Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Xmarks Tab Sync for iPhone and the web!

We've been on a roll lately with tab sync. Three weeks ago we announced Tab Sync for Firefox. Two weeks ago, we announced parallel support for Internet Explorer and Chrome. This week, we're happy to announce that you can open remote tabs from your iPhone -- or any device with a browser.



To check it out, open your browser and log into your account at My Xmarks.com. If you're using an iPhone, you'll see something that looks like this:


Xmarks Tab Sync on iPhone


Click the Open Tabs button to see a list of your computers, browsers, and their open tabs. Click on a tab and presto! It opens on your phone.



If you're using a browser on a desktop or laptop computer, you'll find Open Tabs in the Tools menu of My Xmarks.com:


Xmarks Tab Sync Tools Menu

Just click the Open Remote Tabs menu item to see the familiar display of all your open tabs.



What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tab Sync coming to Xmarks for Chrome and IE

Earlier this month we announced tab sync in Xmarks for Firefox, a new feature that allows users to access their open Firefox tabs from other computers. This week we're happy to announce that tab sync will soon be available in Xmarks for Chrome and Xmarks for IE as well! The new feature works similarly across all three Xmarks synchronizers, allowing you to access your open windows and tabs on other computers and other browsers. A more detailed explanation of how tab sync works can be found in the original blog post on the feature.

The update will be rolled out to all of our Xmarks for Chrome and IE users this week. (If you can't wait, get the Chrome version here, or the IE version here.) We hope you enjoy it—let us know how it's working for you!

xmarks-tab-sync-Chrome

Monday, April 12, 2010

How to View your Xmarks Bookmarks on the iPad

Xmarks on the iPad

Before you get too excited, this is not an announcement of Xmarks Sync for the iPad - we need Apple to open up APIs to their Mobile Safari web browser before we can build that. What you can do today from your iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) is to visit my.xmarks.com

Once you log in, you'll see an iPad-optimized view of your bookmarks, including your folders and your "Bookmarks Toolbar" folder.

Two quick features to note:

1) in the top right there's a "Find" button - use that to search for a particular bookmark.

2) in the bottom left there's a "View My Xmarks in:" setting. Click on "Classic" to switch to the standard my.xmarks.com web site where you can add, delete, edit and reorder bookmarks and access our advanced features like sync profiles.

Enjoy!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tab Sync in Xmarks (again)!

If you were one of the intrepid early adopters of Xmarks for Firefox 3.6.3 and you are using Xmarks to sync your passwords, please upgrade to the latest version immediately. The new version fixes a critical bug in Password Sync inadvertently introduced when we reorganized the internals of the add-on to support Tab Sync.

Thanks to all who have provided feedback and pointed out bugs. We're still on track to deploy Tab Sync more widely next week, at which point all users will receive upgrade notices from Firefox.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

We've Launched our Business Model with SearchBoost

SearchBoost

Today's a big day at Xmarks. We've launched a new service for search marketers called SearchBoost, designed to increase the performance of paid search ads by displaying relevant Xmarks ratings and reviews next to sponsored links on Google and Bing search result pages. SearchBoost is a premium service with pricing starting at $29 per month.

SearchBoost is the primary business model for Xmarks, allowing us to keep our browser synchronization service completely free. While we obviously devote resources to this business, we've also recently launched Xmarks for Chrome and a new Tab Sync feature for Firefox. You can count on us to continue innovating and improving our sync products.

SearchBoost is also a natural extension of our vision for Smarter Search: displaying crowd-sourced ratings and reviews to help users identify the highest quality results on their search page. A small but vocal minority have told us (and may tell us again on this blog ;-) that they're not interested in this feature. That's OK with us: we've made it very simple to turn the Smarter Search feature off in Xmarks Settings. Many other users have sent us kudos for this important enhancement to web search.

We hope you'll find ratings and reviews on ads as useful as they are on organic search results. It's important to note that Xmarks ratings and reviews are completely crowd-sourced from our users. Advertisers cannot pay $ to improve ratings or alter reviews.

Finally, quick shout-outs to our chairman & co-founder Mitch Kapor who has kept us focused on his orginal vision of aggregating bookmarks to improve web search, and Xmarks advisor Eric Ries who helped us think through the early concept stage of what is now SearchBoost.

Tab Sync in Xmarks for Firefox!

We're excited today to announce support for a top user-requested feature: open tab sync in Xmarks for Firefox. We're launching this as an opt-in feature that you can easily activate in the Xmarks Settings dialog. Just go to Tools → Xmarks → Settings → Sync and check to enable sync of Open Tabs. The feature will soon be available in My.Xmarks.com and in Xmarks for Chrome, too. Here's how you turn it on:
tab_settings

Of what use is this, you ask? Imagine that you are working on an important research project at the office. You have to leave in the midst of your work to catch your helicopter ride home to your personal tropical island (if we're going to imagine, we might as well go big, right?). When you arrive home, you open up your limited-edition diamond-encrusted laptop, and in a few clicks, you've opened all the web pages that you had open at work. So you can continue your research into a cure for cancer until the wee hours of the morning.

How does it work? Just like bookmark and password sync, Xmarks watches for changes to your set of open windows and tabs, and when it notices a quiet moment, it sends that set to our server, which stores it in your password-protected account. Once you enable the feature, this happens silently in the background.

Whenever you need to retrieve a tab from another computer, just select “Open Remote Tabs” on the Xmarks menu (right-click on the status bar icon or Tools → Xmarks → Settings):
xmarks_settings_menu



A window opens showing your list of computers, browsers, and their open windows and tabs:

open_tabs

Click a single tab to open it locally, or click a browser window to open that entire window (along with all of its tabs). Easy!

The full diamond-encrusted version is now available for download on the Mozilla Add-ons Site and Xmarks.com. Please enjoy!

What do you think? We'd love to hear your comments and feedback.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Xmarks Thumbnails For IE

Xmarks Thumbnails for IE A little over three months ago Google announced beta support for extensions in the Google Chrome browser. One of our engineers Will decided it was time to try making an extension for Chrome and looked for a fun project to start with. He took our website preview image data and created a simple but powerful extension that adds preview images to your Google and Bing search results.

We thought it was pretty cool, but weren't sure how many of our users would find it useful. The answer, it turns out, is quite a few! After three months we have over 26,000 users of our Chrome extension Xmarks Thumbnails.

It's been so successful that we've decided to create an extension for Internet Explorer, as well. Our new extension, Xmarks Thumbnails for IE, is available for download today! Give it a try and let us know what you think. Feedback is welcome at our support page.