We all have a list of websites that we like to keep tabs on and follow what is new there. From Google’s News page to the home page of our favorite website, we like to keep F5 handy and ready for these sites. However, making all of this simple and ensuring you follow all the happenings on your favorite web page without having to continuously refresh in the browser is a widget app called Glimpse.
Although a paid widget, it is extremely useful as it puts your favorite webpage of choice right in the Today tab of the Notification Center. Obviously, you must be running iOS 8 to be able to use the widget. Once you have selected the URL of the page that you wish to keep tabs on, you will be given the option of selecting the region of the webpage that is most important for you so that, it would be the exact region that would be visible in the Notification Center.
Not just this, you can also select whether you wish the webpage would be refreshed over WiFi or Data as it would help you conserve the data in case you are not on one of the people on unlimited data. The widget also notifies you of the last refreshed time so that you know when was the page refreshed. The widget is especially useful when you need to follow pages like the Wikipedia’s Today Featured page which every day has a new content. The best bit is, if you click on the webpage, it does open in Safari for you to browse through the entire section. You can also dynamically add in the webpage using the Safari extension.
Some of the features of the application, as outlined by the developer are as follows:
- Add a Page to the Notification Center
- When adding you can scroll and zoom to a certain area of the page. The widget keeps this position, so that you are always in the right place (Note: Glimpse works best with mobile optimized webpages)
- Individual refresh intervals for Wifi and mobile data
- You can open webpages from inside the Widget
- Add a page directly from Safari with the Glimpse Safari Extension
- Many options – Glimpse fits your taste individually
Download: You can download the application for $2.99 for iPad or iPhone right here.