Thursday, June 19, 2008

Foxmarks for IE - Alpha Testers and Code Ninjas Wanted!

We'd like to invite you to test out our early alpha release of a Foxmarks plugin for IE. The plugin will seamlessly synchronize your Favorites (bookmarks in the IE world) across computers running IE, and between IE and Firefox too. Just like our Firefox add-on, our IE plugin works quietly in the background to keep all your bookmarks the same on all of your computers.

We're still in the early phases of development but we want to begin getting your feedback as quickly as possible. If you’re interested in participating in the alpha test please sign up below. We’ll notify you when you can download, install, and start testing. Note that you’ll need a Foxmarks account to register for the program.

Sign up to alpha test Foxmarks for IE

Please remember that this is an alpha release and as such is not ready for prime time. Although this release contains all of the core synchronization functionality, it does not include support for favicon sync, using your own server, and sync profiles. In addition, this release contains two specific limitations that you should be aware of:

  • From time to time, the order of your bookmarks in IE may look different than in Firefox. This is because some of the APIs that we need to affect order in IE are not readily available. Read more about the IE ordering problem, or read on below to see how you can help.

  • If you're running Vista and have User Access Control (UAC) enabled, then we can't automatically sync your bookmarks. This is such a major limitation that we don't recommend using this alpha release if you have UAC enabled on Vista. Read more about the IE UAC issue.

Code Ninjas Wanted Found!

UPDATE: We've found someone who was able to help us with this issue, so no need to respond. For history's sake, though, here's the original text:

We take great pride in the excellent experience that Foxmarks provides. For us that means seamlessly syncing your bookmarks in the background so that they are in the same folders and in the same order on all your computers. Unfortunately, we haven't yet achieved identical syncing on Internet Explorer due to the ordering issue mentioned above. We've been doing our best to get there, but developing in the IE world is a complex affair, and sometimes not all the bits that we need are documented.

We're looking for a talented individual to help us reach the ideal user experience by digging deep under the covers. If you can help us, we will naturally compensate your technical contributions at the going rate for such efforts, but in addition, we will heap as much praise upon you as you can stand.

If you are up for the challenge, please first read the technical details on the ordering problem to make sure it is a fit for your skills and domain. If it looks like this is right up your alley, please drop us a note. We look forward to hearing from you.