Friday, April 9, 2021

Why aren't there subcategories on the Dashboard? What if I need them?

I often get the question why there are no subcategories on the Dashboard. I think that the current layout (Tabs and Categories) makes the Dashboard UI very clean which makes it possible to visually quickly find the bookmarks. It's simple and clean. Just Tabs and Categories, no unlimited nested folders which can easily lead to a chaos if you are not careful. Adding an extra level (like subcategories) would sacrifice the clean UI and would have a negative impact on the performance, too.

If you still feel that you need a third level (or even more levels) to organize your bookmarks on the Dashboard then here are 4 workarounds and tips that will help you.


Option 1 - Use more Tabs

Let's say you have a "DIY" tab and you have the categories "Upholstery", "Electrical", "Painting", "Woodwork" on this tab, and you want to add subcategories to these categories. Instead of having one "DIY" tab, create multiple tabs like "DIY - Upholstery", "DIY - Electrical", "DIY - Painting" and "DIY - Woodwork". Then add the subcategories, that you originally wanted to add, as categories to the corresponding tabs.

Also it is recommended to set the same color for all your "DIY - ..." tab captions, so that they will be visually grouped on the tabs bar.

Don't worry about having many tabs on the Dashboard, further improvements are coming soon that will help manage multiple rows of tab captions.

Currently you can make the tab captions smaller which will make it possible to fit more tab captions in a row.


Option 2 - Use more Categories

If you don't like the idea of adding more tabs (described in Option 1) then simply add the subcategories as standalone categories with the category titles "Upholstery - Subcategory1", "Upholstery - Subcategory2", "Upholstery - Subcategory3" etc. to the "DIY" tab.

It is recommended to set the same color for these category titles in order to visually group them.

If you have many categories on a tab, make sure to keep them collapsed, this will significantly improve the page loading speed.


Option 3 - Use fake subcategory labels

I got this idea from the users. This is kind of a "nasty" solution, but it seems to work.

(1) Add a bookmark to the category (click on the gear icon next to the category name, then select "Add Bookmark").

(2) Enter the subcategory name in the Title like "----------Subcategory Name----------".

(3) Enter "https://www.bookmarkninja.com" in the URL field (it is required to have a valid URL).

(4) Click on "Add".

(5) Change the background color of the "fake subcategory label" bookmark. It will look like a separator and you can drag and drop it to the desired position.


Option 4 - Use tags if you need multiple levels of categorization

If you want to organize your bookmarks with multiple levels of categorization then it is recommended to use tags. You can add as many tags as you want to the bookmarks and you can browse the bookmarks on the My Bookmarks page by selecting and deselecting tags.

Friday, March 19, 2021

New feature: Password protected shared tabs

From now you can optionally set password protection for the shared tabs.

To share a tab with password protection

(1) Open the Dashboard and select the tab that you want to share.
(2) Click on "Tabs" under the tabs bar and select "Share Tab".
(3) Check the "Password protected" checkbox and enter the password.
(4) Click on "Share Tab".


To add password protection to an already shared tab

(1) Open the Dashboard and select the tab that has been shared previously.
(2) Click on "Tabs" under the tabs bar and select "Sharing settings".
(3) Check the "Password protected" checkbox and enter the password.
(4) Click on "Save settings".

To change the password of an already shared, password protected tab

(1) Open the Dashboard and select the tab that has been shared previously with password protection.
(2) Click on "Tabs" under the tabs bar and select "Sharing settings".
(3) Click on "Change password" next to the "Password protected" label and enter the new password.
(4) Click on "Save settings".


To remove the password protection from an already shared, password protected tab

(1) Open the Dashboard and select the tab that has been shared previously with password protection.
(2) Click on "Tabs" under the tabs bar and select "Sharing settings".
(3) Uncheck the "Password protected" checkbox.
(4) Click on "Save settings".

In mobile browsers

Tap on "Turn ON Tab and Category Editor" at the bottom of the Dashboard page then tap on "Share Tab" (or "Sharing settings" if the tab has already been shared) to access the Tab sharing settings.


Opening a password protected tab

When you open a password protected tab for the first time, you will see the below screen:
If you check the "Remember me in this browser" checkbox, next time the tab will open without asking for the password.

If you change the password for a shared tab, users who previously checked the "Remember me in this browser" checkbox will have to re-enter the new password.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Improvements in today's update

  • If the bookmark selection contained both Catalog and Dashboard bookmarks on the My Bookmarks page then no "Move" menus were available to select. The "Move" menus appeared only when you had a selection of only Catalog bookmarks or only Dashboard bookmarks. Now you can select "Move to another Category" or "Move to catalog" when you have both Catalog and Dashboard bookmarks selected.
  • If you had multiple selected bookmarks on the My Bookmarks page and clicked on "Move to Catalog" then the bookmarks were immediately moved to the Catalog. From now a confirmation message box comes up to avoid accidental moves.

Friday, February 19, 2021

New feature: Custom title and subtitle on the shared tabs

From now you can set a custom title for a shared tab (other than the tab title you have on your Dashboard) and optionally you can also add a subtitle.


To add a custom title or/and subtitle for a shared tab follow the steps below:

(1) On the Dashboard click on "Tabs" under the tabs bar then select "Share Tab" (or "Sharing settings" if the tab has already been shared).

(2) Check the checkboxes next to "Custom title" and "Subtitle" to enable them, then enter a custom title and a subtitle in the text fields. The subtitle can have multiple lines, too.

(3) Click on "Share Tab" (or "Save settings" if you edit an already shared tab's settings).


If "Custom title" is turned off then the title of the shared Tab will be the same as the Tab's name on your Dashboard.

In mobile browsers
Tap on "Turn ON Tab and Category Editor" at the bottom of the Dashboard page then tap on "Share Tab" (or "Sharing settings" if the tab has already been shared) to access the Tab sharing settings.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

New Tab share link format

From now the automatically generated tab share link will include a harder to guess id. The id won't be just a multiple digit number, rather it will be the combination of random letters and digits like "gpWKX3zE".

Instead of the old format https://www.bookmarkninja.com/share/245687, links like https://www.bookmarkninja.com/share/gpWKX3zE will be used.

Tabs that you have shared previously will be still accessible with the old share links. However if you stop sharing a previously shared tab and you decide to share it again, it will get a share link in the new format.

If you want to migrate your current shared tabs' share links to the new format then simply stop sharing the tabs and share them again. If you migrate any of your shared tabs' share links to the new format, make sure to update the share links where you use them, where you posted them.

You can learn more about tab sharing in the Sharing Tabs blog post.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Server Maintenance

The Bookmark Ninja service will be temporarily unavailable for 2-5 minute periods in the following time frame due to server maintenance:

2:00 am - 4:00 am (ET) January 6th, 2021.

During the maintenance the server configuration will be updated in order to improve the performance of the service.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at support@bookmarkninja.com

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Today's update contains a bugfix and an improvement

Bugfix
In very rare scenarios program error occurred during updating the notes field of a bookmark. Bug has been fixed.

Improvement
"Scroll to Top" has been added to the bottom of the My Bookmarks page when the user selects the 50 bookmarks per page option.