Thursday, November 15, 2007

Oh no you didn't! Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer 2.0 Launches

You may have noticed that a couple of hours ago we released a new version of the Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer for Firefox. The elves have been hard at work; this version is a complete overhaul and we're really excited about it. For the curious, here are some of the shiny new bits.

New Features

  • Status bar indicator: Foxmarks 2 displays a small icon in the bottom right of your browser window that allows you to see at a glance your synchronization state. You can also click on it to open Foxmarks Settings and right-click (control-click on the Mac) to open a context menu to get convenient access to commonly used sync functions. If status icons annoy you, you can disable it from the menu.

  • Foxmarks Settings: We completely redesigned the Foxmarks Settings dialog to make it easier to understand and (we think) much easier on the eyes.

  • Password management: Some users objected to Foxmarks 1.0.1's use of the Password Manager to store your password. Foxmarks 2 gives you the option of storing it there or not; if you choose not to, Foxmarks will prompt you for it as needed.

  • Password security: Foxmarks 2 now by default encrypts your password when it is transmitted over the wire.

  • Synchronization: The synchronization engine itself is much more robust in Foxmarks 2 than in Foxmarks 1.0.1. We'll save the details for a future post, but suffice it to say that synchronization under Foxmarks 2 is a much more predictable, reliable process. It can sync just about anything you throw at it.

  • Favicons: Foxmarks 2 now synchronizes your bookmarks' icons.

  • Server communication: Foxmarks 1.0.1 transmitted your entire set of bookmarks each time you changed anything about your bookmarks. Foxmarks 2 now transmits (and receives) only the changed bits, making it a much more efficient consumer of network bandwidth and a far more pleasant experience for users with large collections of bookmarks.

There are a raft of small improvements not listed here that, we hope, add up to a much more solid, transparent, and convenient experience. Try it out and let us know what you think!

My Foxmarks
And don't forget to check out out My Foxmarks, too. It's been promoted from Beta to 1.0.

The Next Few Days...
You may notice some slowness the first time you use Foxmarks 2 as all of your data has to be uploaded to our new server. This is exacerbated by everyone converting over to the new system at the same time. Once you have successfully completed that first upload, though, it should be a smooth ride and well worth the effort.