I just installed Brave (ver 0.22.669) on two desktop and one laptop machines (all Win 7 Pro) this morning. I found the Sync use model confusing, but after watching a YouTube video on how to set it up, I proceeded to turn on Sync on all three machines. Now, on the Preferences>Sync tab the correct name of the device shows but the results list under Devices is different for all three machines–and all show the ID = 0.
- When you paste your code words into the text box, you cannot use the mouse to click into the field below where you enter a device name. You must use the tab key to navigate (MINOR)
- When I clicked the Sync button, several times nothing happened (or possibly it was working in the background?). In any event there was no feedback to the user and after waiting for over 5 minutes I twice had to close the application using Windows Task Manager (MAJOR).
- I added a new bookmark on synched Device A in a specific folder and the bookmark did not appear on in the same folder on Device B (MAJOR).
Sync is obviously a critical use model for people with multiple machines. These kinds of issues make it hard to leave Chrome. Is there any expected release date for fixes to these issues?
After futzing around much of the morning with Brave, I’ve got to declare defeat. Not only is syncing an issue, but there’s another major use model issue of not having bookmark folders accessible at all times on every page. This is a major issue for me. I imported my bookmarks and folders from Chrome, but they got buried three levels deep in the bookmarks hierarchy. The only way I could see to access a bookmarked page is to dedicate an open tab to the Bookmarks manager and click on it (1 click), select a folder (1 click), and then double-click on an entry (2 clicks)–as opposed to 2 clicks to do the same in Chrome. I don’t know about you, but I do a lot of jumping around from site to site all day long and doubling my clicks to do so is a non-starter.
I love the Brave’s built-in security and privacy, but Brave has to improve markedly in the management of bookmarks, folders (and syncing thereof) before I can abandon Chrome. If I’m missing something, I’d sure like to see a video that shows some tips on how to set up Brave to do what I want. I loathe Google and all it has become, but I can’t use Brave until is has mastered these use models.