If you’re reading this, you use a browser, and it’s likely you have bookmarks of specific web pages. What if you use more than one browser, Mac or PC?
Keeping bookmarks in sync can be a challenge. Apple charges $99 a year for MobileMe which syncs multiple Macs, including Safari browsers. What about Firefox, or Camino, or Chrome, or Opera? As it turns out, bookmark synchronization is rather easy.
The Problem With Browser Bookmarks
If all you use is Safari on a single Mac, bookmarks are easily managed and stored. Add Firefox to the mix, or any popular Mac browser, and synchronizing bookmarks presents a challenge.
That challenge is amplified when you add more than one Mac to the mix.
How do you keep bookmarks in sync? How do you keep them sorted? How do you know if a bookmark is still good? BookMacster is a Mac app that does the behind-the-scenes dirty work of bookmark management.
First, even when using only Safari on a single Mac, BookMacster adds specific functions to enhance your browsing experience. Bookmarks can be sorted (alphabetized). Bookmark duplicates can be identified and deleted. Finally, bookmarks can be verified (check to see if it’s still a legitimate web page).
Sync Me, Baby, One More Time
For many Mac users, bookmark management becomes problematic when you add a browser and multiple Macs. Some of us use Safari, Firefox, and another browser or two. And we keep multiple browsers on multiple Macs.
That’s a common scenario with a typical problem that BookMacster solves. It’s a simple enough idea that can get a bit complicated.
BookMacster carries bookmark management across browsers, across multiple Macs, even across platforms. How? BookMacster creates a Bookmarkshelf, a document which holds your bookmarks. Attach other web browsers into a single Bookmarkshelf to synchronize bookmarks.
You can sync bookmarks between Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, OmniWeb, and Camino, as well as Google Bookmarks (and other services). Importing and exporting between browsers is seamless and simple.
That’s the easy part. Because BookMacster can do so much more, it gets more complicated, feature laden, and requires more effort to manage the very management of bookmarks.
BookMacster has a menulet and a Dock menu to access bookmarks quickly.
Within BookMacster you can search and organize bookmarks, even edit specific attributes of each bookmark (shortcuts, keywords, descriptions, dates, locations, tags and more). If bookmarks are a big part of your Mac life, you’ll love the bells and whistles.
If all you need is cross-browser sync, it’s dead weight.
Documentation is extensive, though cumbersome to wade into. An online video for each component would make an excellent How To series for users.
Overall, BookMacster works well, and has plenty of features you may never use, but are available as your bookmark management requirements grow. For basic bookmark management, the ability to verify and fix broken bookmarks is especially worthy. For multi-browser users, on multiple Macs, BookMacster is a necessity.