On the other side of the coin we hate to manage bookmarks which constantly need to be checked and pruned and organized. There’s got to be a better way to handle browser bookmarks beyond Safari’s bookmarks system or Top Sites? Here it is. Mostly.
Visual Browser Bookmarks
What I like about Safari’s bookmarks is that they store many bookmarks in a nice folder-based hierarchy. That’s what I hate, too.
Managing bookmarks is tedious and time consuming. What I like about Top Sites in Safari is how quickly one can click and get to a frequently visited website.
What we need is something that works between Top Sites and Safari’s bookmarks manager. That’s Webbla, a standalone Mac website bookmark manager that’s also visual.
Webbla can be set to check for website changes (and the validity of the URL) automatically, then render a visual thumbnail of the site for easier, faster reference.
Bookmarks can be collected and organized into categories. Instead of having to remember a bookmark’s title and where in the folder hierarchy it lives, you’ll be able to spot a site by sight.
Webbla is perfect for Mac users with a cluttered and somewhat disorganized collection of website bookmarks. The Safari extension makes it easy to grab a URL and modify a bookmark from the Toolbar.
Bookmarks can be organized into collections, and you can set up rules for smart collections. Bookmarks are easily shared on Delicious and Pinboard (and synchronized in the background), and you can use tags to make it easier to find bookmarks in a large collection by using Spotlight.
If you love a little eye candy, you can use Cover Flow to flip through bookmarks in the Finder the same way you flip through files in Documents, or music in iTunes.
Top Sites in Safari works fine for frequently visited websites. Even Safari’s bookmarks manager is acceptable for a few bookmarks, but Webbla does a good job for those of us with modest sized bookmark collections , but flipping through Cover Flow with a larger collection is tedious in its own right.