Bookdog 4.2 Gives Portability to Google(TM) Bookmarks

May 14, 2007 in Software (E)


Sheep Systems announces the final release of Bookdog 4.2, adding support for Google(TM) Bookmarks. Although Google provides Windows users with an importer for their Internet Explorer Favorites, until now Mac users have had to upload their bookmarks by visiting each site and adding them one at a time. Bookdog 4.2 gives Mac users the following capabilities:

- Manage all Google(TM) Bookmarks in one window.
- Synchronize all or selected Google Bookmarks with Safari, Firefox, Camino, OmniWeb and Opera bookmarks.
- Map Google Bookmarks' "labels" to folders and keywords in the other browsers.
- Sorting, eliminating duplicates, fast Verify, file import and export.

A fully-functioning free demo of Bookdog is available from Until July 1, 2007, a permanent license for two Macs, including upgrades for one year is priced at $14.95 USD.


"Many Bookdog users have told us that they are beginning to use online or social bookmarks storage services such as Yahoo's or Google Bookmarks instead of keeping their bookmarks on their hard drives", explains Sheep Systems' Jerry Krinock. "It makes sense, because while the biggest disadvantage of keeping data online is that you don't have it while you're offline, your bookmarks are generally useless while you're offline anyhow."

Although the web has an incredible offering of services today, Sheep Systems believes that caution is reasonable when storing data on a free service, especially when the Service Agreement clearly states that the host is not responsible for anything, "which they all do", Krinock continues. "What's hot today may be not so in the future. We're giving people a way to get their data in and out, in different file formats. It took an act of Congress to get cell-phone number portability a few years ago, but bookmarks portability is now available with a few clicks in Bookdog."

Unlike the installed browsers which organize bookmarks hierarchically, in folders and subfolders, the online bookmarks storage services use keywords instead, called 'labels' in Google Bookmarks ('tags' in When migrating or copy/pasting bookmarks, Bookdog offers preference options to translate between the two schemes. Sheep Systems' documentation (see links below) explains how it's done. They've also documented some tips for using Google Bookmarks.


Because Google Bookmarks open in a Bookdog document window just like the bookmarks from installed browser applications or standalone bookmarks files, all Bookdog's other features including Verify work with Google Bookmarks. Bookdog's Verify feature, with its throttle to control bandwidth usage, checks all bookmarks for broken or suspect URLs. then offers an efficient interface for fixing or deleting broken URLs.


All currently licensed users get Bookdog 4.2 as a free upgrade. New in Bookdog 4.2 is availability of a free demo (trial) license which gives new users complete access to all of Bookdog's features for 12 days. "Two years ago, when all Bookdog did was sort Safari bookmarks, it made sense to require a purchase before those lovely alphabetized bookmarks could be saved, but today's Bookdog has so much more to offer that users will need some time to appreciate it," reasons Krinock. Actually, users can click the Demo (Trial) button again after 12 days, to obtain a second free 12-day demo.

Located in San Jose, CA USA, Jerry Krinock, MSEE developed the acclaimed SafariSorter in 2004. Since May 2005 he has been doing business as Sheep Systems, developing and supporting Bookdog for Mac.

Sheep Systems is not affiliated with Google. Google is a trademark of Google, Inc. Safari is a trademark of Apple, Inc. OmniWeb is a trademark of Omni Development, Inc. Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS Corp. Norway. Camino and Firefox are trademarks of Mozilla Foundation Corp. California.