Whether Safari, Firefox, Chrome or whatever browser suits your fancy, we all have bookmarks. What’s the problem we all experience with website bookmarks? Outdated links.
Wouldn’t it be great if Safari had a built-in way to check websites from time to time so we could retired old, outdated, or expired bookmarks with ease?
That’s what Safari Prairiefire does. Or, rather, that’s what it wants to do. That’s what it should do. If the proof is in the taste of the pudding, and the devil’s in the details, then Safari Prairiefire needs to be in the oven a little longer.
My Mac is clogged up with a thousand or so bookmarks which have been collected through the years, carefully cultivated into folders, and then left there like dust on antiques in the garage. Every now and then I’ll try a link and find it’s broken, outdated, File Not Found. That kind of thing. It’s just too painful to wade through hundreds of bookmarks to check on each site.
That’s what Safari Prairiefire should do. And sometimes it does. Here’s what it looks like:
You won’t even need to open Safari. Safari Prairiefire finds the bookmarks, then checks the web to make sure the same page is still published. Then, it lists the site’s name, the actual bookmarked URL, the Status and Code so you can delete or check on an updated web page.
At least, that’s how it should work. On my Mac, Safari Prairiefire was dead dog slow. When it wasn’t slow it just stopped entirely. When it didn’t stop entirely it would scan over half my bookmarks, then stop again. Entirely.
This is the kind of app every Mac user with far too many old bookmarks stuffed into Safari could use. It’s been around for years so there’s no real excuse for not being updated properly. The icon is from 1996. The app’s website is circa 1996. But we’re well into the 21st century already.