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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Firefox 3 Launches, Foxmarks is a Partner

Firefox 3 launched this morning and has already been downloaded a couple of million times! We're super excited about the launch and are committed to making Foxmarks one of Firefox 3's most popular add-ons.

We're also delighted to share that Mozilla chose us as one of their launch partners. After you install Firefox 3, you'll see a first-run page telling you all about its great new features. If choose to learn more about how to "Customize" Firefox 3, you'll be presented with a page of a handful of partner add-ons and we're one of them.








Being a part of the Firefox ecosystem has been a great experience for us and our users, and we're delighted to see that Mozilla thinks so too.

If you're spreading the word about Firefox 3 today and also wish to help promote Foxmarks, please share the following Firefox 3 download link: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?p=foxmarks. If a user installs Firefox from this link, Foxmarks will be promoted on the very first page they see after the install.





Alternatively, you can add the following button to your blog or website by copying the code below.




<a href="http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?p=foxmarks">
<img src="http://foxmarks.com/images/download-firefox-3.png"/>
</a>

Restore Backups of your Bookmarks

Foxmarks saves your bookmarks on our server everytime you sync. This makes Foxmarks a great way to back up your bookmarks in case your computer dies (as some of you already know).

But sometimes that's not enough - you might want to go back in time, and see past versions of your bookmarks. We're delighted to announce that you can now explore your backup history, and even restore from a past version!

Log in to My Foxmarks and click on the "Tools" menu to find this feature. Once selected, you'll be presented with a list of every past backup that we have on record. For now, we store your entire backup history, but we may restrict it to a fixed time period sometime in the future (e.g. the last six months).





Select a backup that you're interested in, and you can either view its contents, export it to an HTML file that you download, or restore your bookmarks to that former state. You can use these features to undo mistakes that you make when managing your bookmarks, or to recover deleted bookmarks that you later realize you need.



We know how important bookmarks are to you and are excited to provide a complete backup and restore solution that you can rely on. If you have friends who cherish their bookmarks but don't need sync, send them our way. We'll make sure their data is safe and sound.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Foxmarks 2.0.47.4 released to AMO

Last night we released Foxmarks 2.0.47.4 to the Mozilla Add-ons site. This is a minor upgrade that focuses primarily on smoothing out the process for people upgrading from Firefox 2 to Firefox 3, which we expect many people will be doing today. Go Firefox 3!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Foxmarks.com Gets a Makeover

We're excited to announce the launch of our new website! We hadn't updated it in a while and decided to show it some much needed love before the big Firefox 3 launch. Apart from the new look, the website sports lots of other improvements too:


  • A Features page that tells you about all the cool things Foxmarks can do

  • An animated Tour that describes what Foxmarks is and how it works

  • A Jobs page (yes, we're hiring!)

  • A direct link to Foxmarks Mobile (it works on your iPhone, too)



By the way, the Backup and Restore feature mentioned on the site is just around the corner. We'll be announcing it and making it available to you early next week.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

COMPLETED: Foxmarks service downtime Friday, June 13 between 8am and 12pm PDT

We will be performing some network maintenance Friday morning.

We'll post here once service is restored.

This maintenance has been completed.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Import and Export your Bookmarks

We recently added two new features to the My Foxmarks website to make your bookmark data more portable.


import-export menu


First, we've added an export feature that lets you download a file containing your entire bookmark set. The file stores data in a standard HTML format and can be used to import your bookmarks into most browsers (Firefox, IE, and Safari are supported). If you use another website that needs your bookmark data, chances are that you can feed it this file.


export


Secondly, we've made it possible for you to import bookmarks from Delicious. Simply tell us the username to import from, and we will fetch the 100 most recent public bookmarks found in that Delicious account, and add them to a newly created folder in your bookmark set. You can use this feature to import your own Delicious bookmarks, or to import interesting public bookmarks that another Delicious user has made available.


delicious import


The 100 bookmark ceiling is a limitation of the Delicious API that we are using (one that does not require us to ask you for your Delicious password).