Friday, July 19, 2019

Tip of the day: Recommended Dashboard settings

If you have a large number of bookmarks on a tab the browser will need more time to render the page. What a "large number" is depends on the browser you use and what hardware configuration your computer has.

Here are some tips that will significantly speed up the Dashboard, both the loading time and the speed of the different bookmark operations.

#1 Turn off the bookmark drag and drop

By default bookmark drag and drop is turned on. To turn it off:
  1. Select "Settings" in the main menu
  2. Under "Dashboard settings" uncheck the "Enable bookmark drag and drop" checkbox
It is recommended to keep it turned off and to turn it on only for the time when you rearrange your bookmarks on the Dashboard.

#2 Keep the categories collapsed that have many bookmarks

The bookmarks of collapsed categories are not rendered when the Dashboard loads. The bookmarks of these categories will be rendered only when you expand a category. Keeping the categories collapsed that have many bookmarks will speed up the page loading time.

#3 Turn off the favicons

We use a Google service to display the favicons of the bookmarked pages. If you have a large number of bookmarks on a tab, the loading of the favicons may impact the overall page loading speed.

To turn off the favicons:
  1. Select "Settings" in the main menu
  2. Under "Dashboard settings" uncheck the "Show favicons of bookmarks" checkbox
If favicons are turned on, after the Dashboard has been loaded you may see the "Waiting for www.google.com..." text in the browser's bottom status bar for awhile. This means that Google hasn't sent all of the favicons yet. This doesn't affect the operation of Bookmark Ninja, the Dashboard is already fully functional when the favicons are still being loaded.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Performance Improvement on the Dashboard

Today we rolled out the biggest update that we have ever had since the launch of Bookmark Ninja. The update significantly improves the Dashboard performance. The improvements have been made in the following 3 areas:

(1) The entire Dashboard code has been re-architected, some of the code have been rewritten from scratch. From now the tabs will load much faster and all the operations on the Dashboard (move, edit, add, duplicate, drag and drop etc.) will be faster, too.

(2) A new switch has been added to the Settings page under the Dashboard section: “Enable drag and drop”. By default the switch is turned on. If you turn it off the bookmark drag and drop will be disabled, but the loading speed of the Dashboard (and the operations on the Dashboard) will be significantly faster, especially if you have a large number of bookmarks on a tab.



(3) From now the bookmarks of the collapsed categories are not rendered when the Dashboard loads. The content of a collapsed category will be rendered only when you expand the category. This new feature can be useful if you have categories with a large number of bookmarks. Keeping these categories collapsed will increase the page loading speed.