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Webbla allows you to organize your Bookmarks visually with Delicious and Pinboard support.

If you like to handle your music and photos with iTunes and iPhoto, Webbla is the right application to handle your bookmarks.

Webbla is a modern bookmark manager for Mac OS X Leopard that helps you in organizing your bookmarks visually. It also offers you an easy way to keep track of website updates. Instead of remembering your bookmarks by title, Webbla gives you a new way to remember them visually. Personalizing your bookmarks with tags or keeping them in different categories will help you to come back to them more...

What's New

Version 1.5.6:
  • Gatekeeper ready
  • Added: Option to keep original website URL
  • Other Bug fixes and improvements


Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Fishscale Member IconComment+868

Mr. developer. Please explain the status of this application as I am completely beside myself with confusion as to whether it is alive, you answering Aargi suggests so, or if it is defunct, your release schedule or lack of anything even minor in over 2 years tells me the app is dead in the water.

Last Released Version:
Webbla Version 1.5.2 Release Notes - Dezember 9th, 2011

Current date: 05-Jan-2014

On your blog I also saw a post about a new version with screenshots supposedly coming and that was 8+ months ago with no answer. What is the status, once and for all please! We love the app, hate the angst in not knowing whether to look for alternatives. I'll be a guinea pig beat tester if you need, I just want an update! Cheers, happy new year!

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Version 1.5.6
Celmaro (Developer)

Thanks for your comment and Happy New Year.

I am really sorry for the confusion and I sincerely apologise for the delay.

Webbla is definitively not dead and we will do our best to release version 2 in the next view month.

As mentioned on our blog we have already arrived at a advanced development state about 12 month ago but where not able to devote the needed time to finalise version 2.

In the meanwhile we got plenty of new ideas we would like to include and since Apple is releasing major OS X updates every year there are more advanced frameworks and functions we can use. It’s a little bit like we are caught in a trap of product development circle unable to complete a final product.

I have never believed that it will be so difficult to release a version 2 but it definitively is.


Mid May 2014… still nothing???

Aargl Member IconReview+354

Well, I haven't done a thorough test, but just the fact that in 2013 you have to export your bookmarks to an html file from a browser, then import it into Webbla, instead of simply chosing a browser from which to import (as in Bookdog or Bookmacster, or even the old Bookit) is enough to make me sad... :-(
Add a real sync with current browsers and this app may become a best-seller. ;-)

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Version 1.5.6
Celmaro (Developer)

Thanks for your comment.
Yes, you are right, and it's a shame that it's 2013 and Apple don't offer a way to sync bookmarks with other applications. There was an API but Apple depreciated it with Mountain Lion.

To access the bookmarks like the applications you have mentioned do is not a big thing but it can corrupt your Safari bookmarks database or you have to close and open Safari every time bookmarks are synced which is not the right way to do things in our opinion.

This is also not the way to go for a Sandboxed application and will be never approved by Apple.


I understand your disappointment about Apple policy, it used to be a lot more open, back in the old days of the "think different" slogan... :-/
All this protectionism is really exaggerated.

So, if I understand well, the right way to use Webbla is to manage bookmarks in it (once we've imported the html file with our favorites), no more using the bookmarks integrated system from the browsers?


Ok, so I've tried importing my nearly 3000 bookmarks from an html file but it looks it's not automatically tagging them... do I have to tag them individually? Am I missing some command so Webbla would tag them based on the folders and subfolders?

Celmaro (Developer)

To be hornets, I am not using bookmarks in my web browser since the address bar of Safari is so advanced that it shows me most of the time exactly the url's of the webpages I would like to visit.
Webbla is to keep my web page jewels, websites I am not visiting constantly but would like to archive with additional information.

If you import a bookmark html file Webbla will import all your notes and tags and create a collection structure in the import folder as existing in the file.
Please check your html file if it contain such information. If there should be a problem please let me know.

joe_exp Member IconReview+9

Best Bookmark managing software out there.

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Version 1.5.6

I'm not trying to be nasty but a 1 lines "best out there" is not much help. How about fleshing out WHY you get this app 5 stars? I am looking to replace URL Manager Pro that has been great to me for 7 years but now has some quirks the developer seems unable to fix.


OK here we go:
1) its very stable and doesn't crash - (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
2) Is very fast - I have about 1000 bookmarks
3) I like the "Tag Stripe" which shows all the tags in a cloud
4) Adding Favs is very easy with the little script for the toolbar or the Safari Plug-in
5) "Smart Collections" make is very easy to sort by a host of criteria...
6) "Collections" can be grouped in Folders - very important to me
7)Bookmarks can be opened different Browser via pop-up menu and a default browser can be set independently from the system default
8) User interface is very easy to understand and clean compared to the other bookmark apps I have seen.
9) Bookmarks can be shared via delicious account

Hope this helps


The only thing I don't understand is why the previews are squares ... Beats me

Caryblack Member IconReview+5

I want to like and use this application so badly, but I have been unable to use it in any way since I've purchased it. I think the premise is brilliant, but once I fire up the application, everything freezes, the beach ball appears and I'm left to force quit the application. I don't know how to evaluate the program if it's completely unusable. I purchased the MAS version, realizing pinboard was not supported. I contacted the developer, he was extremely helpful in providing a license to use the beta version that does support pinboard. Maybe it's because I have over 10K bookmarks to import that causes it to hang, but I have no clue how to work around that. I want to like this so badly, but I may have to go back to Delibar in order to access my bookmarks again.

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Version 1.5.4
Celmaro (Developer)

Thanks for your feedback and sorry for the inconvenience.

With over 10k of bookmarks you can get performance issues but Webbla should not crash or become unusable.

You can optimize this behavior by organize and work with bookmark collections.

If you are using Safari with a lot of bookmarks you will get the same issue too.

To display thousands of bookmark previews at a time is a difficult and resource hungry task but we are working on a solution which will be implemented in the next bigger release of Webbla.

If you don't need the previews and have more then 10K of bookmarks you can find applications which perform better but there is currently no known bookmark app which displays you thousand of bookmark previews at the same time without performance issues.

Donperreault Member IconReview+600

I also wanted to like this app but it doesn't seemly integrate nicely with Safari. It's like running two different applications and cumbersome. Would like to get a refund because I used it for a day and then trashed it.

This does not mean that it won't work for others. It just doesn't fir my way of bookmarking.

I went back to Little Bookmark.

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Version 1.5.4
Celmaro (Developer)

Sorry, but you make me just wondering.

- Why you did not use the 15-days trial we offer.

- Why you did not ask us for a refund if you used it only for one day.

- Why Webbla don't integrate well with Safari even that it offers an Safari-Extension, bookmarklets and shortcuts.

- Why you did not contact us to explain your concerns.

- Why I can not find you in our customer database.

Why, Why, Why ...

Broz Member IconReview+47

I wanted to like this app, but it has really given me more grief than save me time.

When I use it, Webbla spends a lot of time spinning. I has not, however, crashed. When I first started using it, I imported a LOT of URLs. Webbla spun and spun and spun. It hogged the CPU, and the fans on my MBP were doing their best to keep the machine cool. I let it run for at least 30 minutes, and it did finish. I might have force quit another app, but this one was not officially "unresponsive" in Activity Monitor. It was unresponsive for my use till it finished doing whatever it was doing.

This app is not Bookdog, or Bookmacster. Those two apps have their own issues (UI is horrible), but they do sync up bookmarks from all your browsers. Webbla is a stand alone URL keeper thingy. The description on Macupdate, and on the developer website might make that clearer. It's accurate, but incomplete (in my opinion).

Webbla will import URLs from browsers (tho not directly from Chrome). You can use it to arrange your URLs and tag them. You cannot then pop the nicely arranged and tagged bookmarks back into your browser.

The tagging is quite handy.

The collections you can create are useful. The smart collections are also useful in a different way.

The documentation needs editing. I find bad English and misspelled words. There are no excuses for this. This is relatively costly software, and my expectations are for professional documentation.

I hope the developer takes the money I gave him for purchase and continues to improve the product. It has a lot going for it, but has a long way to go.

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Version 1.5.2
Coffeemick Member IconComment+28

Webbla in Mac App Store is still at 1.4.9 of March 2011, while this version is at 1.5.2 and also got an 1.5.1 update. When is it going to be updated?

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Version 1.5.2
Celmaro (Developer)

I hope very soon. We are still waiting until Apple approve 1.5.2.

If you have purchase Webbla in the App Store and would like to use Webbla 1.5.2 today drop me a mail and I will send you a license for the non App Store version that you can use in the meanwhile.

Hope this will help you.

sjk Member IconComment+996

"Open Meta Support" sounds to me more like open support for the Meta app (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/35118/meta) than OpenMeta (http://code.google.com/p/openmeta) metadata support.

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Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699

Good App. Excellent support!

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yup, I was going to post the very same: excellent app, excellent support. period! :-)

Maclover1.1 Member IconReview+742

Mixed feelings.. could be great.. from its visual standpoint.. but I find it awkward.. I'd like the left sidebar to show me a tree view "FinderPop-style... as I have folders within folders (I imported loads of Bookmarks form Safari.. I mean loads..).. and be able to show folders at a chosen size... Way too big for me.. Also I'd like to only see first level bookmarks at the top level of a folder.. some contain folders and "loose" bookmarks and makes it hard for me to know which are at top level (even though "show subfolder content" is deactivated... isn't that what it is supposed to do.. only show top level.. well it does not work..). Also when I drag several bookmarks to another folder/collection, the cursor turns into a plus sign automatically.. but I want to move them not copy them most likely, for organizational purposes.. copying should require an Option Key press as any copying in the Finder.. Also only one collection/folder can be handled at once.. impossible to select several at the same time to move them.. Impossible to alphabetize the oder of top level folders.. they need to be moved manually one by one.. A lot of things that to me look not well thought-out.. Bookmacster is ugly as sin.. but much more realistic in terms of large amounts of Bookmarks to handle.. Too bad I've ben following Webbla's progress but cannot use it for my purposes :-( The best was URL-Manager Pro way back when.. but it died :-( And no-one made a better one yet.

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How very odd.. the very day I try Webbla.. URL-Manager PRO is back.. this is spooky.. 6th sense weirdness.. WOW..

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Date 05 Jul 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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