4.14  Hiding and Scripting

4.14.1  Should I Leave It Running?

Smarky or Synkmark

After you switch Syncing to Ready, the BkmxAgent syncs your browsers’ bookmarks in the background whenever changes are detected, but only after Smarky or Synkmark are quit.   Whenever Smarky or Synkmark are running, syncing is suspended so that you may edit your bookmarks without conflicts due to imports from browsers.

Therefore, you should not leave Smarky or Synkmark running, and should not add them to your Login Items in your System Preferences.   After the initial configuration, you should only run Smarky or Synkmark when you want to do bookmarks housecleaning, typically once a week, month or whatever.

To be truthful, you can do bookmarks housecleaning in a browser such as Safari or Firefox if you want to.  If so configured, Synkmark will sync your changes to other browsers.  However, we do not recommend doing this for more than a minute because:

Markster

In contrast, Markster is designed to be left running continuously so that you may add or visit bookmarks from web browsers.  You do probably want to add Markster to your Login Items in your System Preferences.

BookMacster

BookMacster can be used for both syncing and direct bookmarking.

If you use BookMacster primarily for syncing among browser clients, the advice given above for Smarky or Synkmark applies to BookMacster in your case, except that you need not completely quit BookMacster for syncing to resume.  You need only close the window of that  .bmco document which has syncing Ready.

If you use BookMacster primarily for  direct bookmarking, you should leave BookMacster running, and you do probably want to add BookMacster to your Login Items in your System Preferences.

4.14.2  Hiding

Minimize to the Dock

In macOS, you may minimize a window to your Dock by typing ⌘M.

Running it in the background

Preference for how the app is launched

In Markster or BookMacster, in Preferences > General, there is a checkbox to Launch in Background.  If you switch that box on, the next time you launch the app it will be a background application, meaning that it will not appear in your Dock and not appear in your ⌘-tab Application Switcher.

To enable that checkbox, you must have set either a keyboard shortcut to the app’s Floating Menu or else enabled the app’s Menu Extra.  That is because you must have at least one means available to interact with the app.  (If Launch in Background is on and you violate this by switching both of these off, the app will silently switch Launch in Background off.)

If you are running Markster or BookMacster in the background, without the Menu Extra, wherein the only way to interact with the app is via your keyboard shortcut to its Floating Menu, you are in a “super stealth” background mode wherein the app is completely invisible.  When the app is launched in this mode, a notification appears in the macOS Notification Center reminding you of the keyboard shortcut which is necessary to show the app.

If BookMacster is currently running and you forgot the keyboard shortcut, force quit and then re-launch BookMacster while watching the upper right corner of your screen for such a momentary notification.  The following standard abbreviations are used to indicate which modifier key(s) must be held down:

For example, if the notification says ⌘⌥⌃B, you must activate a web browser (such as Safari or Firefox), hold down the command, option, control keys, and then hit the B key.

Switching Between Background and Foreground

Regardless of how Markster or BookMacster is launched, you may want to switch it from one Background to Foreground or vice versa.  To switch the app from the foreground into the background, clicking Background Markster|BookMacster in either the application menu, Dock Menu or Menu Extra.

4.14.3  Scripting

Smarky, Synkmark, Markster and BookMacster implement some AppleScript commands which make additional behaviors possible.  For example,

To get started AppleScripting , launch AppleScript Editor and File > Open the app’s scripting dictionary.  Also, download BookMacster’s sample AppleScripts.