Managing browser bookmarks in Safari isn’t exactly painful, but every time I try to prune the mess I keep thinking that there’s got to be a better way. Actually, there are many better ways to manage bookmarks; some simple, some complex, but few as useful as the Pins app for your Mac.
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Browser bookmarks seem to grow in number each year, and it doesn’t take but a few years of using Safari or whatever your browser choice may be to accumulate a few hundred bookmarks. I have some that date back 15 years, pre-OS X.
Through the years I’ve used half a dozen Mac bookmark managers; some that sync online, some that reside only online, and others that attempt to sync bookmarks between different browsers on different platforms.
My new find this week is called simply Pins, which may be the neatest, simplest, and most usable of the many Mac bookmark manager apps. In some respects Pins appears similar to bookmarks in Safari– a list of bookmarks in a sidebar, with folder navigation.
The difference between Pins and most bookmark managers becomes obvious at first glance when you see thumbnail images of the bookmarked website in the Pins window. Click a thumbnail and it opens the website page.
Pins bookmark organization is the standard folder and sub-folder method, so keeping even a massive amount of bookmarks is not complicated. But Pins has a few useful options that make it worth the slightly-less-than-expected price tag.
First, you can apply notes to any bookmark in your collection. Searching for bookmarks is easy, too; simply use search terms to match the website– title, address, comment, or note. Second, the Pins thumbnails turn into full previews with QuickLook to make it easier to find a website.
What pushed me over the top was Pins’ option to sync bookmarks with Delicious and Pinboard– from within Pins. Update there, and it syncs here. Update here, and it syncs there. That alone is worth the price of admission and makes it easy to keep bookmarks in sync across multiple browsers.
Bookmarks can be added to Pins via drag and drop. Just grab the URL in the address bar and drop it onto the free Pins extension for Safari. Pins also has an option to add tags to each website bookmark for easier search, and websites can be rated, too. If your bookmark collection is extensive and comes from Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera or even Delicious, Instapaper, and Pocket, they can be imported with a few clicks.
Pins also sports a bookmark history so you can see which sites you’ve visited and when. Although Pins is available for purchase on the Mac App Store, the developer wisely has a free trial available.