I think I have some form of “web browser OCD”… Despite having a choice between lots of options I can’t seem to find a single web browser that works for all my needs. Over the last year I have jumped between Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, Chrome, Safari and some other less known browsers, typically using each for about a week before I give up due to some minor issue. I have found that I keep going back to using IE even though I tend to enjoy browsing the web with Firefox and Chrome much more. Why? Mostly due to compatibility issues. Lets face it, the majority (57.08%) browsers used on the Internet are IE, as a result, web designers continue building webpages for the masses who are likely using IE. I especially have problems with banking websites; some of which unfortunately use ActiveX controls for extended functionality like TWAIN scanning.
Of all the browser options, I tend to enjoy Google’s Chrome browser the most. Though, I keep giving up on Chrome because I use a lot of bookmarks and Chrome has historically handled bookmarks poorly. For example, within the native Chrome UI one must set the homepage to “Use the new tab page” in order to see a tree-view style bookmarks menu. Alternately, a Chrome user could access his bookmarks using the Bookmark Manager, though, the Bookmark Manager by-design fills the entire web UI and clicking on any one bookmark opens the webpage in a new tab instead of in the same tab the Bookmark Manager is running in–not a sleek implementation in my opinion.
Funny thing, even though I already extend Chrome with extensions I never considered looking for a Chrome extension that provided a tree-view style bookmark menu until a couple days ago. I stumbled across an extension called Neat Bookmarks which provides a great bookmark UI experience similar to IE’s bookmark tree-view and is accessible as a single toolbar button. If you are looking for a more traditional bookmark menu in Chrome I recommend you give Neat Bookmarks a try. I hope now that I have found a solution to my bookmark woes in Chrome I can start focusing on other issues other than browser brand.