A better bookmark manager than the world’s best bookmark manager
About a year ago I wrote about the "the world’s best bookmark manager.". Well, forget that. I was wrong! I’ve since switched to using Bookmark Ninja. I’ve learned my lesson and won’t go off the deep end this time, but Bookmark Ninja is a really good?1 bookmark manager. It has a superb search facility and easy tagging to group bookmarks (its bookmark listview is shown below in Figure 1).
Figure 1. Bookmark Ninja bookmark list.
A minor downside is that Bookmark Ninja isn’t a browser add-in or extension, but rather it’s simply a bookmarklet. In some ways, a bookmarklet is better than a browser extension (works on any browser and is crazy easy to install by dragging its bookmarklet to your browsers bookmark toolbar). A downside to it being a bookmarklet is that there are some sites configured with very strict content security policies and Bookmark Ninja doesn’t work on those. The only site where this consistently frustrates me is GitHub so for saving links there I use Bookmark Ninja’s Web panel to add them.
Bookmarklet’s are, by definition, supposed to be exempt from strict content policies, but, apparently, browsers just don’t handle bookmarklets correctly in this case. Maybe one day they’ll get that figured out.
Bookmark Ninja isn’t free, but it only costs $24 US per year. Its search engine makes that very worthwhile for me. I haven’t had to reach out to its tech support, but its creator stays in touch with regular emails with tips and techniques. Bookmark Ninja’s import feature pulled in all of my existing bookmarks very easily. Since writing the other bookmark manager article, several of you have asked, “why don’t you just use the bookmark feature in your browser?” There are two reasons why browsers’ built-in bookmark features aren’t enough for me:
- Their search capabilities are minimal at best.
- I use FireFox, mostly, for my day-to-day browsing, but I also use Chrome, Opera and a few other oddballs (Blisk, anyone?) occasionally and BookMarkNinja works across all of these browsers.