Friday, July 16, 2010

Xmarks for iPhone & iPod touch Now Available



The Xmarks mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch is now available in Apple's iTunes App Store at the less-than-a-latte price of $0.99.

It's designed for Xmarks users that want to access all their desktop bookmarks and open tabs on their iDevice.

It works with all versions of the iPhone & iPod touch, with iPad support coming soon.

Key features include:

  • works with Xmarks for IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Mac Safari

  • access all bookmark folders including your bookmarks toolbar

  • bookmark search

  • open remote tabs across all your computers & browsers

  • built-in browser to view your bookmarks without leaving the app



UPDATE: Version 1.25 is NOW AVAILABLE in the iTunes App Store! This version adds a more streamlined user interface and a fix for the iPad bug in the previous version.

Coming Soon to Xmarks for iPhone:

  • improved user interface

  • ability to add and edit bookmarks for 2-way sync

  • full screen iPad support

  • and lots more!


Remember that even without Xmarks for iPhone (or an iPhone for that matter), you can point any smartphone to my.xmarks.com and get mobile access to your bookmarks and open tabs.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Xmarks Password Sync for Chrome!

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Since we first launched Xmarks for Chrome last August, you've been asking us when we're going to add password sync.  Does today work for you?

Xmarks now synchronizes your bookmarks, passwords, and open tabs across both Firefox and Chrome! 

UPDATE: We've released a new version of Xmarks for Chrome that includes (as a default-off option) password sync. You can find it here in the Google Extensions Gallery.


Just like our password sync in Firefox, password sync in Chrome is 100% optional and is turned off by default. Your passwords are secured by encrypting them before they leave your computer with a PIN that only you know.  (Learn more about how we keep your password information safe.)

Unlike Firefox, Chrome's built-in password manager is not available to extension developers; so instead we have created our own Xmarks password manager that you can access from the Xmarks settings. And if you need any more encouragement to give it a try, remember we recently released Restore for passwords, so you can go back again if anything goes wrong (which it won't!).

Please give it a try and let us know how it goes for you in the comments here or on our support forum.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Firefox reaches "2 billion Add-ons downloaded" milestone

Mozilla reported a major milestone on July 1st: the total number of Firefox Add-ons downloaded crossed the 2 billion mark. In honor of the occasion, Mozilla published a 'Best of Two Billion' add-on collection, and Xmarks made the list! Thanks to all of you, our Xmarks add-ons have been downloaded over twenty million times; we’re very happy to have contributed a solid percentage of Mozilla's 2 billion watermark.

Congratulations, Mozilla, and thank you, Xmarks users!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Xmarks 3.7 Released: Password Restore and More!

We're in the process of releasing version 3.7 of our Firefox add-on. If you haven't already received an update notification from Firefox, you will soon.

For most people, this should be a fairly uneventful update. But the new version does contain a raft of changes, and we wanted to highlight some of the more significant ones.

Update: If you're having problems logging in with this version and you have also installed NoScript, make sure that you have whitelisted xmarks.com.


  • Password Restore: We've supported bookmark restore for quite some time now, a feature that our users regularly tell us has saved their bacon after a hard-drive failure or other corruption. We now also support password restore, which we think will also prove indispensable if you experience an unfortunate data loss. The feature itself lives in My.Xmarks, and it works with this version of the Xmarks addon. You can find it in the Tools menu of My.Xmarks.

  • Authentication: The way we handled authentication previously caused inconvenience to users who either enable the Firefox Master Password or don't let Firefox store passwords. If you're one of these users, you know that automatic sync would trigger a password prompt the first time Xmarks synced after a browser restart. That's no longer the case. Once you log in, you should remain logged in; just remember to check the "Remember Me" box.

  • Suspend: For most users, Xmarks operates transparently in the background. For users with huge datasets and older computers with limited memory and CPU, that's not always the case. We've recently made improvements in Xmarks' efficiency, but now there's another option: if you log out (press the Log Out button the first page of the settings dialog), Xmarks will suspend automatic sync until you log in again or restart your browser. This can be handy when you're working on something else and don't want Xmarks to get in your way.

  • Detect Offline: If you're on a laptop with a wireless network connection, you know that your connection comes and goes depending on your location, or whether you're putting your laptop to sleep or waking it up. Previously, if your network was unavailable when Xmarks decided it was time to sync, you'd see an error in the status bar. Now, Xmarks will defer automatic sync requests until the network becomes available again.

  • Sync on Shutdown: Xmarks has always provided the option to sync your data when the browser is shutting down to ensure that any recent changes you've made are available to other browsers and computers that you use. Previously, if Xmarks had any changes to sync, it would sync every datatype that you had enabled: bookmarks, passwords, and tabs. Now it syncs only what's necessary, making shutdown substantially faster.

  • And more! There is a handful of other minor changes and improvements, ranging from password-sync bug fixes to the ability to cancel an in-progress automatic sync. We hope you enjoy the new version and (if you celebrate it) have a great Independence Day.