There is a better way. My latest productivity find is Raindrop.io, a website bookmark system that works on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Android devices that gives you browser choices and a single location to manage bookmarks.
Well, what exactly is wrong with the built-in bookmark system that comes with Safari? Not much. And everything. Apple hasn’t done much to improve bookmarks in about a decade and many Mac, iPhone, and iPad users opt in for Read Later which is worse than bookmarks; convenience for a few items, but drop dead messy if you have a few dozen or a few hundred bookmarks.
Raindrop.io solves a few problems because it combines bookmarks with tags with photos and videos to make it a better solution than Apple’s built-in bookmark system. In fact, you can even export your current Safari bookmarks into Raindrop.io and have them synchronized between devices.
What you get is a rather elegant bookmark system that does more than bookmarks. Colleagues, family, friends, and co-workers can use bookmark collections. Changes are synced between users and devices, and always available from a webpage online.
Raindrop comes with tags and build in website thumbnails which makes it easier to identify specific pages. Collections make it easy to organize website bookmarks and share with others. The app is a bit like a creative mashup of Read Later, Bookmarks, Pocket, and Instapaper, all rolled into one.
Not many, but a few.
First, Raindrop.io is free to use and has an in-app purchase option for more features, including nested folders of bookmarks, and the aforementioned sharing options. It supports App Store Family Sharing, macOS Dark Mode, and can backup bookmarks to Dropbox or Google Drive (no iCloud backup support yet; I use Dropbox because it’s faster to sync).
Second, the Raindrop.io Pro version comes with a subscription price tag which can add up over time, but you do get some useful options including a URL Duplicate Finder, a Broken Links Finder, Tags, and an option to upload and store up to 1GB of photos and images.
As much as I like and use the current features, I appreciate that Raindrop.io is updated regularly with new features. Coming up is the ability to reorder bookmarks by drag and drop, a Dark Theme for iOS, notes for bookmarks, and more. Since the free version is, well, free, you get to try it out first. If you have bookmarks in Safari those can be exported easily and imported into Raindrop.io.
Nicely done and easily worth a few bucks if you live with many dozens of bookmarks and need them to sync between devices.