Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Xmarks for Chrome Sneak Peek

Wow, thanks for the overwhelming response to our Xmarks for Chrome alpha! We knew we'd get a lot of interest, but we weren't quite prepared for this many willing alpha testers. We're working hard to accept everyone into the alpha as fast as possible, but it will be another week or two before the gates are fully open. In the mean time, we'd like to share a few screen shots of Xmarks for Chrome in action so you can see what's coming.

In the same style as our other extensions, we attempt to keep it simple and useful. After installing the extension a new Xmarks button is added to your Chrome toolstrip. If this is your first extension, Chrome will display the tool strip at the bottom of your browser.

Clicking the button for the first time will start the Xmarks setup wizard (the same wizard that you see after installing Xmarks on Firefox, IE, or Safari). The difference you'll probably notice is the funky URL bar at the top. This is caused by a bug in Chrome itself and will hopefully be fixed soon. (A list of other known issues is available on our wiki page.)

After successfully setting up your account, clicking the Xmarks button will bring up the main Xmarks settings dialog. It's nearly identical to the Xmarks for Firefox settings window, although it's currently missing some of our newer features like Restore, Profiles, and Discovery. Restoring older sets of bookmarks can still be done by logging into your Xmarks web account.

The advanced settings tab gives you full control over the encryption settings for your log-in and bookmark data. Here you can also trigger a manual upload or download of your bookmarks to/from your Xmarks web account.

As mentioned before, our goal is to make Xmarks for Chrome as streamlined and smooth as Xmarks for Firefox. We're not quite there yet, but the alpha test has already helped us identify and fix a few key issues. We're excited to get the rest of the alpha testers in. Thanks for your patience!