BookMacster
BookMacster
2.9.15

4.1

BookMacster free download for Mac

BookMacster

2.9.15
24 September 2019

Organize and manage bookmarks, sync across browsers.

Overview

BookMacster is a bookmarks manager for your Mac which plays nicely with iCloud Safari syncing, Firefox Sync, Sign In to Chrome, and Opera Sync. (Ours are the only non-Apple apps which can modify Safari bookmarks without corrupting iCloud data.) It can be used in one of three ways, or all three:

  • Manage Browser Bookmarks. Add alphabetizing and tagging. Verify, fix dupes, consolidate.
  • Cross-Browser Syncing. Sync bookmarks of Firefox, Chrome, Opera and more among all your devices.
  • Directly. Keep your bookmarks in one central store, accessible within web browsers.
Features
  • Compatible with iCloud Safari syncing, Firefox Sync, Google Chrome's Sign In. Bookmarks added to these apps on your Mac will show up in these apps on iOS or Andriod devices.
  • Import/export with Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, iCab, Roccat, Pinboard, Diigo, and OmniWeb.
  • Easily organize with tags, hierarchy, or both.
  • Verifies bookmarks, fixes redirects, duplicates, can upgrade insecure bookmarks and remove URL cruft.
  • Sort (alphabetize) automatically when bookmarks are changed. You control which folders you want to be sorted or not sorted, how to sort them.
  • Supports multiple user profiles in Firefox and Google Chrome.
  • Scriptable to collect new bookmarks from NetNewsWire or similar apps.

What's new in BookMacster

Version 2.9.15:
  • Fixed a bug which sometimes caused Error 992544 on some Macs after our app performed a syncing operation in the background, and also further improved the information in that error to aid pinpointing of any similar bugs.  We hope there are no other such bugs, and so Error 992544 will not be seen any more.  But if anyone still sees Error 992544, please click the life preserver button in the dialog and send us the data in the email which will be generated.
  • When exporting certain URLs which have invalid paths or strangely encoded path portions to Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi, Brave, Opera, Firefox, and Safari, in certain cases, now better emulates the auto-correction of these URLs by these browsers, eliminating churn in subsequent imports and exports with these browsers.
  • When an open document is modified on disk, presumably from another Mac, via Dropbox or iCloud Drive, the changes now appear in the existing document window, instead of closing that window and opening a new one.
  • No longer attempts to sync our bookmarks’ Shortcut attribute with Firefox bookmarks’ Keyword attribute, which has been deprecated in Firefox.

66 BookMacster Reviews

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Sleav
25 November 2013

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Much as I want to love BookMacster (and BookDog), they both suffer from the same issue - the developer thinks like a developer, not like a Mac user. The interface is filled with esoteric naming protocols that may be unfamiliar to the new user, the graphic interface is anything but intuitive. I do programming myself and became really frustrated trying to make it work. I have well over a thousand bookmarks and keeping them well-organized is a major challenge - and I wish this software were less grating. For instance, just try and drag a subfolder out of a folder - every folder you drag over pops open in fractions of a second, you try and let go and the difference between a folder being nested or placed outside is a few pixels of mouse position. Lots more stuff like that. Safari is just as irritating, but then that's why I was looking for a third party. This great app needs a good U/X designer to give it an overhaul
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Version 1.19.7
MacDefender
15 December 2018
Love this app. If you like me love to test/use multiple browser this is the perfect app to manage all your bookmarks for all your browsers.
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Version 2.9.7
Septimus
10 November 2018
My gosh. Browsing imported bookmarks feels like browsing and previewing large files on a DVD disk. Dreadful and terribly slow. It takes 2 - 3 seconds to close a folder with bookmarks..? Come on!
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Version 2.9.2
Gary30
24 August 2018
I am an experienced user and this is a powerful app that is really best used only by geeks. The learning curve is a bit much for most folks IMHO. Please back up your existing bookmarks before using this app. If you have no idea how to find your bookmarks, and dread the difficulty in figuring that out, then this app may not be for you--a nice little test perhaps. Also, I would note that the built-in utilities for Chrome and Safari seem to be mutually excellent at transferring even the kind of complicated bookmark library that I have. That hasn't always been the case. All that said, if you can read carefully and follow instructions then this seems to be software that delivers on its promises.
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Version 2.8.6
Anotherdesign
13 April 2018
This is software in the true, original spirit of Apple ….. it just works, and the support is first class. Yes, it may take some persistence in setting it up, but with the demise of Xmarks , this is a fantastic replacement. 1400 bookmarks, in 40 folders, 2 computers with 2 browsers on each, and all bookmarks are the same and can be added to from any device, or browser. BookMacster really does just work, so very well. The support engineer Jerry is patient, understanding, quickly responsive and SO helpful. Get this software running and bookmarks will just work.
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Version 2.6
tombudau
06 April 2018
BookMacster is an essential app for me that needs a little initial training but it offers a good documentation to use to use a lot of helpful functions. I’m using BookMacster for eight years now to keep my bookmarks synchronized between Safari, Firefox and Opera without any serious problem. Thanks to the responsive developer.
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Version 2.6
YHC
06 March 2018
It's very difficult to set settings, and I restored my iCloud Bookmarks four times, because this app messed my bookmarks. Hope someday the developer can rebuild this app. I will buy it again. I use Safari and Chrome, and I just want they both to have the same bookmarks with a real-time sync. I don't know why this app makes the simple thing difficult, we are not a developer, we are a customer, why we need to think a logical steps by ourselves (e.g. sync loop). Checking checkbox step by step is easy way for customers, for example, the first step: Which Browser Do You Have? Checkbox the second step: Do You Turn on Sync Themselves? Checkbox the third step: ...? Checkbox Thank you.
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Version 2.5.5
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Sheep Systems
Sheep Systems
17 March 2018
Thank you for the review, YHC.

We publish three other bookmarks management applications, tailored to specific use cases. Users who only want syncing among the built-in bookmarks of web browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc.) should choose Synkmark. The user interface of Synkmark is simpler than BookMacster, because it supports only this type of syncing.

Here is what you'll experience when setting up Synkmark:

• From a list of installed web browsers found, switch on checkboxes to indicate which you want synced.
• Click "Done". Synkmark automatically imports and de-duplicates from the selected browsers.
• Follow the prompt to install our web browser extension if syncing Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Vivaldi. Browsers require your permission for this nowadays.
• A Help page appears, explaining what has already been done, and the next steps.
• Reorganize your bookmarks as desired.
• Click on "Syncing".
• As prompted, click "Export". This sends your organized bookmarks to your selected browsers.
• Quit Synkmark. Automatic syncing, in the background, now begins.

Configuring to sync with BookMacster is similar, but because BookMacster supports additional use cases, there are some additional steps, and additional cognitive overhead. Because "less is more", BookMacster is not recommended for most users. To select the appropriate app, please search for "selection guide site:sheepsystems.com".

Although there are apps which mess up bookmarks (usually by carelessly overwriting Safari's bookmarks file), our apps do not. The Help page which appears during initial configuration recommends one additional step: clearing out all browsers' bookmarks before your first export. This is to remove any pre-existing corruption.

Ah, Sync Loops. Although rare, they can ruin your day, so yes we warn users. A Sync Loop occurs if you begin syncing with one of our apps between a pair of browser installations whose bookmarks are also being synced by some other app. The two apps will continuously step on one another's work. For a picture, please search "Sync Loop site:sheepsystems.com". Our apps detect when your bookmarks are probably being damaged by a Sync Loop, stop syncing and warn you. Although we would like to warn you as soon as a Sync Loop is created, security restrictions, the fragility of reverse engineering, and lack of access to other devices prevent us from reliably knowing what you have configured in other apps.

Our apps do not ask which browsers you have installed. They are smart enough to determine that.

Including beta releases, we have built and published new versions of BookMacster 290 times since 2009; four in the last three months.

Synkmark makes syncing bookmarks among different browsers as simple and reliable as practical.
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Wunnspeed
07 May 2017
I'm curious, I've had a v1.0 license for quite a long time and ...stupidly.... never actually used BookMacster. Now, I actually want to use it but I'm wondering if I get the upgrade price or need to pay full price again? If I can upgrade, how does that function without v1.0 installed or downloadable to then upgrade? There doesn't seem to be an 'Upgrade from an older BookMacster' license tab. Thanks.
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Version 2.3.6
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Sheep Systems
Sheep Systems
28 May 2017
A couple months ago we reduced the upgrade prices to a maximum of 9.95 USD, figuring that anyone who still has not upgraded to version 2 after 18 months probably does not use BookMacster very much. it would be nice to develop a pricing system based on usage one of these days.

The upgrade pricing should work automatically, based on a prior installation. For users who don't have version 1 installed any more, or for any other issues, send a email to sales@sheepsystems.com and we shall send you a coupon code.
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maurice-klein-breteler
02 January 2016
Great App, once set up it runs very reliable. Good ways to customize and very good documentation. Support for multiple browsers. Also the way licensing works, it's really high quality software!
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Version 2.0.7
Jshop
02 November 2015
I have enjoyed the benefits of BookMacster for just over a year now, and it does a great job keeping my many bookmarks cleanly synced between the 3 major browsers. But I'm having a very hard time seeing any value in the "new" features in 2.0. Looking at the release notes, it seems to be minor bug fixes and the *removal* of some features. I'm all for paying for software and supporting developers, but I hope Jerry will reply and help us all understand what is significant enough about 2.x to warrant an almost full-price upgrade. For anyone reading this that doesn't yet have BookMacster and is looking for an amazing product that seamlessly/magically keeps all of your browsers synced...get this program.
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Version 2.0.2
2 answer(s)
Wile-E-
Wile-E-
02 November 2015
It is worth noting that if you have only had a license for around 1 year then the upgrade price is $9.95USD. My original license is much older than that and I was required to pony up the $16.95USD.

My personal outlook regarding the upgrade cost is that I have had a license for vers. 1.x for many years and have enjoyed great support and a lot of free updates during that time. Paying a relatively small upgrade cost now for such a fantastic bookmark manager is well worth it to me.

Support has always been fast and terrific on the few occasions I have requested assistance. The assistance I requested also had nothing to do with the functioning of BookMacster. I have never once had to request support because BookMacster failed its job.

BookMacster also "just works." For me it has been seamless and invisible in syncing my bookmarks between multiple browsers and is among the first few applications that are a must-install for me in a new setup.
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maurice-klein-breteler
maurice-klein-breteler
02 January 2016
I didn't have to buy again when I upgraded from 1.0 to the new 2.0 version. I had to apply for a new license, but it detected that I already paid once and got the new license with no additional cost.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
29 October 2015
WARNING: BookMacster 2.0.1 is out and if you already have an earlier version installed, it shows up just like a regular update within the app and NO major upgrade notice, and THEN let's you know it's a $16.95 upgrade AFTER it's installed when you try to use it.
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Version 1.22.41
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Broz
Broz
30 October 2015
I don't usually post "me too" notes, but this one deserves it. It happened to me, except for the upgrade notice. I got no upgrade notice before OR AFTER the upgrade. I had to come here to figure out why my license doesn't work any more. I consider this pretty annoying!
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Jerry-Krinock
Jerry-Krinock
01 November 2015
OK, I realize that many people click through app update windows as though they were End User License Agreements :) For the first few days, the "paid upgrade" notice was only 12-point boldface. Several days ago I increased it to 16-point boldface and removed the usual document title, so this would appear as the first line instead of the second line.
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Broz
Broz
03 November 2015
Not to belabor the point, but my 1.22.41 version showed a notice for an upgrade. The notice didn't say what version was available, nor did it say the upgrade would cost anything. It only asked if I wanted to upgrade now, upgrade on quit, or cancel. I clicked upgrade. When the app started, there was no notice of any kind. I do see "Save, Export disabled" in the upper right corner of the main window. Perhaps the upgrade notice, with the "Paid upgrade" warning doesn't appear when you have chosen the Beta upgrade path.
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Jerry-Krinock
Jerry-Krinock
03 November 2015
Broz, I've been thinking about this, and I wonder if the non-disclosure you've experienced is because, in Preferences > Syncing, you have switched on "Download and update automatically". So I just tried that in version 1.22.43, quit and relaunched three times, waiting a few minutes between each, and so far nothing is proved because, well … nothing has happened. I still have 1.22.43 there :( Maybe it only checks once a week. I've made a reminder to check it every day.

You may be aware that we didn't write BookMacster's Check for Update feature; it's an open-source package called Sparkle which has been used by probably thousands of non-Mac-App-Store apps, big and small, for the last ten years. So to be honest with you, I never really studied how it works in this regard.

But I'm glad you noticed the handy "Save, Export disabled" indicator in the upper right corner of the window! I added that on Saturday after reading the comment by you and JamesHarrisPhoto, just before pushing the final version 2.0.2 out the door. If you have a demo license it indicates "Fully functioning demo". Pretty neat idea, which I can say without bragging because I stole it from Cocoatech's Path Finder app :))
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Jerry-Krinock
Jerry-Krinock
04 November 2015
OK, I've now confirmed that this is the way the Sparkle Updater works. If, in Preferences > Updates, you have switched on the checkbox "Download and update automatically", it will do just that, and although it does show a brief dialog after the update is downloaded, but it does not show the Update News.

So, the behavior is baked into Sparkle and baked into Version 1, so the only way I could change this now would be to turn off the RSS update feed. But, in my view, that would cause more serious trouble for users whose Firefox extensions will stop working after this week. The Update News explains how to revert to Version 1, for anyone that wants to!

I've made a note to fork Sparkle and add the Update News to that window if and when we ever do a version 3, but since it took six years to get to version 2, we've got plenty of time :)

Thank you, Broz, for being persistent with this issue.
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