When bookmarks get out of control, Linkman restores order
- By John Breeden II
- Mar 28, 2013
If you’re like most people, the bookmark file in your browser of choice is probably out of control. People tend to bookmark useful sites that are helpful for their jobs, news about relevant topics and even pages they find personally amusing. The problem is that no browser provides much bookmark organizational support.
Back in 1997, Outertech created the Link Manager program, later shortened to Linkman. It almost always earns favorable reviews, and the latest version of the software, 8.80, adds support for every major PC browser, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer 10, as well as compatibility and support with Windows XP, Vista, Window 7, and the recently-released Windows 8.
The program is available in two editions: Linkman Light, a free version for educational and private use, and Linkman Pro, a more advanced version that can be used commercially. Both versions come with a screenshot tutorial, an instructional video and comprehensive PDF manuals.
Linkman is a browser-independent bookmark manager that effectively replaces a browser's native bookmark management system. It organizes and validates large collections of links to not only allow faster and more efficient browsing, but it also keeps bookmarks safe and up-to-date as well.
In addition to allowing users to sync bookmarks across various browsers, Linkman Pro adds support for synchronizing its XML bookmark databases between different computers. It also provides built-in support for free synchronization services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Syncplicity, SugarSync, ADrive, Wuala, and several others.
Linkman Pro offers a number of privacy-protection features as well. It can be installed on a USB stick, where it is fully functional on any Windows computer without installation or the need to entrust personal data to the cloud. Bookmark databases can also be protected by password to maximize user privacy.
Linkman Light is available to individual users at no charge. Linkman Pro, its commercial counterpart, starts at $24.95 for a single computer. A free 30-day Linkman Pro test drive is available.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.