Dieter Petereit September 8th, 2017

Freezetab: A Different Way of Managing Chrome Bookmarks

The brand new Chrome extension Freezetab turns managing your bookmarks with the Chrome browser into a treat.

Chrome's Native Bookmark Management is Impractical

When saving lots of bookmarks, you probably won't consider using the Chrome bookmark functionality. It is rather sub par, to say the least. It's entirely based on the idea that you want to put every bookmark into a folder. This way, it won't take long until you've set up tons of folders, or give up somewhere along the way, and just put all bookmarks into the same folder. This has little to nothing to do with organization. The tab called "Bookmark Manager" doesn't offer any other features either. Sure, you can search through all saved bookmarks with a free text search, but that's about it. Instead of a stiff folder structure, a tag structure that allows you to assign multiple tags to a bookmark would be a lot better. Common bookmark services, like Delicious, have always offered this.

External Service Providers Tend to Vanish

However, we know that operators of services with low complexity, which apparently includes bookmarking services, are quick to shut them down. Does anyone remember Mister Wong? By now, Delicious is at its fifth owner as well. The news blog on the project can't be accessed. Hmm. Thus, relying on external services for your bookmarks is a bit risky. Some won't want to do that simply because their bookmarks could allow the provider to gain some information on the one that saved these bookmarks. I'm sure that they're a lot of people who wouldn't want to make their bookmarks public. And that's completely fine.

What's Stored Locally is Yours to Keep

We need a local solution. The brand-new Chrome extension Freezetab is one. The storage of bookmarks is done locally, via Chrome's Local Storage API. According to Freezetab's developer Keith Brooks, it should be able to save between 10,000 and 15,000 tabs, aka bookmarks. [caption id="attachment_103021" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Freezetab: Not Pretty, But Useful[/caption] When it comes to the actual storing, Freezetab is pretty straightforward. All bookmarks are stored with their date when you save them. You don't need to think about any classification criteria. Of course, you don't have to remember when you created the bookmark to find it. And in fact, Freezetab offers a calendar view that lets you access the tabs of each respective day.

Freezetab: Tons of Functions

On top of that, there's a free text search function that works across all saved tabs. Sorting all bookmarks by their origin websites is just as interesting. This way, you get an ordered list of all of your bookmarks from YouTube, or wherever else you actively place bookmarks. If you really want to, Freezetab also allows you to set up folders to manage your tabs. When it comes to sorting, Freezetab offers even more options. However, aside from the domain-related sorting, the only other option that's interesting to me is the filter that sorts the tab by currentness, or the storage date, from old to new. Once again, when creating a bookmark, Freezetab is a lot more than you can imagine. You can save one tab at a time, all tabs at the same time, the current tab, all tabs to the right or left of the current tab, or everything except for the currently active tab. If you want to, Freezetab closes all tabs after saving them. Use the option "Quick Save" to make Freezetab save all open tabs right away, without any query. However, this behavior can be adjusted in the options. Just take a look at Freezetab yourself. To me, the extension seems like overkill at times. Keith Brooks seems to be so excited about his own abilities that he didn't want to leave anything out regarding the feature set. As a result, Freezetab is the local bookmark management with the most functions that I've seen. If you ignore a couple of features, you will find a way to enjoy it. Get it Here: [appbox chromewebstore ecpipjjckcegdmapdifgigmempnikcjg] Photo by Chiara F on Unsplash

Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.

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