jBoom is a Java program for remote storage and management of browser bookmarks and (as of version 2.0) mail addresses. It allows accessing a central set of bookmarks from any system connected to the internet. JBoom is browser and system independent, not bound to a dedicated server, and doesn't require a special web service. The only preconditions are:
Bookmark entries consist of an arbitrary name, an internet or mail address and an optional comment (description, user name, account number etc.). Like a file system they are organized in folders, where every folder contains an arbitrary amount of bookmarks and subfolders. The graphical user interface displays this structure as a tree with expandable and collapsable nodes. A double click on an entry (or pressing the enter key) shows the correspondig page in the browser, or starts the mailer in "compose" mode respectively. Additionally a linear search over names and/or addresses is possible. New entries can be created manually or taken from the browser using the system clipboard, existing ones can be modified, deleted, moved or sorted easily.
Pros and Cons
Normally jBoom is started as a standalone program, which requires a browser and mailer that can be "remote controlled" by an external command. This is the case with most common systems, such as Windows, MacOS and popular Linux desktop systems.
If remote control isn't possible, jBoom can still be used as a browser applet. However, this requires certain browser settings (see Usage as applet).
The remote file may be accessed via FTP, SSH or HTTP. Connecting via HTTP allows creating read-only-bookmarks, as well as using jBoom as a webservice front-end.
JBoom presently speaks English and German. We are looking for translations into other languages. Your help is very much appreciated, please mail me for details.
to Carlos Meta4 for testing.