I really wasn’t sure about WebnoteHappy, $24.95, before I reviewed it. Specifically I couldn’t see why I would want to use it when I was pretty happy with my own bookmarks folder structure and del.icio.us.
To start as usual with their site, they say:
“WebnoteHappy is a new web site tagging and annotating app for Mac OS X that helps you organize, bookmark, and make notes about the web pages that matter to you.
Each web page can be personalized with notes and tags as you bookmark it, creating a “webnote”. The fast integrated search makes it easy to find your webnotes again. Organize your webnotes with folders and smart folders.”
First thoughts? Wow another bookmark application – so what? Why would I want that?
The site continues:
“WebnoteHappy is browser-independent, so you can create webnotes from within any browser on Mac OS X via the global hot key or bookmarklet. Tag and add notes to your Firefox, Safari, or OmniWeb bookmarks by importing them. WebnoteHappy also interoperates with NetNewsWire, letting you tag and add notes to items in RSS feeds.”
Hmmm – not that excited by this!
Back to the site:
* Take notes and tag the web pages that interest you so you can find them later
* Find your webnotes with an iTunes-like search
* Integrated with del.icio.us
* Navigate your tags with the Tag Browser
* Organize your webnotes with Folders
* Create Smart Folders – like Smart Playlists in iTunes
* Works with all major web browsers on OS X: Safari, Camino, Firefox, OmniWeb, and more
* NetNewsWire integration
* Open the associated web page for any webnote
* Import from Safari to better manage your bookmarks
* Merge duplicate bookmarks when importing from Safari
* Import from and export to XBEL
* Export to a bookmarks file
Ah, Smart Playlists and tagging – now there are a couple of phrases that intrigue me. This was now starting to make sense so I downloaded the application and started to play around with it, and I still am! I love this application because I can manage and tag my bookmarks exactly how I want to. For example, researching the price of some SLR digital cameras it was excellent not only to save the site details, but to tag my thoughts, any advice that I received, special information etc.
I must give a word of warning though – it can become extremely addictive. Once you have configured it for your browser, I use Firefox and needed to add the bookmarklet which was really easy, and imported your bookmarks you are good to go.