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BookMacster
BookMacster
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BookMacster

Version 3.0.8

Organize and manage bookmarks, sync across browsers.

3.2
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$24.95
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BookMacster 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, 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 version 3.0.8

Updated on Nov 28 2022

  • Updated the detection of problematic duplicate folders at root to match the behavior of Safari 16.  (Safari 16 silently consolidates all folders at root with the same name during its launch, unlike previous versions of Safari which only consolidated empty duplicate-name folders.)
  • Error 623938 (“Eeek, found [multiple] BkmxAgent processes running”) is no longer alerted to the user.  Instead, we silently kill the multiple processes and move on.
  • Fixed a bug which introduced in version 3.0 caused the description of individual changes in the Sync Log to be described as changeX3 (an internal string identifier) instead of blah was changed from blah to blah, when an import or export was executed by our background agent (BkmxAgent).
  • When importing from or exporting to Firefox, Sync Log entries are no longer written with ridiculously verbose descriptions of changes in Tags, as has been done since version 3.0.  (Tags changes are only imported/exported while Firefox is not running, because we are still waiting, since 2017, for Mozilla to show some love for their Tags feature and add Tags to Firefox’ WebExtensions API.)
  • Under the hood: No longer writes 2 extraneous change records (3 if using Safari 16) to the Safari bookmarks file during an export.  The extrandous records were never observed to cause any trouble with iCloud, but now that they no longer exist, we are sure.
  • No longer causes trouble under the hood when creating a new bookmark by copying an existing bookmark that has tags.
  • The document window becomes the main, active window immediately upon opening in macOS 13, so that the first mouse click in the window does what was intended.  Not sure if Apple broke this or we did, but it is fixed now.
  • No longer chokes when handling a tag that contains a backslash character.
  • Fixed, we think, a long-standing bug which in rare cases would cause a Collection document’s Content tab if in Outline mode to sometimes mush items together, resulting in folders that appeared to have no name, and later moving ietems around to have unexpected results.  Things would get back on track if user momentarily switched to Table Mode, or closed and re-opened the Collection.  These rare cases could be triggered by changing the Structure or Clients of an existing BookMacster Collection, or changing Synced Browsers in Synkmark’s Preferences > Syncing.  Probably there were no such cases in Markster or Smarky.
  • Now handles some database corruption (missing item identifier in Client Association) without crashing.
  • Finished fixing the document integrity check and document support cleanup operations which run silently in the background when a .bmco Collection is opened.  These operations now no longer beachball the user interface, and any changes they make are properly saved to the disk and, in the unlikely event that their changes are visible, upon completion, such changes are merged into the user’s view.  Finally, nice little summaries are silently logged in Logs > Errors.
  • Now fails and indicates error instead of hanging when trying to open .bmco documents with a particular type of corruption.
  • Fixed an internal issue (leaking of document instance after closing since version 3.0).  This might fix some obscure bugs or crashes that we didn’t even know we had.
  • Fixed bugs which caused changes made in document tab Settings > Syncing > to be not written to disk and therefore not realized if user switched between Simple and Advanced.
  • Tables in the Tag ↔ Folder Mappings sheet now display correctly when in Dark Mode. (document window > Settings > Advanced Client Settings > Tag ↔ Folder Mappings)
  • Double-clicking a .bmco document in Finder, or clicking one in Dock, no longer causes the (useless in this case) Welcome dialog to display if (a) no document is set to Automatically open when BookMacster launches and (b) Welcome has not been disabled in Preferences.  Kind of an edge edge case :)  But we fixed it.

Information

License

Shareware

Size

18.9 MB

Downloads

86677

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 11.0.0 or later
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BookMacster qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
4.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0
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Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
Sep 16 2022
3.0.1
0.0
Sep 16 2022
0.0
Version: 3.0.1
DO NOT install this on 12.5. Sync didn't work for any of my browsers so I went back to 2.12.4. The database of all my bookmarks had been upgraded to V3 and was unusable. I had TimeMachine backup, but I still had to reinstall all the sync and button plugins to all my browsers to sync again with the older version. I wasted an hour backporting. I didn't try running this on 12.6, but I'm guessing that it does. The app should check and say so if the version isn't compatible. Over the years, I've had issues with BookMacster but the developer has always been willing to work with me and it MANY moving parts to resolve the issues. I feel I'd be pestering him unnecessarily to whine that V3 doesn't sync bookmarks on 12.5.1. I'll wait until I upgrade to 12.6 and V3.0 has had some time to mature before I upgrade. As I said, lots of moving parts that can have problems...
Aargl
Aargl
Oct 24 2021
2.12
0.0
Oct 24 2021
0.0
Version: 2.12
v2.12 crashes at launch in MacOS 10.11! :-(
Bob111
Bob111
Jan 9 2021
2.11.1
5.0
Jan 9 2021
5.0
Version: 2.11.1
This keeps my bookmarks synced, as advertised. If you spend a little time setting up BookMacster, it just works. I did have a problem at one point. I contacted the developer and he was responsive and kept with me until the problem was resolved.
SamHoss48
SamHoss48
Mar 13 2020
2.10.17
1.0
Mar 13 2020
1.0
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!
MacDefender
MacDefender
Dec 15 2018
2.9.7
5.0
Dec 15 2018
5.0
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.
Septimus
Septimus
Nov 10 2018
2.9.2
2.0
Nov 10 2018
2.0
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!
Gary30
Gary30
Aug 24 2018
2.8.6
4.0
Aug 24 2018
4.0
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.
Anotherdesign
Anotherdesign
Apr 13 2018
2.6
5.0
Apr 13 2018
5.0
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.
tombudau
tombudau
Apr 6 2018
2.6
5.0
Apr 6 2018
5.0
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.
YHC
YHC
Mar 6 2018
2.5.5
2.0
Mar 6 2018
2.0
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.
Wunnspeed
Wunnspeed
May 7 2017
2.3.6
0.0
May 7 2017
0.0
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.
maurice-klein-breteler
maurice-klein-breteler
Jan 2 2016
2.0.7
5.0
Jan 2 2016
5.0
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!
Jshop
Jshop
Nov 2 2015
2.0.2
4.0
Nov 2 2015
4.0
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.
JamesHarrisPhoto
JamesHarrisPhoto
Oct 29 2015
1.22.41
0.0
Oct 29 2015
0.0
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.
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
May 25 2015
1.22.41
5.0
May 25 2015
5.0
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 :/
anonymous-gerbil-5319
anonymous-gerbil-5319
Apr 8 2015
1.22.41
1.0
Apr 8 2015
1.0
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.
Thaiwest
Thaiwest
Feb 21 2015
1.22.34
4.0
Feb 21 2015
4.0
Version: 1.22.34
Moved from URL Mgr Pro... Great support with frequent updates. Very powerful.
Mar6473
Mar6473
Feb 16 2014
1.20.5
5.0
Feb 16 2014
5.0
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.
Sleav
Sleav
Nov 25 2013
1.19.7
2.5
Nov 25 2013
2.5
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
Mkay
Mkay
Oct 24 2013
1.19.1
5.0
Oct 24 2013
5.0
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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