to restore all windows of a session into a single window to merge all tabs open in that session to one window.
The same screen lists a list of actions and saved sessions on the left. The actions can be used to update the snapshot session, save the current session to a new session, view the current session, import a session or open the options of the program.
The options are quite extensive. Here you find settings to change the appearance of information for example. You can show active tabs in bold and administrative tabs in italic font, or modify the date and time format from relative (a few seconds ago) to standard or a custom format.
Session Buddy supports shortcuts which you can use to access some information. A tap on c displays the current session for instance when you press it while it is active.
Session Buddy offers better session management than Session Manager does. Chrome users who would like to give the extension a try can download it from the official Chrome extension repository.
While you can use it to save and restore browser sessions, you may use it as well to save a subset of sessions only, and restore it at a later point in time. The main use of Session Buddy is however to make sure that you can restore sessions when Chrome crashes, and to save custom session information that is independent of Chrome's own way of handling things.
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