Jul 292008

WebnoteHappy is a Web “bookmark” manager for Mac OS X that can help you keep track of URLs using metadata tags (very hip, very useful), traditional folders (for the traditionalists) and also “smart folders” that display bookmarks according to criteria defined by the user (much like smart folders in the Mac OS X Finder). In this respect, it offers the same sort of core functionality as the bookmark managers in Firefox 3 and in OmniWeb, but it works with the user’s default browser, whether that be Camino, Safari, iCab or any other browser. Change your default browser, and URLs selected in WebnoteHappy will launch in the new choice. Integration with the online del.cio.us system is also offered.

It is perhaps a limitation that the URLs are always launched in the default browser: if, for example, you need to use a different Web browser for special sites (for example, Firefox works much better than Safari when editing WordPress posts), WebnoteHappy can’t help you out with this issue, so you may still need to keep the odd URL in such “special use” browsers.

As for adding new Bookmarks, this can be done in WebnoteHappy itself or in most browsers using a supplied Javascript “bookmarklet” or a user-definable key combination. Most browsers seem to co-operate with at least one of these methods, but you might find things don’t run so smoothly with say, beta versions of the more obscure browsers. That’s to be expected, and to avoid any disappointment before purchasing, you can try out WebnoteHappy with your favourite browser by downloading the software, which will run without limitations for 30 days. There’s also a free “Lite” version, but as the comparison chart indicates, it’s much more limited in its capabilities.

All the good band names are taken, and maybe it’s getting that way with software too. But the whimsy stops with WebnoteHappy’s name, and it performs its function as a platform-independent bookmark manager well. Anyone committed to just one browser and its built-in bookmarking system will probably have no need of this application, but those of us who like to try out the latest versions in the quest for the ultimate browser, or keep switching for testing or other purposes, a capable bookmark manager application makes a lot of sense.

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