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Suggestions for Browser Bookmark Management? 126

slashdot_commentator asks: "My bookmark collection has hit a few thousand at this point. Anything that looks interesting, or may be of interest in the future, I tuck away. I group them in roughly 30 different subfolders based on topic. I've decided I consume too much effort in organizing them, and need to find a better solution. I've looked at radically different systems like del.icio.us, but its not for me. I'm even toying with writing a plugin/replacement to the current built-in bookmark manager. Can anyone recommend a plugin or package? Or alternately, features they would like to see in a 'bookmark manager'?"
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  • by rebug ( 520669 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @04:37PM (#12273794)
    Personally, it took me about ten tries before I "got it." Maybe we're both dense, I don't know.

    delicious [mozdev.org] for Firefox rocks, by the way.
    • I still dont get it. Instead, I whipped up a script for myself on my personal website that moves my "interesting links" (not anything id book mark on purpose, per se, but something i can search on 2 weeks later. "what was that one site...") to the web for me (and anyone else with too much free time) to see. I also got addicted to RSS and getting my news through the sage plugin for FF. Then when i go home from work, im missing my RSS feeds. Wrote a script for that too. I dunno, maybe im just a DIY guy.
  • by edmz ( 118519 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @04:40PM (#12273835) Homepage
    Around 2002 (or 2001) I wrote a PHP and MySQL bookmark managing app that also uses tags to store information.

    It's called BBPS and its GPLed.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/bbps/ [sourceforge.net]

    You can see a demo of it on my website:

    http://edmz.org/bbps/ [edmz.org]

    If you like it, consider donating some code to the project instead of starting your own. I've been on other projects and haven't had the time to update it. (But don't worry, it works as it is)
  • FURL (Score:2, Informative)

    by enigmae22 ( 664253 )
    check it out FURL [furl.net]
  • by c0d3h4x0r ( 604141 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @04:48PM (#12273946) Homepage Journal
    Or alternately, features they would like to see in a 'bookmark manager'?

    I'd like to see a feature that will automatically consult an automatic database (similar to CDDB) to get "kosherized" titles for web sites that I bookmark.

    For instance, instead of bookmarking, "Slashdot: News for Nerds, Stuff that Matter", it should just add "Slashdot" to my bookmarks. And instead of bookmarking, "MSNBC - Today's News from MSNBC Front Page", it should just bookmark it as "MSNBC".

    Even more annoying are site titles containing promotional garbage such as, "GEICO Car Insurance. Get an auto insurance quote and save today. Free online motorcycle quotes as well." What fucknut (other than some marketing schmuck at GEICO) wants THAT whole text to appear as a bookmark?

    I get really sick of having to hand-edit all the site titles to be sane and utilitarian. Someone should harness the collective power of the net to solve this.

    • by mattbrundage ( 856096 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @05:03PM (#12274164) Homepage
      Perhaps what we need is a new meta tag to handle this bookmark title:
      <meta name="bmtitle" content="Mozilla.org" />
      This fits much better in my bookmarks than the current title "Mozilla - Home of the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client".
      • you can't just get it from the URL?

        why would you need a meta tag or a CDDB-like thing

        for the odd occasion that a site has a domain name that isn't what you want on your bookmark, you could hand edit.
    • Yep, with the little addition to automatically classify and/or add tags to my bookmarks.

    • And canontonical URLs, like http://www.google.com/ instead of http://google.com. (Erm, why did those become clickable links?)

      And usercontrib favicons for everything that doesn't have one. (Or it has, for example, the default Drupal ones.)

      I was going to say 'categories', but anything that requires an opinion is probably going to overcomplicate everything.

    • I'd like to see a feature that will automatically consult an automatic database (similar to CDDB) to get "kosherized" titles for web sites that I bookmark.
      Have you looked at the titles in CDDB? They're a mess! Not an argument for letting strangers name your bookmarks. Easier to just take a second and edit them yourself.
    • In Safari, the browser that comes with OS X, the bookmark-adding process isn't complete until you've named it. That is, when you bookmark something, you're prompted to give it a name right away. Smartest thing I've seen in a browser since tabs.
  • What I do... (Score:2, Informative)

    is I just upload my bookmarks.html (from firefox) to a webserver. Then when I need them on the road, I just visit the URL. And since firefox keeps them in html-format, you can just view your bookmarks as a webpage. It works well. Try it!
    • That fails to hit the point , what he wants to do is find a way to manage the book marks ala id3 on mp3s,
      Which infact is not a bad idea i just had , have you ever used itunes , well imagine bookmarks with metadata :D
      im sure someone must of already come up with this , but couple a meta-data search with bookmarks that are tagged by site, genre , importance , catogry etc.
      and you have an easy clean way to browse for relevant info that you have acumulated.
      if anyone knows a project like this then i would be glad
      • Re:What I do... (Score:3, Informative)

        by unapersson ( 38207 )
        Epiphany does this, you define a number of keywords and when you add a bookmark you choose which keywords should be applied to it.

        Then when you type a keyword into the address bar, it lists all links that match those keywords. It will also automatically add search urls to the dropdown if you've put a %s in the relevant place in the URL.

        http://www.gnome.org/projects/epiphany/ [gnome.org]
        • :D cheers , i really have to try epiphany again , i havn't for while .
          this is an insanely usefull feature that i am ammased hasn't been taken on by every browser out there .

          ok if your managing a previous set of bookmarks then this could be a large 1 time pain the behind , but for starting a new colection this is just excelent .

          honestly having a look through the list of features i am highly impressed with how far epiphany has come since i last used it .

        • The Epiphany system can become unwieldy once you have either a large number of topics or a large number of bookmarks.

          There is a patch to build a hierarchical menu of bookmarks automatically by taking into account the bookmarks where a user selected two or more topics. It needs users to test it though.

          http://www.dsl.uow.edu.au/~harvey/code_epiphany.sh tml [uow.edu.au]

    • I do something similar, and browsing the page in html vs a menu is fine if its not too often, so i keep the common bm's in the browser. Nothing like having your bookmarks bookmarked. Also I tend to wipe systems a lot, so when my bookmark files get too big i start over from scratch with the most important ones.

      I tend to follow a "if you don't miss it you didn't need it" policy for most data, keeping a reachable backup if i decide i need it later.

      Time tends to sort things out better than anything.
  • Packratitis (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ApharmdB ( 572578 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @04:53PM (#12274028)
    The real way to solve your problem is with "delete."

    But since you probably don't want to do that, a function that checks bookmarks for viability would help you a lot. I bet a lot of those sites you saved are long gone.
    • Re:Packratitis (Score:3, Insightful)

      by LazyBoy ( 128384 )
      I agree. Toss 'em. Here's my list of "bookmark" sources.

      Things I type (and complete with the browser history). It's faster than moving the mouse anyway.

      A couple of dozen items on my MyYahoo home page.

      Google.

    • in which case you should update the link to point to the wayback machine archive of the page.
    • You really have nailed my psyche & dilemna. :P

      Checking bookmarks for viability is already out there. Its called spidering.

      Oddly enough, those long gone sites are not really a problem. Out of my 3K bookmarks, I'd guess at least 95% are viable, and perhaps another 10% need to be relocated.

      No, I want to automate the organizing, and perhaps an alternate interface to quickly retrieve the link. Transferring the bookmarks into a relational database probably would really help. Save a bookmark, add a few
    • Re:Packratitis (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ciscoguy01 ( 635963 )
      The real way to solve your problem is with "delete."

      But since you probably don't want to do that, a function that checks bookmarks for viability would help you a lot. I bet a lot of those sites you saved are long gone


      You mean like there was in Netscape 4.77? Fantastic bookmark manager. Could search inline, check for dead links, etc. Firefox has nothing, IE is much worse.

      Having historical bookmarks are VERY USEFUL, I have had people IM me and say "what do you know about 'this'". They are invariab
    • Re:Packratitis (Score:5, Informative)

      by Twylite ( 234238 ) <twylite.crypt@co@za> on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @08:07AM (#12280155) Homepage

      I've suffered from the billion bookmarks problem too, and I believe "delete it" is sound advise.

      For some background, take a look at the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. You'll realise that having so many bookmarks doesn't assist you in any way. There are too many to be used for reference material, and too many to consult regularly.

      Instead, try to do the following:

      1. Have a list of "TO DO" bookmarks. Those sites you want to take a closer look at, articles you want to read, etc. When you have spare time, work over this list. Once handled the bookmark must be moved off this list.

      2. Have a list of "Regular" bookmarks. These are sites you want to visit regularly. You could subcategorise them as daily, weekly, monthly (or hourly for Slashdot ;) ).

      3. Have a list of "Reference" bookmarks and criteria for adding new ones. Carefully choosing your criteria is important. I suggest that you never put a bookmark directly into reference, but put it into "TO DO" first so that you review it at least one at a later time before deciding on its importance. Then omit any bookmarks to information that can be easily found by searching. Then ask yourself "would I use this as reference if I printed it out and filed it in a cabinet?" If yes, then it makes it in as a reference bookmark.

      You'll suddenly find that you have a managable amount of reference material, and can categorise it easily according to your needs.

  • search and bayes (Score:5, Insightful)

    by asa ( 33102 ) <asa@mozilla.com> on Monday April 18, 2005 @04:54PM (#12274044) Homepage
    If a browser had a rock-solid non-volitle cache, then your history and your bookmarks could manifest out of that. Imagine that every page you've visited was stored in some reasonably light-weight database in the browser and then both auto-catagorized based on some combination of metadata grouping and bayesian analysis as well as available in a type-down filtering/auto-completing searchlike tool or tools.

    You could just start typing any content or matching metadata from the site in the urlbar and it would filter on that and present options in the auto-complete pop-up list, maybe with additional ranking based on recency, frequency and user tweaking. Alternately, you could see various views of the auto-catagorization, a la iTunes, with a few simple sorting and flagging tools. Combining recency and frequency, plus user "nudging" of entries (possibly based on a simple TiVo-style thumbs up/thumbs down model) you would be able to find what you're looking for at the top of various folders/menus/treelists with more ease than today's common bookmark managers and it wouldn't require the forethough that you might one day want to find it.

    - A
    • Re:search and bayes (Score:3, Informative)

      by DavidTC ( 10147 )
      Slogger [kenschutte.com] can save every page you visit, in quite a lot of formats. I have two modes set up.

      I have a button to turn on logging and get the text of every page saved in different text file, (And the URL saved in a seperate XML file.) for when I'm doing research I'll need later.

      And I have a button that saves the whole page intact automatically, with graphics in a directory.

      But if you have infinite disk space, you can easily do the latter on every page, with a handy toolbar button for a toggle. And all URLs re

    • It sounds pretty cool but I would like to see a tool that deals with email, documents, and other stuff as well as web pages. Perhaps something along the lines of Omea [jetbrains.com]
  • I want (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dJCL ( 183345 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @04:55PM (#12274056) Homepage
    What I want, and have not looked for yet, is something that keeps my bookmarks the same between all my browsers on all my os, on all my systems.

    Something that plugs into firefox/mozilla, modifies the links for ie and messes with opera. All of this stored on my server using webdav would be best, but someone else's system is fine for me.

    I just want to bookmark a site at work, so I can waste time at home browsing it, and leave work time for work.

    I currently just copy the cool urls to a wiki I installed for testing a while back and never took down... hundreds of links in there, most useless really...

    • Re:I want (Score:1, Informative)

      by coolmadsi ( 823103 )
      What I want, and have not looked for yet, is something that keeps my bookmarks the same between all my browsers on all my os, on all my systems.

      You could try portable firefox, basically it goes on a usbpen or similar device and can be used on as many machines as you want as far as i remember.

      Another alternative would be to use the import/export function in firefox normally, save a few days worth of bookmarks, export tehm and import them at home.
    • Re:I want (Score:5, Interesting)

      by ogre57 ( 632144 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @05:42PM (#12274643)

      Parent: Look at Firefox Extensions >> Bookmarks [mozilla.org], maybe try eg Bookmarks Synchronizer 1.0.1 [mozilla.org], etc.

      Article: Wish list item. Over the years I've accumulated bookmark files from Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Konqueror, and Lynx. I would like something that would reconcile these various files and formats into a single file, ask/delete duplicates, etc. These duplicates would include "Hey dummy, you have the same url in 3 different folders. Do you want to delete ..". Mentioned elsewhere, also some easy way to scan, verify, find, and ask/delete dead links.

      • Most browsers save bookmarks in html or xml format. It would be easy to whip up a perl script to parse that and delete duplicates. Probably not too much harder to convert them all to the same format for easy importing.
    • Use Delicious and get the Foxylicious extension for Firefox. Problem solved.
    • I use an RSS feed. I save my bookmarks to an xml file on my website. Then at anyplace, I can add the RSS feed, or just dl the xml. Fast, quick, easy.'

      KevG
      • I sense automation, ease of use and scriptability in this possible solution... I must investigate further... Now where did I put that copy of Python?

        Simple answer for me, might be scripting something myself. I already use have webdav setup for my mozilla calendar client to save online, so saving another xml file to webdav would be nothing, making that file formatted as an rss feed would allow me to set it up as a mozilla/firefox(maybe ie...) bookmark that auto updates. Then I just need some glue that updat
    • Yes, along with select cookies (preferences, etc.)


  • I hate clicking on a bookmark, and finding out the page has been moved.

    • I had the same problem. I have used "Xenu's link sleuth" link checker for validating my bookmarks file. But it is available only for windows - may have changed since I last checked.

    • Re:Dead Link Checker (Score:2, Informative)

      by schnits0r ( 633893 )
      THere is a program (google for it) called AM-Deadlink. It will check for dupes and dead links, and redirection pages too. It also works for Firefox, Mozilla, Opera and IE.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Highlight all and press <Shift> + <Delete>

    It's more fun to rediscover the web, rather than just visiting the same sites all the time.
  • Don't bookmark (Score:5, Insightful)

    by A nonymous Coward ( 7548 ) * on Monday April 18, 2005 @05:03PM (#12274170)
    I used to have hundreds, if not thousands, of bookmarks, but even before Google, I realized that 90% of them could be found again by a search. The added benefit is that if the site moves, or a better site comes along, the search automatically finds them too.

    • Tabbed browsing has really reduced my need for bookmarks. Instead of bookmarking things, I just open them in another tab.

      When the tabs get too small to see the icons I just open another window.

      When there are too many windows to keep track of, I just switch to a new desktop.

      I would recommend investing in a good UPS if you plan to adopt this system though.

      --MarkusQ

      • Exactly. And Opera is the candidate browser for this since you won't even need the UPS. Some memory might be needed though, with those 240mb of raw page data laying about the system.
    • Re:Don't bookmark (Score:2, Informative)

      by smahesh ( 845383 )

      I used to keep bookmarks and then switched to using google/yahoo search engine technique you mentioned. But of late, I am switching back to keeping bookmarks because the quality of search results from the search engines seems to have deteriorated. Earlier the relevant results would appear in the first couple of pages. Now, I have to dig through the list of junk results before hitting the relevent page. To save me the hassle the next time around - I just bookmark the site.

      <offtopic to OP>
      Anyone

      • Best of both worlds. How about search, but only a search of the pages you've visited? No irrelevant results!

        I use History Hound [stclairsw.com] on the Mac, I'm sure there's something similar for Linux/Windows.
      • Anyone else notice that queries to google now need to be appended with "-ebay -this -that" and not just simple keywords to restrict junk results?

        Depending on what I'm searching for, I'll often use "-com", which usually yields some interesting results. The top link will generally be a .edu or .org domain.

        Of course you still get results from domains like .co.uk and .co.nz, but they are much lesser in number, and usually further down the list.

    • I use bookmarks mainly not for finding sites but for remembering to check the sites in the first place. Basically, the only bookmarks I use other than as a reminder are those few I have in the toolbar, and they are the ones I visit enough that one click is much better than typing a google search.

      I have one bookmarks folder called "bills", which is really a combination of the two. Every week or so I go through this list of bookmarks to the login pages of sites where I pay my bills (my phone company, my st

    • But then, I'll forget what I was going to look at later!

      (IE I'm at work and I want to remember to check out that site about the beowulf cluster of hot grits... how will I remember that when I get home?)
  • This sounds like a good use for a google-style search. Possibly using Google's Desktop Search?
  • What about Favicons? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tommertron ( 640180 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @05:15PM (#12274323) Homepage Journal
    Why oh why can't I change the favicons, either on my linkbar or my bookmarks? I'm a really visual person, and I find favicons the best way to browse through my links. It's annoying when a site doesn't have one, if they have one I don't like, or when they apply a random one (Netscape icon on the Toronto Star page???) What I'd really love is a plugin that would allow me to change the favicons on my linkbar and in bookmarks. Also visual bookmark folders would be really nice too - like an icon for sports sites, one for school sites, one for games, etc
  • I have the same problem, because there's a difference in the needs that bookmarks meet and that reference pages create. I want to be able to search reference pages, preferably indexed for speed, and don't expect them to update much. Slashdot, on the other hand, I want to visit and read myself. I bookmark sites like Slashdot and Google News. For reference material, I use scrapbook (a firefox plugin) that allows me to save those pages and index them. It's really handy, and you can sort things into folders.
  • Too many bookmarks (Score:4, Interesting)

    by digitect ( 217483 ) <digitect@COFFEEd ... m minus caffeine> on Monday April 18, 2005 @05:19PM (#12274379) Homepage

    This is not intended as a flame, but an observation from my own experience. I used to keep tons of bookmarks on a series of HTML pages. It was pretty simple, and I could reorganize via simple cut and paste. (Know thy text editor.)

    But after a while, I realized it was taking some additional effort to maintain them. URLs update, site content gets revised, re-statements elsewhere are more helpful, and my interests change.

    I also realized as Google continued to improve (4 years ago?) that half the time I was simple googling what I remembered, not paging through my link collection. If a URL went out of date, I would spend only a minute or so re-finding it, not the hours I imagined.

    Which leads me to my current system:

    1. Try not to bookmark links.
    2. If you must, keep them in one of 15-20 categories.
    3. Never have more than 50-60 total. Refactor constantly.

    I am always pleasantly surprised at how quickly I can google some long-lost page. Or sometimes, I run across another page that is even better, which may have not even existed the first time.

    Link collection is a dangerous hobby because one tends to overlook the hidden maintenance costs.

    • That's why I switched to del.icio.us.

      There's nothing more irritating to me than looking for "that thing about the stuff I saw two months ago" with Google, but I hated having hundreds of bookmarks for sites I may never need to visit again. With del.icio.us, I just bookmark it, tag it, and forget about it. Any time I need a link, it's there, organized in a system that makes sense to me.

      My Firefox bookmarks menu is amazingly short now, just stuff I visit regularly.
  • http://www.abscindere.com/

    It organizes bookmarks in concepts and allows you to make notes on them. It's very usefull once you get the hang on it.
  • Multiple views of the same mass o' bookmarks would be a great start.

    • Sort by date created.
    • Sort by date site last updated.
    • Sort by times you, the user, have gone to that particular bookmark.
    • Sort by frequency the site updates.
    • Sort by date you have most recently visited that site.

    then, keywords from the webpages would be nice, but create keyword categories only if multiple bookmarked pages have those same keywords.

    This would save me from having to manually create folders like "linux" "wimax" "python".

  • by gozar ( 39392 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @05:29PM (#12274496) Homepage
    There are several services online that allow you to do this. Off the top of my head:

    Take your pick.

  • chipmarks (Score:4, Informative)

    by jkakar ( 259880 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @05:33PM (#12274543)
    https://www.chipmark.com/Main

    It's pretty cool... there's a plugin for firefox... take your bookmarks anywhere. Might be what you're looking for.


  • Powermarks [kaylon.com] is a tag-based (aka keyword-based) bookmark manager.

    I love it.

    When I'm browsing and find something I like, I press my hotkey and start typing one or more of the many keywords I use to describe URLs to myself. Saving a bookmark takes about 3 seconds, no mouse.

    When I want to find a bookmark, I press another hotkey and start typing the domain name or a keyword. The search results are updated with every keystroke with no lag.

    Works with Opera and Mozilla.
    • I also use powermarks - the keyword search is like a mini-google search just in your bookmarks that updates as you type (like google suggest). It will even sync across the web so you can get your bookmarks somewhere else. The only problem is that it doesn't work with firefox. I use Mozilla because of that. It also work with IE, and that lets me use the same bookmarks for both browsers. It's not free, though, but well worth it IMHO.
  • Have a look at http://www.thebrain.com/ [thebrain.com]. It lets you organize your bookmarks and much more.
    • Quite an excellent program. I use it daily. It doesn't integrate quite as well with Firefox as it does with IE, but hopefully when FF hits 30% or so there will be some work done on both sides in this regard.

      The nice thing with TheBrain (formerly from Natrificial) is you can link virtually anything to anything without the old file and folder hierarchical system. "Thoughts" in TheBrain can be linked as "child," "parent," "sibling," or "jump" thoughts. Since the last version, everything can be color-coded. Th
  • I'm not sure if this is what delicious does, but I'd like to add a book mark and automatically have that website added to my own private search engine/directory. The directory location would be default to some sane default - for instance, if I add a bookmark which is already in DMOZ, then it'd be added to the same directories as in DMOZ. If it didn't already exist in DMOZ, then I would have to place it somewhere myself, and this would be remembered for others unless I marked the bookmark private.

    As for t

  • This has been mentioned by a few other people, but I think it deserves more attention.

    JUST USE GOOGLE. Chances are that's how you found the website in the first place anyway. Personally, I've only bookmarked websites that I visit every single day. For neato things, I just google for it if I want it again. This conveniently takes care of the problem of URLs changing with your bookmarks not being updated, as well.
    • Google is inadequate bookmark repository. Many a time I have hit on a page searched by Google, and then three months later can remember there was a particularly good page, but then can't find it.
      Usually this occurs when I want to locate a particular factoid for a response. Specific keywords, page ranking, and Google index updates is going to affect the ability to find a specific page.
    • Bookmarks are one of those things I just don't need. I take them occasionally, but find that I never look them up again. Instead, I just search google for a page that I need. The rare exception may be a specific portion of a website, or keeping quick links to the websites I visit every day. Otherwise, google is the new "bookmark" system.
    • Rule #1: If I found it through Google, within the first 30 hits, do not bookmark.

      Rule #2: At the end of the day, sort all new bookmarks, or they get deleted.
  • I like Opera's "Notes" feature. Mark a piece of relevant text on the page you want to remember, and choose "Copy to note". The notes are collected in a long, flat, searchable list of quoted pieces of text, without title, and with a link back to the URL.

    Surprisingly useful. I use it a lot more that the traditional bookmarks.

  • I wrote a quick little PHP script that allows me to add/edit/delete bookmarks stored in a MySQL table.

    It makes a nice little sidebar for Mozilla and FireFox. Regardless of being at home, work or dual booting to a different Mozilla/FireFox profile, my bookmarks are accessable.

    Adding groups/subfolders is high on my wishlist.
  • Take a look at Scuttle [sourceforge.net], a run your own style del.icio.us. You can try it out at http://scuttle.org/ [scuttle.org].

    Seriously all of these tagged systems are much better than a flat hierarchy when it comes to reusing bookmarks. Plus having it in your own database or an RSS feed is quite useful. Select a tagged rss feed and add it to your site to display recently related bookmarks, I dig it. Just the ability to share alone makes the system worthwhile. No more digging through email to find a link someone sent you last year
  • I run Bookmarks Synchronizer [mozdev.org]. Works pretty well.
  • organize your bookmarks intelligently, and they're easy to sort through. i've got a 1mb bookmark file (around 6000 bookmarks), and can find anything quickly.
    the main thing is keeping a max size per folder. i've got 5 folders in root, and 3-8 folders in each of those, and 3-10 items/folders in each of those (and so on).
    bookmar file raw [blanketfort.com] and also in a javascript sidebar [blanketfort.com] (mimicing firefox sidebar).
    it expands organically. when a folder grows too large, it gets split into subclasses. follow your own naming con
  • I think the poster is looking for sorting techniques. But for me my big problem was replication to all my desktops. So while the sorting is no better then folders/subfolders, I like: http://sitebar.org/ [sitebar.org]
    • I think the poster is looking for sorting techniques

      Sort of. What I "think" I want is some form of bookmark management automation. The ability to quickly store a bookmark, with graphical indexing, rather than tries, and then to be able to retrieve it as quickly. And any other bonuses: Newer easier interface, spidering, replication/transaction mirroring.

  • You may want to check out online bookmark services comparison chart [artemfrolov.com]. Most of them will import/export your bookmarks from all popular browsers.
  • by mindslip ( 16677 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @09:18PM (#12277014)
    SiteBar [sitebar.org] is the most powerful, and yet simple, bookmark manager out there. (I know because I started the project and handed it off to a brilliant programmer!)

    It's a bookmark *server*, so you don't have to even be at your own computer to have all your bookmarks organized.

    It runs in either your sidebar (beautiful in Firefox), main window, a stand-alone pop-up, your menu, an RSS feed, or embedded in any web page.

    It's OSS, written in PHP/MySQL (port it if you'd like) so you can run your own server if you'd like
    or use one of any number of public SiteBar servers which other people run.

    It does link checking, expires old dead links, shows favicons in it's tree, has full users and groups if you want a multi-user setup, and fine granular control over editing/adding/deleting/viewing if you want to run it in your intranet.

    You can simply import your current bookmark file (any format!), synch between installs, export to a different bookmark file, or use it from the server itself.

    Check it out... let me know what you think mindslip.com>
    • SiteBar is the most powerful, and yet simple, bookmark manager out there. (I know because I started the project and handed it off to a brilliant programmer!)

      Based on what you've said, you may well be right. What you described in your posting is something I've been thinking about for while; if someone else has developed it already, great!

      However, before you get to carried away with your own magnificence, you might want to tell your 'brilliant programmer' friend to work on the website a bit.

      From my visit
    • I must say, thank you for SiteBar! I've been using it for about 6 months - I'm hooked. (It's down right now as I switch hosts, but I'm putting it back up shortly)

      SITEBAR ROCKS!

      Works in Firefox, Opera, IE...

      Web-based...accessible anywhere, from anything...

      You can use it just for yourself, or make it open to the public (or in my case, family and friends can use it if they want, and contribute to the public folder of bookmarks in addition to their own personal folder)

      Seriously...give it a look.
  • From XRayz [xrayz.co.uk] works very well for me.

    Pros:

    • Integrates nicely with the browser
    • All bookmarks are kept in a single file that is easily transferred between PCs
    • Keeps track of logins and and associated passwords. Not terribly secure but very convenient.
    Cons:
    • Payware.
    • Runs on Windows only.

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