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Hiveword Plus: Bookmarks

If you frequently bookmark web pages while researching your novel, Hiveword's Bookmarks will be your new best friend. The problem with browser-based bookmarks is that they are not stored with the rest of your novel's information and a particular bookmarked page can be hard to find when you need it.

Hiveword's Bookmarks are like browser bookmarks on steroids. They are like standard bookmarks in that you have a link to an arbitrary web page. But here's what else you can do with Bookmarks:

  • Link to anything on the web (e.g., Wikipedia, videos, images, etc.)
  • Attach bookmarks to characters, settings, etc.
  • Use tags for easy categorization
  • Include notes
  • Optionally give them a name
  • Filter them by various attributes
  • Search bookmarks by name, tags, notes, and text from the web page itself

Besides research, there are other use cases for Hiveword's Bookmarks:

  • Link to your writing in other web applications
  • Link to images or collections of them (such as a Google Image search results page)
  • Link to podcasts, videos, or whatever else you can find on the web

Creating Bookmarks

You can create bookmarks from the Bookmarks list page or from story component sidebars. The first will create unattached (i.e., global) bookmarks while the latter will create bookmarks attached to the story component page you're on. You can always reassign bookmarks at any time.

Generally, you'll create one bookmark at a time. When you do that you can optionally specify a name for the bookmark. If you don't specify a name, the name will be the same as the web page title.

If you have many bookmarks to create at once you can use the bulk bookmark creator. Simply add your bookmarks to the text area one link per line and hit Save. Note that in bulk mode you can't specify names so the bookmark names will be the same as the associated web page titles.

Editing Bookmarks

Clicking on the name of a bookmark will take you to the bookmark's edit page where you can change anything about the bookmark such as name, link, notes, and tags. Normal fare for Hiveword.


As you can see above, external links can have a name, tags, and notes. All of these things are included when you do a global search or text-based filter (discussed below). But the best part is that either search also searches the web page itself, just like Google would. For example, if you have a bunch of links to web pages about France, searching in Hiveword for "Paris" will find all of your links that have Paris in them.

There are a few scenarios where Hiveword will not be able to search web page content. For example, anything requiring a login cannot be searched but the rest of the external link functionality will work. Google Docs are a great example of this. In these cases, Hiveword will note that the content couldn't be retrieved. If necessary, you can capture snippets from the web page and paste them into the notes section. That text is then searchable.

Speaking of Google Docs, publicly shared docs cannot be searched, either, but Hiveword can retrieve the document title, at least.


The list page for external links has the same filtering mechanism as other list pages in Hiveword. Namely, you can filter by tag, story, story component (e.g., scenes), or text search (which includes the web page itself).

Linking to Hiveword Pages

Hiveword Bookmarks are not intended for linking to Hiveword pages. It will work as a simple bookmark but it won't have a title, web page content for searching, or any formal relationship within Hiveword. If you delete the referenced thing (scene, character, etc.) the external link will not be deleted so you'll have a link that points to a page that no longer exists. Best to avoid linking to Hiveword pages.