ViewMarks offers an alternative way to organize and use your bookmarks. When you create a bookmark, a preview image is automatically captured and saved. You can then use a web page view of your bookmark folders, navigate through them, rearrange items with drag and drop, move and copy between folders, edit title, url, keywords, description and tags, search items and of course open bookmarks and bookmark folders in the same or a new tab or in a new window. You can open different bookmark folders in different tabs and directly link to them. Missing preview images are automatically captured when opening a bookmarked web page. All preview images can also be copied to the clipboard and loaded from file.
The new version 2 contains the following enhancements over the previous version:
New preview image size of 384 x 288 pixel
Get missing preview images for all bookmarks in background
Searchable visual history, create bookmarks from history items
Trash folder for bookmarks, restore bookmarks after deletion
Extended search function
Show, edit and search tags
Overlay bar for bookmarks and folders to quickly edit and delete items
Optional rating system for bookmarks
Native fast preview image creation (Windows)
Changed database format for more robust operation
Show full size thumbnails in tooltip information (optional)
Get QR code of active document by hovering over url bar symbol
Dynamic display of bookmark folder content only loads preview images when scrolled into view
Creating and Editing a ViewMark
You can create a boomark with preview of the web page by clicking on the dropdown arrow of the ViewMark icon in the Navigation Toolbar (or right clicking on the icon in the Status Bar) and choosing "Add ViewMark". A dialog for creating and editing ViewMarks is then displayed. By default, choosing "Bookmark This Page" from the Bookmarks dropdown menu also opens this dialog. Additionally, you can configure the Add-on to open the dialog when clicking on the star menu button in the url bar.
The elements of the dialog are from top to bottom, left to right:
The title of the bookmark. Also shows the favicon of the website, if available.
The bookmarks folder to create the bookmark in. The default is the Bookmarks Menu, but you can choose the folder from a dropdown menu. When editing a bookmark, it can be moved between folders by changing this value.
Opens a new edit field to create a new folder below the current bookmark folder and place or move the newly created or edited bookmark or folder into it.
The preview image of the web page. Initially, the preview starts on a minumum zoom level, but you can zoom in, zoom out and pan around to choose a different clipping. The Add-on tries to detect single-colored rims and to clip them away, but you can always zoom out to see the full width of the page.
Reload button to recapture the preview image while the dialog is open. This is useful when bookmarking a web page with changing content. A reload is also possible when editing a bookmark of a web page that is displayed at that time.
Delete button to remove the preview image. The image is replaced with a generic placeholder.
Buttons to zoom in and zoom out. When zoomin in or when the web page is higher than the default preview aspect ratio, you can pan around by clicking and dragging the image around. When editing, you cannot zoom or pan an image.
Button to load a image file from disk and replace the captured image.
Button to show a list of recently used bookmark folders. If configured, the Add-on also shows suggested folders to save the bookmark in.
Button to show extended information. Here you can change and edit the page url, its description and the keywords.
Using and managing ViewMarks
You can open the web page view of your bookmark folders by clicking on the ViewMark icon in the Navigation Toolbar or the Status Bar. The view opens in a new tab. You can open a bookmark in the same tab (default) or a new tab (optional) by clicking on its preview image or force to open it in a new tab by middle-clicking. A new tab is also opened when you click on the image while holding the Control key (Windows and Linux) or the Command key (Mac OS X). The context menu offers additional options:
open the bookmark in the same tab, a new tab or a new window (unless your browser is configured to always open new tabs instead of new windows). The default value is shown in a bold font.
copy the address and preview image to the clipboard
show the QR code of the address in a submenu
copy or move the item to another folder
edit the bookmark or folder
move the bookmark or folder to the Trash folder (or delete it instantly, if configured)
You can also rearrange the web page view of a folder by dragging and dropping individual items around.
Moving the mouse over an item shows an overlay bar, where you can edit, move to Trash or rate the item directly. The rating can be used in an extended search to show only items with a minimal rating. After some time, a tooltip window opens showing all available information about the bookmark or folder and ?? if present ?? the preview image in full size.
The header shows a breadcrumb of your navigation through the bookmark folders, where you can click on each folder name to navigate directly to it. You can also click on the breadcrumb separators to show a dropdown list of all child elements for quick selection. Additional elements in the header are:
Button to create a new subfolder in the visible folder.
Set sort order to chronological or visit count. Only visible in the history view.
Set the alignment of the view to centered, left or right aligned.
Button to resize the preview images from 384 x 288 pixels to 96 x 72 pixels.
Open the preferences.
Textfield to search for bookmark titles, urls, descriptions, keywords and tags. When viewing the Trash or the History, only these special folders are searched respectively.
Open the extended search menu
History and other special folders
There are some folders in the top hierarchy of the bookmarks menu which have special functions:
Shows a visual and searchable history of the web pages you opened. The items can be sorted in two different ways: chronologically and by visit count. The holding time of the history can be configured and also if this feature should be used at all. Bookmarks can be directly created from history items.
Shows deleted bookmarks and folder. All items can be restored to their original folder or moved to another folder.You can set a maximum time after that items are deleted automatically. You can of course always delete items manually.
Shows the the most visited or last visited bookmarks, respectively. You can configure both folders not to be visible.
Shows the content of the Bookmarks Toolbar. This folder is only visible if there is at least one item in the Bookmarks Toolbar.
Shows unfiled bookmarks which can quickly be created by clicking on the yellow star in the address bar. This folder is only visible if there is at least one item in the Unfiled Bookmarks folder.
Using QR codes
ViewMarks can display the QR code of the bookmark link and - from the context menu of the web page - the QR codes of the document, the link and image link you click on and of any selected text (up to a limit of 2048 characters). This is an easy way to transfer links and texts to your mobile phone or tablet. Every code image can also be copied to the clipboard and saved to disk as an image file.
There is also a configurable QR code icon in the url bar. Hovering with the mouse over this icon shows the QR code of the active web page.
You can open the preference panes by clicking on the dropdown arrow of the ViewMark icon in the Navigation Toolbar (or right clicking on the icon in the Status Bar) and choosing "Preferences". A preference dialog is shown, consisting of six different panes:
Fetch missing thumbnails automatically: A snapshot of a web page is automatically saved when you navigate to an existing bookmark.
Detect and remove single colored borders: The Add-on tries to detect single colored borders. When adding a bookmark this information is used to automatically zoom in. When adding a history item the detected borders are automatically clipped away. Get description from web page: A description of a newly created bookmark is taken from the web page's meta information, if present. Get keywords from web page: Keywords for a newly created bookmark are taken from the web page's meta information, if present. Insert new folder before bookmarks: When creating a new folder oder moving an existing one, the new folder is placed before any bookmarks. This way, subfolders group before bookmarks. Allow unnamed Bookmarks and Folder: You normally cannot save a bookmark without title. When checked, folders and bookmarks may be nameless. This is sometimes useful when you only want to show an icon of a bookmark in the Bookmarks Toolbar.
Save instantly when using quicksave: When adding a bookmark, you can set the destination folder to one of the most recently used or suggested folders by clicking on the corresponding button. By checking this option, the bookmark dialog is also closed.
Export/Import database: Click on one of this buttons to export or import all your Viewmarks.
Visit bookmarks in background: If checked, all bookmarks where thumbnails are missing are visited in background to get the preview images. You can also set a timer for the minimum time interval between two visits. Don't set this too low, the default value is a reasonable compromise.
Attention: Visiting every bookmark will generate a lot of traffic and can make your Firefox considerably slower. Depending on your browser settings and the boomarked web sites, this can also have unwanted side effects, e.g. unexpected popup windows, sound, music and the execution of client side scripts.
Background: Choose from different backgrounds for the web page view. Show border around Thumbnails Show shadow effect on Thumbnails Show most visited folder: Show a virtual folder of the most visited bookmarks. You can configure the number of bookmarks shown. Show last visited folder: Show a virtual folder of the last visited bookmarks. You can configure the number of bookmarks shown.
Show suggested folders for quicksave: The add bookmark dialog additionally shows suggested folders derived from the content of these folders compared to the web page you want to save. The search index for this function is created when first adding a bookmark after Firefox is started.
Show button in status bar: Show or hide the ViewMarks icon in the Status Bar. Menu "Bookmark this Page" creates ViewMark: Replaces the menu item in the Bookmarks dropdown menu to open the the ViewMarks dialog instead of the original one. This also replaces all other standard menu items for creating bookmarks (page context menu, star button and so on). Star button in address bar creates ViewMark: Creates a ViewMark with preview image instead of a normal bookmark in the Unsorted Bookmarks folder. Open menu for unsorted Bookmarks: A click on the star button normally creates an unsorted bookmark without opening a dialog. When checked, the ViewMarks dialog is opened instead. This is a quick way to create bookmarks.
Open tabs from bookmark links in background: When opening a viewmark in a new tab, the new tab is automatically selected. You can avoid this by checking this option. Open new empty tabs with this URL: Select a bookmark folder URL, new empty tabs are opened with. Choose the most or last visited virtual bookmarks folder to create a speed dial. You can also enter a URL of your own. This way you can fully configure the New Tab Feature on Firefox 13.
Remember history for x days: Select the hold time of the history function in days or shut off the this function completely.
Clear history: Click on this button to remove all history items.
Move deleted bookmarks to Trash: Generates a Trash folder where all deleted bookmarks and folder are moved to instead of being deleted. All items can be restored to their original place.
Delete bookmarks in Trash automatically: Set a maximum time a deleted item is kept in the Trash folder. If unchecked, deleted items are kept forever or until you delete them manually.
Empty trash: Click on this button to remove all trash items.
Show QR code menu item in context menu: Select if you want the QR code function in the normal web page context menu.
QR code cell size: Set the size of a single code square in pixels to accommodate to the screen size.
Information about the Add-on and its licensing terms.