Categorize Publisher's description
from Usman Latif
Categorize is based on the insight that bookmarks are not all equally important.
Categorize is based on the insight that bookmarks are not all equally important. People generally have a few bookmarks they revisit on a regular basis. Other than that, people tend to revisit recently created bookmarks. Older bookmarks are generally unimportant. The vast majority of older bookmarks never get revisited.
To handle regularly visited bookmarks, Categorize offers Groups. Groups as the name implies group together bookmarks. More specifically, they group together bookmarks that are related in some way.
Groups can open multiple bookmarks simultaneously. Groups are an indispensable feature of Categorize; however, they can easily lead to tab clutter. Categorize offers Tab-sets as a solution to tab clutter introduced by Groups. Categorize opens Groups as tab-sets and allows the user to manage an order of magnitude more tabs than they can otherwise.
For accessing interesting bookmarks quickly, Categorize offers the Read Later and Important visual marks. The visual marks allow the user to defer and prioritize reading. Categorize offers a reading list in the bookmarks toolbar with one click access to the bookmarks the user has marked as Read Later. Moreover, the user can easily define similar lists and access them via the bookmarks toolbar. The Categorize Bookmarks Sidebar offers even more flexibility by offering convenient searching and filtering of bookmarks.
Categorize offers a novel approach to bookmark organization. It eschews the traditional folders and/or tags approach and uses categories. Categories combine the best of folders and tags without sacrificing flexibility. By leveraging autocompletion, categories dramatically simplify bookmark organization tasks.
Web pages are somewhat like newspapers. They get read once and often times never get read again. So why bookmark if most web pages are not going to get read again? This question is all the more relevant as bookmarking can involve a fair amount of effort in the form of typing and thinking.
Bookmarking does require effort; however, there are solid productivity benefits to bookmarking. Bookmarking makes sense for two reasons: bookmarking allows reading to be deferred, and the act of bookmarking forces critical evaluation of the bookmarked content.
It is certainly true that most web pages do not get read more than once. However, a smart bookmarking system allows the user to defer reading. It offers the user reading flexibility in exchange for bookmarking effort.
Categorize has been designed to allow the user to split your web browsing sessions into two separate phases: a browsing phase and a reading phase. Typically people interleave these two phases in a single browsing session. However, this leads to loss of attention and productivity. People tend to gloss over important content in order to avoid excessive reading workload.
The problem is especially severe in the presence of Groups. Using the Categorize Groups menu a person can easily open 30-50 tabs with just two clicks of the mouse. This potentially creates hours of reading workload. Without a good strategy to defer reading, pretty much anyone can get overwhelmed.
To address this problem, Categorize allows quick marking of bookmarked web pages with the Read Later and/or Important visual marks. This frees a person from having to read everything interesting as it is found. By leveraging the bookmarking system a user can freely explore and go through easily digestible information, while leaving serious reading for later. Subsequently, the user can quickly access the marked bookmarks via the Categorize Reading List or the Bookmarks Sidebar.
Print out long web pages on a printer that can print on both sides of a page. In my experience, serious reading is best done away from a computer screen. Additionally, printing on only one side of a page tends to create a large pile of pages which is hard to handle, is wasteful, and tends to exaggerate the amount of reading to be done.
Interestingly, a big benefit of bookmarking is psychological. Bookmarking forces us to make choices. Choices such as:
Is the article I just read worth bookmarking?
If so, do I mark the bookmark as Important?
What category do I assign to the bookmark?
Instead of mindlessly ploughing through content we are forced to stop and review information. We are forced to recall similar information that we may have encountered previously. This whole process has very beneficial implications for information recall.
Moreover, bookmarking choices involve an auspicious circle. We donвЂ™t feel good when we discover that we bookmarked satire from The Onion as important news, or categorized an April Fool spoof as a significant science discovery, or considered a perpetual machine peddler to be a brilliant inventor shunned by society. We can not dodge accountability simply by claiming to have known all along that the thing was a hoax. The bookmark says we did not. Bookmarks force us to confront our gullibility and use stricter evaluation in the future.
Considered in this light, bookmarking is extremely cost-effective. A few seconds spent bookmarking can make the many hours spent reading much more valuable.
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You may not realize it, but your browser limits you to ten or at best twenty websites: sites that you can easily access via toolbars. In fact, this short-coming of browser interfaces is one reason why people resort to Feed Readers to track websites. Groups expand your online universe by at least an order of magnitude. They let you open tens of your favorite websites in separate tabs with just a click. In some cases, they completely obviate the need for a Feed Reader. Even better, unlike Feed Readers, groups do not get on your nerves by asking you to filter an endless stream of link soup. Groups make web browsing highly productive and fun.
There is no point in having the ability to open tens of tabs via groups if you are going to drop dead of information overload. Fortunately, Categorize tab-sets are there to help save your life. They make it a cinch to manage even upwards of fifty tabs in a single window.
Want to maintain a reading list of bookmarks? How about a second reading list with important bookmarks only? Categorize lets you mark bookmarks with visual tags. These visual tags make tasks like maintaining reading lists a snap. With Categorize, filtering bookmarks by visual tags is just a single click. Adding and removing items to the various lists is also a single click.
Happen to know someone who has 13,212 bookmarks organized in 7,215 folders? Must be some psychotic bookmarking freak with a nasty folder fetish! Glad that you do not know any such person? Actually, now you do. So why that many folders? Well, this is the organization you get when you have the best mechanism for organizing bookmarks invented to date. Categories are super-charged folders with the convenience of tags. Like tags, categories do not need to be created before use, but unlike tags, they have structure. In fact, categories completely subsume both folders and tags. Assigning bookmarks to categories involves searching for the appropriate category and the process is simpler than tagging. As an added bonus, more categories imply less bookmarking effort and that explains the 7,215 categories in my bookmarking database.
The Categorize bookmarks toolbar is one of its most useful features. It lets you access your groups, browse your bookmarking categories, visually tag bookmarks, view your browsing history, and even search and sort your bookmarks via a simple interface.
Quick Search Toolbar
If you like the Firefox Findbar, you will love the Categorize Quick Search Toolbar. In Firefox, the / key opens the Findbar. Categorize builds on that. With Categorize holding the Shift key along with the / key (the same as typing the ? key) pops the Quick Search Toolbar. This toolbar has all the functionality of the search bar. It lets you quickly type keywords or perform web-searches. Best of all, when you hit Enter, it does the specified action and disappears.
Address Bar Enhancements
Did you know what happens when you press in the Firefox address bar? Firefox appends a .net to whatever you have typed in the address bar and loads the resulting web-address. Yuck! A total waste of the most accessible shortcut available to the user. Categorize does something smart. It opens the typed web-address in a background tab, but clears the address bar and keeps the focus there. This lets you type multiple web-addresses in quick succession. The shortcut works with anything: web-addresses, keywords, keyword searches and more are all OK. Categorize does not waste the shortcut either. With that shortcut it opens a new tab-set for the user. Of course, you can combine the two shortcuts to open a new tab-set in the background.
Tired of stupid keywords that can either act as a web-address shortcut or a search shortcut? Categorize keywords are smart. They can do both. Even better, Categorize supports search auto-completion, so repeating the same or a similar search is now a breeze. Categorize supports group keywords too. Group keywords let you open multiple bookmarks quickly. Not only that, but they also let you query multiple search engines at once.
What's New in This Release:В· This version adds support for Firefox 8. It also fixes three groups menu related bugs.
System Requirements:В· Mozilla Firefox
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall