BookMacster
BookMacster
2.10.28

3.8

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BookMacster2.10.28

09 June 2020

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 2.10.28:
  • Fixed a bug which could cause app to hang needing force quit in some cases if Agent encountered an error, informed user and user clicked View….
  • Fixed a bug which could cause an Export to Vivaldi to fail with Error 408562, which would be presented as simply *Export to Vivaldi failed … Could not process changes for item.  This bug was apparently introduced in version 2.10.23.
  • Fixed a bug which would cause some rare errors, for example Error 19675, to not be recorded in the Logs and not be presented to the user. (Requires CategoriesObjC commit 88bb1dc).
  • Fixed bug which could cause syncing churn if Collection included one or more separators and was syncing Firefox.
  • Corrected and improved recovery suggestion displayed in Safe Sync Limit errors.
  • If a necessary syncing operation attempted by our Agent (BkmxAgent) fails because a necessary browser extension is not installed, now presents a dialog to the user, announcing Error 103053, which is new.
  • Now has better logging to troubleshoot issues with our URL handler process running, and the process itself writes its own log file.

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67 Reviews of BookMacster

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SamHoss48
13 March 2020
Version: 2.10.17

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This app is very difficult to work with. The instructions do not match the actions well. I have used this in the past and still find the same problems in the current version. All I need is an app that will alphabetize bookmarks and sync to several browsers. Alphabetization works well but syncing always gives error messages and is quite annoying. Way too many preference settings and way too many screens to work in. PLEASE simplify!
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SamHoss48
13 March 2020
Version: 2.10.17
This app is very difficult to work with. The instructions do not match the actions well. I have used this in the past and still find the same problems in the current version. All I need is an app that will alphabetize bookmarks and sync to several browsers. Alphabetization works well but syncing always gives error messages and is quite annoying. Way too many preference settings and way too many screens to work in. PLEASE simplify!
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5
MacDefender
15 December 2018
Version: 2.9.7
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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Septimus
10 November 2018
Version: 2.9.2
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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Gary30
24 August 2018
Version: 2.8.6
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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5
Anotherdesign
13 April 2018
Version: 2.6
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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5
tombudau
06 April 2018
Version: 2.6
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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YHC
06 March 2018
Version: 2.5.5
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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Wunnspeed
07 May 2017
Version: 2.3.6
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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5
maurice-klein-breteler
02 January 2016
Version: 2.0.7
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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Jshop
02 November 2015
Version: 2.0.2
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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JamesHarrisPhoto
29 October 2015
Version: 1.22.41
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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Maclover1-1
25 May 2015
Version: 1.22.41
I have not tried Opera synching for a long time as I did not use it, yet now I'd like to.. and Bookmacster seems to struggle with it and be unable to even write bookmarks to it :/
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anonymous-gerbil-5319
08 April 2015
Version: 1.22.41
A word of warning

Anyone using different browsers intensively will one want to find a way to sync bookmarks. I have been using Bookdog from the same developer for some years and moved on to Bookmacster. I did read the manual, read the help functions and there where periodes, sometimes months where Bookmacster did work as advertised and synced my bookmarks from multiple browsers over multiple locations and devices. But always my bookmarks were hosed every once in a while.

Of course I do have backups and did reset them, but try for yourself to reset the iCloud sync of bookmarks over multiple devices, you don't want to really do that. Past weekend I was working on a different location and added a lot of bookmarks. Yesterday I came home to discover that due to an error in Bookmacster I have lost them. Although I have no safe-sync limit, I have the backups, BM was complaining about safe-sync limits. So, hosed ... again ..
For me this is the last time I will use Bookmacster, this was one "hosing" too much.
I will now only use Bookmacster to sort and find duplicates which works well.

There is one BIG problem with this program, it isn't meant to be used by users. All the problems I have encountered during many years of use where probably not created by the developer not being capable enough, but by the clumsy interface. Don't get me wrong, I would love to use Bookmacster, but it is to unreliable. In all comments you can read exactly the thing, the interface sucks and the problem is complicated and one does have to read the manual.

The preferences are spread out over different panels, hidden under other other options and one really needs to search for settings like a safe sync. For me it feels like the developer wrote the application for himself. Of course he "knows the way" but he is obviously not capable in translating his skills and knowlegde into an app that can be used in a logical and especially organised interface.

That is what you van read in all these comments below, people who really try to use Bookmacster, because unfortunately there is no alternative for what is does, but run into problems and hard to find options.

So, after my last bookmarks mess up it's over, I will keep using BM for sorting and finding duplicates, but that's it. A pity, if the dev would partner up with someone who could help him to develop an user interface for customers it would become a killer app.
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Thaiwest
21 February 2015
Version: 1.22.34
Moved from URL Mgr Pro... Great support with frequent updates. Very powerful.
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5
Mar6473
16 February 2014
Version: 1.20.5
I am so impressed with BookMacster. There is nothing else that can do what it does. I was looking for a way to manage my pinboard bookmarks on my Mac and I found it. It also nicely pushes my bookmarks to firefox and safari. What BookMacster does a lot and you need to take 10 minutes to read the manual or it can get confusing, but it works very well. The developer is also surprisingly helpful. He walked me through an issue I had and has even implemented a small feature that I was looking for in the update that was released today. This is what I love about small third-party developers. Good ones listen and and dedicated to their work.
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2.5
Sleav
25 November 2013
Version: 1.19.7
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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Mkay
24 October 2013
Version: 1.19.1
This app definitly deserves more attention. It's great way to keep your bookmarks in (cross-browser) sync. Combined with iClouds Safari sync it even keeps your bookmarks in sync with your iOS devices. Only downside (and probably what others meant by 'learning curve'): it's kind of un-macish. Far too many options, menus and nested selects might give you MS Windows flashbacks. Keep it simple. Setup is simple and straight forward though. ( ...unless you mess things up by getting curious and clicking all those checkboxes... ;) Recommended.
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Gary30
08 October 2013
Version: 1.18.1
I had long ago given up on bookmark managers and the last one I used was "URL Manager Pro" which was sort of killed or crippled by one or another version of OS X. Having settled on Safari as my browser anyway, I just forgot about managing bookmarks. However, recently Safari has had some problems and I began experimenting with other browsers. Keeping the bookmarks straight among them was virtually hopeless. However I got Bookmacster as part of a bundle and it is a pleasant surprise indeed. It is absolutely mandatory to do a backup before running this app and manipulating bookmarks because there is a lot more to this app than you might think and the settings are daunting. That said, I found the initial settings understandable enough and (deep breath) trusted that my 1500 plus bookmarks would be exported from my default browser to my other browsers. They were, and duplicates were found. The bookmarks toolbars among my browsers were changed but not much. I only work with one machine so I don't contend with syncing computers. The syncing features and settings are many and complex. I very much like that this is a third party app and not a bunch of browser plugins or system service. You run the app and the app works on the various bookmark files independently of the browsers. Once you get comfortable with running the app, you can run it as often as you like. Also, there are plenty of undo opportunities but I have not used them. I suspect I would not have paid the street price of $23 for this app, but after using it for awhile I am thinking I might consider it. There is a lot of complexity in syncing bookmarks among browsers and computers and doing it right requires some pretty good programming chops I would imagine. Since there is a demo, you can see for yourself. Just make sure you back up because you certainly can make a mess of things if you don't proceed cautiously.
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Aargl
18 September 2013
Version: 1.18
I'm having another trial with 1.18 and same behaviour, but I've noticed it depends on which export menu you use: - Bookmarkshelf/Export(Safari) or File/One-Time Export/Safari (as well as Auto Export) always give me +320/-320 as mentioned earlier in this page - File/Export Bookmarklet to/Safari instead gives the correct result (if no bookmark have changed) of +0/-0 I've searched a bit in the manual as I think there's a difference of scope between those functions but haven't found out... Unfortunately, there's no shortcut for the command that works as planned. It would be nice if the dev would explain clearly in the manual what are those two export commands for... The least I can say is that it's not clear to me. ;-)
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Maclover1-1
07 September 2013
Version: 1.17
This needs more stars! I do understand this app may be a bit daunting but it is definitely THE bookmarks manager onMac. It can handle zillion of bookmarks, it is sturdy and I just could not live without it. That and 1password for.. well.. passwords ;0) I advice any Mac user to use these two apps so make their browsing efficient (I design web sites so this is veeeeery important to me).
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mrsidoric
08 August 2013
Version: 1.16.2
A word of EXTREME CAUTION: Before using ANY non-Apple app to manipulate bookmarks -- back them up to a safe place by exporting them. BookMacster was used with verify and alpha sort bookmarks. No problems with either OS X 10.8.4 Mac with iCloud sync. However iOS 6.1.4 [10B350] iPads started crashing on launch due to a problem with the BookMacster-modified bookmarks on both iPads. It has taken me a couple of weeks of work-arounds with Apple to recover, and claw my way back to where I started. Thankfully I had good backups of both iPads and my previous (unaltered) set of bookmarks. Managing bookmarks with this developers products has always been simple, productive, and safe -- but my recent experience prompts me to interject a STRONG word of warning to anyone using BookMacster until this issue is vetted.
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Aargl
04 August 2013
Version: 1.16.2
I'm sorry to add my voice in the "Bookdog against Bookmacster" rant (I like the idea of syncing multiple browsers at once and I don't care about the interface as long as it works... ;-) but I've noticed that some URL are distorted when imported: http://www.les-horaires.fr/75015/Paris-15e/La-Poste-Paris-Lourmel-38-Rue-De-Lourmel,13154.html will transform in http://www.les-horaires.fr/75015/Paris-15e/La-Poste-Paris-Lourmel-38-Rue-De-Lourmel%2C13154.html for example. ... which Bookdog doesn't do!
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Aargl
17 July 2013
Version: 1.16.2
Hi! The links on the website pointing to the 10.5 versions have not been updated: http://sheepsystems.com/files/support_articles/bkmx/OSX-10-5.html still points to Version 1.6.13 (2013-04-30) while it looks that a Version 1.6.14 (2013-05-15) exists... Version 1.6.13 refuses to read 1.16.2 documents, as it seems, and marks them "unreadable". (haven't tried 1.6.14)
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Helmo-Hass
27 April 2013
Version: 1.14.10
mmm this one refuses to launch :( on 10.8 start guessing if he found a girlfriend, lately he's very absent-minded :D
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Helmo-Hass
15 April 2013
Version: 1.14.4
@devs Did you noticed your application has missing the icon.icns? otherwise all seems fine
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Maclover1-1
01 March 2013
Version: 1.13.5
This app works great for making sure all bookmarks are up to date in various browsers.. however it is so complex in its interface that one needs to channel the nerd inside to try and makes sense of it.. It really needs IMHO to be streamlined and rethought with an interface designer/user experience pro.. to make it more pleasing to regular people.. and I'm nerdy enough but this is nerdy-central. I guess all of this makes sense to the developer and you can tell he must be quite the geek ;0) IN ANY CASE.. I finally dared turning on automatic Syncing (up to now I always did it manually.. afraid to mess things up) but the software keeps coming to the front to tell me what it is doing and asking me to approve this or that.. "Export and Save" etc.. which sort of defeats the purpose.. I just want it do do its job without bothering me. So either I am not quite understanding how to set it up so it stops bothering me... and am doing it wrong (so many preferences etc).. or it really does this ? So while this is the best that actually is sturdy (unlike Webbla for one) for large quantities of bookmarks.. it could be soooo much better and geared to basic humans..). I want to give it 5 for what it does and could be and maybe a 1 for interface and ease of use.
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lacwbo
09 February 2013
Version: 1.13.3
Too bad that someone can't come up with a simple application like Bookit. Sadly Bookit has not been updated since 2008 and will not work with the current browsers or the latest OS X. That developer seems to have disappeared from the landscape. Will not answer emails etc.
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Mykl.biz
06 February 2013
Version: 1.13.1
Observations based on trying BookMacster for a day or two: • for geeks only • high learning curve • drab and sloppy interface • some operations are slow and/or CPU hogs • seems to handle 13,000 bookmarks, once they've loaded • tag auto-complete is much faster than DeliBar • buggy (e.g. functionality disappears) • it crashes • it's not a replacement for Pukka's handling of multiple Delicious accounts side note: More impressed than ever with how well Justin Miller's Pukka worked (until it got orphaned, and his apologies for crufty coding notwithstanding). Yes, what I really want is a replacement for Pukka. This isn't it.
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0.5
Wade-Smith
12 December 2012
Version: 1.12.7
BookDog sorta worked, although the interface was unfathomable. BookMacSter does nothing but crash on my system.
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Steven-Goodheart
05 December 2012
Version: 1.12.5
Last night I spent a hour cleaning up and organizing my bookmarks using BookMacster, and it such a pleasure to use, and saved me so much time finding duplicates and in organizing some 6,000 bookmarks, down to 4,200, I just had to write a review here. Once BookMacster had helped my find and eliminate (or allow!) duplicates, I then used it to verify my links and found 350 plus dead links, which I also got rid of. One of the biggest helps was the incredibly powerful and flexible "Find" function under the Reports tab. You can search for type, tags, url, comments, date modified, last visited, verified status and on and on. With various searches, I was able to then move large groups of links to new folders, or delete, or rename, or whatever. I can't imagine massage 6,000 links without BookMacster (I'm a editor/writer, and have collected so many links over the years.) Today,my bookmarks are slimmed down and organized and are so much easier to use now. But of course, the organizing and searching and modifying powers of BookMacster aren't even the main reason I bought BookMacster; the big feature is how *easy* it is to sync my bookmarks with Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, Omniweb, and iCab, as well as with Google. Since I'm constantly jumping around between browsers, this feature is just essential for me. Myself, I like to do "manual" syncs whenever I want, but BookMacster also has a fabulous "agents" feature that allows you to have all your browsers sync with one another behind the scenes. Like magic, if you add a link in one browser, it shows up in another when you fire that browser up. BookMacster also has Add-ons/Extensions for Firefox and Google Chrome that facilitate your synching options. I could go on and on about BookMacster, and have been using it since I "upgraded" from Bookdog, another terrific, but far less powerful bookmark program from Sheep Systems. And speaking of Sheep Systems, the few times I've had trouble with the program, the support has just been outstanding, and swift. Are there any downsides to the program? Well, it did take me a little while to "grok" the program and understand how it looked at synching and the bookshelf concept, but once I got into it and learned how it worked, it was really simple. I have no affiliation with Sheep Systems, but am just a very satisfied customer who wants to say how much I appreciate a program that I use regularly, and that saves me hours and hours of work and stress.
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3.5
THEE:LEE
05 November 2012
Version: 1.12.3
It's nice to see more developers supporting the Roccat Browser, It took the bookmarks from Roccat really well however when I relaunched Roccat after the import all my tabs were gone. I didn't have too many open but still it was quite annoying. I hope this gets fixed soon!
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Jazzyguy
04 November 2012
Version: 1.12.3
Jerry Krinock is a great and extremely cooperative Developer who stops at nothing to help his customers. I wish other Developers would follow his credo!
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0.5
Tim-Knight
25 September 2012
Version: 1.11.9
Since Sort All under BookMarkshelf is permanently greyed out, how on earth do it get it to sort?
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3.5
Broz
29 July 2012
Version: 1.11.9
This app is really pretty good over all. It could be better, with more sensible User Interface and design. I find myself scratching my head with some functions, which should be more obvious. Some links should be buttons, like the check for duplicates link. Why would that be a text link? I could go on, but I won't. The app has been stable, fast and it accomplishes what I need. The UI and application design means most people will spend more time than they should just trying to figure out how to make it work.
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0.5
Whitebuck
28 July 2012
Version: 1.11.7
BookMacster is absolute garbage, designed by a developer who obviously, has not one drop of practical sense. Intelligence does not always omit incompetence! Twenty Three dollars for inadequate chaos? Your also crazy!
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Amazon
21 June 2012
Version: 1.11.4
Latest update is simply cherry on cake !!! This indispensable app is working like a swiss-watch. People which do complain about this app., should learn how to use it in first place before posting their views. I must say, that I am "dilated" with satisfaction about BookMacster.
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0.5
Sgginc
21 June 2012
Version: 1.11.4
This is one complex convoluted program! All I want to do is export my Firefox bookmarks to Chrome. You need a degree in computer software to do it. The program opens multiple alert windows and fails to install the needed updates. Warning after warning is displayed. Browsers open for permission to install and them promptly crash when continue is clicked. The simple window keeps asking for additional information to sync. Much too complicated to simply move my Firefox bookmarks to Chrome.
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4.5
Owltech
02 June 2012
Version: 1.11.2
I reviewed this app sometime in 2010, and have since revisited the app and revised my appraisal from in the pits to 4.5 stars. The problems were mostly that I did not want to take the time to read the directions. Although complex, the app now makes really good sense and works as claimed. The way I use it is to set Firefox as the primary source browser, add all my new book marks to it, and simply let BookMacster keep the others in synch with agents. I never import from the others, only from FF. At any rate, this is now an excellent application which I heartily recommend to others. I also wish it were on the App store. Don Gillespie owltech@larkandowl.net
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4.5
Jacques-P-
27 May 2012
Version: 1.11.1
I haven't seen anything as good for syncing bookmarks across all Mac browers, at all. It's detail oriented and the developer usually responds to questions in minutes. I'm shocked folks have given it less than four stars, to be honest.. It could be prettier, but functionally it's EXCELLENT. thanks for a great app and great support
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Rochade
23 May 2012
Version: 1.11.1
I can't understand all those negative feedbacks. Sure, BM needs some work - and sometimes you have to track down problems. But: it is the only bookmark manager I know that does its job in the background. Set it up and forget it - well almost. I had several troubles in the past - especially using delicious syncing - and the developer was always very responsive and provided solutions very within hours. So, if you are looking for a tool that is very easy to set up and to maintain you probably should use a different application. But if you want to sync all your bookmarks across most browsers and bookmark sharing sites in the background, give it a try.
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0.5
BlackMacX
23 May 2012
Version: 1.11.1
I have tried BookMacster v1.11.1 (tried it in prior versions too) and again within minutes have deleted it. Sorry, Bookdog does the job just as well, cleaner and simpler interface and setup. Also, BookMacster, every time I have used it has given me the same basic error, that the file it creates (from default settings) can't be found and therefore always asks me to open or create a new bookshelf. This has never ever worked and is why I always go back to Bookdog. I understand that there are issues with how Bookdog did things; but sorry, the developer needs to take the functionality of BookMacster and the usability of Bookdog and create a new application that has both without their respective faults. I know Bookdog won't sync with iCloud, thankfully I don't sync my iPhone (or eventual iPad) that way. I can't recommend BookMacster to anyone. I have uninstalled it on my own system now for I believe the 5th time and have gone back (yet again) to Bookdog. Please, developer, listen to users and ditch BookMacster and learn from it's failures and also Bookdog's dogged continued use. Thanks.
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0.5
Rmlowry
12 March 2012
Version: 1.10
Bring back the Dog. Bookmacster is/was too time intensive and too labor intensive. It needed to be intuitive like the Dog. I don't have that many bookmarks (about a thousand) but they have been obtained over many years and I keep them for a reason. I just had to restore my MBP again to ensure that BookMacster hadn't deleted or disorganized my bookmarks again. The third time is not the charm. It sucks. I will try to get my money back but am not holding my breath.
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anonymous-tapir-4715
25 February 2012
Version: 1.10
I really don't want to make a career out of bookmark maintenance. Sometimes devs become so obsessed with the details of their apps, they lose perspective end up spoiling it. What was wrong with BookDog—and why should I have to pay this kind of money to upgrade—not that it is an upgrade. Not in convenience, not in usability ... Revive the Dog.
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Amazon
21 January 2012
Version: 1.9.7
OK. Here is a conclusion from very EXTENSIVE USE of this software in pass few days. Developer, Mr. Jerry did send me very detail email which lead me to master this software in a way, that BOOKMACSTER will organize in NO-TIME a HUGE LIBRARY of bookmarks in style like a SWISS-WATCH. Very IMPRESSIVE !!! It will distribute, sort and find duplicates in Safari / Firefox / Opera and Google-Chrome with ease and with absolutely perfect result. This is not all. Since I do operate iPad2 and iPhone4s plus PowerBook this organization of book-marks will be mirrored on all of these devices 100% exactly as my main station, MacPro running on 10.7.x. Supper. I can NOT be more happy with this software !!!
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0.5
Amazon
21 January 2012
Version: 1.9.7
In need for transfer of my huge book-mark lib I have purchased this app today just to reconfirm, that $20.00 has been wasted ! I lost all of my book-marks and NO~WAY to make this app work. To operate this app is beyond my Maya skills. What suppose to be simple ... is simply not. Folders will always end-up empty many of then are doubled. My previous review has received -zillion reply and so tell me someone out there in plain language as 1 / 2 / 3 / ... how you will export Safari bookmarks in to Firefox with filter for duplicates using this app ... I just can not wait for positive reply.
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Amazon
23 December 2011
Version: 1.9.3
Total Disappointment with this software. 1 / complicated !!! 2 / show errors and errors ... that is about it ... Old version ? Fantastic. Simple slick and most important it did work 100% !!! New version is a piece of junk !
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Wildfox
13 December 2011
Version: 1.9.3
It has been two months since I here panned BookMacster for vacating some of my bookmarks folders. I did not ask for a refund because I felt that the developer had done his job. I was giving up on using it. Jerry is obviously a maestro among programmers, and his user documentation is the most precise and unambiguous I have ever seen in any program. I think that I probably tortured BookMacster into malfunctioning by exercising it too intensively for the purpose of learning to use it. Now I return to my question of whether BookMacster should ever have been written. Reviews of browsers always come from the same sources, when full time users (professional tech writers or programmers) are periodically reviewing and reassessing their own choice of browser. I dare suggest that very few users jump between numerous browsers several times per hour, which would justify the utility and complexities of BookMacster. If all my browsers did the same things well, then I would only use one of them. Chrome seems to be the master of playing well with other websites, while they have publicly stated long ago their lack of interest in the downloading functions. Firefox is great for downloading, but often bugs out or beachballs on intensive research projects. So I choose my add-ons and bookmarks differently for these two browsers. I wish that the SOP for BookMacster was the same as Bookdog, to remain idle until I see the need to stop my browsing and give the command to close all the browsers and do its thing. (My moist fantasy would be to eliminate all the electronic rummaging through all my bookmarks in all browsers, and simply drag the one bookmark folder I need from one browser to the other!) This is my reply (with comments) to the question of my not requesting a refund for the software. Hats off to you, Jerry, and I wish you well!
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Andy-Hewitt
04 December 2011
Version: 1.9.1
This is a review after using BookMacster for only a few days, but I have to write something to correct my comments earlier. The developer has been extremely active in sorting out the issues that had been noted regarding losing the bookmarks, as well as fixing some crashes. With an update being made available in a matter of hours. Thanks Jerry. Now, onto the app itself. I agree with Scuseme that it could do with a bit of 'wizarding', and it seems very daunting at first. There are a myriad of options, and it's not immediately clear that initial setup doesn't actually need to be that hard to do. However, once you get your head round the differences between BookMacster, and BookDog (which I used for many years), it becomes clearer. Much of what you had to do in BookDog manually, is now handled automatically, such as syncing. When I lost my bookmarks originally, I had imported everything from BookDog, and set-up MacBookster to try and work in a familiar way. That seems to be the mistake. It turned out better to start from scratch, create a new 'Bookshelf', and choose a source browser to import your first set of bookmarks from (in my case Safari), as they were already all synced with BookDog, it didn't really matter which. Then I set up the syncing options, and everything is working as expected. So, overall, yes, much better than BookDog (sans bugs), but a bit of a steep learning curve at first perhaps, particularly if you are used to BookDog. I suspect this will keep improving though.
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Scuseme
05 November 2011
Version: 1.7.3
I've used BookDog, and now BookMacster ever since I've started with Macs several years ago. It's a tour de force in bookmarking maintenance, encompassing almost every conceivable option to create, edit, sync, validate and archive bookmarks. I really love the flexibility it gives me to tailor my bookmarks to exactly the way I want them to appear. But because of this enormous flexibility, its ease of use is an order of magnitude more difficult than its predecessor - BookDog. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the myriad of options and when to use them (or maybe more importantly, when not to). That's why I only gave 3 stars to Ease of Use. I really think that the implementation of Wizards for its most common functions would go a long way to giving BookMacster a more mainline appeal, and help prevent the user from making catastrophic choices (like accidentally wiping out your entire bookmark collection).
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Wildfox
15 October 2011
Version: 1.7.3
Run your backups before you take on this monster! I ended up with several emptied bookmark folders in ALL of my browsers (which the developer was unable to surmise as an undesirable outcome). BookMacster forces the user to work around it by requiring the user to close browsers so that it can do updates to the browsers. This is sonotgoingtohappen. Uninstalled. Money wasted.
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Maclover1-1
23 July 2011
Version: 1.6.3
Not for the faint of heart.. but most powerful bookmarking utility out there by far.. sexy it sure isn't but a very serious tool it sure is.
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anonymous-tapir-4715
26 May 2011
Version: 1.5.1
What's wrong with BookDog that I should pay $22.95 more to sync my bookmarks? Besides which, I tried this and what it does is take BookDog to an OCD level.
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Maclover1-1
25 May 2011
Version: 1.5.1
new version is broken, buttons not working in "settingz".. reverting to previous version thanks to Time Machine
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anonymous-rooster-2921
16 March 2011
Version: 1.3.18
As it stands, BookMacster is currently the only application I know of that supports cross-browser bookmark synchronization for Macs. Because of that, I don't hate it, but I don't really love it either. I was a huge fan of Xmarks. When Xmarks disappeared, I, like many other users, panicked and found BookMacster to be the only other contender. It works... kind of... but it is very difficult to set up and you just might lose several bookmarks in the trial and error process; I did. On the positive side, BookMacster does a pretty good job of quickly automating what I consider to be a daunting task, sorting and synchronizing bookmarks across multiple browsers. I have found it easiest to manage bookmarks within BookMacster rather than expecting the app to import bookmarks into the correct locations and order. Also, I've unchecked Merge by URL in the export settings to prevent BookMacster from deleting my URL's duplicated to the Bookmark Bar from the Bookmark Menu. This seems to be the best way for me to utilize BookMacster. It's not perfect, but it does the trick. 3 stars... I like it, but I don't love it.
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Prologos
08 February 2011
Version: 1.3.18
sorry to say,- i did trash this app, and do it from hand again. After weeks of try, i think its not worth the time spending on this app anymore. I give it a try. Seems the developer coms from the Windows side,- people on windows must be at last 10% more intelligent :-) 2 stars for the nice interface.
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Rochade
04 February 2011
Version: 1.3.17
I can understand this app isn't very easy to configure but once you set it up properly you don't have to even start it again to sync all your bookmarks accross clients and to the cloud. The agents simply work in the background whenever changes are detected and this is the REAL KILLER FEATURE! The developer was very helpful in getting everything working correctly (was testing several beta versions) and now I have a bookmark system that simply works for me. I also use Webbla and 1.5b supports delicious and pinboard but even it looks and works much nicer it won't replace bookmacster at the moment.
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Jimblue
04 February 2011
Version: 1.3.16
URL Manager Pro used to be the undisputed bookmarking king, but the current beta has not been updated in 3 years — although it is still functional. i’m sure if URL Manager Pro came out with a finished, updated version, there would be an iconoclastic avalanche of money speeding URL Manager Pro’s way. why is it so hard to make a nice bookmarking app for the mac i wonder? why did Alco Blom stop? I haven’t tried BookMacster and the reviews here worry me as to its functionality and ease of use. i’m hoping Agile will make the ultimate bookmarking app as they have dipped their toes in the water with AllBookmarks. if URL Manager Pro is dead in the water then perhaps Agile should take cues from this once 5-star app, put as much care into it as they the do 1Password and develop a nice, functional, easy-to-use app that i’m certain many mac users are waiting for and wanting and needing. whoever makes a modern bookmarking app that’s easy to use and highly functional like URL Manager Pro once was, it’s a cash cow waiting to happen. Agile’s got my vote for the best candidate, but i seriously wish someone/anyone would develop such an app already. Sheep Systems is the most enthusiastic but maybe they need to go back to the drawing board with the URL Manager Pro approach in mind. i’m not suggesting ripping off URL Manager Pro but since they’ve seemed to have lost interest their software would be a good template to start from. Alco Blom? Sheep Systems? Agile? Xmarks? anyone? we are waiting? pretty please with a cherry on top.
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Unxadm
14 January 2011
Version: 1.3.8
The Application is too complicated to use for what it does. The UI is extremely cumbersome.
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Pmcarrion
12 December 2010
Version: 1.3.4
This app is very complicated to use. I downloaded it yesterday and set up Google Bookmarks, Delicious and Safari. It's been 24 hours and I'm still struggling with it. The app copied everything into Safari and messed up all my bookmarks. Furthermore, it copies all the bookmarks to the Bookmark sidebar one by one instead of creating a new collection. This app should provide preview of the exported bookmarks BEFORE modifying Safari's bookmarks and allow to create collections or folders. It has many features but the UI is horrible and unintuitive. Definitely not worth $22. Does anyone know a better bookmark app that has the same features? I need to organize, verify and sync my bookmarks.
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Penguirl
15 November 2010
Version: 1.3.4
Sorry developers, but the icon is creepy. Smiling or not they look possessed.
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Owltech
09 November 2010
Version: 1.3.1
I bought this about 3 hours ago and have been struggling with it ever since. I finally gave up and deleted the little beast off my machine to keep it from doing more damage. In the first place, it will not sort Safari bookmarks, even when I specifically export to Safari. What is does do is to delete them! The user interface is convoluted and confusing. The "Recent" files item does not work. At one point I intentionally had 2 different bookmarkshelfs, and neither showed up in the File menu under Recent. When I first opened the app, I spent about an hour cleaning up my bookmarks. I then discovered that all that work just right back after saving, exporting and launching my browsers. Changing referenced URLs does not work. And yes, my preferences and settings are correct according to the extremely detailed and comprehensive local help docs. The trouble is, NOTHING WORKS. Check for Updates item causes a beachball. Simply quitting the program can cause a beachball. I am running Mac OSX 10.6.4, and have problems with no other program. I have a been a programmer for 40 years, even as far back as paper tape, and I can read manuals and instructions. This program appears not to have been thoroughly tested, if at all, before been unleashed to run amock in pubic. I wish I could get my $20 back.
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Aspartamemsgsuck
05 June 2010
Version: 1.0.3
If you want to alphabetize Bookmarks in Safari then SafariSort is worth trying: http://www.sullysrants.com/2010/02/safari-bookmark-sorter-app-free/
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jreffner
29 May 2010
Version: 1.0.3
Excellent! Best in its class! There is nothing better for keeping your bookmarks synced across multiple browsers! I used to use BookIt and also BookDog. This app is very easy to use and it supports more browsers than most people even know exist. I bought it for my wife and she loves it too. Why? Because once I installed it she had to do nothing at all. It just keeps her bookmarks synced with no interaction at all. Also, tech support is top notch! I had a small issue where I failed to check a box at set up and I got 3 copies of all of my bookmarks in all of my browsers. Jerry quickly told me how to fix it via email. It's a great app. Highly suggest you try it.
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Bluestar
25 May 2010
Version: 1.0.3
That is one stupid screenshot for the app.
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Willowdemayo
21 May 2010
Version: 1.0.2
Never liked BookDog, frankly, but this seems much better. Only a couple of days using it so far, but as a long-suffering Bookit user, this may be the answer I've been looking for. First thoughts: Would love to have the menu option available without having the full app running on the dock and files open, though the auto-minimize is a nice touch. The file interface is a bit clunky. Would prefer if the bookmarks looked more like a Mac file structure. A bit more customization on the menu bar options would be nice. The icon needs some work. And a bit pricey. I'm still using the Demo and will have to really learn to love it to spend $23. I'm rounding up my rating, giving it 4 stars, but it's more like 3-1/2.
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Thekidfromtheredbank
20 May 2010
Version: 1.0.2
it's a replacement, but BookDog won't jsut be killed. They are two different apps but BookMacster is the future while BookDog (although still updated here and there) will be slowly fading out.
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Fishscale
20 May 2010
Version: 1.0.2
Reccomending users to the dev of the same app up there with "Bookdog" under alternatives. Dev, why the two different apps, why not just update bookdog? I know they have there differences but I'm curious if this is a replacement or rather another option?
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