Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Foxmarks for Safari 4 Beta

It's clear that Safari users love Foxmarks for Safari. In the last three weeks, we've had close to 100,000 downloads and lots of great press. We're happy to be serving an important need for Safari users, and so were even more delighted yesterday when we found that many of you had started using Foxmarks on Apple's freshly released Safari 4 Beta.

As part of all the excitement around the new browser, many of you have written in to us (and on Twitter) asking about Foxmarks compatibility and support for Safari 4 Beta. So without further ado, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions:

  • Safari 4 Beta supported on Mac OS X 10.5+ with caveats
    Foxmarks works with Safari 4 Beta on Mac OS X 10.5, but we know that external ordering changes to items in the Bookmarks Bar folder do not show up in Safari. We encourage you to try Foxmarks with Safari 4 Beta, but warn that Safari 4 is beta software and may cause other problems. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes.

  • Safari 3 fully supported on Mac OS X 10.5+
    Foxmarks is fully compatible with Safari 3.

  • Windows not currently supported
    Foxmarks for Safari does not currently work on Windows. However, based on your requests, we are contemplating supporting Windows in the future.

  • No plans to support versions of Mac OS X prior to 10.5
    Apple made significant changes to several aspects of Mac OS X in 10.5 that make it very difficult to support earlier versions without a complete rewrite of the software. We chose instead to focus on building the best possible product for the newer platform.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Foxmarks for Firefox 2.7.2 Released: Suggested Tags and More!

We just released Foxmarks 2.7.2. This release includes the new Suggested Tags feature as well as several bug fixes since our last release in November. Firefox users will see an upgrade notice in the next couple of days.

We first made the Suggested Tags feature available on our blog a few weeks ago. Since then, we've improved our recommendation algorithm to return even better tag suggestions.

Learn about Suggested Tags from our earlier post about this feature.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Big News: Foxmarks for IE and Safari

We’re proud to announce that today Foxmarks brings bookmark synchronization to the three most popular Web browsers in the world: Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari!

Foxmarks Multi-Browser Support: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari

I want to share with you our motivations for extending our sync service beyond Firefox. First, we’ve received an enormous number of customer requests to support other browsers and we always try to act on feedback from our users (like we did with password sync). Secondly, we’re seeing an industry-wide phenomenon of consumers using more than one computer. With the ‘netbook’ era upon us, more and more people have a need to stay in sync as they access the Web across multiple devices.

At Foxmarks, our belief is that the best sync solution is one that spans all major browsers and operating systems (and yes we plan to support Google Chrome in the near future). It gives you, the user, the maximum choice and flexibility now and in the future.

Supporting these new platforms has not been easy. It has required us to solve unique engineering challenges with the respective browsers and operating systems. With so much complexity, there is no way that we could have released a high quality product without the help of thousands of beta testers. We send you our warmest thanks for your continued help and support.

In preparation for this big launch I made a trip to Washington DC to present our new set of products to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, one of the most influential technology journalists in the world. In the days that followed, I can’t tell you what a challenging and rewarding experience it was having our product tested by Walt. He found several issues (that have now been fixed) as he worked to thoroughly explore all the features of Foxmarks while synchronizing across 7 computers and 12 different browsers! Walt's conclusion:

"Foxmarks is a clever, well-done product that can help
users of multiple computers and multiple browsers
to keep their Web lives in order."

Read the complete review on Walt's All Things Digital blog.

I hope you like our new products that bring Foxmarks to all major Web browsers. For all you IE and Safari users out there wondering why it’s still called “Foxmarks” I’ll let you in on a secret – we’ll be changing our company and product name soon! Please stay tuned…

James Joaquin
CEO, Foxmarks Inc.