Webbla Review: Cover Flow and Bookmarks Combined





- Cover Flow + Bookmarks
- Changes tracking
- Easy to create and sort bookmarks
- Limited features
- Interface issues
- Long processing times

Webbla 1.pngWhen Cover Flow came out, most of us wanted to see it used in as many ways possible. One of these ways was bookmarks. But, until now, there hasn’t been a bookmark app that implements Cover Flow. Although it may not have all the features that others have, Celmaro‘s Webbla is the first to implement Cover Flow into a bookmarking app… sort of.

Webbla is a new form of bookmark manager. Instead of simply showing you your bookmarks as URLs and names, it also shows you an image of the web page that you have bookmarked. Although this one thing doesn’t really add much functionality to bookmarks, it goes along with the whole idea of Leopard-style apps. You can change the size of the previews by dragging the slider in the lower-right-hand corner of the window. You can also view your bookmarks in a list view, though, by just clicking the List View toolbar button.

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Although this is a nice feature, it’s not all that Webbla does; it also adds Notes and Tags to your bookmarks. To add these, first make sure that the Bookmark Detail Pane is visible (View > Show Bookmark Details). Then just click in either the Notes or Tags field to add notes or tags. In this same pane, you can also change the URL and name of a bookmark.

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You will also notice that there is a Status field in this Info Pane. This tells you if you have visited the bookmark, the last time Webbla check the status of the bookmark, if there have been any changes to the web page, the load time, the update mode, and something called sensitivity. The first two are self-explanatory, but the last four require some explaining. The Changes field actually tells you if there have been any changes to the page since you bookmarked it. I have never seen that feature before; it’s great! The load time just tells you how long it took for Webbla to load the page. The Update Mode is where you specify how often you want this bookmark to update (check for changes). If you select Manually, you’ll have to right-click on the bookmark and hit Check Website on Changes. Once per Session and Continuously just check once on every use of Webbla or always, respectively. Sensitivity controls what is considered an update. The higher the sensitivity, the smaller something needs to be to be considered an update.

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One great little feature that they added to Webbla is the ability to view your bookmarks in Cover Flow — in the Finder. All you do is, in the Finder, create a new search with no search term, but a kind. As a kind, go to Other in the popup, and then type in Safari Bookmark. All your Webbla bookmarks will now appear. However, sometimes you will see cached pages from Camino and Safari, too. If you want to save this, just hit the Save button in the Finder and choose where to save to. Although Webbla does not directly give you a way to view your bookmarks in Cover Flow, it tells you how.

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Although I love Webbla’s interface as a whole, there are a few gripes I have with it. First, the New Collection toolbar button’s + is way too small. Second, the Preview toolbar icon looks very fuzzy. I have also been having performance issues; it can take a very long time to process bookmarks sometimes. But, as long as you don’t need access to them right away, this is okay.

Celmaro‘s Webbla retails for $21.98, but you can download a free trial from their site. Webbla is a great tool for bookmarking, but it does have a ways to go. I think if you want a visual bookmarking tool, it is the way to go, but if you just want simple bookmarks, Safari is just fine for that.


12 Responses to “Webbla Review: Cover Flow and Bookmarks Combined”

  1. Fyre Vortex on December 12th, 2008 6:23 am

    Awesome, I don’t really use Cover Flow, but this seems like very useful. I wonder if there is one like this that you can browser notes with.

  2. kylegl on December 12th, 2008 6:59 am

    How do we get the discount to pay only $14.95 ? Right now, on Celmaro webpage, it’s still à $21.98…

  3. Joe Turner on December 12th, 2008 9:05 am

    Hmmm… At time of review, they must have had a discount“I’ll get that fixed.

  4. Mark on December 12th, 2008 12:14 pm

    You wrote: “until now, there hasn't been a bookmark app that implements Cover Flow.”

    Not true. :-) I’ve been using “Delish” for months: http://pinepointsoftware.com/delish/

    (I’m not affiliated with the developer.)

  5. Joe Turner on December 12th, 2008 12:30 pm

    That is true, except Delish requires a Delicious account, which not everyone needs or wants. So, this is the first stand-alone.

    But, for its purposes, Delish looks great

  6. Jim on December 12th, 2008 1:31 pm

    Ive been looking for something like this. I think this will be helpful for designers to help them remember a site that they liked.

  7. kylegl on December 12th, 2008 5:13 pm

    @Joe Turner : the first version of your review was advertising a special price of $14.95, both on the top of the page and on the last paragraph, where you said that the normal price was “$21.98″, but was exceptionnaly for today of $14.95.

    Problem was, on the web page of Celmaro's Webbla, the price still was of $21.98.

    I mentionned you this fact (second comment), and you replied that this wasn’t normal and that you will get that fixed.

    Now, there is no mention anymore of the special price.

    Is it REALLY the way you think such a thing should “get fixed” ?
    You understand that this put an heavy doubt, either on your writing (you were advertising false promises) or on Celmaro's Webbla honesty ?
    Who’s at fault here ? You, to write things that never happens, or Celmaro, to promise things that they don’t do ?

  8. Joe Turner on December 12th, 2008 6:32 pm

    Look, they were running a discount, I had no idea of exactly when it would end “ I thought this would be released before it ended. Celmaro was definitely not at fault, seeing as there was a promotion. I am sorry about this misunderstanding, and I hope my faults do not make you uncertain with MacApper“It was completely my fault, I should have made sure the discount was still running the night before this was posted.

  9. kylegl on December 13th, 2008 6:49 am

    Ok, I better understand now. I see that you’re totally honest in your answer, so I thank you for that, and this is exactly the kind of answer that reassure my trust in MacApper.
    Mistakes happens, but adminiting it is really the hardest part. So again, thanks a lot for your honest answer.

  10. Forex Black Panther on March 12th, 2010 2:54 pm

    Another bookmarking manager? Gee…

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