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Feature requests:
--Add all 4 buttons to Firefox.  (Search in Linkman, Show Linkman, add to linkman, add to linkman and edit)

--Allow users to control which buttons appear or not.

--Import launch count from Powermarks.

--Allow secondary column sorting.  For example, if I want to sort by launch count, but the launch count is equal, then the secondary sort can be set to rating or description, etc.

--Allow batch assigning ratings.  If I select a bunch of bookmarks and want them all rated "2" then I should be able to do it.  Now, if I select them all and go to assign a rating, it only does one of them.

batch assigning of ratings not working is a bug (it works in the treeview! does not in the query results) and will be fixed in 7.7.0.6.

the same goes for the launch count import from powermarks.

as to the buttons, I think they are in the todo list.

p.s.

you can assign hotkeys to all 4 of these functions.

The only thing I can think to add to these is the ability to control how many context menu items are added to Internet Explorer. I think it is currently four!

If you think that they are all needed, then add a submenu to the IE context menu and have them fly out from there.

Thanks!

Jim

I think most users would be against a submenu, because it would slow down the operations.

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Linkman does not specifically launch IE to display CHM, but the program that is associated with CHM on the system (which in 99.9% of the cases is IE).

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Firefox has no ability to display CHM files. So this is not a configuration issue. All CHM files, on all Windows versions and from all programs are displayed by Internet Explorer. If you don't like this you can use the PDF help file.

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During implementation we have discovered that Firefox 3 does not allow write access to its database while Firefox is running (so the user would have to quit FF3 in order to export from Linkman).

We have postponed the implementation until we can find a solution for this problem.

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FWIW updating Linkman Pro to the latest version, yesterday, called IE which I use very seldom indeed.
On my  machine the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command yields:
Name: (default)
Data: "E:\Winsupps\Firefox\firefox.exe" -requestPending -osint -url "%1"

I'm not stating this as a complaint but it did cause a moment of very mild disapproval.
-cranioscopical

On which event was IE launched? Have you selected a special menu entry? Was it during installation, or when you started Linkman?

Mine's XP Pro also. 
Probably not so weird; the only difference is that FF isn't installed to the default folder on my box.
-cranioscopical

A non default folder should be no problem, since Linkman parses all browser registry data values for the correct location. You can check if the path is correct by going to Tools | Settings | Browser.

p.s.

The default browser check is done only if Linkman detects a new installation. It does not happen if you had Linkman installed before.

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On first (no configuration found) Linkman start the program tries to determinate your default browser and sets it as default also in the Linkman settings.

This registry key is evaluated: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command

I've just tried it in a Virtual Machine on a freshly installed Windows XP SP3 with Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 and Firefox was detected as the default browser.

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Interesting.

I clicked on the search for updates and up sprung internet explorer (definitely NOT my default browser) looking for the update. I took advantage of it to install the security patch, but I definitely do not like it launching ie.

Where is "search for updates"? If you mean "Help | Updates" in Linkman's main menu then it launches the browser that is specified in the Linkman settings as your default browser (Tools | Settings | Launch URLs).

I did decline everything and still got more than I had planned on

Please specify what got installed besides Linkman Free (if you declined everything else). I'll investigate the matter immediately. I've done a test installation just 2 minutes ago and as usual nothing else was installed at all.

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Linkman 7.70 is out:

<ul><li>Firefox 3.1 compatibility and integration enhancements</li>
<li>Added feature to Internet Explorer to add all Tabs at once to Linkman</li>
<li>Over 20 new mouse and keyboard Shortcuts</li>
<li>Improved USB Stick installation: Linkman will find his link databases even if you move them between different USB Sticks and Computers</li>
<li>User Interface tweaks and speedups</li>
<li>More Screenshots added to CHM and PDF tutorials</li>
<li>Query search improvements: and search is now active by default (instead of phrase search)

Example:

Before you had to type: hardware and news and not 3d

Now it's enough to type: hardware news not 3d

if you want to search for the phrase hardware news type "hardware news" instead</ul>
Web: http://linkman.outertech.com

Tutorial video: http://linkmanvideo.outertech.com

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Linkman 7.70 is out:

<ul><li>Firefox 3.1 compatibility and integration enhancements</li>
<li>Added feature to Internet Explorer to add all Tabs at once to Linkman</li>
<li>Over 20 new mouse and keyboard Shortcuts</li>
<li>Improved USB Stick installation: Linkman will find his link databases even if you move them between different USB Sticks and Computers</li>
<li>User Interface tweaks and speedups</li>
<li>More Screenshots added to CHM and PDF tutorials</li>
<li>Query search improvements: and search is now active by default (instead of phrase search)

Example:

Before you had to type: hardware and news and not 3d

Now it's enough to type: hardware news not 3d

if you want to search for the phrase hardware news type "hardware news" instead</ul>
Web: http://linkman.outertech.com

Tutorial video: http://linkmanvideo.outertech.com

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Also, take a look at the InstallIQ T&C's. It is like reading an "Adware Pledge of Allegiance"! And their Privacy Policy is, well... not. No privacy at all. It says that your personal information IS shared with just about anyone they wish - not only for email solicitation but also your home address for postal mail, and download a screensaver with ads in it, change your home page, change your browser's search engine, etc.

This is not acceptable at all. Outertech - I am shocked. Such a good paid product, yet you are making an adware/malware-laden version available at the same time. Not acceptable at all.

This gives me pause as to what may come to me in updates of my licensed Linkman Pro software. Outertech - can you tell us what your plans are there?

Jim

The Linkman Free installer collects no personal user information whatsoever. You don't have to provide any information, not even your name. You get some adverts for other software/products during the installation with an accept/decline button. If you decline the other programs only Linkman Free will be installed and nothing else.

If you decide to download other software besides Linkman you may be asked for personal information (usually not), but nobody forces you to enter anything or download any screensavers. This is all purely optional.

The adds are only seen in the installer. After installation Linkman Free is completely add free and nothing else is in your system, unless you have decided to download and install something else during the install process (like the Yahoo Toolbar or a Registry Optimizer).

The installer has the http://www.truste.or...download_program.php seal, otherwise we would never have agreed to use it.


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The search window that you can call from the browser has been improved. You can access the links also in the menu and get additional options. The tutorial video shows it.

137
We have a new Linkman Build (7.6.0.16) available.

Among further improvements to Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer integration we have also created an introductory Linkman video.

Video:

http://www.outertech...rststeps_firefox.wmv

Direct download:

http://www.outertech...files/linkmanpro.zip

Webpage of Freeware version:

http://linkmanfree.outertech.com

Webpage of Shareware version:

http://linkmanpro.outertech.com

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We have a new Linkman Build (7.6.0.16) available.

Among further improvements to Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer integration we have also created an introductory Linkman video.

Video:

http://www.outertech...rststeps_firefox.wmv

Direct download:

http://www.outertech...files/linkmanpro.zip

Webpage of Freeware version:

http://linkmanfree.outertech.com

Webpage of Shareware version:

http://linkmanpro.outertech.com

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Yes, it's not very noticable, but we didn't want to "steal" any valuable screen space. We've created the explanation screenshot that shows the function of the icon (scroll up).

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There is a button (Linkman icon) in the right lower corner of the Firefox window.

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Just released Linkman 7.60 (Freeware and Shareware versions available).

Here is a screenshot of the Firefox 3 integration (IE intergration is similar to this).

linkman_firefox.png

100 Page PDF Manual: http://www.outertech...om/files/linkman.pdf

More information here:

https://www.donation...x.php?topic=12687.75

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Just released Linkman 7.60 (Freeware and Shareware versions available).

Here is a screenshot of the Firefox 3 integration (IE intergration is similar to this).

linkman_firefox.png

100 Page PDF Manual: http://www.outertech...om/files/linkman.pdf

More information here:

https://www.donation...x.php?topic=12687.75

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Version 7.60 is out!

Changes from 7.50:

* Firefox 3 integration
* Improved Internet Explorer integration
* Several minor tweaks and improvements

Direct download:

http://www.outertech...files/linkmanpro.zip

Webpage of Freeware version:

http://linkmanfree.outertech.com

Webpage of Shareware version:

http://linkmanpro.outertech.com

100 Page PDF Manual:

http://www.outertech...om/files/linkman.pdf

144
The betatest will end on Sunday.

Here is a screenshot of the Firefox Integration (IE intergration is similar to this).

linkman_firefox.png

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We should have version 7.60 (with Firefox integration) ready in the next week.

146
Linkman has been split into two different editions.

[1. Linkman Free, Freeware]

Linkman Free is a feature reduced version of Linkman without URL Validation and Export Templates. Still, 90% of Linkman's functionality is preserved and it has no limits, except that it can only be used in private non-commercial environments.

Linkman Free is bundled with other programs like the Yahoo Toolbar. The important point is that the installation of the other tools is utterly optional. If you decide you want only Linkman, nothing else will be installed on your system.

Please Visit http://linkmanfree.outertech.com for download and detailed information.

[2. Linkman Pro, Shareware]

The "old" Linkman has become Linkman Pro.

All Linkman 7.0-7.50 serial numbers have been upgraded to the Linkman Pro status.

New in version 7.51:

* URL Validation can retrieve missing URL names

Example:

URL Name: Outertech
URL Path: http://www.outertech.com

If this option is checked, URL Validation will change the URL Name to the title of the webpage:

Outertech - computer memory and cache optimization, tuneup and internet utility software

The replacement will be only done if the URL Name is not present or is similar to the URL Path.

* Links can be added to Linkman using Internet Explorer Right-Click menu

iemenu.png

--

Webpage: http://linkmanpro.outertech.com
Direct download: http://www.outertech...files/linkmanpro.zip

p.s.

Firefox 3 Integration is already in beta state and will be added to Linkman Pro/Free 7.60.

147
It will be added in 7.x.

148
I posted this in the other thread here, but it warrants repeating.  I like how Linkman is super fast, reminds of the lightweight speed of Powermarks.  But it really is necessary to be able to create the three buttons that will work in Firefox (open main window, add bookmark, silently add bookmark).  With the exceptional gui configurability of the program, I think I'd be able to use it very well as a Powermarks replacement.

I forgot where I read it, but the Linkman author claimed that adding a Firefox plugin was impossible or something due to some technicality?  I just don't believe that.  Everyone else is making a plugin.  Please Linkman!  Don't make me beg...

No, I have not claimed that it's not possible to add a toolbar to Firefox. I've just said that is very complicated to offer the same functionality that the IE toolbar has. The reason for this is the Linux compatibility of Firefox. AFAIK it does not allow any DCOM servers (which the Linkman IE Toolbar is). 7.x will offer a Firefox toolbar in the future. It's not like we are not doing anything, Linkman has received 3 major updates in this year alone.

p.s.

As to Safari support, most probably there will be none. The Windows port of Safari avoids the Windows API at all costs. It's basically a Windows Emulation of a MacOS app. There is no way to communicate with it.

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I know that the above post is three months old, and at the time no one replied at all.  Even Outertech.

The following day, May 18, I wrote to Outertech Support with basically the same information.  Never received a reply or any acknowledgment at all.

I wrote again late last week because those issues are still happening, along with a few new ones, but again there is no acknowledgment reply, no actual reply from Outertech Support - nothing.

So as responsive as the developer tried to appear when this review was first written, I believe that was purely for PR reasons, with the review and the DC discount.  Three months without any replies at all from their support belies the praise that was heaped on this developer by the review.  I dumped Linkman.  Picked up LinkStash at Bits du Jor a little while ago.  You never know, but I really don't see how the developer could be any worse.

Jim

Our support usually responds within 48 hours. Which was the email address you have used? was it [email protected]? [email protected] is heavily filtered because of the 1000 spam emails we are receiving a day.

The issues you have had with Linkman are very strange, almost hard to believe.

I give you an example:

"are times when I cannot figure out what is showing in the right pane, and why.  At times the right pane seems to be showing the contents of the highlighted folder on the left.  Other times, however, it is showing something completely unrelated"

The right pane (in query mode) has this combobox:

query.png

So when the right pane is showing the content of the selected folder, the very combobox, that is in the middle of your Linkman window says "Selected Folder Content". So how in the world could you have missed this?

Another example:

"Is there any way that I can open a search dialog? "

How about Edit | Search (or pressing Ctrl + F).

This looks almost like a conspiracy.  ;D

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I'll look into the problem, but I will take 1-2 weeks (a lot todo because of recent release of 3 new version and Cacheman for Vista beta).

Among the method KenR described there are 2 other ways to disable the toolbar. Rightclick -> Settings -> Hide. Alternatively use a global hotkey to quickly show and hide it (Tools -> Settings -> Global Hotkeys).

You can also detach it (see tutorial), it will behave like a normal window then (can be set to stay on top).

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