Pins - The Bookmarks App
By Fabio Russo
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Whether you're OCD or just really keen on your bookmarks Pins is the app for you.
Keep all your bookmarks safely stored, neatly categorized and always at your fingertips. A lifetime of visited web site information in one single app.
******** Easy but powerful ********
Pins is easy to use but also offers flexibility when working with your bookmarks.
You can use tags, folders, color labels, rating and favorite some some of your bookmarks to catalog and easily retrieve what you are looking for.
******** Many ways to view your bookmarks ********
Different views can suit different needs. Are you more of a folder person or more of a tag person? Do you prefer to find the bookmarks you changed or viewed or added lately? Pins offers you many different options to suit your workflow whether you are a professional web developer, a researcher or just keen on keeping the collection of bookmarks you have been working on for years.
******** Graphical thumbnails and live preview ********
Pins offers you graphical previews to visually browse your favorite sites, live preview, you can add notes to single bookmarks, store your username and password if needed, and more importantly sync this information across different macs.
******** Delicious and Pinboard on board ********
Pins is also a complete Delicious and Pinboard client and will allow you to use your online bookmarks from within the app and sync back the modifications in real time.
******** Sort and Search however you like ********
You'll also be able to sort bookmarks within your Library or folders by date, title, URL, rating or favorite. Search within the app is extremely powerful and can be fine tuned to search title, URL, notes, folder, tags and so on.
******** Import from browsers and with Extensions to save bookmarks with one click! ********
You can Import bookmarks from Safari, Chrome, Firefox easily (you'll need to export an html file from these first). Pins comes equipped with powerful browser extensions that will allow you to store bookmarks in Pins without ever leaving your favorite web browser.
What's New in Version 2.0.6
- "New" and "Updated" badges on bookmarks
- Improved stability
- Improved preferences persistence
- FIxes drag and drop issues when moving bookmarks to folders
- Fixes a drag and drop bookmark from folder badge count issue when no bookmarks were left in the from folder
- Fixes pinsapp sync and server issues with pinsapp profile
- Fixes menubar keyboard bookmark selection with single direct hit
Nice but buggy
This has potential to be the best bookmark manager out there - if some of the bugs are squashed. I love the simplicity and features, but it is marred with the most obvious bug of not always being able to move a bookmark between folders. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Also, I wish it would keep the image previews static instead of trying to find the most recent from the web. I’d rather ask it to update when I want. I sure hope the developer keeps working on it as there is a real void of good bookmark add ons.
UPDATE: Fabio is continuing to work on it and the last two updates have been very nice. Much improved in moving bookmarks and overall stability. I will move this to 4-star!
Best Bookmark Organization App for Mac
I’ve been searching for months for a decent app of this kind. However, the vast majority haven’t been updated in years and/or I didn’t care for them (I prefer a hierachy of nested folders, rather than just tags). When I first purchased Pins, I was immediately frustrated— I thought I had been taken for $10 and insisted on a refund. That’s because it was very buggy— at the time, I couldn’t even drag and drop folders and bookmarks as the developer stated. Before requesting a refund, I contacted Fabio, and to his credit, he replied promptly. He said he was aware of the issue and was working on a fix… but didn’t tell me when it would be fixed… which frustrated me.
A week or so after I requested a refund, Fabio came out with a new version. I downloaded the demo from his site; used it for a couple of weeks, and found it to be far more stable. And today, I re-purchased the app from the appstore. Folders now work as stated. And if you prefer organizing your bookmarks with tags (or even both— tags and folders), this is the app for you.
A couple of things (preferences) I would like to see fixed/modified:
1) When electing to "Hide Delicious" and "Hide Pinboard” client features, the delicious and pinboard folders remain in the sidebar (they shouldn’t in my opinion, and I’m unable to remove them);
2) When saving a bookmark via the Safari extension; the bookmark appears to be saved to the folder that is selected in Pins at the time… rather than to the Inbox (even though I have “Always use Inbox to store bookmarks added from a browser” checked).
Thank you Fabio for this product— I look forward to future releases and encourage others to support his efforts.