How many bookmarks do you have on your Mac? If you’re like most Mac users, you’ll have bookmarks in Safari, probably arranged in a few categories, with maybe a few hundred bookmarks.
Other Mac users will manage a similar number of bookmarks in Firefox. More advanced users will manage bookmarks using Xmarks and keep them in sync across Macs, browsers, even PCs.
Bookmarks are not difficult to use in any Mac browser. Hundreds to thousands of bookmarks can be captured an managed with little difficulty (though may require some effort to organize).
Why Use A Bookmark App?
Sometimes I have to get further outside of the box that I already think I’m outside of. For me, Safari’s bookmark manager is fine. I curate and prune. In all the years of usage, I’ve had only one issue with bookmarks.
Where is the bookmark I want right now?
Searching for bookmarks in Safari is simple but comes with caveats. It only grabs what’s in Safari, and most bookmarks are a simple title and URL. That brings me to a different need. A bookmark app. In this case, the Little Bookmark Box.
This app works with Safari, but organizes URLs better, gives you keywords, smart folder (boxes) organization, and works to consolidate bookmarks from multiple browsers. Bookmarks in boxes can be sorted and arranged differently. Everything is editable, too– URLs, title, notes, keyword tags.
The Little Bookmark Box even remembers which browser opened which bookmark and when. It handles drag and drop to bring links to a box. Click on a link and it can also use Mail (instead of just opening up a browser window).
The app take some getting used to. It uses a boxes metaphor. Put your URL’s into boxes. That’s how it organizes. It’s easily searched by Spotlight, and features support for Growl notifications.
What’s missing? Synchronization. It’s fine for a single Mac, but needs the ability to sync across multiple Macs and store data on Dropbox or some other online service which can sync automatically to other Macs.
Otherwise, if you’re a Mac bookmarkaholic, and have thousands of URLs to manage, this is a tool worth a try.