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!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Xmarks for Chrome!

We've been swamped with requests to create a version of Xmarks for the Google Chrome browser. We're hard at work on that and, thanks to some new APIs from Google, are pleased to report that we have Xmarks synchronization working in the Windows developer channel for Chrome. The Chrome extension platform is still far from complete and our initial alpha release has many rough edges, but for you brave (and very vocal) early adopters, we wanted to get this into your hands sooner rather than later.

We’re happy to invite you to test our early alpha release of Xmarks for Chrome. The extension will synchronize your Chrome bookmarks across computers running Firefox, IE, Safari and/or Chrome. Just like our other versions, Xmarks for Chrome works quietly in the background to keep all your bookmarks the same on all of your browsers.

If you’re interested in participating in the alpha test please sign up.  This is a closed alpha, which means that you won't be able to install the extension immediately. After signing up we'll email you when you've been accepted into the program - we do this for scaling and stability reasons.

Sign up to alpha test Xmarks for Chrome

Please remember that this is an alpha release only:  it does not include support for your own server, sync profiles, or our discovery features. A full list of recent changes and known issues can be found on the Xmarks for Chrome news page.

After giving it a try, please visit our GetSatisfaction forum for feedback and feature requests. We'd love to know what you think!

You can also keep tabs on our Chrome progress by following Xmarks on Twitter: twitter.com/xmarks.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Xmarks 3.3 for Firefox released

We're pleased to announce the latest upgrade of Xmarks for Firefox is now available. This version is mostly bug fixes, but includes one cool new feature. Behold the new Restore tab in your Xmarks settings dialog:

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Ever since we launched Restore last year, we've wished it was a little easier to find. For those of you who don't know about Restore, we archive a snapshot of your bookmarks each time you make a change, and we store that archive for at least 6 months on our servers. Now from the Restore tab you can browse, view, and restore your full bookmark set from these snapshots. You can also see your entire set of backups anytime or anywhere: just visit my.xmarks.com and choose "Explore and Restore Old Bookmarks" in the Tools menu.

Other significant changes in this release:

  • Fixed occasional duplication issue with cross-browser sync and merge

  • Allow login via email address

  • Better general compatibility with other Firefox add-ons

  • Fixed rare error where users could not log into some websites

If you've downloaded from our servers you should receive upgrade notices today or tomorrow; Mozilla Add-Ons should start sending upgrade notices in the next few days. If you don't want to wait, you can start now by going to our download page. Enjoy!

(Note to our Chrome fans: your wait is nearly over! Patience!)