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A list of helpful Chrome extensions for Pinboard 
29th-Sep-2011 10:48 am
oxymora: (Default)
Since I posted my Pinboard sidebar and custom buttons tutorial for Firefox yesterday, people have been asking about Chrome. I don't use extensions or addons in Chrome myself (Chrome is my sleek and fast browser), but I promised to look into it.

I started by looking for extensions that are already out there, since I have no idea how to make extensions for Chrome. I went to the Chrome webstore (, did a search for Pinboard, installed all the extensions, and tested them. These are the ones that I think are useful:

1) Pinboard Plus.

This one adds a really neat bookmark button to your Chrome toolbar. The button immediately lets you know whether you have bookmarked a page (it's light gray when you haven't and dark gray when you have). Click it, and a box (not a popup window) opens where you can enter or edit your bookmark details for the current page.


Screenshot for a new bookmark.

UPDATE [personal profile] odyle has noticed the following: "Pinboard Plus does not automatically enter text I highlight into the description field. Most of my tagging is fic, so I like having the ability to include that without having to copy + paste." I didn't check for that. So sad! That's a serious drawback.

2) Pinboard


This one has more functions than 1).

Here's what the different options do:

* All bookmarks/private bookmarks/public bookmarks/unread bookmarks/untagged bookmarks/starred bookmarks: Opens your complete/private/public/unread/untagged/starred bookmarks in a new tab.
* Save bookmark: opens the save bookmark popup for the current page (without tags)
* Read later: Saves the current page as unread (no popup)

The extension offers some customization. You can choose between different icons and you can disable any options you don't need.

3) Pinboard (same name, different addon)

Guys, this is the best. Completely and utterly in love with this one!

This pretty much does what the old Delicious Firefox sidebar did. Actually, it does some things the Delicious sidebar couldn't do. Lots of screenshots, because the possibilities are endless.


This is what it looks like. It opens a window that contains your bookmarks, your tags (sorted by frequency, which is a big deal for me), a search bar, and a button to bookmark the current page (red square; bookmark without tags popup opens. If you have already bookmarked the page, the button is light blue instead of gray). If your bookmarks have changed recently, it will display the green box at the top to let you know. When you hover over a bookmark, the tooltip shows your tags and the url.

This is the search function:


It's super fast and it searches tags, descriptions and titles. (In this screenshot you can also see the light blue bookmark button for an already bookmarked site.)


Aaaand here is filtering by tags. BEST. THING. EVER. Just click on them. You can filter by multiple tags. AND your tag statistics are updated for the current tag intersections (I have 13 bookmarks that are tagged oneshot for the tag combination fic>STXI>Kirk/Spock>established). AND IT GETS BETTER: The search bar works for your current tag combination (no screenshot, just believe me. It's that good.)

This extension also offers basic customization features (you can choose between two different icons and assign hotkeys for Bookmark Page, Browse Bookmarks and Read Later).

4) Pinboard Tools

This is the official Pinboard extension. Very similar to 2), but with slightly different functions.


Here's what the different options do:

* Save to Pinboard: opens asave bookmark box (not a popup) for the current page (without tags)
* Read later: Saves the current page as unread (no popup)
* Save tab set: Save all your current tabs (only addon that lets you do that).
* Unread bookmarks/all bookmarks/Network/Tab Sets: Opens your unread bookmarks/all bookmarks/network bookmarks/tab set bookmarks in a new tab.

5) Unpin

And now for something completely different. If you are using Pinboard's read later function, this is a neat little tool for opening a list of your unread bookmarks. The icon shows how many unread bookmarks you currently have.


6) Last but not least: Pinboard Right

This does not add a toolbar button. Instead, it adds Pinboard buttons to your right click menu. Right click anywhere on a page and you can open the bookmark popup.


Right click on a link and you can bookmark that link.


That's it. All the other extensions I tried didn't convince me. These six offer a lot of the functionalities the Firefox custom buttons and sidebar I showed yesterday did, plus more.

The following is missing:
1) There's no actual sidebar, but the Pinboard extension does something similar and is actually sleeker than the sidebar, plus allowing for tag filtering (with multiple tags!).
2) None of the extensions support the "popup with tags" option. This might be a real drawback for some people.
3) Only one extension (4) contains a link to your network. None of them offer a network sidebar. Again, might be a drawback for some.

If anyone is still interested in a real sidebar, a popup with tags option, quick access to your network, or any of the other stuff I showed for Firefox, let me know! I'll look into it.

(Also: feedback is love. Anonymous comments are enabled, IP logging is off.)
29th-Sep-2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
jana_nox: (Default)
Hi! Thank you a lot for this post, it was a great help, just what I needed to get started. No.3 is the best, you're absolutely right.♥

I wanted to ask if you've ever seen something that can delete link from your archive without having to find it on the site manually? Some kind of an "unsave" option maybe? I'm in love with pinboard's "random unread" button, because currently I have a rather large stack of unread fics and sometimes I just can't simly put up my mind to what I want to read next. So the power of random actually helps a lot.)) But it will be difficult to use it, if you can't delete fics you don't like right there and then (I have 746 unread links at the moment, all poorly tagged, God knows what's in there).
Ever heard of something like that?
29th-Sep-2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
oxymora: (Default)
Thank you! No. 3 makes me want to use Chrome, and I'm a diehard Firefox fan.

I can't help you with the delete link right now, but: I requested this on the Pinboard features request google doc (the same way it was implemented on Delicious), and Maciej answered: "Yeah that’s long overdue."

Since all of the current extensions are built on the bookmarklets, I figure as soon as the bookmarklet is updated with a delete button, it will be included in these extensions soon.
29th-Sep-2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
jana_nox: (Default)
That was you! Oh, love.♥ I +1ed there.))

Okay, then I'll wait, it's no big deal anyways. Thanks again.♥
29th-Sep-2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
bluemeridian: Chloe from Smallville, with coffee and a sideways look. (Default)
THANK YOU - I've already tried out two of them today, but it looks like #3 is what I want. \o/
29th-Sep-2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
oxymora: (Default)
Number 3 is amazing. Thanks for commenting!
13th-Jan-2013 10:48 am (UTC) - RPGIzOaFACohJ
Good heavens. I have, with my gselsas, 20/20 vision and visual processing good enough to get remarked upon and even still am not certain what exactly that's suppose to say. Even with the hint, I had to squint and tilt my head to see it. One wonders if the folks at Google ever look at them. Conversely, my audio processing is rather less than optimal and your description of the audio captcha made me nearly twitch. It would be very nice if Google stepped back from all their work on shiny new toys occasionally to consider who they're excluding from their use (either due to privacy or accessibility concerns).
29th-Sep-2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
isweedan: Neil Gaiman's Death in sunglasses saying "Peachy Keen!" (Peachy Keen - Sandman Neil Gaiman)
This is Most Helpful! Thank you! <3
29th-Sep-2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
oxymora: (Default)
Glad to hear that!
10th-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC) - yLDZRPoyXshSF
I attempted to use your puigln on my test site today, and when I attempted to login with one of my OpenID logins, I proceeded to the verification page, and then when I confirmed the login and being redirected back to my site, I received a large number of errors regarding the header being sent already.If you would be able to provide some information regarding this problem please let me know, should you be able to help me, I will provide a well written review of your puigln and as such hopefully encourage more people to use your puigln.
10th-Jan-2013 04:43 pm (UTC) - tOdYRcpqrFWeEgX
It's a community Blog for nebewis, Mahabub bhai. So please try to elaborate a little more. That way every newbie will be benefited. And bro please try to do it in a single post. You know nebewis like me always loose patience very fast. If our primary goal is to make them motivated and skilled then either there should be some good and complete post or I would prefer nothing at all. Hope you take this positively.
29th-Sep-2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
odyle: (Squidly)
Thank you for going through and reviewing all of these! I wish I'd been a little more patient and waited for this instead of going through most of the extensions myself. Patience is not my strong suit.

Pinboard Plus does not automatically enter text I highlight into the description field. Most of my tagging is fic, so I like having the ability to include that without having to copy + paste.

I'm not as much of a fan of Pinboard (3) as others seem to be. There's a lot of clicking for my tastes. I'm multifannish, so my most frequently used tags don't matter nearly so much for me. For simplicity's sake, I like Pinboard Right. An indicator of whether the page has been tagged in the toolbar or tab, but two clicks isn't too much.
29th-Sep-2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
oxymora: (Default)
Oh, thank you for that note on Pinboard Plus. That's really unfortunate. I'll add that to the post.

I don't use Chrome, so this is hypothetical, but I definitely wouldn't use 3 alone. I love 3 for the possibilities to navigate through your own bookmarks, but I'd use it in combination with one of the others for quick bookmarking.
29th-Sep-2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
odyle: (Squidly)
It would help if I could type in coherent English. Again, patience is not my strong suit.

I'm a Chrome devotee, and I can tell you that your critique rings true in my experience. Different add-ons suit different tagging schemes, but Pinboard Right is the best for those of us with simple, alphabetized tagging styles.
11th-Jan-2013 01:57 pm (UTC) - AhxThMbJGJKUpZ
Please feel free to moderate my cnmemot. My goal is to just the attention of the author. I don't intend to hurt anyone's feelings. Thanks. Btw I was not able to edit my cnmemot. Thought this would help.
10th-Jan-2013 11:09 pm (UTC) - PSMdOYsqZIXRUYe
This is from Wikipedia: Two major identity porivders online, AOL and Yahoo!, can currently be used with OpenID. AOL's system, using, is currently in beta. Yahoo has unofficial, third-party OpenID support at Also, Flickr's login is now merged with Yahoo's, isn't it? As such, it would seem to me that using one method or another, an OpenID can function for Yahoo/Flickr or AOL/AIM, killing two birds with one stone, as they say.
3rd-Jan-2012 05:36 am (UTC) - Pinboard Plus added the feature text selected copy to "Notes" field of popup
Just highlight the text in the page, popup "Notes" field will show the highlighted text.
I am the developer of Pinboard Plus @ClvrObj.
Thanks odyle for pointing out the drawback.
oxymoron, thank you for writing this article which including Pinboard Plus :]
14th-Jun-2013 05:36 am (UTC) - Re: Pinboard Plus added the feature text selected copy to "Notes" field of popup
Thanks for adding that feature to Pinboard Plus. Now it's awesome :)

And thanks oxymora for this very useful round-up which helps lots of people :)
29th-Sep-2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
manuanya: (Default)
Thank you so much, that was very helpful :)
30th-Sep-2011 02:18 am (UTC)
oxymora: (Default)
Glad to hear that! You're welcome!
11th-Jan-2013 06:02 am (UTC) - cMyIWIFLpKpkwxtO
Nice idea, too many passwords hurts my head.Is your plan to have a pile of inidvidual plug-ins that could co habit on a site, or to have a single plugin with a set of options as to which auth to accept?I'm off to test this on a friends blog (never test on your own right!), I'll drop the link here when it's in place in case anyone is interested.
30th-Sep-2011 01:38 am (UTC)
unjapanologist: (Default)
Thank you for the info, saved me loads of time!
30th-Sep-2011 02:17 am (UTC)
oxymora: (Default)
You're welcome! Thanks for letting me know!
11th-Jan-2013 10:15 am (UTC) - MwQoDNsFGFDnz
I still think the worst thing about the audio CAPTCHA and a sign that they really didn't test it as well as they shuold have is that they did almost too good of a job in making the noise sound like the signal. Or, in other words, the background noise sometimes ends up sounding like exactly what you're supposed to be listening for.I have auditory processing issues that affect hearing speech above background noise, but when I know i'm supposed to be listening specifically for digits, that drastically lowers the search space. However, I've tried the audio CAPTCHA a couple times when I couldn't decipher the visual one, and sometimes it's hard to tell whether or not the digit I heard was actually part of the foreground. It's very easy to accidentally generate a two in background noise; that's just two phonemes to combine! And since the background noise seems to be English speech played backwards, it's fairly easy to accidentally generate one ( no played backwards!) and possibly eight as well.I guess none of their natural language processing researchers were on hand when they developed this CAPTCHA ^_^
13th-Jan-2013 10:56 am (UTC) - iayCbmQPwBCEmOgqi
I've had a play. I think I might even be using it in earnest from now on it pseass the test.It's pretty damn slick but will definately benefit from the inevitable tweeks and upgrades that are bound to come along shortly.I was suprised when I entered a birthday and it didn't automatically set it to be a yearly repeated event, and the option to make it so was hidden behind the edit date field. Only by chance did I stumble upon that. Overall though v good.The question is: Being Google, will it blow all the competition away? ( etc)
11th-Jan-2013 08:41 am (UTC) - wwOijvfOgEYQeJ
Laura - I watched the movie Soul Surfer with my kids and their fedrnis. I didnt know what it was about until then. I loved Bethany's story so much and my daughter, who is turning five in two weeks, wants a birthday party themed around Soul Surfer . It is such a wonderful thing to see my daughter look up to such a great role model. Thank you and Gob Bless you all!
3rd-Oct-2011 03:22 am (UTC) - Pinboard Plus
I've tried all of them before I go with only on of them, Pinboard Plus. It's clean, neat, and quick but I still miss the bookmarklet.

Thanks anyway
11th-Jan-2013 02:05 am (UTC) - zlRicaoPLFoZsT
Скажем так, плат на bls и pls для радиолюбителей, хоть ж..ой жри, те же ардуино, лаунчпады, дискавери. При желании и самому сделать не сложно, а вот составлять из них сложные мезонинные конструкции ни есть гуд.А вот если бы Вы начали продавать недорогии платы с промышленными разъемами, то было бы неплохо. Во-первых это уже следующий уровень любительских конструкций, которые в обычных домашних условиях труднодоступны, для более сложных и надежных конструкций, и отсюда следует уже во-вторых расширяется сфера применения применять их будут не только любители, но и мелкие конторки, а может еще кто по-круче, но кто работает по промышленным стандартом, делает платы для евромеханики и прочее, а при адекватной ценовой политики с этого можно будет словить профит, т.к. готовые мезонные платы стоят ой как недешево, точно не любителям, и напряжно мелким фирмам. А цена возрастет не сильно, я сам много работал с ccopamtPCI и VME.Усложнения конструкции тут в принципе не будет, т.к. все эти разъем специально создавались под магистрально-модульные приборы, чтобы максимально унифицировать части и максимально удешевить и упростить производство. Если бы мезонин на PLS и BLS было бы круто все бы крупные конторы давно бы уже отказались от ccopamtPCI, VME, PC104 и прочего.А так вон есть еще очень изящное решение делать с разъемом в формате DIMM, как у планок оперативной памяти подсмотрел у Техас инструмент, вот сейчас фигачу в оборудование однотипные платы с МК+ПЛИС+ПИАС, установленные на одну шину выходит и удобней и дешевле (в больших количествах), чем древние наработки, где куча аналогово-цифровых плат, связанных друг с другом шлейфами на IDC.В общем много есть разных решений, а простенькие радиолюбительские решения уже набили оскомину.Опять таки Ваше утверждение верно для любителя, который все сам делает, а если Вы будете штамповать платы не руками 3.5 анонимусов, то большой разницы не будет, а радиолюбителям приятно. Я уже давно ищу дешевые и прсотые платы с промышленными разъемами, ан все не получается.Кстати на том же самом Д-Сабе или IDC будет дешево, но по-надежней.
4th-Oct-2011 02:03 am (UTC)
nestra: (Default)
Thanks for doing the work! Your enthusiasm for number 3 convinced me.
11th-Jan-2013 02:39 am (UTC) - SLXpcDQAraSe
Derek, although that might work, I'm not instereted to try that because as far as I'm concerned, sites should work with browsers without having to fake user agent strings. If they don't, that's a bug for the site administrator to fix, not the end user.gjph, looks like the bug has been opened in April. Personally I find it highly surprising that Microsoft haven't worked out a solution in the last couple of months for this highly visible bug resulting in widespread poor user experience. It's not as if the Firefox 3.0 betas have not been available for testing.
4th-Oct-2011 03:28 am (UTC)
night_reveals: (Default)
wow thanks for all the info! :)
13th-Jan-2013 10:08 am (UTC) - DhBrBbuzIERLBAR
Rant rant rant fume fume! YES! I HATE these friggin vcifireation things and I am sighted and hearing. I have had probs not just w/google but many other sites. Filling it out (guessing) again and again till I finally get lucky or give up. My eyesight isn't ideal, and I'm a bit neurologically quirky, but I think these things have got to be problems for most of the population!However, I have noticed, in the past year, that many sites seem to have made their wavy letters/words not QUITE as impossible as before, but the audio CAPTCHAs my god! totally impossible.Also, what about the options for deafblind users? My best online friend is deafblind, uses the computer for *everything* and is constantly thwarted by these friggin spam controls. There has GOT to be a better way. I'm going to try to write to google, now that I have this info from you on how to do it thank you.
13th-Jan-2013 12:18 pm (UTC) - FzYFIHoyoIKqpIWkpU
Welcome (back) to Flock! Hope it keeps treating you well. Let me know if you have any prlmoebs with the extensions; we're working on a list of extensions to port from Firefox to Flock for our 1.0.Flock on,Evan HamiltonFlock Community Ambassadorevan at flock dot com
9th-Oct-2013 06:19 am (UTC) - thanks
thanks for this helpful post
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