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#123 Problems calling up links with BKM with non IE browsers

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2006-09-28
2006-08-28
Anonymous
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I run 4 browsers on my Win98SE computer:
1. MS Internet Explorer 6.0
2. Firefox 1.5
3. Opera 9.0
4. K-Meleon 1.01

It is not possible to call-up link-bookmarks from BKM
in any other browser except for IE despite installing
them and choosing them in the BKM options-window, if
they are not the standard browser. Here is the
behaviour with each of these tested browsers when
klicking on a bookmark in BKM to be displayed in the
chosen browser in the BKM-options:
1. MS IE: at klick of a bookmark in BKM, the called-up
link opens as it is expected.
2. Firefox: it opens only the the start-up page of the
Firefox browser. The link-page is not displayed.
3. Opera: the same as Firefox: it opens only the the
start-up page of the Opera browser.
4. K-Meleon: the same as Firefox: it opens only the
the start-up page of the K-Meleon browser.
5. When choosing the system browser-setting (my system-
browser is K-Meleon), then it works with the K-Meleon
browser as well.
Conclusion: There must be a setting problem, which
must be activated automatically with non-IE-browsers
and non-default-browsers in order for them to work
with BKM. But which? This must be indicated or
programmed accordingly.

Most useful feature missing
An extremely useful feature missing (probably because
it is quite difficult and much work to implement):
the "synchronisation"-feature. Just as there are file
synchronisation programs, which synchronize the files
on different computers and devices (PDA, Notebook,
desktop), also BKM should automatically synchronise
the bookmarks of the different browsers after their
bookmarks have been imported, unified, cleaned of
double entries (and maybe even rearranged) inside BKM.
The paths are known to BKM from the time of import.
This way all browsers constantly have all the same
bookmarks and bookmarks structure available as the
ones managed in BKM. Also this should be monitored by
BKM and work also the other way around: whenever new
bookmarks have been added in one of the browsers,
which are not yet included in the BKM bookmarks
collection, BKM should import them automatically and
only ask whether this should happen. This must be a
choosable option, so that they also can be kept
different in different browsers, if wished. But
whoever uses BKM will usually want to have this
synchornisation function. Otherwise they would not
bother with using BKM at all. Hope this will be
possible to implement in the near future, maybe by
using the principle used by using file synchronisation
programs code already existent also as open source.

Best regards
R. Klein
e-mail: rk@marcom-service.de
phone: +49-89-4470018

Discussion

  • psdsoftware
    psdsoftware
    2006-09-16

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    As for the first problem, although I haven't done any
    testing I'm going to unofficially say that it is a problem
    / limitation of Windows 98 (and possibly other systems as
    well). There is only one method of launching a browser (ok,
    that is not true, but for the sake of explanation let's say
    so) and that way launches the system configured default
    browser. That's why when you have a browser set as system
    default the links work properly.

    Like I said I have not tested this, but I'm pretty sure
    that's how it goes at least for Win98 (and even if I were
    to test it I don't have a Win98 machine to test on).

    For the second part, there is a syncronize function in BKM,
    although personally I have not looked at it much to see if
    it functions how it sounds, it asks you if you want to
    syncronize the files you've configured upon run and
    shutdown.

     
  • psdsoftware
    psdsoftware
    2006-09-26

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    After some testing, I think the problem is related to DDE.

    Go to Options > Browsers and select Do Not Use DDE, and the
    browsers should open up.

     
  • psdsoftware
    psdsoftware
    2006-09-26

    Logged In: YES
    user_id=1116518

    After some testing, I think the problem is related to DDE.

    Go to Options > Browsers and select Do Not Use DDE, and the
    browsers should open up.

     
  • psdsoftware
    psdsoftware
    2006-09-26

    • status: open --> pending-out-of-date
     
  • psdsoftware
    psdsoftware
    2006-09-28

    • status: pending-out-of-date --> closed-out-of-date