[Windows] Manage booksmarks from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera with LinkCollector

2013-03-23_214937Do you use multiple browsers? Do you wish you had the ability to have all your bookmarks from each browser in one place? Or maybe you want the ability to sync bookmarks from one browser to the other? If so, LinkCollector wants your business. Let’s see if it is worth it.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Describing itself as a “bookmark manager”, LinkCollector allows users to import existing bookmarks from Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera, manage bookmarks after they have been imported, and sync bookmarks from one browser to another.

Pros

  • Allows users to import bookmarks from Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera — including portable versions of these browsers
  • Can access, modify, and delete bookmarks in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera without importing into LinkCollector
  • Once bookmarks are imported into LinkCollector, they can be categorized by tags, have a default browser assigned to them, can have an image, can have a favicon, can be checked for URL validity, can have comments, can have description, and can can have keywords
  • Bookmarks can be favorited, with a button to automatically open all favorite bookmarks in browser
  • Can sort bookmarks into folders
  • Has the ability to search bookmarks
  • Has the ability to sort bookmarks
  • Has the ability to find duplicates
  • Has the ability to sync bookmarks from one browser to another
  • Can export bookmarks to HTML
  • Can password protect individual bookmark folders
  • Has a hotkey to directly import the website you are currently browsing in your browser into LinkCollector (Ctrl + Shift + Q by default). Think of this like adding a bookmark directly to LinkCollector.
  • Can automatically backup Firefox/Chrome/Opera bookmarks
  • Provides stats as to your most popular bookmarks (if you open bookmarks from within LinkCollector)
  • Is portable

Cons

  • Has a learning curve
  • Doesn’t support Safari and other less popular browsers
  • You must import bookmarks into LinkCollector to be able to use the duplicate finder and link checker features
  • Not very many people need the ability to have bookmarks in more than one browser, hence not very many people will find this program useful
  • Does not properly sort bookmarks by column when looking at bookmarks directly for browsers as opposed to importing

Discussion

linkcollector_2LinkCollector is a niche program aimed at those people that either use multiple browsers on their computer and want to be able to organize all bookmarks in one program or want to be able to carry their bookmarks around on a USB flash drive and don’t want to use cloud-based bookmarks syncing tools.

When you first run LinkCollector, it detects what browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer) you have installed. It also tries to detect if you have portable versions installed but, if it doesn’t automatically detect portable versions, you have the ability to manually tell LinkCollector were to look. Once LinkCollector has found all portable and non-portable versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer, it shows all the respective bookmarks in their own folders marked “Firefox”, “Chrome”, “Opera”, and “Internet Explorer”. From here you can access existing bookmarks, modify bookmark names and URLs, delete bookmarks, and open bookmarks. It is important to note that, at this point, you can *not* imported bookmarks into LinkCollector but rather are accessing each browsers’ bookmarks directly. For example, if you delete a bookmark from here then that bookmark is deleted in the respective browser, too.

If you want bookmarks stored within LinkCollector, then you need to import them via File -> Import. Imported bookmarks, bookmarks stored in LinkCollector, are shown under the ‘Bookmarks’ folder. Once you import a bookmark you can do a lot more with it than if you don’t import, such as they can be categorized by tags, have a default browser assigned to them, can have an image, can have a favicon, can be checked for URL validity, can have comments, can have description, can can have keywords, and can be favorited.

One interesting feature of LinkCollector is the fact that it allows you to sync bookmarks from one browser to another. Basically what this feature does is it makes sure all the browsers you opt to sync (you can opt to sync 2 or more browsers) have the exact same browsers; portable and non-portable versions of browsers are shown as separate entities, so you can sync one and not sync the other.

Probably the biggest issue I have with LinkCollector is its usefulness. LinkCollector is a niche program; while it may sound attractive by its description, if you really think it about then you will realize most people don’t need such a program. First of all, if you don’t use more than one browser then you obviously have no need for LinkCollector. The only exception is if you like carrying your bookmarks with you on a portable USB flash drive but in that case you don’t need LinkCollector per se — just export your bookmarks to an HTML file from your browser of choice. Even if you do use multiple browsers, then you may still now have need for LinkCollector. For example, I have all four browsers — Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer — on my computer. However, I have absolute no need for LinkCollector. Why? Because I don’t need access to my bookmarks in all four browsers. I only need access to my bookmarks in my main browser, Firefox. I have the other browsers for other purposes and don’t need my bookmarks in them, hence no need for LinkCollector to manage/import/sync bookmarks. Lastly, the rise of cloud computing and free cloud-based bookmark syncing has killed much of the market that LinkCollector may otherwise be able to sell to.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

In and of itself, LinkCollector is not a bad bookmark manager. It isn’t anything special (I’d say it is a basic bookmark manager, at best) but it isn’t bad either. The biggest issue with LinkCollector is it has limited usefulness. However, LinkCollector is modestly priced at $19.95/$24.95 so if you think you might find it useful, I’d suggest giving the trial a go before purchasing.

Price: $19.95 (personal use), $24.95 (business use)

Version reviewed: 4.6.7.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

Download size: 2.2 MB (installer), 2.9 MB (portable)

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46 (portable)

Is it portable? Yes

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13 comments

  1. CJ Cotter

    [@Giovanni] Hey Giovanni, I have a bone to pick with you.

    Yes, you can and do provide some very useful information. However…..

    More often than not, you do not warn your readers on GOTD and here, that the software you recommend or the third-party downloader may contain adware, spyware, sneakware, or bloatware.

    Ashraf does warn us of these things. You do not, and it really irritates me.

  2. CJ Cotter

    The problem with finding and deleting your dead links is that maybe you still want to keep the web page information it connected to. More often than not, if you go to their home page and then search on the website, you will find that the same page has simply been moved to a different location. Your link is not dead…..it just simply needs to be updated.

    As for this program, other people may find this program useful, but I have no need to carry around my entire collection of internet links. I just copy onto a jump drive the few I need, if I’m going to be someplace else.

  3. Peter

    I use as my home page an html file I wrote. It is a table with a button in each cell being a hyperlink to a different URL. It is arranged in categories and each link can be selected with a single click. It takes a few seconds to add a new link to a URL, but it works with any browser with any operating system, including portable devices.

  4. Giovanni

    Hey Ashraf!

    These 2 apps can do the same for FREE:

    http://fav-links.org/Bookmark_Manager/Home
    http://scottyeatscode.blogspot.ro/2013/03/pagenotes.html

    But what if your bookmarks were dead or their URL web pages have been changed? Big headache, right? Wrong:

    http://www.getactualbookmarks.com/en

    Then, if you need a powerful bookmark manager, enabling you to organize webpages by assigning a particular image, name, and description, then look no further and download this brand new FREE & PORTABLE app:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Bookmark-Managers/feelDweb.shtml

    And to backup & restore an entire profile folder (bookmarks, addons, cookies, passwords, security settings etc…) of pretty much any browsers available on the market:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Hekasoft-Backup-Restore.shtml

    Enjoy!

  5. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    [@Jeanjean] Welcome!

    [@thegreenwizard] Welcome! Um, try Linkman Lite http://www.outertech.com/en/bookmark-manager or URL Gather http://download.cnet.com/URL-Gather/3000-2370_4-10524652.html.

    [@Mr.Dave] Welcome! You actually can import from browser into LinkCollector, delete duplicate links/dead links, then export out to HTML. You can then import that HTML file to your browser. Although this whole process is a chore and not worth it.

    [@jayesstee] Thanks! Good program. We should review it.

    [@Mr.Dave] Let us know how it goes. I’ve added AM DeadLink to the review link.

  6. Mr.Dave

    Good review, thanks. I see great value in this program for removing duplicate and dead-URL bookmarks, but from the writeup I don’t see the point. If I can only synch with two or more browsers (not one) then how would I get the cleaned-up list sent back to Firefox only, to replace the bookmarks in Firefox?

    I use Chrome for a small number of light, quick-hit things and don’t really want ALL my bookmarks stored there for fears it will down Chrome and force it to use more memory.

    I’ve got thousands of bookmarks in Firefox and I’m sure at least half are no longer valid and many others are duplicates. Can anyone recommend good tools to clean out the junk in Firefox?

    Also, since this a GiveawayOfTheDay offer today, it won’t keep up with any changes in bookmark storage techniques in the browsers….

  7. thegreenwizard

    Thanks for the infos. I wonder what other program (free) could do the same? I’m interested, but reading the commentaries in GOTD I’m not sure I want exactely this one, even free. Some advices?
    Thanks