We call Unmark “the to do app for bookmarks”. So, you can think of Unmark as the place that you put bookmarks that you know you want to do something with at a slightly later time.
How to add bookmarks to Unmark
There are two ways to add marks to your list in Unmark. First, is the bookmarklet. A bookmarklet is a small “bookmark” that you put in your web browser’s toolbar (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) that, when clicked, adds the current web page to your Unmark list.
It works like this: Find a page on the web you want to save to Unmark, click the bookmarklet, choose a label (optional), add a note or two (optional), click Close on the pop up and the link is saved to Unmark. The bookmarklet is a quick and easy way to get links into your list.
The second way to add marks to your Unmark list is to use the Chrome Extension. The Chrome Extension works similarly to the bookmarklet except it adds a few features to Chrome to make interacting with Unmark even better. For instance, with the Unmark Chrome Extension installed you can search your links directly from Chrome’s Omnibox (the place you type in your searches or the URL you want to go to). Also, you can add all of your open tabs to Unmark with a single click. And, if you want to skip the labeling process altogether, you can right-click on a page and add it to Unmark without seeing a window (speedy speedy).
The Unmark Chrome Extension will be available soon. We may create additional ways to add links to Unmark in the future.
A label can be thought of as the answer to this question: “What do I want to do with this bookmark?”
When you add a mark to Unmark you can ask yourself; Do I want to read this article? Do I want to buy these shoes? Do I want to eat this food later? Do I want to watch this video or listen to this podcast episode? Unmark has six labels:
- Eat & Drink
By using these simple labels you’ll be able to find the marks you’ve saved to Unmark quicker and easier later.
Unmark gets smarter as you label your marks. Let’s say your favorite Apple blog is The Loop. When you save an article from The Loop, it is likely you’ll want to use the Read label. Rather than clicking the Read label every single time you add a mark from The Loop, Unmark will learn which labels you use on which domains and automatically label your marks for you. This will help you click a lot less and save you time.
Notes & Hashtags
Each time you save a bookmark you can optionally jot down a note for yourself. Perhaps you’ll want to remember where you found the mark, or why you’re saving it, or who sent it to you. Using the note field can give the marks you’ve saved some context later.
Inside of the note field you can add #hashtags. A hashtag is simply a phrase preceded by the pound symbol ‘#’. Any hashtags left in the note field will become clickable to quickly sort your links. It helps you keep related links together. E.g. #myproject, #vacation, #atHome, #schoolwork, #design.
Let’s say you’re doing research on making the perfect French Onion soup. Each time you save a different mark to Unmark you can use the same hashtag of #frenchonion and be able to quickly find all of the links related to French Onion soup later with a single click.
If you can’t immediately find a bookmark that you’ve saved to Unmark in your lists, you can use the search feature for any words that were in the title, note field, or URL. This will make it much easier to find a specific mark.
Also, to save you a bit of typing and time, your top ten most-used hashtags will also show up under the search box so you can quickly sort your list with a click.
You may say to yourself “I know I saved that bookmark yesterday, but I can’t remember what it was named!”. For the times when you can’t remember the bookmark you’re looking for, but you know when you saved it, Unmark’s timeline feature will come in handy.
Unmark displays a simple timeline showing you the number of marks you added Today, Yesterday, Last Week, Last Month, Last 3 Months, Last 6 Months, and Last Year. Click on the timeline and your list will instantly sort.
Unmark attempts to help you accomplish whatever task you saved the bookmark for quicker. For instance, if you saved a YouTube video to watch — Unmark will bring that video into the application so that you can watch it without returning to YouTube. The same can be said for links to audio Soundcloud, or links to images on Instagram or Flickr or Dribbble. Unmark has preview support for dozens of online services and we intend to extend its support for more services over time.
Never lose a bookmark. If you save something to Unmark you’ll have to pry it out and delete it intentionally before you’ll ever lose it. Anything you archive will forever be stored, along with your label, notes, and hashtags, in your archive. This way you can always find it later and bring it back into your list if you’d like.
Importing and Exporting
Importing and Exporting your bookmarks from one installation of Unmark to another is quick and easy. We highly recommend doing this even just as a backup of your own bookmarks. Let’s say you’re using a local installation of Unmark on your home computer, but you’d like to have an accessible copy as a backup on Unmark.it — you can export and import your data as often as you’d like in the Settings panel.
You can also import from Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Delicious and Pinboard.