Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Foxmarks for Firefox 3 Beta Test: The Final Frontier

Beta testing for the Firefox 3-compatible version of Foxmarks continues to go extremely well. Last week, we sent email to all testers asking them to tell us about any problems they'd seen. We got lots of responses -- many telling us that they'd seen no problems at all. Whoo hoo!

We did learn of a few new issues, though, and have implemented fixes for those things. Yesterday, in fit of confidence we admitted into the beta test the entire remaining queue of people who had registered. (If you registered before yesterday and didn't receive an invitation, it's probably because your spam filter ate the email we sent. Head over to the beta site and you should find that you've been admitted.)

So things are looking quite good. There are, however, still a number of items that we'd like to take care of before we throw open the doors completely and call this a finished product.

  • Firefox crash: Some users have seen both intermittent and consistent crashing of Firefox during synchronization, especially initial synchronization. We believe this is caused by a bug in Firefox, and the developers at Mozilla are now investigating. If you experience this crash, please be sure to allow Firefox to submit a crash report to Mozilla.

  • Favicons getting swapped: A few users have reported seeing the wrong favicon associated with some of their bookmarks. This too seems to be a Firefox bug.

  • Cosmetic problems: There are a collection of cosmetic problems with the layout of the Settings dialog on various platforms and in certain localizations. We'll be working on these soon.

  • Unfiled Bookmarks folder: The Firefox 3 "Unfiled Bookmarks" folder is sometimes erroneously duplicated within users' bookmark sets. This, too, is something that we're looking at.

If you experience a problem that is not on this list and haven't already told us about it, please first make sure that you're running the latest version of the beta extension (currently as of this writing but being updated frequently). If the problem persists on the current version of the extension, please drop us a line to let us know about it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Share your bookmarks

We're delighted to announce the ability to share your bookmarks online. You can share a folder of bookmarks as a web page, an RSS feed, or even a widget that you can drop into your web site or blog.

You can share as many folders as you like; as you update your bookmarks and synchronize, your shared content is automatically updated as well. None of your folders are shared by default—only folders that you've designated will be shared.

To share the bookmarks in a folder, log in at, select the folder, then click on the "Sharing" button in the toolbar (see the big yellow arrow below). In the dialog that appears, select the "Share this folder" button, and you're ready to go!


Think of all the great things you can start sharing with your friends and family: your favorite blogs, places that you'd like to go on vacation, or, like us, a sampling of our favorite comic strips.

We love hearing your feedback. If you have a specific problem or suggestion, please write to our support team; otherwise leave us a comment below.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Foxmarks for Firefox 3 Beta Test Continues

As announced previously, Foxmarks for Firefox 3 is currently in beta test. Over the past week, we have admitted the first 40% of users who have volunteered to test.

Testing has revealed a handful of minor bugs in Foxmarks itself; we've been rolling out fixes as the bug reports come in. We've seen (and users have reported seeing) Firefox crash while Foxmarks is running, but each successive beta (starting with Firefox beta 2) has shown improvements in this area. There hasn't been a single report of Foxmarks crashing Firefox beta 4 yet; that version was only released yesterday, but we've been impressed by how the quality of Firefox keeps marching forward with each release. Beta 4 may well be stable enough for general use with Foxmarks. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

There are also reports of occasional performance problems -- sometimes sync under Firefox 3 is really fast, and sometimes it's quite slow. Surprisingly, this variability occurs on the same computer with the same bookmarks within the same session. We're not sure what might account for the difference yet, but we're looking into it.

Overall, testing has gone quite smoothly. As long as we can keep up with the rate at which bugs are reported, we'll continue to allow more people in to check it out. If you're interested in participating, you can sign up here. Note that you'll need a Foxmarks account to register.

P.S. Thanks to the many users who have taken the time to test! Your efforts to find and report bugs make a real difference, and we appreciate it. Oh, how we do.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Foxmarks 2.0.45 Released to AMO

As promised yesterday, we've just released Foxmarks 2.0.45 to the Mozilla Add-ons site (AMO). Existing users of Foxmarks 2.0.43 and below should start seeing update notifications shortly.

Feel free to let us know how things are going here. But please do note that we don't handle customer support here on the blog; if you're having a problem and would like assistance, write us here instead. We're happy to help.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Foxmarks 2.0.45 Released

We just released Foxmarks 2.0.45, a minor version upgrade that fixes a handful of bugs. We expect to release this on the Mozilla Addons Site (AMO) tomorrow, but feel free to download from our site now if you want to get your hands on the latest.

As always, we're happy to hear about your experience using Foxmarks, both good and bad. But if you have a problem that requires assistance, please contact support instead of posting here; we don't handle support issues here on the blog.