2.4  Settings to use BookMacster Directly

This section highlights the preferences and other settings which are particularly relevant when setting up Markster, or setting up to use BookMacster Directly.

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2.4.1  Your New Bookmark Landing

When Markster or BookMacster create a new bookmark via one of its Firefox menu item, toolbar buton in Chrome, or BookMacsterize Bookmarklet, it is initially placed in the folder designated as your New Bookmark Landing.  To change a New Bookmark Landing,

You will see a popup menu.

Which Bookmarkshelf?  BookMacster lands a new bookmark into whatever Bookmarkshelf you have open, asking you to choose one if you have more than one, or none, open.

2.4.2  Dock Menu

The Dock Menu is one of three facilities in Markster and BookMacster which you may use to display its Floating Menu, which in turn provides capabilities to land new bookmarks and visit existing bookmarks.  To show the Dock Menu, perform a secondary click on the app’s icon in the Dock.

No setup is necessary.  All running Macintosh applications show a Dock Menu, unless they are in the background.

2.4.3  Menu Extra

The Menu Extra is another of the three facilities you may use to display the Floating Menu, which in turn provides capabilities to land new bookmarks and visit existing bookmarks.  The Menu Extra is not displayed by default.

To display the Menu Extra whenever Markster or BookMacster is running,

Note that if you have enabled the app’s Launch in Background preference, you must have either a Menu Extra or Global Keyboard Shortcut to the Floating Menu enabled.  (Otherwise, you would have no way to ever interact with the app!)  The (None) selection may be disabled for this reason.

2.4.4  Global Keyboard Shortcuts

Markster and BookMacster offer three keyboard shortcuts which can create, search for or visit a bookmark while you are working in any readable web browser application.  The three shortcuts

These keyboard shortcuts are not active by default.  To activate or de-activate them,

If you enter a keyboard shortcut which conflicts with a keyboard shortcut in a readable web browser application, your Markster or BookMacster keyboard shortcut will over-ride the web browser’s keyboard shortcut.  If Markster or BookMacster will not accept your keyboard shortcut, that is probably because the shortcut is in use by macOS.  To review those settings, click in your menubar:  > System Preferences, then the Keyboard tool, then the Keyboard Shortcuts tab.

Since many web browsers use ⌘D to create a new bookmark, we recommend using ⌘D as your keyboard shortcut for Add Quickly, so that you can add a bookmark to your Bookmarkshelf in the same way as you added a bookmark to your web browser before you began using Markster or BookMacster.  ⌘⌥D is our preference for Add & Inspect, but in order to use it you must switch off the shortcut to Turn Dock Hiding On/Off in  > System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Launchpad & Dock.  (As an alternative to that, we’re fans of Automatically hide and show the Dock in  > System Preferences > Dock.)

These shortcut keys are available (they “work”) whenever a readable web browser application is the active application, and Markster or BookMacster are running in some form – launched in the background or window(s) are minimized to the Dock are OK.

2.4.5  Sound Effects

Markster and BookMacster plays a the sound of a page ripping out of a book when landing a new bookmark, and two quick beeps when landing a duplicate bookmark.  The sound effects may be silenced with a checkbox in Preferences > Adding.

2.4.6  Popping up the Inspector for a Newly-Landed Bookmark

When adding a bookmark, in some cases you’re in a hurry or don’t want to break your concentration.  In other cases, you want to stop, compose a good name, add tags and notes, and/or place the bookmark in its proper folder.  BookMacster allows you to do it either way, at any time.  In the first case, you’re done in one click.  In the second case, the Inspector opens on the new bookmark wherein you can edit and move it.

If you are using the [Add Here menu item], or have the BookMacster Button installed into a browser, or the BookMacsterize Bookmarklet in any browser, whether or not you get the Inspector depends on whether or not you’re holding down the option/alt key on your keyboard.  To set which is which, click in the menu BookMacster > Preferences > Adding

(If you use the BookMacsterize Bookmarklet in Firefox, you must hit the option key quickly after clicking the bookmarklet, because holding down the option key prior to clicking any bookmark or bookmarklet seems to activate the Save As feature in Firefox.)