Yesterday, we posted about Safari Queue, our new iOS application. Fundamental to the app is the notion that it syncs with your “queue,” a feature that is part of new Safari. Queuing is integrated throughout the Safari experience, but it may not be clear exactly what it does. What is the queue? Why would you want to use it?
Save it for later
When you queue a book or video, you are saving it for later. Each time you tap or click the queue icon, the book or video is saved in your queue, where you can reference it whenever you want.
Look for the stack icon
You can queue just about everywhere in Safari: the home page, recommendations, search results, table of contents, even the reading/viewing interface itself. Anywhere that you see the “stack” icon is an opportunity for queuing. For example, the familiar title card allows you to queue by tapping or clicking in the upper right corner.
Personally, I find myself queueing a lot from two places in Safari. First, I often queue from search results.
But even more often, I queue from what we internally call the “title detail page.” I like to queue from this overview page because I can first read the summary and preview the table of contents.
Now that you know the basics of queueing, you may be curious about some of the particulars:
- Your most recently queued book or video will always appear at the top of your queue.
- Once you’ve queued something, the queue icon will appear in a “lit” (orange) state, which will persist throughout the Safari web application.
- Your queue syncs with the iOS app for both adding and removing books and videos.
- You can queue individual chapters or video clips, or you can queue entire books and videos. Regardless of whether you queue a single chapter/clip or the whole book/video, the entire contents from that title will be available in the iOS app.
At Safari, we’ve found that queuing is a great addition to how we use and learn from the resources in our library. And now with an iOS app (and an Android app on the way!) that automatically syncs with the queue, the feature has never been more useful. Give the queue a try and let us know how it fits into your Safari experience.