What's Air Traffic Control?
Air Traffic Control helps you Route links to the right place when they're opened from outside Arc.
For example, you can choose that all Google Sheet links opened from Desktop Apps like Slack or Outlook route directly to your Work Space.
You can also set up a default Space for links so tabs are automatically opened in the Space of your choice, rather than in Little Arc.
How to Set Up a Route
To set up a new Route,
Hit Command-T and type "Open Link Preferences", or
Go to Arc > Settings > Links
Then select the "Air Traffic Control" button, as seen below:
Once you're in the Air Traffic Control panel, you can starting Routing!
To create a New Route,
Hit the New Route button at the top right of the Air Traffic Control panel
Select URL contains or is equal to a particular URL.
Contains will route links that contains your text entry, even it's not an exact match. Great options for "Contains" are website domains. For example, if you create a Route for URL's that contain "spotify.com", this Spotify link* will Route automatically to your Music Space. (*This is a favorite album from our teammate, Brian!)
Is equal to will only route links that exactly match your text entry. Make sure to include http://www, if that's how your link loads! This is a great option for very specific URLs. For example, you may use Google Docs across all Spaces, but if https://docs.google.com/document/d/weekly-business-report should always route to your Work Space, is equal to is the right choice.
Setting Up a Default Route for All Links
By default, all links opened from another desktop app open in Little Arc. You can learn more about Little Arc here.
If you'd like to open links into a Space by default, use the dropdown for "Default" at the bottom of the Air Traffic Control panel. Any link opened from another desktop app that doesn't have a predefined Route will open in this Space. Good options for this could be your most general Space, or the Space you visit most often.
You can also select "Most Recent Space" if you'd like tabs to be Routed automatically to whichever Space you used Last.
If you're always switching Spaces, and don't have a great Default, select "Little Arc" here so you can triage easily.
How to Delete a Route
To Delete a Route, hit the ⛔ button next to your Route. See image below.
If you have a Route set up on a Space that's been deleted, the Route will be deleted as well.
Here are some ideas from the team, but the best Routes are the ones that fit your workflow!
Route to a Work Space
URL contains github.com
URL contains linear.app
URL contains notion.com
URL contains figma.com
URL contains hire.lever.co
URL contains salesforce.com
Other internal tooling links
Route to a Personal Space
URL contains twitter.com
URL contains youtube.com
URL contains instagram.com
URL contains amazon.com
URL contains netflix.com
Banking or other personal URLs