Got bookmarks? Chances are good you have more bookmarks on Safari or whatever browser you’re using than you care to admit or use. Bookmarks are that handy webpage bookmark utility that just gets out of hand after a year or do.
I have bookmarks that date back into the last century and I can’t be sure the website still exists and don’t want the hassle of finding out. What this world needs is an honest politician and a good bookmarks manager. Like Pins.
King Reading List
Browser bookmarks have been around since the dawn of Mosaic back in the early 1990s. They’re great, right? A handy way to keep track of websites you may want to visit again, right? So, why is Safari’s Reading List more popular? Bookmarks are a pain to manage. That’s what Pins does. It’s a visual bookmark system that syncs between browsers.
On the lefthand sidebar you’ll see the familiar bookmarks architecture of folders. The center column displays the bookmarks and a thumbnail of the website. The righthand sidebar has a place for notes, displays the URL of the selected bookmark and more.
Pins gives you simple tools to store, categorize, and display bookmarks– whether you have a few dozen, or a few hundred, or a few hundred from the last century. If you’re familiar with Safari’s bookmarks, then you’ll appreciate Pins. Create folders and subfolders in whatever organizational structure you prefer.
Each bookmark can have notes, a preview, and can be searched via title, URL, comment, notes, and more.
Pins makes it child’s play to add bookmarks– drag and drop. Bookmarks can be ranked, tossed into folders, synchronized (worth that feature alone), and shared. Bookmarks can be categorized and tagged to make searching through hundreds or thousands much easier. It even displays a history of recent bookmark activity. Any bookmark can be previewed, too.
Bookmarks can be imported into Pins from Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Delicious, Pocket, or Instapaper. There are extensions for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, but, oddly enough, not Opera (a favorite as it now has a built-in VPN to enhance privacy). Pins reviews on the Mac App Store have been mixed; some love it, some have issues, but as with all reviews, your mileage may vary as reviews seldom describe the Mac or macOS version being used. I’ve had no issues but I would like to see a few features to help justify the price tag.
Pins could use a background check to ensure websites are still available to match the URL (and provide an alert if it’s not). The thumbnail idea is good for dozens of bookmarks but for hundreds and hundreds I would like a way to turn it off.
Otherwise, if you have many bookmarks, Pins is a good way to keep them managed. It’s easy to see why Apple chose to add Reading List to Safari. Most people don’t want the complexity of bookmark management, but Reading List doesn’t have any page management capability at all.