How many web browsers
do you use? If you use more than one, then you have likely experienced the pains
of bookmark juggling. To help relieve this suffering, Everyday Software brings us
BookIt, a utility that can make managing multiple bookmark libraries a breeze. BookIt
is an internet browser bookmark manager that helps you synchronize bookmark libraries
among multiple browsers. By helping you generate and maintain a master bookmark list
and then allowing you to distribute it to your browsers of choice, you can gain control
of your bookmarks libraries and provide a consistent bookmark organization among
the browsers that you use. BookIt also provides easy access to your bookmarks by
providing a Menu Item and Dockling that directly accesses pages referenced by your
Download the 1.3 Mbyte disk image from the website, open it and drag the application
to Applications folder. A Dockling and a Menu Item are also available. Since there
were multiple components associated with the application, I created a BookIt sub-folder
in the Application folder and dragged the BookIt components to the folder.
When the application is first launched, you are presented with the main BookIt window
(see figure below). This window allows you to Manage your bookmarks, Migrate bookmarks
from one browser to another, or Restore bookmarks for a browser.
For managing you bookmarks, you click on the Manage toolbar button (on by default).
Here you can also select the master browser bookmark file to use as the point of
comparison when you start organizing your bookmarks. You are also presented with
a checklist that allows you to select the browsers to include when the bookmark comparison
is done. Once these selections are made, you are now ready to start the organization
BookIt Main Window
Click on the "Organize..."
button to start the bookmark consolidation process (see figure below). BookIt compares
the master file with other browser bookmark files. It displays the master bookmarks
(from the source browser) in the main Bookmarks window, and displays the bookmarks
not in the Master in the Missing bookmark sidebar. Using the side bar as a source,
you can move bookmarks to the master using drag and drop (or the "Move to"
item in the contextual menu). Each of the missing bookmarks show the name, URL, and
which browser the bookmark came from.
BookIt Bookmark Consolidation Process
The "Move to"
command presents a full hierarchical list of the master bookmark folders making it
easy to organize the bookmarks. The side bar also contains a section that present
a full set of information on the selected bookmark. Additional information can be
obtained using the "View Site" button, which navigates to the referenced
web site and the "Info"command, which displays additional detail about
the bookmark (see figure below). BookIt also offers the standard editing tools for
your bookmark file, such as add a new bookmark , create a folder and add a separator.
Bookmark Info Window
Once you have completed your editing, you can "Sync" your bookmark file
with the browsers on your system. When the "Sync" button is pressed, the
user is prompted for the bookmark files to update (see figure below). It provides
a checklist of the browsers that are defined to BookIt. There are also options at
the bottom for saving a BookIt bookmarks file, as well as updating the files used
by the BookIt menu item and Dockling.
Choosing Bookmark Files to Update
Once the synchronization is done, and it's pretty quick, all of your checked browsers
will now have the exact bookmark structure. This is a very quick and painless way
to get your bookmarks synchronized, with the added touch of being able to perform
edits before choosing to sync. The speed and ease at which this occurs is worth the
price of admission alone.
BookIt offers the option to filter duplicate bookmarks from the master list. When
I chose this option, bookmarks that I used quite a bit disappeared from master list,
because they were buried elsewhere in the hierarchy and where they were encountered
first. The user can also select the comparison criteria, the bookmark name or address.
Additional browsers can be added if the location of the bookmark file is known. Using
this feature with file sharing, the user can synchronize their bookmarks between
two computers. Using a variation of this technique with Samba file sharing, I was
able synchronize Firefox bookmarks on my wife's Windows laptop. BookIt also supports
synchronization of bookmarks on your .Mac account.
As an experiment, I attempted to create a set of bookmarks on my wife's Windows laptop.
I wanted to investigate whether BookIt would be useful in a virtualized environment
running both Windows and Mac OS X. I found that the bookmarks that are produced for
Firefox on a PC are compatible. Unfortunately, BookIt does not produce bookmarks
compatible with the Windows version of Internet Explorer. The developers might consider
including this in a future release.
The second main function of the BookIt main window is the Migrate button. This is
a very simple function that provides a from and to popup lists. You select the browser
you want to copy from, the browser you want to copy to, and then click on Migrate.
BookIt then copies the bookmarks from one browser to the other (completely replacing
the destination browser's bookmarks as opposed to adding to them). This is a simple
and quick way to get one browser updated.
The last button on the main window is the "Restore" button. Say, for example,
when you synchronized all of your browsers, that one browser had a special URL that
was not in the master list. By choosing Restore, and selecting the browser that had
the special link, that browser's bookmarks are magically restored to it's original
bookmarks prior to the sync. This is a handy feature.
The BookIt package also contains a menu item and Dockling that allow you to directly
access your bookmarks form either the menu or Dock. The menu item is a badge that
displays a pop down menu when clicked. The Dockling displays the same menu when selected
from the Dock. These are applications that can be launched at startup or at any during
your session or not at all, your choice. I found the menu item particularly convenient
to access my bookmarks directly without launching the browser and waiting for the
home page to load before going to location that I needed.
The BookIt application is intuitive and very easy to use. I was able to quickly reorganize
my Safari and Firefox bookmarks into a single file and then deploy the common file
to both browsers. The ability to synchronize between Windows and Mac OS X could be
of benefit in a multi-OS environment. An additional feature that I would like to
see is the ability to identify duplicates in the master file with a pointer to the
other occurrences of the bookmark, so that they can consolidated if desired.
BookIt is a handy utility for managing multiple bookmark libraries. It takes the
pain out of shuffling different bookmark files among different browsers, giving you
back control of your bookmarks. The organize feature makes it very easy to consolidate
all of your bookmark files with little effort. The "sync" feature simplifies
the deployment of this newly minted bookmark file to all of the browsers that you
use, and can even deploy bookmarks to other systems as well. This tool can also be
used to maintain organization over hundreds of bookmarks that you worked hard to
collect over many years. BookIt is a must-have utility for anyone who uses multiple
web browsers and wants to regain control of their bookmarks.
|Bookit vs URL Manager
Pro, by Bud Simrin
I had URL Manager
Pro for a couple of years before I switched to BookIt. Both are excellent programs,
so you cannot lose with either one.
As I recall, BookIt first does what URL Manager Pro does: it provides an optional
universal bookmark menu in Finder's menubar. Secondly, both allow sorting and managing
of bookmarks, but I found it easier to do so in BookIt. The big difference in the
programs is that with URL Manager Pro, this universal bookmark menu shows up in each
browser in addition to the browser's own bookmark menu. I didn't like having a second
bookmark menu in my browsers. In BookIt, the universal bookmark menu is synchronized
with the built-in bookmark menu of all browsers. BookIt does this synchronization
in one fell swoop, in a matter of seconds, handling all browsers at once. In the
process, it lets you compare all the browsers so you can identify any bookmarks you
may have made in, say Camino, that you didn't make in, say, Safari. I found that
comparison ability to be a desirable feature.
BookIt does require an extra step to synchronize now and then, but the synchronization
is simplicity itself, and it buys you identical bookmark menus no matter what browser
you decide to use.
- Powerful tool that
helps you organize your bookmarks
- Can be used to synchronize
bookmarks across multiple systems
- Provides easy access
to your bookmarks from the operating system
- Cannot sync with
Windows Internet Explorer
- Removing duplicates
does not make it clear where the non-removed duplicate may be
5 out of 5 Mice