What I like about Safari bookmarks isn’t the organizational capability (make the folder icons bigger, Apple; please?). It’s still tedious. But at least bookmarks sync nicely between Mac, iPhone and iPad. Is there a better way? Yes. And no.
Bookmarks For Fun, Not Profit
Here’s the deal with browser bookmarks, starting with Safari. It’s easy enough to capture a website URL and save it as a bookmark.
It’s the bookmark management that’s the issue. Think tedious and time consuming. At least Apple has the sync part down with iCloud.
Momiji automates all but the second most important issue* with browser bookmarks by capturing the URL, auto filling bookmark titles, and adding keywords to make searching much easier.
Momiji is actually inviting to use, and that little bit of extra pleasure in usability makes it the best Mac, iPhone, and iPad website bookmark manager.
Momiji’s inviting interface still smacks a bit of skeumorphism (Wood grain? Really?) but that’s not distracting. Each bookmark displays Title, URL, appropriate Tags for search, and has a space for Notes.
There’s even a thumbnail image of the website. The lefthand sidebar displays your bookmarks below the search bar. Adding and finding a bookmark is straightforward. If you already have a gazillion bookmarks in Safari, no problem, amigo. Momiji can import and export as needed.
Aside from a single major issue*, I have a minor nit. My Safari bookmarks were organized into sections as folders, making navigation a bit cumbersome but also made it easy to find bookmarks based on a spatial location.
Momiji uses keywords, which, once you get into the habit, is about the same effort, but requires discipline to change the method.
Momiji syncs to Pinboard, works offline, backs up bookmarks easily, and plays nice-nice with social networks by sharing to Twitter, Facebook, and Mail. The browser extensions grab URLs from Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.
What’s the caveat? Momiji doesn’t use iCloud or Dropbox to sync website bookmarks between Mac, iPhone and iPad. Instead, it uses the old fashioned sync over the local network or Wi-Fi. How quaint.
Momiji would be the perfect bookmark management app if it could sync over iCloud or Dropbox or Box or OneDrive or whatever else works for you. And, if it could organize bookmarks into sections.