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BookMacster is a replacement for our older application, Bookdog. This page highlights the changes that will help a Bookdog user to get going with BookMacster.
The most important little section for a Bookdog user to read.
Bookdog’s old Bookmarks Documents were somewhat unconventional in that they did not have their own storage. Open and Save operations were actually performed on a web browsers’ bookmarks. For example, here’s how Bookdog worked with Safari:
In contrast, BookMacster’s Bookmarkshelf Documents are regular Mac documents. Open and Save operations are performed on their own storage and do not, by default, affect the bookmarks of any web browser. To read or write external browsers’ bookmarks in BookMacster, you’ll use the new commands: Import and Export.
In Bookdog, one document always opened directly the bookmarks of one browser, but BookMacster does not have this limitation and can be used in different styles. To give you a quick start, we’ve identified three typical starting points. Regardless of your starting point, you can sync your bookmarks among multiple Macs.
If you’d BookMacster to behave like Bookdog did, there are settings which tell BookMacster to automatically Import after Open which we call Auto Import, and automatically Export before Save which we call Auto Export.
The Auto Import, and Auto Export settings are activated automatically for you when BookMacster creates a Bookmarkshelf by importing from only one browser, such as Safari.
Auto Import and Auto Export are analagous to the Auto Save and Versions feature of Mac OS X.
Bookwatchdog has been retired. Instead, a Bookmarkshelf can be configured with one or more Agents. Agents can sort and find duplicates like Bookwatchdog, but in addition can synchronize (Import, then Export), eliminating the need for Automator actions. Agents can be triggered on daily schedules, when browsers quit, when Safari bookmarks change, or when you log in. Unlike Bookwatchdog, Agents are launched by the launchd facility in the Mac OS and therefore do not require a Login Item.
The Duplicate Bookmark window which showed duplicates one at a time is gone. Instead of Analyze for Duplicates, you now Find Duplicates. Duplicates are shown in groups so that, for example if you have four bookmarks to the same web page, you see simply one group of four instead of six pairs which appeared at random. They are now shown in a table so that you can select and deal with duplicate groups in arbitrary order, and are stored when you click Save.
The Broken Bookmarks window, which showed a single broken bookmark, is also gone. After a Verify operation is complete, you can filter out whatever broken bookmarks you are interested in (example: Any bookmark whose Verify Status Code is not 200) in the Find tab. The status code, recommendation, and past, present and suggested URL of bookmarks with issues are now shown in the bottom drawer of the Inspector panel. The drawer opens automatically after a Verify operation completes. If you want to take a break after fixing broken bookmarks, you can save the document and re-open it later because all of the Verify results are saved with the Bookmarkshelf document.
Last but not least, the Migration document and its Migration window are gone. Instead of migrating between two browsers, you Import and Export between the Bookmarkshelf and an unlimited number of browsers.
To perform a “migration” manually, you configure a Bookmarkshelf with the browser(s) or other clients from which to Import, the clients to which to Export, with the various options. Then instead of clicking Do It, inspecting the results, and saving, you click Import, inspect the results, and then click Export.
To perform a “migration” automatically, instead of using Automator, you configure an Agent to do the same thing – Import, Save (actually this is optional), and then Export. Instead of being limited to a single source and single destination however, you can include as many clients as you want in the Import and Export.
It is no longer necessary to prefix empty spaces or tildes on item names in order to force items to the top or bottom when sorting. Items that you want sorted to the top or bottom of their siblings are now marked internally.
BookMacster detects if you have Glims 1.0 or later installed, and if so any separators in your content are exported to Safari using the Glims format. Separators in the Glims format will be imported whether you have Glims or not.
The first time you run BookMacster, it gives you the option to import all of your Bookdog preferences, and from Bookdog’s Bookmark Documents, it creates one or more (as you indicate) Bookmarkshelf Documents. Settings such as unsorted folders, comments and separators on Safari bookmarks are transferred directly. As applicable, the old features are automatically translated to the new features. Bookwatchdog settings become Agents, so be sure and have a look at the Settings > Agents tab if you were using Bookwatchdog. The sort at Top/Bottom prefixes become the equivalent invisible markers. False Alarms attributes become Don’t Verify. (Don’t Verify is basically a new name for False Alarm.)
Migration Documents are not imported because Migration has been replaced by multi-browser Import and Export functions which have far more capabilities.
If, after using BookMacster for the first time, you realize you’d like to do the import differently, there is a menu command in the BookMacster menu to repeat the process.
If you decide to purchase a BookMacster license, BookMacster will find your Bookdog License Information and send it to our server which will automatically award you a discount based on your Bookdog purchase date. Therefore, if you’ve purchased a Bookdog license, don’t trash your Bookdog preferences and don’t run any of those app-zapping or app-deleting apps yet.
Generally, if you’re using BookMacster, you shouldn’t be using Bookdog at the same time. No harm will be done, but you’ll get “File Conflict” warnings and other annoyances.
More importantly, if you’ve activated any Agents in BookMacster, you don’t want Bookwatchdog trying to do the same thing. For this reason, whenever BookMacster or one of its Workers launches, or attempts an Import or Export operation, it checks to see if Bookdog or Bookwatchdog is running and, if so, it quits them or alerts you with an error if they will not quit.
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