Great thread. I will download Linkman and give it a spin. Here are my pre-download thoughts.
I am a little unusual because I use my Powermarks bookmarks as a PIM and research grouping assistant, and I have no interest in folders, since my whole system is carefully designed on keywords. (I place the link-group keyword in the visible part of the text so I can always find the brother and sister links, I don't even use the Powermarks group category capabilities.) And I have 10's of thousands of links. I kicked up the priority (Process Tamer) to try to avoid any swapping out of memory and it works virtually instantly.
So therefore I will have to see if there is Powermarks import (perhaps two-step) and how well it works.
I will have to see if the keyword functionality in Linkman (or any other program) is truly up to snuff.
And I am surprised that there was a lack of a Firefox toolbar, Powermarks actually did that by necessity (they never got one for Opera) because of Firefox interface lacks, and it turned out to be fantastic. The Linkman situation is almost the reverse.
MagicSpeller - Synchronization with Powermarks does not really require NetSync either (which may not take real huge files, not sure) since there is a built-in merge that works fine. I haven't checked how it handles two different versions of the same bookmark (e.g. last modify date) but that is almost irrelevant anyway, it is the new adds that count. If Linkman doesn't have good merging that it is a concern, albeit not insurmountable. You can always carry the latest version on a USB, or auto-FTP to here or there. However I would like to know the status of that on Linkman, I have grown fond of the Powermarks merge.
I agree with the Linkman idea that their own browser would be superfluous (maybe the only part of the excellent review that left me puzzled) and I personally do not want my bookmark program checking for website 'changes' at the expense of overhead. The whole world changes, ads change, minor text changes, this and that happens, it just is not a factor for me, although I can understand in some cases of monitoring it could be helpful.
Powermarks has no internal encryption capabilities, so that could be a plus. It has some features I never tried out, like URL Macro, and I barely use some of the fields. And it is very nicely configurable and well-behaved. Linkman sounds a little bit more untamed, at least at first, but that will take time to try and see.
(Oh, I am not concerned about the end-of-life of Powermarks for some years at least. I encouraged the developer but it does not seem like the code or design is going elsewhere, at least for now.)
Hmm. I could not even find the forum that you have to register to read. Hidden support forum ?
The pic on the website (url at top post on this page) meant to be humorous, I see as tacky and unprofessional, and I actually hesitate now on the download. (As might 100 other people who won't tell you .. who may think that animal house humor might be the video choice of some but out-of-place in their fav shareware recommendations.)