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Worldmark: Bookmarks Made Universal (Then Abandoned)

Published April 2nd, 2007

Worldmark: Bookmarks for Every Browser, Every File

Worldmark Bookmarking SoftwareOriginally downloaded April 2, 2007. Imagine you could bookmark anything… in any browser, in the file system, on network drives… It’s a lofty vision, and the Cocoa app Worldmark, a shareware utility that appears to be still in beta, tries to accomplish this feat. I’ve definitely got to see how well this works!

Update 4/2/07. Worldmark is the kind of project that is very disappointing to fans of Mac apps like me. It’s been over a year since I downloaded Worldmark, and I’ve tried it a few times. One huge flaw in the concept is that the menubar icon is only there to let you drag items (URLs, files, folders, etc) to it…. it doesn’t display a list of your “worldmarks”, doesn’t give you access to Worldmark’s preferences (of which there are hardly any), and doesn’t let you load different Worldmark documents. As such, it’s totally counterintuitive. But that’s not what’s disappointing to me.

No, it’s the fact that this first beta release was issued in September 2005, and there hasn’t been a single update since then. And yet the developer has the temerity to expect users to pay $10 for continuous use. Sorry, but to me, payment for shareware is a bargain between user and developer: The user agrees to pay for the software, and the developer agrees to not put the software in mothballs, which is exactly what appears to have happened to Worldmark.

The good news, however, is that there’s a free, open source application I had already adopted, which does everything Worldmark can do, plus a whole lot more: Check out Hallon some time. By developer Peter Borg, who has also given the Mac world the open source Cocoa apps Smultron and Lingon, Hallon actually lets you bookmark items within applications. For example, you can bookmark a particular song in iTunes, or a particular album in iPhoto, and so on. In addition, it’s extensible, so users and other developers can build plugins for applications that aren’t already included in the package. Finally, Hallon lets you associate due dates and set alarms for anything you bookmark.

And you know what? The Hallon menubar icon can be used not only to add new bookmarks, but it also displays existing bookmarks in various useful ways! Just like you’d expect.

In other words, Hallon is an awesome product that has solutions to problems you may not even known you could solve. My only complaint about Hallon is that it, too, hasn’t been updated in a long time. However, I know that developer has been very busy on Smultron, and besides, he’s not asking for any money for his effort. (Though I’m sure Borg would appreciate a contribution if you are so moved.)

Version as tested: 1.0 b1.

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