4.5  Visiting + Adding

This page describes the features which make Markster and BookMacster available to you, for visiting and adding bookmarks, while web browsers are active.

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4.5.1  Floating Menu

The Floating Menu brings the power of Markster or BookMacster into your web browsers.  There are three ways to access it

In the Floating Menu, you can visit a bookmark you have previously stored in a Bookmarkshelf, or land a new bookmark to the web page you are currently viewing.

To visit a bookmark, you can use either the Mini Search or Bookmarks Tree.  To land a new bookmark, you can use either the Add to menu item, or the Add Here menu items in the Bookmarks Tree.

Using Mini Search to visit a bookmark

By default, Mini Search searches bookmark names and tags, but by clicking the magnifying glass you may remove these and/or add other attributes.

Using Add to to land a new bookmark

Using the Bookmarks Tree to add or visit a bookmark

The Bookmarks Tree is only visible if, in Preferences > Appearance > Floating Menu, the checkbox Bookmarks Tree is switched on.  Users who prefer to use the Mini Search and Add to menu items described above may switch this off to reduce clutter.

Visiting

Landing

4.5.2  Bookmark Name and Comments are Generated Automatically

A newly-landed bookmark will have its Name set initially to the title of the window in the web browser (which is generally the name provided by the website publisher

If you have selected any text on the web page, the bookmark’s Comments will initially be set to your selected text.  (This does not work in all browsers.  It works in Chrome and Camino.  For Safari, OmniWeb and Opera, this works if you are using Mac OS X 10.8 or earlier.  In Mac OS X 10.9, we found that Apple would require you to jump through a security hoop, granting Markster or BookMacster access to “control your computer”, and then even after you do that, it still doesn’t work.  So we filed a bug to Apple and disabled it in these cases.)

4.5.3  Landing New Bookmarks via the Menu Items and Toolbar Buttons in Web Browsers

Through the magic of browser add-ons, Markster or BookMacster are able to install controls into some web browsers which send bookmarks directly to BookMacster.  In Firefox, you can have two menu items added to Firefox’ Bookmarks menu:

In Google Chrome, Canary and Chromium, you can have a browser action button which sits to the right of the browser’s address field:

Although there is only one action in these browsers, you can still Add Quickly or Add & Inspect by using the option key to control whether or not the Inspector appears.

These controls are not installed by default.  To install them, in Markster or BookMacster, click in the application menu > Manage Browser Add-Ons and switch the desired checkboxes in the rows labeled Menu Items or Toolbar Button on or off.

4.5.4  Landing new bookmarkss via the BookMacsterize Bookmarklet

The BookMacsterize Bookmarklet is not as handy as the Floating Menu and is not recommended for new users.

Although it looks like any other bookmark, clicking this bookmark does not visit any site.  Instead, it sends the title of the web page you are visiting, its URL, and any static text which you have selected in the page, to Markster or BookMacster.  The app immediately creates a new bookmark from this information, entering the selected static text into its Comments field.

Creating the BookMacsterize Bookmarklet

There are two ways to create a BookMacsterize bookmarklet.

Install in Browser (Recommended).  Clicking in the menu File > Install Bookmarklet into ▸ will create a BookMacsterize bookmarklet in the frontmost open Bookmarkshelf if one does not exist, and then export only the BookMacsterize bookmarklet to a selected Client browser.

Add to Bookmarkshelf.  One of the menu options under the [+] (Add) button in the upper-right corner of the Content Tab is to add a BookMacsterize bookmarklet.

After you perform an Export, this BookMacsterize bookmarklet will appear in the Bookmarks Bar/Toolbar/Favorites (or whatever it is called) in any locally-installed web browser app which you exported to.

Managing the BookMacsterize Bookmarklet

The URL of the BookMacsterize Bookmarklet is a bit of JavaScript which sends the information to Markster or BookMacster.  Modifying this JavaScript may render it no longer functional.

By default, the BookMacsterize bookmarklet is placed at the end of the Bookmarks Bar/Toolbar/Favorites, but you may move it to wherever you wish, or you may delete it if you don’t want to use this feature.  You can restore a missing or broken BookMacsterize bookmarklet by selecting its menu item under the + button in the top-right corner of the Content View.

You may also rename it.  For example, to conserve space on your Bookmarks Bar, you may want a shorter name.  The letter “B” works fine.  You might also find a suitable symbol by clicking in the menu Edit > Special Characters.  We didn’t find any that we liked enough to use as default, but here are some you might consider:  ◆ ✸ ✔ β ◉.  Tip: You can copy and paste from here.

4.5.5  Which browser is used for visiting

However you choose to initiate a visit,

If the active application is a web browser, the bookmark will be visited with that web browser.  This is normally the case if you are browsing the web with, say Safari.  Thus, you can visit any bookmark with any browser at any time by activating the desired web browser before clicking the bookmark.

If the active application is not a web browser, the bookmark will be visited with the app’s designated web browser for that bookmark.

Thus, if you want to visit a bookmark with your designated web browser for that bookmark, activate any app which is not a web browser (not Safari, not Firefox, not Google Chrome, etc.) before clicking the bookmark.  Note that the latter case always applies if you doubleclick a bookmark in a Bookmarkshelf window, because at that time Markster or BookMacster itself is the active application, and these apps are not web browsers.